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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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Reducing Binge Drinking on College...
1:00 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Reducing Binge Drinking on College Campuses

Seventy percent of University of Iowa students have engaged in high-risk drinking in the past two weeks and have had almost eight drinks per drinking occasion, according to the University of Iowa. The UI aims to decrease this to 55% and four drinks within the next three years. This hour, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at the UI's new Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan. We speak with Vice-President for Student Services, Tom Rocklin, and Susan Assouline, chairwoman of the planning committee for the reduction plan.

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Defunct Magazine
11:00 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Defunct Magazine

Remember the vitality of the VCR, the jolting jingle of a wind-up alarm clock, the importance of wonderful handwriting or when chalkboards were essential teaching tools? Defunct Magazine remembers all of these things, taking readers back to the contemporary times of objects, ideas, TV shows and belief systems of the past. The magazine, founded by a team of University of Iowa writers, can be found at http://www.defunctmag.com/Defunct/. We'll talk to Robin Hemley, director of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program; Amy Butcher, Managing Editor; and Jenny Lewis, Art Director. 

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University Sabbaticals & Expanding...
11:00 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

University Sabbaticals & Expanding Passenger Rail

Republicans in the Iowa House, last week, approved a budget cutting bill which among other things would cut funding for sabbaticals at the state's public universities. The bill would also eliminate state funding to expand passenger rail service from Chicago to Iowa City. Host Jeneane Beck from the Law Library at the State Capitol talks with lawmakers who support the proposal and with those who are against it.

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"Stubs"/"Papa, PhD"
11:00 pm
Sun January 23, 2011

"Stubs"/"Papa, PhD"

This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with three Iowa men about their journeys to and through fatherhood. We hear from Michael Wellman, his new book is "STUBS: A Father's Tickets to the Greatest Shows on Earth." (Outskirts Press) Later in the hour, our guests are two of the contributors to "Papa, PhD; Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy" (Rutgers University Press), Ralph Savarese and Mark Montgomery. Both men teach at Grinnell College. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 23, 2011

Legislative Week 3

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about the week ahead in the Iowa Legislature. 

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Marriage Debate
11:00 pm
Sun January 23, 2011

Marriage Debate

As promised, majority Republicans in the Iowa House began debate on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. The House Judiciary Committee approved the measure by a vote of 13 to 8. Earlier in the day, activists on both sides of the issue showed up to speak out.

Hort Day: Garden Planning!
1:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Hort Day: Garden Planning!

You can’t get out and dig in the dirt right now, but cold January days are great for planning. On this Horticulture Day we’ll talk about garden design. Whether you’re starting a new garden or changing an old, you'll find the conversation helpful. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron and Ann Marie VanDerZenden of Iowa State University. 

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

U.S. - China Relations

"China's peaceful rise is good for the world, and it's good for America." Those are President Obama's words during this week's formal state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Host Ben Kieffer explores facets of U.S. - China relations with several guests including Iowa State University political science professor Dick Mansbach. Chad Hart from ISU will also join us to talk about agricultural exports to China and Kent Statler of Rockwell Collins to talk about that company's expansion in the country.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Republican Bill Would Cut Birth Control for Thousands of Uninsured Women

The Iowa House has approved a massive budget cutting bill that reduces spending on everything from pre-school education to investments in upstart clean energy businesses. But health clinics across Iowa are more concerned with another, much smaller proposed budget cut. It's one that would eliminate family planning dollars for thousands of low-income women. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells has the story. 

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Sleep Apnea, Dr. Eric Dyken
1:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Sleep Apnea, Dr. Eric Dyken

The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. We'll hear about the latest research into this disease from our "sleep doctor," Prof. Eric Dyken, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa. 

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Evolution and Women in Science
1:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Evolution and Women in Science

“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” So, said Robert Frost. Next time on The Exchange, we examine two less traveled paths. A prominent female paleontologist tells us how she navigates her faith and reconciles its stories of creation with her study of evolution. And we learn about a program, which seeks to encourage more young women to follow career paths into science and technology. Guests include Dr.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Politics Day

As the US House plans a vote on repealing the new health care law, Americans are split on the issue and President Obama's popularity is on the rise. Host Ben Kieffer talks about these stories and other political news with Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics and Rachel Caufield Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the American Judicature Society at Drake University.

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Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary

Live Healthy Iowa's Wellness Challenge is celebrating its tenth anniversary, with competition beginning on Thursday. We'll hear about the benefits and challenges of participating. As part of the Iowa Sports Foundation, LHI began as a friendly competition encouraging Iowans to "Lighten Up" and adopt healthier lifestyles through increased physical activity and healthier nutrition choices. Guests are Jim Hallihan of the I.S.F.; and LHI coordinators and participants, Alyssa Reichelt, Annabelle Hullana, Caleb Pike and Rhonda Maier. 

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News
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Voter ID

There was a lively debate at the statehouse about whether Iowans should have to show an ID to be able to vote. Republicans have long favored the requirement and now that they're in charge in the House, they're pushing a bill to accomplish it. Democrats and their allies are sharply opposed. 

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River to River
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Disease in Iowa

Iowa is seeing a resurgence of pertussis or whooping cough. Mumps is also making a comeback. Just a few years ago, there was a measles outbreak in the state. And every year, thousands are hospitalized due to influenza. These are diseases commonly covered by immunizations. So, why the resurgence? Host Dean Borg talks with Dr. Luis Castagnini at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, state epidemiologist with Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan
11:00 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan

Less than 15% of the food that Iowans eat is grown in Iowa. A lot of people want to change that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about a new report to the Iowa Legislature that lays out recommendations on ways to keep food grown in the state on Iowa's dinner tables. We also hear from Michelle Kenyon-Brown of the Johnson County Local Food Alliance and Andrew Dunham of Grinnell Heritage Farms.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon January 17, 2011

Abortion Bill

A bill to ban abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy got its first airing at the statehouse. Like a similar Nebraska law, it would limit abortions based on the idea of fetal pain. An Ames Democrat led the charge against the bill. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Iowa's Plan For Eating Local

Iowa's agriculture may feed the world, but only about 14 percent of the food Iowans eat is produced here in the state. Iowa State University's Center for Sustainable Agriculture recently released a report outlining concrete, feasible ways to expand the local food economy in the state. The report was requested by the state legislature last year. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson has this story on the recommendations for building a stronger local food network. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Legislative Week 2

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa Public Radio Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck about what's ahead in the Iowa Legislature this week. 

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