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Iowa Wesleyan University will stay open for another school year. Administrators say donations from alumni, community donors and a collaboration with the USDA's Rural Development Office will be enough to keep the university afloat, at least through the 2019-2020 school year. But school leaders are warning that institutional change is necessary for longterm fiscal sustainability.

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Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources is working on finalizing a plan to improve a northwest Iowa lake plagued by poor water quality.

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An 18-member state board tasked with outlining a children’s mental health system for Iowa gave its final plan Thursday to the governor and lawmakers, who will have to work out legislation and funding to implement it.

The plan calls for mental health screenings for all kids, a statewide crisis hotline, and several types of youth mental health services to be rolled out over the next few years.

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Glory Denied is based on the true story of America’s longest-held prisoner of war, Vietnam veteran Colonel Jim Thompson. Colonel Thompson was captured when his plane was shot down in 1964 and endured extreme torture until his release in 1973. Colonel Thompson said the only thing that kept him going throughout those nine years were thoughts of his wife and children. However, his homecoming was not as he hoped.

Glory Denied “encapsulates something of the moral essence of the Vietnam War and the imperishable bitterness of its legacy.”

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, which includes the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. The trail stretches 3,700 miles from Wood River, Illinois to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and stands as  one of only two national historic trails that passes through Iowa.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Neal Bedlan, Chief of Interpretation of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Keith Bystrom, an Iowan who traveled the trail for 55 days after retiring  from Iowa State. 

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Cicadas and classical music – it doesn’t get much better than that – except for maybe turkey and classical music. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, at 3 p.m., Iowa Public Radio will be broadcasting Orchestra Iowa’s “The American Rhapsody.” The concert took place on September 15, 2018.

Brucemorchestra celebrated its 11th Anniversary this year on the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, and it’s still a big hit.

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We think of Winston Churchill as a hero who saved the world from Nazism and warned of Soviet communism. But what does Churchill have to teach us about the challenges that leaders face today?

During this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with New York Times Bestselling author Andrew Roberts about his new book "Churchill: Walking with Destiny." Roberts draws on new material never before used to pen a Churchill biography, including King George the VI's wartime diaries. 

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After firing Jeff Sessions, President Trump named native Iowan Matt Whitaker to be acting U.S. Attorney General. This has sparked controversy because the President leapfrogged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who was confirmed by the Senate.

This is important, because the Attorney General will oversee the Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. Whitaker has repeatedly criticized the Russia investigation.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is saying that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker's appointment as attorney general is constitutional, despite the fact that he hasn't been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Dennis Goldford and Rachel Caufield of Drake University about what we might expect from Whitaker, who is a graduate of the University of Iowa Law School and former U.S. Attorney for Iowa's Southern District.  

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Elections officials improperly counted ballots in Iowa’s closest statehouse race. Despite the error, state officials say there’s no way to undo it. 

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Iowa’s State Board of Education Wednesday ordered further review of the Davenport Community School District as it tries to correct violations of federal special education law that board members called “disgraceful” and “troubling."

An audit completed by the state in April found the district put a disproportionate number of black students in special education and was not taking an individualized approach to education plans, among other issues.

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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker was in his home state of Iowa Wednesday giving a speech and meeting with local law enforcement. His trip comes as a U-S Justice Department memo says his appointment to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is legal.

Whitaker was chief of staff to former Attorney General Sessions.

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Hundreds of Drake University students rallied on campus Wednesday in response to some recent racist incidents. It was a call for students of all backgrounds to come together against hate.

In one case, a threatening racist note was slipped under a student’s dorm room door. Then earlier this week, robo-calls from an Idaho-based white supremacist group arrived on some 250 students land lines. Sophomore Manasi Singh from Clive says the incidents have served to galvanize the student body.

KRNI 1010AM is at reduced power

Nov 14, 2018

KRNI 1010AM in Mason City is at reduced power due to work on the tower. Station will remain at reduced power until around sunrise on November 15th.

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This Thanksgiving at 1 p.m., Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a broadcast of the Quad City Symphony’s concert recorded on May 3rd of 2018 with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. Mr. Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize.  Named the Music Director of the Academy of St.

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Veterans from western Iowa gathered at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City Monday to talk about the challenges in starting or growing a small business and the resources they can use after reentering civilian society.

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In an era of open hostility displayed by the President toward the media, what's a journalist to do? How do we make the case to the next generation to puruse journalism as a career when they see such an unreceptive enviroment for the media? 

During this River to River segment, host Ben Kieffer talks with Michael Bugeja, who teaches media ethics at Iowa State University in the Greenlee School of Journalism. 

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After 30 years of informing Iowans about what pieces of legislation are being considered at the Statehouse, Iowa Public Radio's Joyce Russell is retiring. Friday was her last day. During this River to River interview, she talks with Ben Kieffer. 


Barriers to employment can be hard to overcome for the more than 368,000 Iowans who have a disability, but organizations like Disability Rights Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College are working to change that.

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Christine Hà, Winner of MasterChef season three, about her experience as a blind chef.

Hà lost her vision as an adult, and explains how adding certain accommodations to kitchens makes working in the food industry an option for everyone.

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Last October, the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry. Almost overnight, social media exploded with people sharing their stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment. During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, we hear from Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement. 

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A professor and alumna of Iowa Wesleyan University is donating half a million dollars to help keep the school open. The potentially transformational gift comes a little over a week after school leaders announced they're considering closing the school due to "significant financial challenges."

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 It’s early November and winter weather has arrived!

On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulture specialists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about preparing your yard and garden for winter. They talk covering the strawberries, prepping the roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry bunnies. Later in the hour, Jauron and Haynes answer listener questions.

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Ben Kieffer co-hosts this "Pints and Politics" edition of River to River with Gazette investigative reporter Erin Jordan. They ask panelists to discuss the latest in national and state politics, including analysis of the post-Midterm landscape, Trump's battle with the press, and a look at the Republican agenda in the Iowa legislature.

Panelists joining the discussion include Gazette columnists Todd Dorman, Lynda Waddington, Adam Sullivan, and Gazette reporter James Lynch.

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The Des Moines Symphony brings it all together with their 2018 “Yankee Doodle Pops” concert.

Iowa’s own internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Simon Estes thrills the crowd with musical favorites.

Governor Kim Reynolds narrates the Armed Forces Salute and the Oh Say, Can You Sing contest winner, Jennifer Senne, kicks off the show singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Join Iowa Public Radio as we honor the brave men and women who are serving or who have served and fought for our country.

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Farmers started forming co-ops nearly a century ago, primarily to get better prices for their crops. They pooled their resources, put up storage bins and gained leverage with buyers.


Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George won a Pulitzer Prize and 10 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. Brainchild James Lapine wrote the book.

Seurat’s masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte lays the groundwork for Sondheim’s musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Seurat’s new painting style and the simplicity of a Parisian Sunday afternoon magnified its popularity.

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Nov 8, 2018

91.7 KICG is off the air for tower maintenance today. It will likely be down for most of the day. This transmitter serves the Perry/Boone/Ames area. 

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On this special edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and producer Emily Woodbury join a hundred veterans living in eastern Iowa as they take a tour of our nation's capital as part of an honor flight trip.

Honor flights are conducted by non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting as many U.S. military veterans as possible to see war memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans. 

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Polls are closed, watch parties have ended, and "I Voted" stickers have been worn and discarded. But candidates in some Iowa legislative races are still waiting for final results in races that have turned out to be too close to call. Final ballot counts may not come in until next week.