For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans. The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight sent veterans of World War Two and the Korean War to the nation's capital to visit memorials and to get a tour of the city. Hear ceremonies, sounds, and stories—emotional and lighthearted.
Story County's county attorney decided that the use of deadly force in this week's shooting of a chase suspect was justified. Nevertheless, the chase resulted in the death of a young man and raises many questions.
Host Ben Kieffer discusses the facts of the deadly high-speed chase in Ames with IPR's Joyce Russell. Also, ISU and Ames Laboratory engineers have recently developed real-time, 3-D conferencing technology.
Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about out how foreign languages are being taught in some elementary schools in Iowa and about the benefits of introducing a new language early in life. Guests include administrators and teachers of foreign language in Iowa.
On this News Buzz version of River to River, host Ben Kieffer cycles through stories about Iowa's relationship with China, an Arizona company's apparent phone scam targeting Iowans, an investigation into traffic stops, a harvest summary, the nutritional benefits of eating soup, and a new film about Iowa's 2012 caucuses.
Join host Ben Kieffer to examine the technical issues surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and answer questions about the law itself, including its requirements and the process of enrolling in the health insurance exchanges online.
The partial government shutdown the country just came out of is often compared to the face-off nearly 20 years ago between President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. This News Buzz edition of River to River looks at the aftermath of the latest clash, compares it to what happened in the 90’s, and examines how Iowa and national politics have changed since then.
We also hear about the World Food Prize ceremony this week and the protests associated with it. And, a unit with the Iowa National Guard had a homecoming this week. Plus, Willie the pig has been captured.
Join host Ben Kieffer for this discussion and examination of funeral trends and new rules related to funerals and services in Iowa. Hear from funeral directors about how their job is performed, and get a glimpse of how a person might go about skipping the funeral director to care for deceased loved-ones on their own.
NASA's Juno spacecraft passed within about 350 miles of Earth's surface this week, before slingshotting off into space on a historic exploration of Jupiter.
On this news buzz version of River to River, hear from a University of Iowa research engineer about Juno, and from the president of the University of Iowa Amateur Radio Club about why they waved to Juno electronically, as it whizzed by.
That, and many other items in our news worth buzzing about.
Join host Charity Nebbe for the first of a two-part show about how children grow up. Today, the focus is on boys. How do they develop, what are their challenges and risks, and hear one perspective on how changes in education have affected how boys perform in the classroom.
In this "News Buzz" show, hear about a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the resignation of Senator Kent Sorenson, a passionate response to a football official's decision, and Iowa’s first Globally Important Bird Area.
Meredith Willson left his home state of Iowa behind when he was 18 years old, but later as his career soared, he brought Iowa to Broadway and Hollywood with “The Music Man.” Join host Charity Nebbe as Iowa Week continues to hear the stories of some of Iowa’s most famous musicians.
Nearly 200-thousand babies each year are born with congenital clubfoot. On this River to River, Iowa Week continues with a look at pioneering work in medicine. Hear about the Iowa-based Ponseti International Association which treats clubfoot. Dr. Herman Hein will tell us about Iowa's Statewide Perinatal Program, which has helped mothers and newborn babies receive needed medical care, and the remarkable story of how the University of Iowa's College of Medicine was funded almost one hundred years ago.
To start off "Iowa Week," host Charity Nebbe looks at the lives of a few of the prominent athletes in Iowa's history. The discussion includes Nile Kinnick, Jack Trice, and other football players, but also baseball, archery, and horseshoes.
It’s taken more than three decades for NASA’s Voyager 1 to travel about 11 billion miles to reach the outskirts of our solar system and continue on into interstellar space. Today on River to River, we hear from research scientist, Bill Kurth, about his work on some of the spacecraft’s equipment that was built and operated by the University of Iowa.
For this News Buzz version of 'River to River' we hear about legally blind Iowans and gun permits, astronaut Clayton Anderson will join the Iowa State University faculty, the Cyclone/Hawkeye game is tomorrow, and hear about superstitions on this Friday the thirteenth.
Name a famous person who appears regularly on NPR. His first name can be a noun or a verb, and his last name sounds like an article of clothing. Puzzlemaster Will Shortz joins Host Charity Nebbe to talk about how the New York Times crossword puzzle is put together and a little about his love of table tennis. And hear about real-world problem solving with Invent Iowa, and one particular invention made by middle school girls in Council Bluffs.
The final vote on whether wrestling will remain an Olympic sport takes place this weekend in Argentina. So will the sport many connect with the original Olympics be ousted? The “Iowa Nice Guy”, aka Des Moines actor and filmmaker, Scott Siepker has surfaced again, this time to support wrestling’s bid to regain its Olympic spot for 2020 and ’24. We talk with him in the first half hour.
Dr. Ian Dunbar revolutionized dog training with a few deceptively simple ideas: Dog training should be fun for dogs as well as people, you do not have to wait to train your puppy. Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with world renowned dog-trainer, veterinarian, and animal-behaviorist Ian Dunbar.
Last month the University of Iowa was ranked as the #1 party school by The Princeton Review. Binge drinking is a problem on not only the Iowa City campus, but on college campuses across Iowa and the U.S. What is the nature of binge drinking and what can be done to curb it?
This River to River includes discussion about gun laws in Iowa, high pollen counts and allergies, an Iowan who was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities, ISU has a new very fast computer, hot weather, a holiday weekend State Park preview, and Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are supposedly good places for frugal living.
Host Ben Kieffer talks with Claudia Beverly, the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor will be in Iowa in the coming weeks. Hear about how to ensure seniors get appropriate and quality healthcare. You will also hear from Tracey Robertson from the Heritage Area Agency on Aging, and two notable senior athletes to talk about physical fitness.
What’s so great about swimming? Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from people who like to spend time in the water, including a member of an open water swim club, a triathlete, a swim coach, and hear the story of Iowan Beulah Gundling who was influential to the development of synchronized swimming.
Join host Ben Kieffer for this edition of River to River that quickly moves through a variety of news stories of note: implications of an Iowa Supreme Court decision, a possible new Department of Transportation app to prevent texting-and-driving, a tapeworm diet, Iowa college football, and more.
When Otty Schmakal left Austria at the beginning of World War II, she left behind her homeland and a fiancé who was training to be a doctor. He was conscripted into the German Army and she eventually joined the US Army. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe hears the true World War II love story of Otty and Fred Blodi.
Charity also speaks with Tom Morain, of Graceland University, who provides insight on the Women's Army Auxillary Corps in Des Moines, as well as other WWII preparation efforts.
As students prepare for classes, the social studies classroom in Iowa’s public schools might be a little different than it was when you were in school. Today on River to River, we talk about the modern social studies classroom with the Iowa teacher that won a 2013 American Civic Education Teacher Award. And as high school football practices are starting, we talk with a coach that’s using new technology to assess concussions in athletes.
In this encore edition of River to River, listen back to host Ben Kieffer's tour of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum with its Director Tom Schwartz. Schwartz talks about the role of presidential museums and libraries in light of the recent opening of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas. Schwartz also discusses President Hoover himself and the museum’s exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It’s called Iowans and the Civil War: The Western Theater.
At this point in the summer last year, the garden challenge was dealing with hot and dry weather. But at least recently, unseasonably cool weather has been the story. For Talk of Iowa's horticulture day we talk with Iowa State University Extension Vegetable Production Specialist Ajay Nair about his research on cover crops and composting. ISU’s Richard Jauron will also be here answering questions about your lawn and garden.
The US Treasury Secretary says that the debt ceiling needs to be raised, but can it be done without another partisan showdown? Join host Ben Kieffer to hear about what’s getting done in DC, and what is not likely to get done before politicians are again entrenched in another election cycle. Also, have a look overseas to updates on mid-east peace talks, Egypt, and China's recent economic slowdown. Kieffer is joined by Donna Hoffman from University of Northern Iowa and David Skidmore from Drake University.
Storytelling can preserve history, pass on traditions, and help give us tools for dealing with emotions and difficulties. Join host Charity Nebbe and three Iowan storytellers talking about the role of storytelling, and they share some of their favorite stories.