Ongoing Coverage:

Clare Roth

Talk Show Producer


10:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Gifts of Kindness

Mel Neal's farm after the tornado.
Photo Courtesy of Mel Neal

For a handful of us, the last year has brought gifts of life changing kindness. 

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Politics Day
5:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Politics Day: Congressmen Legacies and the Invisible Primary

Jeb Bush announced this week he's "actively exploring" a presidential run.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Flickr

The invisible primary has ramped up with Jeb Bush's declaration that he is "exploring" a presidential run.

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6:04 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UI Student Claims 'Excessive Force' in Police Incident

Grayson Scogin

The refrain can be heard more than 20 times. "My hands are behind my head."

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4:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Encore Edition: Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

Nixon, pictured with Leonid Brezhnev.
That Hartford Guy Flickr

Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them?

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River to River
2:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Are We Still One Nation Under God, and Does It Matter?

The Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason billboard
Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason

Our country is very much identified as "one nation under God," however, the number of non-religious Americans has risen dramatically.

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Diabetes Research
4:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Conquer Diabetes

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center has existed since 2009, but only found a home earlier this fall.
Oskar Annermarken Flickr

Diabetes was first named in ancient Greek civilization, but there's still much we don't know about the condition.

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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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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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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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News Buzz
3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

"Farmer Wave Week" Celebrates a Friendly Highway Gesture

Todd Collins has created a week celebrating a hands-just-slightly-off-the-wheel motion that encapsulates 'Iowa Nice.'
Paul Hamilton Flickr

Most driver-to-driver hand gestures are decidedly unwelcome. But riding along a rural road in Iowa, you might encounter a friendly one--the farmer wave.

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News Buzz
2:52 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Iowa Leading in LGBT Equality Once Again

Iowa was third in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but how else are Iowa cities achieving equality for their LGBT residents?
Alan Light Flickr

In the third annual Municipality Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign, each of the five Iowa cities measured scored above the national average.

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News Buzz
2:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Do Pesticides Cause Depression?

Seven pesticides commonly used by farmers may be linked to depression.
jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Mining 20 years of data, a new study by the National Institutes of Health has found a link between some pesticides and depression. 

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Home Improvement
4:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Is Insulation Enough?

Clayton Parker Flickr

The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

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1:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

ISU Honors Students, Veterans Lost

ISU's Gold Star Hall
Iowa State University

Diane Rasmussen, who lives in Omaha, can't make impromptu trips to Arlington, Virginia, where her son Deric is buried. Now, if she wants to feel close to him, she can visit Gold Star Hall in ISU's Memorial Union.

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1:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NPR Correspondent Mara Liasson Weighs in on Iowa Politics

Why do female candidates often go by their first names? Liasson weighs in on gender issues in politics.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's 'Squeal' ad made waves this election cycle. NPR political correspondent Mara Liassion believes Ernst's gender was crucial to that appeal.

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4:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

One Man's Journey "From Hell to Iowa"

Charles Notis and his mother (right) soon after they escaped from Albania to Greece.
Courtesy of Charles Notis

Charles Notis created one of the most prominent commercial weather forecasting groups in the state with Harvey Freese.

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Battle of the Chefs
2:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Six Chefs Battle Thursday

Last year's champions, Tacopocalypse, will return for this year's battle.
Iowa Public Radio

Six Iowa chefs will compete Thursday at West End Salvage in Des Moines for the second annual Iowa Public Radio Battle of the Chefs. They're all out to win. 

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4:35 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Is Your Office Affecting Your Sleep Patterns?

A recent study found that the amount of natural light office workers are exposed to may impact the duration and quality of their sleep.
Mark Norman Francis Flickr

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that those who worked close to windows slept better and longer than those who didn’t. Dr. Eric Dyken, a sleep expert, says this has to do with our bodies' circadian rhythms.

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3:52 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ukraine Strained by Gas Deal, Multiple Elections

Kiev, Ukraine
Dieter Zirnig Flickr

Yesterday in a deal brokered by the European Union, Russia agreed to supply gas to Ukraine through March. 

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2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

UI Course Takes Superheroes Seriously

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...a college course?
JD Hancock Flickr

While Iowans will see superheroes and villains out trick-or-treating tonight, University of Iowa students will be seeing them in their textbooks this spring.

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Self-perception and Body Image
5:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Talking to Ourselves: How Self-Talk Affects Body Image

Locker says negative self-image and stress surrounding weight loss can start as young as 5 or 6 years old.
wader Flickr

When you stand in front of the mirror and look at your image can you see yourself as you really are?

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Death and Dying
5:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

"Both Sacred and Profane": Lessons from a Crematory

The body is placed in a container on top this hydraulic hoist, which lifts it to the opening of the crematory, about three and a half feet off the ground.
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

When her husband died, Brenda, an Iowa City resident, struggled to explain the death to her four sons. So she turned to a person who handles death for a living: her husband’s funeral director.

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Hort Day
12:16 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

How Many Spiders Do You Swallow in Your Sleep?

Wolf spiders are one of the largest and most commonly seen spiders in Iowa.
Roadsidepictures Flickr

The answer is: probably zero. ISU entomologist Donald Lewis says fears and myths about spiders are overblown.

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Planet Money
5:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

T-shirts, Candy, and Candlelight: How Planet Money Makes Sense of the Economy

David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein will speak at ISU tonight at 8 PM.
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Economics teachers across the country use blackboards and chalk to teach people about supply and demand. The Planet Money team hands out candy to seventh graders.

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Agriculture and Hunger
5:10 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

One Reporter's Journey to Understand How China Is Fed

Hicks says one surprising thing is the large amount of women in Chinese agriculture. Often they run the small family farms while their husbands work in industry in the city.
International Food Policy Research Institute Flickr

From buying Iowa feed to learning from farming practices to possibly buying into our hog market, China's ag ties to Iowa are strong.

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International News
4:44 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

UI Professor Encounters Hong Kong Protests First-Hand

The so-called "Umbrella Revolution" is made up in large part of students who want unrestricted choice of candidates in the 2017 elections.
Pasu Au Yeung Flickr

Art Durnev is a finance professor at the University of Iowa, but he got a crash course on political science when he encountered protests daily during a two-week stint at the UI's MBA program in Hong Kong.

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6:30 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Iowa Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is undergoing
Jon Favrel Flickr

Though there’s only been two cases in the United States, hospitals across the nation and across Iowa are preparing for the possibility of caring for Ebola patients.

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LGBT Athletics
5:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

"Keep Telling as Many Stories as We Can": How Outsports Helps Athletes Come Out

Cyd Zeigler sits at Philadelphia book signing for his book "The Outsports Revolution: Truth and Myth in the World of Gay Sports."
reflexblue Flickr

Cyd Zeigler said the idea for came from the simple desire to talk about sports with other gay men.

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News Buzz
4:06 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Pilotless Airplanes? Rockwell Collins and the UI Push Forward

Early tests by Rockwell Collins and a UI group suggest remote-controlled airplanes may feasible in US airspace in the future.
a.koto Flickr

Would you fly in a plane without a pilot? How comfortable would you be with a plane remote-controlled from the ground?

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