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Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary

Live Healthy Iowa's Wellness Challenge is celebrating its tenth anniversary, with competition beginning on Thursday. We'll hear about the benefits and challenges of participating. As part of the Iowa Sports Foundation, LHI began as a friendly competition encouraging Iowans to "Lighten Up" and adopt healthier lifestyles through increased physical activity and healthier nutrition choices. Guests are Jim Hallihan of the I.S.F.; and LHI coordinators and participants, Alyssa Reichelt, Annabelle Hullana, Caleb Pike and Rhonda Maier. 

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Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan
11:00 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan

Less than 15% of the food that Iowans eat is grown in Iowa. A lot of people want to change that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about a new report to the Iowa Legislature that lays out recommendations on ways to keep food grown in the state on Iowa's dinner tables. We also hear from Michelle Kenyon-Brown of the Johnson County Local Food Alliance and Andrew Dunham of Grinnell Heritage Farms.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon January 17, 2011

Abortion Bill

A bill to ban abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy got its first airing at the statehouse. Like a similar Nebraska law, it would limit abortions based on the idea of fetal pain. An Ames Democrat led the charge against the bill. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Iowa's Plan For Eating Local

Iowa's agriculture may feed the world, but only about 14 percent of the food Iowans eat is produced here in the state. Iowa State University's Center for Sustainable Agriculture recently released a report outlining concrete, feasible ways to expand the local food economy in the state. The report was requested by the state legislature last year. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson has this story on the recommendations for building a stronger local food network. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Legislative Week 2

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa Public Radio Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck about what's ahead in the Iowa Legislature this week. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Sun January 16, 2011

Ryan Roemerman/Ben Stone

This hour host Charity Nebbe speaks with Ryan Roemerman, Executive Director of the Iowa Pride Network, about being honored as one of USA Network's "Character’s Unite" award recipients for 2010. We'll also speak with the student who nominated Ryan for the award which was given to him for his work with GLTBQ youth in Iowa. Then, in the second half of the program, Ben Stone of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa joins us to talk about a new exhibit at the Iowa State Historical Building highlighting the work of the ACLU over the last nine decades. (49:00)

River to River
11:00 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Iowa's New "Shall Issue" Gun Law

Iowa's new "Shall Issue" weapons law went into effect at the beginning of this month. Among other things, the law makes it more difficult for county sheriffs to deny permits. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Ross Loder of the Iowa Department of Public Safety about all the changes under the new law. Then, in our second half hour, we'll have two opposing views on whether it's good for Iowa. Lonny Pulkrabek, the Sheriff of Johnson County, opposes the new gun law. Sean McClanahan, President of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, supports it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Memories of a Farm Kitchen

A farmhouse kitchen brings back nostalgic memories to nearly everyone, even if they never experienced warm, homemade bread straight from the wood burning oven. A farm kitchen is a symbol of family, good food, simpler times, and a lifestyle that is almost extinct. This hour, we talk with Rob Artley, who with his father, Bob, wrote and illustrated "Memories of a Farm Kitchen." (Pelican Publishing).

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News
11:00 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Branstad says he's "older and wiser" as he returns to office

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad shortly before his inauguration. 

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Outgoing Governor Chet Culver & New...
1:00 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Outgoing Governor Chet Culver & New State Department Leaders

Host Ben Kieffer talks with outgoing governor Chet Culver. We'll follow-up on his condition of the state address earlier this week and about what he sees as his accomplishments over the last four years. Then, a conversation with two incoming state department leaders. We'll talk with Chuck Palmer who takes control of the Department of Human Services and Debi Durham of the Department of Economic Development.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Championship Sporting Events in Iowa

Efforts to turn Iowa into a destination for world class sporting events are paying off. This year multiple championship sporting events will be held throughout the state. Host Charity Nebbe talks with guests about the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Iowa City later this month. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships return to Drake University this year and the Hy-Vee Triathlon will become the inaugural championship event in a new Ironman series.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Inauguration behind the scenes

Instead of a multi-day event tomorrow’s inauguration of Terry Branstad as Iowa’s Governor will run about a day and a half if you count the twilight hours of the ball. And it will be a rather modest affair ...about 300 thousand dollars. But even the most simple ceremony needs an event planner.. and the woman in charge of this one has been through it before. Her name is Camille Valley and Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up her by phone earlier this afternoon. 

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Politics Day
1:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Politics Day

The shootings in Arizona have focused attention on the rhetoric of our politics. Has it gotten so heated that it sparked the violence in Arizona? A new poll shows most Americans reject that argument, but it hasn’t stopped federal lawmakers from proposing legislation to turn down the heat. Host Ben Kieffer, talks about politics and rhetoric with our guests, Bruce Gronbeck from the University of Iowa and Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University.

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Wildlife Day with Jim Pease
11:00 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

When the landscape is obscured by snow, some things become easier to see. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease will give us some reasons to look at our surroundings a little more closely next time we're out in the snow. We'll find out what we can see and learn from animal tracks in winter. 

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Superman Comic #707 Set in Des Moines

For 72 years the comic book Superman has told the story about a superhero who hides his identity as a mild mannered newspaper reporter named Clark Kent. Recent issues have a story arc where Superman is traveling across the country trying to reconnect with those he protects. In the newest issue released today the Man of Steel fights crime in downtown Des Moines but instead of being praised Superman's credibility is being questioned.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Condition of the Judiciary

The Iowa Supreme Court’s new Chief Justice says the negative reaction to their ruling on same sex marriage now threatens to weaken the entire court system. Justice Mark Cady delivered the annual “Condition of the Judiciary” Wednesday at the statehouse. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports Cady used the speech to defend the marriage ruling, but failed to dampen opposition. 

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Practical Wisdom
1:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Practical Wisdom

Aristotle called it “practical wisdom…” the judgment people use in their everyday lives to do the right thing — make the right decision in a particular circumstance. Perhaps your grandmother called it “common sense.” Host Ben Kieffer talks with one of the authors of a new book that argues much of our dissatisfaction with institutions today, stems from the fact that people within the system aren’t allowed to use their practical wisdom. The guest is Kenneth Sharpe, co-author of "Practical Wisdom," and Professor of Political Science and Swarthmore College.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Culver's Final Address

Governor Chet Culver drew both passionate cheers and tepid applause today (Tuesday) as he delivered his final Condition of the State address to Iowa Lawmakers. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports the Governor’s supporters are promising to protect his priorities while Republicans immediately went to work to dismantle several of Culver’s key programs.

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The Exchange - Session 2011
1:00 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

The Exchange - Session 2011

In the first weekly legislative show of the 2011 session from the law library at the state capitol, host Jeneane Beck talks with incoming lawmakers. Several freshmen come into office with tea party ties. How will that affect their priorities in Des Moines? She'll also speak with a former lawmaker who's returning to the statehouse about how her previous experience is shaping expecations for the new session. Then, we turn attention to the Taxpayers First Act.

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Iowa Winter Sports
11:00 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Iowa Winter Sports

The best way of beating cabin fever is to get out of the cabin. There's lots of different ways to take advantage of our winter weather: cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird watching, sledding and ice-fishing are some examples. We'll hear from some of the experts, including John Maehl of the Iowa D.N.R., Gail Barels of the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center in Linn County and Tim Smith of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Dept. 

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Legislature Convenes
11:00 pm
Sun January 9, 2011

Legislature Convenes

Republicans flexing new majority muscle were in a triumphant mood as the 84th general assembly convened at the statehouse. But Democrats promised to protect their priorities including health care and education for young children.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 9, 2011

Capitol Investment

The legislature gavels in today amid ongoing change at the statehouse; including a new look at the majestic rotunda. It's all part of the historic building’s continuing restoration and renewal. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen visited the Iowa Capitol for this Radio Field Trip. 

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Senator Tom Harkin
1:00 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Senator Tom Harkin

The 112th Congress convened earlier this week in Washington D.C. with a House controlled by the GOP and a slimmer Democratic majority in the Senate. This hour, host Ben Kieffer talks with U.S. Senator, Democrat Tom Harkin. Harkin is calling for an end to the way filibusters are used and a change in the way for-profit colleges do business. He's also fighting back Republican efforts to repeal the new health care law.

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Hort Day
11:00 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve will be the guests. We'll hear about Iowa MarketMaker (http://ia.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/) which links producers and consumers in Iowa and the upcoming Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference (http://www.iafruitvegetablegrowers.org/) on January 28 and 29 in Des Moines.

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Until it Hurts: Sports Injuries and...
1:00 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Until it Hurts: Sports Injuries and Youth Sports

Teen girls are 6 to 7 times more likely to injure an ACL than boys their same age and the number of knee surgeries performed to correct an anterior cruciate ligament tear has risen sharply over the past decade. In a re-broadcast program, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Paul Pursley, a physical therapist with University of Iowa Sports Medicine about a new program that will be offered to female basketball players with hopes of teaching young girls how to avoid injuries. We also hear from a Western Iowa teen about her two ACL reconstructions before she turned 18.

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Politics Day
1:00 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Politics Day

Many states are facing painful austerity cuts. For this week's political discussion Host Ben Kieffer asks how Iowa’s fiscal problems compare to those in other states. Also, the House GOP has unveiled its answer to president Obama's health insurance reform. Our guests are political scientist Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arneson.

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The History of Tuberculosis in Iowa
11:00 am
Wed January 5, 2011

The History of Tuberculosis in Iowa

Oakdale Hall was once Iowa's largest hospital dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis. Now vacated, the building is set for demolition. We'll discuss tuberculosis in Iowa and the evolution of treatment of the disease. From bed rest and fresh air in the early 1900's to the modern antibiotics of today, we'll be looking at the progression from fear and hysteria of T.B., to understanding and treatment.

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Climate Change Impacts on Iowa
1:00 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Climate Change Impacts on Iowa

A new report compiled by researchers at Iowa's Public Universities details the effects of climate change on the state. The report is in response to a directive set forth by the Iowa Legislature to review climate change impacts and policies in Iowa. Ben Kieffer talks with Jerry Schnoor, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, Gene Takle, Director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University and Biology Professor Laura Jackson from the University of Northern Iowa.

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