Sthefany Nobriga

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Some neighborhoods feel alive and vibrant, with engaged and welcoming communities. On the other hand, some neighborhoods find it difficult to find a successful and thriving identity.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host  Charity Nebbe asks a panel of experts about the building blocks needed to create a vibrant, healthy and diverse neighborhood. This panel was hosted as part of the 2019 Iowa Ideas Conference in Cedar Rapids, organized by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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With each passing day, it feels like we are learning more about the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events are increasingly common. These catastrophic events are also having a dramatic impact on our ecosystem and wildlife. 

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When Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969, it was an instant success. However, it took 25 years for the author to finish his masterpiece. Some of those years were spent in Iowa and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop.

Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a veteran of World War II, who is "unstuck in time"  and claims to have been abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. The book explores Pilgrim's life and the aftermath of his experience as a prisoner of war in Germany and how it affected his life.

"It’s very hard keeping those traditions… something that comes from Chile. Even food. There isn’t a restaurant where we can go and eat empanadas, I have to make them. It’s hard to give him a sense of 'you're Chilean.'"
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People come to Iowa from all over the world for many reasons. Moving to another country and building a new life in a new culture can be incredibly challenging. Raising kids in a culture that is very different from your own takes things to a whole new level.

Children that grow up in an adopted homeland share their parents' genes, but in many cases parents watch those children move away from tradition and embrace a new way of looking at the world. For example, many parents struggle with teaching their native language to their kids. 

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Think on this: you’ve lived somewhere your entire life, your family has been there for generations. What if something happens and home no longer feels like home?

Many Iowans experienced that feeling during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, an event that radically changed our state forever. By the end of the decade, 300,000 farmers had defaulted on their loans. A large number lost their homes and farms.

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President Trump named Robert O'Brien, to replace John Bolton as his new national security adviser. O'Brien will be the fourth national security adviser in the Trump administration's term. 

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A big dream is coming true for film lovers in Downtown Iowa City this week. For the last three years, people have watched the construction of the Chauncey building. This fifteen-story building will have a mixture of commercial and residential space, but what is on the first floor has film lovers excited. On Sept. 20, the new space for FilmScene, a non-profit cinema, and cultural organization will open its doors to the public. 

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River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.

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River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.

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It's not uncommon for runners to carefully monitor their diet and health as they train for a long race, but for Morgan Russell, who is training for the New York Marathon, the stakes are higher. She has type -1 diabetes, and managing her blood sugar is an integral part of her everyday life, especially during her intense workouts. 

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Denison, Iowa has changed a lot over the past 20 years. While many small towns have been shrinking, Denison's population has increased and the town has become far more diverse than it used to be. Over half of the students in Denison schools are English Language Learners. As Iowa towns and cities have become more diverse, teaching English language learners has become a vital part of what schools do.

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House Democrats passed gun background legislation in February and are expected to vote on more bills next week when members of Congress return to Washington after a six-week recess.

On this "Politics Day" edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Cary Covington and Jeff Taylor about President Trump's response to Hurricane Dorian and changes to the democratic caucus as well as other top political headlines of the week. 

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More women are drinking alcohol -- and more of it -- than ever before. But why? Three researchers from  Iowa State University want to find out. 

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Schools are back in session and the fall sports season is underway. We all have heard the horror stories of angry parents on the stands yelling at the coach, the referee, other parents and even student athletes. Last week, the Iowa High School Athletic Association released a statement addressing parent and adult fan behavior at sporting events. They give six ways to behave at games for parents and fans, including “act their age.” Read the IHSAA's full statement here

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It has been 30 years since the movie Field of Dreams was on the big screen. A story about an Iowa farmer who mows down his corn and builds a baseball diamond on his land after hearing a mysterious voice.

Although this movie is a fantasy-drama, Major League Baseball announced that the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees would be playing a game at the beloved film site in Dyersville, Iowa. This event will be the first Major League game ever held in the State of Iowa.

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It has been a great year for Iowa ninjas, at least five Iowans competed on NBC's  American Ninja Warrior.  Three athletes who train at Ninja U, an American Ninja Warrior gym in Cedar Falls, qualified for this year's competition. Christi Marie is a PE teacher in Waterloo who made it to the second round of the competition. Jackson Twait, a student at the University of Northern Iowa, also made it to the second round of competition and Scott Behrends, co-owner of Ninja U, will appear in the finals filmed in Las Vegas.

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Iowans over the age of 65 are working longer than ever before, and the reasons are varied. Several retirees are still working past their retirement age and chose to live in a retirement community.

Some work because they feel the need to stay busy and it's an ideal way to keep money in their pocket, others keep working because they can't afford to support themselves mostly because they do not have enough retirement savings. 

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with researcher Brian Kaskie about this trend and speaks with several Iowans who are working into their golden years. 

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The Iowa State Fair opened last Thursday and hundreds of thousands of visitors have already passed through the gates to see what this year's fair has to offer. 

For this special Iowa State Fair hour of Talk of Iowa, our host Charity Nebbe visited the fairgrounds the day before it opened. She talks to the fierce competitors of the popular jams, jellies and fruit butter competitions, then introduces a mother-son baking duo who have been competing in the baking contests for the last four years.

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Remember those afternoons at the lake, road trips with the sun blazing through the windshield, hot summer nights? The moments that make up our summer memories are often accompanied by music. 

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In 2016, Lyz Lenz’s life was turned upside down. She found herself questioning her faith, leaving her church and leaving her marriage. She felt that what she was experiencing was part of something bigger.  She set out on a journey to explore how personal faith and congregations were evolving with modern challenges. 

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Vacation season is in full swing, and with that, we get a refresher on the most common misconceptions when traveling by plane. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with a variety of guests about upcoming changes in the world of traveling via airplane  Specifically, what to do when going through Transportation Security Administration security, and how you can schedule your flight itinerary better.

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Volunteer fire and EMT services in the state, specifically in Iowa's rural areas, are struggling. Emergency specialists are aging out and retiring and there are not enough people to replace them. In some areas, the call response time is 30 minutes, long enough for a home to burn down.

Although there are private ambulance services in Iowa, there are some places where these services are no longer available because it isn't financially viable.

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Some fences are utilitarian, some are purely aesthetic, and others are both. However, no matter what, if you’re going to put up a fence there are some important things you should know. Before building any fence, home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, recommends talking to your neighbors and researching any regulations in your city and county.

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Water quality is one of the greatest environmental challenges in the state of Iowa. There are many sources of pollution and finding and implementing solutions is complicated. Jim Pease, Emeritus Associate Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, developed an exercise designed to spark problem-solving creativity when it comes to water quality.

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The Meskwaki people have worked very hard to preserve their history, protect their culture, and reclaim their heritage. The Meskwaki Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Initiative is one of the latest projects designed to reconnect and preserve the Meskwaki historical culture and empower modern Meskwaki people. 

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You know what the American flag looks like, and the Iowa flag is labeled, so you can’t miss it, but does your city have a flag? Cedar Rapids is going through the process of designing a new city flag and there’s a grassroots movement afoot to bring back the Des Moines Flag. But what makes for a good flag design? In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with several guests about not only good flag design but also what these flags mean to these cities.

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In this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with legal scholars Emily Hughes of the University of Iowa and Tony Gaughan of Drake University about some of the most notable recent cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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We all know that February is Black History Month. The designation of that month, which dates back almost 50 years, created some space for learning about important moments in Black history in almost all public schools and in popular media. Unfortunately the way Black history is taught can be problematic, and focusing on Black Americans in February doesn’t prevent them and other communities of color from being left out of the national historic narrative the rest of the year. 

Colin Wright

Traveler, writer and minimalist Colin Wright met with success as a young man. By his early twenties, he was earning six figures. At the age of twenty-four he realized that money and success wasn't adding up to happiness. In 2009, Wright quit his job, sold almost everything he owned, and decided to travel the world with just two carry-on bags. He wrote about his experiences in a blog called "Exile Lifestyle."  

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