Clare Roth

Talk Show Producer

Clare Roth started working at Iowa Public Radio as a seasonal news reporter in 2012. After getting her bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she returned to IPR as a talk show producer, where she has a particular passion for education, sociology, and science at large.

Iowa born and bred, in the past she’s ventured past state lines to work at Minnesota Public Radio and The Onion and is a nationally ranked public speaker. When she isn’t making radio, she reads anything she can get her hands on, lurks around the Midwestern comedy scene, and explores as many Iowa landscapes as weather will permit.

Clare’s favorite public radio programs are Planet Money and Morning Edition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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?

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mining 20 years of data, a new study by the National Institutes of Health has found a link between some pesticides and depression. 

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The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

Iowa State University

Diane Rasmussen, who lives in Omaha, can't make impromptu trips to Arlington, Virginia, where her son Deric is buried. Now, if she wants to feel close to him, she can visit Gold Star Hall in ISU's Memorial Union.

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Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's 'Squeal' ad made waves this election cycle. NPR political correspondent Mara Liassion believes Ernst's gender was crucial to that appeal.

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Charles Notis created one of the most prominent commercial weather forecasting groups in the state with Harvey Freese.

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Six Iowa chefs will compete Thursday at West End Salvage in Des Moines for the second annual Iowa Public Radio Battle of the Chefs. They're all out to win. 

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A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that those who worked close to windows slept better and longer than those who didn’t. Dr. Eric Dyken, a sleep expert, says this has to do with our bodies' circadian rhythms.

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Yesterday in a deal brokered by the European Union, Russia agreed to supply gas to Ukraine through March. 

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While Iowans will see superheroes and villains out trick-or-treating tonight, University of Iowa students will be seeing them in their textbooks this spring.

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When you stand in front of the mirror and look at your image can you see yourself as you really are?

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When her husband died, Brenda, an Iowa City resident, struggled to explain the death to her four sons. So she turned to a person who handles death for a living: her husband’s funeral director.

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The answer is: probably zero. ISU entomologist Donald Lewis says fears and myths about spiders are overblown.

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Economics teachers across the country use blackboards and chalk to teach people about supply and demand. The Planet Money team hands out candy to seventh graders.

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From buying Iowa feed to learning from farming practices to possibly buying into our hog market, China's ag ties to Iowa are strong.

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Art Durnev is a finance professor at the University of Iowa, but he got a crash course on political science when he encountered protests daily during a two-week stint at the UI's MBA program in Hong Kong.

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