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11:00 pm
Sun January 23, 2011

Legislative Week 3

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about the week ahead in the Iowa Legislature. 

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Marriage Debate
11:00 pm
Sun January 23, 2011

Marriage Debate

As promised, majority Republicans in the Iowa House began debate on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. The House Judiciary Committee approved the measure by a vote of 13 to 8. Earlier in the day, activists on both sides of the issue showed up to speak out.

Hort Day: Garden Planning!
1:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Hort Day: Garden Planning!

You can’t get out and dig in the dirt right now, but cold January days are great for planning. On this Horticulture Day we’ll talk about garden design. Whether you’re starting a new garden or changing an old, you'll find the conversation helpful. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron and Ann Marie VanDerZenden of Iowa State University. 

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

U.S. - China Relations

"China's peaceful rise is good for the world, and it's good for America." Those are President Obama's words during this week's formal state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Host Ben Kieffer explores facets of U.S. - China relations with several guests including Iowa State University political science professor Dick Mansbach. Chad Hart from ISU will also join us to talk about agricultural exports to China and Kent Statler of Rockwell Collins to talk about that company's expansion in the country.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Republican Bill Would Cut Birth Control for Thousands of Uninsured Women

The Iowa House has approved a massive budget cutting bill that reduces spending on everything from pre-school education to investments in upstart clean energy businesses. But health clinics across Iowa are more concerned with another, much smaller proposed budget cut. It's one that would eliminate family planning dollars for thousands of low-income women. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells has the story. 

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Evolution and Women in Science
1:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Evolution and Women in Science

“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” So, said Robert Frost. Next time on The Exchange, we examine two less traveled paths. A prominent female paleontologist tells us how she navigates her faith and reconciles its stories of creation with her study of evolution. And we learn about a program, which seeks to encourage more young women to follow career paths into science and technology. Guests include Dr.

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Sleep Apnea, Dr. Eric Dyken
1:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Sleep Apnea, Dr. Eric Dyken

The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. We'll hear about the latest research into this disease from our "sleep doctor," Prof. Eric Dyken, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa. 

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River to River
11:00 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Politics Day

As the US House plans a vote on repealing the new health care law, Americans are split on the issue and President Obama's popularity is on the rise. Host Ben Kieffer talks about these stories and other political news with Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics and Rachel Caufield Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the American Judicature Society at Drake University.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Disease in Iowa

Iowa is seeing a resurgence of pertussis or whooping cough. Mumps is also making a comeback. Just a few years ago, there was a measles outbreak in the state. And every year, thousands are hospitalized due to influenza. These are diseases commonly covered by immunizations. So, why the resurgence? Host Dean Borg talks with Dr. Luis Castagnini at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, state epidemiologist with Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary

Live Healthy Iowa's Wellness Challenge is celebrating its tenth anniversary, with competition beginning on Thursday. We'll hear about the benefits and challenges of participating. As part of the Iowa Sports Foundation, LHI began as a friendly competition encouraging Iowans to "Lighten Up" and adopt healthier lifestyles through increased physical activity and healthier nutrition choices. Guests are Jim Hallihan of the I.S.F.; and LHI coordinators and participants, Alyssa Reichelt, Annabelle Hullana, Caleb Pike and Rhonda Maier. 

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News
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Voter ID

There was a lively debate at the statehouse about whether Iowans should have to show an ID to be able to vote. Republicans have long favored the requirement and now that they're in charge in the House, they're pushing a bill to accomplish it. Democrats and their allies are sharply opposed. 

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Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan
11:00 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan

Less than 15% of the food that Iowans eat is grown in Iowa. A lot of people want to change that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about a new report to the Iowa Legislature that lays out recommendations on ways to keep food grown in the state on Iowa's dinner tables. We also hear from Michelle Kenyon-Brown of the Johnson County Local Food Alliance and Andrew Dunham of Grinnell Heritage Farms.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon January 17, 2011

Abortion Bill

A bill to ban abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy got its first airing at the statehouse. Like a similar Nebraska law, it would limit abortions based on the idea of fetal pain. An Ames Democrat led the charge against the bill. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Iowa's Plan For Eating Local

Iowa's agriculture may feed the world, but only about 14 percent of the food Iowans eat is produced here in the state. Iowa State University's Center for Sustainable Agriculture recently released a report outlining concrete, feasible ways to expand the local food economy in the state. The report was requested by the state legislature last year. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson has this story on the recommendations for building a stronger local food network. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Legislative Week 2

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa Public Radio Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck about what's ahead in the Iowa Legislature this week. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Sun January 16, 2011

Ryan Roemerman/Ben Stone

This hour host Charity Nebbe speaks with Ryan Roemerman, Executive Director of the Iowa Pride Network, about being honored as one of USA Network's "Character’s Unite" award recipients for 2010. We'll also speak with the student who nominated Ryan for the award which was given to him for his work with GLTBQ youth in Iowa. Then, in the second half of the program, Ben Stone of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa joins us to talk about a new exhibit at the Iowa State Historical Building highlighting the work of the ACLU over the last nine decades. (49:00)

River to River
11:00 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Iowa's New "Shall Issue" Gun Law

Iowa's new "Shall Issue" weapons law went into effect at the beginning of this month. Among other things, the law makes it more difficult for county sheriffs to deny permits. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Ross Loder of the Iowa Department of Public Safety about all the changes under the new law. Then, in our second half hour, we'll have two opposing views on whether it's good for Iowa. Lonny Pulkrabek, the Sheriff of Johnson County, opposes the new gun law. Sean McClanahan, President of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, supports it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Memories of a Farm Kitchen

A farmhouse kitchen brings back nostalgic memories to nearly everyone, even if they never experienced warm, homemade bread straight from the wood burning oven. A farm kitchen is a symbol of family, good food, simpler times, and a lifestyle that is almost extinct. This hour, we talk with Rob Artley, who with his father, Bob, wrote and illustrated "Memories of a Farm Kitchen." (Pelican Publishing).

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News
11:00 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Branstad says he's "older and wiser" as he returns to office

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad shortly before his inauguration. 

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Outgoing Governor Chet Culver & New...
1:00 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Outgoing Governor Chet Culver & New State Department Leaders

Host Ben Kieffer talks with outgoing governor Chet Culver. We'll follow-up on his condition of the state address earlier this week and about what he sees as his accomplishments over the last four years. Then, a conversation with two incoming state department leaders. We'll talk with Chuck Palmer who takes control of the Department of Human Services and Debi Durham of the Department of Economic Development.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Championship Sporting Events in Iowa

Efforts to turn Iowa into a destination for world class sporting events are paying off. This year multiple championship sporting events will be held throughout the state. Host Charity Nebbe talks with guests about the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Iowa City later this month. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships return to Drake University this year and the Hy-Vee Triathlon will become the inaugural championship event in a new Ironman series.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Inauguration behind the scenes

Instead of a multi-day event tomorrow’s inauguration of Terry Branstad as Iowa’s Governor will run about a day and a half if you count the twilight hours of the ball. And it will be a rather modest affair ...about 300 thousand dollars. But even the most simple ceremony needs an event planner.. and the woman in charge of this one has been through it before. Her name is Camille Valley and Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up her by phone earlier this afternoon. 

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Politics Day
1:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Politics Day

The shootings in Arizona have focused attention on the rhetoric of our politics. Has it gotten so heated that it sparked the violence in Arizona? A new poll shows most Americans reject that argument, but it hasn’t stopped federal lawmakers from proposing legislation to turn down the heat. Host Ben Kieffer, talks about politics and rhetoric with our guests, Bruce Gronbeck from the University of Iowa and Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University.

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Wildlife Day with Jim Pease
11:00 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

When the landscape is obscured by snow, some things become easier to see. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease will give us some reasons to look at our surroundings a little more closely next time we're out in the snow. We'll find out what we can see and learn from animal tracks in winter. 

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Superman Comic #707 Set in Des Moines

For 72 years the comic book Superman has told the story about a superhero who hides his identity as a mild mannered newspaper reporter named Clark Kent. Recent issues have a story arc where Superman is traveling across the country trying to reconnect with those he protects. In the newest issue released today the Man of Steel fights crime in downtown Des Moines but instead of being praised Superman's credibility is being questioned.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Condition of the Judiciary

The Iowa Supreme Court’s new Chief Justice says the negative reaction to their ruling on same sex marriage now threatens to weaken the entire court system. Justice Mark Cady delivered the annual “Condition of the Judiciary” Wednesday at the statehouse. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports Cady used the speech to defend the marriage ruling, but failed to dampen opposition. 

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Practical Wisdom
1:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Practical Wisdom

Aristotle called it “practical wisdom…” the judgment people use in their everyday lives to do the right thing — make the right decision in a particular circumstance. Perhaps your grandmother called it “common sense.” Host Ben Kieffer talks with one of the authors of a new book that argues much of our dissatisfaction with institutions today, stems from the fact that people within the system aren’t allowed to use their practical wisdom. The guest is Kenneth Sharpe, co-author of "Practical Wisdom," and Professor of Political Science and Swarthmore College.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Culver's Final Address

Governor Chet Culver drew both passionate cheers and tepid applause today (Tuesday) as he delivered his final Condition of the State address to Iowa Lawmakers. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports the Governor’s supporters are promising to protect his priorities while Republicans immediately went to work to dismantle several of Culver’s key programs.

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