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4:43 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Human-Dog Connection

Pat Blank

The domestication of dogs started around 30,000 years ago when wolves started to self-select to live on the edges of human society in Eurasian. It wasn’t until about 14,000 years ago that we had the animal of dog as we know it.

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Talk of Iowa
12:15 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Overcoming Eating Disorders

According to the Eating Disorder Coalition, the risk of developing an eating disorder is 50-80% determined by genetics.
daniellehelm

Approximately 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.  These diseases are hard to understand, difficult to treat and often deadly. 

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Sports
5:16 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports

Jeff Wasson

The Winter Olympics begin tomorrow, which got us thinking about the young athletes who will be watching the games... who may one day compete at state, national , or international levels.

Now more than ever, children and their parents are faced with the decision of whether or not to specialize in a sport at an early age – some children being only a few years old. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the concept of specializing children in sports.

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Politics Day
3:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Pipeline Politics

A new U.S. State Department report raises no major environmental objections to the possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the report is being treated differently by Democrats and Republicans.  That and other political news; analysts for this Politics Day include Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.

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News
5:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Indian Motorcycles Bolster Manufacturing Base

Polaris Industries has 800 northwest Iowa Workers.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Manufacturing continues to be the lead sector of the economy in Dickinson County, thanks, in part, to Polaris Industries. The company has been turning out Indian motorcycles for more than six months. Part two of a two-part story. 

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Smart Meter Privacy Concerns
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Rural Residents Question New Smart Meter Technology

Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives are aggressively pursuing a new technology for measuring  electricity consumption  at homes and farms.    With so-called  smart meters , the REC’s  can tell how much power you’ve used without going anywhere near your house.   Health and privacy concerns have led some rural residents to look to the legislature for help.  

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Talk of Iowa
2:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz

The Isham Jones Orchestra, early/mid 1920s
Infrogmation of New Orleans / flickr

When you think of jazz you might think of New Orleans or New York City.  But in the 20s, 30s, and 40s musicians in Iowa and the surrounding states kept Iowans dancing in ballrooms, hotel dining rooms, high school gymnasiums, and by playing on local radio. Join host Charity Nebbe for this hour of jazz in Iowa from the hot jazz of the 20s to the big band sound of the 30s and 40s. Hear from Jim Oatts, leader of the Des Moines Big Band, Josh Duffee, music director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, and John Benoit professor of music at Simpson College.

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River to River
1:56 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

How the Internet Is Changing Our Brain

Students on their smartphones.
Fredler Brave

Technology, culture and economics writer Nicholas Carr’s most recent book "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee. He speaks with host Ben Kieffer about why he doesn't have a smartphone and how the internet is changing our society.

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River to River
1:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Envoy Sen. George Mitchell on 01/04/2010.
U.S. State Department

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell has made a career out of crafting compromise. First in the U.S. Senate, then later brokering peace in Northern Ireland, and finally tackling peace in the Middle East.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Mitchell about Syria and Iran. He’ll also share his views on what is driving the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington.

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News
5:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Indian Motorcycles: Made in Iowa

A 2014 Indian moves through the Polaris assembly line in Spirit Lake.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Exactly six months after they were unveiled at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Polaris Industries cannot keep up with the demand for Indian motorcycles. The iconic brand is produced exclusively in Spirit Lake. Part one of a two part story.

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Iowa Statehouse
3:54 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education

Credit John Pemble / IPR

The state cost per student in Iowa’s K-12 public schools is over six thousand dollars per year - increasing steadily over the past couple decades.

The Iowa legislature is supposed to set the amount of state aid for K-12 school budgets more than a year in advance. Schools say they need the budget in advance so they can plan teacher salaries, but republican law makers are hesitant to plan the budget too far ahead.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Beatles 50th Anniversary

Bob Dorr's Beatle "military" coat from 1969, with a couple of the cut-out buttons that came inside the original issuance of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Courtesy of Bob Dorr

When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 Beatlemania arrived with them.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
8:06 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Corn Dust Another Threat to Honeybees

In her lab at Iowa State, Mary Harris keeps specimens of bees for her research on how they are impacted by environmental factors including corn dust.

The way certain corn seeds get planted is having an unintended negative affect on honeybees in the Corn Belt. 

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Statehouse and Politics
7:43 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Juvenile Home's Future Unsure, The Likelihood of a Gas Tax Hike

Photo by John Pemble

Governor Terry Branstad ordered the closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo last month. It was after an investigation uncovered some girls were held in isolation cells. Last week Senate Democrats unveiled a bill to reopen the home under a new program. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Statehouse Correspondent about the juvenile home as well as the likelihood of lawmakers raising the state's  gas tax.

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News
5:30 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Holly, Valens, Big Bopper Remembered

Credit Bob Hale

The annual tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper is winding down in Clear Lake as fans remember the plane crash that ended the careers of three talented rock and roll superstars. We talk with the man who emceed the tragic Winter Dance Party of 1955.

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Studio One
4:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Folk Music Icon Pete Seeger Dies at 94

Pete Seeger at age 88 photographed on 6-16-07 at the Clearwater Festival 2007
Credit Anthony Pepitone

The world lost a great treasure on Tuesday, when Pete Seeger passed away.  From the early 1940’s until just last year, Pete inspired audiences with his singing, his enthusiasm, and his conviction that the world can become a better place.  Mark Moss of Sing Out! Magazine had this to say about him:

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Talk of Iowa
2:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Suing for Freedom

Above, these 51 Xs—some of which are repeated—are the signatures of the slaves upon their petitions for freedom filed in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Lea VanderVelde

In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that a slave could not sue for his freedom. Many call this ruling the worst Supreme Court decision of all time. 

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News Buzz
1:06 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

You Have Neanderthal Genes

Neanderthal Mother (detail of diorama) in Anthropos Pavilion, Brno, Czech Republic
Jaroslav A. Polák

For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new  smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route. 

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Juvenile Home Backlash
11:17 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home

State lawmakers looking into the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home at Toledo got a fresh perspective from juvenile court officers who work with the  delinquent girls who used to be assigned to the home.     The officers argue that Iowa needs a facility specifically for  girls who’ve been in serious trouble with the law.  Governor Branstad is at odds with the judicial branch. 

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News
5:37 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Propane Prices Hit Rural Towns Hardest

242 people live in the town of Laurel. Nearly all depend on propane to heat their homes and businesses.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

Low propane supplies in the Midwest have driven up the cost of the fuel used by many rural families to heat their homes and businesses—to the point where Senator Chuck Grassley has requested an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren traveled to an area in Central Iowa that depends on propane, and came back with this story. 

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Sports
2:03 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Big Pressure and Big Business of the Big Game

Courtesy of Sean Considine

This Sunday, the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. Today on River to River, how did the football biz get so big? And, what is it like to play or be a referee in a high profile game?

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Home Improvement
12:58 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Stay Warm for Less

Aaron Ray

Residential and commercial buildings can use a lot of energy.  New building codes are being used in Iowa that can make for more efficient use of utilities. Home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to talk about the guidelines and answer listener questions about home projects.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
7:48 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Farm Bill Compromise Passes House

ISU agricutltue economist Chad Hart says the cost of farm programs will fluctuate more under the 2014 farm bill than the last one.
Amy Mayer/IPR

It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take it up soon.

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Arts and Culture
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Nontraditional Collection of Traditional Music

Max Wellman records jazz standards in a Des Moines venue for his 2014 monthly subscription service of music titled “The Songbook Project”.
Photo by John Pemble

Most albums are a group of songs acquired as a single body of music on a vinyl record, CD, or download, but musicians like Max Wellman from Des Moines are challenging this decades old system.  Wellman is a 22-year old jazz singer who has been working full time in the business for three years after dropping out of Butler University in 2011.  Last November he released the CD “You Must Believe in Spring”, a collection of songs by artists like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Frank Sinatra.  The instrumentation is mostly a string quartet to blend his love of classical music with jazz.

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Politics Day
4:13 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union

President Obama delivers the State of the Union to a joint session of Congress
Chuck Kennedy (Executive Office of the President of the United States) White House image, public domain

President Obama stepped to the podium to deliver his 2014 State of the Union address against a backdrop of low approval ratings, a stagnant Congress and the term “lame duck” increasingly being used to describe his presidency.  The State of the Union is often seen as an opportunity to press the reset button.  But, an analysis of the list of priorities requiring Congressional action unveiled in 2013 shows only two measures winning approval.  This may have been what prompted the President to say h

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Talk of Iowa
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Listening Back to "The Maid Narratives"

"The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," discusses complicated racial dynamics within the homes of the Jim Crow era.
LSU Press

Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, "The Help."

Listen back to host Charity Nebbe's conversation with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, "The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," which tells the true stories of people who lived that reality.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:53 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Stricter Training of Stun Guns Considered in Iowa Prisons

Credit John Pemble / IPR

A committee in the Iowa Senate heard from experts on using stun guns, so-called tasers, to subdue difficult inmates. Two prisoners have died in Iowa jails after being tased by officers. A number of other law enforcement agencies have faced lawsuits for their use of stun guns. Iowa Public Radio's Joyce Russell reports

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Colorado Creates Food Safety System for Marijuana Products

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business. Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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River to River
3:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Renewable Fuel Standard

E Energy in Adams, Neb., takes in corn from local farms to make 65 million gallons of ethanol each year.
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

A decade ago ethanol was touted as an eco-friendly biofuel that would not only decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but also boost the Midwest's economy. Today however, ethanol’s future is a matter of debate.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed reducing the ethanol mandate for the nation’s fuel supply. Many Iowa and around Midwest believe a reduction to the RFS would be economically devastating. 

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Health
12:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits

Blue Zones participant Lynn Stansbery with Dan Buettner and her grandson Cody at the Blue Zones Project kickoff event in Cedar Rapids
Blue Zones Project

Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.

Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.

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