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River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Politics Day

Join host Ben Kieffer as we talking about the U.S. closing its embassy in Syria this week amid growing violence there. What can or should the U.S. do?  Also, new U.S. sanctions are imposed on Iran as tensions rise between that country and Israel.  And, will GOP caucus results in Minnesota and Colorado show Mitt Romney remaining at the front of the pack?  Ben’s guests are political scientists Jim McCormick of Iowa State University and Bruce Gronbeck of the University of Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

The "Surf" as Rock 'n Roll Icon

Fifty-three years ago Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) gave their final performances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. The accident that followed turned the Surf into a rock 'n roll icon. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll remember the Winter Dance Party and discover what makes the Surf a special place.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Hazing in Iowa

The ritual of hazing is nothing new - the act of using harassment, abuse or humiliation as a way of initiating a person into a group. There have been three separate incidents across the state recently involving alleged hazing incidents within high school wrestling programs. Ben talks with University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor Jennifer Waldron about her research looking at the culture of hazing. We'll also hear from an eastern Iowa high school student who has led an anti-bullying initiative at College Community Schools.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Preparing Students for Kindergarten

Kindergarten today is not just about snacks, rest time and recess. Kids are expected to arrive ready to learn...a lot. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll discuss getting ready for kindergarten. We’ll talk about early childhood education, how to prepare your child for kindergarten and we'll hear from a kindergarten teacher what she expects her students to know when they walk in the door for the first day of school. Guests are kindergarten teacher Michelle Anderson-Kunz of Des Moines; Alison Bell of the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center; Dr.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Norman Borlaug "Our Daily Bread"

Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farm boy who became the father of the Green Revolution, is credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation. Today, Charity speaks with biographer Noel Vietmeyer about his book “Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug” (Bracing Books) and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn of Des Moines, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Legislative Monday: Ag Compromise and Gun Legislation

Gun Rights advocates are back at the statehouse.  Host Joyce Russell talks with Representative Matt Windschitl and Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner about several bills expanding gun rights. They follow up on the 2010 law clearing the way for more weapons permits.  Also a compromise in the Iowa Senate over documenting practices at large scale livestock facilities.

River to River
1:00 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa

All this week we've been hearing what it's like to come out to family and friends, or deal with bullying as part of "Being Gay in Iowa." Host Ben Kieffer talks with four Iowans who share their experiences with these issues and more... from running for political office as an openly gay candidate, to being put in the spotlight as part of the battle over same sex marriage.  Guests include Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools; Sharon Malheiro, Chair of One Iowa; Kate Varnum, plaintiff in Varnum v.

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