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1:00 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Politics Day

Labor interests are watching the protests in Wisconsin as Republicans at the Iowa statehouse talk about changing the level of benefits for state employees. We'll talk about what's happening in the relationship between elected officials and the workers who carry out the state's business. We'll look at the issues front and center at the Iowa statehouse with the University of Iowa's Tim Hagle and the University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Scott Cawelti on James Hearst/Landscape Painter Nancy Thompson

The late poet James Hearst lived and wrote in Cedar Falls. He was known to many as the Robert Frost of the Midwest. On this Talk of Iowa we speak with musician Scott Cawelti, who has given us a new way to experience the poetry of Hearst. Cawelti is also a writer and adjunct instructor in UNI's English Department. Also on the program, Charity Nebbe talks to Nancy Thompson, an Iowa landscape painter and Foundation Drawing Instructor at Iowa State.

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News
1:00 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

College Climate Survey: LGBT Students in Iowa

A new survey of lesbian and gay students at Iowa's colleges and universities shows harassment remains common throughout the state. Host Ben Kieffer explores the Iowa Pride Network's newest survey - about its implications and recommendations. We'll also talk about what colleges and universities are doing to foster a safe environment for gay students. Then, we'll be joined by Warren Blumenfeld of Iowa State University about the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to stop discrimination.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Iowa "Smart Phone" App Developers

Smart phone applications can be useful, fun or even addictive and they are, undeniably, big business. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to some of Iowa's leading app developers and we'll take a walk through the City of Literature with an iPhone app as our guide. Guests are: Karen Pease, CEO of Celadon Applications, Iowa City; Steve Mitchell, CEO of Componica, LLC, Iowa City; Karl Becker, founder of "Car Care," Coralville; Prof. John Winet, New Media artist at the University of Iowa; and Ben Holland, a graduate student at Iowa State University ("Zombie Strategies").

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Abortion Bills in Iowa Legislature

Two abortion bills are under consideration in the Iowa House. One would place restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy. The other, which is aimed at triggering a court challenge, bans abortion altogether and sets conception as the time when life begins. We'll find out how common abortion is in the state, and talk with interests on both sides of the issue.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Wapsipinicon Almanac

The Wapsipinicon Almanac comes out just about every year. It's a publication that doesn't shoot for a large audience, or to have universal appeal. It's a homegrown, homemade journal of great writing by and for Iowans. Host Charity Nebbe talks with publisher Tim Fey and contributors Michael Lewis-Beck, Shirley McDermott and Steve Maravetz.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Hort Day/Spring Pruning

It's too early to get to work in the garden, but it is time to think about your trees and shrubs. We'll discuss spring pruning on this horticulture day, with guests Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Mark Vitosh, forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Johnson County district).

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News
11:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Caught in the Middle

Author and award-winning foreign correspondent Richard Longworth joins host Ben Kieffer to examine rural America's fight to stay viable in the new global economy. Longworth is leading a panel discussion at Wartburg College next week looking at regional economic issues. His book 'Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism' laments middle Ameria's failure to extricate itself from dying traditions and outmoded institutions.

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News
1:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Congressman Bruce Braley & Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady

Iowa 1st district Congressman Bruce Braley discusses the President's 2012 Budget and his new leadership role on the House Veterans Affairs committee. Then the new leader of the Iowa Supreme Court talks about the November retention election vote that saw the removal of three judges from the bench. Chief Justice Cady also discusses the public's perception of the courts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Cedar Rapids - The Movie

The movie Cedar Rapids opens Friday, February 18 across the state of Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks with the film's star, Ed Helms, about his role in the film as small-town insurance agent Tim Lippe who has his world turned upside down in Iowa. She also talks with the film's screenwriter, Phil Johnston and producer, Jim Burke. Diana Nollen, arts and culture reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette joins the final segment of the show to talk about the portrayal of the city and other films made in and about Iowa.

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News
1:00 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Politics Day

Host Jonathan Ahl welcomes to the program Iowa State University Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen. Among the topics of discussion- President Obama's 2012 budget, the Middle East and North Africa are in the midst of government overhauls and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's plans for pre-school funding.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Alexander the Great/Philip Freeman

He was only thirty-two years old when he died, but in his short life Alexander the Great reshaped the world. Today, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with author Philip Freeman of Decorah about the life and legend of the King of Macedon. Freeman's new book is titled, appropriately enough, "Alexander the Great" (Simon & Schuster). Freeman is a Professor of Classics at Luther College.

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News
1:00 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Iowa Census Results & The Greensboro 4

In the first half of the program a look at results of the 2010 census. Iowa State University Economics Scientist Liesl Eathington breaks down what parts of Iowa are gaining and losing population. We'll look at what the numbers mean for job growth with Beth Waddle of the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation and Linda Schaut of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance. Later, a conversation with Joseph McNeil, one of four African-American college freshman who in 1960 staged a sit-in at a North Carolina dime store lunch counter.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Hope Deferred

The situation in Zimbabwe represents one of the worst humanitarian emergencies today. A new book asks the question: How did a country with so much promise go so wrong? We talk to University of Iowa visiting professor Peter Orner, editor of "Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives." (McSweeney's Books)

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Legislative gambling proposals

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich told state lawmakers at a committee meeting that selling tickets on smart phones is the wave of the future. He says other states are looking at allowing online gambling in various forms, and Iowa doesn't want to be left behind. He says selling lottery tickets online makes sense in a "pay at the pump" era, and when young people are conducting more and more business on their smart phones. Lawmakers are skeptical after the uproar over Touchplay machines. But, other states are moving towards allowing certain forms of online gaming.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

The Anthropology of Love

Humans like all other animals are driven by their need to pass their genes along, but in our culture romantic love is much bigger than procreation. This hour, the anthropology of love. We'll talk about love, marriage, dating and sex in Iowa and around the world. Guests are Teresa Downing-Maitbag of Iowa State University and Sonia Ryang of the University of Iowa, both sociology professors.

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The Exchange
1:00 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Breaking News in Egypt

Regularly scheduled programming was preempted by breaking news in Egypt. There is no podcast available for this hour.

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

The Underground Railway in Iowa

Iowa was a little known hotbed of abolitionist and Underground Railroad activity. Much of what we know about the subject is the result of recent discoveries. Cedar County, especially the Quaker homes in Springdale and West Branch, was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. We'll hear about a new exhibit at the Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, "Cedar County, Iowa: A Door to Freedom" with Bonnie Blaford of the National Park Service.

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