Iowa City

Java Blend
11:47 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Comfort Kings

Tune in to hear Cedar Valley's own Comfort Kings.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo's renowned bluegrass and folk string band, Comfort Kings.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Prairie Fire.

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Java Blend
10:12 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With TWINS

Tune in this weekend and download our podcast for power-pop rockers, TWINS.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo, IA's, loud and proud pop-rockers, TWINS.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Funny Faces and their upcoming album, Tomboys on Parade.

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News
5:36 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Archaeologists Uncover Iowa City's Beginnings on UI campus

Project archeologists sift through dirt in a heated tent set up in Hubbard Park.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

Construction on the University of Iowa campus has uncovered the foundations of homes dating back to Iowa City’s earliest settlers.

Archeologists are now racing against the clock to dig out what they can at the Hubbard Park site, as Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Creative Communities

Downtown Des Moines's residential vacancy rate is at an 18-year low of less than 3 percent. The area has seen a renaissance in the last 15 years thanks to community investments in the arts and culture.
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created serious problems for the state.  It has also created opportunities for reinvention and creativity.

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River to River
1:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Homelessness in Iowa

A man sleeps on a bench in Downtown Iowa City on July 31, 2013. Sleeping on benches between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. would violate an ordinance the city council is considering and could result in a $65 fine.
Alan Light Flickr

According to a study by the Iowa Council on Homelessness, in 2011 roughly 17,900 individuals in Iowa were homeless at some point throughout that year.  What are the causes of homelessness and what can communities do to help? Also, Iowa City has a new ordinance which aims to further restrict panhandling in the downtown area. 

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Live Music Events
12:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Java Blend Live Event: Hipknosis 11/22

Credit Hipknosis.com

On Friday, Nov. 22,  at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Hipknosis.

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Live Music Events
12:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Java Blend LIVE Event: Andra Suchy 10/25

Join us for a special hour with original coutry artist Andra Suchy
andrasuchy.net

Notice: Cancelled due to illness. Andra Suchy will be rescheduled soon.

On Friday, October 25,  at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Andra Suchy.

Ben Kieffer will chat with Andra to find out more about her career and music. This program is free and open to the public!

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Curve Of The World

Bottom Dog Press

Iowa Citian Andy Douglas has published his memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga. When he was in his 20s, Douglas turned aside from his minister father’s Christian beliefs and took up a life of yoga and meditation, eventually going on to becoming an Ananda Marga monk, leading the organization’s Seoul office. We hear about his life as a monk and his eventual return to the United States to fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Live Music Events
8:33 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Java Blend LIVE Event: The Ericksons 10/11

Join us for the dark folky sounds of The Ericksons this weekend at The Java House
Credit The Ericksons

On Friday, Oct. 11,  at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with The Ericksons.

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News
6:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Are You Smarter than a "Smart Meter"?

Curt Brenton shows Pat Hobson how to use a smart meter in downtown Iowa City. The Transportation Services Department is testing models from five different companies this week.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / Iowa Public Radio

Iowa City is testing new parking meters for their downtown shopping district, known as smart meters. They take credit cards and allow parkers to pay with their phones, and are slowly popping up in communities throughout Iowa.

But the hard part is often teaching people how to use them.

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River to River
1:46 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

College Towns

Flickr / Sarah Cady

Recently Ames was ranked as the second best college town in the US by the American Institute of Economic Research's 2013 College Destination Index.   Iowa City came in close behind at fourth place.   What goes into making a great college town?  On "River to River" we talk about the attributes and special challenges of these communities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Stew And The Negro Problem

Hancher

Over a year ago the band “Stew and the Negro Problem” visited Iowa City to learn about the town and write songs based on their observations. Now they’re back in town and are going to perform the songs they've created. Host Charity Nebbe talks with band member Mark Stewart, "Stew", about his songs which were inspired by the black angel, flooding, and a local book shop.

Talk of Iowa
2:46 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Summer Series: College Towns

Downtown Iowa City
Emily Woodbury

A town that is home to a college or university is always changing.  There are always new students, new faculty, new staff, and the population ebbs and flows from semester to semester.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at college towns.  The pros, the cons, the economics and the history.