Sarah Boden http://iowapublicradio.org en Red Cross Recongizes Iowa Heroes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/red-cross-recongizes-iowa-heroes <p>Heroes of the Heartland are recognized for acts of heroism &nbsp;or community service by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa.&nbsp; This year’s recipients include fourth-grader Josh Little who saved a classmate from choking, and Baxter Police Officer Joe Bartello, who rescued a semi-truck driver by swimming through the vehicle’s broken windshield after it crashed and submerged in flood water.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with these impressive individuals.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39275 at http://iowapublicradio.org Red Cross Recongizes Iowa Heroes Iowans in the White House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-white-house <p>During the American Revolution future first lady Abigail Adams melted down the family pewter to make bullets.&nbsp; The bullet mold she used will be on display at the <a href="http://www.hoover.archives.gov/">Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum</a> from <span class="introsm">April 19-Oct. 26, 2014, as part of the </span>museum's new exhibit, America’s First Ladies.<span class="introsm"> </span></p><p><span class="introsm">Host </span>Charity Nebbe, gets a preview of the exhibit with curator Melanie Weir and historian Elizabeth Dinschel.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39270 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans in the White House The End of Session and Soil Conditions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/end-session-and-soil-conditions <p>Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/joyce-russell">Joyce Russell</a> about developments surrounding the confidential settlements within Governor Branstad's administration and the end of the legislative session.</p><p>Also, planting season is right around the corner. Iowa State University agronomist and ISU Extension climatologist <a href="http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/faculty/taylor.html">Elwynn Taylor</a> discusses soil conditions throughout Iowa.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:24:47 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39009 at http://iowapublicradio.org The End of Session and Soil Conditions No More VEISHEA? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-more-veishea <p>On Wednesday, the rest of <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veishea-celebration-iowa-state-canceled">the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended</a> due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.&nbsp; Rioters in the <span class="st">Campustown area of Ames </span>turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:36:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 38991 at http://iowapublicradio.org No More VEISHEA? Decoding Dyslexia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decoding-dyslexia <p>Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.&nbsp; The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.</p><p>The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization <a href="http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/">Decoding Dyslexia</a>. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:51:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38860 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decoding Dyslexia Understanding the Crimean Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/understanding-crimean-crisis <p>Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.&nbsp; This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.</p><p><a href="http://romanskaskiw.com/blog/">Roman Skaskiw</a> is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.&nbsp; He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Understanding the Crimean Crisis The Death of Iowa's Honeybees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/death-iowas-honeybees <p>This past winter was particularly harsh on Iowa's honeybees.&nbsp; Experts estimate that 65-70 percent of Iowa's honeybee colonies didn't survive.&nbsp; Iowa State University Extension entomologist <a href="http://www.ent.iastate.edu/dept/faculty/lewisd.html">Donald Lewis</a> talks with host Charity Nebbe about the plight of honeybees as well as pesticides that may pose a further risk to the state's pollinators. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:19:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38629 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Death of Iowa's Honeybees Reflections on Varnum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reflections-varnum <p>Five years ago the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in <em><a href="http://www.iowacourts.gov/wfData/files/Varnum/07-1499%281%29.pdf">Varnum v. Brien</a></em> that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with people who have been affected by the decision including Ryan Roemerman of the<a href="http://iowapridenetwork.org/"> Iowa Pride Network</a>, retired Presbyterian minister Rev. Greg Smith, and events planner <a href="http://www.panachepoints.com/">Beau Fodor</a>.&nbsp; Also, Heather Yoeman and Dean Genth discuss being able to marry their same-sex spouses.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:03:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38566 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reflections on Varnum Technology and Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/technology-and-health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1852609">new study</a> published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/dgentile/">Doug Gentile</a>, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38452 at http://iowapublicradio.org Technology and Health Iowa City's Oculus Rift http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-citys-oculus-rift <p><a href="http://www.fabfoundation.org/fab-labs/">Fab Labs</a>, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, <a href="http://www.thesteamroom.org/">The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab</a>, will open on the eastside of Iowa City.&nbsp; S.T.E.A.M Room Director of Operations Kirk Cheyeny says visitors will have access, "To any tool you need to build anything that you want."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38271 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa City's Oculus Rift News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-cyclones-sweet-16 <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/rick-fredericksen">Rick Fredricksen</a> about how lobotomies became common practice for curing PTSD in Iowa veterans after WWII.&nbsp; Also, the Des Moines Register's <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryce_A_Miller">Bryce Miller</a> discusses the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, and the <a href="http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140328/NEWS01/140328001/UI-spokesman-Girls-episode-turned-down-protect-university-s-reputation">University of Iowa turns down</a> HBO's <a href="http://www. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 38270 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/it-s-electric-rural-electrification-iowa <p>When a storm knocks out power for a few hours, it's an inconvenience; if the outage lasts much longer it becomes a crisis.&nbsp; However, not so long ago electricity was far from ubiquitous in Iowa.</p><p>Iowan Kieth Wirt was 10 years old when electricity came to his family’s farm in Panora. Like most households, the first appliance the Wirts purchased was a refrigerator, and soon after indoor plumbing.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:37:05 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38166 at http://iowapublicradio.org It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa Honoring Veterans in Hospice http://iowapublicradio.org/post/honoring-veterans-hospice <p>Serving in the military changes one's perspective on life, but often it also alters the way they face death.&nbsp; Ben Kieffer speaks with Deborah Grassman, the CEO and co-founder of <a href="http://opuspeace.org/">Opus Peace</a>.&nbsp; Opus Peace&nbsp; is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people work through trauma.</p><p>Prior to Opus Peace, Grassman worked as a nurse practitioner for three decades at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was also the director of the VA's hospice program and personally took care of over 10,000 dying veterans.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38097 at http://iowapublicradio.org Honoring Veterans in Hospice News Buzz: Sports Edition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-sports-edition <p>March Madness has returned and several Iowa teams are doing well.&nbsp; Des Moines Register sports columnist <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryce_A_Miller">Bryce Miller</a> discusses this year's tournament.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:29:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37935 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Sports Edition News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-all-vet-farm-fatalities-drones <p>Today on News Buzz Ben Stanton fills in as host.&nbsp; He tackles Iowa's All-Vet designation, farm accident fatalities and the use of drones in agriculture.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:45:34 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37909 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones Before the Chefs Battle http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chefs-battle <p>Before the chefs do battle at Iowa Public Radio’s <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/insights">Battle of the Chefs</a> they sit down with host Charity Nebbe to talk about the food and recipes that inspire them. Chefs Sam Auen of <a href="http://tacopocalypse.com/">Tacopocalypse</a>, <a href="http://lejardindsm.com/">Le Jardin's</a> Tag Grandgeorge, <a href="http://www.embassyclub.com/two-clubs/embassy-west/">The Des Moines Embassy Club West's </a>Michael Bailey and Tawnya Zerr from <a href="http://amescupcakes.com/">Cupcake Emporium </a>join the show.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:14:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37896 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before the Chefs Battle CSI: Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/csi-iowa <p>Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine for crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37738 at http://iowapublicradio.org CSI: Iowa Murky Waters and Pi Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/murky-waters-and-pi-day <p>Is winter almost over?&nbsp; And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?&nbsp; Also, the latest Quinnipiac <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/iowa/release-detail?ReleaseID=2019">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/shri/pubs/pdf/Cancer_2014.pdf">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="http://thegazette.com/2014/03/10/iowa-launches-new-tourism-ad-campaign/">ad campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.piday.org/">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="http://www.sciowa.org/">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at http://iowapublicradio.org Murky Waters and Pi Day Putting Global Income Inequality into Context http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putting-global-income-inequality-context <p>How does where someone is born affect how much money they'll earn over a lifetime? What does income inequality indicate about a country's society and basic economic health?</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan">Branko Milanovic</a> tackles these questions as a lead economist in the <a href="http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/0,,menuPK:476823~pagePK:64165236~piPK:64165141~theSitePK:469372,00.html">World Bank's research department</a>, where he works on the topics of income inequality and globalization.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:02:30 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 37173 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putting Global Income Inequality into Context The Brilliance of Winged Rats http://iowapublicradio.org/post/brilliance-winged-rats <p>Many Iowans find the common pigeon, or <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rock_pigeon/id">rock dove</a>, a pest and call them "winged rats." However, this bird's brain is deceptively clever.</p><p><a href="http://www.uiowa.edu/~fyi/issues/issues2007_v44/04212008/profiles.html">Ed Wasserman</a> runs the <a href="http://www2.psychology.uiowa.edu/faculty/wasserman/">Comparative Cognition Laboratory</a> at the University of Iowa. Wasserman is world renowned for his work in animal intelligence, including proving that pigeons recognize individual human faces.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:19:33 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37112 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Brilliance of Winged Rats The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tenacity-small-town-newspaper <p>For 125 years, four generations of the Sidey family have delivered the news of Adair County.&nbsp; While many small, independently owned papers perished or became parts of large conglomerates the <a href="http://adaircountyfreepress.com/pages/">Adair County Free Press</a> persisted.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37037 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper Fighting for Education Equality http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fighting-education-equality <p>Knowledge is power and throughout history groups with power have denied it to others by limiting their access to education.&nbsp; Even in Iowa, always a free state, the barriers to education for African-Americans were high.</p><p>Host Charity Nebbe speaks with <a href="http://www.uwlax.edu/ethnicstudies/Meet-Our-Faculty-and-Staff.htm">Richard Breaux</a> of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and <a href="http://www.grinnell.edu/users/scottk1">Kesho Scott</a> of Grinnell College about the history of African-American students at Iowa's universities and colleges.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:40:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36924 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fighting for Education Equality The Teenaged Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teenaged-brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents. Neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author <a href="http://www.drdansiegel.com/">Dr. Daniel Siegel</a> says that there is a lot of misinformation about this developmental period.</p><p>“There are common myths that we all hear about…that are actually not only wrong, they’re misleading and in some ways they’re disempowering. &nbsp;So by learning the truths you can actually understand things as they actually are and then do something about them.”</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:12:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 36873 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Teenaged Brain News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-funnel-week-and-northwood-evacuation <p>Residents of Northwood are back in their homes after being asked to evacuate yesterday due to an explosion and fire at the city's municipal airport.&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio statehouse <span class="st">correspondent </span>Joyce Russell discusses which bills in the legislature might become laws in 2014.&nbsp; The Blank Park Zoo's Amur tiger has died, and what Iowa City is doing about a recent rash of sexual assaults in taxicabs.&nbsp; Also, an Olympics update from the Des Moines Register's sports columnist Bryce Miller in Sochi.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:11:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden, Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 36610 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-sex-aids-and-survival <p>Iowan <a href="http://www.seanstrub.com/">Sean Strub</a> has lead a distinguished career as a gay rights activist and advocate for people with <a href="http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/">HIV/AIDS</a>.&nbsp; He founded <a href="http://www.poz.com/">POZ Magazine</a>, designed to serve those living with the disease, a community he knows very well since he has been living with HIV since 1980.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:59:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Dennis Reese & Sarah Boden 36536 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival Iowa Supreme Court: 2013-2014 Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-supreme-court-2013-2014-session <p>Host Ben Kieffer examines several cases before the Iowa Supreme Court this term dealing with a wide breadth of issues including <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/cerealcommas/how-an-hiv-positive-man-was-sent-to-prison-for-having-sex-wi">HIV criminalize</a>,<a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301230070&amp;nclick_check=1"> solar energy</a>, <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301230087&amp;gcheck=1">defamation in campaign ads</a>, and the <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301300058&am Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:24:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 36444 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Supreme Court: 2013-2014 Session Mast Brothers' Red Wine Bonbons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mast-brothers-red-wine-bonbons <p><u><strong>THE MAST BROTHERS' RED WINE BONBONS</strong></u></p><p><em>A full-bodied red wine works best here, as it won't be overpowered by the dark chocolate.&nbsp; Try a Criollo-heavy chocolate with notes of dark fruit, like Madagascar. </em></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;GANACHE</strong></p><ul><li>Heavy cream, 1/2 cup</li><li>Dark chocolate, 6 ounces, chopped</li><li>Red wine, 2 ounces (just over 1/3 cup)</li><li>Unsalted butter, 1 tabled spoon</li></ul><p><strong>COATING</strong></p><ul><li>Dark chocolate, 8 ounces, melted and tempered</li></ul><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:52:18 +0000 Sarah Boden 36295 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mast Brothers' Red Wine Bonbons The Sweetest Part of Valentine's Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sweetest-part-valentines-day <p>Every year for Valentine's Day Americans spend over $1 billion on chocolate. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with some of Iowa's finest chocolatiers from <a href="http://www.stamchocolate.com/">Chocolaterie Stam</a>, <a href="http://chocolatestory.com/">Chocolate Storybook</a>, and <a href="http://www.monasterycandy.com/">Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey</a>.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:28:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36294 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Sweetest Part of Valentine's Day Falling Out of the Middle Class http://iowapublicradio.org/post/falling-out-middle-class <p><span dir="ltr" id=":u0">In <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/29/president-obamas-2014-state-union-address">last month’s State of the Union address</a>, President Obama said this year he hoped to strengthen and build ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa <span dir="ltr"><span dir="ltr"><span dir="ltr" id=":u0">sociologist <a href="http://clas.uiowa.edu/sociology/people/kevin-t-leicht">Kevin Leicht </a>and John Gallo of the <span class="st"><a href="http://tippie.uiowa.edu/">Henry B. Tippie College of Business</a>. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 36232 at http://iowapublicradio.org Falling Out of the Middle Class Connecting Habitats in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/connecting-habitats-iowa <p>Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist <a href="http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/content/james-l-pease">Jim Pease</a> and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for <a href="http://www.uni.edu/~irvm/">Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management</a>.&nbsp; They explain how Iowa's species are suffering due to a lack of connecting habitat as well as both the history of the state's roadside prairies, and the pros and con Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:39:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36130 at http://iowapublicradio.org Connecting Habitats in Iowa