Julie Englander

Weekend Edition Host

Julie Englander is the local host of Weekend Edition on Iowa Public Radio and also serves as a substitute host for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Midday breaks.

With more than thirty years in radio, Julie has a wide range of experience from producing award winning news stories to interviewing authors on a long-running literary program. She started in commercial radio but joined public radio in the 1980s and has been with Iowa Public Radio since 1988. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Julie’s favorite public radio program is Weekend Edition.

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If you find an injured raptor in eastern Iowa, there’s a place to take it. Two people have established a new raptor rehabilitation center because they felt there was a lack of medical resources for injured birds in the area. The new center is called RARE, which stands for Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation and Education , and it’s based in Iowa City. It is so new the operators don’t even have their own facility yet. They are using donated space at a couple of veterinary clinics. Recently, two...

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This is the Q & A between audience members and Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox on August 22, 2015. All right good morning. No, no, speech from me this morning. I want your questions. I want all twenty minutes to be your questions, not you hearing some speech from me so let's get your questions… The lady in the Cubs hat... The question is, how would I secure the border when I become President?...

Bird Feeder Study

Oct 22, 2015
James Adelman

Birds that spend a lot of time at feeders are more likely to contract disease. A new Iowa State University study of House Finches in Virginia found birds that visited feeders often were more likely to spread an eye infection similar to pink eye in humans. The study's lead author James Adelman says they tracked individuals in the wild and found that those that spent the most time at feeders were the most likely to get sick. Adelman: "By actually looking at how the different individuals...

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This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and South Carolina senior Senator Lindsey Graham at the Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines.
R: Well, senator, welcome.
G: Glad to be here. Eat more bacon.

R: Thank you for bringing Charleston, South Carolina, weather to Des Moines today. Or at least something close.
G: Come to Charleston. It's good.
R:...

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R: Governor Bush, welcome.
B: Good to be here.
R: You know, a variety of folks are saying and talking about this being your first trip to Iowa, but I think it's not...
B: No.
R: And you came here often when your father ran for president and when your brother did. Why don't you talk a little bit, first, about those experience?
B: Sure. Gosh, I must...

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This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the Iowa Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines. R: Well, Senator, welcome. It's a little bit warmer than it was two weeks ago when you were here. Thanks for bringing the warm weather with you.
C: Well, I try to bring that up from Texas.
R: Why don't we get started?
C: Great.
R:...

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This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at the Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines. R: Senator Santorum, welcome.
S: Thank you, Bruce. Good to be back.
R: Hey, before we get started, while I was out back, and I won't take away from your time, we'll add to it a second. But, I just had to mention, that we had a compliment from one of the...

Fewer students than usual attended classes at West High School in Iowa City today because of an alleged threat. West High principal Gregg Shoultz says they received a report Friday of a post on Snapchat that included a picture of a gun and text about the high school. He says officials met with the student who allegedly made made the threat, but the student never confirmed it. Shoultz says although there is no threat, many students opted to stay home today. “We had several students elect not...

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Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources says blue-green algae blooms are not only a nuisance, some forms of the algae can be harmful to people, pets, and livestock. Mary Skopec of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says bacteria from algae can produce toxins that are damaging to either the liver or nerves. “A dog can go from being perfectly fine to being dead within a matter of hours, or even minutes, because this can shut down the liver right away," she says. Skopec says it’s important...

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There are the remarks, as delivered, by former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee at the Iowa Democrats' Hall of Fame Dinner, July 17, 2015. Thank you very much. Congratulations to all the Hall of Fame Inductees - a great group of people working so hard to get Democrats elected in Iowa. Congratulations, Inductees. And, thank you for inviting me to this exciting night in Cedar Rapids. Tonight, you will hear from five good candidates with a wide range of passions and experiences. And, it...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former US Secretary of the Navy, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, July 17, 2015. Thank you very much. Well, I have to say I had the pleasure of serving with Bernie. We were elected on the same, in the same campaign cycle, and I’ve followed him many times on the Senate floor. Bernie you always fire me up. So, I’m here to turn the lights out tonight, folks. And I appreciate the opportunity,...

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This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines. R: Governor Walker, thanks for coming.
W: Thank you. Thanks to all of you for sticking around. I understand it’s been a long day.
R: Wisconsin is a little closer to Iowa than some had to come. Hopefully, you had a good trip?
W: Yeah. Glad to be back. I just saw Congressman King...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as he opened his Iowa campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa on May 30, 2015. Thank you. So, let me ask a question of Des Moines, Iowa. Are you ready to move our country forward? Are you ready to take on the challenges of our times? Do you believe we need new leadership? Do you believe that there is no problem greater than our capacity as a people to overcome it? Well, if you answered yes to all of those...

Raptor Resource Project

The Decorah Eagles have lost the person who helped put them in the world's spotlight. The Raptor Resource Project's blog reports Bob Anderson passed away this morning. Anderson's internet bird cam of the Decorah Eagles went live 2011. Almost overnight, the birds became one of the world's largest wildlife education programs. Former director of the MacBride Raptor Project in Solon Jodeane Cancilla says the eagles' bird cam was an important resource. "To be able to know that that was being seen...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by Donald Trump in his first visit to Iowa after declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, June 16, 2015. I want to thank you all for being here. This has been a wild day. This has been a really wild day. So, I was in New York. We had a tremendous crowd at Trump Tower -- packed. In fact, they had to lock the doors. There were so many people standing outside on Fifth Avenue, I guess we had over 5,000 people, and people outside...

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This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines. R: Good morning, Governor Christie.
C: Good morning, Bruce.
R: Thanks for coming.
C: I’m happy to be here.
R: How about we get started?
C: Sure, let’s do it.
R: One of the issues that’s important to agriculture is free trade...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner, May 16, 2015. Thank y’all, very, very, much. You know, President Obama has done a lot of damage in his seven years in office. He’s put Obamacare and bureaucrats between doctors and their patients… $18 trillion of debt. He’s imposing Common Core in our classrooms. He’s weakening our foreign policy, refusing to stand by Israel, negotiating a bad deal with Iran. But the greatest damage he...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally June 14, 2015 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Thank you for that introduction. Thank you for being committed to the right values, fighting for them in the political arena, in your home, across this state and country. I have to tell you I am thrilled to be here to see all of you. It is a special treat to be here not only the day after I kicked off the formal part of my...

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These are remarks, as delivered by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Democrat, at the Story County Democrats' Soup Supper, February 21, 2015. Thank you very, very much for inviting me to be with you tonight. This is an extraordinary turn out, and I think the folks that got the awards and all of you are doing something which is enormously patriotic. You are expressing belief in our democratic system. You are prepared to get involved in the political process. You are prepared to talk...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner, May 16, 2015 in Des Moines. Thank you all very much. I am excited to be here because this is day 541. There are only 541 days left for the end of the Age of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Look, many of you all know me as George and Barbara’s boy, for which I’m proud. Some of you may know that W is my brother. I’m proud of that too. Whether people don’t like that or not they’re...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former Senator Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican, at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner May 16, 2015. Thank you very much. It’s always a pleasure to follow my former colleague Chuck Grassley and the great work he does. It is great to be back here in Iowa. Thank you for having me back. I spent a little time here four years ago -- three-hundred and eighty-five meetings and speeches that I did across the state of Iowa. And I want to share...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former Texas Governor Rick Perry at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner on May 15, 2015. It is good to be back in Iowa. As we drove across a good part of Iowa over the course of the last few hours, being a farm boy I looked out across there, and I looked at those rows of corn. You can just start rowing that corn. And this is the good time of the year. This is the time when hope springs eternally. For those of us who grew up in these agricultural...

This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and former New York Governor George Pataki at the Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines. R: Governor Pataki, welcome.
P: Thank you. Nice to be here with you, Bruce.
R: We appreciate you coming. From what I understand, you grew up on a farm?
P: I did. You know, when you think of New York, and the governor of New York, probably the last thing you think of...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, May 16, 2015. This is half time. If you’re a veteran, stand-up. If you’re tired of sitting, stand-up. If you need to go to the bathroom, now’s your time. It won’t bother me a bit. How about a round of applause for the people who put this dinner on? The more you drink, the better I’ll sound. So, keep drinking. Chuck Grassley, is he still here? The one thing I’ve learned about...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former business executive Carly Fiorina at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit April 25, 2015 in Waukee. Thank you so much for that warm welcome, and since Hillary Clinton was mentioned maybe I have to just start with her. Like Hillary Clinton, I, too have traveled twelve hundred miles. But unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that mileage is not the same as going the distance. She traveled recently, you know, she traveled in a van nicknamed Scooby,...

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These are the remarks as delivered by Dr. Ben Carson at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner May 16, 2015. Thank you very much, and thank you to the organizers for your kind invitation, particularly to be here on Lincoln Day. You know, Lincoln was an exhibit in courage. And, he was an individual who assumed the presidency after only two years of political experience. I bring that up because there’s some people who seem to think that many years of political experience are necessary in order to be...

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This is the Q and A between Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at the Ag Summit March 7, 2015 in Des Moines. R: Governor Huckabee, welcome to Iowa.
H: Good to be back. Thank you.
R: You’ve been a Governor of a rural state and understand a number of rural issues I think from being Governor of that state and having to deal with those issues. One of the challenges we continue to see is the...

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. Thank you. Thank you. It’s good to be here. It’s a little bit chilly out though. When does the summer start? I want to come back when it’s summer. People sometimes ask me why I got involved in politics, and I usually tell them that I got tired of throwing stuff at my TV, and that’s sort of true. But the honest answer is that...

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Iowa lawmakers are facing another funnel deadline this week at the statehouse. Bills must have cleared one chamber and a committee in the other chamber in order to continue to be eligible for consideration. IPR's Julie Englander spoke with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell about some of the bills facing this deadline. One would make it a primary offense to use your cell phone while driving. Another would make speeding tickets issued by traffic cameras more detailed.

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As Iowa lawmakers prepare for the first so-called "funnel deadline," of the 2015 session IPR Statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell talks with IPR's Julie Englander about sifting through the items on the slate in the coming weeks.

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