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Happy Friday! It's a "news buzz" edition of River to River, bringing you several Iowa news stories of the week.

Charletta Sudduth was eight years old when her father was incarcerated for shooting and killing a man outside a Waterloo pool hall, a crime he has maintained was in self-defense. Now her father, Rasberry Williams, will be released on parole to an assisted living facility, after serving nearly 40 years of a life sentence. We hear from her:

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On Wednesday, the rest of the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.  Rioters in the Campustown area of Ames turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.

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Increasingly recognized as "the next Jane Goodall" in primatology circles, Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz brings incredible research and stories back to Iowa from Senegal in western Africa, where she studies the lives of savanna chimpanzees.

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We all have different ways of coping with the winter, and seed catalogs get many gardeners dreaming of spring. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Tom Wahlberg, Seed Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. Also, horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions. 

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Legendary Cyclone basketball coach Johnny Orr passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. Today on Talk of Iowa, we remember Coach Orr.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register Sports Columnist, Jim Hallihan, former assistant coach for ISU Basketball, Bump Elliot, former Athletic Director at the University of Iowa, and Jeff Hornacek who played for Orr and is now Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns. We also hear stories from listeners.

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For more than 50 years photographer David Plowden has been capturing images of American and the land he loves most is here in the Midwest. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Plowden about his latest book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie." 

Also, Dennis Chamberlin of Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication discusses how the field of photojournalism is changing.  

In this "News Buzz" show, hear about a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the resignation of Senator Kent Sorenson, a passionate response to a football official's decision, and Iowa’s first Globally Important Bird Area.

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Iowa State University's President Steven Leath joins the program to talk about how the possible federal government shutdown could affect public universities, and Leath answers your questions.  In the second half of the show: the Republican Party is conflicted over who should be their next presidential nominee.  Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin takes us back to another fight over the nomination that happened 100 years ago. 

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As the weather gets colder, bats will soon head into hibernation. But Iowa’s bat population is at an important juncture: Scientists are watching to see whether a devastating fungus that has already been discovered once in the state, will infect cave-dwelling bats.

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Iowa State University is reporting more students on campus this fall than ever before.  The University of Northern Iowa has more students than expected. And the University of Iowa reports its fall enrollment held steady.

Reporting to the State Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa State President Steven Leath said ISU’s enrollment of 33, 241 students is 7 percent more than last year’

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Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear the ISU Wind Ensemble led by Michael Golemo playing Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds and three modern works for the ensemble - including Eric Whitacre's riotous "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas." Written when Whitacre  was an undergrad at Juilliard, it has become a modern classic.  Says Whitacre, "The idea that this piece is being played all over the world in serious concert venues is the single funniest thing I have ever heard.

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The college students who participate in Dance Marathon do a lot of dancing but that is just the beginning. Dance Marathon is an event designed to raise money for kids with cancer. Two weekends ago, dancers in Ames at Iowa State University raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the University of Iowa raised more than $1,529,000.

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Now is a good time to plant a garden, a good time to dream of Spring, and a great time to learn a few things that will help your garden grow when the time comes. On today's Horticulture Day, host Charity Nebbe talks about Iowa State University's extension homegrown lifestyle course.

Horticulture Day

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Super Bowl 47 is coming up on February 3 and on game day a horticulture student from Iowa State University will be on the sidelines. Charity Nebbe talks with Kevin Hansen about his turf management internship at the Super Bowl. Then, Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

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Iowa holds the coveted first in the nation contest to decide who will be nominated for President. But, how secure is the future of the Iowa caucuses? Ben Kieffer talks with David Yepsen of the Paul Simon Institute and JoDee Winterhof, who helped lead Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, about how Iowa can keep its leadoff spot. Then, an Iowa State University researcher is causing courts to rethink eyewitness testimony in criminal cases.

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With the election over, lawmakers now return to Washington for the final weeks of the 112th Congress. Their schedule is packed, but House majority leader Eric Cantor has said addressing the now expired Farm Bill is on the agenda. With Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer reports that it’s not just farmers facing the challenge of planning for an unknown future.

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In 1982, Dan Shechtman of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory discovered a type of crystal so strange, so unusual it upended the scientific world.

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One of Iowa’s largest agribusiness companies has a huge investment riding on this year’s prolonged drought. A new hybrid seed corn developed by DuPont Pioneer is being touted for its ability to improve yields under the driest conditions.

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When someone is trying to lie to you in  face-to-face exchange, you may be able to tell by their shifting eyes.  But what if that deception comes in text communication or in an email?  We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Joey George, an Iowa State University professor of Management Information Systems.  He’s studied computer mediated deceptive communication and will tell us how we’re learning to lie digitally.  Then, a look at the Ames Laboratory and patents developed there- including a 40-million dollar lead-free solder patent.  In 2011, the patent become the top royalty income gener

Iowa public universities continue to face difficult decisions such as financial backing and enrollment. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with Iowa State University President Steven Leath and President Ben Allen from the University of Northern Iowa about challenges they face including program closings, financial backing, and future plans for their schools.

On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans. Today's "Talk of Iowa" focused on how the legislation’s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it’s provisions. One of the show's guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, “The Land-Grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University". Sheridan is the Museum Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator at ISU. 

On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans.  Today's "Talk of Iowa" focused on how the legislation’s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it’s provisions. One of the show's guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, “The Land-Grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University". Sheridan is the Museum Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator at ISU.

Calm before the Corn

May 29, 2012
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Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year’s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can’t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today’s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren’t backing down.

The land is dry and the wind blows hard in Sac County, Iowa.  For Darwin Bettin it’s a good day to be inside selling insurance. He also farms 500 acres of corn and soybeans in western Iowa.

This April is now acting a lot more like a typical April in Iowa. Horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University are our guests. We’ll talk about how the freezing overnight temperatures of late have affected fruit trees and other plants around the state and we'll take your questions.

A shipment of precious cargo will begin its journey from the east coast to Iowa tomorrow morning. Crouching on 2 pallets inside a box-truck, are a pair of panthers; they were sculpted by one of Iowa’s most famous artists. The lost-and-found story is told by Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

Our unusually warm late winter and early spring weather has transformed the landscape and lulled some of us into a false sense of security. On this week's Horticulture program, Charity speaks to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension Value Added Agriculture, about what we can plant right now what we should absolutely not plant now, even if the weather is so nice.

It’s too early to plant, but it’s not too early for farmers to get out in their fields. This hour we discuss strips of prairie that can strengthen a field of corn or soybeans and other soil conservation techniques. We’ll also talk about how farmers decide when to plant in a year that's turned out be one of the warmest late winters in Iowa history. Guests include Jim Gillespie of the Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Richard Cruse of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University; and Forest City-area farmer, Riley Lewis.

Can you picture your back yard as a small farm--with herbs, flowers and vegetables growing in place of the Kentucky Blue Grass? It can happen, if you learn a few basics. On today's Horticulture Friday, we hear about a spring course from Iowa State University Extension, "Learn How to Have a Homegrown Lifestyle." It will be offered at 11 Iowa locations beginning March 29. It's for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grown food for their own use and create a sustainable landscape. Andy Larson of ISU Extension will tell us more about the course.

If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.

Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman.  We’ll hear the story behind his discovery of a type of crystal so unusual at the time that it upended the scientific world and about his reaction to the moment he was given the news of his Nobel Prize.  Dan Shechtman is a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

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