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River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Encore Edition: Thinking About Time

Setting our clocks ahead in the spring reminds us that keeping track of time is a human invention. But have we changed the way we think about time over tens of thousands of years? In a program that originally aired last November, Ben's talks with astrophysicist and commentator Adam Frank. Frank's book About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang looks at how the human experience of time is braided together with cosmological theories of time.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Encore Edition: Seed Savers co-founder Diane Ott Whealy

For more than 35 years, Diane Ott Whealy has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth's genetic food stocks. In 1986, she helped to develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver's scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah. In a program that originally aired last October, Diane talks about her book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver. It tells the story people's dream that became reality with the help of like-minded individuals and led to the establishment of the Seed Savers Exchange.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Consul of Canada and Senator Tom Harkin

They are known as our friendly neighbors to the north- host Dean Borg examines Iowa's relationship with Canada with Mary Lawyer, the new Honorary Consul of Canada in Iowa. She'll discuss her role advising Canadians on policy and trade issues and helping Iowans make business contacts north of the border. Later, Dean talks with Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Senator will discuss prospects for a 2012 Farm Bill and his recent meeting with education officials in Washington.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Encore Edition: Iowa Past to Present

If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Politics Day

Earlier this week a U.S. soldier allegedly shot and killed sixteen Afghan civilians. President Barack Obama has called the killings tragic while questions re-emerge about the U.S. strategy. Join guest host Jonathan Ahl as we talk about the way forward in Afghanistan.  Plus we’ll discuss the effect Alabama and Mississippi primaries will have on the race for the GOP Presidential nomination. Our guests are Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Jim McCormick of Iowa State University.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Iowa in the Civil War

The Battle of Pea Ridge, fought in Arkansas in March of 1862, is known as the Civil War battle that secured the West. It was also the first time Iowans saw major combat. This hour we’ll remember the Battle of Pea Ridge and Iowans young and old who fought in the Civil War. Charity speaks with David V. Wendell, curator of "More Than Any: Iowa in the Civil War," a new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. Later, we speak with historian Floyd E. Pearce of Cumberland, about "The Graybeards," older Iowans who served in the Civil War.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Affirmative Action and Public Schools

Affirmative action and how it relates to college admissions is back on the radar. The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hear an admissions case involving the University of Texas and the ruling could have ramifications at colleges across the nation. Host Dean Borg talks with University of Iowa Law Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig and UI Sociology Professor Mary Campbell about how the court is likely to rule. Later, a look at the changing landscape in Iowa's public schools; including school closings in Cedar Rapids, statewide school consolidations and the trend toward home-schooling.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Ways to Play in Big Boy Business

Women now work in every field and have reached levels of success in business and politics that once seemed impossible, but business is still a male dominated world. Charity talks with Mary Stier of Des Moines who has shatterd many glass ceilings in her career as a newspaper publisher. She'll share her lessons and discuss her new book, Lady Leader: 10 Ways to Play in Big Boy Business. Also joining the conversation is Diane Ramsey of Cedar Rapids, Ex.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Legislative Monday: State Support for Local Projects

A flood bill making its way through the legislature would provide a sales tax rebate to communities to prevent future flooding. The bill is still alive despite Cedar Rapids residents, who were expected to benefit most from the legislation, voting down a sales tax extension designated for flood mitigation. Then, new owners of the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville want to build a softball and baseball complex on the property and are seeking state support.  We’ll discuss the project and why there’s some support and opposition to it.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Encore Edition: Personalized Medicine

It started as blood-typing and has advanced to designing cancer treatments specific to the cellular makeup of a tumor. And in the not-so-distant future, it will mean looking at a patient's DNA to determine the best course of treatment for a variety of diseases. In a program that originally aired last November, Ben talks with guests about the technology that allows doctors to use the right medicines for the right patients at the right time, and the ethical and cost considerations of unlocking the secrets that lie on our DNA.

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