Iowa industry

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 IPR's Clay Masters talks with Sarah McCammon who's on assignment covering business news for Marketplace. 

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Many farmers' markets in Iowa have grown over the last couple decades.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with market directors from around the state to hear about why that has happened.  She hears from Director of the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines Kelly Foss, Cedar Falls Farmers' Market Master Joe Bohr, and Washington Farmers' Market Master Bob Shepherd.  Also, get to the heart of the matter with author of "Farmers' Markets of the Heartland" Janine MacLachlan, who traveled to eight Midwestern states to document her farmers' market tour.

Summer Reading

May 23, 2013
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Summer brings with it many pleasures, and one of those pleasures is the time to dig into a great book.  Host Charity Nebbe previews books for summer reading lists with Paul Ingram and Jan Weismiller of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore in Knoxville. 

Jan's List

May 23, 2013
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Jan Weismiller of Prairie Lights Books' Summer Reading List

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Paul's List

May 23, 2013
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One of Iowa's most strategic pieces of of real estate is up for sale; The Des Moines Register is preparing to vacate its long time headquarters next month. Now, nearly a hundred years of history is making news again. We take a tour and listen to old recordings.

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Iowa’s biggest economic development deal was announced Wednesday. As Governor Terry Branstad puts it… it’s all about wind energy. Mid-American Energy will in invest 1-point-9 billion dollars in Iowa to add up to 1,050 megawatts of wind generation. That’s about 656 new wind turbines IN IOWA by 2016. Branstad says Iowa’s wind energy industry is a good selling point for high-tech companies like Facebook which just announced it would build a data center in Altoona, just outside of Des Moines.

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Today on River to River, we explore the continuing changes in the music industry...including the fact that more and more users are listening from large online libraries of music – like Rhapsody, Spotify, or Pandora – rather than purchasing individual songs or albums. We also discuss why vinyl records are making a comeback.

Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway's newest Iowa acquisition, Prudential First Realty, soon will be adopting the “Berkshire Hathaway Home Services” logo. The company has 77 agents and three offices in central Iowa, and their “For Sale” signs that now say Prudential, will be converted to Berkshire Hathaway.

Brennan Buckley is a company marketing executive in Des Moines.

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Iowa’s hen population is getting a little more urban. There are now back yard chickens in Des Moines, Ames, Mt. Vernon, Iowa City and a number of other Iowa towns.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the increasing popularity of back yard poultry. Host Charity Nebbe talks chicks and breeds with the owner of McMurray Hatchery, and gets some advice from Backyard Poultry magazine's "answer man".

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Nearly one new brewery opens every day in the United States and a new Gallup poll shows Americans prefer beer over wine, with craft beer enjoying a double-digit growth in popularity. In an encore presentation of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks about the growth of Iowa breweries and their impact on the state’s economy with several members of the Iowa brew industry. 

Rustik Rooster Farms

When he was a kid, Carl Blake II raised pigs for Iowa county fairs. But now as a farmer in his 40s, Blake thought pork should taste better. So he bred his own pig, based on a 19th century German hog.  He says this odd-looking, fatty porcine is so tasty that it melts in your mouth. We’ll find out how the Iowa Swabian Hall is now the favorite of some of America’s top chefs.  Also, we hear about the one Iowa farmer growing edible dry beans. Jason Grimm of Grimm Family Farms in Iowa County is having great success with his Black Turtle beans.

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In this archived edition of Talk of Iowa, hear Charity Nebbe's 2012 conversation with Mike Draper who discovered numerous misconceptions people held about Iowa when lived in New York. The owner of Raygun talks about his new book “The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth.” The book explores the Midwest and the cultural contributions made by people from the region.

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Mitas in Charles City started making radial farm tires last year and is now running two 12 hour shifts seven days a week.  The Czech-based company purchased a former Winnebago Industries building in 2009 and after 50 million dollars in renovations, opened for business in January of 2012.  Mitas makes tires for tractors, combines, and other farm implements. The Iowa Department of Economic Development awarded the company more than 900 thousand dollars to support 154 of the nearly 200 jobs that have been created.

Innovative Businesses in Iowa

Dec 28, 2012
Ben Kieffer

The Midwest is home to a host of unique and innovative entrepreneurs. Listen back to Ben's conversation  with Mark Ginsberg, owner of M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers in Iowa City, about how he is utilizing 3D printing technology in his jewelry business and in other areas of the city.

Then, Chad Dutler, owner of Shrimp 59 in Holstein, talks about what made him embark on the shrimp farming business. 

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Queen Salome Alexandra once ruled Judea. She is the only woman whose name is written on the Dead Sea scrolls. But her story has been largely lost to history. Charity Nebbe uncovers the story of Queen Salome Alexandra with Kenneth Atkinson of UNI's Department of Philsophy and Religion.

And we also celebrate the food of Hanukkah with Rabbi Yossi Jacobson of the Chabad emissary in Des Moines who also runs Maccabee's Kosher Deli.

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” With that in mind Talk of Iowa finds out about the best new books for kids. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Maryann Peters of New Bo Books in Cedar Rapids and Annie Leonard of the Next Chapter in Knoxville.

When we were children many of us crossed the prairie with Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary and little baby Carrie. Now the Library of America has published a new edition of the collected works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Charity Nebbe talks with Caroline Fraser, the editor of the new collection, and Sarah Uthoff, Iowa’s pre-eminent expert on Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Wiessmiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City and Harley McIlrath of Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell. We find out about the best new books for giving and receiving this holiday season.

Pat Blank

A blue and white “Now Hiring” sign hangs on the front of the Wonder Bread bakery in downtown Waterloo.  It’s an outdated sign because not only is the company not adding workers, last Friday it laid off everyone who worked there.  Parent company Hostess has filed for bankruptcy idling nearly 19 thousand workers across the country. A federal judge is considering the case and has agreed to mediation.

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In these days of one-click shopping, the idea of local shopping may, as nice as it sounds, be a little overwhelming. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll talk about buying locally grown foods for the holiday table and buying the gifts on your list from Iowa merchants. We’ll also look at the economics of buying close to home.

Davy Rothbart

Nov 12, 2012

When you see a crumpled up piece of paper on the ground, pick it up and read it because you may just find something wonderful. Davy Rothbart first became well known for sharing notes he discovered in Found Magazine,  and now he’s sharing his romantic misadventures.  Charity Nebbe talks with him about his new book, My Heart is an Idiot.

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Seattle has Pike Place Market, Detroit has Eastern Market and Los Angeles has Grand Central, now Cedar Rapids has New Bo City  Market. On the first half of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with organizers of the New Bo City Market and in the second half, she speaks with individuals responsible for the comeback of the newly restored Paramount Theater that was damaged by the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.

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Mike Draper discovered numerous misconceptions people held about Iowa when lived in New York. Now, the owner of Raygun talks about his new book “The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth.” The book explores the Midwest and the cultural contributions made by people from the region.

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Nearly one new brewery opens every day in the United States and a new Gallup poll shows Americans prefer beer over wine, with craft beer enjoying a double-digit growth in popularity. Host Ben Kieffer talks about the growth of Iowa breweries and their impact on the state’s economy with several members of the Iowa brew industry. 

Tim Schoon

The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program plays a critical role in inspiring the next generation of young Iowans to pursue education and careers in agriculture and food science. Each year, this World Food Prize internship program sends over 20 high school students on all-expenses-paid, eight-week international internships at research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East where they gain firsthand experience in the field and lab, become familiar with other cultures and learn from renowned experts and mentors.

Our area is home to a host of unique and innovative entrepreneurs. Ben talks with Mark Ginsberg, owner of M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers in Iowa City, about how he is utilizing 3D printing technology in his jewelry business and in other areas of the city.

Later, Chad Dutler, owner of Shrimp 59 in Holstein, talks about what made him embark on the shrimp farming business. 

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Iowa ranks in the top 10 states most dependent on manufacturing, and the more than six-thousand manufacturing firms located in the state represent almost 11-percent of all employment.  We continue our summer series on Iowa towns with a look at how manufacturing has shaped the history, economy and education of Iowa communities.

This Sunday, a new exhibit opens at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, called "Suds."  The Quad Cities has a long and glorious brewery legacy.   This hour, we'll find out about the exhibit, which describes the breweries and taverns that operated in the area during the 19th century and the saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands.  The second-largest private beer can collector in America lives the Quad Cities and many of his 25,000 cans are on display.   "Suds" also features material on how Prohibition affected local brewery traditions and the lives of working

Great news for Iowa strawberry lovers: the crop this year is two-weeks early!  And even better, growers report the berries are especially sweet and abundant.  It's Hort Friday on Talk of Iowa, and we'll hear about this season's strawberries from Judy and Dean Henry, owners of "The Berry Patch," located south of Nevada.  Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension will add their berry expertise to the conversation and will answer your lawn, garden and plant questions as well.

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