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“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Mark Emmert as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.” Replays of the live shows can be downloaded later on podcasts apps available on smartphones and mobile devices.

“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Mark Emmert as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.” Replays of the live shows can be downloaded later on podcasts apps available on smartphones and mobile devices.
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“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Mark Emmert as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.” Replays of the live shows can be downloaded later on podcasts apps available on smartphones and mobile devices.

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Episodes

Hawk Central: Bowl projections, undefeated men's hoops and wrestling news

11/28/2018
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It’s time for Hawkeye football bowl talk. Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and guest host Andrew Downs start there, as it appears Iowa’s postseason fate has zeroed in on two bowl games. We also transition into the 15th-ranked Iowa basketball team’s 6-0 start -- but how will they deal with having just nine scholarship players the rest of the season? Cody Goodwin joins us for a Michael Kemerer update with Iowa wrestling, and we finish by sizing up Iowa’s 8-4 season and NFL Draft prospects of T.J....

Duration:00:44:17

Nebraska Postgame Podcast: Iowa escapes nasty narratives with satisfying win

11/22/2018
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Iowa has won the Heroes Trophy for the fourth year in a row, but it didn't come without a fight to the finish. Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down all the key moments and postgame reaction from the Hawkeyes' 31-28 win against Nebraska.

Duration:00:22:04

Hawk Central: Iowa basketball is turning heads

11/20/2018
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Who knew we would be talking about a RANKED Iowa basketball team through four games? But here we are, and that’s where this week’s episode of Hawk Central radio begins with Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson. The trio weighs in on the encouraging signs thus far and the impact of wins over Oregon And UConn. Then, it’s Nebraska week. We talk about the importance of getting to 8-4 and then welcome Iowa recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell to the show.

Duration:00:45:54

Illinois Postgame Podcast: A historic beatdown, and Noah Fant talks NFL

11/16/2018
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Well, that was interesting. Sort of. Iowa thrashed Illinois, 63-0, but the real meat in this game was with two of the program's most talented players. Mark Emmert tells us what he learned from a conversation with Noah Fant about his NFL future; and Chad Leistikow breaks down A.J. Epenesa's big day.

Duration:00:26:43

'Hawk Central' talks Iowa's 3-game losing streak, welcomes Chris Doyle

11/14/2018
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For the first time since 2014, Iowa football is on a three-game losing streak. That’s the main reason the Noah Fant playing-time issue has become such a major, yet unnecessary storyline. Why do coaches refuse to put him on the field more? We take one more crack at that one, while also looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Illinois. Later, we talk about a big stretch ahead for Fran McCaffery’s basketball team. And then Chad Leistikow’s 18-minute interview with Iowa strength and...

Duration:00:46:32

Northwestern Postgame Podcast: Trying to explain the latest Hawkeye mysteries

11/9/2018
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Where's Noah Fant? Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert detail that big question after Iowa's 14-10 loss to Northwestern that raised more questions and saw more missed opportunity.

Duration:00:29:39

Moving past the Purdue loss; welcoming Iowa OL coach Tim Polasek

11/6/2018
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A jam-packed Hawk Central radio show puts the finishing touches on a frustrating Iowa loss at Purdue. Is this just an 8-4 team a lot of us thought it would be? Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson also preview the Iowa basketball season and this week's game at Northwestern. In our final segment, Hawkeyes offensive line coach Tim Polasek provides insight into his unit's 2018 performance to date.

Duration:00:45:32

Purdue Postgame Podcast: A season of missed opportunity

11/2/2018
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Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert discuss Purdue's big plays, the officiating, Kirk Ferentz's PAT decisions and your 3-word headlines after a 38-36 Iowa loss in West Lafayette.

Duration:00:25:52

'Hawk Central' talks the Penn State loss, previews Purdue and more

10/31/2018
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Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson dive headfirst into Iowa’s loss to Penn State and uncover the lessons that we learned going forward. We talk the meaning of College Football Playoff rankings, preview the Purdue game and even establish the bar for the 2018-19 Iowa basketball team.

Duration:00:40:32

Penn State Postgame Podcast: Trying to explain a weird, wild Hawkeye loss

10/26/2018
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Iowa's 30-24 loss to Penn State was so bizarre we couldn't really get to everything. But Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert focus on the big plays that led to this disappointing Hawkeye result. Plus, as always, your 3-word headlines.

Duration:00:23:09

'Hawk Central' talks Penn State and welcomes Derrick Foster to the show

10/24/2018
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It’s Penn State week, and we tackle this matchup and Iowa’s biggest road game of the season. We welcome Iowa running backs coach Derrick Foster to the show. He describes what went into preparing for the rain this week in Happy Valley, and how he splits up the carries between his three sophomore running backs.

Duration:00:46:45

Maryland Postgame Podcast: Anything left to nitpick about Iowa?

10/19/2018
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After yet another domination of a Big Ten opponent, Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert have a hard time finding things to criticize. The Hawkeyes got the job done on a windy day to whip Maryland, 23-0. We talk big picture and, of course, read a bevy of 3-word headlines.

Duration:00:31:23

'Hawk Central' talks with Iowa's receivers coach, Kelton Copeland

10/17/2018
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Mark Emmert, Chad Leistikow and Ross Peterson welcome Iowa wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland to the show. Good timing after the Hawkeyes threw for 320 yards in a 42-16 rout of Indiana. But before that interview, we tackle five questions about the 5-1 Hawkeyes: Was this their best game of 2018? Who is the first-team all-Big Ten tight end? Is this officially a passing offense? Can we talk about the Big Ten West race? And what is the one thing that still concerns us the most?

Duration:00:48:00

Indiana Postgame Podcast: Hawkeyes are Homecoming Wreckers again

10/12/2018
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Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down the relentless Iowa offense, the defense and your 3-word headlines after a 42-16 rout of Indiana.

Duration:00:25:13

'Hawk Central': Seth Wallace joins the show; we also talk hoops, Iowa football injuries

10/10/2018
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The Hawkeyes are 4-1, but they enter this week’s game at Indiana with even more injury concerns than they did at Minnesota. Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson survey the football landscape, preview the Hoosiers matchup … and even delve into some Iowa basketball after Fran McCaffery’s guys were picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten. We close the show by interviewing Hawkeye linebackers coach/assistant defensive coordinator Seth Wallace about the latest updates, the progress of young...

Duration:00:47:46

Minnesota Postgame Podcast: Hawkeyes roll up points, but injuries mount

10/5/2018
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Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down the Hawkeyes' strange 48-31 victory at Minnesota, read your 3-word headlines and take a big-picture look at this 4-1 team.

Duration:00:25:31

'Hawk Central': Who's Iowa's offensive, defensive MVP? Biggest surprise on the season?

10/3/2018
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Coming out of Iowa football’s lone bye week of the 2018 regular season, Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson evaluate what they’ve seen so far. Offensive MVP? Defensive MVP? Biggest surprise? We take a harder look at things after the Wisconsin game and preview this week’s matchup at Minnesota. In the final segment, we welcome Hawkeye defensive coordinator Phil Parker, the architect of (so far) the nation’s third-ranked defense, and ask: Is this one of your best defenses in 20 years...

Duration:00:48:06

'Hawk Central': Can Iowa still win the B1G West? And Ken O'Keefe joins the show

9/26/2018
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A bye-week episode of "Hawk Central" doesn’t let off the gas. We evaluate where Iowa is as a program after its loss against Wisconsin; wonder if the Hawkeyes can still win the Big Ten West; and interview assistant coach Ken O’Keefe.

Duration:00:44:45

Iowa-Wisconsin Postgame Podcast: So many little things

9/22/2018
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Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert break down every angle of Iowa's 28-17 loss to Wisconsin. What happened? What were the biggest mistakes? Did the better team lose? We debate all of that, provide stats and read your 3-word headlines.

Duration:00:26:56

'Hawk Central': Analyzing Badgers-Hawkeyes, LeVar Woods joins the show

9/19/2018
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In a slightly extended version of Hawk Central radio, we all gear up for Saturday’s showdown against Wisconsin. Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson analyze every angle of this matchup to take control of the Big Ten West. We also visit with LeVar Woods, the Hawkeyes’ special-teams coordinator who discusses the possibility of trick plays, the emergence of punt returner Kyle Groeneweg and the emotions of head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Duration:00:53:25