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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

The 2010 Census

The once-a-decade population count is underway and census forms are arriving in millions of mailboxes across the country. Host Alex Heuer looks at the challenges and benefits to participation and examines demographic trends and how the census could affect Iowa's congressional representation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Movie Day

IPR's Rob Dillard talks to our movie pundit, Prof. Tom Beell of Iowa State University and award-winning movie maker, Andy Brodie of Iowa City.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

The Census in Iowa's Second Largest County

Census forms are arriving in millions of mailboxes throughout the country. The results of the government’s once a decade population count are especially important for Linn County. The state’s second largest county is on the verge of officially reaching a population level that would put it in a special category for receiving increased federal dollars. Community leaders are uncertain of how the flood will affect the count.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Moms Off Meth

In a show that first aired in October of last year, we hear from members of the unique substance abuse help group Moms Off Meth. The first Moms Off Meth group started in Ottumwa over ten years ago after numerous mothers had their children taken away do to their addictions. Now ten years later, several Moms Off Meth groups are assisting mothers across the state.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University Political Science Professor, and Arnie Arnesen, political commentator from New Hampshire.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Panther Pride

For the first time in school history, the University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the N-C-A-A tournament. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Biodiesel in Iowa

Backers say Iowa is losing its position as a top biodiesel state. In January, a plant in Keokuk was put on the auction block. The U.S. Senate has voted to revive a biodiesel tax credit through 2010, but the Iowa legislature has rejected efforts to require diesel be blended with biodiesel. Host Jonathan Ahl talks with backers and opponents of government efforts to boost biodiesel sales.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Edible Forest Gardens/Bosnian Anniversary

Walk into your backyard and pick an edible perennial, it's one of the concepts behind Forest Gardening, championed by guests Dave Jacke and Fred Meyer. Later in the hour, we'll hear about the "Fields of Opportunity" events in Waterloo, set for late March, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Bosnian resettlement in the Cedar Valley.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Green Iowa Americorps

A group known as Green Iowa Americorps (Ameri-core), paid with federal grant money, has been busy in Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls for the past 18 months working on flood recovery projects. While similar organizations have left the state, these teens and 20-somethings from all over the country are still here. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports this past weekend their focus was on saving energy.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Job Creation in Iowa

With more than 100,000 Iowans out of work and just two weeks left in the legislative session, minority Republicans are ramping up criticism of Democrats for failing to introduce a job creation bill. But as the majority party scrambles to find consensus on the measure, a state labor analyst says the employment picture is improving. Host Jeneane Beck discusses the job outlook with state lawmakers.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Heartland Portrait

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Robert Wolf of Decorah, editor of the new anthology, "Heartland Portrait; Stories from the Rural Midwest." We'll also talk to contributors Mary Klauke and John Prestemon.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Iowa's Worst Train Crash

Passenger cars telescoped together near Green Mountain in 1910.
Credit Marshall County Historical Society

Railroad historians and several communities are remembering a grim anniversary; the worst train crash in Iowa history occurred 100 years ago on March 21st, 1910. More than 100 passengers were killed or injured. The story includes an original telegraph recording from the 1930s.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 14, 2010

Legislative Week 10

Morning Edition host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about what's coming up this week at the Legislature.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Tea Party

In a program broadcast live from the Java House in downtown Iowa City, we look at the emergence of the Tea Party as a grass roots political organization. We'll talk with Iowa Tea Party organizers and get their take on the influence they have in the political process and the conservative movement.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 12, 2010

Hort Day

The "Hort Gang" returns from Iowa State University. Spring is about a week away and we're starting to think horticulture!

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Modern Independent Women of Hopper's Paintings

Edward Hopper’s oil paintings feature scenes of emotionally detached New Yorkers in metropolitan environments where the viewer is often forced to fill in the dramatic blanks as to what his subjects are doing. The most famous of which is "Nighthawks", depicting three customers at a late night diner. The early 20th century American artist frequently depicted women in his paintings that some say are vulnerable scenarios.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

America's New Farmers & Cover Crop Debate

What obstacles do new farmers face? The challenge of access to land, the availability of finance and credit, creating new markets and implementing the 2008 Farm Bill are a just a few of the topics we'll explore with Neil Hamilton and Matt Russell from Drake Law School's Agriculture Law Center. Drake recently hosted a forum in Washington D.C. examining challenges for farmers. Later we examine the use of cover crops and their benefit to land sustainability.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Home Improvement Day

We'll "deconstruct" on this edition of the program with Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College. The focus will be on dismantling buildings to create jobs, recycle waste and drastically reduce materials that would normally go to the landfill.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Gambling in Iowa

A new state report shows revenues from Iowa's gambling casino industry dropped considerably in 2009. The report comes as Governor Culver urges the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to approve new casino license requests. We'll talk with community leaders seeking gambling operations and examine the economic development aspect of casinos in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 10, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political analyst, and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State professor.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Beer be gone

Some Iowa liquor stores are rushing to return their inventory of high alcohol beer because of a sudden change in state law. Late this morning the Governor signed legislation that changes the state’s beer distribution system leaving both retailers and the state scrambling to un-load a product with a very limited shelf life.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Gun Debate

After a partisan and sometimes angry debate, the Iowa House passed a bill to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. The bill has the support of Iowa police and prosecutors.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Human Rights

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jane Olson, Chair of the International Board of Human Rights Watch about the "survivorship stories" she has witnessed in 30 years of travel to war zones in Nicuragua, the former Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

This month: Iowa's rabbits. They're an important part of Iowa's wild food chain and we'll find out about that role. Also, how to protect your garden and plants from their hearty and varied appetites.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Recreation issues

Lawmakers have been debating the soundness of having a state run destination park (Honey Creek Resort State Park,) and new safeguards for bicyclists. Host Jeneane Beck talks with lawmakers involved in the discussions, including State Representative Clel Baudler and State Senator Matt McCoy. Join in the conversation to share your experiences as a cyclist on Iowa roadways, or as a vacationer at Honey Creek.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 8, 2010

Acedia & Me

Kathleen Norris, author of "The Cloister Walk" and "Amazing Grace" talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about her new book, the bestseller "Acedia & Me; a Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life."

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun March 7, 2010

Simon Estes Begins 99 Iowa County Scholarship Tour

Internationally-acclaimed vocalist Simon Estes has performed in opera houses and concert halls around the world. But the Centerville native is taking on a tour that in some ways will be his most ambitious. Estes will perform in every Iowa county to raise college scholarship funds for high school students. Friday night his ninety nine county tour started in Franklin county where he sang with high school students and community choirs to a sold out auditorium.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Immigration Experiences

New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and well-respected commentator Steven V. Roberts has always been fascinated by his grandparents’ migration to America from the Old World nearly one hundred years ago, and he traced their story in his stirring memoir 'My Fathers’ Houses'. In his latest book, 'From Every End of this Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America', he explores the contemporary immigrant experience. Roberts will discuss his latest work during a stop at the Des Moines Central Library.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Hort Day

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Juron and other members of the horticulture gang from Iowa State University. Spring is three weeks away!

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