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River to River
1:21 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Politics and Partisanship

Approval ratings for Congress are holding steady in the teens, but as bad as you think partisanship is – the authors of a new book say “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.” Host Jonathan Ahl talks with some of Iowa’s former Congressmen to get their impressions of partisanship today, as compared to when they were serving in office. What’s your solution for getting our dysfunctional Congress back on track?

Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Dental Crisis for Children/Cost of Sexual Violence

There is a cavity epidemic among preschoolers in this country. According to the CDC, for the first time in 40 years tooth decay is on the rise. In fact, it is not unusual for young kids at all income levels to have cavities in half or even more of their teeth. We look at challenges in pediatric dentistry and what you can do to prevent tooth decay with the University of Iowa head of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Rebecca Slayton. Later, Charity speaks with Dr. Ginger Yang, Prof. of Community and Behavioral Health at the U.I.

Talk of Iowa
10:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Roller Derby and Frank Deford

Roller Derby was wildly popular for decades, but almost disappeared in the 1970's. Now it's back and has gained a die-hard following.  We'll look at its growing popularity with Lisa Edwards and Kimberly Hendricks, members of the Old Capitol City Roller Girls from Iowa City. Later, a conversation with award-winning author and commentator Frank Deford. He'll talk about his autobiography out this week, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

River to River
2:41 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Digital Discourse and Online Civility (Encore)

In a program that originally aired last May, we host a conversation about cyber civility. With a rapidly advancing technological society, we investigate how technology plays a roll in communication. In light of a controversial email sent from University of Iowa Professor Ellen Lewin, we take a look at how people are communicating digitally and how their digital communication differs from how they would communicate face to face. Is there a need for more digital discourse?

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River to River
1:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Author Erik Larson and Statehouse Update

History offers the benefit of hindsight. But New York Times Bestselling author Erik Larson tries to transport readers back in time, before the outcome of events was known.  In his latest book, In the Garden of Beasts he takes us to pre-war Berlin with the family of the first U.S. Ambassador to Nazi Germany, William E. Dodd.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with him about narrative non-fiction in advance of a visit to Des Moines.  And Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell tells us how close Iowa lawmakers may be to adjournment.

Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Iowa Summer Olympic Hopefuls

Competitions are taking place across the country for U.S. Olympic hopefuls looking to earn berths in the 2012 Summer Games in London. Charity talks with Des Moines' Shawn Johnson about her preparation after a lay-off and knee injury sustained in a ski accident and the four medals she took home after the 2008 Olympics. Charity also speaks with Lauren Pfeiffer, a field hockey player on the US National Team; Miranda Leek, an archer currently leading the field in women's archery; and Matt Stutzman of Fairfield. Stutzman has qualified for the 2012 Paralympics Games as an archer.

Arts & Culture
7:36 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Got Government Data? There's an App for That

You might have heard about the Drake Relays this weekend. Turns out there was another kind of relay going on - a race to make phone and computer applications - using government data.

The event was called the Open Iowa Code-a-thon. It involved around 50 people, 52 sets of data, and approximately 54 hours to get it done. Government agencies made information available, so coders could capture open-source data to turn into useful applications.

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Got Government Data? There's an App...
4:30 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Got Government Data? There's an App for That

River to River
11:35 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Police K-9's/Denise O'Brien

How are canines aiding in crime fighting efforts? We'll find out when Ben talks to Officer Cordell Miller of the Des Moines Police Department. Miller's German Sheppard Bello tracked down a crime suspect that would have escaped if not for Bello's crime fighting abilities. Later, a conversation with Denise O'Brien from Atlantic, Iowa. She's just returned from a year-long mission in Afghanistan working on a reconstruction team with Afghan farmers.   

Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Hort Day: Insect Revival

Insects got a head start this year. On today's program, it’s Horticulture Day. Entomologist Dr. Donald Lewis of Iowa State University will be here. We’ll talk about red admiral butterflies, European sawflies and why we’re seeing so many moths. Horticulturist Richard Jauron of I.S.U. Extension will also be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

River to River
11:26 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Zach Wahls

Iowa City native Zach Wahls skyrocketed to celebrity after a video of his speech before the Iowa Legislature became the top political youtube video of 2011. Now he’s written a book called My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family that looks at growing up with two lesbian mothers. Ben talks with Zach about the book and his newfound celebrity, which includes an appearance this week on Late Night with David Letterman.

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Thu April 26, 2012

She Matters: Status of Women and Girls in Iowa

The Iowa Women's Leadership Council on Tuesday released its 2012 report on the status of women and girls in Iowa, "She Matters."  The IWLC is a public-private partnership of women's organizations focused on supporting Iowa's women and girls.  This hour, we'll discuss the new report.  Previous reports have revealed that females in the state experience a greater percentage of economic disparities, diseases, disabilities, and barriers to corporate and civic leadership.  Joining us in the discussion will be IWLC Ex. Director, Diane Ramsey; Terry Hernandez, Ex.

Politics
4:37 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Candidates Gear up in Iowa

In critical swing states like Iowa, President Obama’s re-election campaign is already in full gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground. Meanwhile Governor Romney’s had to focus on one primary race after another, as he sews up the nomination. As Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, the President’s campaign hopes their head start will make the difference in November.

River to River
2:49 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Politics Day: Obama in Iowa

President Obama makes another stop in our fair swing state of Iowa. Mitt Romney pivots toward the general election... campaigning with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, as the Veepstakes heat up. And the trial of John Edwards on federal campaign finance charges in North Carolina. Host Ben Kieffer talks with analysts Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa and Dennis Goldford of Drake University about these and other issues in our weekly political discussion.
 

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Drake Relays 2012

For over a century the Drake Relays has been a place for some of the world’s best athletes to run, jump and hurdle their way towards greatness. Today on Talk of Iowa, we'll focus on the upcoming 2012 Drake Relays. We’ll preview this year’s competition, revisit some of the most memorable performances and Charity will talk with reigning 1500m world Champion Jennifer Simpson. Other guests include the Assistant Director of the Relays, Carolyn Hill; and Associated Press sports reporter Luke Meredith, who has covered the Relays for eight years.

River to River
1:19 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Combat Veterans Coping with PTSD through Psychiatric Service Dogs

Thousands of veterans have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  Nightmares or flashbacks, angry outbursts, and hyper vigilance are common symptoms. In addition, many veterans also have to learn to live with physical injuries. A Des Moines-based not-for-profit called Paws & Effect is helping some Iowa veterans live better lives by training and placing psychiatric service and mobility dogs. Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with combat veteran Wade Baker and the organization’s executive director Nicole Shumate.

Talk of Iowa
1:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Jack Hanna/Iowa Parrot Rescue

Lions and tigers and bears and parrots--on today's Talk of Iowa we’ll go into the wild with Jack Hanna, wildlife expert and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He'll be appearing in Des Moines later this week. Also on the program is Michael Hutchison, founder and director of the Iowa Parrot Rescue. He has helped over 700 birds in the past 15 years.

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