KUNI Public NewsRoom Archive



The Exchange 9/24/08 (2008-09-24)
The American public and policy makers have often focused greater attention on Iraq than on the war in Afghanistan. Ben Kieffer's guest is Mark Schneider. They'll talk about our goals in Afghanistan and what it will take to follow through on them.


Talk@12 9/24/08 (2008-09-24)
Rob Dillard hosts for the weekly political discussion with radio television talk show host Arnie Arnesen and Iowa State Professor of Political Science, Steffen Schmidt.


The Exchange 9/22/08 (2008-09-23)
Rob Dillard talks with Doreen Chamberlin and Michelle Holst, Bureau Chief and Health Consultant for the Iowa Department of Health's Bureau of Health Care Access about the shortage of healthcare workers in Iowa.


Talk@12 9/23/08 (2008-09-23)
Katherine Perkins hosts Talk@12. Her guest is historian, author and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at DePaul University, John Dominic Crossan. They'll talk about Crossan's book, "God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome Then and Now."


Talk@12 9/22/08 (2008-09-23)
Katherine Perkins talks about preserving the oral history of Iowa's flood stories with Elaine Davenport, manger of the Door-to-Door department of StoryCorps; Beth Miller of the Iowa History Center; Ann Cejka, Program Coordinator of Usher's Ferry; Kristi Bontrager of the University of Iowa Libraries; and Ruth Haan of Parkersburg.


The Exchange 9/23/08 (2008-09-23)
Ben Kieffer hosts The Exchange. His guest is American singer-songwriter Dar Williams. They talk about her music and experiences.


Talk@12 9/19/08 (2008-09-19)
Katherine Perkins talks with Richard Jauron and Mark Vitosh of the Horticulture Gang for our weekly horticulture show.


The Exchange 9/19/08 (2008-09-19)
Bob Dorr speaks with Laurie Haag, Founder of the Iowa Women's Music Festival, and musician Rachel Garlin, who also performs one of her songs. They are talking about the Iowa Women's Music Festival.


Talk@12 9/18/08 (2008-09-18)
In the last of our Decisions Iowa series, Katherine Perkins talks with three historians, Tom Morain, Bill Friedricks Simpson, and Dorothy Schweider about the Northwest Ordinance and Iowa's early statehood.


The Exchange 9/18/08 (2008-09-18)
Greg Shanley talks with Jules Lobel, author of "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War Against Terror," "Success Without Victory: Lost Legal Battles and the Long Road to Justice in America," and "A Less Than Perfect Union: Alternative Perspectives on the Constitution." Discussion includes authorization of war in the War on Terror and the spirit of the Constitution.


Talk@12 9/17/08 (2008-09-17)
Katherine Perkins hosts for the weekly political discussion with radio television talk show host Arnie Arnesen and Iowa State Professor of Political Science, Steffen Schmidt. The focus today is on the economy.


The Exchange 9/17/08 (2008-09-17)
John Pemble hosts The Exchange. His guest is author Nicholas DiFonzo, author of the book, "The Watercooler Effect." They discuss how rumors occur, why people believe them, and the big effects that rumors can have on society.


The Exchange 8/7/08 (2008-09-16)
Jeneane Beck hosts the first part of The Exchange. Her guest is Iowa native and US ambassador to Latvia, Chuck Larson Jr. For the last portion of the show Greg Shanley hosts. His guest is Thomas R. Pickering, former ambassador and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.


Talk@12 9/16/08 (2008-09-16)
Katherine Perkins' guest for the hour is Derek Chollet. They talk about U.S. foreign policy, as well as Chollet's book, "America Between the Wars."


The Exchange 9/16/08 (2008-09-16)
Jeneane Beck hosts the first part of The Exchange. Her guest is Iowa native and U.S. ambassador to Latvia, Chuck Larson Jr. For the last portion of the show, Greg Shanley hosts. His guest is Thomas R. Pickering, former ambassador and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.


The Exchange 9/15/08 (2008-09-15)
Ben Kieffer talks with Dr. James Ludes about the alternatives the U.S. has to military force when dealing with national security.


Talk@12 9/15/08 (2008-09-15)
Katherine Perkins talks with Todd Linden, President and CEO of the Grinnell Regional Medical Center about "tweener hospitals." Later in the hour, Theresa Liewer, President of the Iowa Genealogical Society, and Kim Piper, State Genetics Coordinator for IDPH, join in for our monthly segment on genealogy.


Talk@12 9/11/08 (2008-09-12)
Katherine Perkins talks with State Senator Rob Hogg, Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston, Representative Tyler Olson, and Lt. Governor Patty Judge about the government's efforts in helping Iowans recover from the recent flood.


Talk@12 9/12/08 (2008-09-12)
Katherine Perkins speaks with horticulturist Richard Jauron and entomologist Donald Lewis, from ISU extension. They take calls and answer question concerning all your garden and lawn-care needs.


The Exchange 9/11/08 (2008-09-12)
We examine adolescent behavior and underage drinking, including an author who looks at the growing number of males who refuse to assume the responsibilities of adulthood. Plus a University of Northern Iowa professor who teaches addictions treatment courses and has long argued the drinking culture could be changed by lowering the drinking age.


Talk@12 9/11/08 (2008-09-12)
Doug Cooper joins us with the latest Ag news, plus Elwynn Taylor.


Talk@12 9/11/08 (2008-09-12)
Katherine Perkins talks with State Senator Rob Hogg, Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston, Representative Tyler Olson, and Lt. Governor Patty Judge about the government's efforts in helping Iowans recover from the recent flood.


The Exchange 9/12/08 (2008-09-12)
Ben Kieffer has Robert Scher an Associate at Booz Allen on the show. Scher discusses China's economy, political agenda, technology and trade, and how all of those factors affect the United States. He also touches on the foreign relations between China and the United States.


Current Polls Not Reflective of First-Time Voters (2008-09-10)
Current polls may not be accurate in predicting the outcome of this year's presidential race.


The Exchange 9/10/08 (2008-09-10)
Tom Piazza is on the show to talk about his novel, "City of Refuge." His novel is about two New Orleans families - one black and one white - going through Hurricane Katrina.


Talk@12 9/10/08 (2008-09-10)
Katherine Perkins hosts for the weekly political discussion with radio television talk show host Arnie Arnesen and Iowa State Professor of Political Science, Steffen Schmidt.


The Exchange 9/9/08 (2008-09-09)
Dean Borg hosts for a discussion on electric cars. Guests for the hour are Wally Rippel, long-time developer and advocate of battery electric vehicles, and late in the hour, Michelle Kenyon Brown, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association.


Talk@12 9/9/08 (2008-09-09)
Wildlife Day on Talk@12. Jim Pease discusses the "Fall shuffle" with Katherine Perkins. This season brings all sorts of changes to the creatures of Iowa.


Talk@12 9/8/08 (2008-09-08)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Willis Goudy, Emeritus professor of sociology at Iowa State University and author of "Iowa's Numbers: 150 Years of Decennial Census Data with a Glance to the Future." They will discuss demographic trends as well as explore Iowa's ever-changing population. Later, Dennis Olson, Professor of Animal Science and director Iowa State's Linear Accelerator Facility joins to talk about irradiation.


The Exchange 9/8/08 (2008-09-08)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Gayle Greene, author of "Insomniac," and sleep doctor Erik Dyken. They discuss issues of sleep deprivation as well as share their own personal stories of research and insomnia.


Talk@12 9/5/08 (2008-09-05)
Katherine Perkins speaks with horticulturists, Richard Jauron and James Romer, from ISU extension. They take calls and answer question concerning all your garden and lawn-care needs.


The Exchange 9/5/08 (2008-09-05)
Ben Kieffer visits with Jan and Paul from Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City. They discuss current books and favorite reads.


The Exchange 9/4/08 (2008-09-04)
Ben Kieffer talks with five journalism students who spent the summer in Beijing covering the Olympics.


Talk@12 9/4/08 (2008-09-04)
For the first part of the show, Katherine Perkins talks with Amy Goldman, author of "The Heirloom Tomato." Guests call in and ask Amy their questions about growing tomatoes. Later, Katherine is joined by Justin Roberts, a children's musician.


The Exchange 9/4/08 (2008-09-04)
Ben Kieffer talks with five journalism students who spent the summer in Beijing covering the Olympics.


Palin Choice May Be an Appeal to Independent, Female Voters (2008-09-04)
Political commentators on McCain's reasons for picking Sarah Palin.


Talk@12 9/3/08 (2008-09-03)
Katherine Perkins hosts the weekly political discussion with radio television talk show host Arnie Arnesen and Iowa State Professor of Political Science, Steffen Schmidt. Conversation focuses on the Republican Vice Presidential nominee.


The Exchange 9/3/08 (2008-09-03)
Ben Kieffer talks with author Daniel Levitin about his new book, "The World in Six Songs." Conversation talks about the effects of music on people psychologically and emotionally.


The Exchange 9/2/08 (2008-09-02)
Former FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson draws on a half-century in government and politics. Conversation with Ben Kieffer covers Johnson's new book, "Are We There Yet?," as well as current politics.


Talk@12 9/2/08 (2008-09-02)
In an effort to answer some questions about the record flooding in Iowa this year, Katherine Perkins speaks with William Simpkins, Professor of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University. Segment two of the show, computer consultant Jeff Balvanz joins the show to talk about newly released internet browsers.


Talk@12 8/29/08 (2008-08-29)
Katherine Perkins is joined by the Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve through ISU extension. They will answer calls and discuss all gardening and lawn care needs.


Talk@12 8/28/08 (2008-08-29)
Katherine Perkins talks to Doug Cooper. Later in the hour, Loring Silet and Tom Beell discuss movies and animation.


The Exchange 8/28/08 (2008-08-29)
Ben Kieffer talks to Chris Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and two writers, Tarek Eltayeb of Egypt and Anat Pick of Israel, about the program and their work.


The Exchange 8/28/08 (2008-08-29)
Ben Kieffer talks to Chris Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and two writers, Tarek Eltayeb of Egypt and Anat Pick of Israel, about the program and their work.


The Exchange 8/29/08 (2008-08-29)
Ben Kieffer speaks with John Marks, a novelist and former 60 minutes producer, and screenwriter/theologian, Craig Detweiler, in this archive show. They talk about their Purple State Roadshow, a project discussing matters of religion.


Clintons May Be Dominating Much of Democratic Convention (2008-08-28)
Commentators say that the Clintons are overly dominating the DNC.


Talk@12 8/27/08 (2008-08-27)
Katherine Perkins talks politics for this week. Conversation becomes heated discussion as topics covered focus primarily on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.


Talk@12 8/27/08 (2008-08-27)
Katherine Perkins talks politics for this week. Conversation becomes heated discussion as topics covered focus primarily on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.


The Exchange 8/27/08 (2008-08-27)
Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi left an imperishable mark on their age and a lasting legacy for coming generations. Greg Shanley talks with historian Arthur Herman, author of the book, "Gandhi and Churchill: The epic rivalry that destroyed an empire and forged our age."


The Exchange 8/26/08 (2008-08-27)
Ben Kieffer talks with Michael Erard about his book, "Um," and why people have verbal blunders, bloopers and 'Bushisms'.


Talk@12 8/26/08 (2008-08-26)
Remembering the life and messages of one of the world's most prolific leaders, Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is making sure that Mahatma Gandhi's legacy and teachings are not being forgotten. This is a rebroadcast speech made by Arun while in Grinnell, Iowa.


Talk@12 8/25/08 (2008-08-25)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Michael Lovaglia, a sociologist in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He talks about his new study on leadership and will discuss how the issues of age and gender really do factor in with Americans when choosing presidential candidates leaders. Later in the show, the conversation turns to genealogy and using wills as a source of family information. Finally, Doug Cooper with the weather.


The Exchange 8/25/08 (2008-08-25)
A recent USA Today study shows that people are busier than ever. Ben Kieffer speaks with Google researcher, Dr. John Boyd, to discuss the concept of internal time perspectives.


The Exchange 8/22/08 (2008-08-22)
Ben Kieffer talks to Tim English, author of "Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Rock Historian Reveals Stolen Melodies, Ripped-off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll." Later in the hour he is joined by Andy White, a.k.a. "Belfast's Bob Dylan."


The Exchange 8/21/08 (2008-08-21)
Ben Kieffer talks with the Klinefelter sisters and their coach, Adam Pollack, about boxing. Later in the hour, Karla Miller and Tara Wood of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) join Ben to talk about training volunteers.


Talk@12 8/21/08 (2008-08-21)
Continuing the Decisions Iowa series, Katherine Perkins talks with Dan Johnston, Ben Stone, Mary Beth Tinker, and John Tinker about their roles and experiences in the Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court decision.


The Exchange 8/20/08 (2008-08-20)
Ben Kieffer talks with Dan Roche about his book, "Great Expectation," and listeners call in to reminisce about the fun and fear behind building a family.


Talk@12 8/20/08 (2008-08-20)
Katherine Perkins talks politics. Conversation covers everything from vice presidential candidates to talk about oil in politics.


The Exchange 8/19/08 (2008-08-19)
Ben Kieffer talks with Joan Urenn Axel and Barbara Moorman Boatwright about their lives and influence in reference to their induction into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.


Talk@12 8/19/08 (2008-08-19)
Katherine Perkins talks with Jim Pease for Wildlife Day on Talk@12. Conversation covers aspects about Iowa's local critters.


The Exchange 8/18/08 (2008-08-18)
Ben Kieffer talks with Kesho Scott about her journey from Detroit to Iowa as an African-American and about her work as a diversity trainer.


Talk@12 8/18/08 (2008-08-18)
Katherine Perkins talks with Jim Noles, author of "A Pocket Full of History," about the fifty state quarters. Joining her later are Lori Schrader-Bachar, Coordinator for Publications and Special Projects with Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, and Hualing Nieh Engle, future inductee of the Hall of Fame and co-founder of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


The Exchange 8/15/08 (2008-08-15)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Max Collins, author of the graphic novel, "Road to Perdition." He will talk about his new novel of WWII, "Red Sky in Morning," as well as his recent induction into Iowa's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.


Talk@12 8/15/08 (2008-08-15)
Katherine Perkins joins the horticulture gang from the Iowa State Fair. They answer questions covering all of your lawn and garden needs.


The Exchange 8/14/08 (2008-08-14)
Ben Kieffer talks with nationally renowned experts Mike Jackson (of Historic Preservation) and Kennedy Smith (of the Iowa Department of Economic Development) about downtown development. Discussion focuses on sustainability and green philosophies that can help both rural and urban communities creatively address the revitalization of their city centers.


Talk@12 8/14/08 (2008-08-14)
Katherine Perkins conducts interviews at the Iowa State Fair.


The Exchange 8/13/08 (2008-08-13)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Matt Bar of the Bible Rap Project. Later in the hour, Dorothy Whiston and Bruce Kittle join him from Togather-Together - an organization getting back-to-school supplies for children in Iowa City school districts that need them.


Talk@12 8/13/08 (2008-08-13)
Steffen Schmidt and Arnie Arnesen join Katherine Perkins from the Iowa State Fair to discuss politics and current events.


The Exchange 8/12/08 (2008-08-12)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Deron Lovaas, transportation policy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). They will discuss the regional vulnerability to gas prices, and what to do.


Talk@12 8/12/08 (2008-08-12)
Katherine Perkins speaks with guest Bill McAnally from the Iowa State Fair. They will talk about the latest in home improvements.


The Exchange 8/11/08 (2008-08-11)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Mark Dyken, the sleep doctor. They will take calls and answer questions about lack of zzz's.


Talk@12 8/11/08 (2008-08-11)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Nancy Derr, professor of 20th century American history in Maryland, Jack Lufkin of the State Historical Society, and Tom Morain, the director of government relations at Graceland University. They discuss the Babel Proclamation in Iowa.


The Exchange 8/8/08 (2008-08-08)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Mark Lambert, producer of a documentary on "Alley Oop," a nationally syndicated comic strip first created by V.T. Hamlin of Perry, IA in 1932. In the last segment, Senator Tom Harkin joins the show to talk about recent flooding in Iowa as well as comment on other matters of interest.


Talk@12 8/8/08 (2008-08-08)
Horticulturist Cindy Haynes and Richard Juaron join Talk@12 to discuss how to tell when to harvest melons. They also explain some of the problems affecting tomatoes as well as how to harvest and dry onions while taking calls at the end of the show.


McCain's Attack Strategy Hinges on Obama's Celebrity (2008-08-07)
Recent campaign ads depicting Barack Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world" are part of the McCain campaign's strategy to create a negative image of Obama.


Talk@12 8/7/08 (2008-08-07)
Composer Randolph Hobler joins Talk@12 to describe his new musical portraying Meredith Wilson's life, soon debuting at the new Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa. Randal West, executive/artistic director of the Sondheim Center, also joins the show, as well as lead performer, Margaret Clair.


The Exchange 8/7/08 (2008-08-07)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Michael Gazzaniga, one of the world's leading neuroscientists and author of "Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique." They will discuss the broad range of studies that pinpoint the change that made us humans different from our predecessors.


Talk@12 8/5/08 (2008-08-06)
Brian Mennecke, an associate professor in management information systems in ISU's College of Business, speaks about the usage of the internet when met with business. The conversation will explore virtual worlds such as Second Life, a service providing customers with a very similar experience to that of a "real" store.


Talk@12 8/6/08 (2008-08-06)
Rachel Caufield and Steffen Schmidt join together to speak on McCain's new add comparing Obama to a celebrity. They take calls this hour to discuss the issue as well as other political debates.


The Exchange 8/6/08 (2008-08-06)
Ben Kieffer speaks with architect Ulrike Passe and clinical associate professor from the department of occupational and environmental health David Osterberg on green living.


The Exchange 8/5/08 (2008-08-06)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Ted Savas, creator and managing director of the Savas Beatie company, on independent book publishing on a national level. Later, Mary Shepard, publisher and editor of the national magazine, Farmers' Markets Today, joins the show.


Talk@12 8/4/08 (2008-08-04)
Dean Borg speaks with Don Hofsommer, both author of "Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland" and history professor at St. Cloud University in Minnesota. Rob Dietrich, former history instructor at Southwestern Community College also joins him to talk about the history of the railroad as part of the Decision Iowa series.


The Exchange 8/4/08 (2008-08-04)
Ben Kieffer speaks with David Skidmore, professor of politics and international relations at Drake University as well as Jin Feng, associate professor of Chinese at Grinnell College on the issues of U.S. and Chinese relations in foreign affairs.


Talk@12 7/31/08 (2008-07-31)
Iowa native Stephen Jennings is bringing a film and TV animation business to his home state. Then our movie buffs, Loring Silet and Tom Beell, from Iowa State University discuss this summer's blockbusters including "The Dark Knight."


The Exchange 7/31/08 (2008-07-31)
Stephen Kuusisto, blind since birth, is the author of "Planet of the Blind" and "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening." Kuusisto teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa and is developing courses in disabilities studies.


Talk@12 7/30/08 (2008-07-30)
Jonathan Ahl talks to Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University Political and Arnie Arnesen, radio and television host, about Barack Obama and John McCain about VP picks and Obama's recent overseas trip to Europe and Iraq.


The Exchange 7/28/08 (2008-07-29)
"What Would Jesus Buy?" is a new documentary film about America's consumer-driven society. Guests from the Church of Stop Shopping, as well as Tom Dean and Ben Hunnicutt from the University of Iowa's department of leisure studies, join the show to talk about American's love of consuming.


Talk@12 7/29/08 (2008-07-29)
The agriculture growing season is half-way over. Iowa State Extension corn specialist Roger Elmore discusses Iowa's corn crop. Then John Lawrence from the Iowa Beef Center talks about current marketing trends for Iowa livestock producers and Elwynn Taylor gives a weather update.


Talk@12 7/28/08 (2008-07-29)
It's home improvement day with Bill McAnally from Iowa Central Community College.


The Exchange 7/29/08 (2008-07-29)
Robin Gerber, author of "Eleanor vs. Ike," joins the show to discuss the 1952 election and Eleanor Roosevelt's role in politics.


Talk@12 7/25/08 (2008-07-25)
Katherine Perkins, with guests Richard Jauron from ISU Extension and District Forester Mark Vitosh from the Iowa DNR, answer questions concerning your lawn and garden care needs.


The Exchange 7/25/08 (2008-07-25)
Katherine Perkins speaks with David Gould, leisure study professor at the University of Iowa, about his legacy letters project - where older citizens share their life advice with recent college graduates.


The Exchange 7/24/08 (2008-07-24)
Weeks after severe weather destroyed parts of Iowa, Dean Borg checks in on small towns that were gravely effected. He is joined by Virgil Goodrich, director of economic development in Parkersburg, Rep. Bill Schickel from Mason City, Ken Purdy, Louisa County Supervisor, and Paula Gunter, Mayor Pro-Tem from Palo.


Talk@12 7/24/08 (2008-07-24)
Today, Decision Iowa, a partnership between IPR and Humanities Iowa, covers the making of two-party politics in Iowa. James Larew, author of "A Party Reborn: The Democrats of Iowa 1950-1974," and Jack Lufkin from the Iowa State Historical Society discuss the emergence of the Democratic Party in Iowa.


Obama Overseas Tour Overshadowing McCain Campaign (2008-07-24)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's Middle East tour has captured the media's attention and left Republican challenger John McCain struggling for press.


The Exchange 7/23/08 (2008-07-23)
Trombonist Charles Saliba and saxophonist Nathanial Gao join Michael Pitts and Charles Salibe, operators of club D22 and the CD label, MaybeMars, to discuss China's experimental music scene.


Talk@12 7/23/08 (2008-07-23)
Katherine Perkins joins Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt to discuss media's influences, effects, and portrayals in both Republican and Democratic parties.


The Exchange 7/22/08 (2008-07-22)
Out-of-the-box thinker and corporate anarchist Marco Marsan speaks about his new book "The Lion's Way: Why We Haven't Won the Wars on Poverty, Drugs or Terror." Might versus right and empathy as the ultimate problem solving tool are discussed during this hour.


Talk@12 7/22/08 (2008-07-22)
After the floods, transportation infrastructure funding is an important topic for the state. Members of the House transportation committees Rep. Dave Tjepkes (R) from Gowrie, Rep. Nathan Reichert (D) from Muscatine and Rep. Dan Huseman (R) from Aurelia discuss how the state will pay for needed improvements.


Talk@12 7/21/08 (2008-07-21)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Tommi Makila, from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence, on energy and policy planning. Then, Steve Fugate, owner of Green World Biofuels and founder of the Yoderville Biodiesel Cooperative will talk about an upcoming workshop on homebrewing biodiesel fuel.


Talk@12 7/18/08 (2008-07-18)
Katherine Perkins and the Horticulture Gang, through ISU extension, will take calls and answer questions pertaining to all gardening and lawncare needs.


The Exchange 7/18/08 (2008-07-18)
Bob Dorr speaks with Dr. Daniel Tranel, neuropsychologist and director of the neuroscience program at the University of Iowa. They discuss matters of a complex organ - the brain.


Talk@12 7/17/08 (2008-07-17)
Tom Daniels, director of Faith, Hope and Charity in Storm Lake, Iowa, and Susan Parish, social work professor at the University of North Carolina, discuss the difficulties faced by families with special needs children. Then Brian Duffy from the Des Moines Register talks about this year's bike ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI.


The Exchange 7/17/08 (2008-07-17)
In a partnership with Humanities Iowa, The Exchange hosts a Decision Iowa discussion on race and desegregation in Iowa public schools. The discussion features University of Iowa history professor Leslie Schwalm, State University of New York history professor Robert R. Dykstra, and California Institute of Technology humanities professor J. Morgan Kousser.


The Exchange 7/16/08 (2008-07-16)
John Pemble speaks with Mark Engler, author of "How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy." The book describes the conflict between a Clinton-era vision of an expanding, corporate- controlled global economy and a Bush-era "imperial globalization."


Talk@12 7/16/08 (2008-07-16)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt about the long term energy crisis on today's politics program. Doug Cooper joins later in the hour for a weather report.


Talk@12 7/15/08 (2008-07-15)
Debaters gather for this special program to discuss whether we should legalize the market for human organs. Arguing for the motion are Lloyd R. Cohen, Amy L. Friedman and Sally Satel. Arguing against the motion are James F. Childress, Francis L. Delmonico and David Rothman. The moderator for the evening is Michele Norris of NPR's All Things Considered.


The Exchange 7/15/08 (2008-07-15)
Jeff Schmidt speaks with singer/songwriter Stuart Davis about his new LP, "Something Simple." Also, they discuss Stuart's appearance in the Showtime series, I Can't Believe I'm Still Single, as well as his autobiographical book, "Sex, God, and Rock 'n' Roll."


The Exchange 7/14/08 (2008-07-14)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Harry Brod, humanities professor at the University of Northern Iowa, about his class, "Just Sex: the Ethics of Intimacy."


Talk@12 7/14/08 (2008-07-14)
Debators gather for this special program to discuss whether or not we should accept performance-enhancing drugs in competitive sports. The panelists arguing for the motion are Radley Balko, Norman Fost, and Julian Savulescu. Arguing against the motion are George Michael, Dale Murphy, and Richard Pound. The moderator is veteran sportscaster Bob Costas.


The Exchange 7/11/08 (2008-07-11)
Host Jeff Schmidt speaks about upcoming events with Bob Ridz, US Olympic Diving Team leader along with Nancilea Underwood Foster, a former Hawkeye diver who is competing in Beijing. Next, coordinators Jane Hansen and Judy Polumbaum talk about their selected group of Iowa students who will soon serve as overseas volunteers of media operation in Beijing.


Talk@12 7/11/08 (2008-07-11)
Katherine Perkins invites ISU Extension horticulturists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve on the show to help answer all of your lawn and gardening questions.


Talk@12 7/10/08 (2008-07-10)
ESPN journalist Tom Farrey discusses his new book, "Game On." Farrey takes a look at organized youth sports in America, everything from Biddy Basketball to national tournaments. Injuries, physical development and athletic success come up in the world of youth sports.


The Exchange 7/10/08 (2008-07-10)
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost American lamas practicing the Buddhist tradition. Today he discusses his book, "The Big Questions: How to Find Your Own Answers to Life's Essential Mysteries."


Talk@12 7/9/08 (2008-07-09)
Katherine Perkins, along with Rachel and Steffen, discuss recent issued decisions of the Supreme Court, including their choice to strike down a handgun ban in D.C.


Talk@12 7/8/08 (2008-07-08)
Iowa State Extension biologist Jim Pease joins the show to talk about invasive species. Pease shares his top 10 list of offenders and answers callers' questions about controlling pesky plants in their yards.


The Exchange 7/8/08 (2008-07-08)
Waterloo teacher Mike Michalicek helps students learn about positive self concepts through music. Then Shelley Pearsall talks about her new book "All Shook Up," a story about a 13-year-old whose father is an Elvis impersonator.


Talk@12 7/7/08 (2008-07-07)
Katherine Perkins speaks with experts Linda Walton and Janna Lawrence, from University of Iowa's Hardin Library for Health Sciences, about finding reliable medical information online.


The Exchange 7/7/08 (2008-07-07)
Dean Borg speaks with rural sociologist Jan Flora and ISU extension economic specialist, Meghan O'Brien. They will discuss how small towns may strive towards recovering from disasters such as recent floods.


Obama May Continue to Struggle for Clinton Supporters' Votes (2008-07-03)
Barack Obama has an uphill battle to win white voters, and Hillary Clinton supporters.


Talk@12 7/2/08 (2008-07-03)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt to take calls and discuss politics.


The Exchange 7/3/08 (2008-07-03)
Former New York Times reporter Adam Clymer joins the show to discuss his new book, "Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right."


Talk@12 7/3/08 (2008-07-03)
Bill McAnally from Iowa Central Community College answers questions about home repair and flood damage clean-up.


The Exchange 7/2/08 (2008-07-03)
Dr. Wolf speaks about his biography on Iowan Arthur Carhart, wilderness specialist as well as the conceiver of Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota.


The Exchange 7/1/08 (2008-07-01)
New York Times best selling author David Shields discusses his new book, "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead." Is there life after 25 or just one long road to the grave?


Talk@12 7/1/08 (2008-07-01)
Distance runner Diane Nukuri left her native Burundi six years ago for the Francophone Games in Canada. Now a runner for the University of Iowa, Nukuri talks about her home country and what it's like to compete here in the United States. Then Jeff Balvanz from Iowa State University discusses the latest news in computers.


The Exchange 6/30/08 (2008-07-01)
Today Dean Borg speaks with Melinda Geisler whose family owns and operates an agribusiness farm. Geisler also works for Iowa State Extension in the agricultural tourism. Then Kamyar Enshyan talks about buying fresh and local foods.


The Exchange 6/27/08 (2008-06-30)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Jeff Porter, professor of English at the University of Iowa. They discuss his book, "Oppenheimer is Watching Me," part memoir, part Cold War history.


Talk@12 6/30/08 (2008-06-30)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Jim Kringlen, Managing Attorney of Cedar Rapids office of Iowa Legal Aid. He discusses various counsel services for Iowans struggling to recover from natural disasters. Later, Eunice Stone, Susan Simmons, and Debbie Knight share their favorite 4th of July recipes.


Talk@12 6/27/08 (2008-06-30)
Katherine Perkins and the Hort Gang, through Iowa State extension, answer questions concerning all lawn and gardening needs.


The Exchange 6/26/08 (2008-06-26)
Arthritis, one of the oldest diseases known to man, affects one in five Americans. Today Dr. Joseph Buckwalter from the University of Iowa's department of orthopedics and rehabilitation discuss the painful disease and answer callers' questions about treatment.


Talk@12 6/26/08 (2008-06-26)
Summer movies are today's topic. Sam Twammy, director of Interrobang Film Festival, previews film selections. Then Iowa State University professors Tom Beell and Loring Silet share their favorite picks for the summer, which include small movies.


Talk@12 6/25/08 (2008-06-25)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Iowa State University political science professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire radio and television talk show host Arnie Arnesen on Republican and Democratic party differences on energy, and how history may influence this year's debate. Also, guests examine Obama's campaign decision to opt-out of public financing, thus avoiding spending limits in the general election campaign.


The Exchange 6/25/08 (2008-06-25)
Ben Kieffer talks with Jon Hazel, owner of production company High Depth Video on his various projects, including a civil war video. Next, Jim Heynen talks about his project, Sunday Afternoon on the Porch, which joins his own writing with Everett W. Kuntz's photographs, documenting small-town Iowa life.


Talk@12 6/24/08 (2008-06-24)
Our home improvement guru Bill McAnally from Iowa Central Community College is here to answer questions about flooded basements and leaky roofs.


The Exchange 6/24/08 (2008-06-24)
Dr. Eric Dyken is back to discuss the science of sleep. Dyken is the director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa.


The Exchange 6/23/08 (2008-06-23)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Nonie Darwish, author of "They Call Me Infidel." The book outlines her mission as reconciling Arabs and Israelis.


Talk@12 6/23/08 (2008-06-23)
Katherine Perkins talks with Chairty Nebbe about her children's book, "Our Walk in the Woods," told from the perspective of a little girl and her dog. Later in the hour, state archivist, Gordon Hendrickson and Becki Plunkett from photo collections speak about preservation. Finally, Doug Cooper with the weather.


Talk@12 6/20/08 (2008-06-20)
Talk@12 examines the affects of floods on gardens, landscapes and plant life.


The Exchange 6/20/08 (2008-06-20)
The Exchange looks at rock 'n' roll music and its connections to political action.


Talk@12 6/19/08 (2008-06-19)
Today, a look at the impact of Iowa's floods on the agriculture industry. Doug Cooper speaks with a variety of livestock and pasture specialists from Iowa State Extension. Then Elwynn Taylor updates Iowa's weather.


The Exchange 6/19/08 (2008-06-19)
A new national poll reveals that many Americans have misconceptions about schizophrenia. Today Steve Miller, a Cedar Rapids native diagnosed with schizophrenia, and University of Iowa professor of psychology Dr. Michael Flaum address and dissect myths about mental health.


The Exchange 6/18/08 (2008-06-18)
Paul Ingram and Jan Weismiller from Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City are back to talk about their favorite summer reading.


Talk@12 6/18/08 (2008-06-18)
United States Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa joins the show to address federal relief efforts for Iowa's flood damage. Then politics professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire talk show host Arnie Arnesen discuss President Bush's stance on high gas prices and drilling for oil.


Talk@12 6/13/08 (2008-06-13)
Katherine Perkins speaks with UNI professor of chemistry and senior policy advisor Bill Stigliani; and professor of religion at Luther, James Martin-Schramm, over flooding and why.


The Exchange 6/13/08 (2008-06-13)
Members of the Iowa Science Center share updates over the flooding situation.


Talk@12 6/12/08 (2008-06-12)
Andrew Blechman's new book "Leisureville" chronicles age-restricted communities built for retirees. Both comedic and sobering, Blechman discusses the vitality of these designer communities and the segregation they inspire.


The Exchange 6/12/08 (2008-06-12)
If you've ever lost your keys or misplaced your glasses, memory trainer Larry Bradford may have some memory tips. Bradford joins the show along with Susan Rogusky, volunteer specialist at the Iowa City Senior Center, to discuss a memory training course at the Center. Then Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack and meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki update the flood situation.


Obama's VP Pick May Impact Women Voters (2008-06-12)
Barack Obama's VP pick could attract or push away female voters.


Talk@12 6/11/08 (2008-06-11)
Arnie Arnesen and Steffan Schmidt talk about candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, discussing topics from fuel to the war.


The Exchange 6/11/08 (2008-06-11)
Rebecca Stott, author of "Ghostwalk," speaks about her thrilling tale of the mystery behind Sir Isaac Newton's academic rise in seventeenth-century Cambridge. Later, Jim Meeks joins the show to speak about his experiences as a trained crisis counselor.


The Exchange 6/10/08 (2008-06-10)
In an archive addition of The Exchange, Iowa native Dan Murphy tells us about his radical life as the medical director of a clinic in East Timor. Everyday the clinic treats over 400 patients and turns no one away.


Talk@12 6/10/08 (2008-06-10)
Storms, floods, fires and wildlife. Iowa State Extension wildlife specialist Jim Pease discusses what the latest round of severe weather means for our local fauna. Then we hear from Bret Voorhees, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, about flooding and safety.


The Exchange 5/30/08 (2008-06-09)
Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Iowa journalism professor, Judy Polubaum, author of "China Inc." They discuss China's continued presence in the media lens from the recent earthquake to the status of Tibet and the upcoming Olympic Games. They also speak with Chinese journalists Gu Lin and Tan Hongkai in China.


The Exchange 5/30/08 (2008-06-09)
Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Iowa journalism professor, Judy Polubaum, author of "China Inc." They discuss China's continued presence in the media lens from the recent earthquake to the status of Tibet and the upcoming Olympic Games. They also speak with Chinese journalists Gu Lin and Tan Hongkai in China.


Talk@12 6/9/08 (2008-06-09)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Scott D. Roberts and Jeremy Wagener, both writers, producers and directors of the new documentary, "GasHole," narrated by Peter Gallagher. The film takes an intense look at oil prices and the future of alternative fuels.


The Exchange 6/9/08 (2008-06-09)
Rosanne Olson talks about her book, "This is Who I Am," featuring her own photographs along side essays of fifty-four women. Then, Ashley Lerch talks about being crowned Ms. Wheelchair Iowa earlier this month in Iowa City. Evette Fantroy also speaks about the Miss Black USA pageant. Following, hydrologist Dave Ay-sh speaks about Flooding in Iowa.


The Exchange 6/5/08 (2008-06-05)
Dr. Sharon Maxwell discusses how to talk to kids about sex in today's highly sexualized media world. Maxwell is a clinical psychologist with a new book called, "The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear From You About Sex."


Talk@12 6/5/08 (2008-06-05)
Wayne Petersen from the Iowa Department of Agriculture discusses land stewardship after Iowa's spring rains and floods. Then Matthew Schaefer from the Hoover Library and Nancy Beck Young, a history professor at the University of Houston, talk about America's First Ladies.


Clinton Must Exit for Obama to Move Forward (2008-06-04)
Clinton supporters urge her to stay in until August


The Exchange 6/4/08 (2008-06-04)
Ben Kieffer talks with archaeologists John Doershuk, John Hall and Cindy Nagle about how Indiana Jones is viewed by real archaeologists, Team Archaeology's participation in RAGBRAI and Iowa's ancient history. Later, he speaks with Amy Smit about Character Counts in Iowa.


Talk@12 6/4/08 (2008-06-04)
Katherine Perkins talks to Rachel Caufield, professor of politics at Drake University; and Arnie Arnesen, radio and television host, about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the end of the primary season.


The Exchange 6/3/08 (2008-06-03)
On May 25, 2008, F5 tornadoes ripped through Parkersburg, Iowa. The tornadoes killed five people and flattened the town. Today UNI professor of meteorology Alan Czarnetzki, Mark Levine, author of "F5," and Bob Brammer from the Iowa Attorney General's Office discuss tornadoes and their devastating effects. Then musician Bob Dorr speaks about the benefit concert he is giving to help tornado victims in Parkersburg.


Talk@12 6/3/08 (2008-06-03)
Christopher Kliewer, an associate professor in special education at UNI, discusses summer reading programs for all children. Then Scott McLeod and Jeff Balvanz, from ISU, suggest computer programs that will encourage kids to get away from their computers. Plus agriculture and weather reports from Doug Cooper and Elwynn Taylor.


The Exchange 6/2/08 (2008-06-02)
Ben Kieffer talks with Amy Johnson, who served in Afghanistan and is now a University of Iowa student; McKinley Bailey, an Army paratrooper in Afghanistan and now a state representative; and John Mickelson, an Army medic now Midwest director of the Student Veterans of America, about the challenges veterans face transitioning from the military to college.


Talk@12 6/2/08 (2008-06-02)
Katherine Perkins talks with Kevin Coyle of the National Wildlife Federation and Pat Boddy of the Polk County Conservation about getting kids outside during the summer. Later, Katherine speaks with Tim Derrick, a professor at Iowa State University who tests shoes and army boots. Closing out the hour is Doug Cooper talking about agriculture news and Elwynn Taylor on weather.


Talk@12 5/30/08 (2008-05-30)
Katherine Perkins talks with The Hort Gang on topics of landscaping and gardening.


Talk@12 5/29/08 (2008-05-29)
Katherine Perkins talks with Bob Zegler about showing his five-minute short at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and Tom Beel and Loring Silet about the new Indiana Jones movie and the death of Sidney Pollack. Doug Cooper talks agriculture news and Elwynn Taylor has the weather.


The Exchange 5/29/08 (2008-05-29)
Greg Shanley talks with Daniel Mark Epstein about his new book, "The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage."


Talk@12 5/28/08 (2008-05-28)
Katherine Perkins talks with Steffan Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State, and Arnie Arnesen, radio and television host, about the final three primaries, accusations against the Bush administrations in Scott McClellan's new book, McCain's fundraising dilemma and other political news. Later in the hour, Doug Cooper talks agriculture news.


The Exchange 5/28/08 (2008-05-28)
Ben Kieffer talks with Dan Buettner about so-called Blue Zones, the subject of the author-explorer's new book. The zones are places where people are living particularly long, full lives.


The Exchange 5/27/08 (2008-05-27)
Ben Kieffer explores the aftermath of the tornado that killed 7 people in northeast Iowa. The host speaks with Virgil Goodrich, who survived the tornado in his basement and is the director of economic development for Parkerburg, Congressman Bruce Braley, and Bret Voorhees of Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


Talk@12 5/27/08 (2008-05-27)
Katherine Perkins talks with Patricia Martin, author of "RenGen," a book about how we're on the verge of a new renaissance. Then, the host speaks with Congressman Leonard Boswell, who is running for reelection. Later, Doug Cooper talks agriculture and Elwynn Taylor talks climate.


Three Republicans Vie to Defeat Iowa Senator (2008-05-27)
Three Republicans are competing to be the most conservative alternative to US Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.


The Exchange 5/23/08 (2008-05-27)
George Eichhorn joins Christopher Reed, both running candidates for U.S. Republican Senator, to speak on national issues.


Talk@12 5/22/08 (2008-05-22)
Katherine Perkins talks with Bill McAnally and the guest answers call-in questions about home improvement.


The Exchange 5/22/08 (2008-05-22)
Jeneane Beck speaks with Tom Newton, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, about the recently passed statewide ban on smoking in public places and other public health issues. She also talks to student C.J. Peterson, recently recognized for his work with Just Eliminate Lies.


The Exchange 5/20/08 (2008-05-21)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Todd Dorman, Gazette columnist, as well as Mark Grey, Director of the Iowa Center for Immigran Leadership and Integration. And following up on the illegal immigrant raid in Postville, Ben talks with Paul Rael, director of Hispanic Ministry at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Postville, and Michelle Yeheli, the director of Iowa Center on Health Disparities.


The Exchange 5/21/08 (2008-05-21)
Ben Kieffer speaks with Dr. Harold Adams, a professor of neurology at the University of Iowa, about the risks and symptoms of stoke for National Stoke Awareness Month.


Talk@12 5/20/08 (2008-05-21)
Katherine Perkins speaks with President Bill Evans and Marketing Manager Joanna Mouming, both with Kalona Organics, on the topic of food.


Talk@12 5/21/08 (2008-05-21)
Katherine Perkins talks with Stephen Schmidt and Arnie Arnesen about Barack Obama's return to Iowa, Hillary Clinton's continuing campaign and John McCain on Saturday Night Live.


Talk@12 5/19/08 (2008-05-21)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Millie Frese, State Coordinator of "National History Day" for the state of Iowa. She also speaks with teacher Chris Green, from North Scott High School, along with students Aaron Viner, Hannah Curling, and Matt Anzis about their involvement.


Obama Steals the Headlines In Iowa (2008-05-21)
Kentucky and Oregon voters had their say in the Democratic primary process, but Iowa had center stage in last night's political drama.


The Exchange 5/19/08 (2008-05-19)
Jeneane Beck speaks with Congressman Fallen on topics such as immigration, health care, and senior citizens.


The Exchange 5/16/08 (2008-05-16)
Ben Kieffer speaks with M. Gigi Durham, professor at the University of Iowa, about her new book, "The Lolita Effect." She discusses the sexualization of young teens and pre-teens.


Talk@12 5/16/08 (2008-05-16)
The Horticulture Gang, through Iowa State extension, receives calls about lawn and garden care needs.


The Exchange 5/15/08 (2008-05-15)
Ben Kieffer talks with University of Northern Iowa professors and immigration experts Mark Grey and Michelle Yeheli, author Richard Longworth and Congressman Steve King about illegal immigration into the Midwest in light of the raid on a meat-packing plant in Postville, Iowa. The raid was the largest in U.S. history.


Talk@12 5/15/08 (2008-05-15)
Katherine Perkins speaks with Gina Burkhart, professor at University of Northern Iowa and recent author of "Finding Purpose in Narnia." Later in the hour, she speaks with Becky Groff and Larry Neppl, both of AARP on the issues of older drivers. Finally, Doug Cooper and Elwynn Taylor talk agriculture.


The Exchange 5/14/08 (2008-05-14)
Today's show explores social entrepreneurship. Two University of Iowa geography professors, Raja Gopal and Ed Brands, took 20 college students to South India to work in microfinance, health care, child labor and human rights.


Talk@12 5/14/08 (2008-05-14)
Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire radio and TV host, and Rachel Caufield, professor of politics at Drake University, discuss the past week in politics. Sen. Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia primary, so what does this mean for the race to the White House?


Talk@12 5/13/08 (2008-05-13)
It's wildlife day on Talk@12. Today, Jim Pease chats with Katherine Perkins and callers about wetland dwellers - mink, muskrat, beaver, and otters. Doug Cooper and Elywnn Taylor wrap up the hour.


The Exchange 5/13/08 (2008-05-13)
From Steven Tyler's scream to Luciano Pavarotti's vibratto, the human voice can do remarkable things. Ingo Titze, a University of Iowa professor and the executive director of the National Center for Voice and Speech, sheds light on the science behind the voices all around us.


The Exchange 5/12/08 (2008-05-12)
In this archive edition of The Exchange, Jennifer Ackerman, author of "Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body," discusses when our bodies are at their peak for daily activities.


Talk@12 5/12/08 (2008-05-12)
Rich Fellingham from Special Olympics Iowa and Special Olympian Kelly Sharp discuss the upcoming Iowa State Summer Games. Then Erika Lawrence, a University of Iowa professor of psychology, talks about troubles newlyweds face and the strain children place on young marriages.


The Exchange 5/9/08 (2008-05-09)
Celebrating Mother's Day with a Freudian twist. Today's guest is Christine Whelan who may have confirmed that men marry their mothers. Whelan, the author of "Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women," shares her study results, showing that 80 percent of educated men whose mothers earned a college degree married women with a college degree. Then singer/songwriter P.J. Olsson.


Talk@12 5/9/08 (2008-05-09)
Iowa State Extension's Horticulture Gang is back to answer callers' questions about gardening and lawn care.


Talk@12 5/8/08 (2008-05-08)
Rob Dillard talks with University of Iowa professor Pete Weyer about the state of Iowa's rural well water. In the second half of the show, University of Iowa professor Laurence Fuortes talks about his medical screening program for former employees of Iowa's previously secret nuclear weapons facilities.


The Exchange 5/8/08 (2008-05-08)
Ben Kieffer talks with Detective Sgt Kevin Kinney about an investigation into human trafficking and teen prostitution and reporter Jennifer Hemmingsen and editor Lyle Muller of The Gazette, which just completed a 14-part series on the investigation.


Talk@12 5/7/08 (2008-05-07)
Political science professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire radio host Arnie Arnesen discuss the latest round of democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.


The Exchange 5/7/08 (2008-05-07)
On today's show, a look at the science of sleep with Dr. Eric Dyken, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa. Becky Allgood shares the story of her son's death that occurred while he was sleepwalking. Dyken discusses the causes of sleepwalking and answers callers' questions.


Talk@12 5/6/08 (2008-05-06)
Rural issues take to the air today. First, Katherine Perkins talks with Mark Reisinger, USDA state director for rural development. Then, Doug Cooper checks up with Ron Cox of the Center for Industrial Research and Service. Jeff Balvanz adds an update on the Internet's foray into Iowa's farming communities, and Elwynn Taylor wraps up the hour.


The Exchange 5/6/08 (2008-05-06)
Author and activist Paul Hawken calls it the largest movement in the world: the fight for environmental and social justice. His new book is entitled "Blessed Unrest." Greg Shanley discusses these topics and more with Hawken.


The Exchange 5/5/08 (2008-05-05)
Colleen Kinder's book "Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure" has inspired many to take the road less traveled after graduation. She joins the show today along with Brian Triplett who's preparing for his next adventure, a trek across the U.S.


Talk@12 5/5/08 (2008-05-05)
Connie Mutel joins the show to discuss her book "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa." She addresses prairie and woodland restoration, natural ecosystems and preserving Iowa's native landscape.


Talk@12 5/2/08 (2008-05-02)
The Hort Gang from Iowa State Extension and Mark Vitosh from the DNR answer callers' questions about gardening and lawn care.


The Exchange 5/2/08 (2008-05-02)
Cedar Rapids author Thomas Flagel talks about his series "The History Buffs Guide." He covers topics from the Civil War and Gettysburg to World War II. The latest edition is a guide to the U.S. Presidents.


Talk@12 5/1/08 (2008-05-01)
Nancy Cauthen, the deputy director of the National Center for Children in Poverty, Amy Harfeld, the executive director of First Star, and Kevin Concannon, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, are guests.


The Exchange 5/1/08 (2008-05-01)
Jeneane Beck talks with Rep. McKinley Bailey and Patrick J. Palmersheim, executive director of Iowa's office of Veteran's Affairs, and, in the second half, Sen. Tom Harkin.


The Exchange 4/30/08 (2008-04-30)
The Des Moines National Poetry Festival co-founder Tom Lynner and poet Li-Young Lee join the show today. Lee reads a few of his poems and tells about his life. Then we talk about trees. Greg Fishbine from the Nature Conservancy joins the show as well as Shannon Ramsey and Sunshine McDonald from Trees Forever report on the number of trees in Iowa cities.


Talk@12 4/30/08 (2008-04-30)
Politics professor Steffen Schmidt and radio host Arnie Arnesen are back to discuss the past week in politics. This week's topics: the saga of Sen. Obama and Rev. Wright, and should candidates support a gas tax holiday?


Talk@12 4/29/08 (2008-04-29)
Following the success of her New York Times best-selling novel "Chocolat," which was later made into an Oscar-nominated film, Joanne Harris has re-entered the literary scene. Host Katherine Perkins talks with Harris about the sequel to "Chocolat," which is titled "The Girl with no Shadow."


The Exchange 4/29/08 (2008-04-29)
These days, it's not uncommon for parents to do their kids' homework, keep them entertained, even negotiate salaries for their first jobs out of college. Psychology Today editor Hara Marano points out the danger of this trend in her new book, "A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting."


The Exchange 4/28/08 (2008-04-28)
Soprano Randye Jones, from Grinnell College, is the lead researcher for a project called The Art of the Negro Spiritual. In conjunction with Jones' research on the history and key figures of spirituals, she is performing recitals across Iowa. Today she shares her stories and her songs.


Talk@12 4/28/08 (2008-04-28)
Bill McAnally from Iowa Central Community College answers callers' questions on home improvement. Today's topic: universal design. Learn how design can cater to your needs as you age or your mobility changes.


The Exchange 4/25/08 (2008-04-25)
Stories of all types take the stage today in a live broadcast from the Java House. Students from a University of Iowa storytelling class offer excerpts from their own lives alongside professor and master storyteller Steve McGuire.


Talk@12 4/25/08 (2008-04-25)
The Hort Gang answers callers' gardening questions, and Elwynn Taylor updates listeners on the latest weather news.


The Exchange 4/23/08 (2008-04-23)
Samuel Culbert, a UCLA professor of management, discusses BS in the workplace. His new book, "Beyond Bullsh*t," looks into how BS has become standard etiquette in the workplace. Culbert shares how to talk straight and avoid BS at work.


Talk@12 4/23/08 (2008-04-23)
Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University political science professor, and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire radio host, are back to discuss the latest news in politics. Today they answer questions and predict politicians' next moves after the Pennsylvania primaries.


Talk@12 4/22/08 (2008-04-22)
As part of a new series on immigrants in Iowa, Katherine Perkins speaks with a Waterloo resident who fled Bosnia during the brutal civil war. In addition, Doug Cooper checks in on agricultural land prices. And, wrapping up the hour, NPR commentator and writer Frank Deford shares insight on sports and society.


The Exchange 4/22/08 (2008-04-22)
Two men are touring the country, insisting that faith does not fit into a red-state, blue-state dichotomy. In their new film, Purple State of Mind, John Marks and Craig Detweiler explore American faith, politics and culture. Marks, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the author of "Reasons To Believe: One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind."


Talk@12 4/21/08 (2008-04-21)
Former governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin recently published her book "Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead." She discusses womens' role in politics and the notion of a double standard. During the second half of the show, Teresa Liewer from the Iowa Genealogical Society gives tips on how to trace your own ancestry.


The Exchange 4/21/08 (2008-04-21)
With the last week of the Iowa legislative session, lawmakers are debating and fine tuning budgets. State House reporters Jason Clayworth from the Des Moines Register, Charlotte Eby from Lee Enterprises, Kay Henderson from Radio Iowa and James Q. Lynch from the Cedar Rapids Gazette discuss the issues and legislation of the last week in session.


Talk@12 4/18/08 (2008-04-18)
The Hort Gang is back to answer callers' questions about lawn care, gardening and house plants.


The Exchange 4/18/08 (2008-04-18)
Iowa Public Radio and Humanities Iowa are partnering on the series Iowa Decisions. Today local control and education are discussed with guests Judy Jeffrey, the Iowa Department of Education director, Bill Sherman, a spokesman for the Iowa State Education Association, and a member of the state education committee, Rep. Jodi Tymeson (R).


Talk@12 4/17/08 (2008-04-17)
Ernesto Cortez, Jr., talks about community organization. Doug Cooper talks agriculture and market news.


The Exchange 4/17/08 (2008-04-17)
Author and filmmaker Jackson Katz, University of Northern Iowa professor Harry Brod and Monique DiCarlo, director of Women's Resource Action Center, talk about gender violence and macho culture.


The Exchange 4/16/08 (2008-04-16)
Primatologist Jill Pruetz from Iowa State University joins The Exchange to discuss her work with chimpanzees in Senegal. Pruetz is featured in the April issue of National Geographic Magazine, with the Fongoli chimps she studies.


Talk@12 4/16/08 (2008-04-16)
Dr. Politics Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire talk show host Arnie Arnesen are back for another round of politics. The tension over the Democratic Presidential nomination continues between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Pennsylvania primaries take place next week and appear to be in Clinton's favor.


The Exchange 4/15/08 (2008-04-15)
What happens when politics and comedy mix? Russell Peterson's take on that topic in his new book, "Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke."


Talk@12 4/15/08 (2008-04-15)
In honor of National Donate Life Month, advocates and living donors share their stories. Guests include Paul Sodders, Julee Darner, Suzanne Conrad and Jon Titus. Conrad and Titus acted as living donors and now encourage others to do the same.


The Exchange 4/14/08 (2008-04-14)
Iowa lawmakers must approve a $6 billion state in the final days of the 2008 Iowa Legislative session. Rep. Jo Oldson, the Democratic chair on the House Appropriations Committee, Sen. Steve Kettering, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Iowa City Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D) and Columbus Junction Rep. Tom Sands (R) discuss the budget and state tax policy, and answer callers' questions.


Talk@12 4/14/08 (2008-04-14)
Iowa State University celebrated its 150th birthday this past weekend. Iowa Public Radio's Doug Cooper talks to ISU's marketing director and the executive assistant to the president, takes a look in the special collections of the university library, speaks with ISU alum astronaut Clayton Anderson, and ISU's President Gregory Geoffroy.


Talk@12 4/11/08 (2008-04-11)
The Hort Gang is back to help solve gardening and lawn care questions.


The Exchange 4/10/08 (2008-04-10)
The United States has the largest prison population and highest incarceration rate in the world -- a record 7 million people at the end of 2005. Ryan King, a policy analyst with The Sentencing Project, a national non-profit organization engaged in research and advocacy on criminal justice policy issues.


Talk@12 4/10/08 (2008-04-10)
Doug Cooper talks about cattle, corn and other agriculture and market news.


Talk@12 4/9/08 (2008-04-09)
Iowa State University political science professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire Public Radio's Arnie Arneson are back for this week's political discussion. Colombia, campaign advisers and questioning on Iraq are on today's agenda.


Talk@12 4/8/08 (2008-04-08)
Wildlife expert Jim Pease joins the show to imitate birds and frogs, and to talk about other migrating creatures in Iowa. He also takes callers' questions.


The Exchange 4/7/08 (2008-04-07)
With two weeks left in the Iowa legislative session Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal and House Republican Leader Christopher Rants discuss the budget, road funding and the smoking ban in public places.


Talk@12 4/7/08 (2008-04-07)
Iowa Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack joins the show to discuss the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, bio-fuels and the environment and union labor.


The Exchange 4/4/08 (2008-04-04)
Journalist and author Marda Dunsky discusses topics from her latest book "Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."


Talk@12 4/4/08 (2008-04-04)
The Hort Gang from Iowa State University is back to answer callers' questions about gardening and lawn care.


Talk@12 4/3/08 (2008-04-03)
According to a new book, it's time for bickering mothers and daughters to put aside their differences. Julie Halpert and Deborah Carr spoke with mother-daughter pairs from across the country. "Making up with Mom" combines those stories with professional advice on how to improve the relationship.


The Exchange 4/3/08 (2008-04-03)
Author Karen Joy Fowler joins the show to talk about her new novel, "Wit's End." Fowler earned critical acclaim for her New York Times best-selling novel, "The Jane Austen Book Club," which was released as a major motion picture in 2007.


The Exchange 4/2/08 (2008-04-02)
Today's show examines international human rights. Dean Borg talks with DePaul University Professor Cherif Bassiouni, who has investigated human rights violations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the former Yugoslavia. The United Nations appointed him to that work, for which he earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.


Talk@12 4/2/08 (2008-04-02)
On this week's politics hour, Katherine Perkins takes on government competence and voter confidence with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt.


The Exchange 4/1/08 (2008-04-01)
Erik Peterson, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, offers a look into the future. He heads the Seven Revolutions initiative, which has identified the biggest global challenges as we move toward the year 2025.


Talk@12 4/1/08 (2008-04-01)
On today's show - how not to be fooled by Internet pranks or scams, and how to make the most of social networking websites. Plus, we check in on the latest agricultural and weather news.


Talk@12 3/31/08 (2008-03-31)
John Price, author of "Man Killed by Pheasant: And Other Kinships," joins the show to discuss his memoir and his Iowa roots. Price is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a PhD in English and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.


The Exchange 3/31/08 (2008-03-31)
Michael Mauro, Iowa's secretary of state, is pushing all 99 counties to use paper ballots in the fall 2008 election. Other proposed legislation would make it easier to obtain an absentee ballot and limit the number special of elections. Also, what will record voting numbers at the Iowa caucuses mean for the fall election?


The Exchange 3/28/08 (2008-03-28)
Today's show focuses on doctor-patient interactions. In a new collection called "Patient Listening: A Doctor's Guide," writers chronicle medical experiences both inspiring and frustrating. The new book was edited by Loreen Herwaldt, today's guest on "The Exchange."


Talk@12 3/28/08 (2008-03-28)
The Hort Gang from Iowa State University Extension answers callers' gardening questions.


The Exchange 3/27/08 (2008-03-27)
Greg Shanley talks with Matt Schafer, an archivist at the Hoover Presidential Library, and Carl Anthony, of the National First Ladies' Library, about the role of first ladies and Lou Henry Hoover, the only first lady from Iowa.


Talk@12 3/27/08 (2008-03-27)
Walter Day, who owns the repository of video-game scoring records called Twin Galaxies, discusses his role in the documentary The King of Kong. Tom Beell and Loring Silet, both professors at Iowa State, discus their favorite films and the deaths of Anthony Mighella and Richard Widmark.


The Exchange 3/26/08 (2008-03-26)
The University of Northern Iowa's Tall Grass Prairie Center is researching energy alternatives using prairie hay as a fuel source. Then American singer-songwriter and peace activist Snatam Kaur joins the show to discuss her Sikh devotion music and world tours.


Talk@12 3/26/08 (2008-03-26)
"Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire Public Radio's Arnie Arnesen are back to discuss the past week in politics. Today's topic: sex scandals and politics.


Talk@12 3/25/08 (2008-03-25)
The first in a series about historic decisions, today's show delves into the Morrill Act of 1862. Guests include Jerome Thompson, Tom Morain, Dorothy Schwieder, and Lynette Pohlman.


The Exchange 3/25/08 (2008-03-25)
Nature writer Elizabeth Grossman joins the show to talk about her experiences reporting in the Arctic and studying the effects of toxic electronic waste.


Talk@12 3/24/08 (2008-03-24)
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman joins Talk@12 to discuss her latest novel "Another Thing to Fall." Lippman is a master of mystery, private investigation and crime fiction.


The Exchange 3/24/08 (2008-03-24)
Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would restrict teenage driving. Researchers say limiting driving hours to before 10 pm and passengers to siblings and parents will save lives. Sen. Tom Reilly (D) of Oskaloosa and Rep. David Tjepkes (R) of Gowrie join the show along with researcher Daniel McGehee and former high school student Alex Mougin.


Talk@12 3/21/08 (2008-03-21)
The Hort Gang from Iowa State University is back to take callers' questions on gardening and lawn care.


The Exchange 3/21/08 (2008-03-21)
Gary W. Moore's book "Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams," tells the story of Moore's father, Gene Moore. Gene was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers at 15, but WWII came along and intervened in the to-be-star's dreams. Moore discusses his father's dreams, destiny, character and second chances.


The Exchange 3/20/08 (2008-03-20)
Greg Shanley looks at genealogy on an archive edition of The Exchange.


Talk@12 3/20/08 (2008-03-20)
Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College discusses green building, geothermal and other home improvement projects.


Talk@12 3/19/08 (2008-03-19)
"Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire Public Radio's Arnie Arnesen join Talk@12 to discuss the latest round of politics. Topics include Sen. Barack Obama's speech on racism in America, the five year anniversary of the war in Iraq, and the bipartisan possibilities of Unity 08.


The Exchange 3/19/08 (2008-03-19)
Retired U.S. Military Colonel Joe Alexander speaks about his World War II experience in the Pacific. Alexander fought in the Battle of Peleliu, which occurred in September 1944. Iowa City attorney Nick Russo joins the discussion. His father also fought in the Battle of Peleliu, and Russo shares his father's war diary.


The Exchange 3/18/08 (2008-03-18)
Greg Shanley talks Iowa baseball on an archive edition.


Talk@12 3/18/08 (2008-03-18)
Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University dean, and Assoc. Dean Joe Colletti, Iowa State University associate dean, discuss agriculture education with host Doug Cooper.


The Exchange 3/17/08 (2008-03-17)
The Iowa Legislature is halfway through its current session. A round table discussion of pending bills includes journalists Dan Gearino, reporter at Lee Enterprises; Kay Henderson, news director at Radio Iowa; and James Q. Lynch, political reporter at the Cedar Rapids Gazette.


Talk@12 3/17/08 (2008-03-17)
Roy Harris Jr., author of "Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism," discusses the importance of service journalism. Joining him are editors Lyle Muller from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and Geneva Overholser, formerly of the Des Moines Register. Each was editor at their respective newspapers when the paper was awarded the Pulitzer.


The Exchange 3/14/08 (2008-03-14)
Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, spoke at the University of Iowa last Sunday, March 9. Rove was greeted with protesters and jeers from an angry crowd. Today Frank Durham, Rove's interviewer; Jeff Schmidt, a reporter for Iowa Public Radio; and David Goodner, president of the UI Antiwar Committee discuss the lecture.


Talk@12 3/14/08 (2008-03-14)
Today the Hort Gang from Iowa State University take callers' questions on gardening and lawn care.


Talk@12 3/13/08 (2008-03-13)
Diane Glass and Deb Engle discuss their approach to helping people cope with the changes that come at midlife. The founders of Tending Your Inner Garden, talk about their own life changes and their program.


The Exchange 3/13/08 (2008-03-13)
Paul Ingram and Jan Weissmiller of Prairie Lights Bookstore discuss their favorite new books.


The Exchange 3/12/08 (2008-03-12)
Ed Viesturs joins The Exchange to discuss his many climbs of the world's highest mountains. Viesturs' book "No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks," details the mountaineers' climbs without supplemental oxygen.


Talk@12 3/12/08 (2008-03-12)
"Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire Public Radio's Arnie Arnesen join Talk@12 to hash out the most recent primaries, Obama's Muslim father, and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's recent scandal and resignation.


Talk@12 3/11/08 (2008-03-11)
Critter jokes take center stage today. Extension Wildlife Specialist Jim Pease joins host Katherine Perkins to share animal-themed humor. And later, Extension Climatologist Elwynn Taylor offers an update on the weather.


The Exchange 3/11/08 (2008-03-11)
Historian and Columbia University professor Manning Marable shares his insight into the life of Malcolm X. Marable's upcoming book is titled "Rediscovering Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention."


The Exchange 3/10/08 (2008-03-10)
Jeneane Beck speaks with players involved in Iowa's move to ban smoking in businesses today at the state capitol. She is joined by Cathy Callaway of the Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance, Democratic Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids, Republican Senator Jerry Behn of Boone, and Iowa Restaurant Association President and CEO Donnie DeNucci.


Talk@12 3/10/08 (2008-03-10)
Today United States Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa joins the show. He addresses Congressman Steve King's comment on presidential candidate Barack Obama, ethanol in Iowa, farm bills, the state of the economy and Medicare.


The Exchange 3/7/08 (2008-03-07)
Photographer David Plowden talks about "Vanishing Point," his new book. In a career spanning 50 years, Plowden has traveled across the country; he has photographed America's steam engines and crumbling barns, both its industrial mayhem and the tranquility of rural life.


Talk@12 3/7/08 (2008-03-07)
The Hort Gang from Iowa State University take callers' gardening questions.


Talk@12 3/6/08 (2008-03-06)
Patty Esch, the associate director of the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging and John McCaulley, the director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs discuss the role reversal of children caring for their aging parents. And, in the second half, Paul Knupp and Daryle Northrop discuss the certification of the Iowa Green Party.


The Exchange 3/6/08 (2008-03-06)
Host Dean Borg discusses "The Life and Times of F.M. Hubbell," the story of an influential Iowan with the book's author, Simpson College history professor Bill Fredricks and Hubbell's great-great-grandson Jim Hubbell.


The Exchange 3/5/08 (2008-03-05)
Ronald J. Berger joins The Exchange today to discuss the experiences of two Holocaust survivors: his father and his uncle. Berger is a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater and author of the book "Fathoming the Holocaust: A Social Problems Approach."


Talk@12 3/5/08 (2008-03-05)
Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire Public Radio talk show host, and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University professor of politics, are back to talk politics. Today they hash out the results of the Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island primaries.


Talk@12 3/4/08 (2008-03-04)
We start off today talking about Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Researchers Mark Grey and Michele Yehieli discuss the threats and propose potential solutions for Iowans. Then, we move into a conversation with Marilyn Adams, founder of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. And lastly, Erv Klaas joins the show to talk about an upcoming reading of Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac."


The Exchange 3/4/08 (2008-03-04)
Performance artist William Yang joins the show to talk about "Shadows," his multimedia monologue that will make its Iowa debut on March 7 in Cedar Rapids. The Chinese-Australian artist is joined by musician Colin Offord and Mel Andringa, operations director at CSPS in Cedar Rapids.


The Exchange 2/12/08 (2008-03-04)
Comedian-philosophers Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein unpack political double-speak with logic - and a few jokes. Their new book is "Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington."


The Exchange 3/3/08 (2008-03-03)
Testing and funding for education are discussed in the state capitol today. Guests include Margaret Buckton from the Iowa Association of School Boards, Democratic Rep. Mary Mascher of Iowa City, Republican Sen. Nancy Boettger of Harlan and Iowa State Education Association lobbiest Brad Hudson.


Talk@12 3/3/08 (2008-03-03)
Do you have fun at work? Today's guests discuss the balance and productivity benefits of employees enjoying themselves at work. Leslie Yerkes is the author of "Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work." Kathleen Souhrda from Principal Financial Group shares her company's success story.


The Exchange 2/29/08 (2008-02-29)
Author Alan Drew joins the show to talk about his debut novel, "Gardens of Water." The novel draws on his experiences living in Istanbul, particularly the earthquake that struck Turkey just four days after Drew's arrival in 1999.


Talk@12 2/29/08 (2008-02-29)
As we leap towards spring, the Hort Gang answers callers' gardening questions.


Talk@12 2/28/08 (2008-02-28)
Today we're talking about basketball. First, we explore the life of troubled basketball star "Pistol Pete" Maravich, the subject of a biography by Mark Kriegel. Then we move on to six-on-six, a game that shaped generations of Iowa girls. Former player and filmmaker Laurel Bower Burgmaier joins us to talk about "More Than a Game," her new documentary about the sport. Also, former six-on-sixers Sandy Van Cleave-Little and Frances Billerbeck Lorenzen reflect on seasons past.


The Exchange 2/28/08 (2008-02-28)
Today we continue our series on Iowans whose lives and careers have taken interesting paths. Larry Stumme is a Lutheran minister and defense attorney in Denver, Iowa. From his experiences marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., to his time spent immersed in urban poverty, he has a wealth of experience to share.


The Exchange 2/27/08 (2008-02-27)
Pilgrimages, miracles and shrines are the topic today. Gregory Bruess, history professor at UNI, and Jill Dubish, anthropology professor at Northern Arizona University, discuss the legends and scenery surrounding these sacred places and routes.


Talk@12 2/27/08 (2008-02-27)
Arnie Arneson from New Hampshire Public Radio and "Dr. Politics" Steffen Schmidt join the show today to discuss the latest presidential debates, and the campaigns of Obama, Clinton, and McCain.


The Exchange 2/26/08 (2008-02-26)
Today we're talking about the Peace Corps with returned volunteers Nick Lauen, Scott McNabb, and Dan Gall. The three Iowans served in Cameroon, Thailand, and Botswana, respectively.


Talk@12 2/26/08 (2008-02-26)
It has been one long winter. But instead of letting the doldrums overcome us, we're attacking the cold-weather blues head-on. From advice about treating Seasonal Affective Disorder to music, movie and technology suggestions to lift the spirits, we have a range of ideas to combat this endless season of snow. Also, we take a peek at spring commodity markets.


Talk@12 2/25/08 (2008-02-25)
Coal plants have garnered much attention. Here to discuss the issue is Steve Gates, senior communication director of Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, Silvia Secchi with the Center for Agriculture Research and Development and the Leopold Center, Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club National Coal Campaign, and Bill Stigliani, director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at UNI.


The Exchange 2/25/08 (2008-02-25)
Prison reform is the topic today on The Exchange. Jeneane Beck is joined by John Baldwin, Iowa Corrections director, Justice System committee members Democratic Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and Republican Representative Lance Horbach of Tama, and Carlos Jayne from the Justice Reform Consortium.


The Exchange 2/22/08 (2008-02-22)
Today we explore the life and career of Stephen Kuusisto, a Writer's Workshop graduate and advocate for the blind. He has been legally blind since birth. His first memoir, "Planet of the Blind," garnered critical acclaim. In his new book, "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening," he travels the world, sightseeing by ear.


The Exchange 2/2/08 (2008-02-22)
Today we explore the life and career of Stephen Kuusisto, a Writer's Workshop graduate and advocate for the blind. He has been legally blind since birth. His first memoir, "Planet of the Blind," garnered critical acclaim. In his new book, "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening," he travels the world, sightseeing by ear.


The Exchange 2/21/08 (2008-02-22)
Jerry Schnoor discusses global climate change and global warming. The professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa also talks about the politics behind both the problem and the solution, plus what individuals can and need to do to stem the tide.


The Exchange 2/20/08 (2008-02-20)
John Ikkerd, ag economist from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, says the key to solving global warming is through agriculture and food systems. Later on the show, Dr. Sandy McNab, professor emeritus of Iowa State University, and Lawrence Williams, professor of African studies from Luther College, discuss George Washington Carver. Carver is currently honored in an exhibit at the African American Museum and Cultural Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


The Exchange 2/19/08 (2008-02-19)
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) joins the show to offer his views on current events and legislation. The first district representative shares his opinions on Cuba, the economic stimulus package, alternative energy, and more.


The Exchange 2/18/08 (2008-02-18)
Kasey Pipes, a former Bush Administration official, is the author of "Ikes Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality," an Amazon.com national bestseller. Pipes talks about Eisenhower's decision to send federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to help integrate the public high school.


The Exchange 2/15/08 (2008-02-15)
Iowa nurse practitioner Nancy Leigh Harless joins the show to share stories and reflections from her first book, "Womankind: Connection and Wisdom Around the World." Later in the hour, we learn about new initiatives at the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, with guests Tom Moore and Joe Nolte.


The Exchange 2/14/08 (2008-02-14)
On Valentine's Day, the editor of "The Guy's Guide to Romance" and Askmen.com, James Bassil, discusses what men can do to keep their relationships from going stale. Later in the hour, Mike and Amy Finders talk about the seventh annual Sweetheart's Serenade dinner and show at The Mill Restaurant in Iowa City.


The Exchange 2/13/08 (2008-02-13)
Today's program focuses on entrepreneurship. Our guests include UNI Regional Business Center senior program manager, Mike Hahn and EntreFest conference organizer, Amy Kuhlers.


The Exchange 2/12/08 (2008-02-12)
Comedian-philosophers Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein unpack political double-speak with logic - and a few jokes. Their new book is "Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington."


The Exchange 2/11/08 (2008-02-11)
Soon the Iowa Supreme Court will decide whether the state ban on gay marriage is constitutional. The following guests discuss both sides of the issue: Mark Kende, law professor at Drake University; Rep. Chuck Hurly; Ben Stone, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa; and Connie Ryan Terrell, director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.


The Exchange 2/8/08 (2008-02-08)
Can we laugh about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? One touring group says we can. Comedians Ray Hanania and Aaron Freeman, along with Hillel director Jerry Sorokin, join the show to talk about their edgy routine.


The Exchange 2/7/08 (2008-02-07)
Ann Shodde and Harriet Fulbright discuss the mission of the United Center for Citizen Diplomacy. Located in Des Moines, the group works to recruit citizens to act as diplomats internationally. Citizen diplomats and national award-winners Tarik Daoud and Kris Nedam talk later in the hour about their work.


The Exchange 2/6/08 (2008-02-07)
Iowa is one of only a handful of states to never elect a woman to Congress or as governor, but it may have been the first state to elect a women to any office. On today's program we talk with freelance writer Cheryl Mullenbach about the election of Julia Addington to be Mitchell County school superintendent in 1869, 50 years before women would win the right to vote. We'll also talk with Jerry DeWitt, Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


The Exchange 2/5/08 (2008-02-05)
Sheryl Kurland joins the show today to talk about the secrets to a lasting marriage. Her new book is "Everlasting Matrimony: Pearls Of Wisdom From Couples Married 50 Years Or More."


The Exchange 2/4/08 (2008-02-04)
Live from Iowa's capitol, Jeneane Beck speaks with Governor Chet Culver; Kevin McCarthy, Iowa's Democratic House Majority Leader; Ron Wick, the Senate Minority Leader, and Representative Doug Struyk about the proposed bottle bill, state prisons, and coal plants in Iowa.


The Exchange 2/1/08 (2008-02-01)
Author Robin Gerber joins The Exchange to talk about her new novel "Eleanor vs. Ike." The book speculates on how Eleanor Roosevelt might have changed the course of history - specifically, the electoral politics of 2008 - had she run for president in 1952.


The Exchange 1/31/08 (2008-01-31)
Pulitzer Prize-winner Carl Bernstein, author of a biography of Hillary Clinton titled "A Woman in Charge," discusses the presidential contender and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.


The Exchange 1/30/08 (2008-01-30)
Cedar Rapids native Rosanne Klass joins The Exchange today to discuss her travels in Afghanistan in the 1950s and 1960s. Klass is the author of "Land of the High Flags: Afghanistan When the Going Was Good," and will donate her manuscript to the University of Iowa today.


The Exchange 1/29/08 (2008-01-29)
Today's show takes a look back at the Pentagon Papers. Guests include journalist and scholar Sanford Ungar, University of Iowa journalism professor Carolyn Dyer, and Judy Hertig , artistic director of Hancher Auditorium. The discussion examines the issue's historical context and its relevance today.


The Exchange 1/28/08 (2008-01-28)
The Iowa Bottle Bill is discussed today with guests Jerry Fleagle, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association; Teresa Kurtz, executive director of the Iowa Recycling Association; and Troy Willard, owner of Can Shed, a redemption business in Cedar Rapids.


The Exchange 1/25/08 (2008-01-25)
Jan Glendening of the Nature Conservancy, Mark Ackelson of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Dick Schwab of the Johnson County Heritage Trust discuss the struggle to conserve land and restore prairies in Iowa and the nation.


The Exchange 1/25/08 (2008-01-25)
Jan Glendening of the Nature Conservancy, Mark Ackelson of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Dick Schwab of the Johnson County Heritage Trust discuss the struggle to conserve land and restore prairies in Iowa and the nation.


The Exchange 1/25/08 (2008-01-25)
A non-traditional reverend joins the show to talk about his Church of Stop Shopping, profiled in the new documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?" Guests include Bill "Reverent Billy" Talen, church director Savitri D., and UI professors of leisure studies Tom Dean and Ben Hunnicutt.


The Exchange 1/23/08 (2008-01-23)
Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge and Iowa Congressman Steve King join The Exchange today to discuss the state budget, state economy, health care, and the state diet challenge.


The Exchange 1/22/08 (2008-01-22)
In an archived edition of The Exchange, Mildred Kalish shares stories about life in Depression-era Iowa. In 2007, the 84-year-old's memoir, "Little Heathens," earned national acclaim.


The Exchange 1/18/08 (2008-01-18)
Parents have long been concerned about underage drinking. But today, more and more policy makers and activists are taking action to prevent alcohol abuse by minors. Today's guests include Shannon Wagner, director of community affairs for a local chemical abuse council; Becky Swift, an assistant director in the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy; and Debbie Synhorst, a consultant with the Iowa Department of Public Health.


The Exchange 1/17/08 (2008-01-17)
Professor Michael Bugeja, from the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University, addresses the roll of social networking websites in education. During the second half of the show, guests discuss robot Lego tournaments and a winning team from Ames, Iowa.


The Exchange 1/16/08 (2008-01-16)
Historian Dr. Michael Kramme joins The Exchange today to discuss his book titled, "Governors of Iowa." The book is a chronological review of Iowa's 42 governors.


The Exchange 1/15/08 (2008-01-15)
Governor Chet Culver offers his Condition of the State address live from the Capitol in Des Moines. After the speech, Iowa Public Television's Dean Borg interviews Iowa Rep. Christopher Rants for the Republican response.


The Exchange 1/14/08 (2008-01-14)
The Exchange is hosted today by Jeneane Beck in the law library at the Iowa statehouse. The following guests join the show to discuss the opening day of the Iowa legislature: Bill Peterson, the executive director of the Iowa Association of Counties; David Roederer, the executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance; and Alan Kemp, the executive director of the Iowa League of Cities.


The Exchange 1/11/08 (2008-01-11)
On July 11, 2007, University of Iowa graduate John Heineman joined an elite club numbering less than 1,000 people worldwide - he swam the English Channel. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the Grinnell native about the feat, which raised over $19,000 for the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic. In the second part of the show, Des Moines resident Darren Raleigh shares traditional Celtic tales and harp music.


The Exchange 1/10/08 (2008-01-10)
The Midwest has been hit hard because of globalization. Richard Longwood, author of "Caught in the Middle" and former writer for the Chicago Tribune, discusses the crisis with hosts Katherine Perkins and Doug Cooper.


The Exchange 1/9/2008 (2008-01-09)
Professor Harry Brod discusses sexual ethics and the class he teaches at UNI, "Just Sex."


The Exchange 1/9/08 (2008-01-09)
Professor Harry Brod discusses sexual ethics and the class he teaches at University of Northern Iowa, "Just Sex."


The Exchange 1/7/08 (2008-01-07)
Eric Petersen put together essays on 34 topics in Thomas Jefferson's own words as editor of the book, "Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness." He discusses how the founding father and former president is still relevant today.


The Exchange 1/4/08 (2008-01-04)
As the dust clears after the Iowa caucus, host Katherine Perkins speaks with a variety of political insiders from across the state. She chats with former Iowa Democratic Party Chair Gordon Fischer, an Obama supporter, as well as Eric Woolson, who coordinated Huckabee's Iowa campaign. In addition, former U.S. representative Jim Leach offers his views on the Jan. 3 event, as well as the future of caucusing in Iowa.


The Exchange 1/3/08 (2008-01-03)
Dr. David M. Abshire, president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, D.C., discusses his new book, "A Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President," and why we need a true uniter in the White House.


The Exchange 1/2/08 (2008-01-02)
David Swenson, a professor of economics at Iowa State University, joins The Exchange to discuss the economic impact of the Iowa caucuses. Ed Tibbetts, a political reporter from Lee Newspaper, follows Swenson with details on how Republican and Democratic caucuses work. Nick Bergus completes the hour with an introduction to Caucus on the Cob, a project produced by University of Iowa journalism students.


The Exchange 12/28/07 (2007-12-28)
Dave Gould is the founder of the Legacy Letter Project, which began as an assignment in one of Gould's courses in leisure studies at the University of Iowa. Students and senior citizens send and receive letters that dispense advise about what really is important in life. The more experienced explain what they wish they knew in their twenties. Letter writer Lorna Moldenhauer Cress joins The Exchange and shares her experience with the show.


The Exchange 12/27/07 (2007-12-27)
We talk about poverty on today's Exchange: how it affects Iowans, what a minimum wage increase can do for the lower classes, and how legislation establishing aid can ease the burden of low-income families. Our guests today include David Osterberg, Executive Director of Iowa Policy Project; District 7 Senator Amanda Ragan; and District 28 Senator Jim Seymore.


The Exchange 12/26/07 (2007-12-26)
Jonah Lehrer, author of "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," discusses how art has been able to discover truths before science.


The Exchange 12/21/07 (2007-12-21)
Dan Knight and Betsy Hickok perform holiday standards and play listener requests.


The Exchange 12/20/07 (2007-12-20)
Judith Milosevich is a top official in the state ombudsman's office, where she investigates complaints relating to Iowa's jails and prisons. After 17 years, she is retiring on Dec. 27. Part of a new feature profiling Iowans with interesting jobs, Darren Raleigh comes on the show to talk about his work as an emergency medical helicopter pilot. In his free time, he's a Celtic bard.


The Exchange 12/19/07 (2007-12-19)
Ten key global challenges are addressed in a new book by the Stanley Foundation titled "Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide." Editors David Shorr and Tod Lindberg join The Exchange to discuss foreign policy and the divide between the right and left.


The Exchange 12/18/07 (2007-12-18)
WWII Historian Nick Russo, Major Norman Hatch, and Colonel Joseph Alexander talk about the Battle of Tarawa between the US and Japan. Major Hatch filmed the 1943 conflict, and the footage was used in the film "With the Marines at Tarawa." Also, Doug Cooper will speak about Iowa State University's annual report on farm land prices.


The Exchange 12/17/07 (2007-12-17)
Author Tom LaMarr speaks about his new book, HALLELUJAH CITY. LaMarr is a writer in Golden, Colorado. He is a Dubuque native and former Des Moines resident, as well as a graduate of the University of Iowa Fiction Writers' Workshop. The novel takes readers inside cult life to explore the complexity of group ideology and what happens to families when their impressionable young members are faithfully, and blindly, caught in webs of religious deceit.


The Exchange 12/14/07 (2007-12-14)
Dr. Mark Eric Dyken,a University of Iowa associate professor of neurology, speaks about sleep disorders on today's Exchange. He answered callers' questions on subjects such as seasonal affective disorder and sleep apnea.


The Iowa/New Hampshire Exchange 12/12/07 (2007-12-13)
Ben Kieffer and Laura Knoy host the third in a series of special broadcasts of the IA/NH Exchange. They speak to issues that matter to voters of both of these early-elections states.


The Exchange 12/13/07 (2007-12-13)
Dean Borg co-hosts from Washington DC alongside Katherine Perkins in Iowa for today's Exchange. Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley talk about the Farm Bill and S-CHIP.


The Exchange 12/12/07 (2007-12-12)
A discussion about the current U.S. mortgage crisis.


The Exchange 12/11/07 (2007-12-11)
Host Ben Kieffer talks to guests and callers about historic Lincoln Highway.


The Exchange 12/10/07 (2007-12-10)
A discussion of what it's like to live with mental illness. Today's guests are Steve Miller, who lived with undiagnosed schizophrenia for ten years and now works for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and Dr. Michael Flaum, director of the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health.


The Exchange 12/7/07 (2007-12-07)
Paul Ingram and Jan Weissmuller of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City discuss holiday books and gift suggestions.


The Exchange 12/6/07 (2007-12-07)
We're joined by Iowa's U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley.


The Exchange 12/4/07 (2007-12-07)
An interview with author John D. Thompson. "On Holiday" is his Pulitzer and Pushcart nominated book of Christmas verses.


The Exchange 12/5/2007 (2007-12-05)
Investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Crazy in America, discusses America's criminalization of the mentally ill.


The Exchange 12/5/07 (2007-12-05)
Investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of "Crazy in America," discusses America's criminalization of the mentally ill.


The Exchange 12/5/2007 (2007-12-05)
Investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Crazy in America, discusses America's criminalization of the mentally ill.


The Exchange 12/3/07 (2007-12-03)
Political reporters Mary Rae Bragg of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Dan Gearino of Lee Newspapers and Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck discuss presidential politics in Iowa with one month to go before the Iowa Caucuses.


The Exchange 11/30/07 (2007-11-30)
An interview with Lama Surya Das, the best-selling author of several books. His new book is, "THE BIG QUESTIONS: How to Find Your Own Answers to Life's Essential Mysteries."


The Exchange 11/29/07 (2007-11-29)
An interview with acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman. Her new book is "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body."


The Iowa/New Hampshire Exchange 11/28/07 (2007-11-29)
Our collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio continues this week with a show focusing on social issues related to the presidential campaign. Our guests include James Lynch, political reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Dean Spiliotes, New Hampshire-based political analyst, formerly with the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.


The Exchange 11/28/07 (2007-11-28)
Philip Gordon is at the Brookings Institution and worked on the National Security Council staff in the Clinton Administration. His new book is, "Winning the Right War." Then we'll talk about an effort to get more dialogue regarding torture.


The Exchange 11/27/07 (2007-11-27)
Our guests are Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...Understanding Philosophy through Jokes."


The Exchange 11/26/07 (2007-11-26)
Our America and the World series continues with a focus on public health and foreign policy.


The Exchange 11/21/07 (2007-11-21)
An interview with Mark Andrejevic, associate professor of communication studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His new book is "iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era."


The Exchange 11/20/07 (2007-11-20)
An interview with Thomas Flagel, author of "The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents."


The Exchange 11/19/07 (2007-11-19)
We'll feature some of the members of the Generation Iowa Commission. It was established to advise and assist in the retention and attraction of young adults to Iowa.


The Exchange 11/16/07 (2007-11-16)
Interview with University of Iowa professors Venise and S. Torriano Berry about their new book, "The Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema" released by Scarecrow Press in 2007. This will be a live program broadcast from the Java House in Iowa City. Plus a conversation with blues musician Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater by phone.


The Exchange 11/15/07 (2007-11-15)
The first part of the program is an archive edition. Where is America's middle class headed? We're joined by University of Iowa Sociologist Kevin Light. Then a speech by former CIA director James Woolsey - his address, "Global Initiatives on Sustainable Energy."


The Exchange 11/14/07 (2007-11-14)
The first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day. We'll be joined by Marg McGill, Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation, the organization heading up the campaign. Then we'll get details on a new report regarding conservation investments and water quality in Iowa.


The Exchange 11/13/07 (2007-11-13)
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman will talk about his new book "Conscience of a Liberal."


The Exchange 11/12/07 (2007-11-12)
We continue our "America and the World" series with a look at energy and environmental issues. Our guests include retired navy captain, Pete Soverel, founder of the Wild Salmon Center, and environmental friendly mayor, Frank Cownie, the Mayor of Des Moines.


The Exchange 11/9/07 (2007-11-09)
This hour we hear how young Palestinians and Israelis describe their lives and dreams for the future. Our guests include Leonard Grob and Mahmoud Watad, authors of "Teen Voices from the Holy Land."


The Exchange 11/8/07 (2007-11-08)
Today we celebrate National Adoption Month with an in-depth look at foster care. Our guests include Kelly Malone of Iowa KidsNet and Dan Chia of Iowa's Department of Human Services.


The Exchange 11/7/07 (2007-11-07)
A discussion on wind energy with the director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Mike Tramontina.


The Exchange 11/6/07 (2007-11-06)
Today we explore the amazing life of astrophysicist and space pioneer, James Van Allen. Our guest is Abigail Foerstner who has written a new comprehensive biography on Van Allen entitled, "The First Eight Billion Miles."


The Exchange 11/5/07 (2007-11-05)
We continue our "America and the World" series by discussing Iowa's top exports. Our guests include Kathy Hill of Iowa's Department of Economic Development and Paul Lang, general manager of Natural Products in Grinnell.


The Exchange 11/2/07 (2007-11-02)
We will play comments made by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama from the National Summit on Agriculture and Rural Life in Ames on October 27.


The Exchange 11/1/07 (2007-11-01)
Syndicated political columnist Cal Thomas and political pundit Bob Beckel, co-authors of USA Today's popular "Common Ground" discuss their new book of the same name. They offer a political and historical perspective on how and why partisanship has emerged, and run amok. Then Danny Wilcox Frazier talks about his book, "Driftless Photographs from Iowa."


The Exchange 10/31/07 (2007-10-31)
Republican presidential candidate John McCain discusses foreign policy. He recently spoke in Des Moines. His address was part of the forum on International Relations created by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy & the Greater Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations. They have invited all the presidential candidates to speak about foreign policy.


The Exchange 10/30/07 (2007-10-30)
In the climate after Hurricane Katrina, many issues of race and privilege dominated discussions nationwide. As an outgrowth of these conversations, the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center decided to create Diversity Dialogue Circles, a new program to encourage discussions of diversity issues.


The Exchange 10/29/07 (2007-10-29)
Our series "America and the World" continues with guest, Dan Restrepo. He is the Director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress. In his role, Dan is responsible for the center's work related to the United States and its place in and relationship with the rest of the Americas.


The Exchange 10/26/07 (2007-10-29)
Today we're broadcasting live from the Java House in Iowa City. Our guests include author Timothy Tyson and gospel singer Mary Williams.


The Exchange 10/25/07 (2007-10-25)
Today's topic focuses on missing persons. Singer-songwriter Jannel Rapp talks about the vanishing of her sister 7 years ago and the non-profit organization named in her honor, Gina.


The Exchange 10/24/07 (2007-10-24)
A special pre-Halloween edition of The Exchange with paranormal researcher Chad Lewis. Lewis has just co-authored "The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations."


The Exchange 10/23/07 (2007-10-23)
Today's guest is award-winning and bestselling author, Pete Earley. His latest book is entitled, "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness."


The Exchange 10/22/07 (2007-10-22)
Our guest is Samuel Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and now a senior policy advisor to the Israel Policy Forum.


The Exchange 10/19/07 (2007-10-19)
We'll be talking about Iowa studies with the chair and vice chair of the Iowa Historical Society.


The Exchange 10/18/07 (2007-10-18)
We put the work of America's preeminent satirist, David Sedaris, under the microscope. Our guest Kevin Kopelson is the author of a new book entitled "Sedaris."


The Exchange 10/15/07 (2007-10-15)
Today we continue with our "America and the World" series. Our guest is former U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.


The Exchange 10/12/07 (2007-10-12)
Today we discuss an infamous unsolved Iowa ax murder from over 100 years ago. Our guest Thomas Wolf researched and wrote a book about this case involving Margaret Hossack entitled, "Midnight Assassin."


The Exchange 10/11/07 (2007-10-11)
Our guest is the winner of this year's World Food Prize, Philip Nelson. Then we catch up with the latest Iowa Great Places bus tour.


The Exchange 10/10/07 (2007-10-10)
This hour we will take a look at prohibition in the 1920's and how some enterprising residents from Templeton, IA produced a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye.


The Exchange 10/2/07 (2007-10-09)
Award-winning children's author and illustrator, Peter Sis. His latest book is entitled, "The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain."


The Exchange 10/09/07 (2007-10-09)
UNI philosophy professor Bill Clohesy discusses problems with public discourse in America.


The Exchange 10/08/07 (2007-10-09)
Our series "America and the World" continues with the topic of nuclear proliferation. Our guest is international security and foreign affairs expert, Janne Nolan.


The Exchange 10/01/07 (2007-10-08)
Another show in our America and the World series. Our guest was Lawrence. J. Korb. ex-Assistant Secretary of Defense. He's currently with the Center for American Progress.


The Exchange 10/5/07 (2007-10-05)
University of Iowa faculty member Jeff Porter talks about his new book, "Oppenheimer is Watching Me."


The Exchange 10/4/07 (2007-10-04)
Today we're joined by Korean-Canadian pianist, Wonny Song. Then we'll talk with the project director of new exhibit at the State Historical Society called "Caucus Iowa."


The Exchange 10/3/07 (2007-10-03)
Iowa has a shortage of math and science teachers. Guests include University of Northern Iowa provost James Lubker and professor Jeff Welb to discuss a new initiative to address student performance and teacher shortages. Plus Iowa-bred musician, Dick Prall.


The Exchange 10/1/07 (2007-10-01)
Our series "America and the World" continues. Today's guest is Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense to President Reagan. He is now with the Center for American Progress.


The Exchange 9/28/07 (2007-09-28)
Our guest is Charlie Huston, author of the crime novel, "The Shotgun Rule."


The Exchange 9/27/07 (2007-09-28)
Today's show explores genealogy. Our guest is genealogist and author, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.


The Exchange 9/26/07 (2007-09-26)
Today's show explores the topic of domestic violence.


The Exchange 9/25/07 (2007-09-26)
We'll examine book banning in Iowa. (This file is partially impaired due to a power outage during the program's recording).


The Exchange 9/24/07 (2007-09-24)
Our series America and the World continues. Our guest is Ambassador Wendy Sherman, ex-Counselor to State Department, now with Albright Associates.


The Exchange 9/21/07 (2007-09-24)
Suicide prevention broadcast live from the Java House in Iowa City.


The Exchange 9/18/07 (2007-09-20)
Our guest is Brian Katulis. He's a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Then an interview with Dr. Gaba, who invented the modern, full-body patient simulator.


The Exchange 9/20/07 (2007-09-20)
Our focus is on country school preservation and Amish schools.


The Exchange 9/19/07 (2007-09-19)
A show on body art. The UNI Museum is hosting an exhibit called "Body Art: Adornment Across Cultures."


The Exchange 9/17/07 (2007-09-18)
Our series America and the World continues. Our guest is Ambassador Robert Hunter, ex-US ambassador to NATO, now a RAND Corporation contact.


The Exchange 9/14/07 (2007-09-14)
We'll spend the hour talking about Unity '08. This grassroots organization's goal is to effect major reform in the 2008 presidential elections by offering voters an alternative ticket.


The Exchange 9/13/07 (2007-09-13)
Our guest is author Mildred Armstrong. Her book is "Little Heathen." It is about growing up in Garrison, IA during the Great Depression.


The Exchange 9/12/07 (2007-09-12)
An interview with Richard Hodes, Director of the National Institute On Aging.


The Exchange 9/10/07 (2007-09-11)
We'll continue with our series America and the World. Also we'll get details on the identification of a new eating disorder.


The Exchange 9/11/07 (2007-09-11)
An interview with Junot Diaz, author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Then an interview with Wendy Gady of Washington, IA. She has put together a renewable energy conference scheduled for Sept. 20-23 at the Riverside Convention Center and the Washington County Fairgrounds.


The Exchange 9/7/07 (2007-09-07)
A look at another significant battle of WWII and the role Iowans played.


The Exchange 9/6/07 (2007-09-06)
An interview with Scott Bates. Bates is national security expert and Vice-President and Senior Fellow for National Security, Center for National Policy.


The Exchange 8/17/07 (2007-09-05)
An interview with Iowa author Max Allen Collins about his book Black Hats.


The Exchange 9/4/07 (2007-09-05)
An 84-page anthology titled "Poems From Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak" was compiled by Marc Falkoff, a defense lawyer with a literary bent. He spoke with host Ben Kieffer for the hour.


The Exchange 9/5/07 (2007-09-05)
An interview with "The Great Man" author Kate Christensen. Then an interview about a new opening show at Riverside Theatre.


The Exchange 9/4/07 (2007-09-04)
An interview with Marc Falkoff author of "Poems from Guantanamo."


The Exchange 9/3/07 (2007-09-04)
A speech by U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack. He gave the keynote speech for the series America and the World.


The Exchange 8/31/07 (2007-08-31)
We'll be joined by some of the participants in the Iowa Writers Program.


The Exchange 8/30/07 (2007-08-30)
U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Iowa's First District, joins us for the first half of the program. Then U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), is our guest for the second half of the show.


The Exchange 8/29/07 (2007-08-30)
Our guest is economics professor Tyler Cowen, author of the book "Discover Your Inner Economist."


The Exchange 8/28/07 (2007-08-28)
An interview regarding poverty simulations. Then an interview about The Bible Rap Project.


The Exchange 8/24/07 (2007-08-27)
University of Iowa History Professor David Schoembaum talks about the theory and practice of civic and policy education.


The Exchange 8/27/07 (2007-08-27)
Shaping America's Youth (SAY) is a unique public-private initiative seeking to develop a National Action Plan designed to mobilize policy makers, service providers, doctors, educators, parents and others to address our nation's youth obesity crisis. The organization held a Citizens Summit on childhood Obesity the previous Saturday. What are the problems and what were the results from the summit?


The Exchange 8/23/07 (2007-08-23)
An interview with Republican Presidential Candidate John Cox.


The Exchange 8/22/07 (2007-08-22)
An interview with Iowa native Dan Murphy. He has been serving as a physician and medical director of a clinic in Dili, East Timor for several years.


The Exchange 8/17/07 (2007-08-21)
An interview with William W. Clohesy, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Northern Iowa. He will talk about Democracy as Trust in Public Discourse.


The Exchange 8/16/07 (2007-08-16)
Many Iowans should feel a strong connection to the 2007 All Iowa Reads selection. The book is "Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio" by Jeffrey Kluger. One of the biggest outbreaks of the terrifying virus was in Sioux City. Hear details on the selection plus an oral history project.


The Exchange 8/15/07 (2007-08-15)
An interview with the new University of Iowa President, Sally Mason. Then we'll get details on a new certificate program dedicated to agricultural safety and health introduced by the Univesity of Iowa.


The Exchange 8/13/07 (2007-08-14)
Mike Eruzione is our guest. He was the captain of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States national hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous Miracle on Ice game. Then an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.


The Exchange 8/14/07 (2007-08-14)
Dennis Clark of Waterloo-based Clark & Associates will share planning strategies and treatment rationales for returning wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have lost limbs. He also works with diabetics.


The Exchange 8/9/07 (2007-08-10)
We discuss farmers' markets with Rich Pirog from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and with farmer Matt Russell.


The Exchange 8/10/07 (2007-08-10)
30 historic questions from our past are part of an exhibit called American Mysteries, Riddles & Controversies at the Hoover Presidential Library & Museum in West Branch, IA. A group of Iowans tries to solve one of those questions.


The Exchange 8/7/07 (2007-08-08)
Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback discusses foreign policy. Then the Corridor's attempts to produce more scientists, engineers and other such workers recently received a $200,000 shot in the arm.


The Exchange 8/8/07 (2007-08-08)
Small business start-ups are discussed. Guests include the owners of Cake Buzz in Decorah and Soybasics in New Hampton.


The Exchange 8/6/07 (2007-08-07)
A discussion of an Iowa State University study that finds wives have greater power in marriage problem-solving behavior than men. Then we speak with Sheila Samuelson (2004 UI Biology Grad) who is in Greensburg, KS helping the tornado struck city rebuild into a model green community.


The Exchange 8/3/07 (2007-08-03)
We'll talk about the upcoming Iowa Straw Poll in Ames.


The Exchange 8/2/07 (2007-08-02)
We'll talk about the ten finalists for the Farm Progress Show's Inventors Challenge. Then gymnastic hero and Pan Am star, Shawn Johnson of Des Moines.


The Exchange 7/30/07 (2007-08-02)
John Thompson is the author of "99 Voices, 99 Lives" - a book of poems related to Iowa's 99 counties. We'll also hear from the organizers of an Iowa march designed to demand our leaders act now to curb global warming and create millions of new jobs for Americans in a clean energy economy.


The Exchange 7/31/07 (2007-08-02)
Cedar Rapids native Steve Miller will talk about his life and mental illness. At 19 he began having auditory hallucinations and became catatonic. Ten years later he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. We'll also be joined by Dr. Michael Flaum, director of the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health, at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.


The Exchange 8/1/07 (2007-08-02)
We'll be joined by the authors of "The Feel Good Heat - Pioneers of Corn & Biomass Energy."


The Exchange 7/27/07 (2007-07-27)
Our guest is Michael Wallis, author of the new book "The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate." It is published by W.W. Norton.


The Exchange 7/26/07 (2007-07-26)
A show about the Center for Independent Media and it's project in Iowa.


The Exchange 7/25/07 (2007-07-25)
Excerpts of a speech by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. The speech was part of the Forum created by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the Greater Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations. Then an interview with pianist Dick Hyman coming to Iowa for the Bix festival.


The Exchange 7/24/07 (2007-07-24)
Our guest is author Gary W. Moore, author of "Playing With the Enemy."


The Exchange 7/20/07 (2007-07-23)
An update on the Whiterock Conservancy. Guests include Tolliff Hunt, Executive Director; Liz Garst, Special Projects Director and one of the founders; and Whiterock Conservancy Ecologist, Elizabeth Hill.


The Exchange 7/23/07 (2007-07-23)
Our guest is U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack. The Iowa Democrat Represents the Second District and will discuss the children's health insurance program.


The Exchange 7/19/07 (2007-07-19)
On today's show U.S. Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo joins us to talk about the Iowa Straw Poll, taxes, and immigration and much more.


The Exchange 7/18/07 (2007-07-18)
On today's show two Iowans who survived the Battle of Samar Island during World War II discuss what they experienced.


The Exchange 7/17/07 (2007-07-17)
First on today's show author Faith Adiele talks about the connection between food and culture. Then Iowa winery owner, Paul Tabor, talks about the status of the Iowa wine industry.


The Exchange 7/16/07 (2007-07-16)
On today's show author Tom Savage joins us to talk about his book, "A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names." Then one of America's leading authorities on technology, Jack Vonder Heide, talking about identity theft.


The Exchange 7/13/07 (2007-07-13)
Rev. James Lawson, mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., joins us for the first half hour. Then our guest is Andrea Portis, author of "Hick."


The Exchange 7/12/07 (2007-07-12)
On today's show the Director of the Sleep Center at the University of Iowa, Dr. Mark Dyken, talks about the latest advances in solving sleep problems.


The Exchange 7/11/07 (2007-07-11)
On today's show Iowa Legal Aid Executive Director Dennis Groenenboom joins us to talk about Iowa Legal Aid after 30 years. Then Presidential hopeful Sam Brownback joins us.


The Exchange 7/10/07 (2007-07-10)
On today's show author Mary Beth Fifer talks about her new book, "Crazy in America," about the treatment of the criminally insane in America.


The Exchange 7/9/07 (2007-07-09)
On today's show we are talking about the state fair and a new book about its history. Later we discuss a promotional tour for Iowa Health Links.


The Exchange 7/5/07 (2007-07-09)
The first part of Iowa Public Radio's series that brings political speeches to our listeners.


The Exchange 7/6/07 (2007-07-09)
The second part of Iowa Public Radio's recorded political speeches designed to inform Iowa about the political canidates.


The Exchange 7/4/07 (2007-07-05)
A re-broadcast of Jeneane Beck's Iowa Public Radio documentary on the difficulties of investigating child abuse in Iowa.


The Exchange 7/3/07 (2007-07-03)
On today's show Ralph Savaries who adopted an autistic child and has written a book about his experiences called, "Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption."


The Exchange 7/2/07 (2007-07-02)
On today's show we have writer, Glenn Jensen, who just published his second volume of his book that looks at the entire history of the U.S. He is also writing a biography of Herbert Hoover.


The Exchange 6/29/07 (2007-07-02)
On today's show we discuss Iowa's connections with baseball.


The Exchange 6/28/07 (2007-06-28)
On today's show we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Title Nine. We will have a discussion of where it is today, and the challenges it still faces.


The Exchange 6/27/07 (2007-06-27)
On today's show a taped speech from former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach. Then two professors from Iowa State University, Mary Harris and John Nason, will talk about this week's meeting at ISU that will be discussing the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder.


The Exchange 6/26/07 (2007-06-26)
On today's show we are bringing you part of a speech from Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson in Des Moines. Then author Mark Levine who wrote a new book about tornadoes.


The Exchange 6/25/07 (2007-06-25)
First on today's show we are discussing Mata Amritanandamayi who is known as the "hugging saint" with Toni Reuben who is one of the people responsible for bringing her to Iowa. Then former Governor Tom Vilsack and Director Mark Lamkin of the Education in '08 campaign that they are starting in Iowa to reform K-12 education.


The Exchange 6/21/07 (2007-06-21)
On today's show we discuss returning soldiers coming back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. William Stutts who just got back from Afghanistan. Also with us from the VA Hospital are Anne Sadler and Dr. Brian Cook.


The Exchange 6/20/07 (2007-06-20)
Senator Tom Harkin joins us today to discuss many topics from the Farm Bill to Iraq.


The Exchange 6/19/07 (2007-06-19)
On today's show author Ron Carlson discusses his new book, "5 Skies." Then Iowa boxers Emily and Amy Klinefelters join us to talk about their plans to turn pro as well as discussing the sport of women's boxing and giving their opinion on the Iowa City fight night.


The Exchange 6/18/07 (2007-06-18)
On today's show guests Iowa Speedway Media Relations Director Mike Beecher and Newton Economic development Kim Didier will be discussing the upcoming Iowa Corn 250 this weekend. Then Thomas Hockey discusses the strange occurance of having two full moons in one month.


The Exchange 6/14/07 (2007-06-14)
On today's show we are discussing barbequing and cooking out with guest Denny Harding, the Coordinator of the Iowa Farm Bureaus Annual Cookout Contest.


The Exchange 6/13/07 (2007-06-13)
Our first guest is writer Katherine Min discussing her first book "Second Hand World." Then Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey dicusses the state of Iowa agriculture today.


The Exchange 6/12/07 (2007-06-12)
On today's show we are talking about two new exhibits at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. One is Comics, Heroes, and American Visual Culture the other is Iowa Pastimes-Politics and State Fairs which feature work by Thomas Jackson. Figge curator Michell Robinson and Thomas Jackson join us.


The Exchange 6/11/07 (2007-06-11)
Barbara Robinette Moss joins the Exchange to talk about her recently sold screenplay "Change Me into Zeus's Daughter" plus her other books.


The Exchange 6/8/07 (2007-06-08)
Writer Gordon Mennenga joined Ben at the Java House. He provided highlights on some of the writers who will be coming for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Also, Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth of the Nadas talked about their Des Moines-based Authentic Records label and played a few songs.


The Exchange 6/7/07 (2007-06-07)
On today's show our monthly interview with Governor Chet Culver. Then the new Director of the Department of Corrections, John Baldwin.


The Exchange 6/6/07 (2007-06-06)
On today's show will be Sgt. Major Brad Kasal who will be talking about his actions that led him to receive the Navy Cross, and what his future plans are. Then the Director of the Des Moines Art Festival, Steve King, talks about this year's festival.


The Exchange 6/5/07 (2007-06-05)
The focus of today's show is on the culture of poverty with guests Todd Beveridge, the Director of House of Mercy, a subsidiary of corporation of Mercy Medical Center; and Susan Haines, the Clinical Supervisor for Adult Programs for the House of Mercy. In the second half author Wilson Warren discusses his new book, "Tied to the Great Packing Machine: The Midwest and Meatpacking."


The Exchange 6/4/07 (2007-06-04)
On today's show, a discussion on presidential politics. Guests are Cedar Rapids Gazette Political Reporter James Lynch; Bruce Gronbeck, the Director of University of Iowa Center for Media; and University of New Hampshire Associate Professor of Political Science, Andy Smith.


The Exchange 6/1/07 (2007-06-01)
On today's show our guests are Iowa State Historical Society chair John Liepa, and vice chair Jason Follett. They will be discussing an initiative to require Iowa students study state history in high school for a semester.


The Exchange 5/31/07 (2007-05-31)
On today's show former Iowa Governor Branstad announces the details for a new bi-partisan health initiative called The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Governor Branstad, the Iowa co-chair, is joined by Ken Thorpe, Executive Director of the PFCD. Then Oleg Timofeyev and Sabine Golz discuss the Russian Guitar Festival being held in Iowa City from May 30 to June 4, 2007.


The Exchange 5/30/07 (2007-05-30)
The first segmant is Barack Obama's health care speech on the medical campus at the University of Iowa. Then an interview with Keith Donohue, author of the national bestseller "The Stolen Child."


The Exchange 5/29/07 (2007-05-29)
John McCalley, Director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, discusses the challenges facing Iowa's seniors. He also talks about his department goals. Then Logan Middle School Principal Phillip Anderson and math teacher Jake Young-Kent discuss the success their 6th graders had in a recent nationwide math contest. Logan Middle School in Waterloo has been on the No Child Left Behind in need of assistance list.


The Exchange 5/25/07 (2007-05-25)
Guest Sandy Dyas talks about her new book, "Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians," which documents the history of Iowa's vibrant live music scene with its distinctive combination of folk, blues, roots/Americana, and rock sounds (UI Press, 2007). Musician Dave Moore is also on the show. He's in the book and one of his songs is used for the title.


The Exchange 5/24/07 (2007-05-24)
Today's show features guests and co-authors Pamela Keel and Kelsie Forbush who examine the connections between eating disorders and perfectionism in their new paper.


The Exchange 5/23/07 (2007-05-23)
Today's show focused on a teen pregnancy discussion with guests Bill Albert, the Department Director of the National Campaign and Joanie Spencer, the coordinator for the Together For Youth Campaign.


The Exchange 5/22/07 (2007-05-22)
Architecture as a tourism destination. Our guests are Bill Menner, the chair of the Iowa Great Places Advisory Board, and Kate Schwennsen, Associate Dean of the ISU College of Design. Then Story City native Marjorie Hart, author of "Summer of Tiffany."


The Exchange 5/21/07 (2007-05-21)
Created in 1977, the Iowa Writing Project (IWP) offers professional growth opportunities for Iowa teachers and advocates exemplary teaching of writing and use of writing for learning in Iowa schools. Director Jim Davis is our guest. Then an excerpt of a speech Noah Merrill recently gave on the refugees in the Middle East.


The Exchange 5/16/07 (2007-05-17)
Presidential politics is the subject. Guest host Dean Borg was joined by Ed Tibbetts, Political reporter with the Quad City Times; Drake University Political Science professor Dennis Goldford; and Dave Redlawsk, University of Iowa Political Science professor. Then an interview with Author Dale Kueter. His book is "Vietnam Sons" (now available through AuthorHouse).


The Exchange 5/15/07 (2007-05-15)
Jamie Zaniou, Director of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, and Randy Pilkington, Director of Business and Community Services at John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at UNI, discuss the business plan contest. Then an interview with the authors of "Survival Secrets of College Students."


The Exchange 5/14/07 (2007-05-14)
Our guests were US Congressman Steve King of Iowa. Then mountain climber Chuck Hess.


The Exchange 5/11/07 (2007-05-11)
First guest is Jeffery Smith, author of Genetic Roulette. Then Scott McCloud, author of "Making Comics: Story Telling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels." McCloud is in Iowa City as part of his Making Comics 50 State Tour. He is also the author of the Harvey and Eisner award-winning book "Understanding Comics: The Invisible Story."


The Exchange 5/10/07 (2007-05-10)
The Ice Cube Press. New book is "LETTERS TO A YOUNG IOWAN: Good Sense from the Good Folks of Iowa for Young People Everywhere." Guests are Steve Semken and Patrick Irelan author of "A Firefly In The Night: A Son Of The Middle West." Then we discuss Bike to Work Week with Brian Loring, Advocacy and Safety Coordinator for Bicyclist of Iowa City; Mark Wyatt, Executive Director of Iowa Bicycle Coalition; and Angela Dalton, coordinator for Des Moines Bike to Work Week.


The Exchange 5/09/07 (2007-05-09)
Governor Chet Culver joined us for his weekly appearance on The Exchange. Then an interview with Queen Ida. The Zydeco Grammy winner plays at Gallagher Bluedorn Perfoming Arts Center in Cedar Falls on May 12th.


The Exchange 5/08/07 (2007-05-08)
Dee James is Life Options coordinator at CASI (Center for Active Seniors, Inc.). She says many people make financial plans for retirement, but neglect to plan ahead for the life changes retirement brings. Then Elkader, IA mystery writer Donald Harstad talks about the writing process. He doesn't think it as scary as we have been made to believe.


The Exchange 5/07/07 (2007-05-07)
Our guest is Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards.


The Exchange 5/04/07 (2007-05-04)
Dennis Keeney, Senior Fellow Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, discusses the potential impact of ethanol plants on natural resources, including water availability, water quality, biodiversity and farm size. Then Kirk Henderson, roadside program manager of the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center. He says no other U.S. state or Canadian province plants nearly as much native vegetation along its roadsides as Iowa.


The Exchange 5/03/07 (2007-05-03)
Kevin Leicht, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and co-director of the UI Institute for Inequality Studies, is co-author of the book, "Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity" (Worth Publishers, 2007). Then an interview with Anthony Kearns, a member of the world-famous Irish Tenors. He's returning to Old St. Michaels Church in Holbrook, IA for a benefit concert. The concert is May 6.


The Exchange 4/27/07 (2007-05-01)
Guest Louise Richardson, executive dean of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, is the author of "What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat." Her area of expertise is international security, with an emphasis on terrorist movements. Guest Linda Stout is the founder of a training and community organizing group called Circles of Change. She's the author of "Bridging the Class Divide." She recently held a workshop in Waterloo.


The Exchange 4/30/07 (2007-05-01)
Legislative leaders Christopher Rants and Mike Gronstal discuss the legislative session. That's followed by a panel of reporters discussing the major issues that were or were not addressed.


The Exchange 5/01/07 (2007-05-01)
The American Friends Service Committee - Iowa office is sponsoring a book & speaking tour with Joseph Gerson, an internationally recognized authority on US nuclear weapons policy. The focus of the tour is his book, "Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World." Our second guest is Gregory Schmidt, producer/director of The Iowa Renaissance Festival.


The Exchange 4/26/07 (2007-04-26)
Guests include Dan Lake, Executive Director of the Iowa Senior Olympics; and 61 year old senior athlete Alan Schenkom Clarinda. Then we'll talk to the authors of "The Butterflies of Iowa" (Cloth).


The Exchange 4/25/07 (2007-04-25)
Iowa native Michael Bodaken, President of the National Housing Trust, talks about keeping affordable multifamily housing. He was in Iowa for several speaking engagements. And Andrew Fahlund, Vice President for Conservation, American Rivers discusses the Most Endangered Rivers in America 2007. The Iowa River is number 3.


The Exchange 4/24/07 (2007-04-24)
Guests included BJ Franklin, Victim Advocate Survivor's Program. Also Jessica Heising. Her mother was murdered in Cedar Rapids by Ronald Downs, an ex-significant other, on 1/14/94. And Sally Eggleston. Her son Jeffrey was killed by a drunk driver on 8/12/00.


The Exchange 4/23/07 (2007-04-23)
Our guest is David Makovsky, a Senior Fellow and Director of the Project on Middle East Peace at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Hillel foundation brings Makovsky to Iowa. He is the keynote speaker for a student conference. Then an interview with the new Director of the Department of Economic Development Mike Tramontina.


The Exchange 4/20/07 (2007-04-20)
A live broadcast from the Java House in Iowa City. Our first guest was Jennifer Geddes, Research Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. She discussed some of the ethical questions that arise in the attempt to respond to genocide survivor testimonies. Then singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey. His new album, The Knuckleball Suite (Signature Sounds), is a collection of thirteen new songs.


The Exchange 4/19/07 (2007-04-19)
ISU held a symposium addressing risks, benefits and regulations of ag-biotech. One of their speakers, author of the award-winning book, "Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods," Alan McHughen, was on The Exchange. He's a molecular geneticist at the University of California-Riverside. Then a segment of former President Jimmy Carter's speech the night before in Iowa City.


The Exchange 4/18/07 (2007-04-18)
Part of Democratic Presidential Candidate Christopher Dodd's speech on foreign affairs in Des Moines. IPR is partnering with the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the Greater Des Moines Committee. Also an interview with Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.


The Exchange 4/17/07 (2007-04-17)
US Senator Charles Grassley joined us for the hour. Topics include the shootings at Virginia Tech, emergency funding for Iraq and Afghanistan and Medicare D.


The Exchange 4/16/07 (2007-04-16)
The following guests discussed energy legislation pending at the statehouse. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR ROB HOGG OF CEDAR RAPIDS serves on the Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, and State government committees. REPUBLICAN SENATOR JERRY BEHN OF BOONE serves on Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, and State government committees. Plus PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA UTILITY ASSOCIATION, MARK DOUGLAS and LOBBYIST AND ADVOCATE FOR ENVIRONMENT IOWA, NATHANIEL BAER.


The Exchange 4/13/07 (2007-04-13)
Our guest is Iowa Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley. He represents the 1st district. Then we talk trash with Will Zitterich, the founder of the Adopt-A-Highway program. And Gerry Schnepf, a board member with Keep Iowa Beautiful.


The Exchange 4/12/07 (2007-04-12)
A Big Brain edition of The Exchange. The focus was on the importance of play. The show was broadcast from the Iowa City Public Library. The guests were Stuart Brown and Phil Johnson.


The Exchange 4/10/07 (2007-04-10)
UNI Professor of Earth Sciences and meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki discusses last year's Iowa City tornado and spring storms in general. Then Daryl Smith, Director and Professor at the Tallgrass Prairie Center at UNI, composer Brian Keane and banjo player Eric Weissberg discuss the soundtrack to their film "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie."


The Exchange 4/09/07 (2007-04-09)
Regents topics are discussed. Funding, the formula for admittance to a regent institution and board member nominations, is one of the issues discussed.


The Exchange 4/06/07 (2007-04-06)
Interview with author Andrew Blechman. The former Des Moines Register reporter talks about his book "Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird," published by Grove Press.


The Exchange 4/05/07 (2007-04-05)
Don Otto talks about designing and building homes with small environmental footprints. He is the owner of DPO Construction. He has been building energy efficient homes for nearly 30 years. Lonnie Gamble is the founder of Abundance Ecovillage, a residential subdivision in Fairfield that is 100% solar and wind powered.


The Exchange 4/04/07 (2007-04-04)
AUTHOR GLEN JEANSONNE DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK, "A TIME OF PARADOX; FROM AWAKENING TO HIROSHIMA, 1890-1945." HE IS SPENDING A YEAR AT THE HOOVER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY WRITING THE FIRST SINGLE-VOLUME BIOGRAPHY OF HOOVER IN GENERATIONS.


The Exchange 4/03/07 (2007-04-03)
An interview with board members and a filmmaker involved with the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The festival is April 13 and 14th. Also an interview with Iowa Governor Chet Culver.


The Exchange 4/02/07 (2007-04-02)
Statehouse reporters discuss the current Iowa legislative session as well as the caucuses.


The Exchange 3/23/07 (2007-03-23)
Muscatine, Iowa author Max Allen Collins talks about his new book "Black Hats" as well as other projects he's involved with.


The Exchange 3/22/07 (2007-03-22)
James Autry and Peter Roy talk about their book "The Book of HARD Choices...How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect."


The Exchange 3/21/07 (2007-03-21)
Soybeans is the topic for the first part of the program. Guests include Ray Gaesser, President of the Iowa Soybean Association; and Linda Funk, Executive Director of the Soy Foods Council. Then details of the VSR project at the University of Iowa. It's an independent research group within the Center for Computer Aided Design. Initially funded by the US Army, the VSR conducts basic and applied research for creating new technologies dealing with digital human modeling and simulation.


The Exchange 3/20/07 (2007-03-20)
Details about The Patient Voice, a University of Iowa Arts Share project that links chronically ill patients with the writing expertise of graduate students in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Clark and Associates (2007-03-20)
IN THE FOUR YEARS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE WAR IN IRAQ, MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED. HUNDREDS OF OTHERS HAVE BEEN WOUNDED, MANY SEVERELY ENOUGH TO REQUIRE AN AMPUTATION. IOWA PUBLIC RADIO'S PAT BLANK TELLS US ABOUT AN EASTERN IOWA COMPANY THAT'S HELPING VETERANS REBUILD THEIR LIVES.


The Exchange 3/19/07 (2007-03-19)
Cable television competition and same day voter registration. For the first half of the program, we'll speak with a representative from Quest and the Iowa League of Cities about how to create a competitive cable environment. Then in the second half we've invited both a Democrat and a Republican to discuss the pros and cons of allowing Iowans to register to vote on election day.


The Exchange 3/12/07 (2007-03-18)
State regulations regarding livestock confinement operations. Guests include Democratic Representative Mark Kuhn of Charles City; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey; Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Rich Leopold; and Dave Struthers. He raises hogs, corn, sheep and hay on his farm near Collins.


The Exchange 3/13/07 (2007-03-18)
The Iowa Open Records Law. Guests include Herb Strentz, former Executive Director with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council; and Cedar Rapids Gazette Editor Mark Bowden.


The Exchange 3/15/07 (2007-03-18)
Hosted by Dean Borg, today's topic is Iowa healthcare.


The Exchange 3/16/07 (2007-03-18)
An interview with US Senator Tom Harkin for the first half of the program. Then an interview with US Congressman Leonard Boswell.


The Exchange 3/14/07 (2007-03-18)
An interview with Bob Vander Platts about his new book, leadership and politics.


The Exchange 3/09/07 (2007-03-09)
IPR's Joyce Russell talks about funnel day at the legislature. And author Huston Diehl talks about her book "Dream Not of Other Worlds: Teaching in a Segregated Elementary School, 1970."


The Exchange 3/08/07 (2007-03-08)
In this Big Brain edition of The Exchange, Ben Kieffer's guest is Dennis Cass, author of the memoir "HEAD CASE: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain" (Harper Collins). A journalist, Cass decided to study the brain and turn himself into a human guinea pig.


The Exchange 3/07/07 (2007-03-07)
Allen Hays, University of Northern Iowa professor of political science discusses the importance of having citizens engaged in their community. Also on the program, James Howe, an award-winning author of many books for young readers, will tour Iowa from March 4 - March 7. He talks about the impact of bullying and harassment on young people. Howe's "The Misfits" started National No Name-Calling Week.


The Exchange 3/06/07 (2007-03-06)
Charlotte Nelson is the Executive Director of The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. She discusses the organization's legislative priorities as well as their overall goal and activities. Lt. Governor Patty Judge talks about women's issues in general as well as her role as head of Iowa Homeland Security.


The Exchange 3/05/07 (2007-03-05)
Education policy. Guests include Director of the State Department of Education Judy Jeffrey; the Vice Chair of the House Education Committee, Democrat Mary Mascher of Iowa City; and a Republican member of the Senate Education Committee, Jeff Angelo of Creston.


The Exchange 3/02/07 (2007-03-02)
Alan Czarnetzki, meteorologist with UNI's Department of Earth Science, provides a weather update. Robert Haug, Executive Director of Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, talks about weather issues and the Iowa Stored Energy Park. And Waverly College Professor of Political Science Fred Waldstein talks about the Engaging Students: First In the Nation program.


The Exchange 3/01/07 (2007-03-01)
Obsenity Symposium. Laura Kipnis is a cultural theorist/critic and former video artist. Nadine Strossen has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. Since 1991, she has served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization. And University of Iowa law professor and former FCC chair Nicholaus Johnson.


The Exchange 2/28/07 (2007-02-28)
New DNR Director Rich Leopold talks about a wide variety of DNR related issues.


The Exchange 2/22/07 (2007-02-27)
Nick Russo, an Iowa attorney, has spent years studying and researching Iwo Jima and other Pacific related events. He talks about the role Iowans played. And Iowa actor, director, producer Tom Milligan talks about some Iowa historical based plays he's participated in.


The Exchange 2/21/07 (2007-02-27)
Why do some songs move us while others leave us cold? Is musical talent and creativity genetic or acquired? In the broadcast from the Iowa City Public Library, host Ben Kieffer welcomes author Daniel Levitin. Levitin's new book is titled "This is Your Brain on Music: the Science of a Human Obsession." Composer and pianist Dan Knight was also on hand to perform live music during the program.


The Exchange 2/27/07 (2007-02-27)
We welcome Wilfrid A. Nixon, a University of Iowa Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Special fields of knowledge include: water highway maintenance; ice engineering; and mechanical properties of ice. Present research interests include: snow and ice removal from roads; fatigue of ice as a structural material; modeling ice structure interaction; and compressive strength of brittle materials. Then former Peace Corp volunteers and recruiters talk about the Corp and their experiences.


The Exchange 2/23/07 (2007-02-27)
Iowa's first poet laureate Marvin Bell is our featured guest. He spoke about teaching poetry writing, trying other art forms early in his life and his knack of turning up in places around the world while historic events are taking place.


The Exchange 2/26/07 (2007-02-26)
Tax experts discuss legislation pending at the Iowa Statehouse. Guests include the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, Democrat Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City; a Republican member of the House Ways & Means Committee, Council Bluffs Representative Doug Struyk; the President of the Iowa Taxpayers Association, Edward Wallace; & the Research Director of Iowa Policy Project, Peter Fisher.


The Exchange 2/20/07 (2007-02-20)
Joining us in the studio is Democratic Presidential candidate Christopher Dodd. He is a US Senator from Connecticut.


The Exchange 2/16/07 (2007-02-19)
Teaching music! Scott and Michelle Dalziel...from Maquoketa, the husband and wife play what they describe as schizophrenic folk. They'll play and talk about their music. West Music will be inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame this fall. President Steve West will talk about how the company was formed.


The Exchange 2/19/07 (2007-02-19)
Fair Share & other Labor vs Business issues are the focus of this program.


The Exchange 2/15/07 (2007-02-15)
Mike Upah, Assistant Director of the Pappajohn Center for Entreprenuership at ISU, talks about the 2007 Pappajohn business plan writing contest and starting a business. And Mike Blouin, former Director of the Department of Economic Development, talks about the department in general and the overall business climate in the state. Blouin is President of the Greater Dubuque Development Corp.


The Exchange 2/13/07 (2007-02-14)
Professor Mohammad Chaichian talks about his book "White Racism on the Western Urban Frontier." He is a professor from Mount Mercy College. Also an interview with Governor Culver.


The Exchange 2/14/07 (2007-02-14)
Racelle Weiman is the executive director of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue at Temple University in Philadelphia. The University of Northern Iowa Museum will present a lecture by Weiman at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education on the UNI campus. The lecture is part of the Holocaust Remembrance and Education Program sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Also details on GeoCaching.


The Exchange 2/12/07 (2007-02-12)
Guests include Rep. Delores Mertz (D), Ottsen; Rep. McKinley Baily (D), Webster City; Rep. Matt Windschitle (R), Missouri Valley and Senator Jim Hahn (R), Muscatine. A lighthearted show about what drew them to politics at a young or advanced age. What keeps the older members involved? Are there issues that drive older or younger legislators - or is age irrelevant?


The Exchange 2/09/07 (2007-02-09)
University of Iowa College of Law "The War Crimes Symposium" is the backdrop for a discussion on Tribunals and alternatives. Guests include Charles Allen, the Deputy General Counsel for the United States Department of Defense (International Affairs); and Adrien Katherine Wing, the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. Then an interview with the playwrite and director of a Cedar Rapids play about a former military interrogator.


The Exchange 2/08/07 (2007-02-09)
This program smells. An interview with an author about flowers. Then an interview with an ISU researcher working to solve livestock odor problems.


The Exchange 2/07/07 (2007-02-07)
Gregory Johnson talks about his tiny house. His interview is part of series on green living.


The Exchange 2/06/07 (2007-02-06)
David Tuft, the Campaign Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Center in D.C., and Dr. Michael Kraig, the Director of Policy Analysis and Dialogue at the Stanley Foundation will talk about oil dependency and climate change. And Iowa author James Autry's talks about his new book, "Looking Around For God: Strangely Reverent Observations of an Unconventional Christian."


The Exchange 2/05/07 (2007-02-05)
Attorney General Tom Miller discusses his legislative priorities. Reaction from Senator Steve Warnstadt, a Democrat from Sioux City; Representative Rick Olson, a Democrat from Des Moines; and Representative Walt Tomenga, a Republican from Johnston.


The Exchange 2/02/07 (2007-02-02)
Donna Wood talks about business ethics including CIETEC, Enron and Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman. Wood is the David W. Wilson Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management, Philosophy & Religion at UNI.


The Exchange 2/01/07 (2007-02-01)
Lilia Abron is President and CEO of an environmental engineering consulting firm. We'll talk with her about her efforts to implement and develop sustainable and energy efficient integrated human settlements around the world. She's the first African-American woman in the US and the third woman at the University of Iowa to receive a doctorate in chemical engineering. Then former Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs Anita Walker will discuss challenges facing the department.


The Exchange 1/31/07 (2007-01-31)
An interview with former Arkansas Republican Mike Huckabee. The republican recently announced he was running for president.


The Exchange 1/30/07 (2007-01-30)
A live broadcast of Governor Culver's budget address. We also had reaction from Republican State Senator Jeff Angelo, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee; and Democratic State Representative Jo Oldson, Chair of House Appropriations committee.


The Exchange 1/29/07 (2007-01-29)
A discussion of Iowa's campaign finance laws. Guests include the former President of the League of Women Voters of Iowa, Pat Jensen; the chair of the House State Government Committee, Democratic Representative Pam Jochum of Dubuque; and the Ranking Member of the Senate State Government Committee, Republican Senator Mark Zieman of Postville. Then outgoing Director of the Department of Corrections Gary Maynard will discuss challenges facing Iowa's prison system.


The Exchange 1/26/07 (2007-01-26)
Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, discussed The Princeton Project on National Security - a three-year, bipartisan initiative to develop a sustainable and effective national security strategy for the United States of America. Also Michael Josephson, founder of the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute on Ethics. He spoke about ethics including the six pillars of character.


The Exchange 1/25/07 (2007-01-25)
Guests on the program include Tolif Hunt, Whiterock Conservancy Executive Director and Rachel Garst, Whiterock Outreach Coordinator/Great Places Director. Also on the program was Curt Atkins discussing Waverely Power and Lights House of Green project.


The Exchange 1/24/07 (2007-01-24)
The Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and Professor of Economics at ISU Bruce Babcock discusses President Bush's State of the Union address regarding bio-fuels. And we discuss Iowa Main Street with Executive Director of Dubuque Main Street Dan LoBianco and the State Coordinator of Main Street Dubuque.


The Exchange 1/23/07 (2007-01-23)
The focus is on rural economic development in Iowa with Maureen Collins-Williams, Director of the Small Business Development Center at UNI. Williams is the Director of the University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center/SBDC in Waterloo and member of the successful rural entrepreneurship development system called MyEntreNet. Also Mark Reisinger, Rural Development State Director. We'll also hear from the fifth Volvo Local Hero nominee from Iowa.


The Exchange 1/22/07 (2007-01-22)
The focus of this program is primarily funding of K-12 education. The program includes comment from two lawmakers and a lobbyist.


The Exchange 1/18/07 (2007-01-21)
An interview with Volvo Local Hero nominee Tom Walz. Then an interview with Iowa Property Task Force members Don Shoultz, a former Democratic State Representative from Waterloo. Plus former State Rep Jim Kurtenbach, a Republican from Nevada.


The Exchange 1/17/07 (2007-01-21)
An Interview with Volvo Local Hero nominee Michele Yieheli. Plus, an interview with former Iowa Lt. Governor Sally Pederson.


The Exchange 1/15/07 (2007-01-21)
Interview with Iowa's five minority lawmakers. This program aired on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


The Exchange 1/16/07 (2007-01-21)
An interview with Volvo Local Hero nominee Mike Brooks. Plus, an interview with Jerry DeWitt. He has been appointed Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The Center is celebrating its 20th year.


The Exchange 1/19/07 (2007-01-19)
Guests include Marion-based Red Cedar Chamber Music's John Dowdall, Jan Boland and Board President Tom Peffer. Also Riverside Theatre's Artistic Director and co-founder Ron Clark and Chicago actor Christopher Merrill.


The Exchange 1/08/07 (2007-01-18)
An interview featuring then Governor-elect Chet Culver. He joined The Exchange live from the Iowa Statehouse.