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Take One Step (#108)

This episode explores the problem of obesity in Iowa, how big the epidemic is and who suffers from it. The program also includes Iowa native, Matt Hoover, winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Assignment Iowa examines the issues and events that shape what it means to be an Iowan. Hosted by Iowa Public Radio's Todd Mundt, the series explores a wide range of timely topics and the ways they affect Iowa and Iowans.

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  • Remembering 9/11 (#101)

    On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, this IPTV production examines how the events of that day have shaped the lives of Iowans. [27 minutes]

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  • Veterans Day Special (#102)

    This episode will salute Iowa's military veterans who have fought and died in America's war on terrorism. [28 minutes]

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  • A New Era In College Wrestling (#103)

    Catch a preview of the upcoming college wrestling season with Iowa State University's Cael Sanderson and University of Iowa's Tom Brands, each getting ready for his first year as head coach. [29 minutes]

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  • The Digital Horizon (#104)

    The digital revolution is changing just about every form of human interaction. And Iowans use digital media in varying degrees ogs, podcasts, interactive television and more. While some people are quite knowledgeable, others are a little wary. This new episode will explore how digital media are affecting the way we receive and enjoy entertainment, changing learning styles in Iowa The episode will repeat on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. Assignment Iowa examines the issues and events that shape what it means to be an Iowan. Hosted by Iowa Public Radio's Todd Mundt, the series explores a wide range of timely topics and the ways they affect Iowa and Iowans. [25 minutes]

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  • A Sea Change at the Capitol (#105)

    The show will focus on the upcoming legislative session by putting a personal face on some of the issues. The only feature we're sure of at this time, though, is a look back at the 1965 session, which was the last time democrats controlled both houses and the governorship. That year, the Lyndon Johnson landslide helped the democrats take control, but in a state so traditionally republican, and with the likelihood of the majorities lasting more than just one session, the lawmakers wasted little time in passing significant social measures. Included were a state civil rights act, abolishment of the death penalty, expanded state funding of school districts, and the establishment of the community college system. We'll also take a look at the makeup of the new legislature, where in the House eight new members are under 30 years old. Among the issues we plan to cover that are confronting the 82nd General Assembly are raising the minimum wage, shifting the property tax burden away from businesses, and allowing small businesses to pool their health insurance costs and coverage, thereby taking advantage of the economics of large-group coverage. Energy issues such as next-generation ethanol, wind power, waste energy, and manure digesters may be covered, as well as economic development mechanisms such as values fund, Vision Iowa, clean water legislation, and local control of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). [27 minutes]

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  • Matters of the Heart (#106)

    Hear advice from experts in the fields of wellness, nutrition, and medical science on how we can take better care of our hearts so that they can take care of us. The program also features former Iowa State and NBA basketball star Fred Hoiberg as he talks about the discovery of a serious heart ailment that put an abrupt halt to his career, and saved his life. [28 minutes]

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  • The State of Immigration (#107)

    In the aftermath of the raids in Marshalltown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, Assignment Iowa examines the state of immigration in Iowa. [27 minutes]

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  • Press Responsibility (#109)

    On our next Assignment Iowa, a panel of Iowa journalists and media watchers discusses the responsibility of the press in times of national crisis. In the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, the government's claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to Saddam Hussein went mostly unchallenged by the media. Four years after "shock and awe," how the government sold the war has been much examined, but a big question remains: how and why did the press buy it? At 8 pm, Wednesday, April 25, Bill Moyers’ Journal, “ Buying the War,” reports on how the media were complicit in shaping the "public mind" toward the war, and asks what's happened to the press' role as skeptical "watchdog" over government power. The 9:30 p.m Assignment Iowa discussion continues the Moyers program theme by examining the responsibility of local journalists to question and examine what they report. [29 minutes]

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  • Internet Intruders.... (#110)

    The days are past when parents could feel secure knowing their children were home behind locked doors. The household computer connected to the Internet represents a gaping portal through which unwanted advances can readily pass. According to the U. S. Attorney’s office in Cedar Rapids, an estimated 50 thousand predators are on the Internet prowling for children. One in four children have had an unwanted exposure to pornography over the Web, but only 25% of those children told a parent. Clearly, our children need to learn the new forms of stranger danger. Assignment Iowa goes behind the scenes with investigators and we come away with some shocking realizations and new safety rules for both parents and kids. [27 minutes]

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  • Outstanding Iowans (#111)

    Meet a teenager from Des Moines who's one of the top female gymnasts in the world. Shawn Johnson has aspirations of competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Next, go on assignment with Neil Rettig, a filmmaker whose nature photography has been featured in big-name magazines and television shows, including Nature, National Geographic and more. Finally, Chief Justice of Iowa's Supreme Court Marsha K. Ternus talks about her concern for the state's foster children. Chief Justice Ternus is the first woman to hold this prestigious position on the court. [27 minutes]

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  • Master Artists (Part 1 of 2) (#112)

    Meet three contemporary Iowa artists--Cedar Rapids artist Fred Easker, Fairfield sculptor and Maharishi University professor Jim Shrosbree, and Iowa City photographer and University of Iowa professor, Margaret Stratton. [26 minutes]

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  • Master Artists (Part 2 of 2) (#113)

    Meet four contemporary Iowa artists--Cedar Falls artist Gary Kelley; Susan Chrysler White, an artist and University of Iowa professor; Cedar Rapids artist and Mount Mercy professor Jan Gilmor; and Paco Rosic, a Bosnian immigrant living in Waterloo. [28 minutes]

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  • 35 Years of Hancher and Joffrey (#114)

    To celebrate Hancher Auditorium's 35th anniversary, The Joffrey Ballet tours Iowa, visiting five cities in nine days. IPTV travels with them, tracing Hancher's history in Iowa and The Joffrey's long relationship with Hancher. [28 minutes]

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  • Iowans in WWII (Part 1 of 2) (#115)

    FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS, IPTV has collected stories of Iowans involved in World War II. This episode features the following stories from that collection: recollections from B-17 bomber crews, the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Dedication at the Des Moines International Airport, and the housing of more than 180 Jews and German dissidents at Scattergood Hostel near West Branch. [27 minutes]

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  • Iowans In WWII (Part 2 of 2) (#116)

    For more than 15 years, IPTV has collected stories of Iowans involved in World War II. This episode features some of the most compelling stories from that collection. The following stories are part of this episode: B-29 Veterans, the Barnett brothers and Iwo Jima, and the Women's Army Corps reunion. [27 minutes]

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