Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series “Being Gay in Iowa.” It’s often a tumultuous experience when young people acknowledge they’re gay. It opens them up for teasing and downright bullying from classmates. In part-four of our series, reporter Rob Dillard looks into what’s being done in Iowa to protect gay students from the taunts of their peers.
Today we have Part Three of our week-long series “Being Gay in Iowa.” Often, the most emotionally stressful time in a gay person’s life is when they come out to their family and friends. The announcement is so difficult for many, they don’t make it until middle age, after they’ve been married and raised children. It’s getting easier for younger gays, who are coming out in high school or even before. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard met with a number of gay Iowans to find out what it was like to step out of the closet.
Today we continue our exploration of what it means to be gay in Iowa. Members of various faith communities approach questions surrounding gay lifestyles from widely different perspectives. Some church leaders were quite vocal in protesting the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry. Others were among the first clergy to lead marriage ceremonies for gays and lesbians as soon as they were able. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard looks into the divide among religions on matters of gay rights.
Iowa Public Radio today returns to its ongoing series “Being in Iowa.” This week we look into what it means to be gay in Iowa. The most recent poll to gather public sentiment about same-sex marriage taken a year ago shows more Iowans oppose it than support it – but by a narrow margin, 38 to 34 percent. Almost as many people – 30 percent – say they don’t care one way or the other. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard revisits attitudes toward gay marriage nearly three years after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled it legal.
Today Iowa Public Radio has the third segment in a five-part series titled “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” It’s estimated that some 20 percent of the nation’s farmers are working the land with some type of physical disability. That compares with six percent of the overall workforce who are disabled. Reporter Rob Dillard takes us to a farm in Central Iowa, where a long-time farmer is adjusting to a missing limb.
Today we continue with our five-part series about what it means to be physically disabled in Iowa. There are two special schools for disabled students in the state – The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton and the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. They both fall under the auspices of the Iowa Board of Regents. But as reporter Rob Dillard tells us, they are taking different approaches to providing an education for the young people they serve.
Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” Over the past 20 years, access to public buildings for people in wheelchairs has vastly improved. The 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act gets much of the credit. This federal law requires facilities to take reasonable, achievable steps to remove barriers for people with disabilities. Reporter Rob Dillard spent a recent afternoon with a wheelchair-bound woman, checking out various public buildings in Des Moines. They found a few roadblocks still in place.
Today we return to our series “Being in Iowa,” produced by reporter Rob Dillard. Iowa Public Radio has been bringing you the stories of Iowans who make up various pockets of the state’s population. So far, we’ve examined aspects in the lives of Latinos, military veterans, Muslims and African-Americans. This week, we focus on the physically disabled. To begin, Rob introduces us to some residents with vision problems. It’s estimated there are 69-thousand Iowans who are visually impaired, a thousand of them completely blind.
Today, Iowa Public Radio concludes its five-part series on African-Americans in the state. Reporter Rob Dillard has looked into the issues they face in the areas of education, employment, politics and health. He ends with a story about faith. The church has historically played a crucial role in the lives of many African-Americans. It has been in the pews of black churches where they’ve found comfort and inspiration. Rob takes us to a Sunday-morning service in Waterloo where parishioners are charting their paths toward spirituality.
Today, Iowa Public Radio returns to its series “Being in Iowa.” Reporter Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be Latino, a military veteran, and Muslim in the state. Now, he shifts his attention to African-Americans. The 2010 census pegs the number of blacks living in Iowa at nearly 90-thousand, or just below three percent of the total population. Most of them are clustered around the urban centers of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Waterloo.
This week, Rob Dillard's series, "Being Muslim in Iowa," has highlighted Iowa's rich Muslim history. It's a history that includes the establishment of the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids nearly eighty years ago. This hour we'll explore Iowa's Muslim connections. We'll talk with Lisa Killinger, an Iowa woman who was raised Episcopalian and eventually converted to Islam. Also, Professor Mahmoud Hamed of Drake University and Miriam Amer, Executive Director of the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
All this week, Iowa Public Radio reporter Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be Muslim in Iowa. Much of his reporting for this series has taken him to metropolitan areas, where most of the state’s Muslims live. But to conclude the week, Rob travels to a berg in northeast Iowa where one Muslim man has found a home.
Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series called “Being Muslim in Iowa.” Reporter Rob Dillard has traveled extensively around the state, meeting a few of the estimated 20,000 Iowans who follow Islam. Most of these people have practiced the faith all of their lives, growing up in families who stretch their roots to the Middle East, Africa or Eastern Europe. But a handful of Iowans have converted to Islam from other religions. Today, Rob introduces us to three of them.
We’re looking at the lives of Muslims in Iowa this week. So far, reporter Rob Dillard has traced the history of Islam in the state, which dates back to the 19th century. He’s also asked a few Muslims living here why public opinion goes against their faith. Today, he looks at how Islam determines what food Muslims eat. The diets for strict adherents of Islamic law are free of pork and alcohol. Today, Rob visits an eastern Iowa company that’s in the business of ensuring the food consumed by Muslims in the state and around the world meets this guideline.
Iowa Public Radio is taking a look this week at Muslims living in the state. Opinion polls indicate Americans remain conflicted over Islam a decade after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. A survey by the Pew Research Center a year ago shows the percentage of people in the U.S. with a favorable opinion of Islam has tumbled from 41 percent in 2005 to 30 percent. Muslims have been put on the defensive in recent years, asked to defend Islam against charges it’s a violent religion.
Today, Iowa Public Radio returns to its series, "Being in Iowa." Reporter Rob Dillard brings us the first of five installments on what it means to be Muslim in the state. A majority of Americans say they know very little about Islam. In fact, a recent Pew Research Poll showed a quarter of those surveyed said they knew nothing at all about the religion, which is followed by one-and-a-half billion people in the world. Muslims make up a small portion of Iowa’s population, well below one percent.
All this week we've been hearing what it's like being a Veteran in Iowa. Our reports from Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard have highlighted many facets of the lives of former soldiers: the mental anguish of war, concerns about health care, and the drive lure young veterans into military organizations. Today we wind up our week-long focus on veterans in Iowa with conversations about many of these topics.
This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. So far this week, Rob has told us about health care as it affects veterans, the mental anguish they experience after war, the drive to lure young veterans into military organizations, and an all-veterans band. Now we meet a veteran whose life was changed – but not ruined – by an accident he suffered while he was an army sergeant.
Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series of answers to the question, “what does it mean to be Latino in Iowa?” Reporter Rob Dillard Rob has traversed the state, stopping in small towns, shopping in Mexican grocery stores, listening to Spanish-language radio stations and meeting a young woman who recently celebrated a big birthday. In the conclusion of the series, he introduces us to some Mexican cowboys.
As Iowa schools wind down the academic year students may have to say goodbye to some of their favorite snacks in the lunch room. Starting next fall schools must follow new healthy food guidelines. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck reports the rules are getting mixed reviews from school administrators and students.
Three or four Tibetan students typically study at the University of Northern Iowa each year as part of a program involving about a dozen universities.. This week not only are the students on campus, so is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama.. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.
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.
Iowa teachers are quickly closing pay gaps with educators in other states. Iowa Governor Chet Culver is citing National Education Association statistics showing Iowa teachers average pay is now 26th best in the nation….jumping from 37th a year ago.But the ISEA teachers union and some state legislators fear the gains are eroding.
Elementary school administrators are wrestling with a long-standing issue. How do you recruit more men to teach young children? Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports attitudes are beginning to change. But it’s still rare to see a male teacher in the classrooms of the lower grades.