Iowa Week

Hort Day
4:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Not Just Corn and Soybeans--Iowa's Unexpected Crops

Peach orchards, like this one in Virginia, may seem foreign to Iowa. But peaches are one of the many new, unexpected crops farmers are trying to grow in Iowa.
Karen Blaha Wikimedia Commons

Iowa and Georgia have one thing in common: they're known for their signature crop. But one man is blurring those lines. 

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Horticulture Day
4:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

"Like Cooked Pudding": the Beauty of Iowa Fens

Rebecca Kauten, a fen enthusiast and expert, stands before the Ciha Fen.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

When we think of Iowa landscape, Iowa prairie and Iowa farm field immediately come to mind. But there's an unexpected gem of Iowa land that often gets overlooked: the fen. 

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Unexpected Iowa
5:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Iowa the "Bright Radical Star"

The Iowa Constitution
IowaPolitics.com Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Iowa gained attention for the Supreme Court decision overturning a ban on same sex marriage. But the ruling was no surprise given the court's history.

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Unexpected Iowa
5:20 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Imported Windmills, Matchstick Models, and Hobo Jungles--Iowa's Unexpected Attractions

Patrick Acton poses with his matchstick recreation of the International Space Station. Much of Acton's artwork is on display in Gladbrook.
Matchstick Marvels

Maybe your parents took you to the American Gothic House in Eldon when you were a kid. Or maybe you stopped by the Field of Dreams in Dyersville on a road trip. But have you been to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery in Traer?

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Unexpected Iowa
4:03 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Butterfly Stroke Invented in Iowa Pool

Ben Kieffer stands with UI Swimming Coach Marc Long at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Iowa.
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Today, there are four recognized strokes in competitive swimming. It wasn't always that way. 

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Unexpected Iowa
4:50 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

World Class Instrument Builders Locate in Iowa

Doug Lawrence, a featured solosit in the Count Basie Orchestra, playing a TM Custom, made in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Courtesy of Tenor Madness

Iowa’s music scene is known for names like Glenn Miller, Slipknot, and Greg Brown, but we don’t often don’t think of the people who make their careers possible: the instrument builders.

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Unexpected Iowa
4:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Iowa: First In the Nation for 42 Years

Iowa Caucus

Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first significant hurdle for presidential hopefuls from both parties.

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Unexpected Iowa
4:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Electronica's Roots: the First Digital Synthesizer Built on Iowa Campus

a telharmonium constructed by Iowan Thaddeus Cahill
Wikimedia Commons

If you’re a fan of electronica, you’ve got several Iowans to thank.

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Unexpected Iowa
5:07 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Perfect Score: Iowa and Standardized Testing

Standardized testing has become the norm, not only for college-bound high schoolers but for students K-12. What many people don't know is that the origins standardized testing like the ACT lie in Iowa.
William R. Goodwin Wikimedia Commons

Most of us have filled in those tiny rows of bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. But who creates standardized tests? Who tests them? And why do we have to use a No. 2 pencil in the first place?

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Unexpected Iowa
2:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Iowa's Rich Literary Culture

A literature-inspired mural in downtown Iowa City. Can you identify the various books the mural suggests?
Steev Hise

Iowa is a destination for many aspiring writers from around the world, but the state has also been the origin of many gifted authors.

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Unexpected Iowa
5:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Is This Heaven? Iowa's Utopian Communities

The Amana Colonies may be the best-known utopian community in Iowa, but they're far from the only one.
Kepper66 Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve spent any time in Iowa then you’ve heard the name ‘Amana’ thrown around. But what about ‘Icarian’?

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Unexpected Iowa
4:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Iowa's Landscape: Not so Flat After All

rural Johnson County, Iowa
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

In our collective imagination, Iowa is often depicted as nothing but a flatland covered in corn. But is it really?

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River to River
2:29 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Iowans In War

Col. Bud Day and his son, George. 1956 North American F-100F Super Sabre / Hun 56-3844 - N26AZ, Detachment 1/416th Tactical Fighter Squadron fast FACs, Collings Foundation at KEFD
Christopher Ebdon / flickr

From the notable case of the Sullivan brothers in World War II, to the lesser known but significant involvement in the Civil War, Iowans have a long history of fighting for their country. Today on River To River, we close “Iowa Week” with an account of Iowa’s military history, from the Civil War, to current-day conflicts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Iowa's Horticultural Heritage

Horticulture Gardens at Iowa State University 1922
Credit Iowa State University

Iowa’s rich soil has made it an ideal place to grow plants, it has also made our state an ideal place to grow and train horticulturists.  Host Charity Nebbe, wraps up Iowa week with profiles of some of the most gifted and influential horticulturists in Iowa history.  Their lasting contributions include apples, roses, peanuts and the formation of Iowa State Agricultural College.

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River to River
3:07 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Iowa Experiments

Jane Elliott taught school in Riceville for 20 years. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered she divided her third-grade class into blue and brown-eyed groups and gave them a lesson in discrimination.

One day in 1968, the day after the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Jane Elliott, a teacher in the small town of Riceville, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups…and gave them a lesson in discrimination. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:11 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Fictional Iowans

Riverside is the future birthplace of “Star Trek’s” James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise.
Peter Zillmann / HPZ Flickr

Iowa is home to a baseball fan who sees ghosts, one spunky librarian who owns all the books in River City's library and a cat with presidential aspirations.  It is also the future birthplace of legendary starship commander Capt. James T.

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River to River
3:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Legal History

Pictured above is a bronze statue of Arabella Mansfield on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College. Mansfield was the first female lawyer in the U.S. She resided in Mount Pleasant and passed the Iowa Bar in 1869.
Gerry Chamberlin

In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker arrived at her Des Moines junior high wearing a black armband to protest the Vietnam War.  Little did she know that this simple act would lead to a historic and controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Talk of Iowa
12:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Musicians

François Péladeau

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.  

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River to River
8:27 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Medicine

Colin Burnett

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.

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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Iowa Conservationists

Leopold Outdoor Classroom at Aldo Leopold Middle School here in Burlington.
Steve Brower

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” It is partly due to his work that today's children don’t yet face that future.  Today Charity Nebbe continues Iowa Week a discussion on Iowa’s most influential conservationists.  She looks into the lives and work of Earnest Oberholtzer, John Lacey, Ada Hayden, and Louis Pammel.

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River to River
3:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Iowa Inventors

A working replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, the first digital computer, invented at Iowa State University by John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry
Ray Krebs / flickr

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” but did you know the inventor of sliced bread is from Iowa? Today on River To River, we hear about the lives of some Iowa inventors that made an impact on their state, country, and even the world.

The Iowa inventors we cover on the show include:

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Talk of Iowa
12:58 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Iowa Athletes

Statues of Nile Kinnick (left) and Jack Trice (right)
Jon Fravel / Mike Hiatt / Ben Stanton

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.  

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