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Julie Englander

Host: Weekend Edition

Julie Englander is the local host of Weekend Edition on Iowa Public Radio and also serves as a substitute host for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Midday breaks.

With more than thirty years in radio, Julie has a wide range of experience from producing award winning news stories to interviewing authors on a long-running literary program. She started in commercial radio but joined public radio in the 1980s and has been with Iowa Public Radio since 1988. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. You can contact Julie at jenglander@iowapublicradio.org.

  • Iowa Democrats made their case to their national party to keep the Iowa caucuses in the early presidential nominating calendar. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley voted no and Senator Joni Ernst voted yes on the bipartisan gun bill that passed the U.S. Senate. A western Iowa town will hold its very first Immigrant Heritage Festival tomorrow. Plus, Iowa State University is suspending its men’s hockey club from competition next year in response to allegations of hazing.
  • Federal officials signed off on the use of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months late last week. But Iowa health care providers say parents may have to be patient when seeking out an appointment for the new pediatric dose. Iowa’s new law that protects older residents will go into effect on July 1st, and advocates say it’s been in the works for 10 years. Plus, a new study by Iowa State University economists says there’s not enough evidence to show fertilizer companies are taking advantage of inflation to raise their prices.
  • Federal health officials have recently given the go ahead to vaccinate children ages six months to four years using either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations. Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a law that eliminates a test requirement for new teachers from Iowa colleges and universities. It’s part of an effort to ease a statewide teacher shortage. Plus, Iowa deer hunters will be allowed to use semi-automatic weapons including AR-15 rifles to kill deer in more parts of the state during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds.
  • The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to release a decision today on a case that could affect the future of abortion access for Iowans. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law cutting unemployment benefits. Plus, The city of Hornick broke ground on a flood-protection project yesterday. The small western Iowa town of a little more than 250 people is beginning construction on a berm to prevent future floods.
  • The family of Michael Williams is calling for reform of Iowa’s hate crime laws. In 2020, Williams, a Black man, was murdered and his remains were set on fire by Steve Vogel, a white man. Almost two years later, his loved ones still are fighting for his death to be recognized as a lynching. There are now stronger penalties for elder abuse under a bill Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law. Plus, The Board of Regents will meet Monday and consider an increase in tuition and fees at the three state universities.
  • Governor Kim Reynolds has approved a law that prohibits state-licensed child care centers, K-through-12 schools and Iowa colleges and universities from having Covid-19 vaccination mandates for enrollment. Gov. Reynolds will use federal COVID-relief funds to create a new school safety bureau at the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Plus, Iowa’s largest abortion provider has condemned a recent attack on a crisis pregnancy center by abortion rights activists.
  • Iowa’s largest drinking water utility says it has started operation of its nitrate removal facility this week. That’s because nitrate levels in raw water sources have increased. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was seen in student achievement, according to figures shared today (Thursday) with the State Board of Education. Plus, a handful of protest marches calling for action on gun related legislation in Iowa is taking place in six cities across the state.
  • Iowa health officials are reporting today (Wednesday) a jump in the number of positive COVID-19 tests confirmed in the past week. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ousted four Republican state lawmakers in last night’s (Tuesday’s) primary elections after they didn’t support her plan to create state-funded scholarships for private school expenses. Iowa hasn’t seen a new avian flu case in more than a month. Iowa’s top agriculture official says recovery will take some time as producers get the go-ahead to bring in new birds.
  • The three Democrats running for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination see a larger role for the government in health care, but disagree on how far that should go. As government officials say they’re working to ramp up the production of baby formula, one expert warns it could still be weeks before Iowans see shelves fully restocked. Plus, park rangers would have to move out of government-owned housing in 23 Iowa state parks by the end of next year under a budget bill advancing in the legislature.
  • Iowa Republican lawmakers have revived a proposal that would give the governor more influence on commissions that help select district judges. Senators are scrapping a moratorium that would have prevented developers from seeking eminent domain authority to seize property for carbon pipelines before next February. Plus, Black farmers in the U.S. lost more than 300 billion dollars’ worth of land in the 20th century, according to a new study.