Welcome to Iowa Public Television! If you are seeing this message, you are using a browser that does not support web standards. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Read more on our technical tips page.

Iowa Public Television

 

2008 Episodes

Iowa Looks at the Economic Big Picture (#209)

Originally aired on December 18, 2008

 December 18, 2008 (#209) Are the good times gone for good? The Iowa Journal will get into big economic ideas. What can turn this economy from heading down to heading back up? (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Flood Stories 2008 (#208)

Originally aired on December 11, 2008

 December 11, 2008 (#208) In this special edition of The Iowa Journal, Out and About Correspondent Dan Kaercher travels through Iowa's eastern river valleys, reporting what happened to individuals and communities during and after the floods of 2008. (28:46) Episode Detail

Ethanol and Politics in Iowa (Full Program) (#206)

Originally aired on November 13, 2008

 November 13, 2008 (#206) Iowa's agricultural economy has been cushioned in recent years by the upstart of dozens of biofuel factories around the state. This Iowa Journal looks at the politics of ethanol. (27:46) Episode Detail

DTV Converters And Reception - Part 1 (#205)

Originally aired on November 6, 2008

 November 6, 2008 (#205) Iowans' questions about the digital television transition are answered in the first segment of the 90-minute program. (30:00) Episode Detail

U.S. Economy - Iowa's Place in the Financial Crisis (Full Program) (#204)

Originally aired on October 30, 2008

 October 30, 2008 (#204) Experts discuss the recent national financial crisis and look at the probable fall-out in Iowa. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Congressional District #1 (Full Profile) (#203)

Originally aired on October 23, 2008

 October 23, 2008 (#203) The Iowa Journal will examine the issues facing Iowa’s 1st Congressional District as election day draws near. (27:47) Episode Detail

World Food Prize 2008: McGovern and Dole (Full Program) (#202)

Originally aired on October 16, 2008

 October 16, 2008 (#202) "The Iowa Journal" discusses world hunger with the 2008 Laureates, former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and George McGovern. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Congressional District #4 (Full Program) (#201)

Originally aired on October 9, 2008

 October 9, 2008 (#201) The 4th district is Iowa's only district will no big cities. How does small-town and rural Iowa look at the issues of the 2008 election? The Iowa Journal looks at the economy through the 4th district's eyes. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Congressional District #2 (Full Program) (#178)

Originally aired on October 2, 2008

 October 2, 2008 (#178) With the upcoming congressional race between incumbent Dave Loesbeck (D) and Marianette Miller-Meeks (R) Ottumwa, "The Iowa Journal" takes a look at the issues facing the state's 2nd congressional district. The second district is comprised of 15 counties, mainly in southeast Iowa. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Congressional District #3 (Full Program) (#177)

Originally aired on September 25, 2008

 September 25, 2008 (#177) Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District covers 12 counties located in central Iowa, from Polk County in the west to Benton and Iowa Counties in the east, and Grundy County in the north to Lucas and Monroe Counties in the south. The district is home to 622,000 Iowans, with 65 percent living in Polk County. The Iowa Journal travels to some of the farthest corners of the district to visit with journalists and county chairs about the issues unique to this area of the state, including: * Joe Judge, Monroe County Democratic chair and Albia High School teacher * Alice DeRycke, Iowa County Republican chair and farmer * Duane Nollen, editor of The Oskaloosa Herald * Steve Richardson, vineyard manager at Tassel Ridge Winery * Randall Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff Paul Yeager interviews two guests in the studio to discuss the 3rd Congressional District: Tama County native Dave Paxton, publisher of the Chariton and Albia newspapers, and Richard Doak, retired editor and columnist for The Des Moines Register currently teaching at Iowa State University and Simpson College. (27:46) Episode Detail

Auto Racing in Iowa (Full Program) (#176)

Originally aired on September 18, 2008

 September 18, 2008 (#176) Across the state in almost every county on any weekend evening during warm months you can hear the roar of an engine coming from a race track. This episode of The Iowa Journal explores auto racing and its impact on the Iowa economy. (27:46) Episode Detail

Rebuilding Iowa: September '08 Iowa Storm Call-in (#175)

Originally aired on September 11, 2008

 September 11, 2008 (#175) Experts from flood and disaster agencies answer viewer questions on this live hour-long episode of The Iowa Journal, hosted by Paul Yeager. (58:00) Episode Detail

Iowa Congressional District #5 Profile (Full Program) (#174)

Originally aired on September 5, 2008

 September 5, 2008 (#174) The Iowa Journal profiles Iowa's 5th Congressional District and looks towards the issues that will color voter's decisions during the election campaign of 2008. (27:46) Episode Detail

Storm Water Management - Flood Prevention (Full Program) (#173)

Originally aired on August 29, 2008

 August 29, 2008 (#173) Two-thirds of the water reaching Iowa's landscape goes directly to rivers, streams and lakes often causing flooding the likes of which were seen this summer in much of Iowa. "The Iowa Journal" will explore flood prevention measures, such as prairies, wetlands, rain gardens and other landscaping and construction techniques currently in use in several parts of the state. (28:46) Episode Detail

Gambling and Iowa's Economy - Davenport Talks (Full Program) (#172)

Originally aired on August 21, 2008

 August 21, 2008 (#172) The Iowa Journal broadcasts live from the spot where gambling in Iowa started, Davenport. Gambling money is still coming into the state's coffers, but at what cost? Have we saturated the market with gambling? (27:46) Episode Detail

Olympic Iowans (Full Program) (#171)

Originally aired on August 7, 2008

 August 7, 2008 (#171) This special Iowa Journal focuses on Iowa's Olympic hopefuls. Athlete profiles include Shawn Johnson, Lolo Jones, and wrestler Doug Schwab. Former Olympians Natasha Kaiser-Brown and Dan Gable provide commentary. (28:46) Episode Detail

What To Do About Trash (Full Program) (#170)

Originally aired on July 31, 2008

 July 31, 2008 (#170) Iowa Journal is talking trash – how much stuff Americans have, what happens to it when we’re done with it, and how we can reduce it. (27:47) Episode Detail

Iowa's Labor Unions (Full Program) (#169)

Originally aired on July 24, 2008

 July 24, 2008 (#169) After years of dormancy, are Iowa’s labor unions in resurgence? (27:56) Episode Detail

Iowa's General Aviation in Smaller Airports (Full Program) (#168)

Originally aired on July 17, 2008

 July 17, 2008 (#168) Iowa Journal looks at the economic impact of General Aviation in the state. (27:40) Episode Detail

Rivers as Recreation (Full Program) (#167)

Originally aired on July 10, 2008

 July 10, 2008 (#167) Examine the efforts to attract canoeists, kayakers and others to Iowa's rivers for recreation. (27:46) Episode Detail

Floods 2008: Impact on Children (Full Program) (#166)

Originally aired on June 26, 2008

 June 26, 2008 (#166) Parents and child care specialists discuss how to help children during unsettled times on this episode of The Iowa Journal. (27:46) Episode Detail

Ask the Experts: Your Disaster Questions Answered (#165)

Originally aired on June 19, 2008

 June 19, 2008 (#165) Experts from flood and disaster agencies answer viewer questions on this live hour-long episode of The Iowa Journal, hosted by Paul Yeager. (57:47) Episode Detail

Iowa Floods and Natural Disasters - Taking Stock (Full Program) (#164)

Originally aired on June 12, 2008

 June 12, 2008 (#164) The Iowa Journal will assess the economic impact from the storms with David Swenson, an Iowa State University economist and L.D. McMullen, retired CEO and General Manager of the Des Moines Water Works. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Immigration Solutions (Full Program) (#163)

Originally aired on June 5, 2008

 June 5, 2008 (#163) The Iowa Journal looks for ways the state can encourage legal methods of importing the estimated 300,000 people needed to continue business as usual. (27:44) Episode Detail

Aftermath of Parkersburg Tornado (Full Program) (#162)

Originally aired on May 29, 2008

 May 29, 2008 (#162) The Iowa Journal takes a look at the aftermath of the tornado that struck Parkersburg Iowa on Sunday, May 25, 2008. (27:46) Episode Detail

What Should You Know About the Korean War? (Full Program) (#161)

Originally aired on May 26, 2008

 May 26, 2008 (#161) It was the bloodiest foreign war in U.S. history, but what do you know about the Korean War? This is a primer. (27:46) Episode Detail

Food vs. Fuel - Are We Taking Agriculture for Granted? (Full Program) (#160)

Originally aired on May 22, 2008

 May 22, 2008 (#160) Are rising corn and bean prices due to the ethanol boom in Iowa? (27:46) Episode Detail

Higher Gas Prices (Full Program) (#159)

Originally aired on May 19, 2008

 May 19, 2008 (#159) Gas prices are climbing it seems every day and approaching the $4 mark. So what does that mean? (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa's Municipal Sewage Treatment (Full Program) (#158)

Originally aired on May 15, 2008

 May 15, 2008 (#158) Iowa faces a crumbling underground infrastructure of sewer lines that if go unfixed can divert, or leech, untreated wastewater into nearby streams and rivers. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Film Industry - Have Incentives Worked? (Full Program) (#157)

Originally aired on May 12, 2008

 May 12, 2008 (#157) Iowa's burgeoning film industry is creating an economic opportunity for many Iowans. (27:46) Episode Detail

2010 - Is Iowa Meeting the Challenges? (Full Program) (#156)

Originally aired on May 8, 2008

 May 8, 2008 (#156) The Iowa Journal looks at the future of Iowa. There are less than two years on the clock before we hit 2010. We'll check on progress of the Iowa 2010 plan commissioned in 2000. We'll also head to Red Oak for our Out and About segment. (27:46) Episode Detail

Green Interiors (Full Program) (#155)

Originally aired on May 5, 2008

 May 5, 2008 (#155) Indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor air quality. We'll look at ways to breath easier in our homes. (27:46) Episode Detail

Legal Addictions (Full Program) (#154)

Originally aired on April 28, 2008

 April 28, 2008 (#154) Smoking, drinking and gambling are all legal pastimes for adults in Iowa. They’re used to relax, socialize, and celebrate - as such, for many hold positive associations. And although they’re legal, use of these substances can have serious negative consequences. (27:46) Episode Detail

Wind Energy in Iowa (Full Program) (#153)

Originally aired on April 24, 2008

 April 24, 2008 (#153) Wind power, and its potential in Iowa's future are discussed on this episode of "The Iowa Journal." (27:46) Episode Detail

King Corn - How Iowa Agriculture Works (Full Program) (#152)

Originally aired on April 21, 2008

 April 21, 2008 (#152) The film, "King Corn," was shot in 2004 on a farm near Greene, IA. The grain market has changed dramatically since then. What exactly are those changes and does the movie still have relevance to today's agriculture? (27:47) Episode Detail

Iowa Juvenile Detention (Full Program) (#151)

Originally aired on April 17, 2008

 April 17, 2008 (#151) The Iowa Journal looks at trends in criminal activity in Iowa, and current issues in the Juvenile Justice System. (27:46) Episode Detail

Green Construction in Iowa (Full Program) (#150)

Originally aired on April 14, 2008

 April 14, 2008 (#150) Saving money and saving the planet are two of the good reasons architects around the state give for designing sustainable "green" buildings. The Iowa Journal investigates. (27:46) Episode Detail

Rural Development in Iowa (Full Program) (#149)

Originally aired on April 10, 2008

 April 10, 2008 (#149) If you can't "keep 'em down on the farm," can you at least keep some of the family money in the community? Some rural communities are using state gaming revenues to establish county community foundations to foster improvements to their way of life. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa's Music Industry (Full Program) (#148)

Originally aired on April 7, 2008

New technologies may well shift power from music recording "moguls" to the artists, including the Iowa musicians who create what we want to hear. But no one has a clear view of the way to play the future. On this Iowa Journal, we’ll examine the potential for growth in the state’s music industry. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa Columnist Donald Kaul (Full Program) (#147)

Originally aired on April 3, 2008

 April 3, 2008 (#147) Iowa Journal catches up with retired newspaper columnist Donald Kaul. (28:46) Episode Detail

Caring for Parents in Iowa (Full Program) (#146)

Originally aired on March 31, 2008

 March 31, 2008 (#146) Find out about Heartland Adult Day Center in Ames, and visit Elizabeth Buchwald who cares for her mother in-law and her mother in-law's sister in her home. (25:44) Episode Detail

Rehabbing Old Iowa Malls (Full Program) (#145)

Originally aired on March 27, 2008

 March 27, 2008 (#145) What does a community do with a failing mall? It’s a dilemma that threatens the tax base and economies of a growing number of cities. Saving retail dinosaurs and the communities where they are is at issue on “The Iowa Journal.” (27:46) Episode Detail

Five Years of War in Iraq - The Effects on Iowa (Full Program) (#144)

Originally aired on March 24, 2008

 March 24, 2008 (#144) The Iowa Journal examines the economic costs to Iowa of the war in Iraq. (26:45) Episode Detail

The Role of Iowa Community Colleges (Full Program) (#143)

Originally aired on March 17, 2008

 March 17, 2008 (#143) With 15 community colleges serving 99 counties, the community college system is arguably the most valued public institution in Iowa. Discussing this issue with The Iowa Journal are guests Rob Denson and Bob Mundt. (27:46) Episode Detail

Juvenile Justice in Iowa (Full Program) (#142)

Originally aired on February 28, 2008

 February 28, 2008 (#142) The Iowa Journal looks at trends in criminal activity in Iowa, and current issues in the Juvenile Justice System. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa's Infrastructure (Full Program) (#141)

Originally aired on February 25, 2008

 February 25, 2008 (#141) Is it time for Iowa to begin moving people, commerce and information differently? Is it time to overhaul the state’s infrastructure? The answers to those questions could define the state for the rest of the century. Iowa's Infrastructure is examined on The Iowa Journal. (27:46) Episode Detail

Iowa's Music Industry (Full Program) (#140)

Originally aired on February 21, 2008

 February 21, 2008 (#140) New technologies may well shift power from music recording "moguls" to the artists, including the Iowa musicians who create what we want to hear. But no one has a clear view of the way to play the future. On the next The Iowa Journal we’ll examine the potential for growth in the state’s music industry. (27:45) Episode Detail

Biotech Businesses in Iowa (Full Program) (#139)

Originally aired on February 18, 2008

 February 18, 2008 (#139) Iowa invests millions of dollars to attract biotech businesses in the name of economic development. Just what is biotech and are we getting our money's worth? The Iowa Journal asks these questions and more. (27:46) Episode Detail

Gambling in Iowa (Full Program) (#138)

Originally aired on February 14, 2008

 February 14, 2008 (#138) A generation ago it would have been hard to imagine Iowa as a gambling Mecca. But today billions are wagered in the state and seemingly every community that doesn’t have a casino, wants one. But is the industry helping the state or just siphoning money from it? The Iowa Journal examines the state of gambling. (28:46) Episode Detail

Author - Columnist Leonard Pitts (Full Program) (#137)

Originally aired on February 11, 2008

 February 11, 2008 (#137) Featured guest of this program is Pulitzer winning Miami Heard columnist Leonard Pitt Jr. Mr. Pitt addresses a number of topics ranging from the Obama surge to life in the U.S. since 9-11. (26:46) Episode Detail

The Influence of Lobbyists in Iowa (Full Program) (#136)

Originally aired on February 7, 2008

 February 7, 2008 (#136) There are 685 individuals registered to lobby at the state legislature. That's 4.5 lobbyists per lawmaker. How much influence they have on the legislative process is discussed with Charlie Smithson, Executive Director and Legal Council for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board and Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale, on the Iowa House Ethics committee. (27:45) Episode Detail

The Role of Iowa Community Colleges (Full Program) (#135)

Originally aired on February 4, 2008

 February 4, 2008 (#135) With 15 community colleges serving 99 counties, the community college system is arguably the most valued public institution in Iowa. Discussing this issue with The Iowa Journal are guests Rob Denson and Bob Mundt. (27:46) Episode Detail

Multitasking in the Digital Age (Full Program) (#134)

Originally aired on January 31, 2008

 January 31, 2008 (#134) The internet, cell phones, iPods, and more - how are multitasking gadgets changing the way we gather information, communicate, socialize, work and learn? (27:47) Episode Detail

Iowa Water Issues (Full Program) (#133)

Originally aired on January 28, 2008

 January 28, 2008 (#133) Iowa may seem rich in water resources, but how much of it is protected from pollution and available for Iowans to use for drinking water, recreation and industry? (27:46) Episode Detail

Roads and Bridges (Full Program) (#132)

Originally aired on January 24, 2008

 January 24, 2008 (#132) Roads, bridges and a whole lot more about infrastructure will be the focus of our next The Iowa Journal. We’ll also take a look how we can pay for the systems we need. (27:47) Episode Detail

Disproportionate Minorities in Iowa Prisons (Full Program) (#131)

Originally aired on January 21, 2008

 January 21, 2008 (#131) Iowa has a smaller minority population than most states, but a sizable portion of that sector is in prison. The Iowa Journal discusses the challenges in fighting this status with representatives from the Iowa Juvenile Justice System's new task force. (26:46) Episode Detail

The Iowa Prison System (Full Program) (#130)

Originally aired on January 17, 2008

 January 17, 2008 (#130) Being tough on crime is not cheap. The Iowa Journal examines the rising cost of incarceration, takes a look behind the headlines, and learns that a historic prison town has more to offer than just internment. (27:38) Episode Detail

Student Debt (Full Program) (#129)

Originally aired on January 14, 2008

 January 14, 2008 (#129) Can Iowans afford college? We explore that matter, including a look at an ambitious community-driven plan to finance higher education for its own residents. (28:01) Episode Detail

Iowa Legislative Preview (Full Program) (#128)

Originally aired on January 10, 2008

 January 10, 2008 (#128) When the legislators reconvene in Des Moines next Monday, which will be their most pressing issues? We preview the 2008 session, paying particular attention to small business issues, including affordable health care insurance for employees. (27:15) Episode Detail

Walkable Communities and Fitness (Full Program) (#127)

Originally aired on January 7, 2008

 January 7, 2008 (#127) Health experts say that 30 minutes of walking a day is as important as an apple in “keeping the doctor away.” Exercise can be life-enhancing even for those few among us who aren’t overweight. How do we keep enticing and encouraging ourselves to get up and stay in shape? (27:46) Episode Detail

The Caucuses Are Upon Us (Full Program) (#126)

Originally aired on January 3, 2008

 January 3, 2008 (#126) The Iowa Journal examines the latest information from the edge of the decision and explores the campaigns from an outsider’s perspective. (27:46) Episode Detail

Episodes by Year