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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu February 25, 2010

Missing College Students

We examine recent cases where college students went missing one at Iowa State University and one at the University of Iowa, and the questions these cases raise about how reports of missing students are handled. Among the guests- the Dean of Students at the UI and ISU, and the director of theJED Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the mental health of college students across the country.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 25, 2010

Park Inn/Iowa Potholes

We'll get an update on the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Park Inn, which will be open for business in Mason City in 2011. Also, Iowa is expecting its worst pothole season ever, Prof. Christopher Williams of Iowa State University will explain why.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Spring Flood Forecast

Above-normal snowfall and below-normal temperatures have increased the risk for flooding in the state this year. We'll talk about potential flooding with Jeff Zogg, hydrologist with the National Weather Service. We'll also discuss the popularity of rain barrels and the small things Iowa residents can do to curb the effects of flooding.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 24, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder" join IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue February 23, 2010

Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity

How can a neurological disability be thought of as a difference akin to race, ethnicity or sexual orientation? Do we really have an adequate understanding of autism, specially "classical" or "severe" autism? To what extent have non-autistic researchers misinterpreted what they have observed? Among the guests- Grinnell College English Professor Ralph Savarese, the author of "Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption".

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 23, 2010

Lucid Dreams and Telepathy

Robert Waggoner, our lucid dreams expert, will take a deeper look at dream telepathy. He says some scientific experiments appear to confirm its existence, only to become entangled by conflicting results by other experimenters.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Driving restrictions

The Iowa legislature is poised to approve several driving-related bills, including a ban on texting while driving and a revamped graduated drivers' license system. On our weekly legislative show, Jeneane Beck talks with lawmakers about prospects for passage and health care professionals about why they're pushing for more restrictions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

For National Eating Disorders Awareness week, we'll talk to Jenni Schaefer, bestselling author of "Life Without Ed," "Ed" is short for eating disorders.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

Antidepressants

A new report indicating antidepressants are little more than placebos is adding to a long-brewing controversy over the drugs’ effectiveness. The safety of antidepressants rest on solid scientific evidence, but are we learning more about their ability to treat mental illness? Among the guests- University of Iowa Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Robinson and Psychologist Don Damsteegt.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 19, 2010

Hort Gang!

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with members of the horticulture staff at Iowa State University. Spring is getting closer!

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

A Different Type of Justice for Iowa's Prisoners: Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation

Imagine coming face to face with someone who burglarized your home, or even someone who killed a family member Could you do it, and if so, what would you say? We talk about restorative justice how it’s being used in Polk County and throughout the state. Later, a conversation focusing on rehabilitation how volunteers are creating writer’s workshops and choirs in prison.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 18, 2010

The Home Fronts of Iowa

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Lisa Ossian of Des Moines, author of "The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945," published by the University of Missouri Press.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Auto Recalls

Auto recalls continue at a critical time in the automobile industry. What do Toyota recalls mean for Iowa car dealers and the U.S. automotive industry? What can other car manufacturers learn from Toyota's troubles? Ben Kieffer talks with Ken Chester of the Motor News Media and Barrett Thomas of the University of Iowa's Tippe College of Business.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen of "Political Chowder" are back for our weekly look at all things political.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Iowa Documentarians

The film 'The Cove', which shows a secret dolphin-killing field in Japan, is a favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Dubuque-native Louis Psihoyos who directed and starred in the film discusses the project. Also, photojournalist and author Chip Duncan, a native of Shenendoah, discusses his new book 'Enough to Go Around: Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Dafur'.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 16, 2010

Love in Translation/Olivia's Story

We'll hear from University of Iowa graduate student Jennifer Percy. Her essay "Even in English, a Language Gap" was a "Modern Love Column" in a recent New York Times. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Prof. Jeffrey Copeland of the University of Northern Iowa. His book, "Olivia's Story," deals with a landmark civil rights case that helped lead the way to fair and open housing.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Iowa Judicial System

Iowa’s Judicial branch faces a budget crunch and increasing demand for judicial services. How is Iowa’s court system handling tough economic times? What have furloughs meant for those seeking access to Iowa’s courts? Host Jeneane Beck talks with Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Jane Lorentzen, President of the Iowa State Bar Association.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 15, 2010

City of Literature/Cedar Falls/Red Cedar

We'll hear about some exciting news from two Iowa Cities and a look at spring events from Red Cedar Chamber Music of Marion, Iowa. Iowa City has hired its first director of "Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature," and Cedar Falls is in the running for first place as a "distinctive destination" for 2010 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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