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Horticulture Day
12:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum

Iowa Farm Pond
Todd Ehlers

Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth.  It's Horticulture Day and host, Charity Nebbe, talks with Allen Patillo, Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist about aquatic plant management.  Later in the hour ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions about plants and trees. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

"Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government

A shot from the movie "Fed Up".
Courtesy RADiUS-TWC

Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.

To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.

“What if our whole approach to this epidemic has been dead wrong?” the film’s narrator, TV journalist Katie Couric, says in the film’s open.

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News Buzz
5:22 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Virtual Reality for Chickens

Courtesy of Austin Stewart

Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?

On this River to River segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.

“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.

Spoiler alert: While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.

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Education
5:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Cost of College

On average, Iowa students owe $29,000 in college loan debt when they graduate with a bachelor's degree
BankSimple

When they receive their bachelor’s degree, a majority of Iowa graduates are in debt. On average, these students owe $29,000 in college loan debt when they graduate with a bachelor's degree.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, IowaWatch.org, has been examining students who live in the now while in college, and then face the prospects of paying huge amounts off in debt.

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2014 Voter Guide
2:58 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: David Young

Third District Republican candidate David Young

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate David Young. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Java Blend
2:56 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Roxi Copland

Tune in this weekend for the soulful, minimalist sounds of Roxi Copland.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with soulful Milwaukee artist, Roxi Copland.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their debut album.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:18 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: Monte Shaw

Third District Republican candidate Monte Shaw
Credit http://iowansforshaw.com/

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Monte Shaw. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Iowa Life
11:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town

Wikimedia Commons

Time changes everything, and in Iowa, that’s glaringly apparent in many of the state’s communities with populations of less than 5,000 people. So the story goes, small towns are dying. But according to Iowa State Professor Terry Besser, that’s not exactly true. She has been monitoring Iowa’s rural communities  for more than two decades, trying to put her finger on what it is that keeps towns alive… and what contributes to the rural blight.

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2014 Voter Guide
10:49 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: Joe Grandanette

Third Congressional District Republican candidate Joe Grandanette
Credit Facebook

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Joe Grandanette. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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News
4:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Arts Education Initiative to Expand on Des Moines' North Side

A Des Moines elementary school that was once on a list of the state’s lowest-achieving schools has been removed, after significant improvements to annual scores and disciplinary issues. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, an arts education program at Findley Elementary will soon expand to four other schools in the district.

Administrators say math and reading scores at Findley Elementary have improved significantly. Students miss fewer days of school, and parents are more involved.

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Politics Day
3:06 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Primaries a Bellweather for Iowa's U.S. Senate Race?

USA.gov

On Tuesday, six states held nominating contests and the Republican establishment scored big wins. Are the results a bellwether for Iowa’s primaries in less than two weeks?  Political analysts Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa give us their thoughts on the primaries for open congressional seats here in Iowa.  Host Ben Kieffer asks how the issues of minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act are being talked about by Iowa's GOP candidates for U.S. Senate.
 

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Healthcare
12:31 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Iowa's Children's Mental Health Care Crisis

a child at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids
Stacie Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, LMHC RPT CCDP-D

More than 1600 families are on Iowa’s children's mental health wavier waiting list. That means there are 1600 families who can’t access certain services they need in order to care for their children. For the past two years, Kim Jensen’s family has been one of those. She says it got really hard not having help caring for her daughter, Grace, who she and her husband adopted through the Iowa foster care system. “She was severely aggressive when she was 5 and 6 years old. She is little, but she is strong. After a while, we couldn’t find anyone to watch her.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:36 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward

Ardent Mills would control about a third of the American flour milling market.
Wikimedia Commons

Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.

Food giants ConAgra and Cargill said last year they wanted to put their flour mills under one roof in a new company called Ardent Mills. But a chorus of antitrust watchdogs said the deal would further consolidate an already concentrated industry.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Treated Seeds May Contribute to Honeybee Losses

Cherokee, Iowa farmer Nathan Anderson wears beekeeping gear to protect himself when he opens or closes the pollen traps on the hives on his farm. He’s allowed researchers to place three pairs of hives on his fields.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick long, sturdy yellow gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn.

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Education
5:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Examining the Bar

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The Iowa Bar Association has recommended to the Iowa State Supreme Court that Iowa’s law schools should institute a “diploma privilege” for graduates of Iowa's law schools, meaning that graduates wouldn’t have to take the bar exam to practice law in the state.

Is allowing lawyers who haven’t passed a bar exam to practice a good idea? President of the Iowa State Bar Association Guy Cook says it’s an overdue change, “Iowa’s bar exam doesn’t test knowledge of Iowa law. This proposal wouldn’t work everywhere, but in Iowa, it could.”

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Talk of Iowa
2:54 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Developing Relationship Skills Behind Bars

Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury

When a woman leaves prison she will face many challenges, and to succeed she needs to have the skills to navigate her world and to make good decisions. This hour we talk about a class designed to help incarcerated women do just that.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Canada Jonesing for Piece of American (Hemp) Pie

Canada legalized hemp in 1998 and many companies there are anxiously awaiting cultivation in the U.S. At Centennial Seeds in Colorado, growers have started planting.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

 

The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that containhemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.

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Environment
5:45 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Iowa's globally significant bird area

Cerulean Warbler
Credit Wikipedia

Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest in northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County is designated as the first globally important bird area for Iowa, and it’s all because of a very small blue and white bird with a lovely song called the Cerulean Warbler.  Bird Biologist with Iowa DNR Bruce Ehresman says it’s the largest important bird

conservation area in the state with about 135 thousand acres….

A dedication of the state’s first globally important bird area takes place May 31st at the Yellow River State Forest headquarters.

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Talk of Iowa
3:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

An Adventure at Two Miles Per Hour

Robert Buckley's book

When Robert Buckely reached retirement, he decided he needed a new adventure and started walking... hundreds of miles in multiple countries.  He has now completed four super long distance hikes, the last one at the age of 70.  He's written about his experiences in the book Two Miles an Hour.

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Talk of Iowa
3:09 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Footin' it for Foster Care

Chris Barnett takes a break at a McDonald's on his walk across Iowa and back again
2 Give Back Facebook

There's a shortage of foster parents in Iowa, and Chris Barnett wants everyone to know about it.  To raise awareness of the need for new foster parents, Barnett is spending the month of May walking across the state of Iowa, twice.  He's reached the halfway point, and Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about his life and his mission.

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River to River
2:25 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

The Beauty and Future of Iowa's Parks

Lake MacBride Park in Solon, IA
Emily Woodbury

Iowa is the second most privately owned state in the U.S., so land preserved on its public parks is particularly special. Today on River to River –  the future of Iowa’s parks.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Now Appearing: Hemp, for the First Time in Decades

At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

 

A handful of farmers is set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.

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News Buzz
1:12 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Iowan says he owes his life to Medal of Honor Recepient

Kain Schilling with his friend and Medal of Honor recepient Kyle White
Courtesy of Kain Schilling

 Former Army Spec. Kain Schilling says he owes his life to his friend and comrade former Army Sergeant Kyle White, “I could never repay him. We’re good friends... He knows I’m extremely thankful and that my family is eternally grateful.”

Schilling lives in Palo, Iowa and attended a White House ceremony earlier this week where his friend and was awarded the United States Military’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He talks with host Ben Kieffer about an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007 by Taliban forces when White saved his life and the lives of several others in their unit.

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News Buzz
12:49 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ames 5th Grader to Represent Iowa in National Geographic Bee

Top 10 finalists from last year's National Geographic Bee
Rebecca Hale

Shirlin Kingston, a 5th grader from Ames, will represent Iowa at the 26th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. She leaves Sunday for the East coast and  says the fact that she is homeschooled and gets to spend more time on what interests her has helped her succeed in the competition so far.

If she wins the national bee, she’ll win a trip to the Galapagos Islands, which is exactly the place she’s says she's always wanted to go. “It’s right next to the equator, but they have penguins there” she tells host Ben Kieffer during this River to River interview. 

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Horticulture Day
12:14 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Can't Grow Out? Grow up!

An example of vertical gardening
Craigsypoo Flickr under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When you don't have room to build out, you build up.  The same rule applies to gardening.  It's horticulture day and Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Linda Naeve about adding a new dimension to our garden or landscape with vertical gardening, including trellises, stakes, cages, archways and green walls.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins in to answer listener questions.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
10:49 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Defamation

Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines, May 17, 2013.
John Pemble

While he didn't win the Sioux City senate seat, at least 2010 candidate Rick Mullin and the Iowa Democratic Party won’t have to pay $231,000 to State Senator Rick Bertrand.

Today the Iowa Supreme Court today found that an ad run by Mullin’s campaign did not meet the definition of defamation. 

Senator Bertrand sued Mullin and his party saying the campaign ad purposely misled voters into thinking Bertrand was the owner of the pharmaceutical company Takeda, when in reality he was an employee.

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Science and Technology
8:33 am
Fri May 16, 2014

White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie seated at a table at Cownie Furs, a Des Moines business he owns that's been in his family for generations.
Credit John Pemble / IPR

  National leaders, governors, mayors and tribal leaders met in Des Moines this week for a task force meeting that will make recommendations to the White House this fall. IPR's Clay Masters talked with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie about what those recommendations might look like.   

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Statehouse and Politics
7:52 am
Fri May 16, 2014

2014 Primary Elections: U.S. Senate

Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley speaks at the Iowa Statehouse on January 13, 2013. The next week Senator Tom Harkin annoucned he was retiring and Braley quickly entered the race.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

  Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced last year he was retiring. It’s been decades since Iowa’s had an open senate seat. 

There are five candidates on the Republican side: State Senator Joni Ernst, Former Energy Executive Mark Jacobs, Ames businessman Scott Schaben, Morningside Economics Professor Sam Clovis and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker.

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River to River
10:48 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Africa, Behind the Headlines

First Lady Michelle Obama
Twitter.com

The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls has captured world attention.  But the Nigerian government has been unsuccessfully trying to put down an insurgency by Boko Haram for years.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Pita Agbese, Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa about the social media campaign that included a photo tweeted by First Lady Michelle Obama and how that has forced the Nigerian government to act.  He also speaks with Moses Bomett, Founder and President of Hope for Africa, a non-profit that raises money to support schools in Kenya.  And he talk with Jim

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News Buzz
5:30 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Whiskey Flavored Pigs?

Templeton Rye's Heritage Pork Project pigs
El Photography and Design

If you drink whiskey, and if you eat pork, you’ve probably come to understand them as a pretty good pairing. Scott Bush, President and Founder of Templeton Rye Whiskey in Templeton, Iowa, says he's always enjoyed the combination. Recently, he's taken it one step further.

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