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Statehouse
8:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

School Start Debate

John Pemble

After a long debate, the Iowa House today voted to put a limit on how early Iowa schools can start classes in the fall.   The tourism industry is behind the bill, including advocates for the Iowa State Fair, who say it’s hard to participate in the annual August event when kids are back in school.  But some education advocates resent talking about the school start date when weightier education issues remain unresolved.    

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Political Commentator Mark Shields and First Amendment Center's Ken Paulson

The Wall Street Journal calls him "the wittiest political analyst around." The Washington Post calls him "a walking almanac of American politics." Host Ben Kieffer talks with nationally-known columnist and political commentator Mark Shields. He’s worked in Washington through the administrations of nine U.S. Presidents.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wildlife Day: Frogs and Toads

Spring is so beautiful, sometimes you just have to sing--at least you do if you’re a frog. On this Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We’ll talk about the songs of spring as performed by Iowa’s frogs and toads. Charity also talks with Stephanie Shepherd, who organizes the annual Frog and Toad Survey for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Statehouse
5:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/9/12

IPR's Joyce Russell and Sarah McCammon discuss what's coming up in the Iowa Legislature this week.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Legislative Monday: School Start Date / Direct Care Workers

Iowa law prevents school districts from starting classes before September first but the Iowa Department of Education routinely grants waivers. Join host Joyce Russell as we discuss a proposal in the Iowa House that would make it harder for schools to start in mid-August. School superintendents say it should be a local decision while the tourism industry says an early start date hurts business. Later, we’ll have a discussion about professionalizing direct care workers.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Shell Games

Jeffrey Copeland's Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist is a true story told in the voices of people who lived the events. The story has murder, mystery, mayhem - all important pieces of American history - and a good love story as well. Copeland is the Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Heartland Heroes

The American Red Cross of Central Iowa is honoring citizens from across the state that have performed extraordinary acts of courage. Ben talks with Melisa Wissink of Granger who has established the Iowa Chapter of COPS, which provides support for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty; Kathy Tumilson of Rockford, whose son Jon was killed in a U.S.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Horticulture Day: Early Spring Warning

Our unusually warm late winter and early spring weather has transformed the landscape and lulled some of us into a false sense of security. On this week's Horticulture program, Charity speaks to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension Value Added Agriculture, about what we can plant right now what we should absolutely not plant now, even if the weather is so nice.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

2012 Gender Gap

The latest USA Today/Gallup Poll shows President Obama with an 18-point lead among women in 12 possible battleground states. That’s prompted Republican Mitt Romney to start talking more about his wife Anne on the campaign trail. We'll explore the growing gender gap among voters and how it could impact the 2012 election. Ben's guests are Dianne Bystrom of the Carrie Chapman Center for Women and Politics, Chris Larimer of the University of Northern Iowa's Political Science Department, former Iowa Senate Republican Mary Kramer and former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Prairie Restoration and Mushrooms

Tom Rosburg has lived his life studying, managing and educating Iowans about the important role native prairies play in the biological evolution of Iowa. The Drake biology professor has been recognized for his work, receiving the Olav Smedal Conservation Award. Charity talks with Rosburg about his love of nature and the real challenges in sustaining Iowa's prairie ecosystems. Also, does the warm March weather mean morel mushrooms are sprouting early? We'll find out from Roseanne Healy of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota.

Environment
5:00 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Trumpeter Swans Rebound

Vince Evilsizer, with the DNR, keeps control of a young Trumpeter Swan
Department of Natural Resources

Something remarkable is happening in the countryside of Iowa this spring; something that hasn’t been seen to this extent, in more than 120 years. Wildlife experts are cheering the rebound of North America’s largest water fowl.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Politics Day

Oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act don’t seem to have done anything to garner support for the law, or the court.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows an increasing number of people view the law more negatively, and view the court less favorably.  Host Jonathan Ahl talks with guests Dave Peterson and Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University about these shifting perceptions.  They also analyze results from the three latest primary contests including Wisconsin.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mindless Eating

Do you eat because you're hungry? Do you eat because you're bored? Brian Wansink says what you put in your mouth every day is influenced by your environment, the company you keep, and an almost endless and invisible list of other factors. Today, Charity talks with Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think." (Bantam Books) Wansink, an Iowa native, is Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab .

Statehouse
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Reforming Tax Increment Financing

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is facing reform in the legislature. The House Ways and Means committee approved a bill that would limit what cities and counties could use TIF to do. Supporters say TIF has become a way to reel in businesses at the tax payer’s expense. Opponents of the legislation says it undermines cities and counties ability to fix blighted and underdeveloped areas. Iowa Public Radio's Sandhya Dirks reports.

Statehouse
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Tobacco Tax Dispute

Some smokers have always saved money by buying loose tobacco and rolling their own cigarettes. Now a number of smoke shops around the state are making it not just cheap but very easy. But the state’s tax police are on the case.  

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