The IowaWatch Connection

The IowaWatch Connection, a statewide audience engagement program, is produced with underwriting support from the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. It was launched as a pilot with a $25,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant awarded in 2014 through the Investigative News Network (now the Institute for Nonprofit News).

The IowaWatch Connection includes a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program that airs on participating stations across Iowa. It has underwriting support from the Iowa Insurance Division’s Iowa Fraud Fighters program.

Jeff Stein, host and producer of the IowaWatch Connection radio program

Jeff Stein, host and producer of the IowaWatch Connection radio program

IowaWatch Wins Top Broadcast News Awards For Politics, Farm and Agribusiness Reporting

Jeff Stein, a noted Iowa broadcast veteran and historian, former executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and currently general manager at KXEL radio in Waterloo, hosts and produces the program on a network of stations across the state. The program premiered July 5-6, 2014.

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IOWAWATCH CONNECTION FORUMS

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The IowaWatch Connection continued in 2019 a streak of winning Iowa Broadcast News Association awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Awards announced this year are for work in 2018.

IowaWatch has hosted public forums in various locations to explore issues that affect Iowans. The first, Critical Decisions about Elder Care, was held April 29, 2014, in Des Moines. Our forums since then have explored problems with meth addiction in Iowa, featuring the documentary Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction In The Heartland, in Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Iowa City; how to keep young talent in Iowa; whether or not boundaries exist for free speech on college campuses; and how well the University of Iowa does welcoming Latino and African-American students. We’ve explored in live storytelling events veterans’ issues, what appeals to people who adopted Iowa as their home state, how people treat you when you live on society’s fringe, how to balance risks for rewards and dealing with travel.

We went into partnership with the nonprofit FilmScene theater for the Nov. 4, 2018, showing of the documentary film, “Dark Money,” about hidden campaign spending used to influence government leaders, and how important journalism is as a watchdog on government. And on Dec. 5, 2018, we partnered with The Daily Iowan for a legislative forum that looked at the pending 2019 Iowa legislative session.

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IowaWatch reporter Lauren Wade pores through Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship records in late September 2018 for a series of stories.

“Creative Minds: Journalism Workshop Engaging Citizens In the News,” a hands-on citizens’ journalism workshop for people interested in how news is reported, written and edited, but also who would like to brainstorm important story ideas and how journalists vet and report them. This workshop will be on Thursday, April 24, 6-8 p.m., and we encourage you to attend. We’ll start with brief panels of IowaWatch interns, then professional journalists from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Daily Iowan and The Gazette newspapers explaining how they go about their jobs before we put you in the journalists’ shoes. We ask that you register here so that we know how many people for whom to plan.

COVERAGE MAP OF THE IOWAWATCH CONNECTION

The IowaWatch Connection airs on 20 radio stations covering Iowa, reaching listeners across the state and parts of Iowa’s seven neighboring states. Additionally, an Illinois high school station, WLTL-FM, airs the program during the school year as a teaching tool for students and to help fulfill its public service responsibility.

The IowaWatch Connection airs on 19 stations that cover Iowa and a 20th station in Illinois. This image shows the stations' combined coverage areas.

The IowaWatch Connection airs on 20 stations that cover Iowa and a 21st station in Illinois. This image shows the stations’ combined coverage areas.

FIND A STATION NEAR YOU

KVFD-AM, Fort Dodge — Fridays at 10 a.m.
KALA-FM, Davenport — Fridays at 10:30 p.m.
WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids — Saturdays at 5:05 a.m; and periodically at unscheduled weekend times.
KOIL, Omaha — Saturdays at 5:30 a.m.
KSIB-FM, Creston — Saturdays at 6 a.m.
KXEL-AM, Waterloo/Cedar Falls — Saturdays at 6 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
KROS-AM, Clinton — Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
KROS-FM, Clinton — Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
WHO-AM, Des Moines — Sundays at 5:30 a.m.
KRTI-FM, Newton/Grinnell — Sundays at 5:30 a.m.
KCYZ-FM, Ames — Sundays at 6 a.m.
KSCJ-AM, Sioux City — Sundays at 6:30 a.m.
KSCJ-FM, Sioux City — Sundays at 6:30 a.m.
KMA-AM, Shenandoah — Sundays at 6:35 a.m.
KMA-FM, Clarinda — Sundays at 6:35 a.m.
KGLO-AM, Mason City — Sundays at 7:06 a.m.
WLTL-FM, LaGrange (IL) — Sundays at 7:30 a.m. during the school year.
KASI-AM, Ames — Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
KXIC-AM, Iowa City — Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
KFJB-AM, Marshalltown — Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
KICI-LP, Iowa City — Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m.

RECENT EPISODES

Topics covered include the political climate in Iowa, determining the truth in the news we consume, our cybersecurity and water quality in Iowa.

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249
April 5-7, 2019
Tom Vilsack on public service — An extended conversation with the 40th governor of Iowa, who later served as U.S. agriculture secretary in the Obama Administration.
Categories: Government and Politics, Agriculture
Guests:

  • Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa)
248
March 29-31, 2019
Risks and Rewards, Revisited: In The Words Of People Who Have Experienced Them — Sometimes you have to take risks in order to accomplish something. We asked four Eastern Iowans who have taken to speak at a live storytelling event about risks they took in search of something better in reward and share their stories in this podcast.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Vanessa Miller, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Bhumika Nayak, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids
  • Chuck Peters, chairman, Folience, Cedar Rapids
  • Reid Wilson, Vast Iowa, Iowa City
247
March 22-24, 2019
Silica Dust Impact — Mining activities produce needed material, but the process may have a cost. Residents living near silica sand mines would like to understand better the possible impact the mines have on their health.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Health
Guests:

  • Kathy Kachel, Bagley, Wisconsin
  • Pat Popple, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy, University of Iowa occupational and environmental health professor/Iowa City
  • Crispin Pierce, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire associate professor of nursing/Eau Claire, Wisc.
  • Emily Highnam/IowaWatch
246
March 15-17, 2019
Pesticide Drift Inspection Demand Growing — Workloads for state investigators who determine whether herbicides are applied properly in Iowa have more than doubled the past two years, with no plans in sight for adding staffers.
Categories: Agriculture, Business and Consumer Affairs, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Des Moines
  • Iowa Sen. Kevin Kinney/D-Oxford
  • Andy Kline, claimant/Boone, Iowa
  • Pat Kosman, claimant and farmer/Albia, Iowa
  • Dennis Fett, claimant and farmer/Minden, Iowa
  • Gretchen Paluch, Iowa pesticide bureau chief/Des Moines
  • Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University extension climatologist/Ames
  • Lauren Wade/IowaWatch
245
March 8-10, 2019
The Hoover Legacy — The only native Iowan to become president led an accomplished life beyond the four years in the Oval Office. But his accomplishments often are misunderstood, those keeping his legacy alive say in this podcast.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Thomas Schwartz, executive director, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum/West Branch
  • Matthew Schaefer, archivist, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum/West Branch
244
March 1-3, 2019
Never-ending campaigning, revisited — It used to be there was a decent interval between the end of one election cycle and the beginning of another. That interval has narrowed over time. Now, there’s full overlap. How best, then, for voters to determine where candidates stand on issues?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Annie Petersen, director of officials research overseeing ‘Key Votes’, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Peter McLaughlin, director of elections research, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Walker McKusick, national director, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Thomas Stone, legislative research associate, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • David Babayev, political research associate, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Emily Harris, elections research associate, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
243
Feb. 22-24, 2019
2019 Legislative Update — Two weeks before the first legislative funnel deadline, IowaWatch and its affiliates checked with state lawmakers on how the 2019 session was faring, so far.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • James Lynch/The Gazette
  • Rep. Jon Jacobsen (R-Treynor)
  • Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford)
  • Rep. Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown)
  • Rep. Norlin Mommsen (R-DeWitt)
  • Rep. Lisa Heddens (D-Ames)
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames)
  • Sen. Herman Quirmbach (D-Ames)
  • Sen. Chris Cournoyer (R-LeClaire)
242
Feb. 15-17, 2018
Issues Facing Iowa Veterans, Revisited — We explore issues facing veterans, particularly regarding health care.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Kevin Dill/Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs
  • Judith Johnson-Mekota/Iowa City VA Health Care Systems Director
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
241
Feb. 8-10, 2019
Working Into Retirement For Health Care — Many Iowans nearing retirement age are driving an increase in older workers who keep their jobs to cover high health care costs their life savings cannot cover.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Health
Guests:

  • Debby Bell, West Liberty, Iowa
  • John Solow, University of Iowa Department of Economics chairman
  • Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa state director
  • Nichole Shaw, The Daily Iowan
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
240
Feb. 1-3, 2019
A Conversation with Jim Leach, Revisited — An extended interview with the man who served Iowa in Congress for 30 years.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Former U.S. Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa), visiting professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and College of Liberal Arts an Sciences.
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
239
Jan. 25-27, 2019
The 2020 Caucuses, Revisited — The Democratic National Committee has outlined changes for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses. What impact will they have on this uniquely Iowa event?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Former Iowa Democratic Party chairman Dave Nagle
  • Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price
  • Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez
  • Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kauffman
  • Lee Enterprises Des Moines Bureau Chief Erin Murphy
238
Jan. 18-20, 2019
2019 Iowa Legislature Convenes — The 88th Iowa General Assembly began work this past week, with a cordial atmosphere in the statehouse this year.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Osceola)
  • Sen. Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque)
  • Rep. Dave Jacoby (D-Coralville)
  • Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion)
  • House Minority Leader Todd Prichard (D-Charles City)
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
237
Jan. 11-13, 2019
Government Shutdown Impact on Iowa — It’s now a record-long partial shutdown of the federal government, with no end in sight. What is the impact on Iowa and middle America?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)/New Hartford
  • Jordan Goodman, financial journalist/New York
  • Anna Johnson, Center for Rural Affairs/Nevada
  • Ernie Goss, Creighton University economist/Omaha
  • Ken Root, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network/Des Moines
236
Jan. 4-6, 2019
State of Journalism, Revisited — The role of a free press in a democracy was guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But what is the state of the craft today?
Categories: Center News
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch co-founder
  • Randy Evans, Iowa Freedom of Information Council executive director
  • Brian Cooper, The Telegraph Herald opinion page editor
235
Dec. 28-30, 2018
The Year 2018 In Review — A look at the IowaWatch stories from 2018 that readers let us know had the biggest impact on them. Our measure: Google Analytics reading data.
Categories: Center News
Guests:

  • Jeff Stein and Lyle Muller/IowaWatch Connection
234
Dec. 21-23, 2018
Risks and Rewards: In The Words Of People Who Have Experienced Them — Sometimes you have to take risks in order to accomplish something. We asked four Eastern Iowans who have taken to speak at a live storytelling event about risks they took in search of something better in reward and share their stories in this podcast.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Vanessa Miller, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Bhumika Nayak, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids
  • Chuck Peters, chairman, Folience, Cedar Rapids
  • Reid Wilson, Vast Iowa, Iowa City
233
Dec. 14-16, 2018
Bias and Hate Incidences on College Campuses, Revisited — Sometimes it’s simply one word, other times it’s a broad gesture, but each conveys bias- or hate-related incidences on an Iowa college campus. What’s being done to fight back?
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Adam Steinbaugh/Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Julian Neely/ISU Student Government president
  • Hira Mustafa/UI student
  • Lauren Wade/IowaWatch
232
Dec. 7-19, 2018
2019 Iowa legislative preview — The election is over, and now the focus is on governing.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • James Lynch, The Gazette
  • Christopher Larimer, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton)
  • Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford)
  • Rep. Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City)
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames)
231
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018
Never-ending campaigning — It used to be there was a decent interval between the end of one election cycle and the beginning of another. That interval has narrowed over time. Now, there’s full overlap. How best, then, for voters to determine where candidates stand on issues?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Annie Petersen, director of officials research overseeing ‘Key Votes’, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Peter McLaughlin, director of elections research, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Walker McKusick, national director, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Thomas Stone, legislative research associate, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • David Babayev, political research associate, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Emily Harris, elections research associate, Vote Smart, Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
230
Nov. 23-25, 2018
Reaching a Milestone, Revisited — The IowaWatch Connection hits a milestone with its 230th program.
Categories: Center News
Guests:

  • Jeff Stein, IowaWatch Connection host
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
229
Nov. 16-18, 2018
Rural Issues Facing Iowa, Revisited — The challenges facing rural areas in Iowa are being addressed in a number of ways.
Categories: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Ernie Goss, economist/Creighton University
  • Bill Menner, director/Iowa Rural Development Council
  • Grant Menke, state director/USDA Rural Development
  • Bethany Wilcoxon, planner/McClure Engineering
228
Nov. 9-11, 2018
Issues Facing Iowa Veterans — On this Veterans Day weekend, we explore issues facing veterans, particularly regarding health care.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Kevin Dill/Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs
  • Judith Johnson-Mekota/Iowa City VA Health Care Systems Director
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
227
Nov. 2-4, 2018
2018 Election Preview — Interviews with two Iowa agriculture and land stewardship secretary candidates and a preview of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, mid-term elections in Iowa.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Mike Naig (R), Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • Tim Gannon (D), Candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • Erin Murphy, Lee Enterprises
  • Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa state director
  • Michael Libbee, Insight on Business, The News Hour
226
Oct. 26-28, 2018
Chasing 1st-time Voters — Young voters traditionally participate in elections process less frequently than their older counterparts. Still, those often first-time voters are being courted actively by candidates in 2018. This podcast takes you to different locations in Iowa, where we speak with first- and second-time voters on college campuses.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Several voters at various Iowa locations
  • Elianna Novitch/Daily Iowan Ethics & Politics Initiative
  • Sarah Watson/Daily Iowan Ethics & Politics Initiative
  • Guy Tannenbaum, KBVU/The Tack, Buena Vista University
  • Lily Bohlke/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
225
Oct. 19-21, 2018
Civil Political Discourse, Revisited — At the very time we have more ways to communicate than ever, we tend to individually take advantage of few of them, often consuming media that reinforces our personal world views and ignoring those that may challenge us; that is getting in the way of having meaningful conversations about important issues. IowaWatch visits one county where people with opposing political views are trying to have conversations.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Julia Mandarino, Joe Mandarino, Jeff Shipley, Marg Dwyer/Jefferson County Better Angels group members
  • Matthew McDermott/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
224
Oct. 12-14, 2018
A Conversation with Jim Leach — An extended interview with the man who served Iowa in Congress for 30 years.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Former U.S. Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa), visiting professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and College of Liberal Arts an Sciences.
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
223
Oct. 5-7, 2018
The 2020 Caucuses — The Democratic National Committee has outlined changes for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses. What impact will they have on this uniquely Iowa event?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Former Iowa Democratic Party chairman Dave Nagle
  • Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price
  • Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez
  • Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kauffman
  • Lee Enterprises Des Moines Bureau Chief Erin Murphy
222
Sept. 28-30, 2018
State of Journalism — The role of a free press in a democracy was guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But what is the state of the craft today?
Categories: Center News
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch co-founder
  • Randy Evans, Iowa Freedom of Information Council executive director
  • Brian Cooper, The Telegraph Herald opinion page editor
221
Sept. 21-23, 2018
Bias and Hate Incidences on Iowa College Campuses — Sometimes it’s simply one word, other times it’s a broad gesture, but each conveys bias- or hate-related incidences on an Iowa college campus. What’s being done to fight back?
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Adam Steinbaugh/Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Julian Neely/ISU Student Government president
  • Hira Mustafa/UI student
  • Lauren Wade/IowaWatch
220
Sept. 14-16, 2018
Reporting A Retired Judge’s Questionable Practice, RevisitedDes Moines Register investigative reporter Clark Kauffman talks with IowaWatch’s Lily Bohlke about a story he did that exposed a judge who let attorneys draft rulings for him in cases over which he presided.
Categories: Criminal Justice, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Clark Kauffman, Des Moines Register
  • Lily Bohlke, IowaWatch
219
Sept. 7-9, 2018
Rural Issues Facing Iowa — The challenges facing rural areas in Iowa are being addressed in a number of ways.
Categories: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Ernie Goss, economist/Creighton University
  • Bill Menner, director/Iowa Rural Development Council
  • Grant Menke, state director/USDA Rural Development
  • Bethany Wilcoxon, planner/McClure Engineering
218
Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018
Iowa Business Outlook, Updated — Iowa faces a workforce shortage, uncertain markets due to tariffs, and an increasingly complicated global connection. Where are the points for optimism?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Charles Sukup/Manufacturer
  • Tiffany O’Donnell/Iowa Women Lead Change
  • Jordan Goodman/financial journalist
  • Peter Zeihan/geopolitical strategist and author
  • Marc Goodman/global strategist and author
217
Aug. 24-26, 2018
The Cost of College Textbooks, Revisited — College is back in session and a lot of college students are avoiding textbooks costs that generally can range from around $20 for a book on writing grant proposals to $400 for a physics book, an IowaWatch/College Media Journalism Project revealed. In lieu of buying, they rent books, which can save an average $29 per book, depending on the subject. They also rely on information they can find on the internet, sometimes as a first reference.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Kimberly Wilderdyke, University of Northern Iowa student, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Taylor Steele and Jimmy Ott, William Penn University students, Oskaloosa, IA
  • Erin Van Laningham, associate professor of English, Loras College, Dubuque, IA
  • Clarice Kies, Loras College student, Dubuque, IA
  • Heather Dean, Iowa State University Bookstore course materials manager, Ames, IA
  • Casey Nickel, Simpson College student, Indianola, IA
  • K. Rambo and Alex Connor, Iowa State Daily, Ames, IA
  • Tyler Brunner, KBVU The Tack, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
216
Aug. 17-19, 2018
Civil Political Discourse — At the very time we have more ways to communicate than ever, we tend to individually take advantage of few of them, often consuming media that reinforces our personal world views and ignoring those that may challenge us; that is getting in the way of having meaningful conversations about important issues. IowaWatch visits one county where people with opposing political views are trying to have conversations.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Julia Mandarino, Joe Mandarino, Jeff Shipley, Marg Dwyer/Jefferson County Better Angels group members
  • Matthew McDermott/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
215
Aug. 10-12, 2018
Farmland Ownership And Food Security, Revisited — One important way to ensure food security in the United States is to keep farmland ownership from going into foreign hands. That doesn’t always happen. We look back at why, and how Iowa law prohibits foreign farmland ownership.
Categories: Agriculture, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Johnathan Hettinger, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting/Urbana-Champaign
  • Brant Houston, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
  • Neil Hamilton, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Sen. Charles Grassley/R-New Hartford
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
214
Aug. 3-5, 2018
Under The Gun, Revisited — Journalism students at Buena Vista University who ordinarily report on the university’s KBVU radio took their questions about why gun violence continues in schools, and how to stop it, to several Iowans.
Categories: Education, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Storm Lake, Iowa, Police Chief Mark Prosser
  • Richard Riner, Buena Vista University assistant professor of criminology/criminal justice
  • Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology and director, Center for Crime and Justice Studies, at the University of Texas-Dallas.
  • Dee Friesen, Sarah Nicholson and Kimberly Diaz, KBVU The Tack at Buena Vista University
213
July 27-29, 2018
A Conversation With Iowa State University’s President — Iowa State University officials need to do a better job telling Iowa taxpayers, business leaders and especially Iowa legislators about value ISU and the state’s public universities give Iowa, ISU president Wendy Wintersteen said in the second of a series of interviews with Iowa’s state university presidents.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University/Ames
212
July 20-22, 2018
Reporting A Questionable Practice By A Retired Judge — Des Moines Register investigative reporter Clark Kauffman talks with IowaWatch reporter Lily Bohlke about a story he did that exposed a judge who let attorneys draft rulings for him in cases over which he presided.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Clark Kauffman, Des Moines Register
  • Lily Bohlke, IowaWatch
210
July 6-8, 2018
University of Northern Iowa president speaks, revisited — In part of a series, program host Jeff Stein has an extended conversation with University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • University of Northern Iowa president Mark Nook/Cedar Falls.
209
June 29-31, 2018
The Legacy of Tom Harkin,Revisited — A conversation with Tom Harkin, who served as a member of the U.S. House and Senate for 40 years, representing Iowa.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
  • Christopher Larimer, associate professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
208
June 22-24, 2018
The Cost of College Textbooks — A lot of college students are avoiding textbooks costs that generally can range from around $20 for a book on writing grant proposals to $400 for a physics book, a spring IowaWatch/College Media Journalism Project revealed. In lieu of buying, they rent books, which can save an average $29 per book, depending on the subject. They also rely on information they can find on the internet, sometimes as a first reference.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Kimberly Wilderdyke, University of Northern Iowa student, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Taylor Steele and Jimmy Ott, William Penn University students, Oskaloosa, IA
  • Erin Van Laningham, associate professor of English, Loras College, Dubuque, IA
  • Clarice Kies, Loras College student, Dubuque, IA
  • Heather Dean, Iowa State University Bookstore course materials manager, Ames, IA
  • Casey Nickel, Simpson College student, Indianola, IA
  • K. Rambo and Alex Connor, Iowa State Daily, Ames, IA
  • Tyler Brunner, KBVU The Tack, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch

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