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Bridging the Rural and Urban Divide

Though Iowa is known as an agricultural state, more than 60 percent of Iowans live in cities, and the gulf between rural and urban Iowa is about much more than distance. Kyle Munson of the Des Moines Register is trying to jumpstart a conversation about the issues that divide urban and rural Iowa. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe sits down with Munson, who has started his "Unite Iowa" tour in Orange City. "It’s not just sitting down to talk about water quality, but you have...
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It wasn't until Deborah Svoboda dated someone who is trans that she understood how little she understood about being transgender. "I realized how very misunderstood they were, including by me," she says. And that comes from someone who identifies as queer and has lived and worked in diverse communities.

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

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It's May in Rocky Mountain National Park, but on a mountainside 10,829 feet above sea level, snow is falling. It's pelting Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service. Shrugging off the cold, Cheatham seizes a teachable moment. This snow, he says, holds more than just water.

"Chances are it's carrying the excess nitrogen we're talking about," says Cheatham.

Three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, ending — among other things — the government's ability to collect bulk metadata on Americans' phone calls and emails.

The fight pits Sen. Rand Paul and other legislators fighting for greater privacy against fellow Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and others who are in favor of extending the legislation as is. But if the lawmakers are looking to their constituents for direction, they might not get much help.

So what does it mean to be hungry?

That's a question that occurred to us as we read some encouraging news: The world isn't as hungry as it used to be.

A U.N. report has noted that 795 million people were hungry in the year 2014. That's a mind-boggling number. But in fact it's 200 million lower than the estimated 1 billion hungry people in 1990.

The improvement is especially impressive because the world population has gone up by around 2 billion since the '90s.

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These are the remarks as delivered by Dr. Ben Carson at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner May 16, 2015.

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How many hours of sleep do you think you need a night? New research shows that you may want to err on the side of more, not less. Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley have found that high amounts of the chemical amyloid are linked with disrupted sleep patterns.  

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The Supreme Court has dealt a blow to U.S. immigration officials in a closely watched case by ruling that a broad state anti-drug law may not be enough to justify deportation.

By a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that a Tunisian man convicted of carrying pills in his sock should not have been removed from the U.S. for that reason.

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Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno formed Best Coast in Los Angeles in 2009. California Nights is their third full-length album. Influences for the band include surf rock, 1960's girl groups, The Beach Boys and much more. Those influences and Best Coast's own take on them combine to create their sound. Their songs evoke the feeling we've come to associate with west coast music. That appealing vibe continues on California Nights.
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IPR News Team Wins Awards

IPR News Team Wins Awards

Talk show producer Emily Woodbury and reporter Amy Mayer have been awarded regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association for their reporting this past year.

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