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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue January 4, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

With 2011 underway, many people are setting out to accomplish their New Year's Resolutions. It's common to set goals this time of year - from weight loss and eating healthy to financial security and stress reduction. So what are the keys to accomplishing these goals? Host Charity Nebbe will discuss setting goals and following through. We'll hear about developing a support system to help you along the way. Charity will speak with the University of Iowa's Megan Moeller and Iowa State University's Kevin Blankenship and Brenda Schmitt.

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The Science of Fear
1:00 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

The Science of Fear

This hour, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Daniel Tranel, a University of Iowa Professor of neurology and psychology about his new study that has pinpointed the part of the brain that causes fear. We discuss the study and the implications of identifying the source of fear in addition to speaking about how Tranel foresees this discovery affecting treatment of patients with post traumatic stress disorder. In the second half of the program, we speak with author Jeff Wise about his book, Extreme Fear: the Science of Your Brian in Danger.

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Word Maven, Worst Words of 2010
11:00 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Word Maven, Worst Words of 2010

We welcome "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner to the program. O'Conner has authored a number of best-selling language books, including "Words Fail Me" and "Woe is I." This hour, we discuss our LEAST favorite words that sprang up in 2010.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Top News Stories of 2010

A lot of news happened in Iowa this past year, from the ousting of three state Supreme Court justices to the re-election of Iowa's longest serving governor. To an Iowa native receiving the Medal of Honor to the largest troop deployment for the Iowa National Guard since World War Two. In a rebroadcast program, Ben Kieffer talks with journalists about the top 10 Iowa news stories of 2010 as determined by Iowa Public Radio's news staff. He'll be joined by IPR statehouse reporter Jeneane Beck, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman, and Doug Burns of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 30, 2010

My Thoughts Be Bloody

Two sons of the 19th century actor Junius Brutus Booth impacted history in vastly different ways. John Wilkes Booth aspired to be a success, but instead assassinated a great American President. Older brother Edwin followed in his father's footsteps and went on to become the greatest actor in 19th century America. This hour, we hear from historian Nora Titone, a native of Iowa City. Her first book is "My Thoughts Be Bloody: the Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that Led to an American Tragedy." (Free Press)

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Politics Day

Iowans oust three justices from the state Supreme Court... And vote to return Iowa's longest serving governor to Terrace Hill... And oh what a year for heated debate and legislation in Washington! We'll take a look back at the year's top political stories both state and national - with our analysts Bruce Gronbeck and Tim Hagle. And a look ahead at what's to come in 2011. Join host Ben Kieffer for politics day Wednesdays at noon.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives

Host Rick Fredericksen dives into archival material compiled from his Iowa Archives project. Among the audio documentaries explored- the story behind the voice of George Washington Carver; the centennials of Camp Dodge; a look back at the state's worst train crash disaster and audio letters from Vietnam.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Obesity in Iowa - rebroadcast

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese Iowans increased in 2009. Now 25-29% of Iowans report being significantly overweight or obese. In this rebroadcast, we listen back to a conversation about the obesity epidemic as it pertains to Iowa and what is being done to combat it with programs such as Live Healthy Iowa, Iowans Fit for Life and the Iowa Sports Foundation's Go the Distance Program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The English is Coming!/Opus Vino

Author Leslie Dunton-Downer says English has been adopted throughout the world to become "Global English," a language of "unprecedented, planetwide recognition and use." We'll talk to Dunton-Downer and ask her if the world really needs a planetary "lingua franca." Later in the hour, the guest will be the editor-in-chief of the new lavishly illustrated, "Opus Vino," Jim Gordon. The book lists 4000 of the world's greatest wineries, and Gordon says midwest wines are growing rapidly in availability and quality.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Missing in America Project and Lieutenant Dan Choi

Thousands of U.S. war veterans' cremains remain unidentified and on the shelves in hundreds of funeral homes across the country. The Missing in America Project is working to change this. Over 9,000 urns of unidentfied cremains have been found and about 1,000 of them have been identified as forgotten veterans. For the first half of the hour, we speak with Fred Salanti, a retired U.S. Army major and the founder of the project about its mission and goals. We also hear from Bill Lauchlan, Iowa's coordinator for the project.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Home Improvement Day/Radon Gas

Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will begin the hour with an update on radon gas in the home. The odorless, colorless gas is found in higher concentrations in Iowa and is the second most common cause of lung cancer, after smoking. We'll learn how you can find out if radon is a problem in your home and what you can do about it.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Ice Dams

Winter is offcially just one week old today and already Iowa has had a blizzard and in some parts of the state, several inches of snow.The conditions can take a toll on people but what about where we live? Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with home improvement expert Bill McAnnally

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News
11:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Demonstrating Dwolla to Cafe DiScala

When you use a credit card the merchant is charged between 1 to 5 percent of your purchase price. Des Moines Entrepreneur Ben Milne says businesses lose too much money from these transaction fees so he started a company offering electronic payments to merchants for a flat price and the ability to pay using a mobile internet connection.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Politics Day

It's official... Iowa will lose a Congressional seat. And, those who led efforts to remove three Iowa Supreme Court Justices in November are moving to impeach the remaining four, and challenging in court Iowa's process for selecting justices . Fallout from the state high court's decision which cleared the way for same sex marriage in Iowa, is set against Congress' vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Host Jonathan Ahl discusses these and other issues with Rachel Caufield from Drake University and Chris Larimer from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Gratitude in Our Lives

We teach our children to say please and thank you, but how can we teach them to be truly grateful for what they have? This hour, we'll talk about cultivating a sense of gratitude in our children and ourselves and the positive impact that being grateful can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Guests are Kimberly Greder, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, and Mary Jane Ryan, author of "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday in Your Life."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

An Iowa soldier in Iraq & The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of Media Event

"The Iowa Precinct Caucuses, the Making of a Media Event," is now in its Third Edition. This latest edition adds results from 2000 (which saw the first winner of the Iowa caucuses to reach the White House since 1976), 2004 (and the roller-coaster fortunes of Howard Dean and John Kerry) and 2008 caucuses (and the unlikely emergence of Barack Obama as a presidential contender.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Dance

You've seen them at weddings, the couple of a certain age gliding across the dance floor. It wasn't so long ago that people could Jitterbug, waltz and fox trot with ease. Popular TV shows and growing enrollment in dance classes may be an indication that coming generations are also looking at dance as a skill, or a form of self-expression that needs to be acquired. But are there still places to cut a rug in Iowa? Or, has the heyday of the dance hall long since past? Host Charity Nebbe will find out on Talk of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Year in Review - Top Ten Iowa News Stories of 2010

A lot of news happened in Iowa this past year, from the ousting of three state Supreme Court justices to the re-election of Iowa's longest serving governor. To an Iowa native receiving the Medal of Honor to the largest troop deployment for the Iowa National Guard since World War Two. Host Ben Kieffer talks with journalists about the top 10 Iowa news stories of 2010 as determined by Iowa Public Radio's news staff. He'll be joined by IPR statehouse reporter Jeneane Beck, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman, and Doug Burns of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 20, 2010

History Day: The Changing Design of Iowa Towns

Since Iowa became a state in 1846, how did our towns develop? We'll hear about the state's Scandinavian, Dutch, German Catholic/Lutheran and other communities and the development of trade centers (county seats) versus small towns, plus the modern-day challenges facing our towns and cities. Guests are historian Loren Horton of Iowa City and Iowa State University Sociology Professor, Paul Lasley.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Soldier in Iraq

Hundreds of Iowa National Guard and Reserve soldiers are spending the holidays far from home in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of them is Major Laurel Williamson of Des Moines. she's been on her first overseas deployment in Iraq since April and will return to Iowa in April 2011. We talked to her by phone from Balad Airbase north of Baghdad.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

New Federal School Nutrition Law & Shortened Lunches

We know that more Iowa students qualify for free and reduced lunch, making meals served at school more important than ever. The recently approved federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, should help more kids get healthy food but schools are giving students less time to eat. Is that healthy? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Wells about her recent coverage of these issues and to Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack who is a strong advocate of the new law.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Horticulture Day

The gift-giving season is upon us. We'll find out what gardeners want in their Christmas stockings. Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Scammed by Statistics & Net Neutrality

Ben Kieffer talks with Dubuque author Edward Zaccaro about his new book 'Scammed by Statistics'. The book examines the persuasive power of statistics to bolster weak arguments. Zacarro says in any field of discussion, we can be lied to, cheated and manipulated by statistics. Later, a conversation with Iowa State University's Jeff Blevins. The Associate Professor of the Greenlee School of Journalism looks at the FCC's options on regulating internet access.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 16, 2010

The Viability of Ethanol

In a special prgram in collaboration with KCUR Radio in Kansas City, we look at the corn-based fuel Ethanol. We'll ask if the making of ethanol takes more energy than it produces, or if that's just an urban myth. Joining the conversation will be the reporters from the Midwestern agriculture-reporting project Harvest Public Media, including Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson. Together, we'll fuel a conversation on the prospects of ethanol.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Politics Day

Debate continues in Congress over the tax cut plan with liberals and conservatives alike unhappy with the compromise. Michael Steele is seeking a second term as Chair of the Republican National Committee, but there are other contenders for the job, including a prominent former Iowan. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College and Dennis Goldford from Drake University for analysis of these and other political developments.

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