Clare Roth

Talk Show Producer
Domestic Violence
4:54 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

#WhyIStayed: Perceptions, Protections, and Problems with Domestic Abuse in Iowa

Iowa has both civil and criminal codes to help domestic abuse victims seek justice.
Ben Pollard Wikimedia Commons

Tiffany Allison breathed a sigh of relief when she learned her former attacker was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Farm Transfer
5:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

"Buying the Farm" and Buying the Farm

The concept of 'the eldest son inheriting the land' is an outdated one, and families without a coherent and explicit will may leave their descendants a mess of trouble after their deaths.
Christiane Tas Wikimedia Commons

Inheritance of any family business is a sticky issue. But when that family business doubles as your childhood home, emotions run even higher.

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Books
3:43 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Actress Melissa Gilbert on Life After "Little House on the Prairie"

"Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe with actress Melissa Gilbert in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books is a rite of passage for millions of children. 

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History
5:03 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Other Albert Einstein

Hans Albert Einstein was the child of Albert Einstein's first marriage to Mileva Maric.
Rev. Superinteressante Wikimedia Commons

Science often runs in the family. And while the Albert Einstein we all know studied particle physics, his first son, Hans Albert Einstein, studied rivers.

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Wildlife Day
4:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

An Abundance of Pheasants: Talking Birds on Wildlife Day

This summer saw a big spike in pheasant sightings.
Feuerstein46 Wikimedia Commons

What game birds have you seen this summer?

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Business
10:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Iowa's Glass Ceiling

Molly Clubb, co-owner of Hired Hand, has grown a successful business in two male-dominated fields--agriculture and technology. But is she the norm?
Molly Clubb Hired Hand

CNBC ranks Iowa as the twelfth top state for business. So why are we dead last in economic clout for women-owned businesses according to a March report from American Express?

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Hort Day
2:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Summer Produce, Made to Last

What are your plans for your bumper crop of summer produce?
Noah Sussman Flickr

Like it or not, summer is nearly gone. But you don’t have to say goodbye to summer produce.

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Sex
5:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Talking "The Talk"

The sex talk can range from full descriptions of parents' first times to one word: protection.
BrokenSphere Wikimedia Commons

When did your parents first talk to you about sex? What did they say? 

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Making Movies in Flyover Country

The cast and crew of "Belleville" worked on location in Illinois. Now, they're holding a casting call in Iowa.
Courtesy of Dan Treadman

People associate Iowa with  "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Field of Dreams." But what movies are being shot in Iowa today?

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News Buzz
5:39 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Two Iowan Sisters Leave Liberia After Ebola Threat

Libby (left) and Kayla Casavant sit in Kayla's Monrovia apartment, before both of them fled after the Ebola outbreak.

Both Kayla and Libby Casavant were working in Liberia when the worst known outbreak of Ebola hit West Africa. 

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Sports
3:08 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

What Should Parents Know About Concussions?

Flickr

Football season is officially underway this weekend, and this season, there’s extra emphasis on the effects of concussions.

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News Buzz
12:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

UI Professor Kembrew McLeod Responds to Criticism of Pink Locker Room Protest

University of Iowa Professor Kembrew McLeod is organizing what he calls a "Million Robot March Against Pink Locker Rooms" in protest of the university's painted pink locker room for visiting football teams.

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River to River
4:05 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Des Moines' School District Tries New Approach with Grading

The school year has begun once again, and students heading back to Iowa’s largest school district may notice a difference in the way they are graded.

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News Buzz
10:23 am
Tue August 26, 2014

News Buzz: Telehealth, Triathletes, and Beer Caves

Inside the beer caves found of I-380, one of six stories on this edition of Newsbuzz.
Courtesy of Iowa DOT

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, guest host Ben Stanton talks with Joyce Russell about the odd legal path of the telemed abortion case and with Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness about certain Iowa counties refusal to honor ICE 'detainers.' Also on the program, we remember Iowa historian Dorothy Schwieder, talk to an Iowan about his world-class Ironman win and learn what exactly a beer cave is from the Gazette's Brian Morelli.

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Medicine
3:35 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: Iowans Affected by ALS

Thousands of people have undergone the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness, funds or both for ALS.
Rauglothgor Wikimedia Commons

A year ago this time, the national ALS Association raised nearly 2 million dollars. This year, in the same time period, they've raised 40 times that. What changed?

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Education
9:03 am
Thu August 21, 2014

"A Fleet of Riding Lawnmowers": Drivers Ed, Past and Present

Drivers Education in Iowa used to be taught primarily through school. Now, many students go to private companies for their driving instruction.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia Commons

Wallace Winkie taught generations of Belle Plaine teenagers how to drive. Now, his wife, Bev Winkie, has collected their stories in the book "Park It!" How much has changed in driving education since Winkie's heyday in the 50s?

Larry Johnson, coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools' driving education, says one answer is the amount of time they're trained. Where driving education used to be taught over several months, now, some students can finish their instruction in as little as 4 weeks. 

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Arts
4:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Cancer Survivors Heal Through Art

Some of the artwork featured in the exhibit
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

When Pamela Crouch, a writer, underwent cancer treatments, she developed aphasia--the inability to remember the names of things. So she decided to create in a different way--painting birdhouses for other newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

"I was always taught that if you do something for someone else, you can't really feel sorry for yourself, it takes that pain away and you think outward."

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Mental Health
5:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Suicide "Post-vention" Done Right

Robin Williams's death catalyzed a flood of suicide coverage in the media. Beck-Cross explains there are best practices in covering this type of death that news media need to follow.
Milosz Reterski Navy NewsStand

Robin Williams's death has dominated news coverage in the past week. But how much of that coverage has been helpful and how much as been harmful?

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Politics Day
11:21 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

President Nixon with his first cabinet.
White House photo office Wikimedia Commons

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? Former Iowa State University Political Science Professor Jim Hutter and David Yepsen, political reporter for the Des Moines Register for a quarter of a century, join host Ben Kieffer to discuss how Watergate and Nixon's resignation changed our political scene, our media landscape and our nation. 

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Wildlife Day
11:31 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Wildlife Day: Paddling Down Iowa's Waterways

A snapping turtle basks on his perch along the river.
Jim Pease

So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Today on Talk of Iowa, he shares his experience.

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Home Improvement
5:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing the Damage

Repairing a damaged roof can be a costly and exhausting endeavor--Bill McAnally elucidates how the claims process works.
Patsy Lynch FEMA

When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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News Buzz
3:54 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ebola Vaccines in Ames and Algae Blooms in Lake Red Rock

Blue-green algae is dangerous to drink and to swim in.
Chris Tomlinson Geograph

Ebola and algae scares hit in Western Africa and Toledo respectively this week. The threats may feel far away, but they hit home closer than you think.

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Anne Pham, in charge compliance and enforcement of the drinking water program at the Department of Natural Resources. She explains what made the water in Toledo undrinkable and how we can protect Iowa water.

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News Buzz
3:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Stoned Behind the Wheel

University of Iowa is a smoke-free campus, so NIDA and NADS couldn't use joints like this one, and instead had to use vaporizers.
Public Domain Wik

Stoned drivers have been getting behind the wheel in Iowa City. But they have good reason.

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News Buzz
12:22 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Capturing the "Freedom Summer"

Edie Black, a Freedom School teacher from Smith College with two of her students in Mileston, Mississippi, a small community of independent black farmers in the Mississippi Delta. The Freedom School experience changed both teachers and students in ways th
Matt Herron

50 years ago, Matt Herron gathered a team of photographers to capture the tumultuous summer of 1964 in Mississippi. Now he's in Iowa, sharing his photos and his stories. His work will be displayed in the  Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch through September 21.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Herron about how photography interacted with the civil rights movement and how we can use photography today to make history hit home.

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News Buzz
4:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

U of I Cancels Trip to Israel

Building shelled by the Israeli army in Gaza
ISM Palestine Wikimedia Commons

Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa Bob Cargill was supposed to take his students to Tel Azekah in Israel this summer. Thursday morning, rockets landed in the next city over. 

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News Buzz
3:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Understanding Ebola Through an Iowan Lens

Scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions
From "Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa" Wikimedia Commons

With the Ebola outbreak continuing to take lives in Western Africa, Iowans working in the region are feeling the effects. 

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News Buzz
3:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A Wind Turbine Waltz

Bates used Iowa windmills and PVC pipes to fashion his own version of "Blue Danube."
Daniel Arnold Wikimedia Commons

Will Bates doesn’t understand how people dislike the noise of wind turbines. It’s music to his ears—literally.

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Medicine
11:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

On the Spectrum: How Iowa Legislation is Helping Children with Autism

Autism diagnoses have risen steadily over the last decade. This chart shows the number of children (per 1,000) aged 6–11 who were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with a diagnosis of autism, from 1996 through 2005.
Eubulides Wikimedia Commons

All kids need some guidance when it comes to appropriately interacting with others. But for kids with autism, learning social skills could be the key to becoming independent adults.

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