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Environment
1:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Habitat Loss and Its Impact on Iowa's Biodiversity

An IPR listener photo submission of a Great Blue Heron, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

Many scientists believe that Earth is in the midst of a sixth great extinction. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, threats to biodiversity in the Midwest.

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River to River
3:47 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Iowa Police Departments' Use of Military Gear

Guardsmen train on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle prior to Iraq deployment
The National Guard

Recent clashes between police and civilians in Ferguson, Missouri have led local community members to consider the military-style equipment given to local police departments.

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News
5:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Inside "Iowa Outdoors" Magazine

Iowa Outdoors is printed every two months, with limited exposure online
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

In this ‘digital age,’ from telephones to newspapers, there’s a rare magazine that is flourishing as a hard copy edition. Of all places, it is published by state government. We go inside Iowa Outdoors.

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Wildlife Day
11:31 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Wildlife Day: Paddling Down Iowa's Waterways

A snapping turtle basks on his perch along the river.
Jim Pease

So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Today on Talk of Iowa, he shares his experience.

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News
5:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Thorazine: The Brain Drug

Mental patients received acute, intensive care in the wards of building 102
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

It was 60 years ago when mental health professionals welcomed a new option for their patients. Instead of radical brain surgery and dangerous forms of shock treatment, doctors could prescribe a simple oral medication for the first time. An Iowa woman was a nurse during this crucial turning point and IPR’s Rick Fredericksen has her story. 

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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

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Ripple Effects
4:15 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Invisible Air: Regulating Iowa's Air Quality

An ethanol plant near Marcus, Iowa
keeva999 / flickr

The EPA sets regulations for 6 sources of air pollution, but there are hundreds of pollutants known to the EPA that go unregulated.

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News Buzz
2:18 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Fort Madison Prison Move Delayed

Fort Madison's Maximum Security State Penitentiary, established in 1839
Alex Heuer

In Fort Madison, 550 inmates were scheduled to be transferred to a new $132 million state maximum security  prison - that was three months ago.

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River to River: From the Archives
1:56 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse"

Des Moines' Fourth Annual "Zombie Walk"
Emily Woodbury

Many of this year’s blockbusters, video games, and books are set in post-apocalyptic worlds - a growing trend in the past few years.

Today on River To River, we take a look at why this is such a common theme. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who are prepared to face an apocalyptic scenario, and he sits down with an Iowa Homeland Security representative, to find out how prepared the state of Iowa is for disaster.

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River to River
2:25 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

The Beauty and Future of Iowa's Parks

Lake MacBride Park in Solon, IA
Emily Woodbury

Iowa is the second most privately owned state in the U.S., so land preserved on its public parks is particularly special. Today on River to River –  the future of Iowa’s parks.

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News Buzz
4:43 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Look at this Year's Legislative Session

John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Happy Friday! Here's your news buzz wrap-up for the week...

Joyce Russell, IPR’s Statehouse Correspondent, recaps the 2014 Iowa legislative session:

Paul Sleeper, Fisheries Biologist for Iowa DNR, explains that fishy smell near your lakes and ponds:

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Classical
4:11 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

May IAS features Midwest International Piano Competition, Lowell Walter house, DMMO, and more!

UNI piano professors Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin host the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition

As you dust off your gardening gloves for some May planting, let Iowa Public Radio sow a few upcoming arts-event seeds on the Iowa Arts Showcase. May’s line-up includes:

· UNI’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dmitri Vorobiev and Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin as they discuss the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition

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News
1:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Cedar Rapids Casino Proposal Rejected

Markus Ortner

In a four to one vote in Council Bluffs, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a $174-million proposal for a casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. Commissioner Dolores Mertz of Algona cast the lone “yes” vote.

Commission Chair Jeff Lamberti said approving the Cedar Rapids Development Group LLC request, “Would be a significant precedent,” that he wasn’t willing to take. 

News
5:30 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Veterans: Lobotomies to Meditation

A common kitchen ice pick was a prototype instrument used in one type of lobotomy.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

From radical brain surgery, to drug therapy and meditation, Iowa veterans have done it all while coping with mental illness in the aftermath of war. Treatments have come a long way since lobotomies were performed on World War II vets in Knoxville.  

See the Wall Street Journal investigation

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Legislative Day
3:36 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa

An image of a farm from an RC Helicopter UAV
Frederic Rivollier

"Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a huge increase in the sale of really simple UAV systems," says Rory Paul, CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, based in Chesterfield, Missouri.

With their ability to take high definition photo and video footage, UAVs (known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" or drones) bring up a number of security concerns, and they also have the potential to be put to good use. The Iowa legislature is currently considering ways to regulate these vehicles; so today on River to River, we analyze this legislation.

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Iowa's Prison Programming

Mitchellville inmate plays "Danny Boy" on the piano
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Today on Talk of Iowa, we wrap up our corrections series with a conversation on the programs offered to incarcerated offenders. Host Charity Nebbe learns about how these programs are designed for treatment, recovery, rehab, and enrichment. And, she inquires into the effectiveness of these programs towards lowering the recidivism rate.

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Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Spirituality In Iowa Prisons

A shot from inside the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, IA
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Prison inmates have a lot of time to think. Some offenders take comfort in their faith, for others it’s a time to explore a new belief system. Today on Talk of Iowa: spirituality behind bars.

Host Charity Nebbe finds out what the Department of Corrections does to meet the spiritual needs of inmates, and she listens to stories from those who have worked in Iowa Prisons, including a pastor, a rabbi, an imam, and a Native American spiritual guide. A former offender joins the conversation as well, to speak to her experience finding religion while incarcerated.

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Talk of Iowa
12:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Parents In Prison

A sign at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury / IPR

When a parent is sent to prison, the lives of his or her children are changed forever. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on parents in prison. Maintaining and creating healthy bonds, and breaking the cycle of incarceration.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
9:47 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Does sex offender treatment work?

About 150 sex offenders are enrolled in treatment at Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility in eastern Iowa.
Credit Sarah McCammon / Iowa Public Radio

As we continue our series on corrections in Iowa…here's the second half of our report on sex offender treatment and monitoring.  

About 1 in 8 inmates in Iowa's prison system are sex offenders, and many go through treatment while in prison.  But does it work?

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Talk of Iowa
2:28 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Purpose of Iowa's Prisons

The fence bordering the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury / IPR

In our society when you break the law you will be punished, but our prison system is supposed to be about more than retribution.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we begin our summer series exploring Iowa’s correctional system with a conversation about the purpose of prison… punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation.

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River to River
12:18 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse"

Des Moines' Fourth Annual "Zombie Walk"
Emily Woodbury

Many of this summer’s blockbusters are set in a post-apocalyptic world, including “This is the end”, “World War Z”, “After Earth”, and “Elysium”.

Today on River To River, we take a look at why this is such a common theme this year. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who are prepared to face an apocalyptic scenario, and he sits down with an Iowa Homeland Security rep, to find out how prepared the state of Iowa is for disaster.

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Health
7:18 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Veterans Home Leadership Questioned

Credit John Pemble / IPR

At least one state senator is calling for the person in charge of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown to step down so a more thorough investigation can be conducted. This follows repeated complaints over management of the Veterans home. The Senate Veterans Affairs committee held a meeting Monday  to hear testimony. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports.

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River to River
1:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Status of Casinos in Iowa

The old Diamond Jo Riverboat Casino in Dubuque, IA. The Diamond Jo moved to a land-based facility in 2008.
Flickr / J. Stephen Conn

In 2007 the state of Iowa allowed casinos to move from riverboats to land.  Since that time several communities around the state have sought a piece of the casino action.  But how many casinos are too many for Iowa?

"River to River" looks at current casino proposals in Warren and Linn Counties.  We'll also examine why communities like Davenport and Sioux City are in the process of moving their casinos from riverboats to land.

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Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Wed April 3, 2013

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we go back in time to origins of what is now the Iowa State Patrol.  We hear stories about those first 50 officers and the woman, Iowa’s first female secretary of state, who founded the patrol.

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River to River
1:29 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Violent Incident Training in Iowa's Schools

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, schools are changing their intruder response procedure from a stay put and hide method, to a fight or flight response. Today on River to River, we talk with violent incident trainers and educators who are changing the way our schools and our children prepare for the worst case scenario, and how these changes are empowering teachers and students in order to keep them safe.

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River to River
2:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Environmental Concerns for the EPA

Iowa farmland
University of Maryland Press Releases / Flickr

A committee of scientists led by University of Iowa professor Jerry Schnoor says the Environmental Protection Agency will need to develop novel tools, technologies, and a systems approach to solve environmental problems in the 21st century.

Talk of Iowa
12:54 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

The Farm at Holstein Dip

The task of daily chores, attending class picnics, and the uneasiness of the Cold War days are just some of the memories Carroll Englehardt, author and professor emeritus of history at Concordia College, shares in his book, “The Farm at Holstein Dip: An Iowa Boyhood.” Then  Jeff Morgan, public information officer at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Office, talks about the art of  historical preservation with Pete Sixbey, a conservator at the State Historical Society of Iowa.

River to River
9:21 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Violent Crime: One Victim’s Story

Jonna Williams

Host Ben Kieffer’s recent conversations with offenders inside the Iowa State Penitentiary prompted this look at the victim’s perspective on violent crime. This hour, Ben talks with Jonna Williams of Waterloo, the victim of a kidnapping and rape in 1994, when she was just 13 years old. Also joining the conversation are Black Hawk County Prosecutor Tom Ferguson and Mary Roche, Director of Victim Programs with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Contact Jonna about victim’s advocacy through her Facebook page

River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

American Troop Withdrawal from Vietnam

It was 37 years ago this month the final American soldiers completely withdrew from Vietnam.  Bob Drury's new book Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam focuses on the final hours of eleven Marine Corps Security Guards who were the last to be flown off the roof of the U.S. embassy, just minutes before being captured or killed.