Clare Roth

Talk Show Producer


World War II
12:25 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Under Siege and Overtaken--an Iowan Remembers the Battle of the Bulge

Veteran George Dane with his dog tags.
Ben Kieffer Iowa Public Radio

The Battle of the Bulge ended 70 years ago this month. Iowan George Dane was caught in the middle of it.

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3:43 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Iowa's Dangerously High Radon Risk

A radon testing kit
Megan Khines Flickr

It's colorless, odorless, and more prevalent in Iowa than any other state. Radon gas is causing 400 deaths in Iowa every year.

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International News
4:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

A Personalist Regime: Putin's Hold on Russia

UI Political Science Professor Bill Reisinger says Putin's personalist regime is less stable and less effective than other types of authoritarian regimes.
World Economic Forum Flickr

This weekend, pro-Moscow rebels - backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops - restarted the war in Eastern Ukraine. 

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News Buzz
2:15 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

How Facebook Hurts Grades

A new study from ISU suggests Facebook takes up cognitive function needed to focus on studying.
Dimitris Kalogeropoylos Flickr

The connections seems simple: the more time you're on Facebook, the more your grades suffer. 

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News Buzz
5:04 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bread Bags--Iowa's New Cultural Icon?

Grocery leftovers or fashionable footwear?
SV Johnson Flickr

In her State of the Union response, freshman Senator Joni Ernst repeated an anecdote from her victory speech evoking her "down-home" upbringing.

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Religion and Science
5:18 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Are Religion and Science like Oil and Water?

Some believe science and religion can't coexist. Troy Van Voorhis disagrees.
fusky Flickr

When Troy Van Voorhis became a chemistry professor at MIT, he started getting questions from his students: Did science eliminate the need for religion? Did you have to be an atheist to be a good scientist?

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Mental Health Services
6:51 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What Mental Health Institutes Closures Mean for Southern Iowa

The mental health institution in Independence, Iowa.
kc7fys Flickr

In the budget proposal he released last week, Governor Branstad quietly cut funding for two of Iowa's four mental health institutes.

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Home Improvement Day
4:59 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Facts and Fictions of Home Improvement Shows

Home improvement television shows are fun to watch, but how much can they teach us?
Jill Flickr

A radical home makeover makes for great tv, but the projects on home improvement shows aren’t always what they seem.  

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Iowa Outdoors
4:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Combat Winter Blues with Outdoor Fun

Cross-country is one popular winter activity in Iowa.
Will_Cyclist Flickr

Winter is the time we're most tempted to bundle up and stay inside. But sunlight and exercise can be our best natural allies for the winter blues.

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Politics Day
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Cedar Falls Takes Center Stage as Internet Leader

A harvested cornfield outside of Cedar Falls. Getting reliable rural internet service is one of the struggles both Obama and Branstad are trying to tackle.
Parshotam Lal Tandon Flickr

President Obama announced a new plan to support community-run broadband in Cedar Falls today.

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5:10 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Another Earth in the Cosmos?

The Kepler vehicle backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space
NASA NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

The Kepler mission may have lost two of its wheels, but data being mined from the mission has unearthed eight potentially habitable planets.

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Sickness and Communication
9:17 am
Tue January 13, 2015

How to Communicate with Your Sick Loved One

Talking to a sick family member can be fraught with sadness, misunderstanding, and fear of saying the wrong thing.
Safak Tortu Flickr

When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, finding the right thing to say can feel paralyzing.

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5:41 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

How Controversial Cartoons Become a Reason for Killing

A spread of Charlie Hebdo covers.
Gongashan Flickr

Twelve people, including four cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, were shot dead Wednesday in an apparent militant Islamist attack.

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5:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Iowa's Wildlife Comeback Stories

Trumpeter Swan
Seney Natural History Association Flickr

Not too long ago, the call of the Trumpeter Swan was unheard in Iowa; the last nesting pair was seen in 1883. But with concentrated effort from biologists and conservationists, the species has made a comeback in the state.

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Business and Economy
4:40 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Geoscientist: Crops Cannot Grow if Oil Spills from Proposed Bakken Pipeline

Fort Madison land owners attend a crowded informational meeting about the proposed pipeline.
Joyce Russell Iowa Public Radio

A Michigan State Geoscientist is warning about a possible oil spill from a proposed crude oil pipeline that could bisect 18 Iowa counties.

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2014 in Review
3:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

IPR's Top Stories of 2014

Iowa Statehouse
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Data centers, legislative scuffles, and national park scandals: this year was big for Iowa news.

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10:34 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Encore: Rural Iowa Women of the 1920s

Vetra, left, and sister Reva Padget, appear ready for a trip to town, circa 1930.
Courtesy of Leon Wilkinson

Before the Great Depression there was the farm recession, and times were tough for farm families in Iowa. 

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4:46 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Owl, Lark, or Somewhere In-between?

Ed Yourdon Flickr

Most people consider themselves either a night person or a morning person. What if you're sleepy all day long?

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10:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Gifts of Kindness

Mel Neal's farm after the tornado.
Photo Courtesy of Mel Neal

For a handful of us, the last year has brought gifts of life changing kindness. 

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Politics Day
5:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Politics Day: Congressmen Legacies and the Invisible Primary

Jeb Bush announced this week he's "actively exploring" a presidential run.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Flickr

The invisible primary has ramped up with Jeb Bush's declaration that he is "exploring" a presidential run.

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6:04 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UI Student Claims 'Excessive Force' in Police Incident

Grayson Scogin

The refrain can be heard more than 20 times. "My hands are behind my head."

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4:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Encore Edition: Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

Nixon, pictured with Leonid Brezhnev.
That Hartford Guy Flickr

Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them?

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River to River
2:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Are We Still One Nation Under God, and Does It Matter?

The Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason billboard
Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason

Our country is very much identified as "one nation under God," however, the number of non-religious Americans has risen dramatically.

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Diabetes Research
4:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Conquer Diabetes

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center has existed since 2009, but only found a home earlier this fall.
Oskar Annermarken Flickr

Diabetes was first named in ancient Greek civilization, but there's still much we don't know about the condition.

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Holiday Book Guide
4:08 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

IPR's Holiday Book Guide

Jan and Paul do some last minute cramming before the show.
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

If book-buying is on your to-do list this season, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books are here to help.

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East Berlin
4:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

"Like Life and Death": an Iowan's Escape from East Berlin

A watchtower built in the 1980s near Trebec's home.
Hannah Trebec

Hannah Trebec grew up in East Berlin. At 20, the Berlin Wall came down and she was faced with a choice: to stay or to flee.

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Orphan Trains
3:56 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Documentary Chronicles Orphan Trains

A photo of Stan and Vic Cornell, two orphans who eventually found a home because of the orphan trains.
courtesy of Clark Kidder

Thousands of orphan came to Iowa and other Midwestern states by train. A documentary premiering on Iowa Public Television tonight chronicles their stories.

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4:03 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Iowan 'Guest of the Revolution' Reflects on the Iran Hostage Crisis

A woman passes by the former US Embassy in Iran where students held hostages like Iowan Kathryn Koob for 444 days.
Örlygur Hnefill Flickr

35 years ago this month, we were in the first few weeks of the Iran hostage crisis. The crisis would last 444 days, and one Iowan was there for all of them.

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News Buzz
3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

"Farmer Wave Week" Celebrates a Friendly Highway Gesture

Todd Collins has created a week celebrating a hands-just-slightly-off-the-wheel motion that encapsulates 'Iowa Nice.'
Paul Hamilton Flickr

Most driver-to-driver hand gestures are decidedly unwelcome. But riding along a rural road in Iowa, you might encounter a friendly one--the farmer wave.

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News Buzz
2:52 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Iowa Leading in LGBT Equality Once Again

Iowa was third in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but how else are Iowa cities achieving equality for their LGBT residents?
Alan Light Flickr

In the third annual Municipality Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign, each of the five Iowa cities measured scored above the national average.

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