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Ripple Effects
4:15 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Invisible Air: Regulating Iowa's Air Quality

An ethanol plant near Marcus, Iowa
keeva999 / flickr

The EPA sets regulations for 6 sources of air pollution, but there are hundreds of pollutants known to the EPA that go unregulated.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:29 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Fresh Yogurt, Really Fresh

An observation window in the store allows customers to watch while yogurt is being made
IPR's Pat Blank
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Statehouse and Politics
2:22 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Bradstad Defends Stance on Immigrant Children

The U.S. government estimates up to 90,000 children will enter the U.S. this year.
Ryan Henderson

Governor Terry Branstad is defending his reluctance to grant asylum to unaccompanied children fleeing extreme violence in Central America.

"It would be wrong for us to send a signal that if you come here illegally, we're just gonna disperse you throughout the country and you don't have to go home."

Social justice advocate Connie Ryan Terrell of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa says many in Iowa’s faith community are disappointed with Branstad's decision, since the state has a history of welcoming immigrants.

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Ripple Effects
11:56 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Where is the Watershed?

Iowa State University Extension Performance Based Watershed Management Project

Water quality has been a problem in Iowa since the late 1800s. To improve it, where do we start?

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Ripple Effects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s

A contaminated farm pond in northeastern Iowa
Rita Dvorak

Iowa’s water quality hadn’t nudged much since the 1980s. That’s according to Iowa Geological Survey research scientist Keith Schilling.

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News Buzz
3:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

News Buzz: Human Trafficking, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba

According to data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, there has been a steady increase in calls reporting human trafficking in Iowa. 

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News Buzz
3:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

News Buzz: NPR's Don Gonyea Ready for RAGBRAI

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Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley and Brian Naylor, team “No Pie Refused” are ready for RAGBRAI.

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News Buzz
3:26 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

News Buzz: Is Iowa in Idaho? It's Time to End the Mix-Up

Iowa grows corn, not potatoes.
Flickr

Iowa and Idaho are two completely different states. Journalist and author Tim Woodward says its time to set the record straight.

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Horticulture Day
2:21 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees

The "Hort Gang" from Iowa State is back today.  One of the gang, Cindy Haynes, Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture at Iowa State University, fills us in on ISU's upcoming "Field Days," offering gardeners a chance to get ideas for their own gardens and see a wide variety of plants in action.  The "Field Days" are held at a variety of locations across Iowa.

Also on the program is regular Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist and Iowa DNR District Forester, Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. 

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Java Blend
10:48 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With The Feralings

Tune in and download the podcast for a full encore hour with The Feralings.
The Feralings

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with The Feralings.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the spunky Iowa roots band. 

The Feralings are Benj Upchurch, Nicole Upchurch, Patrick Bloom, and Stacy Webster, but the name is a bit of a misnomer, as the members of the band are far more likely to invite you to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea than they are to jump you and steal your beer money.

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Environment
6:35 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Predators Come Back to Iowa

Black bear cubs spotted in Alberta, Canada. A female black bear, or sow, has her first litter between 3-5 years. Her cubs stay with her until they are 16-18 months.
Credit Mark Stevens

A mother black bear and her two cubs were spotted earlier this week, on the border of Fayette and Clayton Counties, in northeast Iowa.  The next day, a beekeeper discovered bear scat and paw prints near some damaged hives. Also this week, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirmed the state's first mountain lion of 2014. A deer carcass with signs of mountain lion predation was found in Cherokee County, in northeast Iowa.

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Arts and Culture
1:09 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Amateur Radio Contests Encourage Emergency Preparedness

Jason Skretta, KC0EJT, scans frequencies in the “shortwave” band to find voices of other amateur radio operators in North America during the annual summer contest “Field Day”.
Photo by John Pemble

100 years ago, amateur radio operators were in the early years of making wireless communication with people around the world.  Professional radio operators started calling them “ham” as a pejorative, because the amateur’s equipment often caused interference, but operators embraced it and the negative connotation disappeared.  There are 800-thousand licensed ham radio operators in North America with 6,619 of them in Iowa. One of the reasons this hobby continues to move forward is because of regular competitions.  

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Health
1:44 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Living with Parkinson's Disease: "It helps define who I am, but it's not a negative"

Emily Woodbury

Andrew Duarte was only 31 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One of the biggest questions he had was, “What can I expect?”

“And there’s not really a good answer for that,” he says.

Today on Talk of Iowa - living with Parkinson’s disease. Host Charity Nebbe sits down with two Parkinson's patients and a clinical researcher to talk about recent developments in Parkinson’s research and find out what it’s like to live with the disease.

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Courts
11:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

If Someone Gets Hurt on the Sidewalk on Your Property, Are You Liable?

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After Beth Madden fell off her bike as a result of a crack in the sidewalk, she filed a negligence suit. If you're a property owner, keep reading. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet

Jack and Diane Aaron spent years in Kansas City, Kan., but have embraced their new rural life in Raymore, Mo.
Suzanne Hogan for Harvest Public Media

Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.

While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.

“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:25 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Acres of GMO Corn Nearly Double in a Decade

The USDA reports that 93 percent of the corn planted in the United States contains a genetically modified trait.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that over 90 percent of U.S. field corn is genetically modified, meaning the seeds have been embedded with a gene—usually from a bacteria—that  protects the corn from pests or herbicides.

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Politics Day
3:11 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politics Day: From the Gaza Strip to the U.S. Border

Nick Knupffer

Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Today’s that’s changed.

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Books
9:41 am
Wed July 16, 2014

From the Rocket to the Clownface: Mini Golf in June Melby's "Family and Other Hazards"

Tom Thumb miniature golf course
Courtesy of June Melby

What did your childhood summer consist of? Swimming pools, games of frisbee, putt-putt golf? For June Melby, a Decorah resident, it was the latter--and only the latter. 

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Wed July 16, 2014

United Flight 232 Remembered

Impact zone at Sioux City's Gateway Airport
Iowa National Guard cameramen

Iowa's worst air disaster is being commemorated this coming weekend. It was 25 years ago when United Flight 232 wobbled into Sioux City for a crash landing that killed 112 passengers. Our historic sound project remembers that tragic day with audio recordings going back to July 19, 1989. Reporter Durrie Bouscaren contributed to this story.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

3rd District Congressional Candidate David Young on the Minimum Wage, Trust and Immigration

David Young
Young for Iowa

David Young says it’s time for the Government to start working for the people instead of the other way around.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

4th District Congressional Candidate Jim Mowrer on Immigration, Iraq and Health Care

Jim Mowrer

After serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the Iowa National Guard, Jim Mowrer says he's ready to serve his country in a slightly different manner. 

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Home Improvement
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Home Improvement Day

A wet summer is causing home damage throughout Iowa. Tune into Talk of Iowa to hear Bill McAnally answer your questions.
Alec Perkins Wikimedia Commons

Water, water everywhere. There’s lots to fix and lots to improve in our homes during this wet Iowa summer.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Out of Public Eye, a Costly, Bitter Farm Bill Fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
Creative Commons

The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.

With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs,lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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Ripple Effects
5:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition

An abandoned farm house in rural Iowa.
Courtesty of Siobhan Spain

When Siobhan Spain and her family deconstructed an old barn on their family farm a few years ago, she re-used the barn wood instead of sending it to the landfill. 

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Ripple Effects
4:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Rural Land: Spacious but in High Demand

rural Jasper County, Iowa
Wikimedia Commons

In rural Iowa, it feels like there’s plenty of room, but the land that makes up that seemingly endless wide open space is very much in demand.

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Ripple Effects
4:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Urban Iowa: "Once you put asphalt over the top of it, there's no reclaiming it"

Just outside of Des Moines, Ankeny's population has gone from 15,000 in 1980 to more than 50,000 in 2014. By 2035, population is expected to reach 90,000.
David Wade Couch

Today we continue our summer series on the environment by taking a look at urban development – what we’re doing right and wrong.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
8:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Courtesy David Kosling/USDA

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

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Medicine
4:27 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

News Buzz: Preventing Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia was previously difficult to detect until late in the pregnancy.
Ken Hammond Wikimedia Commons

Preeclampsia, a cardiovascular condition that affects expecting mothers and often causes premature births, kills 100,000 women worldwide every year. Previously, it’s been difficult to predict or prevent before the late stages of a pregnancy. But a few researchers at the University of Iowa may change that.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted

Indy, or D18, when he first hatched.
Petrarchan47 Wikimedia Commons

A beloved Iowa eagle was found dead earlier this week. Indy, as his fans called him, a young male eaglet whose hatching was witnessed by thousands online earlier this spring was electrocuted by a power pole on Tuesday. The bird had a large following in the state and across the country; more than 500 people have posted condolences on the Raptor Resource Project’s Facebook page. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with their executive director, Bob Anderson, about what happened to the bird and what can be done to protect these eagles in the future.

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Crime
3:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty

Benton Mackenzie, in a wheelchair, and his wife, Loretta, outside the courthouse Wednesday.
Brian Wellner Quad City Times

Last summer, a Long Grove resident was arrested after police found marijuana plants in his home. Benton Mackenzie claims his family grew the plants in order to treat a rare blood-vessel cancer. This past week, the jury reached a guilty verdict for Mackenzie, his wife and child.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Brian Wellner, crime reporter for the Quad City Times, about the circumstances, outcome of the trial and why the jury couldn’t hear his primary defense.

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