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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Agri-Star Rising

After a long stretch of dark days, Iowa cattle farmers and residents of Postville say they have a reason to be optimistic. That’s because kosher beef production has resumed at Agri-Star Meat and Poultry. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Crime Victims Rights Week

As part of National Crime Victims Rights Week, we listen back to a conversation from April of last year and the firsthand accounts of what it’s like to have someone in your family murdered. The shock, the grief, the media coverage, and facing the accused in court. Among the guests- Julie Paulson, the aunt of Katie Hill and Molly Edmundson. The two young women were murdered in Cedar Rapids in 2006. And Tami Stephens, her sister Shelly a single mother of three - was killed in Hiawatha in 2003.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Iowa soldier pens book based on combat tour of Iraq

A conversation with Loras college student Jake Krapfl, whose new book 'Shadows of War' is a fictional account of war's effects on soldiers and families. In 2007, Krapfl contemplated suicide as he struggled with the transition to life on the homefront after two combat tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Componica/Iowa History Journal

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Steven Mitchell, the founder and senior software engineer of Componica, located at the University of Iowa's Technology Innovation Center. The firm is now developing apps for the iPhone. Later, we hear from the publisher of "The Iowa History Journal," Mike Chapman. The magazine is now in its second year, focusing on popular Iowa history.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Changing Face of Media Content

A look at the changes taking place in on-line media. Among the guests, University of Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen Berry who discusses a new collaboration of some of the state and nation's media and education leaders to form a new, non-profit, non-partisan news outlet that will serve the state of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa's Bird Lady

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jon W. Stravers and Larry A. Stone, co-authors of a new book about the late Gladys Black of Pleasantville, who for a generation taught Iowans the science and hobby of bird-watching.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

On the Job Hunt

Are you looking for a job or ready to make a career change? Or a college graduate looking to dive into the job market? We discuss Iowa's employment landscape with Kerry Koonce of Iowa Workforce Development and career counselor Katharine Brooks.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulture staffers Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron take your calls. Hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

The Iowa Dream Project, Meteor in the Sky and Emotions associated with memory loss

Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Christian Fong unveils what he calls "The Iowa Dream Project". The effort aims to promote conservative solutions to tackle the challenges in education, economic development and community renewal. Then a conversation with University of Iowa Astronomy Professor Steven Spangler who discusses the meteor that streaked across the sky in parts of Iowa Wednesday night.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Roadside Beautification/Slipstream

We hear about a program to disperse grass and flower seeds native to Iowa to county roadside managers. IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kirk Henderson of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Later, Brian Guidry of the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Mel Andringa of Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids tell us about Guidry's installation at CSPS, "Slipstream," which evokes the power of the Cedar River by showcasing discarded items found by the riverbank.

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Education
11:00 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

ACT Testing Kids

ACT -- known for its college entrance exams -- is also testing children as young as 10-years old.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Reporters Roundtable and Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer

A discussion of the latest state news stories with several Iowa journalists - the motion for a new trial in the Mark Becker case, the shakeup in Cedar Rapids city government, the Price Lab School scandal in Cedar Falls. And, how the race for governor is shaping up. Then a conversation with Des Moines Register photographer Mary Chind. Chind was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her dramatic photo of a construction worker rescuing a woman from the Des Moines River.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 14, 2010

Politics Day

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political blogger.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 13, 2010

Changes with new health care law

An avalanche of queries are comig in, aimed at government officials, physicians and nonprofit groups as Americans struggle to understand the complexities of the new health care reform law. We'll look at some of the changes in store for hospitals, patients and small business. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- Grinnell Regional Medical Center President and CEO Todd Linden, University of Iowa Public Policy Director Peter Damiano and Iowa Small Business Administration Director Joseph Folsom.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jim Pease, professor emeritus, and Rebecca Christoffel, Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Specialist. They'll focus on Iowa's frogs and toads.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Laser Technology Identifies Burial Grounds

We learn about a new project from the Iowa State Archeology Department that will use airbourne lasers to survey hundreds of native American burial mounds in Iowa. Also, an interview with Professor of Natural Philosophy Marcelo Gleiser about his new book "A Tear at the Edge of Creation" which examines a radical new vision for life in the universe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Iowa's James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

We'll hear from four of Iowa's semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards for culinary arts. The categories range from Best Chef to Rising Star Chef. Participating in the program: Carly Groben, Joe Logsdon, Steve Logsdon and Matt Steigerwald.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Sun April 11, 2010

Ag Competition

The Obama administration is conducting an unprecedented series of public forums to explore competition in the agriculture industry. For the first time, the departments of justice and agriculture are working together to look into antitrust questions raised by the mergers of seed companies, meatpacking plants and corporate farms. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports government officials worry farmers are paying the price for consolidation.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

U.S. Arms Pact with Russia

With President Obama signing the historic nuclear arms reduction pact, we examine U.S.-Russia relations. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- NPR reporter and Russia correspondent David Greene and University of Iowa Political Science Professor William Reisinger.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Hort Friday

April showers should bring plenty of May flowers this year. We'll talk horticulture with the Hort Gang from Iowa State University. Hosted by IPR's Dennis Reese.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

A New Derby Team Debuts: Des Moines Derby Dames' First Bout

Roller derby started in the thirties as a contact sport of women skaters engaging in extreme rivalry and outrageous behavior. Ten years ago a new kind of roller derby started with an emphasis on competition & athleticism. Today there are more than five hundred roller derby teams and eight of them are in Iowa including the new team the Des Moines Derby Dames. Their first home game happens tomorrow night.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

World Premier of Play about Herbert and Lou Hoover during the Boxer Rebellion

On Friday night in Cedar Rapids students at Kirkwood Community College will perform the world premier of a play about the only U.S. President to come from Iowa. The play is about Herbert Hoover’s early adult life as a mining engineer in China. At the turn of the 20th century the West Branch native and his newlywed wife, Lou, were trapped in the country during the Boxer Rebellion.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

The Cost of Higher Education

Tuition and fees continue to rise while tough economic times are making it more difficult for families to pay for a college education. We’ll talk with State Senator Herman Quirmbach about funding for public education and Grinnell College President Russell Osgood about private education and ideas for improving affordability.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Home Improvement Day

It's the beginning of spring remodeling frenzy. We'll discuss deconstruction to decks with Bill McAnally, Director of the Industrial Technology Program at Iowa Central Community College.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Ryne Sandberg

The opening of the baseball season in Des Moines is extra special this spring. One of the game’s all-time greats is stepping in as manager of the Iowa Cubs. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports on a Hall-of-Fame second baseman who at the age of 50 is once again working his way through the minor leagues.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Wind Energy interests discuss crucial issues to continued development

Two wind energy conferences in Iowa this week will focus on issues crucial to the continued development of the industry. The American Wind Energy Association says capacity added last year, 9,900 megawatts, was the largest on record, and was 18 percent above the capacity added in 2008. We'll talk about research and development, workforce issues and transmission of Iowa-generated wind energy to areas of the country with the highest demand.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political pundit.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Career Criminals and Violence associated with climate change

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, Associate Professor of Sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University. De Lisi's new book is "Criminological Theory: A Life Course Approach". Delisi says career criminals aren’t necessarily born that way, but it’s a sequence of events and layering of risk factors over a lifetime that mold someone into a lifelong repeat offender. Later in the hour, a look at how global climate change affects violence.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Love is the Best Medicine

We hear about the lives of Helen and Cleo and other animal companion patients of Dr. Nick Trout. Dr. Trout's new book is "Love is the Best Medicine; What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian About Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles."

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