Iowa State University

"Punxsutawney Phil" may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but we all know that gardening season is just around the corner. It's Horticulture Friday today, and Charity looks at organic gardening and the new Plant Hardiness Zone map from the USDA. We'll find out why you might not want to invest in too many "Zone 5" plants just yet. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Kathleen Delate, Prof. of Horticulture at ISU.

Iowa State University will host the Iowa final for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Charity talks with Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimball about the growth and popularity of the event and how television has changed the perception of the competition. Also joining the conversation is an Iowa educator who served as the Head Judge for the competition, plus a Des Moines student who reached the spelling bee finals. Later, a literary consultant looks at effective teaching of spelling in early childhood education.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with PBS senior correspondent and former “Talk of the Nation” host Ray Suarez who will deliver the 2012 UI Health Care Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 112th Congress convenes next week.  We'll check in with Iowa 1st District Congressman Bruce Braley on his priorities, including working with the Postal Service to streamline costs in an effort to keep a number of small town post offices open. Later, Iowa State University Associate Professor of Psychology Doug Gentile sheds light on new research understanding the positive and negative ways in which video games can affect cognition and behavior. 

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