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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle and Drake University Professor of Politics Dennis Goldford about the lame duck congressional session and the debt commission's recommendations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Iowa Holiday Destinations and Activities

If you're planning a getaway over the holiday, think Iowa. Lori Erickson of Iowa City, author of "Iowa: Off the Beaten Path" (now in its ninth edition) and Shawna Lode of the Iowa Tourism Office share some of their favorite Iowa holiday tourist destinations.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Tea Party Plans

River to River
1:00 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta of Hiawatha. Today, Sal Giunta will become the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. There have only been eight recipients of the military's highest honor in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Giunta, who serves with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, exposed himself to enemy fire in October 2007, when an insurgent force ambush split his squad into two groups. Later, Ben speaks with Rabbi Jay Holstein, the J.J.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Grotesques in Iowa/The Living Nickelodeon

Next time you're walking around Des Moines, look up and you might see something interesting on some old buildings. We'll talk about the stone carvings of faces known as "grotesques" that adorn buildings around the world. The guest is Jan Fleming, author of "Grotesques in Des Moines..Iowa and Abroad." Later, University of Iowa professor Rick Altman will tell us about "The Living Nickelodeon," his presentation that relives the multimedia spectacles that characterized film exhibition during the two decades between the invention of cinema and the rise of feature films.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Salute to Vet's Auditorium

Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Credit Iowa Events Center

This is the first time we've applied our historic sound project to a building. Iowa's largest memorial to war veterans is closed for renovation. Sometimes called the "barn," it will never be the same. Historic audio clips come from Iowa Public Television, the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting and IPR. Note: Vets reopened in 2012.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Congress returns to Washington & The War in Afghanistan

Lawmakers return to Washington with an agenda crowded with spending and tax issues. We'll talk with 5th district Congressman Steve King and get his take on the GOP taking control of the house and what it mans for a number of legislative priorities. Later, a conversation with former Marine Corps captain Matthew Hoh. In 2009 Hoh resigned his State Department position over U.S. policy in Afghanistan and became an outspoken critic of the conflict. Hoh wiill discuss his position during a stop this week in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Wildlife Day

There was a time when it was a rare treat to spot a white tailed deer in Iowa. That treat is no longer rare. IPR's Charity Nebbe will talk with wildlife biologist Rebecca Christoffel of Iowa State University about the history of white tailed deer in our state, their place in the environment and our complicated relationship with them.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun November 14, 2010

Medal of Honor Recipient Army Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta

River to River
1:00 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

The Intersection of Religion and Science

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Hector Avalos, a former child evangelist preacher and now a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Iowa State University. Avalos will discuss his journey from preacher to now heading up the Atheist and Agnostic Society in Ames. Later in the hour, Ben talks with New York Times bestselling author Sam Harris. In his first book, "The End of Faith", Harris ignited debate about the validity of religion. His new book, "The Moral Landscape", sets out to tear down the wall between scientific facts and human values.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Horticulture Day/Christmas Trees

In a few short weeks many of us will participate in an ancient ritual by bringing an entire tree into the house. On this Horticulture day we'll talk about Christmas trees, choosing them and caring for them, and take your questions about the plants in your life. Guests are Mark Vitosh, District Forester at the Iowa DNR and Dr. Richard Jauron of the horticulture department at Iowa State University.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Hybrid School Buses

River to River
1:00 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Veterans returning to school

Many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are taking advantage of the G-I Bill to go to college. But, veteran graduation rates at the University of Iowa are 15-percent lower than rates for non-veterans. Thursday on The Exchange Host Ben Kieffer talks with the developers of a new class aimed at helping veterans stay in school. "Life After War," builds on the camaraderie and teamwork learned in the military to help student veterans overcome P-T-S-D, traumatic brain injury and other barriers to graduation. Guests include Tamara Woods, UI doctoral student, Dr.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu November 11, 2010

New Music

What music has moved you or gotten you moving in the past year?

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Politics Day

Everyone is focused on what the 2010 midterm election results mean. Wednesday on The Exchange, host Ben Kieffer gets interpretations from New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Northern Iowa, Chris Larimer. Join in the conversation to share your take-away from last week's elections. What do they mean for you?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Karen Stobbe on Caregiving

Karen Stobbe was an actress and director. When her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease she became a caregiver. In learning how to best care for her father, Stobbe's life in theater gave her tools she could use. She now travels the country sharing what she learned with others. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Stobbe, author of "Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh." She also speaks with Prof. Mercedes Bern-Klug, Prof. of Social Work and head of the Aging Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Find more information at www.in-themoment.com.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Branding Iowa

Re-broadcast: Over the years, the following slogans have welcomed people to Iowa, "Fields of Opportunities," "A Place to Grow," "A State of Minds," and the "Tall Corn State." We'll talk about the perceptions of Iowa both internally and externally and how to market and brand the state. We'll also examine an effort to re-brand the "technology corridor" in eastern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Ape House: a Novel

In an archive program, writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of the research for her new novel at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines. Gruen says most of the conversations between the bonobos and humans in "Ape House" are based on actual conversations with great apes, including Koko, Washoe, Booey, Kanzi, and Panbanisha.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Andy Williams (Part Two)

Credit Andy Williams Birthplace Museum

It has been 45 years since the Williams Brothers broke up. That’s when the youngest member launched his own act. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen was in the audience recently, and concludes his profile on Iowa native Andy Williams, who passed away in 2012. (Part One is posted below) Historic audio courtesy of Iowa Public TV, Andy Williams, his birthplace museum and You Tube.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

An International View of Iowa and Elections

Host Ben Kieffer talks with established writers from around the world tell about how they experienced the U.S. elections, and how our political process differs from theirs. The writers from Argentina, Egypt and Kenya ... along with more than 30 other foreign writers have spent the last ten weeks in residency as part of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Russell Valentino/Kee Malesky

Today, we hear about a University of Iowa professor's quest to save a rare and dying Romance language, Rovignese, spoken by a dwindling number of people in a part of Croatia. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Russell Valentino and later with NPR's librarian Kee Malesky. Her first book is just out, "All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge."

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Andy Williams (Part One)

The Williams Brothers quartet, in Chicago.
Credit Andy Williams Birthplace Museum

It was just over 75 years ago when a young Iowa boy joined his brothers in a church choir in western Iowa. Until 2012, when Andy Williams passed away, he was one of the most productive octogenarians in entertainment. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen traveled to Wall Lake and Branson, Missouri, for this 2-part, Iowa Archives special. Historic audio comes from Andy Williams, his birthplace museum, and You Tube.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Rare Earths and China

Rare Earth metals like neodymium are used in devices you use every day, like ear buds, computers and flat screen TV's. It's also a critical component in hybrid engines and wind turbines. The element is not rare, as the name implies, but the bulk of the world supply about 90-percent - is currently mined in China. Host Ben Kieffer talks with two scientists at the Ames Lab about research and development related to rare earths and why federal officials are holding hearings and closely monitoring rare earth exports.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Hort Day/Green Roofs

A roof can be so much more than tarpaper and shingles. This hour, we'll look at green roof technology, discuss the benefits of such a roof and find out how you build one. Plus, we'll take your questions about the plants in your life.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Public Relations Industry and Violent Video Games

In the first half-hour host Ben Kieffer talks with writer and political activist John Stauber. Stauber's work examines propoganda by governments, private interests and the Public Relations Industry. Stauber discusses corporate contributions to political candidates during this years election. Stauber visits the University of Northern Iowa next week. Later, Iowa State University Psychology Professor Douglas Gentile examines the U.S. Supreme Court case brought by the State of California against the video game industry.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Grant Wood: A Life

Much about Grant Wood's patriotism and masculinity has been read into "American Gothic," with its pitchfork-holding farmer and his dour companion standing in front of an Eldon, Iowa farmhouse. R. Tripp Evans, an art historian at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, argues that even more has been misread, overshadowing Wood's rich and varied artistic career. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Evans, author of the new book, "Grant Wood: A Life." (Knopf)

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