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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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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue January 4, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

With 2011 underway, many people are setting out to accomplish their New Year's Resolutions. It's common to set goals this time of year - from weight loss and eating healthy to financial security and stress reduction. So what are the keys to accomplishing these goals? Host Charity Nebbe will discuss setting goals and following through. We'll hear about developing a support system to help you along the way. Charity will speak with the University of Iowa's Megan Moeller and Iowa State University's Kevin Blankenship and Brenda Schmitt.

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The Science of Fear
1:00 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

The Science of Fear

This hour, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Daniel Tranel, a University of Iowa Professor of neurology and psychology about his new study that has pinpointed the part of the brain that causes fear. We discuss the study and the implications of identifying the source of fear in addition to speaking about how Tranel foresees this discovery affecting treatment of patients with post traumatic stress disorder. In the second half of the program, we speak with author Jeff Wise about his book, Extreme Fear: the Science of Your Brian in Danger.

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Word Maven, Worst Words of 2010
11:00 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Word Maven, Worst Words of 2010

We welcome "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner to the program. O'Conner has authored a number of best-selling language books, including "Words Fail Me" and "Woe is I." This hour, we discuss our LEAST favorite words that sprang up in 2010.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Top News Stories of 2010

A lot of news happened in Iowa this past year, from the ousting of three state Supreme Court justices to the re-election of Iowa's longest serving governor. To an Iowa native receiving the Medal of Honor to the largest troop deployment for the Iowa National Guard since World War Two. In a rebroadcast program, Ben Kieffer talks with journalists about the top 10 Iowa news stories of 2010 as determined by Iowa Public Radio's news staff. He'll be joined by IPR statehouse reporter Jeneane Beck, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman, and Doug Burns of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 30, 2010

My Thoughts Be Bloody

Two sons of the 19th century actor Junius Brutus Booth impacted history in vastly different ways. John Wilkes Booth aspired to be a success, but instead assassinated a great American President. Older brother Edwin followed in his father's footsteps and went on to become the greatest actor in 19th century America. This hour, we hear from historian Nora Titone, a native of Iowa City. Her first book is "My Thoughts Be Bloody: the Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that Led to an American Tragedy." (Free Press)

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Politics Day

Iowans oust three justices from the state Supreme Court... And vote to return Iowa's longest serving governor to Terrace Hill... And oh what a year for heated debate and legislation in Washington! We'll take a look back at the year's top political stories both state and national - with our analysts Bruce Gronbeck and Tim Hagle. And a look ahead at what's to come in 2011. Join host Ben Kieffer for politics day Wednesdays at noon.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives

Host Rick Fredericksen dives into archival material compiled from his Iowa Archives project. Among the audio documentaries explored- the story behind the voice of George Washington Carver; the centennials of Camp Dodge; a look back at the state's worst train crash disaster and audio letters from Vietnam.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Obesity in Iowa - rebroadcast

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese Iowans increased in 2009. Now 25-29% of Iowans report being significantly overweight or obese. In this rebroadcast, we listen back to a conversation about the obesity epidemic as it pertains to Iowa and what is being done to combat it with programs such as Live Healthy Iowa, Iowans Fit for Life and the Iowa Sports Foundation's Go the Distance Program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The English is Coming!/Opus Vino

Author Leslie Dunton-Downer says English has been adopted throughout the world to become "Global English," a language of "unprecedented, planetwide recognition and use." We'll talk to Dunton-Downer and ask her if the world really needs a planetary "lingua franca." Later in the hour, the guest will be the editor-in-chief of the new lavishly illustrated, "Opus Vino," Jim Gordon. The book lists 4000 of the world's greatest wineries, and Gordon says midwest wines are growing rapidly in availability and quality.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Missing in America Project and Lieutenant Dan Choi

Thousands of U.S. war veterans' cremains remain unidentified and on the shelves in hundreds of funeral homes across the country. The Missing in America Project is working to change this. Over 9,000 urns of unidentfied cremains have been found and about 1,000 of them have been identified as forgotten veterans. For the first half of the hour, we speak with Fred Salanti, a retired U.S. Army major and the founder of the project about its mission and goals. We also hear from Bill Lauchlan, Iowa's coordinator for the project.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Home Improvement Day/Radon Gas

Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will begin the hour with an update on radon gas in the home. The odorless, colorless gas is found in higher concentrations in Iowa and is the second most common cause of lung cancer, after smoking. We'll learn how you can find out if radon is a problem in your home and what you can do about it.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Demonstrating Dwolla to Cafe DiScala

When you use a credit card the merchant is charged between 1 to 5 percent of your purchase price. Des Moines Entrepreneur Ben Milne says businesses lose too much money from these transaction fees so he started a company offering electronic payments to merchants for a flat price and the ability to pay using a mobile internet connection.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Ice Dams

Winter is offcially just one week old today and already Iowa has had a blizzard and in some parts of the state, several inches of snow.The conditions can take a toll on people but what about where we live? Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with home improvement expert Bill McAnnally

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Politics Day

It's official... Iowa will lose a Congressional seat. And, those who led efforts to remove three Iowa Supreme Court Justices in November are moving to impeach the remaining four, and challenging in court Iowa's process for selecting justices . Fallout from the state high court's decision which cleared the way for same sex marriage in Iowa, is set against Congress' vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Host Jonathan Ahl discusses these and other issues with Rachel Caufield from Drake University and Chris Larimer from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Gratitude in Our Lives

We teach our children to say please and thank you, but how can we teach them to be truly grateful for what they have? This hour, we'll talk about cultivating a sense of gratitude in our children and ourselves and the positive impact that being grateful can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Guests are Kimberly Greder, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, and Mary Jane Ryan, author of "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday in Your Life."

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