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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Disability Essays

We speak with authors and editors of essays included in "From My Perspective: Essays About Disability." The book includes essays by seventeen authors who have a disability or provide support as a parent or other caregiver. We'll also hear about how the book is being used in a Warburg College social work class.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Politics Day

New Hampshire political analyst, Arnie Arnesen, and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Iowa, Bruce Gronbeck, join host Jeneane Beck for a discussion of the week's political news.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

K2 and legal drugs

State drug control officials are warning residents about a new "fake" marijuana being called K2 or Spice after the death of an Indianola teen. They're also suggesting that the substance be banned during the next legislative session. How much do we know about it, and how does it compare with "legal" drugs like salvia, nictoine and alcohol? We'll talk with Gary Kendell, Director for the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy and Jonathan Kahl, Cognitive Neuroscientist at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Dreams and Lucid Dreams of the Departed

Anthropologists have discovered that "visitation dreams" or dreams about the departed are part of almost every culture. While modern dream researchers find that visitation dreams represent less than one percent of dream reports, they note that dreams of the deceased can be unusually intense, vivid and emotionally meaningful. We talk with author, Robert Waggoner, about this curious, yet common phenomenon, of dreams and lucid dreams of the departed.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Clergy Burnout in Cedar Rapids

Some religious leaders in Cedar Rapids say clergy are leaving since the flood of 2008. That’s in line with national disaster recovery statistics. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells has the story.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Prescription Drug Abuse

In an archive program from last September, host Ben Kieffer examines the rise of prescription drug abuse with the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy Director Gary Kendall. A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers and sedatives is a growing concern.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives III

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, Clear Lake where three rock and roll pioneers died in a tragic plane crash, plus the birth places of baseball great Bob Feller and actor George Reeves.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Bil Baird

There was a time when puppets and marionettes played featured roles in American pop culture not just for children, but for adults too. They starred in plays, operas, movies, TV commercials, even news programs. If you doubt this, Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard invites you to tour a museum in Mason City to see the proof.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Embedded

Nearly three thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers are preparing for a mission to Afghanistan later this summer. The Guard is also deploying members of the media to a training facility in Minnesota to help them understand some of the skills the troops must learn before they leave..Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank was one of those invited and has this report.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

Discussion on the Debt & Slovenia Green Bike Tour

Des Moines has been selected as one of only 18 sites for an unprecedented national discussion on the national debt. A diverse group of local citizens will come together June 26th at Drake University, linked online with the eighteen other sites across the country. Host Ben Kieffer talks with organizers of the discussion. Later in the hour, State Senator Joe Bolkom of Iowa City discusses his recent bike trip across Slovenia to learn about the country's efforts to reduce its consumption of energy.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Hort Gang

Host Julie Englander talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and Extension Horticulturalist Richard Jauron. They'll examine the threat of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles plus take your comments and questions.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Immigration economics expert advocates legal path to citizenship

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Raul Hinojosa, founder of the North American Integration and Development Center in California, about the economics of immigration in Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Toxicology and Children's Toys

We discuss the toxicology of children's toys with toxicologist Steven Gilbert and a toy store owner from Des Moines in light of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recent cadmium related recalls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Keepers of the Trees

Host Julie Englander talks with author Ann Linnea. In her new book "Keepers of the Trees", Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests. Also joining the program is President and CEO of Marion-based Trees Forever Shannon Ramsay.

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Education
11:00 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

Iowa Searches for Education Director

Iowa's Department of Education is without a permanent director. Education leaders are suggesting what should be considered in hiring a new director.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

The World Triathlon

He is famous for becoming the first Iowan to climb Mount Everest. Now, Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack is embarking on his greatest challenge ever- a 12,000 mile intercontinental triathlon that reaches the frigid waters of the English Channel to the snow-covered summit of Mount Everest. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Charlie about the adventure and how his family agreed to take part in the journey.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Host Jonathan Ahl breaks down President Obama's speech to the nation on the oil spill in the Gulf with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson, Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor of Political Communication Bruce Gronbeck.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Leslie Hall: Gem Sweaters, Gold Spandex, & Hip Hop

Leslie Hall is an artist who defies description. When she was a senior at Ames High School she amassed flamboyant sweaters decorated with shiny rhinestones. In 2002 Hall launched an online picture gallery featuring her favorite gem sweaters and quickly gained a large following of fans. Five years ago Hall released her first hip hop music album where she raps about her gem sweaters and her love of do it yourself crafts. She also published several music videos on the Internet many of which have been viewed over one hundred thousand times.

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Pharmacy Board Director wants more...
11:00 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Pharmacy Board Director wants more direction on medical marijuana from Legislature

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon interviews Iowa Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Lloyd Jessen about where the board stands on medical marijuana, now that Statehouse leaders have said a legislative study isn't needed.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

The Passage and Lisa Koll

We talk about The Passage, a new book authored by a University of Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate. Then, an interview with Lisa Koll, a nine-time All American Iowa State distance runner who has been named the nation's top collegiate female athlete in track and field.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives Part II

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, an antique roller rink, the site of a nuclear explosion and the Amana Colonies.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Iowa's Connections to the World Cup

With the World Cup underway host ben Kieffer talks with coaches and players of Iowa's premier development league soccer team, the Des Moines Menace. What kind of foothold does soccer have in Iowa's sports landscape? Have you caught World Cup fever?

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Sun June 13, 2010

Cedar Rapids: Two Years After the Flood

Two years ago at this time communities across Iowa were underwater. The floods of 2008 impacted dozens of neighborhoods but those in Cedar Rapids were among the hardest hit. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells and Alex Heuer report on signs of progress and the challenges still facing the community.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Harvest of Grief

A documentary film about the high rate of suicides among farmers in northern India will have a single screening Sunday night in Des Moines. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports the movie may bring back memories of the 1980s Midwest farm crisis.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

The Engineer Perspective & College Conference Realignment

Engineers bring a critical perspective to the economic models and mathematical predictions that are used to influence public policy. People making policy and economic decisions tend to take models on their face, but engineers bring a great skepticism about what the models say. We'll find out more from Iowa State University Mechanical Engineer Ross Morrow. Later in the hour- The wild scramble is on in major college athletics as Universities are leaving their respective conferences for greener pastures, or Super Conferences.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Hort and Tree Friday

Mark Vitosh, D.N.R. District Forester and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University take your calls. IPR's Julie Englander hosts.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

National Guard group heading for the agricultural fields of Afghanistan

The Guard's Agribusiness Development Team will work with farmers in northeastern Afghanistan as part of a larger effort to improve the nation's agriculture infrastructure.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Boating Safety and Regulation

In light of Memorial weekend boating accidents, a discussion of boating safety laws with Susan Stocker, Boating Safety Educator with the Iowa DNR. Then, an Iowa lawmaker talks about his renewed push for stricter laws to combat drinking and boating.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Home Improvement Day with Bill McAnally

Home repair guru Bill McAnally speaks with IPR's Dennis Reese about fences and back-yard projects, and of course, we'll take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this day after the June primary election, IPR's Jonathan Ahl and Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen discuss the results.

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