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6:33 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Low Profile Battle for State Senate Majority

Crystal Bruntz, the Republican running for the open Senate District 15 seat, talked to the crowd of the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

  Most of the attention during this mid-term election season in Iowa has been on the races for U.S. Senate and Governor. However, further down the ballot, Iowa voters will determine who controls the Iowa Senate. Right now, Democrats hold a 26 to 24 majority. Democrats must hold all of their current seats, or pick up others to maintain control and are defending six seats in this mid-term election.

Democratic Senate majority leader Mike Gronstal said he’s cautiously optimistic and sees a handful of seats Democrats can pick up.

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Domestic Violence
4:54 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

#WhyIStayed: Perceptions, Protections, and Problems with Domestic Abuse in Iowa

Iowa has both civil and criminal codes to help domestic abuse victims seek justice.
Ben Pollard Wikimedia Commons

Tiffany Allison breathed a sigh of relief when she learned her former attacker was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Basement Remodeling

Dolan H / flickr

The winter months are a great time to work on some of those indoor projects you’ve been putting off and right now is a great time to make your plans.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about planning your winter basement remodeling project.

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Studio One
12:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hear Hazer's Studio One live set

The Des Moines band Hazer performs in Iowa Public Radio's Studio One.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

The Des Moines band Hazer brought their unique brand of guitar-driven rock to the Cedar Falls studios of Iowa Public Radio on September 17th. Originally from the Cedar Valley, the band recorded their first full-length album, Something Rational, last year and now performs regularly in Iowa. Listen to this high-energy set from Hazer right here!

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Politics Day
11:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Scottish Independence Vote Too Close to Call

The Scottish flag
Ian Britton Creative Commons License 3.0

A visiting Professor from Scotland says he's "terrified" about Scotland's vote on independence from the UK September 18th.

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News
5:30 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Barnaby: Iowa's Oldest Animal?

Barnaby is on a vegetarian diet, primarily greens, but occasionally carrots and sweet potatoes
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

He just could be the longest living animal in Iowa, not counting humans. His lifespan predates the end of World War Two and Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen found him living a life of luxury in Des Moines.

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News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Trackin' Turtles

Turtle trackers (left to right) Nick Schemmel, Sam Berg, Buzzard, the turtle sniffing dog, Jeremy George, Anthony DiFronzo and Professor Jeff Tamplin (team member Joshua Otten not pictured)
IPR's Pat Blank

A group of University of Northern Iowa students and their professor have been spending alot of  time in the woods these days tracking an endangered species of turtle.  Of the 14 kinds of turtles in Iowa, half of them are protected including the wood turtle.  A grant from the U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Division is funding the research. Biology professor Jeff Tamplin heads the effort. He looked for the wood turtle along streams and in marshes in Black Hawk and Butler counties for two years before finding the shell of a deceased one in 2003.

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Farm Transfer
5:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

"Buying the Farm" and Buying the Farm

The concept of 'the eldest son inheriting the land' is an outdated one, and families without a coherent and explicit will may leave their descendants a mess of trouble after their deaths.
Christiane Tas Wikimedia Commons

Inheritance of any family business is a sticky issue. But when that family business doubles as your childhood home, emotions run even higher.

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Statehouse and Politics
4:03 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Vice President Biden Kicks off Nuns on a Bus Tour

Vice President Joe Biden speaking on the steps of the Iowa Capitol during the kick off for the “Nuns on the Bus” tour that will focus on voter registration.
Credit Photo by John Pemble

 

The social activist group Nuns on the Bus got a boost today for their 36 city tour to encourage voter registration.  They are launching the trip from Des Moines accompanied by Vice-President Joe Biden.  Speaking from the terrace of the State Capitol, Biden calls for the raising of the minimum wage.  “The middle class is in real trouble.  It was devastated by this recession.  It was already losing ground the previous ten years.” says Biden.

 

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River to River
9:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Edward Snowden's Lawyer: "To be a patriot is to question the government all the time"

Mike Mozart

ACLU attorney Ben Wizner says the history books will be kind to Edward Snowden; he will be remembered well.

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Books
3:43 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Actress Melissa Gilbert on Life After "Little House on the Prairie"

"Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe with actress Melissa Gilbert in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books is a rite of passage for millions of children. 

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Encore
12:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kristi Ruth Talks About Nearly Losing Her Arm in a Farm Accident

Courtesy of Iowa State University Extension

In 2007, Kristi Ruth nearly lost her arm in a farm accident. It’s just once example of the hazards of agricultural work.

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Business and Economy
12:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Translating Trade Deals in China

Li Zhao Mandelbaum is owner of China Iowa Group, a trading company in West Des Moines
Credit Rob Dillard

Li Zhao Mandelbaum comes from a nation of more than one-point-three-billion people. So the concept of small is relative.

“I often introduce myself, I’m from Nanning, a small city in China, and people will say OK tell me the population, and I will say well, we have about six million population,” she said.

Her hometown is about an hour’s flight west of Hong Kong near China’s border with Vietnam. It’s known for its lush greenery and hilly terrain. But despite its beauty, it wasn’t enough for the adventurous, young Li Zhao.

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River to River
5:13 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Binge Drinking: "I black out almost every single time I drink”

Whatsername? / flickr

Iowa ranks as one of the highest binge drinking states in the country.

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History
5:03 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Other Albert Einstein

Hans Albert Einstein was the child of Albert Einstein's first marriage to Mileva Maric.
Rev. Superinteressante Wikimedia Commons

Science often runs in the family. And while the Albert Einstein we all know studied particle physics, his first son, Hans Albert Einstein, studied rivers.

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River to River
2:39 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

A Conversation with Jazz Legend Al Jarreau

Jasper / flickr

Jazz legend and vocalist Al Jarreau will headline the Iowa City Soul Festival this weekend with a free performance. 

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Statehouse and Politics
5:45 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Hillary Clinton Fuels 2016 Speculation at Final Harkin Steak Fry

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Tom Harkin flip steaks at the final Tom Harkin Steak Fry.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Former Secretary of State and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday for the first time since her 3rd place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008.   She was the featured speaker at retiring  Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry.  Even Harkin admitted she stole the show. 

Senator Harkin took the stage before some ten thousand activists and said this is a hell of a crowd:

“And to think you all came here just to see me,” Harkin joked with the crowd.  “Who am I kidding? You've had some steak now it’s time for some sizzle.”

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News Buzz
4:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Legions Expected at Harkin Steak Fry

Tom Harkin poses with an attendee of his annual steak fry in 1990
Harkin Campaign Office

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa this weekend. She and husband, President Bill Clinton, are the headliners at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry.

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News Buzz
3:33 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Compound Could Offer Protection Against Brain Injury

Wellcome Images (Creative Commons)

A new class of compounds has been shown to protect against brain damage caused by traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

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Talk of Iowa
2:23 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Hort Day: Suddenly It's Fall

And just like that… suddenly it’s Fall (or feels like it).  On this Horticulture Day, Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator is here along with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.  We talk about bulbs, spring blooming and fall blooming bulbs.  Just in time for some possible frost that might hit northern Iowa tonight.

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Election Coverage
10:46 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Appel and Young Debate: Round One

Iowa 3rd District Congressional candidates Democrat Staci Appel and Republican David Young discussed raising the federal minimum wage, last night (Thursday) in Council Bluffs. The two debated for the first time on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press.

Since both Appel and Young aren’t terribly well known, it was important for each candidate to define themselves during the broadcast, and not let the other control the narrative.

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River to River
6:42 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Aging Water Systems May Lead to Next "Water Revolution"

Many Iowa sewer lines were made in the 19th century.
:::Derek::: / flickr

Washington, Ia.'s sewer system was made in the 1870s; and in 2011, repairs cost the city around $20 million.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
6:14 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Red Earth Green Earth

Red Earth Gardens was recently featured during a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day
IPR's Pat Blank

Members of the Meskwaki Nation near Tama have established a community-based farm operation.

The Red Earth Gardens spans 40 acres and boasts a wide variety of crops.  In the short two seasons they've been in operation, they've managed to grow numerous varieties of  fruits and vegetables. The tribe's extensive planning process includes a transition from row crop to certified organic by sometime next year.

Tribal members grow produce for the settlement but they also sell it to the nearby casino, at a roadside stand and at area farmer's markets.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

"Courage and Devotion"

taken from the book cover

For years Bruce Kindig of Davenport did his best to keep the history of the Civil War alive as a re-enactor and a history teacher. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Do you Pecha Kucha?

The audience at a Pecha Kucha night in Des Moines.
Courtesy of Pecha Kucha Des Moines

We're seeing a rebirth of the lecture. TED talks go viral on YouTube regularly. Now Pecha Kucha is popping up all over Iowa.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Constitutional Right to Confront

Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines, May 17, 2013.
John Pemble

Tonight, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider the question, “Do witnesses in criminal trials need to testify in person? Or is remote, two-way video testimony just as affective?

The state of Iowa claims two-way remote video testimony is just as effective as in-person testimony. Additionally, video testimony is less expensive and less time consuming, and therefore there is large incentive to use remote video testimony more extensively.

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Politics Day
4:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

"I think we will be fighting ISIS a year from now"

U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Dore looks for any possible enemy contact in western Baghdad, Iraq. 2007
United States Forces Iraq

In a prime time address on Wednesday, President Obama will announce how the U.S. plans to confront the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Statehouse and Politics
2:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Democrats Challenge Layoff Rules

Democrats in the Iowa Senate failed to stop a new rule at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services that   they say will  chip away at Iowa’s merit system of employment.    The rule would let state agencies lay off some permanent employees ahead of temporary workers in the event of a reduction in force.   

The new rule survived a challenge before the legislature’s administrative rules review committee.   DAS Human Resource Officer Michell Minnehan said sometimes it makes sense to keep temporary workers on.

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River to River
4:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Joan Becker: It Took A Prison Sentence To Get Mark the Help He Needed

Joan and Dave Becker with their son Mark, who shot Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas to death 5 years ago.
Courtesy of Joan Becker

Five years ago, Mark Becker shot Aplington-Parkersburg head coach Ed Thomas. His mother, Joan, is now an advocate for mental health in Iowa. 

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Wildlife Day
4:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

An Abundance of Pheasants: Talking Birds on Wildlife Day

This summer saw a big spike in pheasant sightings.
Feuerstein46 Wikimedia Commons

What game birds have you seen this summer?

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