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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Symphony of the Soil

Charity talks with filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia about her new documentary "Symphony of the Soil". The film explores the world of soil- how it's formed, its life cycle, human uses and misuses in agriculture. Koons Garcia, the widow of legendary Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia, is in Iowa this week screening the film. Joining the soil conversation is Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann and Fairfield farmer and former National Program Leader for Soil Science Francis Thicke.

Being Home Schooled in Iowa: Law
11:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Being Home Schooled in Iowa: Law

Being Home Schooled in Iowa: Law
11:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Being Home Schooled in Iowa: Law

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Horticulture Day: Spring Insects

Our March warmth and sunshine has brought out leaves, flowers and a whole lot of bugs. Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis will be here to explain why we’re suddenly seeing tiny gnats all over the place and to answer your questions about the other insects that are emerging. Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here to answer all of your lawn and gardening questions.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Vets Visit Iwo Jima and Lee Hamilton

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley and Waterloo veteran David Greene join Ben to discuss their recent visit to the World War II battlefield at Iwo Jima, Japan.  The Congressman's father Byard Braley was a veteran in the Battle of Iwo Jima and Greene returned to the island for the first time since seeing combat there in 1945. Later, former Indiana Congressman and 9/11 Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton talks about U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.  Hamilton's lecture at Iowa State University on March 27 is titled "American Foreign Policy after Iraq and Afghanistan". 

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Siding

You thought you had a few more weeks to plan, but suddenly it’s time to work on outdoor projects. On today's Talk of Iowa our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge is here. We’ll talk about what you need to know before you replace the siding on your house and answer questions about the projects on your agenda.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Spring Planting with Record Warmth

It’s too early to plant, but it’s not too early for farmers to get out in their fields. This hour we discuss strips of prairie that can strengthen a field of corn or soybeans and other soil conservation techniques. We’ll also talk about how farmers decide when to plant in a year that's turned out be one of the warmest late winters in Iowa history. Guests include Jim Gillespie of the Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Richard Cruse of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University; and Forest City-area farmer, Riley Lewis.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Politics Day: Illinois Primary

The hunt for the GOP nomination continues with the Illinois primary. We'll analyze the latest election results and focus on the money race in the election, as President Obama's campaign raised 45-million dollars in February. We'll also look at politics closer to home, with the official review of the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Ben's guests are Grinnell College Political Science Professor Wayne Moyer and New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa

Mothers have always turned to other mothers for advice. So it's no surprise that "mommy blogs" are big--moms swapping information on a virtual playground. St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids has gotten into the action with a new website and blog called "The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa." Charity speaks with "Real Moms" creator, Danielle Rauser and fellow bloggers Mel Ostmo and Courtenay Baker-Olinger.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

New Studies and Research in Sleep

If you’re having trouble getting shuteye, here’s something else to keep you awake at night - a new study that links common sleeping pills to a higher risk of death.  Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with neurologist and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa, Dr. Eric Dyken.  They’ll also talk about the connections between memory and sleep.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Tracy Kidder and The McDonagh Project

This year's "All Iowa Reads" selection is Tracy Kidder's 2009 book, "Strength in What Remains." It's the gripping story of of Deogratias, or Deo for short, who grew up in the E. Central African county of Burundi. Deo was a young man with dreams, the biggest of which was to become a doctor. He was working at a rural hospital in the country when in Oct. 1993, a Hutu militia attacked the building and started slaughtering everyone they thought was a Tutsi. Deo escaped, running for six months and eventually settling in New York City, knowing no one.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Legislative Monday: Education Reform

Governor Terry Branstad has proposed sweeping reforms to Iowa’s education system and the debate is likely to intensify now that the Republican-controlled Iowa House has approved its reform package.  The measure now goes to the Democratically-controlled Iowa Senate.  Host Joyce Russell discusses topics ranging from third grade retention and online learning to new teacher probation and end of course exams on our next legislative show from the law library at the state capitol.

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