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Talk of Iowa
3:42 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa

A Blue-spotted Salamander from Linn County, Iowa
Jeffrey LeClere www.HerpNet.net

Iowa is home to 67 different amphibian and reptile species all deep in hibernation right now.  Herpetologist Jeffrey LeClere has written A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reputiles of Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about getting up close and personal with frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes once they wake up this spring.  She also talks with the filmmaker responsible for the new documentary “Wrestling With Iowa.”

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Politics Day
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Counter-Terrorism, Agreement with Iran, and a Basketball Birthday with Kim Jong-Un

J. Gabás Esteban

Iran, Syria, Japan, and China are just a few of the places where an evolving political situation will likely have implications beyond their borders.  Join Ben Kieffer as he talks with political experts about where in the world we should be watching for changes in U.S. foreign policy as we move through 2014. 

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Iowa History
1:20 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Midwestern History Uncovered

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Rachel Gardner

We get flown over, driven through, dismissed and mocked, but the history of this region is rich and important. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with John Lauck, author of The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History, and historian Leo Landis. They talk about the history of the Midwest and why it matters.

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Population
5:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Iowa Population Trends

Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fair

Every 8 seconds another person is born in the U.S., adding to a world population that already totals more than 7 billion people.

Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with population experts here in Iowa to learn about our state’s trends, and what they tell us about our economy and the future of our communities. Global population expert William Ryerson also joins the conversation to talk about the connection between local and global population growth.

Today's guests include:

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Words of the Year

Join host Charity Nebbe for this talk with Patricia O'Connor to talk about words of the year for 2013, and "banned words." What's your "word of the year"?

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News
9:32 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Homeless in the Cold

As Iowa and much of the Midwest  continue to deal with dangerously low temperatures, people have been encouraged to stay home as schools close and organizations cancel activities. For those without a home, shelters have adjusted to care for those who may otherwise face life threatening conditions. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports.  

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

US beef herd poised for growth

It’s not just consumers who are paying more for beef. Craig Uden says recent prices to buy calves from ranchers for his feedlot are among the highest he’s ever seen.
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the nation’s beef herd may be poised for growth, which could mean relief from rising meat prices. But with the fewest cattle in the beef supply since the 1960s, slow growth won’t cut prices anytime soon.

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Travel
12:42 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Iowa Adventurers: Vagabonding Under Sail

"The Maluhia" at sea
Denise Stejskal

Today on River to River, we catch up with Denise and Grant Stejskal. Native Iowans from North Liberty, they pitched their lives overboard a year ago to sail the Pacific Ocean. We sit down with them to find out what it's like to trade your house for a sailboat, what fish you should avoid eating, what to do when your boat is in the coordinates of a live missile practice, and what it's like to live on the sea with your significant other.

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Positive Thinking: New Year's Resolutions

puuikibeach / flickr

Every year on New Year’s Day a lot of people make resolutions: to lose weight, to save money, to be more organized.  Sadly, most of those resolutions fail.    Join host Charity Nebbe for this talk about making resolutions you can keep and that will actually enhance your life.  Guests include Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, and Kevin Krumvieda, Clinical Psychologist in private practice in North Liberty. 

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Obits 2013
10:24 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Many Newsmaking Iowans Die in 2013

Pauline Phillips, aka "Dear Abby" died January 16, 2013 at the age of 94
public domain

We lost many Iowa newsmakers in 2013.  Host Ben Kieffer remembers them in our annual obituary show.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:40 am
Mon January 6, 2014

USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops

Water hemp is one of several weeds building resistance to Roundup herbicide.
Bob Hartzler/Iowa State University

New herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans are a step closer to reaching farm fields in the U.S. They would help farmers control weeds that are no longer killed by the popular herbicide, Roundup.

Roundup resistant crops dominate corn, soybean and cotton production in the U.S. But the list of weeds that have evolved to withstand Roundup is growing, and as a result, farmers are using more chemicals to keep up.

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Talk of Iowa
12:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Remembering the Legendary Johnny Orr

Johnny Orr at an Iowa State University basketball game
Iowa State Athletics Communications

Legendary Cyclone basketball coach Johnny Orr passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. Today on Talk of Iowa, we remember Coach Orr.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register Sports Columnist, Jim Hallihan, former assistant coach for ISU Basketball, Bump Elliot, former Athletic Director at the University of Iowa, and Jeff Hornacek who played for Orr and is now Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns. We also hear stories from listeners.

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News
10:39 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Iowa made bins provide homes around the globe

Credit Photo courtesy of GCN

Formed in 2010 to provide disaster relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, Iowa based Global Compassion Network is expanding its reach. Later this month, ten Safe T Homes built by Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield will be used as housing for missionaries in Kenya. GCN Development Coordinator, Mary Graham says another project is under construction in Peru. She says, "it'll be a multi-purpose center and a Bible camp. We're really excited to bring the Safe T Homes around the world."  Graham says Global Compassion Network also responds to disasters in the U.S.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:47 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Corn stover market set to grow in 2014

Baled corn stover, shown here at the construction site of DuPont Pioneer's cellulosic ethanol plant near Nevada, may become an important cash crop in 2014 as this plant and another, from POET-DSM in Emmetsburg, come on-line.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Something farmers often call “trash” could be a new cash crop in 2014. Two cellulosic ethanol plants are expected to begin operations in the coming year, one near Nevada and the other in Emmetsburg. They will create ethanol from the leaves, stalks and cobs of the corn plant, rather than the grain. And that means farmers will be able to sell the residue left on the field after harvest to the energy producers. Iowa State University agronomy professor Rick Cruse says cellulosic production could eventually expand to accept other raw materials.

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Year in Review
2:58 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

2013 Iowa News Stories

Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio. Derivative work of Anthony Godinho

As 2013 closes out, what are the most memorable, important, or significant events in Iowa from the last year? Some were joyful for many Iowans like the reinstating of wrestling to the Olympic games, some set the stage for a change in Iowa politics like the retirement announcements from US Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Tom Latham. And some were painful like the kidnapping and murder of Kathlynn Shepard. 

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Talk of Iowa
10:27 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Talking "Iowan"

According to linguists, this swath of the United States that includes most of Iowa has a local accent most closely conforming to what is considered a “General American” dialect.
Angr Wikipedia

Iowans like to believe they don’t have accents, but in truth everyone has a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe discusses regional dialects with linguist Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain.  They explain why people in northern Iowa say "I'm bushed" when tired, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.

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Year in Review
2:24 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013

2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.

Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:

January 10 - Undocumented Immigrants at University

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Talk of Iowa
12:10 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

A Railroad Atlas of Iowa

Herbert Maruska

Guest host Dennis Reese talks with Richard C. Carpenter, author of A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, Vol. 5 (Iowa and Minnesota).  A pivotal point in the discussion is the year 1946 when trains and railroads had quite a different presence than today.

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Talk of Iowa
11:58 am
Mon December 30, 2013

'Genius 101'

Albert Einstein
ebravolosada / flickr

Dennis Reese guest hosts this talk with Dean Simonton, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis.  Simonton was recently visiting the University of Iowa, and he describes his research as the "cognitive, dispositional, developmental, and socio-cultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent."

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

The new wheat behind whole grain white bread

Scott Haley, the leader of Colorado State University’s wheat breeding program and the researcher who developed the Snowmass wheat variety, in his lab.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.

For a long time, American bread makers have been in a bind. Many consumers like the texture and taste of white bread, but want the nutritional benefits of whole grains.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

“Dairy cliff” not quite imminent

Cows at Terry Van Maanen's farm in Sioux County, Iowa, wait to be milked.
File: Kathleen Masterson/Iowa Public Radio

No need to hoard milk and ice cream over New Year’s Day. Turns out, the “dairy cliff” isn’t as steep as we may have once thought.

For over a year, farm bill watchers have warned that the milk prices would balloon to $7-8 per gallon if the farm bill expires without a replacement – sending us over what has been termed the “dairy cliff.”

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River to River
2:25 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Space and Dinosaurs

Neil deGrasse Tyson in Austin, TX, with Steve Kawaler (ISU) and Jacklyn R. Green (JPL.)

A listen back to two of the most riveting science conversation of the year  First, astrophysicist and science advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with host Ben Kieffer on capturing asteroids and the future of human space exploration.  Then later, University of Iowa geologist Chris Brochu discusses recent research on the death of the dinosaurs.

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Talk of Iowa
10:59 am
Fri December 27, 2013

How Infants Learn & Remembering Dr. Ignacio Ponseti

Thomas / flickr

To keep a baby entertained, parents often need to introduce new objects or toys every few minutes. When you do that, you are not just distracting the baby, you are helping them learn about the world. In this archived edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe finds out about new research into how infants learn, and she talks with a life-long friend of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti about the Ponseti Method for correcting clubfoot.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Suspended drug sales focus attention on cattle feed additives

Some 6,500 Holsteins are “finished” at this 2,000-acre Ordway, Colo., feedlot, where the growth promotion drug Zilmax is no longer used because it was pulled from the market by its manufacturer.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

 

When the people from the drug company came out to visit Tyler Karney at Ordway Feedyard here on Colorado’s eastern plains, he was a little skeptical.

They said their product, Zilmax, could put another 30 pounds on an animal in the last days before slaughter. Then he started blending it into the feed for the 6,500 head of Holsteins at this huge feedlot.

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Talk of Iowa
2:12 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Revisiting Cakes and Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry -frosting
whitneyinchicago

Cupcakes have taken the U.S. by storm in the last few years; but cakes, large and small, have always been an important part of our culture.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses family recipes and gourmet innovation with Evelyn Birkby, Iowa’s most famous homemaker and columnist for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel.

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River to River
1:39 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Revisiting the Best and Worst Jobs of 2013

Roughnecks working on a drilling rig in Greeley, Colorado in 2008.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

For 25 years CareerCast.com has ranked the best and worst jobs. Their rating is based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. 

Host Ben Kieffer revisits conversations with a biomedical engineer and an audiologist, two jobs that made the best list.  He also speaks to an oil rig worker and a newspaper reporter, two jobs on the worst list.

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News
2:33 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Tinsel Tales Two

Jelene Morris

Continuing with the tradition of the first "Tinsel Tales," host Lynn Neary brings another hour of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

News
2:13 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Ho, Ho, Huh?

Albert Herring

Authors Ron Carlson, Frank O'Connor and George Shephard each present a different side of the Christmas experience. Also humorist Calvin Trillin reads a Christmas poem.
 

News
1:21 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales One

Dinner Series

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, are all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives in “Tinsel Tales.”

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.  Lynn Neary hosts.

News
1:18 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

"A Christmas Carol," read by Doug Brown

Charles Dickens
Heritage Auction Gallery

Beloved by Iowa Public Radio listeners for decades, the late WOI classical music host Doug Brown reads the entirety of the ultimate Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

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