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11:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

World Premier of Play about Herbert and Lou Hoover during the Boxer Rebellion

On Friday night in Cedar Rapids students at Kirkwood Community College will perform the world premier of a play about the only U.S. President to come from Iowa. The play is about Herbert Hoover’s early adult life as a mining engineer in China. At the turn of the 20th century the West Branch native and his newlywed wife, Lou, were trapped in the country during the Boxer Rebellion.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

The Cost of Higher Education

Tuition and fees continue to rise while tough economic times are making it more difficult for families to pay for a college education. We’ll talk with State Senator Herman Quirmbach about funding for public education and Grinnell College President Russell Osgood about private education and ideas for improving affordability.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Home Improvement Day

It's the beginning of spring remodeling frenzy. We'll discuss deconstruction to decks with Bill McAnally, Director of the Industrial Technology Program at Iowa Central Community College.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Ryne Sandberg

The opening of the baseball season in Des Moines is extra special this spring. One of the game’s all-time greats is stepping in as manager of the Iowa Cubs. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports on a Hall-of-Fame second baseman who at the age of 50 is once again working his way through the minor leagues.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Wind Energy interests discuss crucial issues to continued development

Two wind energy conferences in Iowa this week will focus on issues crucial to the continued development of the industry. The American Wind Energy Association says capacity added last year, 9,900 megawatts, was the largest on record, and was 18 percent above the capacity added in 2008. We'll talk about research and development, workforce issues and transmission of Iowa-generated wind energy to areas of the country with the highest demand.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political pundit.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Career Criminals and Violence associated with climate change

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, Associate Professor of Sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University. De Lisi's new book is "Criminological Theory: A Life Course Approach". Delisi says career criminals aren’t necessarily born that way, but it’s a sequence of events and layering of risk factors over a lifetime that mold someone into a lifelong repeat offender. Later in the hour, a look at how global climate change affects violence.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Love is the Best Medicine

We hear about the lives of Helen and Cleo and other animal companion patients of Dr. Nick Trout. Dr. Trout's new book is "Love is the Best Medicine; What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian About Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles."

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue April 6, 2010

The Voice of George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

An author researching the life of famous agricultural scientist George Washington Carver has compiled a rare collection of his recordings. For a man who was educated in Iowa and contributed so much to mankind, Carver’s unusual voice was just as prominent as his vocation. Our oldest recording is about 1938.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Broadband Expansion and Emmy Award-winning commercial editor

Why does the FCC think America needs its newly- announced 'National Broadband’ plan and why are Iowa cities scrambling to be Google’s choice for superfast broadband? We examine broadband expansion with former FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson. Then a conversation with television advertising editor Josh Bodnar. The Emmy Award-winner will discuss his craft of high-tech editing with a lecture Monday at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Iowa Center for Wealth Management/"You Majored in What?"

We talk to Prof. John Spitzer of the University of Iowa, co-director of the new Iowa Center for Wealth Management. The Center is an online resource that provides unbiased financial education and guidance. Later, a conversation with Katherine Brooks, author of "You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Same Sex Marriage Anniversary

One year after the Iowa Supreme Court ruling allowing same sex marriage in Iowa, where do we stand? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Kate and Trish Varnum, two of the plaintiffs in the historic case to see how the ruling has impacted their lives. And, pollster and Political Science Professor David Redlawsk analyzes public opinion in Iowa and New Jersey on the issue of marriage equity.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Hort Day

Members of the horticulture gang from Iowa State University are back on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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

Coffee Culture

It seems everywhere you go these days, you can find - coffee. Host Ben Kieffer examines coffee culture with the author of "Uncommon Grounds," a computer programmer striving to visit every Starbucks in the world, and two Iowans who've integrated coffee into library visits and church services.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Tech Day

Geo-Tagged Cloud Zombies? New bugs for Internet Explorer and Firefox? And…office technology: productivity or time sink? Just a few of the technology topics we'll discuss with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Buddhism and the Dalai Lama

With the Dalai Lama visiting the University of Northern Iowa this spring, we examine the fascination with the study of Buddhism with University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor Suzanne Freedman. Freedman looks at the basic concepts of foregiveness in relationships and society. Also on the program is Stephen Asma, author of "Why I Am a Buddhist: Non-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey" and David Gruber, writer and director of the PBS documentary 'The Buddha'.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's the day for our political pundits, Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt. IPR's Jonathan Ahl hosts and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 30, 2010

Former skinhead gang leader

Host Ben Kieffer talks with former skinhead gang leader Frank Meeink about his descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction. Meeink, now living in Des Moines, is the author of "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead".

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 30, 2010

Word Maven Patricia O'Conner

Iowa native and "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner returns to answer your language questions. We'll focus on themes from her book "Origins of the Specious; Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language."

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Sports
11:00 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Wittmack's World Triathlon

An Iowa adventurer is attempting one of the toughest human endeavors ever conceived. Des Moines lawyer Charlie Wittmack is calling his 11-month-long quest the world triathlon, as Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Session Ends

The Iowa Legislature adjourned over the noon hour today (Tuesday) after putting the finishing touches on a six billion dollar budget. The final compromise includes concessions for the Governor, new incentives for small businesses, and last minute public safety measures.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Wrap on 2010 Legislative Session

Host Jeneane Beck talks Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charlie Krogmeier. Plus a conversation with reporters about legislation passed during the 2010 session.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 29, 2010

The first Starbucks/Beyond Luck

In archive editions for IPR Pledge Week, IPR's Dennis Reese discusses the UNI Museum's new exhibit, "Coffee: The World in Your Cup," with UNI Theatre Professor Carol Colburn, the first employee at the very first Starbucks store which opened in Seattle 39 years ago. Later, we hear from Iowa City business consultant John Langhorne, Ph.D., author of the new book, "Beyond Luck: Practical Steps to Navigate the Path from Manager to Leader" (Corridor Media Group)

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Concealed Weapons Permits

Work continues at the statehouse on the final pieces of a more than five billion dollar state budget. Lawmakers now have an eye on adjournment sometime this week. Over the weekend, the Senate found time for a long debate about concealed weapons permits.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Christopher O'Riley Balances Traditional Classical with Modern Music

Christopher O’Riley is an internationally renowned classical music pianist whose career includes profiling young performers on National Public Radio’s classical music program "From The Top". This weekend O’Riley was the Des Moines Symphony’s guest artist. His performance featured George Gershwin’s well known work "Rhapsody in Blue" and modern music of the band Radiohead

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Legislative Preview Week 12

Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck tells Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon about what to expect as the Iowa Legislature works to wrap up the 2010 session.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Tax credit expiration means uncertainty for housing market

With federal tax credits designed to stimulate the housing market expiring in a month, some real estate observers worry about what will happen to the market after April 30.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

Seven Wheelchairs

In an interview from October of 2008, host Ben Kieffer talks with Gary Pressley. In 1959, Pressely received a booster shot to prevent polio. But instead of enhancing his immunity, it prodcued major paralysis. Pressley discusses his memoir "Seven Wheelchairs- A Life Beyond Polio".

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Juron and Linda Naeve join IPR's Julie Englander. Spring has sprung!

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News
11:00 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

President Obama in Iowa City

President Barack Obama rallied a crowd of supporters at the University of Iowa’s Field House on Thursday to build support for the new health care law. Mr. Obama returned to the site he called the birthplace of the grassroots movement to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

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