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11:00 pm
Sun September 26, 2010

Director Becky Smith - Distributing Independent Cinema in Iowa

In two thousand seven the movie "Sixteen to Life" was filmed in the Clayton county town McGregor by Los Angeles based director Becky Smith. Smith is an Iowa native and spent a lot of time this month attending screenings of her film across the state. This weekend her film was shown for the first time in her hometown of Okoboji.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

UNI Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education & modern-day human trafficking

A new center at the University of Northern Iowa seeks to inform Iowa school kids about the Holocaust and genocide. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the Center's director, Stephen Gaies. We'll also speak with an author who profiled concentration camp survivors who came to Des Moines. Finally, we'll get an update on the impacts that modern-day human trafficking have in Iowa and the efforts to stop it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Fall is here and we'll talk about why and how leaves change color, the best places to see fall colors and some ways to get fall colors in your backyard. Guests are Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Abandoned Mines

Underground coal mines once played a significant role in the state's economy. It's less well-known that miners also blasted or dug their way through Iowa hillsides to reach seams of coal buried below. Those strip mines, now abandoned, still mar the landscape in south central Iowa. A federal program is underway to put the ripped up acres back together.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Fall Weather, Unemployment, & Housing

Thursday is the first full day of fall. We'll take the opportunity to examine Iowa’s climate on several fronts. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker will reflect on this past summer and look ahead to what kind of weather and harvest the new season is likely to bring. Also, Joe Walsh, Deputy Director of Iowa Workforce Development gives us the latest picture of Iowa's climate for those seeking jobs. Finally, Carey Jensen from the Iowa Association of Realtors gives us an update on the housing industry in the state.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Mary Helen Stefaniak

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa City writer Mary Helen Stefaniak. Her new novel is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" (W.W. Norton). The story from the heart of 1930s-era Threestep, Georgia, manages to include stop-offs in 1775 Baghdad and 1864 Savannah along the way, loosely following the tradition of The Thousand and One Nights.

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

Politics Day

Two former Iowa lawmakers are launching 50-50 in 2020, with the goal of recruiting and mentoring women to run for elected office in Iowa. We'll talk with Maggie Tinsman and Jean Lloyd-Jones about the effort and its chance for success. Then, we'll get analysis of the two Congressional races in Iowa with female candidates, and reflect on Sarah Palin's visit to the state. Guests include Kelly Thornburg, Iowa NEW Leadership Coordinator for the University of Iowa and Dianne Bystrom, Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University.

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

From the Top/Guy Raz

NPR's From the Top, the showcase for young musicians, is presenting two programs in Iowa next month, both featuring 17-year-old Justin Moser, an alto saxophonist from Iowa City. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Moser and his tutor, Jane Williams, of the Jane Williams Saxophone Studio in Coralville. Later on the program, we'll talk to NPR's Guy Raz, the host of Weekend All Things Considered, about the program's popular "Three-Minute Fiction" contest, which will judged in part by students from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

End of census jobs has Iowans looking for work

The U.S. Census employed more than 5,000 Iowans just a few months ago, but now that number has dwindled to almost none. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon reports many workers are now back out in the job market.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Counter-terrorism & Comedy Overseas

Join us for a conversation with NPR counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. She visits Grinnell College this week to discuss her unique role working with the FBI and CIA. She'll discuss the fundamental changes in the threat of terrorism. Also, Iowa comedian Nathan Timmel. He's just returned from another trip to Iraq to entertain the troops. He'll give us an update from his unique perspective.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 21, 2010

The Complex Dynamics of Alcoholism

For Recovery Month 2010, the Powell Chemical Dependency Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines are presenting the play "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," from StageWest Theatre. The play is the story of the two men, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon. We talk to Dr. David Kaptain, Program Manager of the Center and "Bob," a member of the 12-step community and an AA and Alanon historian.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Child Pornography & Foster Care in Iowa

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa is ramping up its prosecution of child pornography offenders. Guest host, Alex Heuer, will be joined by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose. We'll talk about the office's focus to stop the spread of images involving sexually explicit acts with children. We'll also get an update on foster care in Iowa and how the number of children in the system is decreasing.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Alternative Sports in Iowa

Iowa is third in the nation in the number of Frisbee Golf courses. Is Iowa a "frolfing" hotspot? We'll hear from professional disc golfer Tanner Duncan. Iowa State University is said to have the most programs in intramural sports of any university in the nation. Garry Greenlee, associate director of intramural sports at ISU, explains the popularity of curling, broomball and Texas Hold'em. Finally, we hear from Austin Bayliss, the 23-year old owner and ringmaster of the Central Empire Wrestling Academy in Wellman, Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun September 19, 2010

Esperanza Spalding: Elements of Influence

Last week Jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding started a worldwide tour for her new album Chamber Music Society. It’s receiving high praise from critics including the jazz magazine Downbeat where Spalding is featured on this month’s cover. One of her first tour stops took her to Des Moines this weekend where hours before her evening concert Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble found her writing new music.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Branding Iowa

Over the years various slogans have welcomed people to Iowa- The Tall Corn State, Fields of Opportunities and A place to Grow are just a few. We examine the perceptions of Iowa both from within the state's borders and outside. What is the best way to market the Hawkeye state?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Hort Gang

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension, and Prof. Jeff Iles, head of the Horticulture Dept. at Iowa State University.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Debates Passe?

The debate over whether or not to debate seems louder than usual this election cycle as challengers press the incumbents for more face to face time. But Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports political observers say the commotion is unlikely to impact the number of debates or influence voters.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Not Alone

An unusual piece of dinner theater is being staged in Ames. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports about a group that's telling the real-life stories of some townspeople who are down on their luck.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Re-branding the "Technology Corridor"

The greater Cedar Rapids and Iowa City region is often considered a single area of Iowa. The region has tried to give itself a name, branding itself "The Technology Corridor." That name has met mixed success, and now business and economic development leaders are considering changing the brand.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Sexual Signals

Host Ben Kieffer discusses sexual signals and intimate relationships with Harry Brod, professor of philosphy and humanities at the Unviersity of Northern Iowa and main speaker in "Asking For It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent." We talk about the DVD and the implications of misconceived sexual cues. We also speak with Teresa Downing-Matibag, a sociologist from Iowa State University and Jerrod Koon, coordinator for the Men's Anti-Violence Council in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Bonnie Rough

A graduate of the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, Bonnie Rough's new book is "Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA." Rough is a carrier of a rare genetic condition, hypohidriotic ectodermal dysplasia or HED. The memoir deals with modern medical science and the choices it offers new parents.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Does "corn sugar" sound better than "high-fructose corn syrup"?

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Alan Willits of Cargill about a request before the FDA to allow the corn-based sweetener to be re-labeled as "corn sugar."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Politics Day

We get analysis of Tuesday's primaries in New Hampshire, Delaware and elsewhere from New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Political Science Professor Bruce Nesmith of Coe College. They'll also talk about the first Iowa gubernatorial debate between Chet Culver and Terry Branstad.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Peter Buffett/Scott Simon

The guest for the first part of the program is the son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who talks to IPR's Charity Nebbe about his recent memoir "Life is What You Make It." In the second half-hour, Charity speaks with NPR's Scott Simon. The beloved host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" has a new book: "Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption."

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Jack Shelley 1912-2010

Jack Shelley (left) helps news reporter Rick Fredericksen with IPR awards won at the Iowa Broadcast News Association
Credit Rick Fredericksen

A beloved Iowa journalist is being remembered today. Jack Shelley passed away last night at the age of 98. Shelley was there in the early days of radio and television and sent home riveting stories from WWII. We look back at the career of this pioneer broadcaster. Sounds from 1945-1953 in Guam, Belgium, Tokyo Bay and the state of Nevada. Major events related to the atomic bomb are closely linked to Shelley's news coverage. Old audio is from WHO's original recordings, on fire at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Liberal Universities

Numerous studies have found that University campuses are liberal places and the vast majority of faculty self-identify as "liberal" when asked about their political leanings. New research, however, shows that a professor's political beliefs have little impact on the political beliefs of their students. Additionally, faculty rarely report being the victims of political discrimination. Host Ben Kieffer is joined by researchers to talk about these findings.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, is Charity Nebbe's guest. This time, it's "Do the Shuffle!" not a new dance, but the annual mass movement of critters each fall.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Civility/The Big Sort

Americans are self-segregating… clustering themselves into like-minded communities. That’s according to Bill Bishop, the author of "The Big Sort." We’ll talk with Bishop in advance of an appearance at Drake University as part of the "Better Together Creating Community through Civility" speaker series. Then we talk with sponsors of the series about the state of civility in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 13, 2010

American Terroir/A Taste of Heaven

Terroir, a French term usually associated with wine, is what James Beard Award winning author Rowan Jacobsen defines as "foods that are what they are because of where they come from." IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Jacobsen and another food-writer, Madeline Scherb, author of "A Taste of Heaven, a Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns," which includes a section on Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (near Dubuque).

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News
11:00 pm
Sat September 11, 2010

Long time University of Iowa Softball coach Gayle Blevins retires.

University of Iowa Softball coach Gayle Blevins is the second most winning coach in Division one history. In thirty-one years of coaching, she never had a losing season. She's led her teams to seven Women's College World Series appearances and has won eight Big Ten titles, five of them at Iowa. Blevins retired earlier this year after leading the Hawkeyes for twenty-three years. She explains what she plans to do next.

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