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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling/Yogi Reppmann

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher from Johnston, who last week was named the National Teacher of the Year. Later, a conversation with historian "Yogi" Reppmann, author of the new book, "Triumph of Will: Printer's Boy to Publisher: the Remarkable Story of German Immigrant Henry Finnern" (Hesperian Press)

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sat May 1, 2010

Debate Rancor

The Republican candidates for Governor attacked Chet Culver and then each other, during the second debate of the primary campaign yesterday (Saturday). The three GOP hopefuls agreed on most issues but clashed over party loyalty.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Congressmen Bruce Braley and Steve King

Host Ben Kieffer discusses possible Wall Street reforms, changes on the horizon in immigration laws and the President's recent trip to the midwest with Iowa's two congressmen.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State University "Hort Gang" members Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis (entomologist) speak with listeners, hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Audio Letters from Vietnam

Flares light up the night on the outskirts of Saigon, 1969.
Rick Fredericksen

An Iowa soldier took along a small tape recorder for his tour of duty in Vietnam and sent tapes home to his family in Burlington. We witness the Vietnam War through the voice recordings of Lt. Robert McKnight. John Pemble provided technical assistance. The 1968 recordings are held by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Iowa-owned horse to race in Kentucky Derby

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Jerry Crawford of Des Moines. He's among a group of Iowans that owns the horse named Paddy O'Prado.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Theater Companies are Abundant in Iowa City

Today in the Iowa City area there are at least nine theater ensembles and most of them are amateur groups lacking a permanent space to perform. Iowa City's newest theater group Red Door Ensemble debuted this spring and is trying to stand out in an already crowded theater scene.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Campus Sexual Assault

We examine the issue of sexual assault on Iowa's college campuses. We talk with representatives from victim advocacy, criminal investigation and the campus disciplinary process to see what policies the Regents Universities have for handling such incidents, and what they're doing to prevent them.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 29, 2010

Kathryn Stockett/Robert Bluestone

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling "The Help," a debut novel woven around compelling stories about black maids raising white children set in Jackson, MS in the early 1960s. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Robert Bluestone, creativity expert and co-founder with his wife of "Woven Harmony."

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Handpicking Candidates

With the Republican and Democratic primaries just over a month away, legislative candidates are busy knocking on doors and handing out literature to prospective voters. But there is no primary race in the heavily Democratic House district 69, despite the retirement of long time Des Moines lawmaker Wayne Ford. Ford didn’t announce his intentions until a week and half before the filing deadline to get on the June ballot. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane beck reports some democrats are accusing party leaders of keeping the retirement a secret to avoid a primary race.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Farmers' markets sales nearly double in five years

A survey by the Iowa Department of Agriculture shows growth in farmers market sales of 92 percent from 2004 to 2009. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with State Horticulturalist Mike Bevins.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Richard Norton Smith and Teen Driving Safety

A conversation with the American Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith. The former Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum Director is in Iowa this week to discuss why American history should remain part of our daily lives. Later in the hour a University of Iowa researcher discusses efforts to improve Iowa’s dismal record of teen driving safety.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Iowa State University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen join IPR's Jonathan Ahl. It's live and they'll take your calls.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Obama in Ottumwa

President Obama received an enthusiastic welcome when he brought his White House to Main Street tour to Ottumwa. More than two thousand people turned out to cheer the president’s record so far on the economy, even though unemployment persists in southeast Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Iowa Army National Guard public meetings

The Iowa Army National Guard believes it’s deployment of nearly three thousand soldiers to Afghanistan later this summer will have an impact on nearly every community across the state, so they’re holding a series of town hall meetings to provide information and answer questions…Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank attended last night’s meeting in Waterloo.

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Education
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Iowan named National Teacher of the Year

In a White House ceremony tomorrow, President Obama will name Iowa teacher Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston, National Teacher of the Year. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with her by phone from Washington DC.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Wellmark Smoking Ban

Smokers need not apply. That’s the message Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has for potential employees in a new policy. But is it a company’s place to dictate employees’ behavior away from work? We'll examine smoking and other health related behavior and ask is it good health policy or overreach?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Lucid Dreams: Illness and Cure

Since the time of Hippocrates, dreams have been valued for their ability to warn of an impending illness, prescribe cures and sometimes help heal the disease. We talk to Robert Waggoner of Des Moines, author of "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self."

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Crowded Debate

An unusually crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. Seven men are competing to take on incumbent Leonard Boswell in the general election. That's causing headaches when it comes to holding candidate forums.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

School Food Nutrition

We look at nutrition in Iowa schools. Last week, retired military leaders released a report critical of food in schools. They conclude 27-percent of young adults are ineligible to serve because they are overweight. We'll talk about the report and what schools in Iowa re doing to improve nutrition.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Spring Books

We'll hear about what books people are buying and our listeners are invited to call-in and tell us what they are reading. Guests will be Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines and Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Outgoing State Ombudsman and David Lipsky

After 32 years on the job, state Ombudsman Bill Angrick is retiring. We'll talk with Angrick about his position dealing with complaints about state government and hear what he thinks are the most serious issues facing lawmakers today. Then a conversation with author David Lipsky. His new book is a biography of David Foster Wallace, who gained fame and acclaim for his novel 'Infinite Jest'. Lipsky is coming to the Des Moines Public Library as part of their author series.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Earth Day

We look at how Iowa colleges are staying on the cutting edge of the green revolution- Luther College Sustainability Director Dan Bellrichard discusses energy saving programs at the Decorah school. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Heather Rogers. Her new book 'Green Gone Wrong' explores the concepts of ecopolitics and fear mongering that she argues have infected environmentalism.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Joel Best/Douglas Wood

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to renowned sociologist Joel Best, author of "Damned Lies and Statistics." Best is addressing the Iowa Sociological Association's annual meeting this week. Later, we hear from Minnesota's "renaissance man" Douglas Wood, an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, who is speaking and singing in Iowa this week as a guest of the Iowa Wildlife Center.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Agri-Star Rising

After a long stretch of dark days, Iowa cattle farmers and residents of Postville say they have a reason to be optimistic. That’s because kosher beef production has resumed at Agri-Star Meat and Poultry. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Crime Victims Rights Week

As part of National Crime Victims Rights Week, we listen back to a conversation from April of last year and the firsthand accounts of what it’s like to have someone in your family murdered. The shock, the grief, the media coverage, and facing the accused in court. Among the guests- Julie Paulson, the aunt of Katie Hill and Molly Edmundson. The two young women were murdered in Cedar Rapids in 2006. And Tami Stephens, her sister Shelly a single mother of three - was killed in Hiawatha in 2003.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Iowa soldier pens book based on combat tour of Iraq

A conversation with Loras college student Jake Krapfl, whose new book 'Shadows of War' is a fictional account of war's effects on soldiers and families. In 2007, Krapfl contemplated suicide as he struggled with the transition to life on the homefront after two combat tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Componica/Iowa History Journal

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Steven Mitchell, the founder and senior software engineer of Componica, located at the University of Iowa's Technology Innovation Center. The firm is now developing apps for the iPhone. Later, we hear from the publisher of "The Iowa History Journal," Mike Chapman. The magazine is now in its second year, focusing on popular Iowa history.

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