Jeff Schmidt http://iowapublicradio.org en My Farm Roots: From pastime to passion http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-pastime-passion <p>Aaron Troester’s life both did, and didn’t, turn out exactly the way he planned.</p><p></p><p>The 29-year-old farmer in the north-central Nebraska town of O’Neill was pouring honey into jars from bees he keeps when I met him. I soon learned he had a chemistry degree and had planned to go to medical school, but the lure of the land he farms with his father changed his mind.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:52:06 +0000 Jeff Schmidt 8186 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: From pastime to passion Writers Arriving at University of Iowa International Writing Program http://iowapublicradio.org/post/writers-arriving-university-iowa-international-writing-program <p>Thirty-one&nbsp;writers from 28 countries are arriving in Iowa to participate in the writing residency program.&nbsp;UI International Writing Program Director Chris Merrill talks with Ben Kieffer about&nbsp;the program&nbsp;and&nbsp;what it takes to bring the world's greatest writers to Iowa.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:45:13 +0000 Jeff Schmidt 6892 at http://iowapublicradio.org Writers Arriving at University of Iowa International Writing Program