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Horticulture
11:57 am
Fri December 5, 2014

‘Tis the Season… For Ordering Garden Seeds

seed packets on display
Wikimedia Commons

For the seasoned gardener, seed catalogs have already begun to arrive in the mail.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

At USDA, Vilsack's Longest-Serving Secretary Since 1969

Tom Vilsack travels all over, but frequently returns to Iowa. He’s shown here in Ames in the summer of 2013 pushing for support of the farm bill.
Amy Mayer/IPR

The U.S. Department of Agriculture touches Americans from the field to the cafeteria, with a bevy of programs that include subsidies for farmers and for school lunches. 

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Music
5:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Christmas with Dan Knight

Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? For many of us, our favorite songs have memories associated with them.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Harkin Proposes Federal Funding for Higher Ed

Beardshear Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
Credit michelec317

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he wants states that increase funding to higher education to receive matching federal grants.

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Hash Oil Arrives
11:43 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Illegal Hash Oil Smoked in E-Cigarettes

Steve Lukan
Joyce Russell/IPR

Iowa’s top drug enforcement official says a new marijuana derivative is showing up in Iowa.

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Tax Credits Scrutinized
11:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Google, Facebook Tax Breaks Challenged

Facebook Grand Opening in Altoona
John Pemble/IPR

State assistance to attract Google, Microsoft, and Facebook to Iowa is under scrutiny by a statehouse committee.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
7:56 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Food "Cluster" Hopes to Boost Local Food’s Economic Heft

Ashley Colpaart is the Northern Colorado Food Cluster's coordinator.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

More cities want to take eating local food from just a hip trend to an economic generator, but as in many grassroots movements, there can be some growing pains along the way. 

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Health
9:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Parents of Mentally Ill Children Rally Iowa Capitol

Parents of children with severe mental health issues who could not attend the rally asked to be represented with stuffed animals.
Sarah Boden/Iowa Public Radio

Advocates and parents of children with severe mental health issues rallied in Iowa’s Capitol Rotunda today, for the release of funding from the Iowa Department of Human Services. 

They say $6 million earmarked for services like respite care and therapy hasn’t been distributed. As a result, parents say the wait time for these services has ballooned to more than two years.

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Education
8:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Regents Freeze Tuition Again

Iowa Board of Regent President Bruce Rastetter.
Credit Amy Mayer

The Iowa Board of Regents is freezing tuition for in-state undergraduate students for the third year in a row.

Regents President Bruce Rastetter says it’s the first time in state history resident tuition has remained the same over this long a period.

Rastetter deflects concerns the freeze will mean much higher tuition in the future.

“The critical component to avoid that is the universities becoming more efficient, which they are, and then legislative state support,” he says.

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Talk of Iowa
5:34 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Child Care: Breaking the Bank

Jason Parks

Finding a trustworthy and affordable child care provider is one of the biggest challenges working parents face. At the same time, providers are asked to do demanding and important work for little pay.

Unfortunately, there's no easy answer to that problem, says infant and toddler consultant Beth Walling.

"It's like trying to tackle poverty," she says.

Walling is especially concerned, since studies show there's an achievement gap that exists at 10 months of age.

"A 3-year-old’s vocabulary can predict their third grade reading level."

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Politics Day
5:16 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Is Government Helping or Hurting Race Relations?

Barack Obama takes the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. at the Capitol, January 20, 2009
Wikimedia Commons

There’s no denying the racial tensions flaring in the United States. The question of how to solve them, however, has yet to be answered.

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News
5:30 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Norwalk's Gambit on Golf

Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

The golf clubs may be stored away until next spring, but some of Iowa’s 400 golf courses are still buzzing with activity, especially in a suburb of Des Moines. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen has the story from Norwalk.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
6:45 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Diesel Dilemma

Diesel prices are nearly a dollar more expensive than gasoline

  Drivers of diesel-powered vehicles may be wondering why they aren't enjoying the same low prices as those who fill up with gasoline. 

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Holiday Book Guide
4:08 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

IPR's Holiday Book Guide

Jan and Paul do some last minute cramming before the show.
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

If book-buying is on your to-do list this season, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books are here to help.

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River to River
12:51 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Between Now and 2016: A Conversation with Political Analyst Charlie Cook

The White House
Wikimedia Commons

Over the course of the next two years, political analyst Charlie Cook says we could see some infighting in Congress.

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Business and Economy
7:03 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Landowners Question Bakken Pipeline

Fort Madison Landowners
Joyce Russell/IPR

It was standing room only when roughly 350 people turned out at a meeting yesterday in Fort Madison.     

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East Berlin
4:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

"Like Life and Death": an Iowan's Escape from East Berlin

A watchtower built in the 1980s near Trebec's home.
Hannah Trebec

Hannah Trebec grew up in East Berlin. At 20, the Berlin Wall came down and she was faced with a choice: to stay or to flee.

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Orphan Trains
3:56 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Documentary Chronicles Orphan Trains

A photo of Stan and Vic Cornell, two orphans who eventually found a home because of the orphan trains.
courtesy of Clark Kidder

Thousands of orphan came to Iowa and other Midwestern states by train. A documentary premiering on Iowa Public Television tonight chronicles their stories.

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Hearings Underway
5:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Landowners to Ask Questions about Bakken Pipeline

North Dakota Oil Fields

Informational meetings begin this week  for landowners  in 18 Iowa counties.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Climate Change Could Send Cost of Crop Insurance Soaring

Taxpayers subsidize crop insurance for farmers, and the expense is predicted to soar by mid-century as the climate changes.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

Climate change could double losses to crops and property by the year 2100 according to a recent report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office. 

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Recidivism Down
6:30 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Fewer Blacks Return to Prison

Anamosa State Prison
J. Stephen Conn/Flickr

Recidivism is down in Iowa prisons because fewer African-Americans are returning to incarceration.

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Music
1:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Jazz Legend Al Jarreau: "I Know You, I Know What Quaker Oats Smells Like"

Ben Kieffer with Al Jarreau at the event
Mei-Ling Shaw Williams University of Iowa College of Education

Jazz legend Al Jarreau headlined the Iowa City Soul Festival in September of this year.

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Studio One
10:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Instead of Good-bye, I’d Like to Say. . .

Scarlett in the Studio One control room.

  There is something about good music that just gets me, and for as long as I can remember I have always connected through music.

It was four years ago that I hosted my first show on IPR’s Studio One.  It was on a Sunday night after the Thanksgiving holiday, and coincidently my last show falls during that same time of the year. I am grateful to have had the opportunity on Studio One to share my love of music with other fellow music aficionados throughout the state of Iowa.

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History
4:03 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Iowan 'Guest of the Revolution' Reflects on the Iran Hostage Crisis

A woman passes by the former US Embassy in Iran where students held hostages like Iowan Kathryn Koob for 444 days.
Örlygur Hnefill Flickr

35 years ago this month, we were in the first few weeks of the Iran hostage crisis. The crisis would last 444 days, and one Iowan was there for all of them.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
4:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Turkey Economics, Plus Fun Facts and a Recipe on the Side

According to farmer Ann Knowles, turkeys can change the color of their waddles at a moment's notice, flushing from pale pink to candy-apple red.
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Farmers raised fewer turkeys this year than they have in the past three decades - about 235 million gobblers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ann Knowles raised 70 broad breasted bronze and white turkeys on her small farm in western Illinois.

She coops up the plump birds at night to guard against predators, but lets them roam freely during the day.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Deere Tractor & Engine Museum to open in Waterloo

The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo opens to the public on Tuesday, December 2nd.
Credit Deere and Company

The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo opens to the public next Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Project  Manager Dawn Hendershot says it took four years to plan and renovate the structure which features 19 tractors from different eras and more than two dozen “hands-on “ interactive exhibits. She says “they’ll get to see examples of tractors, the engine design and manufacturing and how the tractors here have had a global impact.”

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Food
1:11 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Making Old Thanksgiving Recipes New

a Thanksgiving table
Wikimedia Commons

There are foods in every family that have to make it to the Thanksgiving table. If you want to experiment with traditional dishes, where do you start?

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:17 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Deere Decline

Credit IPR's Pat Blank

Quad Cities based Deere and Company is reporting fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations.

The agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer says earnings per share were $1.83 on revenue of $8.9 billion. That topped predictions of $1.57 on $7.75 billion in sales. 

But when compared with the previous year, the company's earnings and revenue both declined.  Deere officials say they don’t expect that trend to improve in 2015.

Deere expects sales to decline in  both its agriculture and turf equipment lines.

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News
6:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Baby It's Cold INSIDE

Many Iowans are still struggling to pay off last winter's utility bills.

The U.S Energy Administration this week predicted Midwesterners could enjoy utility bills as much as 38 percent lower than last winter. While that sounds good, the man who oversees a low income heating assistance program believes the numbers are flawed.

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River to River
4:37 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Elder Financial Abuse Cost Eldora Resident His Life Savings

Although believed to be underreported, it's estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year due to financial abuse
Daniel Foster

While it often goes unreported, elder financial abuse costs older Americans 2 to 3 billion dollars per year.

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