Iowa Public Radio http://iowapublicradio.org en 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://iowapublicradio.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44315 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-iowa-state-fair-news-and-iowa-rankings-national-childrens-report <p>Last year at the Iowa State Fair, Jason Powell of Des Moines said his free speech rights were violated after security guards ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks. Today on <em>River to River</em>, we find out the status of his lawsuit as well as whether he will be allowed at this year’s fair. We also find out about an Iowa developed vaccine that could cure dust-mite allergies. That and all the week’s Iowa stories on a news buzz edition of <em>River to River</em>.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:59:59 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 44313 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report CD Review: Scythian's "Jump at the Sun" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-review-scythians-jump-sun <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The band <a href="http://www.scythianmusic.com/index.html">Scythian</a> (pronounced SITH-ee-unn - they’re named after a nomadic Eurasian tribe) has an unlikely combination of influences. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:55:15 +0000 Karen Impola 44314 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD Review: Scythian's "Jump at the Sun" Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fiction-explores-push-and-pull-arab-israeli-identity To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.<p>I'm not talking here about Palestinians who live in Gaza and the West Bank. I'm talking about Arabs who live inside the Green Line and vote in Israeli elections. Some even serve in Israel's military. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Molly Antopol 44312 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/which-colin-firth-debunks-some-myths-about-working-woody-allen In<em> Magic in the Moonlight</em>, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 editor 44311 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 editor 44310 at http://iowapublicradio.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44307 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors August IAS brings in "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibit, wcfsymphony, C.Y. Stephens, OI, and more! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/august-ias-brings-hollywood-heartland-exhibit-wcfsymphony-cy-stephens-oi-and-more <p>With the new school year and opening artist series performances gracing stages all across the state, Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Iowa Arts Showcase</em> wants you to be in the right place at the right time. This month’s features include:</p><ul><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa State Historical Society’s “Hollywood in the Heartland” exhibit, with curator Leo Landis</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The wcfsymphony’s upcoming 2014-15 concerts, with their conductor Jason Weinberger;</em></em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Silver Anniversary of the Hearst Center for the Arts, with UNI Professor Emeritus, Dr. George F. Day chatting about poet James Hearst;</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">C.Y. Stephens’ Artist Series for their 2014-15 season, with Patti Cotter, &nbsp;Development and Sponsorship Manager, and Sara Compton, Programming Outreach Coordinator;</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">And Orchestra Iowa’s upcoming 2014-15 season, with their music director Tim Hankewich.</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:52:05 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 44305 at http://iowapublicradio.org August IAS brings in "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibit, wcfsymphony, C.Y. Stephens, OI, and more! Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44308 at http://iowapublicradio.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 44309 at http://iowapublicradio.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gurrumul-unlikely-international-star-reaches-us-ears The Australian musician and singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by simply Gurrumul, is an international star. He has sung a duet with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397433/sting" target="_blank">Sting</a>, performed for Britain's Royal Family and President Obama and even graced the cover of <em>Rolling Stone</em>, who called him "Australia's most important voice." That's remarkable for a man who was born blind, is extremely shy and doesn't speak much English.<p>Gurrumul's songs, like his own life, encompass a span of human experience as great as any on earth. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44304 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/central-american-leaders-stop-white-house-talk-border-crisis The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Central+American+Leaders+Stop+By+White+House+To+Talk+Border+Crisis&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMTk5OTQ0MDEzNDkxMDYyMDQ2MjdiMw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44303 at http://iowapublicradio.org Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself http://iowapublicradio.org/post/leading-ebola-doctor-stricken-disease-himself <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Leading+Ebola+Doctor+Stricken+With+The+Disease+Himself&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 44302 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://iowapublicradio.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 44301 at http://iowapublicradio.org Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 44300 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gaza-cease-fire-still-just-out-reach-what-does-each-side-want Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris is in Gaza, and she speaks to Audie Cornish about both sides' demands. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Gaza+Cease-Fire+Still+Just+Out+Of+Reach%3A+What+Does+Each+Side+Want%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDYxNjY4MDEzMTQ2OTkxMzkyOWU2NQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Emily Harris 44299 at http://iowapublicradio.org In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line http://iowapublicradio.org/post/complex-web-tunnels-israel-draws-its-red-line <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+A+Complex+Web+Of+Tunnels%2C+Israel+Draws+Its+Red+Line&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzgwMzIyMDEyMTQ4NzkxNDM0OWYxYg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 44298 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pa-hospital-sees-gun-fight-between-psychiatrist-and-patient <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Pa.+Hospital+Sees+Gun+Fight+Between+Psychiatrist+And+Patient&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44297 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 44296 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-well-does-drug-work-look-beyond-fine-print Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.<p>Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.<p>This spring, the Institute of Medicine <a href="http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Research/DrugForum/2014-MAY-12/Agenda.pdf">convened a workshop</a> with the Food and Drug Administration. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 NPR staff 44295 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/millions-mayflies-emerge-northeast-iowa <p>This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:49 +0000 Emily Woodbury 44293 at http://iowapublicradio.org Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches http://iowapublicradio.org/post/average-american-man-too-big-his-britches When my colleague Viet Le started writing about his <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/24/334989316/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-a-mans-quest-to-find-an-extra-small" target="_blank">struggle to find clothing that fits him as an "extra-small"</a> man in a world that idolizes "big and tall," I was intrigued — and a bit confused.<p>Viet has never struck me as an especially small guy. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 44288 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From http://iowapublicradio.org/post/best-and-worst-companies-retire Bloomberg has ranked the best and worst companies to retire from, and some of the results are surprising: ConocoPhillips provides some of the most generous retirement benefits to employees, while Whole Foods and Facebook are ranked near the bottom.<p>Bloomberg&#8217;s <strong>Michael Regan</strong> joins <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain how the publication calculated the rankings.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-22/conocophillips-best-among-401-k-plans-with-facebook-last.html" target="_blank">See Bloo Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 44292 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/market-basket-employees-protest-labor-changes At a New England grocery store, employees are protesting labor changes &#8212; but it&#8217;s not what you&#8217;re expecting. Market Basket&#8217;s 25,000 employees don&#8217;t have a problem with their own working conditions. Rather, they want ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas put back in his position.<p>In 1994, Demoulas&#8217;s father fought his late brother&#8217;s heirs for control of the family business. Demoulas&#8217;s uncle&#8217;s heirs won a very slight majority stake of 50.5 percent. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 44291 at http://iowapublicradio.org Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows http://iowapublicradio.org/post/market-basket-store-shelves-empty-online-presence-grows It&#8217;s been a big week for Market Basket.<p>For a window into everything about this family-owned business that has been successful &#8212; despite deep divisions at the top &#8212; you just have to go online. From our own WBUR to <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/traceylynneg/mind-blowing-pictures-of-empty-shelves-as-employee-uzsz" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, countless publications are writing about the New England grocery store chain&#8217;s ongoing employee protests and resulting empty shelves.<p>But in this case, the curious now have another potential source for information on the comp Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 44290 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44289 at http://iowapublicradio.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sen-john-mccain-calls-lengthy-execution-arizona-torture Sen. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 44287 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture' Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tim-gunn-and-runway-life-big-collaboration-0 "Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on <em>Project Runway.</em> But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."<em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 editor 44286 at http://iowapublicradio.org Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-leaves-indelible-bond-most-wanted-man <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Philip+Seymour+Hoffman+Leaves+Indelible+Bond+In+%27Most+Wanted+Man%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 44285 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pope-francis-visit-us-next-year Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in September 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44283 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year