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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

John Carlson & Kyle Munson

A view of the world through the eyes of the newspaper columnist. First up, an interview from last December with retiring Des Moines Register Columnist John Carlson. Carlson discusses his 31 years at the paper and how his best training ground for a career in journalism was time spent as a child at his father's filling station. Then a conversation with Kyle Munson who succeeded Carlson as the Des Moines Register columnist.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Can Iowa Feed Itself?

What does Iowa grow that its residents can actually eat? We'll talk about Iowa grown foods, sustainable food systems and the increasing number of farmers' markets in the state. Guests include Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Ginny Gieske of the Iowa Farmers Market Association and Matt Russell, State Food Policy Project Coordinator at Drake University.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Green House

The movement toward more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings has changed the way architects approach commercial projects for several years. But this revolution has been slow to take hold in residential construction. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard traveled to Fairfield recently to tour the state's greenest house.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Archeological Dig Site Near Oakville & Paper-making

This hour we have an archive edition of our show. First, a conversation from last July about a new archeological dig site in southeast Iowa near Oakville. More than 100,000 artifacts have been uncovered there and they give clues about how people lived 1,700 years ago. Then, a conversation from last September with Timothy Barrett of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. We discuss the history of paper-making 1,300 years ago and how advances in the field landed Barrett a 2009 McArthur Fellowship award.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Coe College political scientist Bruce Nesmith join IPR's Charity Nebbe for our weekly program. Topics include the Target Corporation's controversial political contributions and the debate over federal flood assistance to Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Police Substations: Small Posts for Tough Beats

Across Iowa, police substations are becoming popular in troubled neighborhoods.Police in Iowa City are set to open one in their southeast neighborhood next month. And last September, Cedar Rapids police opened a substation in the Wellington Heights neighborhood. Now, almost a full year later, Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports on the challenges and achievements of a small police post in one of the state's toughest beats.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Missouri River public meetings

The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public meetings to determine if changes are warranted to the way the Missouri River is being used. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with the Public Affairs officer for the Corp's Omaha office, Paul Johnston who says the meetings are part of a first- ever review of the 1944 legislation that created the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River system...

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines has had the largest single year increase in recycling intake thanks to their Curb It! Program. This hour we take a look at efforts to recycle and manage waste around the state. Guest host Dean Borg speaks with one of the organizers for the 3rd annual 20 ton rummage sale held in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Sleep Doctor

Our "sleep doctor" returns to the studio with Charity Nebbe.Dr. Erik Dyken, Prof. of Neurology and Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the University of Iowa answers your sleep questions and discusses a U.I. study concerning traumatic brain injury and sleep disorders.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Iowa's prison population

The latest figures show that Iowa's prison population has grown over the past year, after three years of declines. Statistics also show that a significant percentage (16%) of inmates in Iowa prisons have a serious mental illness. And, the population of women inmates is growing. What does all of this mean for those inside Iowa's prisons, both the employees and the inmates? We'll talk with Corrections Director John Baldwin, State Senator Bob Dvorsky, a correctional officer and a former inmate to find out.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Michelle Hoover, "The Quickening"

For her first novel Michelle Hoover took inspiration from a family heirloom, a 15 page journal left behind by her great-grandmother. IPR's Charity Nebbe will speak with Iowa native Hoover about her debut novel, "The Quickening," a vivid account of the landscapes, lives and relationships of two farm women who struggled to survive the Great Depression.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Wadena Rocks at 40

Forty years ago, the big news story was a controversial court battle to block a massive rock concert from taking place on a farm in northeast Iowa. The legal efforts failed and the little town of Wadena became part of Iowa folklore. This is look back at the Wadena Rock Festival, produced by Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Photo courtesy of The Fayette County Union.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Lake Delhi resident recounts wall of water

What once was Lake Delhi in Northeast Iowa today is a muddy creek after floodwater from the Maquoketa River Saturday ate a 30 foot hole in the earthen portion of a dam releasing the water much like pulling the plug on a bathtub. Jeff Conrad has a vacation home on the lake, he tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank that he and his family watched as the surge came and went changing the landscape forever.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Iowa's biodiversity

Iowa is one of the most transformed landscapes in the country. We talk about what that transformation has meant for the state's biodiversity. We'll hear about efforts to preserve the varied genetic material in both domesticated and wild, plant and animal species. Guests include Shanyn Siegel and Tom Wahlberg from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Bruce Ehrsman from the Iowa DNR and Tom Rosburg from Drake University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa State University horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll hear about the upcoming All Horticulture Field Day and of course, we expect lots of calls from listeners about this season's tomato problems.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Love of Iowa

In the recently released novel "What Cheer", the main character finds love in Iowa. Inspired by his leading man, the author, Zachary Michael Jack is now on a quest to perhaps create his own "happily ever after." Iowa Public Radio's Blank reports

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Iowa's Environment

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the newly appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 which includes Iowa. Then the Director of Iowa's Department of Natural Resources, Rich Leopold joins us. We'll talk about a recent state audit which shows the agency is not enforcing more than a dozen state laws.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 22, 2010

"Team Archaeology"

As riders in RAGBRAI cross the state next week, cyclists will have a chance to find out what lies beneath the gently rolling hills. IPR's Charity Nebbe and our IPR listeners will hear about the history and geology of this year's RAGBRAI route. Guests include "Team Archaeology" leader John Hall; State Archaeologist John Doershuk and geologist Raymond Anderson of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Guest host Jeff Schmidt discusses the minor leauge baseball atmosphere in Iowa with Iowa Cubs owner Michael Gartner and Cedar Rapids Kernels General Manager Jack Roeder.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Immigration and jobless benefits are two of the topics that our pundits will discuss on the program. Participating with IPR's Charity Nebbe are Bruce Gronbeck, retired Univ. of Iowa professor and expert on political communication and Arnie Arnesen, New Hamphsire political blogger.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Harvester Artspace Lofts & Art Funding in Council Bluffs

Next month the Harvester Artspace lofts will open in Council Bluffs and by the end of the year thirty six units will house artists in a live / work environment. It's one of a few dozen artist lofts in the country overseen by Artspace a non profit real estate developer based in Minnesota. Tonight, the public gets their first look at the New Harvester lofts. It's part of an effort in Council Bluffs to use art to stimulate the economy and move the city forward.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Health Care Overhaul and Changes for the Banking Industry

Host Ben Kieffer examines the latest overhaul efforts passed by Congress on the health care and financial fronts and what it means for Iowa. Ben talks with the AARP's State Governmental Relations Representative JoAnn Lamphere who is in Iowa to discuss health care changes. Later, Iowa Bankers Association President and CEO John Sorenson discusses his concerns with the just-passed Financial Regulatory Reform Bill.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 20, 2010

RAGBRAI 38, "A Million Spokes"

The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins its 38th run this weekend. We hear about a new feature-length documentary about the event, "A Million Spokes." Charity Nebbe's guests include Varda Hardy, the film's director; Susan Gorrell, assistant producer; and Jason Parkin: meteorologist and RAGBRAI enthusiast.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Iowans facing long-term unemployment struggle to make ends meet

A record number of Iowa workers have run out of unemployment benefits and still have not found jobs.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Iowa's Changing Gun Laws: Risks vs. Rights?

Big changes are on the way for Iowa's gun laws. Starting in January, Iowa sheriffs lose the right to deny gun permits, unless the applicant has been convicted of a felony or aggravated assault. The new law will also loosen restrictions on weapons training, how long a permit lasts, and the out-of-state permits accepted in Iowa. Altogether, the changes have left some sheriffs concerned for their counties' safety.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Juvenile Lifers

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional to put juveniles in prison for life - without the possibility of parole for crimes other than murder. Seven Iowa cases will potentially be impacted by that decision. We’ll talk about what happens to these seven inmates… how the court ruling could change sentencing in Iowa… and whether minors should be treated differently than adult offenders. Guests include Kevin Cmelik from the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Brenda Bash a counselor/advocate for Polk County Crisis and Advocacy and Randall Wilson from the ACLU of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Amish Life in Iowa

Today, we hear from two Iowans, one who left the Amish community when he married in 1986 but still farms nearby; and the second an "outsider" who lives in a old schoolhouse in the middle of Amish country south of Iowa City. Charity Nebbe's guests are farmer Wayne Ropp and Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun July 18, 2010

Colts Compete in West Des Moines

Some college kids spend their summers working a part time job, an internship, or going back home to relax but some choose to spend every day of the summer committing to a rigorous training and performance environment. This is the life of a drum and bugle corps member rehearsing and competing across the country from Memorial day through the middle of August. Last night six world class drum and bugle corps competed in West Des Moines including the Colts from Dubuque.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Arne Duncan and Russell Osgood

Guest host Alex Heuer interviews U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a discussion about teacher jobs, Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind. Then, a conversation with the retiring President of Grinnell College, Russell Osgood. What has changed on Grinnell's campus since 1998? This plus tuition affordability and financial aid reform.

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