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Some Downtown Cedar Rapids Businesses Won't Wait For Permanent Flood Control System

6/18/2018
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Ten years after floodwaters devastated downtown Cedar Rapids, many businesses have returned and some new ones have opened up. For some, that reinvestment was tied to the city’s commitment to build a permanent flood control system . But a decade later, businesses are still waiting for that protection.

Duration:00:04:45

Shrinking State Funding a "Tax" on UNI Students

6/18/2018
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At a time of rising tuitions and tight budgets at the state’s Regents universities, the president of the University of Northern Iowa is expressing some relief. Mark Nook has been on the job in Cedar Falls about a year. Tuition at his school is climbing two-point-eight percent, a little more than $200. That's less than the three-point-eight percent increases at Iowa State and the University of Iowa. Nook says he understands why higher education is often on the chopping block during state...

Duration:00:22:15

The 2018 Iowa Summer Music Festival Guide

6/18/2018
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The music festival scene in Iowa gets bigger and better every year! It's an exciting time for live music fans in our state, but it can also get a little overwhelming if you're trying to make plans for the summer. We're here to help with our list of festivals happening in Iowa. If you see something missing, tweet us @IPRStudioOne. To learn more about these festivals, and to hear interviews with many of the organizers, check out The B-Side, IPR's music blog. About: From the website : "Those...

Duration:00:15:57

Upcoming Events in Iowa

6/15/2018
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For those of you who say that there is nothing to do in Iowa… Listen below to hear of all kinds of interesting art and musical events that will be happening around the state of Iowa in the month of June! Events such as IPR broadcasts, symphony concerts, summer municipal band concerts, musicals, recitals, jazz festivals, theater shows, art exhibits, operas, chamber festivals, and so much more are happening right here in Iowa. So get out and enjoy the music!

Duration:00:05:59

Mulch Ado About Nothing

6/15/2018
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On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, and Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension Specialist in Value Added Agriculture, about how you can use mulch in your garden this summer. "Mulch has a lot of good characteristics to it and good advantages in a garden," Naeve says. "Most of us think, oh I want to mulch to keep the weeds down... but it also helps conserve soil moisture."...

Duration:00:48:44

10 Years Later, Cedar Rapids Makes Flood Prevention Progress

6/15/2018
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This week marked a decade since histroic floodwaters ravaged a lot of eastern Iowa, including Cedar Rapids. IPR's Clay Masters speaks with Cedar Rapids Flood Control Program Manager Rob Davis about progress made in the city since 2008.

Duration:00:04:47

Meet the Dog-Loving Boy Behind 'I've Pet That Dog'

6/14/2018
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It's a very simple idea. A boy, a dog and a short story. Migrate this simple idea to Twitter, and it becomes a phenomenon. As of this writing, @IvePetThatDog has more than 90-thousand followers. Gideon Kidd is the star of " I've Pet That Dog ." He's a normal nine-year-old boy from Cedar Falls, who is anything but typical. His mom, Rachel Braunigan, describes him as "extremely social," which may be an understatement. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, he sits down with host Charity Nebbe in an...

Duration:00:17:45

Paddle for a Purpose: A Memoir

6/14/2018
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An extended voyage down the Mississippi River in a kayak hasn't always been high on Barb Geiger's list of things she wanted to do. But one Sunday morning in 2013, after weeks of preparation, Barb and her husband set off in a self-built kayak for an epic five month journey of paddling and service work. “By having a hard start - with rain seven out of the first 10 days, two capsizes, and putting a hole in our boat in the rapids and having to get out of the water and fix it - we learned that...

Duration:00:30:58

Politics Day: Handshakes and Smiles at the Singapore Summit

6/14/2018
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On this politics day edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Jim McCormick, professor of political science at Iowa State University, and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield professor of political science at Grinnell College. They discuss the G7 Summit blowup, the showdown over immigration in Congress, and President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un .

Duration:00:45:30

SOI Presents: DMSO's "Rhapsody in Blue" Concert

6/14/2018
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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Rhapsody in Blue” concert. The orchestra performs works by Strauss, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and Ravel. DMSO’s “Rhapsody in Blue” concert serves as their season finale of their 80 th season. Pianist Charlie Albright joins DMSO to perform Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and Shostakovich’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Albright is a recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award and has...

Duration:00:06:47

Isabel Bloom's Legacy Lives On Through Her Sculptures

6/13/2018
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Concrete hearts, angels, and puppies… the sculptures of Isabel Bloom have been beloved since the 1950s. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Donna Young about the life of the remarkable Iowa artist behind the whimsical sculptures. Young says Bloom's work was unique for her time, not only because she was a woman who owned her own business, but because of the medium she worked with. "At the time, cement was used for construction, not art," says Young. Young is...

Duration:00:30:58

Iowa Lawmakers Discuss Fetal Heartbeat Law in Wake of Legal Challenge

6/12/2018
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A new Iowa law banning physicians from performing most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is being called the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation. On this edition of River to River , Ben Kieffer discusses the law with three state lawmakers who each have very different views, including a Democrat against the change, a Republican who voted for it, and a Republican who was one of six in his party who felt he couldn’t support the law. “The more I studied the bill, the more I...

Duration:00:46:28

Could Bioplastics Be the Way of the Future?

6/12/2018
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Right now, chances are pretty good that you're surrounded by plastic. A plastic keyboard, plastic water bottle, the plastic fixtures in your car, perhaps even a plastic case on your phone. There's no denying that plastics are an integral part of our society, but they're also a huge factor in a major environmental disaster that's becoming increasingly apparent in our oceans and waterways. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with David Grewell, Director of the Center for...

Duration:00:48:44

King Of The Tramps bring the "Whiskey Gospel" to Studio One Underground

6/12/2018
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The Aubur, IA band King Of The Tramps are in the middle of a tour, and that included a stop at the Des Moines Social Club to perform live on IPR's Studio One Underground! Joined by the Whiskey Gospel Horns and Riley Partridge on guitar - son of lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Todd Partridge - the band ripped through two sets of loud, sweatly rock and roll, playing favorites from the band's four albums and selections from King Of The Tramps' upcoming album, due in June. Whiskey Gospel is...

Duration:00:30:29

Sen. Charles Grassley Warns Against President Trump's Trade 'Brinkmanship'

6/11/2018
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After a tense weekend of economic negotiations with the United States' closest allies at the Group of 7 Summit, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is warning that President Donald Trump's tactics are threatening the state's farmers. At a tumultuous time in international trade relations, Grassley joined IPR's River to River to talk tariffs, North Korea and the Justice Department with host Ben Kieffer.

Duration:00:22:15

Clean Drinking Water Restored to Creston, Surrounding Area

6/11/2018
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Nine counties in southwest Iowa have been experiencing a drinking water crisis over the past 10 days after a filtration membrane malfunctioned at Creston Water Works. A boil warning was issued June 1st for the city and all the surrounding towns the water works supplied water for. During this River to River conversation, host Ben Kieffer talks with Scott Vicker, managing editor for the Creston News Advertiser and Chris Gordy, store director for the Creston Hy-Vee.

Duration:00:23:13

Miss Iowa Will End Swimsuit Portion of Competition Starting in 2019

6/8/2018
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This week the Miss America Organization announced it would no longer include the swimsuit portion of the competition in the pageant. That decision marks the end of an era, given that Miss America orignally started as a swimsuit competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1921. During this hour of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with Nicole Kelly, who was Miss Iowa 2013 and is a current producer of the Miss Iowa competition. When she was crowned Miss Iowa, it was international news...

Duration:00:45:27

MarKaus live on Studio One Tracks

6/8/2018
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The Des Moines hip-hop artist is having a busy year. His new EP Riot Gear was released earlier this year, and his label Media Fresh will be releasing music by additional artists this summer. We talked about all of this, and more, and heard some great music during a live performance on IPR's Studio One Tracks! Joined by guitarist/vocalist King Wylde and DJ 16th St Monk, MarKaus ripped through all of the songs from Riot Gear, and we got to hear King Wylde perform his soon-to-be-released...

Duration:00:22:56

Biting Bugs Arrive With Summer

6/8/2018
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Along with the rich greens and beautiful blossoms of early summer come bugs — gnats, mosquitoes, ticks, and many others. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe chats with Iowa State University entomologist Donald Lewis about biting insects. Lewis says that the biting black flies, also known as buffalo gnats, that bothered much of Iowa in late spring are thankfully gone, as their lifespan is only three weeks. Tick populations appear to be about average this year. The mosquito...

Duration:00:48:42

Senator David Johnson Will Not Seek Re-election

6/8/2018
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Back in 2016, when it was clear the Republican Party was warming up to the idea of having Donald Trump as its Presidential nominee, one state Senator from Iowa quit the Republican Party. Now, he's announced that he will not be seeking reelection as an Independent in the Iowa Senate. On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with Senator David Johnson of Ocheyedan about this decision and how politics have changed in his nearly 20 years as a lawmaker in Iowa. In recent years,...

Duration:00:22:13