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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Two members of the Iowa State University "Hort Gang," Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve speak with IPR's Julie Englander and take your calls.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Job Outlook in Law and Medical Fields

We focus on job prospects as our economy struggles to recover from the worst economic downturn since the 1930’s. Specifically, the job outlook for two careers that parents have often taken as a measure for success in their kids doctors and lawyers. Host Ben Kiffer talks with Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal and Roger Tracy of the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Tech Day

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz, and we'll take your calls. Why the E-Waste industry loves the iPad, is there really a cyberwar?, and Apple, the App Store and antitrust, are some of the topics we'll discuss.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Dalai Lama visit security

The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation from the University of Northern Iowa to visit campus for a day of celebrating education and the pursuit of knowledge. That day is Tuesday May 18th. A planning committee has been hard at work since September of 2008 preparing for the visit. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with UNI's director of public safety Dave Zarfis. He says the number of law enforcement officers needed to handle the event is four times that of a Presidential visit.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Immigration Overhaul

Arizona's new immigration law is spurring debate about a possible federal immigration overhaul. Host Jeneane Beck talks with members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement who are behind the push for immigration changes on the local and state level. Also joining the conversation is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Political pundits Arnie Arneson and Steffen Schmidt with IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Waters to Watch

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan has selected Diamond Lake in northwest Iowa as one of the 10 "Waters to Watch" for 2010. The 2010 10 "Waters to Watch" list is a collection of rivers, streams and lakes that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Dickinson County Biologist and a DNR official about efforts to provide a cleaner and healthier habitat for Diamond Lake and other lakes across Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 4, 2010

"Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner

Language expert and Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Origins of the Specious" and other word books, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about more language myths and misconceptions. And we'll welcome your questions and comments.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Casino Hearing

Several hundred people crammed into a hotel conference room in Johnston today (Tuesday) to voice their support for, or opposition to, four new gaming licenses.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on the Farm Bill in Des Moines April 30th. We'll talk with Bruce Babcock, Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and others who testified in Des Moins, about the changes needed and likely in the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling/Yogi Reppmann

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher from Johnston, who last week was named the National Teacher of the Year. Later, a conversation with historian "Yogi" Reppmann, author of the new book, "Triumph of Will: Printer's Boy to Publisher: the Remarkable Story of German Immigrant Henry Finnern" (Hesperian Press)

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sat May 1, 2010

Debate Rancor

The Republican candidates for Governor attacked Chet Culver and then each other, during the second debate of the primary campaign yesterday (Saturday). The three GOP hopefuls agreed on most issues but clashed over party loyalty.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Congressmen Bruce Braley and Steve King

Host Ben Kieffer discusses possible Wall Street reforms, changes on the horizon in immigration laws and the President's recent trip to the midwest with Iowa's two congressmen.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State University "Hort Gang" members Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis (entomologist) speak with listeners, hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Audio Letters from Vietnam

Flares light up the night on the outskirts of Saigon, 1969.
Rick Fredericksen

An Iowa soldier took along a small tape recorder for his tour of duty in Vietnam and sent tapes home to his family in Burlington. We witness the Vietnam War through the voice recordings of Lt. Robert McKnight. John Pemble provided technical assistance. The 1968 recordings are held by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Iowa-owned horse to race in Kentucky Derby

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Jerry Crawford of Des Moines. He's among a group of Iowans that owns the horse named Paddy O'Prado.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Theater Companies are Abundant in Iowa City

Today in the Iowa City area there are at least nine theater ensembles and most of them are amateur groups lacking a permanent space to perform. Iowa City's newest theater group Red Door Ensemble debuted this spring and is trying to stand out in an already crowded theater scene.

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

Campus Sexual Assault

We examine the issue of sexual assault on Iowa's college campuses. We talk with representatives from victim advocacy, criminal investigation and the campus disciplinary process to see what policies the Regents Universities have for handling such incidents, and what they're doing to prevent them.

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

Kathryn Stockett/Robert Bluestone

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling "The Help," a debut novel woven around compelling stories about black maids raising white children set in Jackson, MS in the early 1960s. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Robert Bluestone, creativity expert and co-founder with his wife of "Woven Harmony."

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Handpicking Candidates

With the Republican and Democratic primaries just over a month away, legislative candidates are busy knocking on doors and handing out literature to prospective voters. But there is no primary race in the heavily Democratic House district 69, despite the retirement of long time Des Moines lawmaker Wayne Ford. Ford didn’t announce his intentions until a week and half before the filing deadline to get on the June ballot. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane beck reports some democrats are accusing party leaders of keeping the retirement a secret to avoid a primary race.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Farmers' markets sales nearly double in five years

A survey by the Iowa Department of Agriculture shows growth in farmers market sales of 92 percent from 2004 to 2009. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with State Horticulturalist Mike Bevins.

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

Richard Norton Smith and Teen Driving Safety

A conversation with the American Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith. The former Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum Director is in Iowa this week to discuss why American history should remain part of our daily lives. Later in the hour a University of Iowa researcher discusses efforts to improve Iowa’s dismal record of teen driving safety.

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

Politics Wednesday

Iowa State University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen join IPR's Jonathan Ahl. It's live and they'll take your calls.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Obama in Ottumwa

President Obama received an enthusiastic welcome when he brought his White House to Main Street tour to Ottumwa. More than two thousand people turned out to cheer the president’s record so far on the economy, even though unemployment persists in southeast Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Iowa Army National Guard public meetings

The Iowa Army National Guard believes it’s deployment of nearly three thousand soldiers to Afghanistan later this summer will have an impact on nearly every community across the state, so they’re holding a series of town hall meetings to provide information and answer questions…Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank attended last night’s meeting in Waterloo.

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Education
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Iowan named National Teacher of the Year

In a White House ceremony tomorrow, President Obama will name Iowa teacher Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston, National Teacher of the Year. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with her by phone from Washington DC.

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

Wellmark Smoking Ban

Smokers need not apply. That’s the message Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has for potential employees in a new policy. But is it a company’s place to dictate employees’ behavior away from work? We'll examine smoking and other health related behavior and ask is it good health policy or overreach?

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

Lucid Dreams: Illness and Cure

Since the time of Hippocrates, dreams have been valued for their ability to warn of an impending illness, prescribe cures and sometimes help heal the disease. We talk to Robert Waggoner of Des Moines, author of "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self."

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Crowded Debate

An unusually crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. Seven men are competing to take on incumbent Leonard Boswell in the general election. That's causing headaches when it comes to holding candidate forums.

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

School Food Nutrition

We look at nutrition in Iowa schools. Last week, retired military leaders released a report critical of food in schools. They conclude 27-percent of young adults are ineligible to serve because they are overweight. We'll talk about the report and what schools in Iowa re doing to improve nutrition.

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