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River to River
1:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Amusement Park Attendance & Life-Saving Story

Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Tom Schrier of Iowa State University about his work studying how new attractions influence attendance rates at amusement parks.  Then, on July 9, 2011, Joe Gantner of Cedar Rapids set-off on a 100-mile training ride for RAGBRAI. About four miles into the trip his heart stopped and he lost consciousness.  Ben talks with Joe Gatner about the remarkable story of how he survived the ordeal and is now preparing for this year’s bicycle ride across Iowa. RAGBRAI director T.J.

Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wildlife Day: Rabbits

Just like Mr. McGregor many of us expend a great deal of energy trying to keep hungry rabbits out of our gardens. Today, it's Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa. Wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We’ll talk about the two kinds of rabbits that live in Iowa, their habits and their habitats, and how Mr. McGregor and Peter Rabbit can live in peace.

Statehouse
6:04 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Legislature Adjourns

Several weeks behind schedule, the Iowa General Assembly brought its 2012 legislative session to a close with promises to return next year to complete their unfinished business.   Lawmakers say they helped put unemployed Iowans back to work.   But the Republicans signature job creation effort…tax cuts for business and industry….failed in spite of eleventh hour talks at the capitol.  

River to River
1:11 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Politics Day - International Stories

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls Syria one of the “most serious and gravest concerns of the international community.”  Greece still hasn’t formed a government, which has caused a slump on Wall Street.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jim McCormick, Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University and David Skidmore, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University about these stories.  They also discuss an honor for former Iowa Supreme Court Justices and the Obama administration's evolving stance on same sex marriage.

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Cheese and Culture

There are hundreds of different kinds of cheese and an infinite number of delicious ways to consume them. Today, Charity speaks with the author of “Cheese and Culture,” Paul Kindstedt (Chelsea Green Publishing), a history of cheese and its place in western civilization. We’ll also talk about the growing number of cheese producers in Iowa and why we’re likely to see more. Other guests are C.J. Bienert, owner of The Cheese Shop in Des Moines and Lois Reichert of Reichert's Dairy Air in Knoxville.

Statehouse
8:02 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Property Tax Debate

It was another day of partisan debate at the statehouse.  Advocates with  competing plans for tax cuts for business and industry appear to be dug in on their positions.  That’s throwing into question whether the legislature will meet its goal of lowering commercial property taxes to attract more jobs to the state.  

River to River
2:40 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Graduation Stories

It’s graduation time for students at Iowa’s colleges and universities.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with three graduating students including Sarah Myers, who earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree this past weekend from Iowa State University.  In the last few years she got married, was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer, and gave birth – all before passing her veterinary medicine boards last year.

Talk of Iowa
2:35 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Hamburg Inn #2

It has played host to two former and one future president, co-starred in a wildly popular prime-time television drama and a History Channel documentary, and if you visit, your coffee will never go cold and your cup will never be empty. Today, we hear about a new book that celebrates the Iowa City landmark restaurant "Hamburg Inn No. 2."

Hamburg Inn #2
9:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Hamburg Inn #2

Business/Economy
8:05 am
Tue May 8, 2012

How Not to Live in Your Mom's Basement After Graduation

With all the gloomy news about job prospects these days, seniors can feel like their diploma is a one-way ticket to mom’s basement. But there are young adults who’ve landed on their feet – and learned how to make it in this tough economy.

River to River
1:06 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Retiring from the Statehouse

At a time in our politics when every debate seems to be dominated by rancor and partisanship… retiring Representative Kurt Swaim of Bloomfield got up on the floor of the Iowa House last month and proclaimed his love for his colleagues, their staffs and the political system.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Rep. Swaim and Representative Lance Horbach as they prepare to leave lawmaking behind.  He also speaks to Mike Glover, who recently retired as Senior Legislative and Political Correspondent for the Associated Press in Des Moines, about his long career covering Iowa politics.

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Iowa's Blue Zones/Kids and TV

Towns around Iowa are trying to transform their communities with well-being habits from the world’s longest-living people. It’s called the Blue Zones Project and on Friday the first four Blue Zone Demonstration sites were announced. On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with representatives from Spencer, Mason City, Cedar Falls and Waterloo: Iowa’s Blue Zones. Later in the hour, we'll hear about a new study, co-authored by University of Iowa Education Professor Deborah Linebarger, that examines the impact on children of television playing in the background.

Iowa's Blue Zones/Kids and TV
9:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Iowa's Blue Zones/Kids and TV

Statehouse
7:41 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Legislative Preview 5/7/12

IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for a look at what's happening in the Iowa Legislature, as lawmakers begin their third week of overtime.

Retiring from the Statehouse
11:00 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Retiring from the Statehouse

River to River
1:11 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Building Computer Apps in Class

Not long ago, the word 'app' was unfamiliar to many. Today, many of us would be lost without our favorite mobile software applications. We'll examine a class at the University of Iowa focused on building computer apps. Among Ben's guests- UI Computer Science Professors Ted Herman and Jim Cremer.

Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Horticulture Day: Get Out and Plant

The danger of frost is dwindling, it’s time to get out and plant. On today's Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. We’ll talk about what to plant and how to plant it. Laura Jesse and Erika Saalau of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic of Iowa State University will be on hand to tell us what to watch for this spring as our plants grow.

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