Latino immigrants have wielded a huge influence over the media landscape in Iowa. Twenty years ago when they first began to arrive looking for work, almost all of the newspapers they saw and broadcast outlets they heard were delivered in English. But as Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us, these days it's nearly impossible to scan a radio dial or walk by a newspaper stand without noticing some content in Spanish.
At some point this week, three American bald eagle eggs in a nest in Northeast Iowa are expected to hatch with an audience of thousands. It’s possible through a so-called eagle cam set up by Bob Anderson, Director of the Raptor Resource project in Decorah. He speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank.
"Being in Iowa" starts with a series on "Being Latino in Iowa." Reporter Rob Dillard will bring us stories about how this growing minority group is transforming some aspects of life here. Latinos now make up five percent of Iowa's overall population, numbering more than 152,000. That's a nearly 84% increase since 2000. Many of these newcomers are settling in rural areas of the state. Rob starts his series by looking at how that's altering the character of small-town Iowa.
The Mississippi River has been dredged, shaped and changed. We’ll travel back in time to when the river ran wild. Guests are Lee Sandlin author of "Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" (Pantheon Books) and Jerry Enzler, Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. (49:00)
Mid American Energy is considering whether to build three nuclear power plants in Iowa. The decision and construction is years away but the company wants legislative approval this year. The bill, once on the fast track, is now under new scrutiny as the crisis at a Nuclear Power Plant in Japan continues. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Mid American Energy CEO William Fehrman outlines Iowa’s energy needs and why he thinks nuclear should be part of the mix. We’ll also hear from economist Mark Cooper who says the costs outweigh the benefits.
The Mississippi River has been dredged, shaped and changed. We’ll travel back in time to when the river ran wild. Guests are Lee Sandlin author of "Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" (Pantheon Books) and Jerry Enzler, Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.
The Iowa legislature is considering controversial new rights for gun owners, expanding nuclear power, and legalizing some online gambling. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for the first half of the program. They’ll talk about those issues and more. Then, Jeneane is joined by guests from the Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa Water and Land Legacy to discuss a proposal to transfer water quality monitoring from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.