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Studio One
11:47 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Minneapolis Troubadour Has One Lucky Guitar

Listen to Minneapolis folk singer Jack Klatt's story about reuniting with his guitar.
Credit Image Provided by artist

If you don't already know Jack Klatt, he's a rambling, roving troubadour-type folk singer who made an appearance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" earlier this year. Klatt was born and raised in Michigan's Mississippi River Valley,  but his true story telling talent comes from his travels. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:23 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Who Stole the Beans?

A farmer harvests soybeans in 2013. This year, an unknown driver combined 18 acres of an Illinois soybean field without permission. A criminal investigation is ongoing.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

It may not be a classic “Whodunnit” but the mystery of who stole soybeans from a field in western Illinois certainly has intrigue.

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Health
12:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

An Iowa-based Doctor Tracks Ebola

Dr. Samir Koirala trains a local health official in Sierra Leone on how to track Ebola.
Iowa Department of Public Health

A doctor on loan to the Iowa Department of Public Health is back in the state after a stint in Sierra Leone. The native of Nepal was there to track the ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

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River to River
5:23 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C.

Sign welcoming Iowa veterans to Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. on October 16, 2013
Ben Kieffer / Iowa Public Radio

For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans.

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Home Improvement
4:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Is Insulation Enough?

Clayton Parker Flickr

The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

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Grassley on Judiciary
3:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Grassley to Oversee Obama Judgeships

Senator Chuck Grassley
Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the new Republican majority will carefully vet President Obama’s judicial appointments.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:39 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Premium Processing

Iowa Premium Beef CEO Jeffrey Johnson stands outside the new 200, 000-square- foot beef processing plant in Tama
IPR's Pat Blank

Central Iowa is about to get a much needed economic shot in the arm as a long awaited beef processing plant opens its doors providing hundreds of new jobs. 

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Business and Economy
4:55 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Dahl's Foods Files Chapter 11

Sodanie Chea

Dahl’s Foods is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Books
3:20 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Iowa is in Two "American Nations," Which One Do You Live In?

Colin Woodard's 11 "American Nations"
Courtesy of Colin Woodard

Why do we classify states or regions as “red” or “blue”? How did certain areas of the country gain particular political reputations? 

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Studio One
2:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Different Sort Of Live Music Experience in Cedar Falls

Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart performing at Cedar Valley House Concerts in October 2014.
Credit Darice Mangin

If you're a fan of live music, or a performing musician, you might not think of a stranger's living room as a good choice for a performance venue. But that's exactly what's been happening in one Cedar Falls home for about six years.

Since 2008, Cedar Valley House Concerts has provided traveling singer-songwriters with a place to perform, along with a warm bed, an opportunity to do laundry, and other comforts that artists often miss while on tour. Open to the public, guests are asked for a small donation that goes directly to the artist, plus a side dish or snack to share.

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Environment
1:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Habitat Loss and Its Impact on Iowa's Biodiversity

An IPR listener photo submission of a Great Blue Heron, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

Many scientists believe that Earth is in the midst of a sixth great extinction. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, threats to biodiversity in the Midwest.

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News
11:26 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Update: Fort Des Moines Museum

Woman soldier in Iowa National Guard
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

The historic Fort Des Moines Museum is formally reopening tomorrow morning (11-11-14)  with a Veterans Day program and public tours. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen has the story.

The first class of black officers graduated at Fort Des Moines in WW1. The Army’s first women trained there in WW2. Despite its rich background, the Fort Des Moines Museum went into debt and even closed for a time. A Veterans Day ceremony will announce its rebirth, according to curator Jack Lufkin.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:29 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Iowa Felon Sues Governor

Joe Gratz

An Iowa woman and the ACLU are suing Iowa officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, for the right to vote. 

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Hort Day
2:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Hort Gang: History in the Trees

There's a great deal of history to be found on most university campuses--but not just in the buildings and the libraries.

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Newsbuzz
1:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

ISU Honors Students, Veterans Lost

ISU's Gold Star Hall
Iowa State University

Diane Rasmussen, who lives in Omaha, can't make impromptu trips to Arlington, Virginia, where her son Deric is buried. Now, if she wants to feel close to him, she can visit Gold Star Hall in ISU's Memorial Union.

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Newsbuzz
1:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NPR Correspondent Mara Liasson Weighs in on Iowa Politics

Why do female candidates often go by their first names? Liasson weighs in on gender issues in politics.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's 'Squeal' ad made waves this election cycle. NPR political correspondent Mara Liassion believes Ernst's gender was crucial to that appeal.

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Health
9:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

How Is Iowa Doing In the Fight Against Cancer?

17,630 people in Iowa will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014
Faculty of Medicine NTNU

Cancer-related deaths continue to decline in the U.S., and scientific breakthroughs are occurring at a breathtaking pace. But is this trend in jeopardy?

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Promised Farm Bill Savings Look Elusive Today

Paul Sauter pulls two wagons full of corn into the Heartland Coop elevator in Alleman.
Amy Mayer/IPR

The Farm Bill enacted earlier this year was supposed to save taxpayers money, in part by reducing subsidy payments to farmers.

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Arts and Culture
11:52 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Bleeding Kansas, Iowa and the Underground Railroad

Advertisement of an anti-slavery meeting to be held on December 2, 1859, in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on the day that abolitionist John Brown was executed.
Kansas State Historical Society

Six years before the Civil War officially began, shots were fired in the Kansas Territory in the fight between pro-slavery settlers and free staters.

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News
8:45 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Memorial For Iowa War Casualty

A plaque like this will commorate Marines Judge and McMann
Ken Crouse Fall of Saigon Marines Association

The last two Americans killed in the Vietnam War, including an Iowa man, will be memorialized at the site of the old US Embassy in Saigon.   


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Statehouse and Politics
5:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Union Sues the Prison System

photo by Kate Ter Haar/flickr

The state’s largest public employees union is suing the Iowa prison system over the right to wear anti-Branstad pins at work. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Colorado's Growing Marijuana Industry Creates Real Estate Rush

Commercial real estate agent Jason Thomas connects clients with possible marijuana grow locations in the Denver metro area.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The showing starts inside an empty office building, the kind you’d see in any humdrum workplace sitcom, stripped of its cubicles and ceiling tiles, leaving just a bare, dusty shell.

Jason Thomas with Avalon Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate firm that deals with the marijuana industry’s entrepreneurs, shows off the building’s features: a fully operational HVAC system, fire sprinklers, heavy duty warehouse doors, equipped with locks.

It’s a blank slate for a marijuana grower, ready to be outfitted with thousands of lights and complex water delivery systems.

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Profile
4:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

One Man's Journey "From Hell to Iowa"

Charles Notis and his mother (right) soon after they escaped from Albania to Greece.
Courtesy of Charles Notis

Charles Notis created one of the most prominent commercial weather forecasting groups in the state with Harvey Freese.

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2014 Elections
4:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Happened to Iowa Democrats?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley delivers his concession speech at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (11/04/2014.)
Credit Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

“What happened?” is a question on the minds of many Iowa Democrats. 

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Politics Day
3:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Politics Day: Mid-Term Election Analysis

nshepard / flickr

Republicans hand a major defeat to President Obama and Senate Democrats, seizing control of the U.S. Senate; and Iowa makes history, electing its first female senator, Joni Ernst.

One lone Democrat remains in Iowa’s six-member congressional delegation to Washington. This politics day, host Ben Kieffer and several political analysts examine the results of Iowa’s races and fit them into the national picture, to ask, what may be in store for the final two years of the Obama presidency?

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2014 Elections
2:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Not Quite a Record for Voter Turnout

photo by John Pemble / IPR

Voter turnout Tuesday was not as high as the historic turnout in the 2010 midterm election, but the Secretary of State's office says it came close. 

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2014 Elections
1:38 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Loebsack Ready to Return to Washington

2nd District Democrat Incumbent Dave Loebsack is joined by his wife Terry as he speaks to supporters at The Mill in Iowa City
Julie Englander IPR

The lone Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation is looking forward to returning to Congress. Dave Loebsack says they’ve been gone too long.

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Business and Economy
10:22 am
Wed November 5, 2014

When the Government Charges Your Property With a Crime, Not You

Carole Hinders, owner of Mrs. Lady's Mexican Food, in her restaurant's kitchen
Photo Courtesy of the Institue for Justice

Carole Hinders of Arnold’s Park, IA, wasn’t charged with a crime, but that didn’t stop the I.R.S. from seizing the entire balance of her checking account, more than $30,000.

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2014 Elections
8:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Big Election Night for Iowa Republicans

Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds, who was also re-elected, watches Iowa Governor Terry Branstad give his acceptance speech in West Des Moines.
John Pemble IPR

Last night Governor Branstad was elected to a sixth term and Republican Joni Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress. Democrats held on to its majority in the state senate. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey about last night's results and what it might mean for 2016.

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2014 Elections
2:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa Sends Two Incumbents Back to Washington

Republican Steve King will return to Congress for another term, after again defeating a Democratic challenger. He's pictured here in Ames during his 2012 campaign.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

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