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1:00 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

School Fund-raising & New Ways of Evaluating Students

It used to be fund-raising for schools was only a matter of selling magazine subscriptions or candy bars. Now, it can involve a whole catalog of items. Join host Ben Kieffer as we examine the evolution of fund-raising for schools, how important it's become and ask whether in some cases, it's gone too far. Also, are letter grades the best way to evaluate and motivate students? Next fall, Waukee Middle School will abandon letter grades in favor of a standards-based approach.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Volunteering in Iowa

Iowa ranks second in the nation among people who volunteer their time to charitable causes. Join host Charity Nebbe as she explores why more people in Iowa are volunteering than in other states. We'll talk about how more than 1,300 people give their time at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics each year. That's helped Iowa City garner a 2nd place ranking in volunteering among mid-size cities. Later in the show, we'll talk with Adam Lounsbury of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and Lauren Finke of the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley.

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News
1:00 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Bruce Gronbeck from University of Iowa and Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College about developments in Egypt, President Obama meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and U.S. House republican leaders and the continuing debate over same sex marriage in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Kittie Weston-Knauer, theGrio 100

To mark the launch of their new black history section, theGrio.com this month unveiled "theGrio's 100: History Makers in the Making." The list honors Black History month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all Americans. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to the Iowan who made the list, Kittie Weston-Knauer of Des Moines, long-time teacher, principal, consultant, adjunct-professor at Drake University and one of the first competitive female BMX racers in the United States.

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News
1:00 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Space Exploration

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Peter Smith, professor at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He was responsible for the $420-million Phoenix Mars Mission, part of NASA's search for elements of life in our solar system. During the five months of operations, the probe conducted science experiments and relayed more than 25,000 pictures of the Red Planet. Then, he talks with University of Iowa Physics Professor Craig Kletzing about the NASA mission he is leading to learn more about space weather. Radiation Belt Storm Probes is scheduled to launch in March 2012.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Wildlife: Love is in the Air

This hour, we hear from wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. It's almost that time: wild creatures will soon be "looking for love." Call in with your questions about these ancient rites of spring during our monthly wildlife program.

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Job Creation in Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad has an ambitious goal to create 200,000 jobs over the next five years. Host Jeneane Beck talks with the Governor about his job creation plan. We'll also talk about how businesses and community colleges use government incentives to create jobs. Later, join us for the launch of partnership effort between Iowa Public Radio and WNYC in New York, about one year before the Iowa caucuses. 

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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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