Sarah McCammon http://iowapublicradio.org en Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores http://iowapublicradio.org/post/music-education-creativity-not-tool-test-scores In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.<p>"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."<p>Though classes like Miller's still exist, the arts have been known to fall down the priority list amid pressure on schools to improve test scores. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 36456 at http://iowapublicradio.org Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-quality-concerns-frack-sand-be-studied-ui-team-0 <p></p><p>Researchers at the University of Iowa have received a $125,000 federal grant to study the effects of frack sand mining on air quality.</p><p>The rise in hydraulic fracturing in the US and Canada has created demand for silica sand, used in the fracking process. There’s currently just <a href="http://www.pattisonsand.com/">one major frack sand mine </a>in Iowa’s Clayton County. But parts of northeast Iowa are rich in these sand deposits.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-iowa-distance-makes-health-care-sign-ups-challenge Broadlawns Medical Center has been serving low-income residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding countryside for decades. Now there's a twist in Broadlawns' mission as a public hospital: helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>On a recent Saturday morning, Jerrine Sanford traveled half an hour from the small town of Runnells to get her insurance questions answered at a hospital-run event.<p>Sanford, 47, is out of work because of a back injury. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32755 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-care-outreach-workers-stretched-thin <p></p><p>Even if the rollout of the federal health law had gone off without a technical hitch, getting millions of Americans to sign up for insurance would still be a tall order. That’s why the law includes funding for workers trained to help people find their way around the new system. But in rural states like Iowa, with populations spread across hundreds of miles, those workers face an especially daunting challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:37:48 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32401 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-insurance-commissioner-obamacare-rollout-bumpy-will-get-better <p></p><p> November 1 marks a month since the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace under Obamacare. &nbsp;</p><p>As has been widely reported, the website has been plagued by problems from the start, and many Americans area struggling to get information.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:09:12 +0000 Sarah McCammon 31477 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better Iowa's Older Workers Struggle to Sign Up for Obamacare http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-older-workers-struggle-sign-obamacare <p></p><p>As we continue our look at the rollout of Obamacare in Iowa, we now turn to the implications of the new law for seniors. One of the key tenets of health reform is making coverage more accessible, by requiring everyone to get insurance – and spreading the risk among the young and old, the healthy and the sick. &nbsp;Experts say this means some younger, healthier workers will now pay more for their insurance. But for some older Iowans not yet eligible for Medicare, the rates will be within reach for the first time.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:21:56 +0000 Sarah McCammon 30869 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Older Workers Struggle to Sign Up for Obamacare Sorting Out The Affordable Care Act in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sorting-out-affordable-care-act-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>October 1 is an important milestone in the rollout of health reform. The new insurance marketplace &ndash; where Iowans can select health coverage &ndash; goes live on October 1<sup>st</sup>. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Sarah McCammon and Clay Masters have an overview of what to expect on the health exchange.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 29824 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sorting Out The Affordable Care Act in Iowa New York Times columnist visits Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-york-times-columnist-visits-iowa <p>New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof speaks with IPR&#39;s Sarah McCammon</p><p>Award-winning New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof will discuss his book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide&quot; at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 at the University of Iowa&#39;s Iowa Memorial Union.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:45:08 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29740 at http://iowapublicradio.org New York Times columnist visits Iowa Scientists Fight Bat Fungus in a "Race Against Time" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scientists-fight-bat-fungus-race-against-time <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:04:11 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29565 at http://iowapublicradio.org Scientists Fight Bat Fungus in a "Race Against Time" Iowa Public Radio Names Three Executive Director Finalists http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-public-radio-names-three-executive-director-finalists <p></p><p>Iowa Public Radio has named three finalists for its executive director position.</p><p>According to a press release, the finalists are:</p><p>Debra J. Fraser, former Chief Operating Officer and Station Manager at Houston Public Media; Myrna Johnson, Executive Director for the Boston Schoolyard Initiative; and William R. Reed, a former private-sector media executive and Midwest-based marketing consultant.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:39:17 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29393 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Public Radio Names Three Executive Director Finalists UNI Panel Explores Racial Questions in Trayvon Martin Case http://iowapublicradio.org/post/uni-panel-explores-racial-questions-trayvon-martin-case <p></p><p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"><a href="http://www.uni.edu/cme/staff">&nbsp;Dr. Michael Blackwell</a>, the University of Northern Iowa's Director for Multicultural Education, joins IPR's <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/sarah-mccammon">Sarah McCammon</a> to preview a<a href="http://www.uni.edu/adp/documents/Flyerfor9-11-13TheTrayvonMartincase2on1page.pdf"> panel discussion</a> at UNI on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:55:55 +0000 Sarah McCammon 28901 at http://iowapublicradio.org UNI Panel Explores Racial Questions in Trayvon Martin Case Iowa Business Beat: Education Economics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-education-economics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>It's back to school season in Iowa. IPR's Clay Masters talks education economics with Sarah McCammon while she finishes up her assignment for Marketplace this summer covering business and economics news. They discuss the increasing costs for teachers and parents to pay for public school and a report by the US Department of Education found colleges giving bigger grants to wealthier kids.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:02:00 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 28050 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Education Economics Iowa Business Beat: Rockwell Collins Buys Airinc, John Deere Earnings Beat Projections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-rockwell-collins-buys-airinc-john-deere-earnings-beat-projections <p></p><p>Many Iowans work for two companies in recent business headlines. In a nearly 1.4 billion dollar deal, Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins announced it was buying communication system company Airinc. Rockwell Collins CEO, Kelly Ortberg, calls it the biggest deal the company has undertaken.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:57:58 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 27675 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Rockwell Collins Buys Airinc, John Deere Earnings Beat Projections Iowa Business Beat: The Economics of Early School Start Date http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-economics-early-school-start-date <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:05:07 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 27309 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: The Economics of Early School Start Date Iowa Business Beat: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Better Government http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-cost-benefit-analysis-better-government <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Pew Charitable Trusts and McArthur Foundation are funding a project that hopes solve public policy in an evidence-based way. IPR's Clay Masters checks in with Sarah McCammon, who's on assignment with Marketplace this summer, about her reporting on the issue. They also discuss an upcoming story she's working on the economics of recycling.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:45:51 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 26923 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Better Government Iowa Business Beat: Controlling the Cost of College http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-controlling-cost-college <p>This week IPR's Clay Masters checks in with Sarah McCammon, who's on assignment with Marketplace, about issues regarding paying for college.</p><p>IPR would like to know what business issues are important to you,<a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/source/en/insight/622c5833fe15/joining-the-public-insight-network">&nbsp;join our IPR Insight Network and lend your expertise and experience to our reporting. &nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:43:12 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 26553 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Controlling the Cost of College Iowa Business Beat: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Energy Markets Heat Up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-unemployment-rate-holds-steady-energy-markets-heat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">This week Clay and Sarah discuss the state's unemployment rate which is largely unchanged for June. They also discuss an issue Sarah is reporting on regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline and its impact on the country if its built or not.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:41:33 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 24394 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Energy Markets Heat Up Iowa Business Beat: Shakeups in Agribusiness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-shakeups-agribusiness <p></p><p>This week Clay and Sarah discuss big news in agribusiness and how the industry is reacting. The U.S. House passed a farm bill that strips the nutrition portion out of the legislation, breaking up the rural/urban coalition of lawmakers. Also, a deadly pig virus is causing pork producers to be even more cautious with how they operate their business. And a deadly train accident in Quebec has people in the United States looking at how the country transports oil.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:43:42 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 23995 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Shakeups in Agribusiness Iowa Business Beat: Positive Economic Indicators in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-positive-economic-indicators-iowa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>IPR's Clay Masters talks with Sarah McCammon who's on assignment covering business news for Marketplace.&nbsp;</p><p>IPR would like to know what business issues are important to you,<a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/source/en/insight/622c5833fe15/joining-the-public-insight-network"> join our IPR Insight Network and lend your expertise and experience to our reporting. &nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:27:24 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 23583 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Positive Economic Indicators in Iowa Does sex offender treatment work? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-sex-offender-treatment-work <p></p><p>As we continue our series on corrections in Iowa…here's the second half of our report on sex offender treatment and monitoring. &nbsp;</p><p>About 1 in 8 inmates in Iowa's prison system are sex offenders, and many go through treatment while in prison. &nbsp;But does it work?</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:47:05 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does sex offender treatment work? The Purpose of Prisons: Where Iowa Fits In http://iowapublicradio.org/post/purpose-prisons-where-iowa-fits <p>Why do we have prisons?&nbsp; Are they for retribution or rehabilitation or protection? Also, what are the strengths and weaknesses of Iowa's corrections system? Sarah McCammon steps in for Ben Kieffer to look at how prisons in Iowa stake up against prisons nationwide.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:33:23 +0000 Sarah McCammon, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 22948 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Purpose of Prisons: Where Iowa Fits In Treating Sex Offenders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treating-sex-offenders <p>It’s been just over a month since two girls from Dayton, Iowa were abducted near their bus stop - allegedly by a convicted sex offender who’d served nearly two decades in prison. &nbsp;Authorities say Michael Klunder abducted the girls and committed suicide later that day.</p><p>The fact that Klunder was free at all has prompted questions about how sex offenders are evaluated, treated and monitored.&nbsp;</p><p>This story begins a summer series examining Iowa's correctional system.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22901 at http://iowapublicradio.org Treating Sex Offenders Legislative Wrap-up 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-wrap-2013 <p></p><p>IPR's Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon to wrap up the 2013 session. Lawmakers adjourned in their third week of overtime on Thursday, May 23.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 12:59:42 +0000 Joyce Russell & Sarah McCammon 21305 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Wrap-up 2013 Legislative Preview: 05/20/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-052013 <p>Iowa lawmakers are returning to Des Moines for a third week of overtime. The session was scheduled to wrap up May 3, but legislators continue to negotiate education reform, property taxes, Medicaid expansion, and other key issues.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:55:56 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 21046 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 05/20/13 Longer Lifespans For Children with Congenital Disorders Mean New Challenges for Pediatric Doctors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/longer-lifespans-children-congenital-disorders-mean-new-challenges-pediatric-doctors <p>As medicine advances, babies who used to die from congenital conditions early in life are living longer. That’s the good news. But doctors used to treating children born with heart problems or cystic fibrosis don’t always know how to help them, once they reach adulthood.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:39:28 +0000 Sarah McCammon 20800 at http://iowapublicradio.org Longer Lifespans For Children with Congenital Disorders Mean New Challenges for Pediatric Doctors Legislative Preview: 05/13/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-051313 <p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 11:58:52 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 20661 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 05/13/13 Paul Name Could Be Asset, or Liability, for Rand Paul http://iowapublicradio.org/post/paul-name-could-be-asset-or-liability-rand-paul <p></p><p> Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he’s considering a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. He headlined a fundraiser for Iowa Republicans Friday night in Cedar Rapids.</p><p>He may be picking up where his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx.), left off his 2012 campaign.</p> Sat, 11 May 2013 05:45:16 +0000 Sarah McCammon 20601 at http://iowapublicradio.org Paul Name Could Be Asset, or Liability, for Rand Paul Legislative Preview: 05/06/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-050613 <p>As Iowa lawmakers go into overtime, IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss what's left to hash out at the statehouse.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 13:30:09 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 20300 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 05/06/13 Legislative Preview: 04/29/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-042913 <p></p><p></p><p>IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on legislative news.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:59:19 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 19945 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 04/29/13 Legislative Preview: 04/22/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-042213 <p></p><p>IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins 'Morning Edition' Host Sarah McCammon for a weekly conversation about legislative news.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:29:10 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 19574 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 04/22/13