Alexander Clark thought his daughter Susan should be able to attend school in the 1860's. Many other powerful Iowans did too. They didn’t care that she was black. This hour on Talk of Iowa, we’ll discuss Clark’s case against the Iowa Supreme Court that desegregated Iowa’s schools decades before some places in the rest of the county.
Mike and his dad are on their own, but when dad leaves to teach a seminar overseas, 13-year old Mike is shipped off to live with relatives he's never met before in rural Pennsylvania. That's the premise of the new young adult novel "The Absolute Value of Mike," by National Book Award Winner Kathryn Erskine. Charity speaks with Erskine, who is attending Iowa City's "One Book, Two Book" children's book festival. Also, we hear about Iowa's involvement in the Reach Out and Read program with Molly Olinger Topf, Program Director of "Reach Out and Read Iowa."
Iowa lawmakers are getting ready to convene for the 2012 legislative session. Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell looks ahead to priorities of Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Speaker Pro Tempore Jeff Kauffmann. Then we talk with Senator Herman Quirmbach and Representative Greg Forristall who Chair the Education committees of their chambers, and will oversee the Governor's education reform plans. It's part of our weekly series from the Law Library at the Iowa Statehouse.
Rapid advances in science and technology have created a need for bright young scientists in the U.S., scientists who often come from other countries. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll find out about efforts to ignite a passion for science in Iowa’s kids. Charity speaks with Dr. Charles Miller about his efforts to start the Iowa Space Science Center and Brent Studer, who teaches astronomy at Kirkwood Community College.