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Impeachment Inquiry Dominates News Cycle, Not Questions From Iowa Voters

10/14/2019
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The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump for asking foreign governments to dig up dirt on his potential rival Joe Biden continues to dominate talk in Washington. Some of the candidates were in Des Moines this weekend answering questions from Iowans. Impeachment didn’t dominate the conversations, but it doesn’t mean it’s not on their minds.

Duration:00:03:24

Waterloo Becomes First City in Iowa to "Ban The Box"

10/11/2019
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In Waterloo, many employers, including the city, will soon be barred from asking job applicants about their criminal records until the end of the hiring process. This comes after a “ban the box” hiring ordinance won narrow approval from Wateroo’s City Council earlier this week.

Duration:00:45:24

Prepping Gardens For The First Freeze

10/11/2019
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The first freeze of the season is expected to occur in Iowa this weekend, ushering gardens across the state into a new phase. Ajay Nair, ISU associate professor and extension vegetable specialist, and Richard Jauron, ISU horticulture specialist, join Talk of Iowa to discuss the best practices for preparing gardens through the upcoming dip in temperature. Nair says now is the last time to harvest any summer vegetables still growing in gardens, such as tomatoes or peppers. To prep for the next...

Duration:00:48:23

Cory Booker On How Living In An Inner-City Would Influence His Presidency

10/11/2019
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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is running for the Democratic presidential nomination and regularly points on the trail that he still lives in inner city Newark where he was once mayor. Sen. Booker talks about how that perspective would influence his presidency with IPR Caucus Land co-hosts Clay Masters and Kate Payne on his RV as he traveled between campaign stops in Boone and West Des Moines. He also discusses healthcare and gun policy.

Duration:00:07:23

Building Diverse and Healthy Neighborhoods

10/9/2019
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Some neighborhoods feel alive and vibrant, with engaged and welcoming communities. On the other hand, some neighborhoods find it difficult to find a successful and thriving identity. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe asks a panel of experts about the building blocks needed to create a vibrant, healthy and diverse neighborhood. This panel was hosted as part of the 2019 Iowa Ideas Conference in Cedar Rapids, organized by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Duration:00:48:10

Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Talks Leadership In Turbulent Times

10/9/2019
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This program originally aired on April 18, 2019 On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer looks back on past conversations with presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Then, we hear highlights from a Q&A session with Kearns Goodwin at Hancher Auditorium after her Spring 2019 Levitt lecture about leadership in turbulent times. KIEFFER: What can you tell us about the leadership qualities that Iowans should be looking for during this caucus...

Duration:00:45:27

Iowa Dairy Goat Herds Experiencing Robust Growth

10/8/2019
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On a warm September Saturday, David Shindelar is giving a tour of his Grazing Goat Dairy in rural Chickasaw County.

Duration:00:04:35

Addressing Climate Change

10/8/2019
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With each passing day, it feels like we are learning more about the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events are increasingly common. These catastrophic events are also having a dramatic impact on our ecosystem and wildlife. A recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released late last month gives insight into how quickly the world’s oceans are warming and rising. Last month, we also learned that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has...

Duration:00:48:23

The Varnum Decision: Ten Years of Marriage Equality in Iowa

10/8/2019
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This program originally aired on April 02, 2019. In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down a unanimous ruling in the case of Varnum v. Brien, making Iowa the third state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. On this episode of River to River , a look back at the historic decision 10 years later. Guests: Camilla Taylor, director of constitutional litigation for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal Sharon Melheiro, founder of One Iowa Matt McCoy, former Iowa State Senator Iowa...

Duration:00:44:53

The Office Of The State Archaeologist Celebrates 60 Years

10/7/2019
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The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has now been documenting and preserving artifacts significant to Iowa's history for 60 years. The OSA, which is based at the University of Iowa, employs 23 full-time archaeologists and historic preservation specialists in addition to many students and volunteers. During an open house in celebration of their 60th anniversay last Friday, IPR Producer Matt Alvarez stopped in for a tour from State Archaeologist John Doershuk. Doershuk says the office...

Duration:00:48:24

Women's Suffrage Movement 100 Years Later

10/7/2019
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This program originally aired on March 19, 2019. As the country prepares to celebrate the c entennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which set the stage for women gaining the right to vote, s cholar Sally Roesch Wagner is marking the anniversary by editing "The Women's Suffragette Movement." The anthology highlights the work of women who led the national campaign for voting rights. Wagner joins River to River host Ben Kieffer to discuss the collection of writings and the...

Duration:00:45:25

The Science Behind Autumn's Colors

10/4/2019
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Iowa's over one billion trees will soon break out with red, orange, yellow, or brown leaves, depending on the species. On this edition of ‘Horticulture Day,’ Department of Natural Resources Forester Mark Vitosh joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to breaks down how, when mand why the colors of fall emerge. The annual changing of the leaves is quickly approaching, according to Vitosh. Vitosh says trees usually turn around the middle of October, give or take about ten days depending on...

Duration:00:48:25

As Frustrated Farmers' Support For Trump Waffles, Democrats Seize On Possible Opening

10/4/2019
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Travel back just two short months to a quintessential scene: it’s a farm so close to suburban sprawl you can practically see the retail developments from the gravel road. A large American flag hangs from the door of a big, white barn. Classic red tractors surround an area filled with folding chairs as music is piped in and volunteers in Amy for America T-shirts work the crowd with clipboards in hand. This is LaVon and Craig Griffieon’s family farm in Ankeny and on this day it’s the site of...

Duration:00:04:30

Iowa City Poet Tackles Love In Second Poetry Book

10/3/2019
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Iowa City poet Caleb Rainey released his second collection of poems titled "Heart Notes" this week. The book dives into the ups and downs of relationships through a range of love poems. "These poems felt very close to me, important to me, part of who I am, that it just needed to be out," Rainey says. Rainey, who publishes under the name "The Negro Artist" joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to discuss the inspirations and motivations behind his writing. He also reads several poems on air....

Duration:00:17:43

The Changing Monarch Butterfly Population

10/3/2019
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The population of monarch butterflies has been cut in half over the last decade, according to University of Wisconsin Arboretum Director Karen Oberhauser. Oberhauser joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to discuss the latest updates on the status of monarch butterflies. She has dedicated 35 years to studying the species. As monarch butterfly populations dwindled, her resarch expanded to focus on conservation. Oberhauser says monarchs have recently been faring better and have risen in...

Duration:00:30:56

Cultivating The Farm Caucus

10/3/2019
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Iowa farmers are finding themselves caught between the White House and China in the president's disputes over trade and agriculture policy. Some say their support for him is wearing thin. On the ninth episode of Caucus Land, we'll look at how Democratic presidential candidates are trying to win them over.

Duration:00:20:16

Slaughterhouse-Five At 50

10/2/2019
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When Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969, it was an instant success. However, it took 25 years for the author to finish his masterpiece. Some of those years were spent in Iowa and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a veteran of World War II, who is "unstuck in time" and claims to have been abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. The book explores Pilgrim's life and the aftermath of his experience as a...

Duration:00:48:24

Steve Kuusisto On New Memoir 'Have Dog, Will Travel'

10/1/2019
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This program originally aired on April 9, 2018. When poet Stephen Kuusisto was 38 years old, he found himself unemployed, legally blind, and lonely. He made a decision that would radically change his life: he got a seeing eye dog. On this Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Kuusisto about how his dog, Corky, opened up the world to him. His latest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel, details Kuusisto's transformative decision to work with a guide dog after 38 years of downplaying his limited...

Duration:00:48:19

A Conversation with Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine

9/30/2019
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This program originally aired on April 3, 2018. Just over sixty years ago in September of 1957, Terrence Roberts and eight other young people became the first African American students at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. These nine students, known as the Little Rock Nine, faced mobs of angry protesters as they tried to enter the school. After several weeks of resistance from both the state and the community, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to accompany the...

Duration:00:48:40

Rural Iowa’s Dwindling Options For Maternal Care

9/29/2019
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Jessica Sheridan’s plan was to have her first daughter at the local hospital, five minutes from her house in Iowa Falls. But when she was seven months pregnant, that plan suddenly changed.

Duration:00:04:36