Des Moines

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My hometown is Des Moines, an underrated city with cheap rent, cheaper booze and a trippy sculpture garden. I like Des Moines, though it’s a place that’s easy to dismiss.

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The board of the state's largest water utility has voted unanimously to sue three northern Iowa counties, holding them responsible for the high nitrate levels in rivers the utility uses for source water. Des Moines Water Works CEO and General Manager Bill Stowe says there have been significant peaks in nitrate levels throughout the last three years.

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In Des Moines, Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire terriers are defined as vicious breeds, even if they have no aggressive history.

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So far this year, Des Moines has reported eight home invasions; the number coming very close to the eleven home invasions reported over the course of the entire previous year (2013).

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Join us at noon to hear Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" from the Des Moines Metro Opera. This modern classic tells the story of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, discovering the healing power of love while giving shelter to the three Wise Men. This Performance Iowa broadcast was recorded on December 6-7, 2013, with Pierce Mansfield as Amahl, Julie Makerov as Amahl’s mother, and Todd Thomas as King Melchior.

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Iowa is becoming more diverse.  When cultures come together, there are often challenges, but there are also tremendous rewards.  Host Charity Nebbe finds out what some Iowa organizations are doing to explore and celebrate the diversity throughout the state.

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Yesterday the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. George Washington arrived off the coast of the Philippines to deliver aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.  The U.N. says that almost half a million people have been displaced and it is feared that as many as 10,000 have perished.

Dr. Rosa Reyes, the business manager for the Filipino American Association, and Filipino immigrant Mary Sherrill of Waukee talk with Ben Kieffer about how the typhoon has affected the Filipino community here in Iowa. 

Tune in from noon to 1:30PM for a Veterans Day rebroadcast of this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert from Des Moines.  The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta perform favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard. The broadcast, hosted by IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola, is part of IPR's "Performance Iowa" series.

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Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created serious problems for the state.  It has also created opportunities for reinvention and creativity.

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Human rights groups are expecting thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to soon be resettled in the United States. Years of war and ethnically-motivated violence have led to a humanitarian crisis, forcing hundreds of thousands to leave their homes.

Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren checks in with a group of Congolese that arrived in Iowa years ago.

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Host Charity Nebbe previews the 80/35 Play-In finals sponsored by IPR Studio One. She’ll talk with organizers of the music festival and members from the three bands vying for a gig on the main stage.

The 80/35 Play In Finals are this Thursday, June 6th at Wooly’s in Des Moines. Doors open at 6 pm and the finalists play at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm with sets that last around 45 minutes each. 

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A winter snow storm dumped several inches of unexpected snow on the Des Moines area Tuesday morning,  much of it during the morning rush hour.  Forecasters are adjusting their predictions as more snow moves into the region.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Johnson says the storm's trajectory defied predictions, which had put most of the snowfall in southeast Iowa.

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When same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa the state became a wedding destination, but some same-sex couples wanted more than just a marriage license. Charity Nebbe talks with couples who moved to Iowa in their search for marriage equality.

Des Moines street chosen for EPA partnership

Dec 11, 2012

Since 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has picked five cities each year for its Greening America's Capitals project. On this year’s list? Des Moines.

The project will focus on revitalizing the 6th Avenue Corridor in downtown Des Moines.  The idea is to make the corridor friendlier to pedestrians, with wider sidewalks, improved lightning and larger bus stop shelters.

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Ballet Des Moines is trying something new this year: hiring dancers for a six month residency.  It’s the first time Ballet Des Moines has six full time professional dancers to perform modern and classic productions for an entire season.
 

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The Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines is home to a ground breaking thirty year old language research project, at least one superstar Bonobo, and recently it has become home to controversy and funding shortfalls that may end the project. Host Charity Nebbe takes you inside Bonobo Hope.

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We're at the Iowa State Fair, and we're taking you with us. From the grand concourse for a Zumba lesson, to Pioneer Hall for a classic radio play, to an outdoor stage for square dancing...and monster arming wrestling to butterfly tagging. Join us for this special edition of "Talk of Iowa".

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up a two-day campaign trip to Iowa Wednesday.   At a rally in downtown Des Moines, he did not back off a controversial claim that President Obama wants to end work requirements for welfare recipients.   Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports:

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With drought conditions now gripping more than half the country, many farmers in Iowa are waiting to see if they’ll even have much of a crop to harvest. While farm country feels the brunt of the drought, those in the city are also being hit. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports.

More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we'll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We're also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.

Got Government Data? There's an App for That

Apr 30, 2012

You might have heard about the Drake Relays this weekend. Turns out there was another kind of relay going on - a race to make phone and computer applications - using government data.

The event was called the Open Iowa Code-a-thon. It involved around 50 people, 52 sets of data, and approximately 54 hours to get it done. Government agencies made information available, so coders could capture open-source data to turn into useful applications.