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Ailments Plaguing Oak Trees

8/23/2019
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Although oak trees are uniquely suited to the Iowa climate and landscape, many suffer from a variety of ailments stemming from insects, fungal problems, and disease. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, the director of the Insect and Plant Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University, Laura Iles, explains common effects of insects on oak trees. She says that after dry weather lace bugs can contribute to the yellowing of leaves. Lace bugs can be identified as black spots underneath...

Duration:00:48:25

How Tai Chi Helps Veterans In Iowa

8/23/2019
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Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial arts tradition that is healing Iowa veterans. When incorporated into rehabilitation programs, tai chi can bring veterans relief from anxiety, PTSD and physical ailments.

Duration:00:48:39

UNI President Mark Nook Addresses Declining Enrollment, Tuition And Renovations

8/23/2019
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The University of Northern Iowa has been facing a series of challenges, including a decline in enrollment, freezing tuition costs and re-branding. On this segment of River to River , host Ben Kieffer spoke with UNI President Mark Nook about these challenges as well as the new renovations on the Cedar Falls campus and what he's most looking forward to for the 2019-20 academic year. Guest: Mark Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa

Duration:00:23:11

Bullock Delivered Papers To Montana Governor's Mansion

8/23/2019
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River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen. Kieffer talks with Sally Mauk, host of Campaign Beat on Montana Public Radio about Bullock's rise in Montana politics, and changes she's seen in him now that he's on a...

Duration:00:07:26

Is Trump Changing Tune On Gun Control?

8/22/2019
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President Donald Trump expressed support for background checks in the days following two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and then appeared to walk back those statements this week. Did a meeting with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre change his mind? The President says no, clarifying that he still wants to "close loopholes," in the background check system. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science at Iowa State University and Rachel Caufield, professor of...

Duration:00:45:22

Yellow, White Or Both, An Ear Of Sweet Corn Is A Summer Pleasure

8/22/2019
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Even though the Midwest is tops in field corn production and grows row after row of it, these states don't stand out when it comes to national production of sweet corn. But for many in the region, nothing says summer quite like a fresh hot ear of sweet corn — plain, buttered or salted.

Duration:00:04:18

Iowans Working Past "Retirement Age"

8/22/2019
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Iowans over the age of 65 are working longer than ever before, and the reasons are varied. Several retirees are still working past their retirement age and chose to live in a retirement community. Some work because they feel the need to stay busy and it's an ideal way to keep money in their pocket, others keep working because they can't afford to support themselves mostly because they do not have enough retirement savings. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with...

Duration:00:48:46

Caucus on a Stick

8/22/2019
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The Iowa State Fair has become a must-stop for presidential campaigns ahead of the Caucuses. Candidates eat fried food on a stick and try to chat with voters through the swarm of cameras. We’ll take you through the crowds to see what the fair actually does for wannabe presidents.

Duration:00:24:55

It Isn't Easy Being Plastic Free

8/20/2019
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The average American consumer is responsible for 234 pounds of plastic waste each year, and of the 30 million tons of plastic produced each year across the globe, about half are created for single-use purposes. Used once, then thrown away. Last month, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe and producer Katelyn Harrop decided to take stock of the role single-use plastics play in their daily lives by embarking on the Plastic Free July challenge, and they invited listeners across the state to join...

Duration:00:48:23

Iowa Anti-Abortion Activists Try To Rally Support For Amending Constitution

8/19/2019
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Last year, Iowa lawmakers passed what was then considered the nation’s most restrictive abortion law . The “fetal heartbeat” law would have banned most abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy. But Iowa courts stepped in, blocking that law and ensuring future attempts to restrict abortion rights would fail in the state. Now, abortion opponents in Iowa are trying to rally support for what they see as their only path to restricting or banning abortion.

Duration:00:04:32

Iowa Latino Community Reacts To El Paso Shooting

8/19/2019
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Two weeks after a mass shooting shook the nation, members of Iowa's Latino community share their reactions to the hate-fueled violence. The shooter, who killed 22 people in El Paso on August 3rd, told police he was specifically targeting Mexicans. Now, Latino Iowans are questioning their own safety. Father Guillermo Trevino lives in West Liberty, which is a majority Latino town in southeast Iowa. The day of the shootings, he was baptizizng a child with family in El Paso. He says he's...

Duration:00:45:24

A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World

8/19/2019
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This program originally aired on 2-9-18. For Nate Staniforth, a coin trick was his gateway to magic. He was 9-years-old and living in Ames. "I just was captivated by the idea that I could perfect this and make it look like I made a coin disappear. That's all I wanted." So, he did the trick on the playground. "The kids didn't laugh. They didn't clap. They just started shrieking and ran away." The teacher on playground duty came over and demanded that Staniforth show her what upset all the...

Duration:00:49:23

Moulton Says It Won't Be Easy For Democrats To Retake The White House

8/17/2019
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The final presidential candidate to speak at the Iowa State Fair says it won’t be easy to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said Democrats will need a remarkably diverse coalition behind the eventual nominee. “A coalition that includes everybody in the Democratic Party,” he said Saturday at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox. “And we’ve gotta get everyone to turn out. We can’t leave anybody out. But also includes independent...

Duration:00:20:34

Pints And Politics: State Fair, Steve King And Lyz's Debut

8/16/2019
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The Gazette's newest columnist, Lyz Lenz makes her Pints and Politics debut on the heels of releasing her book, God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss and Renewal in Middle America. In the discussion at Millstream Brewing in Amana, hosted by Gazette investigative reporter Erin Jordan, panelists take up topics ranging from the likelihood of meaningful gun control legislation to overtime pay for nurses at UIHC. Guests: Todd Dorman, editorial page editor for The Gazette Lyz Lenz, columnist for The...

Duration:00:45:24

Behind The Scenes Of The Iowa State Fair

8/15/2019
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The Iowa State Fair opened last Thursday and hundreds of thousands of visitors have already passed through the gates to see what this year's fair has to offer. For this special Iowa State Fair hour of Talk of Iowa , our host Charity Nebbe visited the fairgrounds the day before it opened. She talks to the fierce competitors of the popular jams, jellies and fruit butter competitions, then introduces a mother-son baking duo who have been competing in the baking contests for the last four years.

Duration:00:48:24

Sports Betting Takes The Field In Iowa

8/14/2019
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Classic hits play over the speakers on the casino floor at Lakeside Casino near Osceola, in southern Iowa. Players sit at slot machines with names like Buffalo Grand, Lightning Link and Wild Cougar. The games erupt with lights and alarms. Down an escalator and beyond the bar (and more slot machines) is the corner of the casino being renovated into a sportsbook, a betting parlor dedicated to wagering on sports.

Duration:00:04:28

Buttigieg: Trump 'Knows He’s Doing Harm To American Consumers' With Tariffs

8/13/2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said by delaying some tariffs in an escalating trade war with China, the Trump administration is acknowledging the pain it’s causing Americans. “This is going to hurt in our pocketbooks at home,” Buttigieg told reporters after speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair Tuesday. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said 10 percent tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports will go forward, but...

Duration:00:21:08

Summer Memories With Dan Knight

8/13/2019
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Remember those afternoons at the lake, road trips with the sun blazing through the windshield, hot summer nights? The moments that make up our summer memories are often accompanied by music.

Duration:00:48:24