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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Scenes from an Impending Marriage/Weddings in the Heartland

Save-the-date cards, invitations, hiring a d.j., interviewing caterers, obsessing over the seating chart...Adrian Tomine took all of the wedding preparation hassles he and his fiance experienced and turned them into an insightful, hilarious and sweet graphic novel, "Scenes from an Impending Marriage." We'll talk to Tomine and Janet Fitzpatrick, curator of a new exhibit "Weddings in the Heartland: Apparel, Traditions and Memories" at the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University.

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News
1:00 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Oral Health/Zach Wahls/Record Snowfall

During the first half of the program we’ll talk about Give Kids a Smile Day - a day when thousands of the nation’s dentists provide free oral health care to children from low-income families across the country. Guests include Dr. Paul Hoverstein of Iowa Falls, Dr. Michael Kanellis of the University of Iowa, and Janelle Durlin of Story County Community Dental Clinic Later, we'll talk with University of Iowa student Zach Wahls about the three minute video of his recent address about same sex marriage at the Iowa statehouse. Wahls was raised by two women.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 4, 2011

"Hort" Day Moths and Borers

The gypsy moths are coming! Iowa may be on the cusp of a serious gypsy moth infestation. We'll talk about what we have to fear from gypsy moths and emerald ash borers and we'll answer your questions about bugs and plants. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Home Improvement Day/Answer Line Questions

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement expert, tells us about the types of questions that he and his colleagues have been receiving lately on Iowa State Extension's "Answer Line." Some of the "hot" categories are radon, basement insulation, dangers of carbon monoxide, and problems with crawl spaces. And of course, he'll welcome your calls during the hour.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Protests in Egypt

The United States government and other world leaders have condemned demonstrations which have turned violent in Egypt. Many Egyptians are demanding the ouster of that country's leader, President Hosni Mubarak. Host Ben Kieffer examines the protests in Egypt and their political ramifications both at home and abroad. We'll talk with Anwar Mohamed, a graduate student in political science at Iowa State University who’s from Egypt, with political analysts, and with an American who recently left the country. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Photographing Iowa Nature

Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour during a special archive edition of "Talk of Iowa," we explore capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Host Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth. Their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa." Later, Charity talks with Bill Witt of Cedar Falls whose photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie."

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Iowa Department of Education Director & Former Labor Secretary

In the first half-hour host Ben Kieffer talks with new Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass. Glass, an Ohio education consultant, is a former teacher and administrator who has a reputation as a school reformer. Later, a conversation with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. During his tenure, he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act and successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act. Reich was scheduled to lecture in Iowa this week, but was forced to postpone his appearances due to illness.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Iowans Work for Rural Development in Uganda

An Iowa program is improving the livelihood of thousands of rural Ugandans. This alliance of scientists, economists and farmers in Africa and the United States is working to improve the lives of small land-holder farmers. This hour, we'll talk about the role that Iowa is playing in Africa's agricultural future: coordinating seed production, providing support for small farm operations and setting up mentorship opportunities. Guests are Dr. Mark Westgate and Dr.

River to River
1:00 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Healthy Kids Act and school dress codes

A recent survey of Iowa 3rd graders shows 30-percent are overweight, but lawmakers are debating whether to repeal tougher nutritional guidelines and physical education requirements for schools. We'll talk about the Healthy Kids Act and a bill that would give school districts more discretion in mandating what students can wear. That comes on the heels of controversy in the Waterloo school district over a strict dress code.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon January 31, 2011

New Iowa Program Targets Girl Bullying

Researchers are gaining more and more insights into what drives girl bullies and why they so desperately need help. Some characteristics of a girl bully are jealousy, feelings of superiority, poor impulse control, and lack of empathy. This hour, Charity Nebbe looks at a new Iowa program, "A Way Through," which targets girl bullying in grades K through 8. Guests are co-founders Jane Balvanz and Blair Wagner and Prof. Suzanne Freedman of the University of Northern Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Iowa Connections to Protests in Tunisia

Earlier this month the President of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ali, fled the country amid popular protests. Tunisians are upset about repression, unemployment, and corruption. Host Ben Kieffer explores Iowa connections to the ongoing protests. We'll check in with people in Tunisia about what's going on and with a Tunisian Fulbright exchange student at the University of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

History of "The Wormy World"

In our January history program, we look at how parasites have affected human life on earth. Some of these parasites are nematode worms and they affect over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Although these parasites are not present in humans in Iowa, they are present in dogs, cats, domestic and wild animals, including horses. Guests are Dr. Richard J. Martin, Prof. of Pharmacology at Iowa State; Dr. Lyric Bartholomay, Prof. of Entomology at Iowa State; and discussing the use of nematode parasites to treat human disease, Dr. David Elliott, Prof. of Gastroenterology at the University of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

New Conversations About Civiliy

The shootings in Tucson have sparked new conversations about civility, or the lack of it, in our political discourse. One of the nation's experts in civility is coming to Des Moines as part of an ongoing discussion series. Host Ben Kieffer talks with P.M. Forni, Professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of "Choosing Civility," and "The Civility Solution," about whether we've actually seen a decline in civility and what can be done to reverse the trend.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Budget Address 2011

Governor Branstad delivers the 2011 budget address to the Iowa Legislature. Following the address, host Charity Nebbe discusses the governor's budget priorities with Democratic State Senator Bob Dvorsky, Iowa State University Associate Professor of Political Science Dave Petersen and Chris Larimer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Politics Day
11:00 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Politics Day

Host Jonathan Ahl gets analysis of President Obama's State of the Union address, as well as the republican response. Guests include Donna Hoffman, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.

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In Pursuit of Buddy Holly
1:00 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

In Pursuit of Buddy Holly

February 3 marks the anniversary of Buddy Holly's Iowa plane crash—"The Day the Music Died." We'll talk to Gary W. Moore, whose new book "Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music" (Savas Beatie), tells of his personal journey to find out what made Holly so appealing and his music so timeless. Moore also discloses new information that raises questions about the cause of the plane crash. We also talk to Holly expert Jeff Nicholas, President of the North Iowa Cultural Center and Museum, located in Clear Lake's Surf Ballroom. 

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