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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Helping Students with Autism Succeed in College

Being successful in college is trying for many students and for those with Asperger’s or Autism the challenge is even greater. On today's Talk of Iowa we hear about a new program at Kirkwood Community College that is designed to help students on the Autism spectrum succeed. Charity talks with Kelly Wise and Barbara Mussman of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Josh Cobbs of the Iowa Autism Council, and Kirkwood student Zach Diericks.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Politics Day

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn has announced he will step down. The move comes after a so-called “virtual tie” was announced as the official result of this year’s Iowa Caucuses. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Tim Hagle of University of Iowa about the continued fallout from an Iowa presidential contest that was too close to call.  They also analyze results of the Florida primary and prospects for a protracted fight over the Republican nomination.

Education
5:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Religions

Today we continue our exploration of what it means to be gay in Iowa. Members of various faith communities approach questions surrounding gay lifestyles from widely different perspectives. Some church leaders were quite vocal in protesting the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry. Others were among the first clergy to lead marriage ceremonies for gays and lesbians as soon as they were able. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard looks into the divide among religions on matters of gay rights.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Desegregating Iowa's Schools

Alexander Clark thought his daughter Susan should be able to attend school in the 1860's. Many other powerful Iowans did too. They didn’t care that she was black. This hour on Talk of Iowa, we’ll discuss Clark’s case against the Iowa Supreme Court that desegregated Iowa’s schools decades before some places in the rest of the county.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Accordion Families

In sociologist Katherine Newman's new book, The Accordion Family, she argues that globalization and weak economies have caused households to expand and incorporate grandparents, parents and children under one roof. Ben Kieffer speaks with Newman about the challenges of loved ones living together to make ends meet. We'll also hear from an Ames family whose two adult daughters have moved back home in an effort to save money.

Being Gay in Iowa: Religion
11:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Religion

Education
5:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Marriage

Iowa Public Radio today returns to its ongoing series “Being in Iowa.” This week we look into what it means to be gay in Iowa. The most recent poll to gather public sentiment about same-sex marriage taken a year ago shows more Iowans oppose it than support it – but by a narrow margin, 38 to 34 percent. Almost as many people – 30 percent – say they don’t care one way or the other. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard revisits attitudes toward gay marriage nearly three years after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled it legal.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Finding Your Fire

When you make up your mind to find your passion, you’re making an important commitment to yourself. You’re saying that you’re a top priority and you’ll be finding the things in life that you truly enjoy. For aspiring artists, many say they have found their passion, or their “fire,” but actually making a living at it is a bigger challenge. Today, we hear from four successful artists who will be taking part in the on-going artist discussion series, “Finding Your Fire,” this evening at the Des Moines Social Club.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Legislative Monday: Gas Tax Increase

In October, the Governor's Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission recommended an eight to ten cents per gallon gas tax increase to generate funding for Iowa's roads and infrastructure.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Iowa Bicycle Summit and RAGBRAI

This summer RAGBRAI will roll across Iowa for the 40th time and right now bicycle enthusiasts are converging on Des Moines for the Iowa Bicycle Summit. This year’s RAGBRAI route won’t be announced until Saturday (Jan. 28), but we will get a preview of RAGBRAI 40 from the event's Director, T.J. Juskiewicz. We'll also talk about biking in Iowa with Mark Wyatt, Ex. Director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Nick Sobocinski, also with the Coalition and Program Director of "Safe Routes to School."

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Heroin in Iowa

Deaths from heroin overdoses have spiked in Iowa in recent months and the Drug Enforcement Agency reports a cheaper, more potent version of the drug is in the state. We'll examine the drug's prevalence with Dale Woolery of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy and Kelly Reitzler of the Area Substance Abuse Council in Cedar Rapids.

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