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Dec. 8-10, 2017
Tax Breaks and Economic Development Revisited — A deal struck in 2017 to bring a new Apple center near Des Moines has led to deep interest in the concept of government intervention in economic development.
Categories: Government, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
  • Quentin Hart, mayor/Waterloo
  • David Swenson, economist/Iowa State University
  • Ernie Goss, economist/Creighton University
177
Nov. 17-19, 2017
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 exam why, and how Iowa law prohibits foreign farmland ownership.
Categories: 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
174
Oct. 27-29, 2017
Urban Opportunity Disparity — We like to think that a person who gets the same opportunity as another in Iowa will be able to attain the same achievements and goals. That may or may not be true in practice, but what is true is that those who do not start with equal opportunities are destined to fight an uphill battle.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Izaah Knox, incoming executive director, Urban Dreams/Des Moines;
  • Hillary Frey, reporter/Huff Post
  • Babar Ahmed, concerned citizen/Des Moines;
  • John Campbell, steelworkers union member/Des Moines
  • Cody Hiles, community relations director, Broadlawns Medical Center/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
170
Sept. 29-31, 2017
Looking Ahead to Iowa’s Rail Shipping Needs — A state plan shows demand for shipping by train in Iowa increasing rapidly by 2040 but is the state ready?
Categories: Business and consumer affairs
Guests:

  • Phil Meraz, Rail Regulation and Analysis Project Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Jeff Woods, Manager – Marketing and Business Development, Alliant Energy Transportation
  • Andy Laurent, Director of Business Development, Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd.
  • Brian Buchanan, Manager of Corporate Development, Canadian National Railways
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
167
Sept. 8-10, 2017
Tax Breaks and Economic Development — A recent deal struck to bring a new Apple center near Des Moines has led to discussion about the concept of government intervention in economic development.
Categories: Government, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
  • Quentin Hart, mayor/Waterloo
  • David Swenson, economist/Iowa State University
  • Ernie Goss, economist/Creighton University
164
August 18-20, 2017
Voices of Veterans — We say we want to support our veterans but what does that mean? Iowa veterans offer suggestions on what that could be.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Lloyd Querry, Army veteran/West Des Moines
  • Lana Gillaspie, Navy veteran/Knoxville
  • Joe Stutler, Desert Storm veteran/Marion
  • Rachel Brown, Navy veteran/Waukee
  • Robert Boyd, Army veteran/Carroll
  • Ron Healey, Vietnam veteran/Dubuque
  • Ronald Lehman, Marines veteran/Grimes
  • Bruce Montis, Marines veteran/Waukee
  • Earl Mefford, WWII veteran/Hedrick
  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
  • U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
163
August 11-13, 2017
Veterans Services — We’ve previously heard the first-hand accounts of veterans who had difficulty reintegrating into society. We hear from those whose jobs are to help veterans and tell their stories.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Kevin Dill, Black Hawk County veteran affairs office/Waterloo
  • Phoebe Trepp, Willis Dady Homeless Services/Cedar Rapids
  • Chris Shackelford, Grout Museum District/Waterloo
  • Bob Neymeyer, Grout Museum District/Waterloo
160
July 21-23, 2017
Farmland Ownership And Food Security — 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 exam why, and how Iowa law prohibits foreign farmland ownership.
Categories: 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
150
May 12-14, 2017
Job Market 2017 Revisited — They’ll leave college with far more debt than their parents but will jobs be there for the Class of 2017?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Education
Guests:

  • Debra Hodges-Harmon, Iowa Workforce Development/Waterloo
  • Connor Keenan, Iowa State University student
  • Celeste Welshons, Iowa State University student
  • Donya Harvey, Americorps VISTA/Des Moines
  • Chandler Faldet, business owner/Ankeny
  • Jim Scieszinski, Iowa State University student
  • Lily Abromeit, University of Iowa student, former Daily Iowan editor
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
148
April 28-30, 2017
Cyber Identity Theft — Iowans increasingly are becoming targets of identity thefts. Reports were up 30 percent in one year alone. Protecting your personal information in cyberspace is our topic.
Categories: Criminal Justice, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Elizabeth Bell, identity theft victim/Fairfield
  • Kevin Anderson, director of enterprise information/Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Christy Eichelberger, identity theft victim/Altoona
  • Madison Wilson, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Stephanie Woodruff, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Erich Bogner, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Alex Kirkpatrick, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Clayton Bowers, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
147
April 21-23, 2017
Fake News — How can audiences separate real news from fake news? How can news consumers take steps to better evaluate what they read, see and hear?
Categories: Education, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • David Ryfe, University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication director/Iowa City
  • Stephen Berry/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
138
Feb 17-19, 2017
Job Market 2017 — They’ll leave college with far more debt than their parents…but will jobs be there for them?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Education
Guests:

  • Debra Hodges-Harmon, Iowa Workforce Development/Waterloo
  • Connor Keenan, Iowa State University student
  • Celeste Welshons, Iowa State University student
  • Donya Harvey, Americorps VISTA/Des Moines
  • Chandler Faldet, business owner/Ankeny
  • Jim Scieszinski, Iowa State University student
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
130
December 23-25, 2016
Jobs Over Age 50 Revisited — It was the holiday weekend so we repeated a report on people over the age of 50 trying to get new jobs.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
115
September 9-11, 2016
The Moment of Rescue, Part 2 Revisited — The rest of the story unfolds on how Des Moines Register photographers captured iconic photos of a dramatic rescue at a Des Moines dam in 2009, resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for one of them.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Chind Willie, former Des Moines Register photographer
  • Andrea Melendez, former Des Moines Register photographer
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
114
September 2-4, 2016
The Moment of Rescue, Part 1 Revisited — A dramatic rescue at a Des Moines dam in 2009 resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for a Des Moines Register photographer. But there’s more to the story.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Chind Willie, former Des Moines Register photographer
  • Andrea Melendez, former Des Moines Register photographer
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
111
August 19-21, 2016
Iowa’s Business & Economic Climate Revisited — Iowa’s economy is a mixed bag. The agricultural sector is in a slump and gaps exist in worker training and skill sets, but other elements are on the rise.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)/Des Moines
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business & Industry/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Dave DeVault, John Deere Waterloo Works/Waterloo
  • Michael Libbie, “Insight on Business”/Des Moines
110
August 12-14, 2016
Challenges Facing Iowa Seniors Revisited — Iowa’s senior citizens face a number of challenges, from resisting those who want to take advantage of them to making proper plans for passing down the family farm or planning for long term care.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurance Commissioner/Des Moines
  • Mary Muehl, AARP Iowa/Des Moines
  • Greg Kenyon, attorney/Des Moines
101
June 3-5, 2016
Iowa’s Business & Economic Climate — Iowa’s economy is a mixed bag. The agricultural sector is in a slump and gaps exist in worker training and skill sets, but other elements are on the rise.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)/Des Moines
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business & Industry/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Dave DeVault, John Deere Waterloo Works/Waterloo
  • Michael Libbie, “Insight on Business”/Des Moines
99
May 20-22, 2016
The Moment of Rescue, Part 2 — One split second captured in a photograph defined the dramatic rescue of Patricia Ralph-Neely below Des Moines’ Center Street Dam on June 30, 2009. The photo became iconic and won the Pulitzer Prize for then-Register photographer Mary Chind Willie. Willie wasn’t the only Des Moines Register photographer out taking pictures that day. Then-Register photographer Andrea Melendez took photos of the rescue as well, but only Willie’s photo won the Pulitzer.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Chind Willie, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
  • Andrea Melendez, photographer
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
98
May 13-15, 2016
The Moment of Rescue, Part 1 — A dramatic rescue at a Des Moines dam in 2009 resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for a Des Moines Register photographer. But there’s more to the story.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Chind Willie, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
  • Andrea Melendez, photographer
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
97
May 6-8, 2016
Challenges Facing Iowa Seniors — Iowa’s senior citizens face a number of challenges, from resisting those who want to take advantage of them to making proper plans for passing down the family farm or planning for long term care.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurance Commissioner/Des Moines
  • Mary Muehl, AARP Iowa/Des Moines
  • Greg Kenyon, attorney/Des Moines
84
February 5-7, 2016
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
78
Dec. 25-27, 2015
Lottery Ticket Sales & Income Revisited — Household incomes where 7 of the top 10 Iowa Lottery retailers exist are below the state median. What impact does that have, especially on whether people get treatment for gambling addiction?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president for external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Cheissa Malloy, ticket purchaser/Cedar Rapids
  • Frances Siddique, store owner, Cedar Rapids
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment counselor, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Makayla Tendall, IowaWatch/ISU
75
Dec. 4-6, 2015
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
64
Sept. 19-20, 2015
Lottery Ticket Sales & Income — Household incomes where seven of the top 10 Iowa Lottery retailers exist are below the state median. What impact does that have, especially on whether people get treatment for gambling addiction?
Categories: Business & Consumer Affairs, Economy & Employment
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president for external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Cheissa Malloy, ticket purchaser/Cedar Rapids
  • Frances Siddique, store owner/Cedar Rapids
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment counselor, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Makayla Tendall, IowaWatch/ISU
63
September 11-13, 2015
Payday Loans — For many who are in trouble financially, their only option is to get money from a payday loan or “E-Z cash” business. But the fees, charges and interest that go with that can lead to big trouble down the road.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Randy Johnson, Iowa Division of Banking/Des Moines
  • Jessica Whitney, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Brian Curtis, payday loan user/Davenport
  • Hans Hassell, assistant professor of politics, Cornell College/Mt. Vernon
  • William Brauch, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
48
May 29-31, 2015
The Impact of Video Games — Video games have come a long way since Pong and Frogger…and it’s not just males who play them. Are the games themselves enhancing gender stereotypes? And do their realistic look add to reinforcing negative images?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Adam Feldhaus, assistant professor of mathematics education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Kyle Moody, assistant professor of communications media, Fitchburg State University/Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Alan Simmer, assistant editor, Pulse Magazine/Waterloo
  • Ben Moore, IowaWatch
45
May 8-10, 2015
Lottery Proceeds & Gambling Addiction Revisited — The Iowa Lottery turns 30 years old this year. Where does the money from lottery revenue go? And what about those who succumb to gambling addiction?
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president of external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Rep. Kraig Paulsen, speaker of the Iowa House/R-Hiawatha
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment and prevention coordinator, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch

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