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River to River
2:30 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

5000th Point of Light

Photo submitted by outreachprogram.org

Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton of Union Iowa were recently recognized for their work fighting global hunger.  Their work involves getting packaged meals to hungry children in Africa and many other places.  Floyd and Kathy talk with host Ben Kieffer about their work and what is ahead for them.

In the second half of the show, hear from Iowa author John Price about his new memoir "Daddy Long Legs."

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River to River
4:04 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Invasive Species: Air and Water

Emerald Ash Borer in firewood
U.S. Forestry Service Region 5

The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa.  It has now been found in Burlington.  Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it.  New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals.

Also, in the second half of the program, we talk about a Cuban baseball player that defected to the U.S. while in Des Moines.  And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.

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River to River
1:09 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Growing Old and Dying in Prison

Iowa Medical and Classification Center at the Oakdale Prison near Coralville.
Ben Stanton

Our corrections series continues by examining what it is like to grow old and die in prison. Hear from an offender who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars.  Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old.  You'll also get a tour of a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.  

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River to River
3:41 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

News Review: Health, Ag, Sports, and Entertainment

From infectious disease to sports and entertainment, River to River host Ben Kieffer has a news roundup show.  He'll talk with the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health about recent outbreaks of cyclospora and West Nile virus. Also, hear a little sports: Iowa’s  Zach Johnson is competing as the defending champion at the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament in the Quad Cities, and many Iowans reacted to University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz being listed as one of the worst coaches by Sports Illustrated recently.

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River to River
1:33 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Horse Slaughter in Iowa

StooMathiesen

A business in Sigourney Iowa could be one of the first the nation to slaughter horses after a previous ban was allowed to expire.  Join Host Ben Kieffer to hear from the CEO of the company given approval by the USDA, and hear from two people with opposing views on the matter.  Also hear a little about the politics of this issue and the horse-meat labeling scandal that came to light earlier this year in Europe.

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River to River
3:36 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Sleep and Noise

flickr / RelaxingMusic

Do you have a sound or noise that helps you fall asleep? It turns out that sound plays a big role in brain activity and brain wave synchronization even while you're sleeping. Join host Ben Kieffer to explore the role of noise in good and bad sleep. The guest is  Neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa Sleep Disorders Center.  Our sleep doctor will also answer your questions.  

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River to River
4:02 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Politics Day: Egypt and the Middle East

The Egyptian flag in Cairo in 2011
Zeinab Mohamed

Massive protests once again in Egypt. Join host Ben Kieffer to talk about the political situation there with Iowa State University's Jim McCormick and long-time Iowa resident Dr. Hani Elkadi, a native of Egypt, who’s just returned from Cairo.  Also, hear about the larger implications of this event for the Middle East.

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Talk of Iowa
3:24 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Crime Victims' Needs

A prisoner knits an afghan to help pay for restitution to victims.
Emily Woodbury

Many severe crimes alter a victim's life forever. People convicted of those crimes might be put behind bars for a very long time or even the rest of their lives.  Join host Charity Nebbe who talks with victims about what they want--and don't want--from the people that committed crimes against them or their family members.  Hear the story of one woman whose daughter was murdered and the personal journey she took getting ready to meet the murderer face-to-face ten years later.

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River to River
4:05 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Farm Crisis

Farmers from across America marched for the second year in a row to protest against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on February 5, 1979. An old tractor is burned in effigy in protest.
USDA / National Archives and Records Administration

The farm crisis of the 1980s meant high interest rates; it’s estimated that farmland values dropped nearly 60 percent in some areas of the Midwest during the early '80s.  But it was not just an economic disaster.  A new documentary also tries to capture the personal stories. Guest host Ben Stanton talks with the producer of "The Farm Crisis" Laurel Bower Burgmaier.  Later in the show is an update to the flood-related weather outlook for Iowa, and hear about NPR's programing changes now in effect and how they will affect Iowa Public Radio.

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Talk of Iowa
4:14 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Dating and Socializing Later in Life

Fairywren / flickr

Once upon a time you and your sweetheart may have spent hot summer nights at the drive-in or cooled off at the soda fountain—but dating in 2013 is very different.  Join host Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa about dating and socializing for seniors.  We’ll talk about the importance of social engagement as we age and the dating scene at the senior center, retirement community, nursing home, and online.

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River to River
4:20 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

World Food Prize and Capitalism on Trial

The winners of this year's World Food Prize have ties to the biotech firms Monsanto and Syngenta.
World Food Prize Foundation

Capitalism – Does it work for you? That’s the question on a 20-ft-long sign with flashing lights that’s come to Cedar Rapids. Viewers vote by pressing true or false.  Steve Lambert, the artist behind the project Steve Lambert explains his inspiration and  share some of the responses he gathered.

Also, we’ll talk about the three biotechnology scientists awarded the 2013 World Food Prize.

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Talk of Iowa
3:49 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Horticulture Day: Trees

iowa_spirit_walker Flickr

While 2013 has brought plenty of rain for our trees--maybe too much--the affects of last year's drought can still be seen across Iowa's landscape. Today on Talk of Iowa, we learn how to care for trees and other plants weakened by 2012's dry weather.  Horticulturalists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron join the program.

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River to River
3:46 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Safety on the Water

Water rescue training
Peter Roome

Last week a man was killed in a boating incident on the Cedar River, and over the weekend a man had a close call while trying to rescue a child on Clear Lake.  What are the rules and what are the good and bad ideas on the water?  Also, hear about preventing recreational water illnesses.

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River to River
3:45 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Miss Iowa and Iowans with Disabilities

Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa 2013
Jenn Cady Design Photography

The 2013 winner of the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program is Nicole Kelly.  Besides attention from Iowans, national news outlets have been interested in her story in part because of a unique attribute: Kelly was born without her left forearm.  Hear Kelly's story and a broader discussion about Iowans with disabilities with the chair of the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities LaSheila Yates, who also happens to be the 2013 Mrs. Iowa International winner.

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River to River
1:14 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Changing Role of Fathers

Pengrin

Sunday is Father's Day.  Find out about the Father’s Day Index and hear about the changing role of dads, who are increasingly stay-at home parents. How is that fact affecting families and our stereotypes?  Guest host Ben Stanton gets advice for dads to communicate with kids using handwritten letters.  

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River to River
12:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Urban Green Space and Health

Romel Jacinto

Researchers argue that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.  In cities, it can be more challenging to find nature.  Guest host Ben Stanton talks about urban nature with Kathleen Wolf, the keynote speaker at today's Trees Forever Symposium in Des Moines. 

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River to River
3:40 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Altered Memories

Matthew Purdy

Host Ben Kieffer explores memories this hour.  First, he has a talk with ISU Assistant Professor Jason Chan about his research showing how our memories can be altered by incorrect information.  In the second half, you can hear about how memories are affected by aging.  Guests include representatives from long-term care facilities, and a woman who tells her personal story helping her husband deal with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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River to River
3:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Cutting Edge of Forensic Science

Univeristy of South Wales Flickr

Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine in crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved. Host Ben Kieffer speaks to Iowa State University Mechanical Engineer Daniel Attinger about his research for the U.S.

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Talk of Iowa
2:54 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What's Happening at Iowa Farmers' Markets

Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines, July 2011
Photo by Phil Roeder

Many farmers' markets in Iowa have grown over the last couple decades.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with market directors from around the state to hear about why that has happened.  She hears from Director of the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines Kelly Foss, Cedar Falls Farmers' Market Master Joe Bohr, and Washington Farmers' Market Master Bob Shepherd.  Also, get to the heart of the matter with author of "Farmers' Markets of the Heartland" Janine MacLachlan, who traveled to eight Midwestern states to document her farmers' market tour.

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River to River
3:51 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Flood Review and Outlook

In Iowa City, sand is loaded in wire mesh cages to create a barrier wall between the University of Iowa’s Mayflower dormitory and the Iowa River. 5/30/2013
Dean Borg / Iowa Public Radio

Iowans have been evacuating homes, filling sandbags, and praying to avoid a disastrous summer as rivers, creeks, and waterways surge out of their banks. Join host Ben Kieffer to hear stories from communities affected by this the wettest spring on record.  You also get a big picture look at what’s happening across the state and what’s to come from Iowa flood experts. 

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River to River
3:38 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Politics Day: Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions

deltaMike / flickr

Between now and the end of June, decisions will be made on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Host Ben Kieffer gets analysis on some of the biggest cases: concerning affirmative action, voting rights, same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act. It's River to River's Politics Wednesday.  

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Talk of Iowa
3:50 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Why Do People Jump Out of Planes?

The last few minutes in the plane: Charity Nebbe and Elliot Kelley
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

This hour, host Charity experiences skydiving in Vinton.  She is talking with people that made hundreds or thousands of jumps.  The show starts with talking to athletes who push themselves to the edge in another way, including ultra-marathon runners and adventure racers.   The Boone Crusher is an adventure race covering 40-60 miles in the Des Moines River Valley near Boone. Extreme sports are the subject on this Talk of Iowa.

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River to River
1:53 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Wind Energy in Iowa

brewbooks / flickr

Mid-American Energy is planning to invest $1.9 billion in Iowa to add up to about one gigawatt of wind generation, which could power 300-thousand homes. That means more than 600 new wind turbines are expected to be built in Iowa by 2016.  Host Ben Kieffer gets details on the project, and he gets a broader look at wind energy in Iowa with both large- and small-scale turbines. We also talk with an ISU professor a grad student working on designing a different wind turbine tower—one made out of concrete.

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River to River
3:23 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Travels and Poetry in the Middle East

Eliza_Tasbihi / flickr

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Christopher Merrill, Director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.  Merrill has just returned from a month-long trip on behalf of the program that took him to Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq, Abu Dhabi, and Turkey.  He is about to leave for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as part of a cultural diplomacy mission for the State Department.

In this show, Kieffer also gets a weather update from the Des Moines National Weather Service about temperature swings and the lack of an Iowa tornadoes for nearly a year.

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River to River
1:18 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Best and Worst Jobs of 2013

Bio-Medical Engineer is listed as #2 best job of 2013.
dbelskysuny / flickr

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 talks with a few people that are on the best and worst lists.  Find out what people in those jobs think about their ranking.  It includes a Biomedical Engineer, an Oil Rig Worker, an Audiologist, and a Newspaper Reporter.   

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River to River
4:00 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Baseball: Past, Present, Future

TR Knight, Toby Huss, and in profile, Harrison Ford
© 2013 Legendary Pictures Productions LLC

Marshalltown-native Toby Huss, plays the part of baseball scout Clyde Sukeforth in the new movie “42” – a film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the Major Leagues’ first black player in the modern era. Host Ben Kieffer talks with actor Toby Huss about his role, working with Harrison Ford in the film, and racism in the 1940’s.

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Talk of Iowa
3:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Creativity In Post-Military Life

Robert Neff / flickr

Host Charity Nebbe explores art created by veterans in their post-military lives. We hear examples of poetry from Hugh Martin, winner of The Iowa Review's Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans.  Also, we hear journalism and creative non-fiction from Randy Brown.  And the music and military reflections of Lem Genovese. 

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River to River
3:15 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

U. S. Senator Rand Paul and other Politics

U.S. Senator Rand Paul

Recent polls indicate freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a favorite among GOP hopefuls for the White House in 2016.  Paul is coming to Iowa later this week to speak at the Republican Party of Iowa's "Lincoln Dinner."  Host Ben Kieffer gets his views on immigration reform, drones, and bridging the warring factions within the GOP.  Then, he gets analysis from Bruce Gronbeck, Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa.

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River to River
2:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Herbert Hoover and a Civil War Exhibit

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

Host Ben Kieffer takes a tour of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum with its Director Tom Schwartz.  He talks about the role of presidential museums and libraries in light of the recent opening of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas.  Schwartz also discusses President Hoover himself and the museum’s exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  It’s called Iowans and the Civil War: The Western Theater.  The exhibit includes a Civil War field hospital, and signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. 

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