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11:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

"Project Talent" wants to know how the Class of 1960 turned out

  A 50-year follow-up is in the works for a study involving 400,000 American high school students - including those at about two-dozen Iowa schools - in 1960.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Harvest Public Media, Annie's Project & the 2010 Farm Progress Show

We'll meet Kathleen Masterson, the new agriculture reporter for IPR and hear more about the CPB grant that funds her position. Then, the founder of Annie's Project talks about efforts to empower more women to be part of the decision making process on their farms. Finally, we get a preview of the 2010 Farm Progress Show from Frank Holdmeyer, a former Farm Progress Show manager.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Writing About Iowa

What are the challenges and opportunities facing writers who write about Iowa people, places and events for a regional and national audience? Guests are Trevor Meers, Executive Editor, Midwest Living magazine; Mike Chapman, publisher, Iowa History Journal; and Beth Wilson, editor, The Iowan magazine.

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Signals From Space
11:00 pm
Sun August 29, 2010

Signals From Space

Astronomers at the University of Iowa are learning that the sun is more unique that we used to believe. The key tool in their research is a massive radio telescope. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen visited the observatory in this Radio Field Trip to eastern Iowa.

River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Iraqi Education Initiative & Flooding in Pakistan

The first students to be part of the Iraq Education Initiative at the University of Iowa have arrived on campus. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Scott King, Assistant Dean of International Programs at University of Iowa, who will tell us more about the effort. We'll also have a conversation with Rauf Arif, a University of Iowa graduate student from Pakistan. As the tremendous flooding in Pakistan continues we'll talk about how Pakistanis in the U.S. are keeping tabs on what's happening back home and how they think the U.S. media is doing at covering the catastrophe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Horticulture Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University. We'll hear about dividing perennials and getting them ready for winter and planting the bulbs that brighten the spring.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Cristo Rei school

The latest concept in the ongoing struggle by educators in the state to stem the tide of high school dropouts is coming from the Des Moines Catholic Diocese. School officials there are looking into opening what's known as a Cristo Rei school. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us it would blend a rigorous academic program with a professional workplace experience.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Hostile Takeover Attempt of Casey's General Stores & Business Philanthropy

Host Ben Kieffer talks about a Canadian company's hostile takeover attempt of Casey's General Stores. Casey's is based in Ankeny and operates more than fifteen hundred convenience stores. We'll discuss what Casey's is doing to defend itself and how the Canadian company is fighting back. Later in the hour, a conversation about business philanthropy and how businesses decide what to sponsor.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 26, 2010

Making Music Together

The project that has placed pianos in the Iowa City ped-mall demonstrates a well-understood truth: music draws people together. What is it about someone sitting down at a piano in a public place that makes us want to join in and sing? We'll talk to Steve West of West Music in Coralville; music therapist Mary Adamek; Eric Saylor, Drake University Musicologist; and Jennifer Hamilton with Prairie Harmony of Southeast Iowa, a "sacred harp" singer.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Bruce Gronbeck. Among the topics discussed- a Republican official from Iowa questioning the authenticity of President Obama's faith and Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Terry Branstad's plan to scrap the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Iowa's Art Museums

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with the next Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow, currently Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The UI Museum has been without a home since the flood of 2008. Also, we hear about current exhibits and events at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City from Director Edie Blanchard and we'll get an update on how recent flooding in Ames has affected the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State. We'll talk to Allison Juull of University Museums at ISU.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Economists say floods of 2008 had minimal impact statewide

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa State University Economist Dave Swenson about findings that floods and other severe weather two years ago didn't mean a major economic hit to the state as a whole.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Comedy Central's Aasif Mandvi & Congressman Bruce Braley

Actor and Writer Aasif Mandvi has been a regular on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2007. Known as the shows "Senior Islamic Correspondent", Mandvi often appears in segments satirizing and commenting on Islam and India-related issues. Ben Kieffer talks with Mandvi about his work and his lecture this week at The University of Iowa. Later in the hour, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley joins the program. He'll discuss the egg recall, the future of the Lake Delhi Dam recreation area, and his U.S. manufacturing tour.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Dreaming of Nature

Robert Waggoner of Ames returns to the program. His book is: "Lucid Dreaming; Gateway to the Inner Self." This time, Robert discusses dreaming of nature, dreams and lucid dreams of animals, plants and the natural world.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Books and a Paperless Society

Students across Iowa are returning to school this week. College students are purchasing books at university bookstores, but some are bypassing the process and seeking other alternatives. Amazon.com is selling more electronic books than printed ones. Are we moving toward a paperless book society? Ben Kieffer's guests are Nancy Simpson-Brice, founder of The Book Vault in Oskaloosa and Gary Frost, Book Conservator for the University of Iowa Main Library.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Simon Estes

We welcome renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes. Mr. Estes is an artist-in-residence at Wartburg College and is teaching for the next few weeks at Iowa State University. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his new CD, "Save the Children, Save Their Lives," and his "Wings and Roots" tour of Iowa, presenting a concert in each of the state's 99 counties.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun August 22, 2010

Iowa Teacher of the Year

A teacher from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee was today named Iowa Teacher of the Year. Molly Boyle is currently teaching third grade. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up with her as she left her classroom for the day.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Iowa Egg Recall & Consumer Behavior

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has recalled more than 350 million eggs nationwide and there are suspected outbreaks of salmonella poisoning in more than ten states. Friday on "The Exchange" we'll talk about the recall and what you can do to protect yourself from getting sick. We'll also explore how grocery stores are affected by mass recalls and how consumer behavior changes.Guests Include: Dr.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Hort Friday

It's another edition of our live chat with horticulturists from Iowa State University, of course, we'll take your calls and e-mails. Our "Hort Gang" this week is Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll focus on how this summer's heavy rainfall has impacted vegetables fruits, trees and shrubs.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Theater Camp

In the waning days before the start of school, most summer camps have shut down. Not in Des Moines, where an unusual camp for kids is still in session. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard took a day off this week to attend theater camp.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

Katherine Perkins and John Pemble take listeners to the Iowa State Fair. We'll hear the true stories of Iowa heroes, melt aluminum with Project AWARE, and talk with Jason Brown about the life of a fulltime country music singer and part-time truck driver.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Canning/State Fair Vet

On the first part of the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with nutritionist Jill Weber of Iowa State University Extension about the growing practice of canning fruits and vegetables grown in Iowa's gardens; later, we talk to the official veterinarian of the Iowa State Fair, Dr. Bruce Leuschen of Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Political Science professors Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College. Among the topics of discussion- the verdict in the Rod Blagojevich trial, Mike Huckabee with the lead in the Iowa polls among GOP contenders and former Senator John Culver's campaign for his son, Governor Chet Culver.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 18, 2010

The Search for the Perfect Tomato

IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to writer Arthur Allen. His new book is: "Ripe: the Search for the Perfect Tomato," a robust tale of how tomatoes get to the table and why some don't taste very good when they get there.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

National atheists' group to meet in Iowa

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with American Atheists, Inc. President Ed Buckner about why the group is holding its annual convention in Des Moines next spring.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Encore: The Elder Generation

Tuesday on The Exchange, we listen to back to a conversation host Ben Kieffer had with Theodore Roszak. In 1969, Roszak wrote the award-winning social commentary "The Making of a Counter Culture." His most recent work is a call to arms for the same generation called "The Making of an Elder Culture." In the book, Roszak suggests ways in which baby boomers can uniquely transform our society by picking up on the ideals they formed in the 60's.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

IPR's Katherine Perkins and John Pemble bring us highlights from the 2010 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. We talk with Richard Jacobson about the newest building on the fairgrounds, which bears his name. We hear fairgoers reading from "Green Eggs and Ham," while waiting to see the butter sculpture commemorating the book's 50th anniversary. And, we get a firsthand account of what's it like to bathe a chicken.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Casinos' costs, benefits cut across state lines

In part two of our series on problem gambling, Sarah McCammon visits the site of what will be the Grand Falls Casino Resort in northwest Iowa, and explores the costs and benefits to the community.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

A New Look at the Floods of 2008

Host Ben Kieffer takes a looks back at the floods of 2008 through the eyes of author Stephen Lyons. Lyons' new book "The 1,000-Year Flood" looks back on the epic events of two years ago and how the city of Cedar Rapids has attempted to rebound from the devastation. We'll also get an update on the small southeast Iowa town of Oakville and its efforts to recover after major flooding in '08 nearly wiped out the entire town.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Prairies and Bison

We'll hear about efforts to expand and restore Iowa's tallgrass prairies and how prairies are necessary to re-introduce and sustain bison in Iowa. Guests are Daryl Smith of the University of Northern Iowa and Christy Smith and Karen Viste Sparkman of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

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