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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Horticulture Day: Maple Syrup

When maple trees experience the freezing nights and warm days of late winter, the sap starts to slowly rise. It's "Hort Friday" on Talk of Iowa, and we'll talk about maple syrup production. It's one of North America's oldest agricultural crops and there are a few commercial producers in Northeast Iowa. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension Forestry. We'll also answer your questions about the plants in your life.
 

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Financial Aid and the Cost of College

The President’s budget proposal, unveiled this week, includes increases in the maximum award offered to Pell Grant recipients.  Thos grants are used by many students to pay for college.  But a deal struck at the end of last year, limits eligibility for the program.  We’ll talk about a new study that examines how Pell Grants impact enrollment, especially at Community Colleges.  Then, we go inside the State Dinner and other events hosted for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

New Beginnings for the University of Iowa Arts Campus

Nearly four years ago flood waters dramatically changed the landscape in Iowa City. Over the next few years the campus will be transformed again as the University of Iowa replaces the lost buildings. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll hear about recently approved plans to rebuild the University of Iowa arts campus, including a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and Music Building.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Politics Day

Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping, the man who is expected to become the next leader of China, is in the United States this week.  Included on his visit, is a trip to Muscatine, Iowa, a place he visited in 1985. Xi will also visit Des Moines for an official state dinner.  Join host Ben Kieffer as we take a look at what Xi’s visit means as the Obama administration seeks to shift the emphasis of U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific region.

Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Independent Film Company “Iowa Filmmakers"

Paul David Benedict, Scott Siepker, and Brandon Dunphy make short movies as the company "Iowa Filmmakers". They are on location for their short film titled "Quiet Forest".
Photo by John Pemble

Many movies are created by large studios for theaters and television, but a group of Iowa film makers launched a small movie production company with the plan of only using the Internet to reach an audience. With small a budget and help from volunteers they’ve had their first taste of success on a national level.



 

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Wildlife Day: Valentine's Edition

Spring may be the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love, but for many species late winter is the season of love. It's Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa and with eagles nesting, barred owls calling and cardinals singing, we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

National Foreclosure Settlement and Wage Theft

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.  Miller led the recent national foreclosure settlement with major banks on behalf of state attorneys general.  Later, Kim Bobo, author of “Wage Theft: Why Millions of Working Americans are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do about It” joins Ben in advance of her visit to the University of Iowa.

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