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River to River
2:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Des Moines Turning Into Hub for Entrepeneurship

More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we'll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We're also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.

Talk of Iowa
1:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa

Looking to travel this summer? On today's Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She'll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.

Politics
11:51 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Nuns on the Bus in Iowa

If you were driving across Iowa Monday you might have seen something unique—a big bus emblazoned with the slogan: Nuns on the Bus. It’s a nine state bus tour by Catholic Sisters who are pushing back against the republican budget —at the same time they are feeling heat from the Vatican. Iowa public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks joined the sisters on the road. 

 

Politics
11:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Romney rallies the base in Iowa

The Romneys in Dubuque.
(Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

 

Mitt Romney’s bus tour through small towns in swing states stopped in Davenport on Monday. 

It was, for the most part, your typical campaign event: lots of flag waving, patriotic music, even a boy scout troop in the audience.

But these days Governor Romney seems a lot more relaxed, and has a lot more momentum, than the candidate Iowans remember from the caucuses.

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River to River
2:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sleep Doctor Eric Dyken

What keeps you awake at night? This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa Sleep Disorder Center. We'll hear about a new study on restless leg syndrome being conducted at the University of Iowa, a study linking sleep apnea to cancer and new research showing that most managers sleep with their smartphones. Dyken also tells us about how sleeping with a spouse can be beneficial. 

Talk of Iowa
9:45 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Encore Edition: Learning to Speak Iowan

Learning to speak English is one thing, learning to speak Iowan may be something else entirely. Iowa, especially in its more rural areas, has many foreign-born physicians practicing in clinics and hospitals. In an archive program from last September, we’ll find out about an innovative program in Mason City that helps doctors understand our state with courses like "Topics for Small Talk with Iowans." We'll talk to the teachers in the program at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, University of Northern Iowa professors Mark Grey and Michele Devlin.

Health
7:29 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Adapting Well

Wheelchair athletes prepare for track and field events
Pat Blank

As athletes around the world fine tune their skills in order to compete in the London Olympics, another much smaller, specialized group has just completed a four day camp in Cedar Falls.  Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank takes us to the Adapted Sports Camp at UNI.

River to River
1:38 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Being in Iowa: Learning Disabled

In a weeklong series IPR reporter Rob Dillard connected with Iowans to share how their learning disability impacted their life. Host Ben Kieffer talks with doctors and people featured in the series about learning disabilities and how their lives have changed.

Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Horticulture Day: Insects

It's summer and gardens are buzzing with numerous insects. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis from the Iowa State University Extension about how some insects have made an early appearance this year and some upcoming garden deadlines. 

Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Railroad enthusiasts flocking to Iowa

For nine days, starting next week, Iowa will be railroad heaven for fans of old trains. Thousands of people will be climbing aboard, photographing, or just admiring the romance of an earlier time. An organization of railroad buffs is bringing its national meeting to Iowa for the first time.

Flood Recovery
3:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering

Waters rose to 31 feet in parts of the city
http://www.cedarrapidsfloodstory.com/statistics/

 

This weeks marks four years since the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.

The worst natural disaster in Iowa’s history dislocated tens of thousands of people from their homes and is costing many millions of dollars in public money.

As Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, even now the impacts of the flood are everywhere you look.

River to River
1:18 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens & Health and Wellness

Earlier this month Ric Jurgens retired as CEO and Chairman of Hy-Vee after 43 years with the company. The Iowa-based supermarket chain operates 235 stores in eight states. This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Ric Jurgens about the evolution of Hy-Vee and trends in the grocery business. During the second half of the hour, we'll talk with two dieticians about healthy eating and changes to school lunch menus which take effect this year.

Talk of Iowa
3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Curb Appeal

Does your house look a little rough around the edges?  Dingy siding? Rusty fixtures? Weeds growing up through the sidewalk?  This hour, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge  joins us.  He'll talk with Charity about how the investment of a little bit of elbow grease can pay off with a major spike in curb appeal.  First impressions are everything, and that's no different for our homes. 

 

Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Dr. Charles Read: Surviving the Nabob and health breakthroughs

During World War II, Canadian forces had only two aircraft carriers and one, the Nabob, was torpedoed by German forces. Filling in for Charity Nebbe, IPR’s Dennis Reese talks with Iowan Charles Read about his time on the Nabob and surviving the attack. Dr. Read, a University of Iowa emeritus professor of pediatrics, also talks about his time in the Navy and afterwards his work on developing diabetes treatments. Dennis also talks with recent graduate Carmen Smith, a former student ambassador for the UI College of Public Health about her  health research efforts in Gambia.

River to River
2:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Politics Day: Political Gaffes

On Politics Day, IPR’s Dean Borg talks with two political scientists, Bruce Nesmith from Coe College and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa, about the current strategies of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney including the recent political gaffes and how the incidents may impact the candidates. Later on, Dean talks about the potential influence Ron Paul could have in Iowa’s Republican party in light of the coming GOP state convention.

River to River
10:44 am
Tue June 12, 2012

2012 World Food Prize Laureate

Daniel Hillel

The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate is Daniel Hillel. Hillel is a pioneer in water irrigation systems, and his work transformed farming in dry desert areas in the Middle East through a trickle irrigation method. We’ll talk with Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to find out more about Hillel and the award that is increasingly called, the “Nobel Prize of Food.”  And, we’ll listen back to past interviews with the 2009 and 2010 Laureates.

Talk of Iowa
8:52 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wildlife Day: Responsibility for the Land

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.  We’ll talk about our relationship with and responsibility for the land we live on.  

 

 

River to River
11:35 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Practical Wisdom

Greek philosopher Aristotle called it practical wisdom; we know it as common sense. Is there a lack of it in our society? In an encore show, listen back to when host Ben Kieffer spoke with Political Science Professor Kenneth Sharpe who, along with Barry Schwartz, wrote a book that argues much dissatisfaction with institutions comes from people within the system being unable to use their practical wisdom – or common sense. Also listen to callers who share personal stories of instances where practical wisdom was abundant, or abundantly lacking.

Arts & Culture
9:15 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post Flood Optimism

Tom Torluemke and his mural "You Know, We're all in this Together" in a gallery at the CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

Last Friday a new painting was unveiled in Cedar Rapids titled “You Know, We’re all in This Together”.  The work features dozens of optimistic community members in a scene about a city still recovering from the devastating flood of 2008.

Science/Technology
3:47 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Prehistoric Mammoth Bone Discovery

A prehistoric mammoth bone was discovered sticking up out of the ground on an Oskaloosa farm last weekend days after a heavy rain. Archeologist Marlin Ingalls of the Office of the State Archeologist says the femur or thighbone, which measures four feet, may be just the tip of a rare find.  The location of the farm is being kept confidential to protect the site. 

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
3:43 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Language and Agriculture

There is a culture war raging in the heartland. It’s not about abortion or religion or same sex marriage. It’s about how food is produced in this country. As in any war, language is playing a big role.  Now some groups are borrowing from another hot button issue in the news, bullies and bullying.

Talk of Iowa
3:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Religion/Spirituality and its Impacts on Physical Health

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, but is "God" good for you too? A study published last year found an 18% lower mortality level for patients who had higher rates of spirituality or religiosity. This hour, we explore the link between spirituality and physical well-being.  Charity speaks with Dr. Richard Deming of the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, who has taken cancer survivors and caregivers on journeys to such places as the Mt. Everest Base Camp and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  He's planning to take his next group to Mt.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Depot Spared

A 100 year old railroad depot set for demolition this summer, will instead be the site of a birthday party. The Gilbertville Depot now belongs to a non-profit organization which is hoping to re-open it as a stop along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with the group’s Dick DeWater.  The birthday event is set for the afternoon of July 7th.

 

 

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River to River
1:34 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Villisca Axe Murder 100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, an entire family was wiped out by an axe wielding killer in the southwestern Iowa town of Villisca, a crime that remains unsolved to this day. Host Ben Kieffer re-examines Iowa’s worst mass homicide with award-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle who made a documentary about the incident. Ben also talks with historian Edgar Epperly.

Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Horticulture Day: Gardening with the First Lady

Some young gardeners in Ames got a surprise package from the White House last weekend.  This hour, it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe.   Charity talks with a student from Kate Mitchell School in Ames about gardening with Michelle Obama.  Also on the program,  Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University will be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

River to River
1:23 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Iowa City Landfill Fire Update and Homeless Animals

This hour on River to River, we get an update on the Iowa City Landfill fire which currently covers 7 acres of land and is producing a toxic, tar-like liquid that is highly flammable. In the second half of the hour, we'll talk about the record number of animals in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and what can be done about the problem. 

Talk of Iowa
9:31 am
Thu June 7, 2012

"Suds," Brewing History of the Quad Cities

This Sunday, a new exhibit opens at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, called "Suds."  The Quad Cities has a long and glorious brewery legacy.   This hour, we'll find out about the exhibit, which describes the breweries and taverns that operated in the area during the 19th century and the saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands.  The second-largest private beer can collector in America lives the Quad Cities and many of his 25,000 cans are on display.   "Suds" also features material on how Prohibition affected local brewery traditions and the lives of working

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:15 am
Thu June 7, 2012

ISU Climate Change Expert Briefing USDA on Implications for Agriculture

Iowa State University

Farmers are already making changes to adjust to global warming. A researcher from Iowa State University meets with agriculture officials, including USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in Washington, D.C. Thursday.  ISU Climate Science Program Director Dr. Gene Takle is briefing Vilsack and other officials on how to prepare and plan for global warming.  He says climate change actually has some benefits for farmers, at least in the short-term. But he the greatest risk for the industry is unpredictability and wild fluctuations in weather patterns.

River to River
1:48 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Politics Day - Wisconsin Recall Results

 Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election revealed Scott Walker will retain his seat as governor. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa about what Scott Walker’s success in overcoming a recall election means for Democrats and Republicans. Later, Dean also analyzes the races in Iowa’s Congressional districts now that the general election ballot is set.

Politics
8:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

State Races in Iowa Primary

Most incumbents in the Iowa legislature have held on to their jobs for now  following yesterday’s primary voting.   Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports .

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