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Nick Reding, Author of "Methland" (#188)

Journalist and native Midwesterner Nick Reding spent four years in Iowa prior to writing his New York Times bestseller. "Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town" tells the heroic story of the small town of Oelwein, Iowa and the epidemic of drug abuse in rural America. In 2009, "Methland" was picked as a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. [76 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Intelligent Talk Television showcases recent lectures given by guest speakers at colleges, universities, and libraries across Iowa. The collaborative effort between IPTV and participating institutions provides top-notch programs featuring experts on topics ranging from politics to science to economics for broadcast on IPTV’ s digital channels and streaming on the ITTV website.

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  • Dr. Willard Daggett (#101)

    Dr. Willard Daggett shares his knowledge about what students are going to need to know in the 21st century with a group of Iowa high school students. Following a presentation about the emerging challenges of a global economy, Dr. Daggett answers students' questions. [56 minutes]

  • Intelligent Talk Television (#102)

    Author Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn, raised in Ireland and taught for thirty years in New York City High Schools. Written after his retirement from teaching, his first book, Angela’s Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize for literature. Mr. McCourt shared his observations as a teacher and author with Iowans as part of the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Lecture series. [56 minutes]

  • Dr. Michael Bugeja: Interpersonal Divide (#104)

    On April 4, 2007 ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication Director Michael Bugeja spoke about how society has changed in the digital era. [48 minutes]

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  • Dr. Louise Richardson: What Terrorists Want (#105)

    On April 9, 2007 at the University of Northern Iowa, Harvard author Louise Richardson discussed terrorism in a lecture sponsored by the Graduate Program in Public Policy and the Center for International Peace and Security Studies. [46 minutes]

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  • Peter Baker: Kremlin Rising (#106)

    On April 16, 2007 Washington Post White House correspondent Peter Baker spoke as a part of the World Affairs Series and the First Amendment Day Celebration at ISU. He discussed his years in Russia as Moscow bureau chief. [26 minutes]

  • Guy Kawasaki: The Art of Innovation (#107)

    On April 27, 2007 Guy Kawasaki, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures and one of the individuals responsible for the success of the Macintosh computer, spoke at ISU’s Emerging Technologies Conference. [78 minutes]

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  • Sunni and Shi'ite Traditions Within Islam (#108)

    On April 17, 2007 at the University of Northern Iowa, U of I Assistant Professor of Islam Ahmed Souaiaia discussed the differences between Sunni and Shi’ite traditions in Islam. [68 minutes]

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  • Former President Jimmy Carter (#109)

    Former President Jimmy Carter spoke on April 18, 2007 at the University of Iowa Lecture Series where he spelled out his proposal for peace between Israel and Palestine. [54 minutes]

  • Peter Larson: The Science and Politics Behind T Rex (#110)

    Paleontologist Peter Larson, speaking at Buena Vista University's Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES), recounted his experiences as the leader of the team that discovered and excavated "Sue," the most complete specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex to date. [66 minutes]

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  • International Pollination Symposium (#111)

    On June 27, 2007 at the International Pollination Symposium at Iowa State University, Marla Spivak from the University of Minnesota and Jeff Pettis from the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, spoke about Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder. [57 minutes]

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  • Live from Prairie Lights: James Autry (#112)

    On June 21, 2007 author James Autry discussed his book "Looking Around for God" on Iowa Public Radio's "Live From Prairie Lights." [58 minutes]

  • Know The Score: from Monks to Masters (#113)

    "On August 24, 2007, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art Iowa Public Radio's "Know the Score" featured speakers at the exhibition titled “From Monks to Masters: The Medieval Manuscript and the Early Printed Book.” [84 minutes]

  • Live from Prairie Lights: Rilla Askew (#114)

    On June 28, 2007 in Iowa City author Rilla Askew discussed her book "Harpsong" on Iowa Public Radio's "Live From Prairie Lights." [55 minutes]

  • Live from Prairie Lights: John Thompson (#115)

    On July 24, 2007 in Iowa City poet John Thompson discussed his book "99 Voices, 99 Lives" on Iowa Public Radio's "Live From Prairie Lights." [58 minutes]

  • CNN's Peter Bergen at NIACC (#116)

    "On September 13, 2007, at North Iowa Area Community College CNN terrorism analyst, Peter Bergen, delivered a speech titled "Six Years After 9/11: Are We Winning the War on Terrorism?" [71 minutes]

  • Richard Florida (#117)

    On September 19, 2007 at Iowa State University author Richard Florida discussed his book "The Flight of the Creative Class," an examination of the global competition for creative talent. [66 minutes]

  • American Chica: Marie Arana (#118)

    On September 20, 2007 at Iowa State University author Marie Arana spoke about her experiences growing up as a “hybrid” American. [28 minutes]

  • UNI Entrepreneurship Symposium Keynote (#119)

    On September 26, 2007 at the University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center UNI alumna, Linda Lundstrom Cook, spoke about the joys and challenges of starting a business. [54 minutes]

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  • Vicente Fox at Buena Vista University (#120)

    On October 26, 2007, former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, spoke at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Student panelists interviewed the former President in front of an audience of students and faculty. [62 minutes]

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  • UNI Entrepreneurship Symposium Panel (#123)

    On September 26, 2007 at the University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center a panel of speakers discussed their experiences as entrepreneurs. [52 minutes]

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  • Former Congressman Jim Leach (#125)

    On October 16, 2007 at Drake University in Des Moines former Iowa congressman James A. Leach delivered a lecture on "U.S. Relations with China." [62 minutes]

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  • 2007 High School Summit on Mathematics and Science (#126)

    On November 7, 2007 at the Price Lab School Field House in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Governor Chet Culver delivered the keynote speech for the High School Summit on Mathematics and Science. [26 minutes]

  • Running on Ice: Stories from a Warming Arctic (#127)

    Iowa State University graduate Elizabeth Andre shares stories from her 1200-mile dogsled trek across Baffin Island with renowned polar explorer Will Steger and a team of Inuit hunters, explorers and educators. She also recounts Inuit stories of living in a rapidly warming climate and offers insights on meeting the challenge of global warming. [35 minutes]

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  • James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles (#128)

    A new biography of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa native James Van Allen by Northwestern University Professor Abigail Foerstner is the subject of this special edition of Live From Prairie Lights. Recognized as Iowa's greatest scientiest, Van Allen was among the principle scientific investigators for 24 space missions and has been called the “father of space science.” [39 minutes]

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  • Beyond the Autism Diagnosis: How Professionals Can Help Parents (#129)

    Professor Marion O'Brien of the University of North Carolina discusses her research findings on children and families, particularly parenting practices and parental attitudes and their influence on parent-child relationships and child development. Her book, Beyond the Autism Diagnosis, was published in 2006. [49 minutes]

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  • Governor Robert Ray: Tai Dam Refugee Relocation (#130)

    On February 21st at Simpson College, former Governor Robert D. Ray and former Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, discussed their roles in aiding the relocation of Tai Dam refugees from southeast Asia to Iowa in the 1970s. They also described their efforts to help southeast Asian refugees through the Iowa SHARES program. [53 minutes]

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  • The Ioway Nation in the New Millennium (#131)

    Lance Foster, a member of the Ioway Nation, is a traditional storyteller, artist, teacher, and scholar and is involved in the cultural preservation and management of the Ioway culture and language. His presentation touches upon the history and culture of the Ioway Indians--the first tribe that inhabited the state of Iowa and parts of surrounding states. Today, there are Ioway Reservations in Kansas and Oklahoma. [43 minutes]

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  • David Plowden’s "Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography" (#132)

    World-famous photographer David Plowden celebrates his 75th birthday with his new book "Vanishing Point" which includes his phenomenal black and white photographs of the prairie landscape and quiet Midwestern scenes. Mr. Plowden provides commentary about his art and technique. [45 minutes]

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  • "Three Cups of Tea" Author Gregory Mortenson (#133)

    Gregory Mortenson is the author of the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea” which recounts his lifelong dedication to promote education and literacy, especially for girls, in remote, volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. As of 2007, Mortenson has established over 61 schools in these areas, which provide education to over 25,000 children, including 14,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before. [48 minutes]

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  • Russia After the Presidential Elections: Is There Hope for Democracy? (#134)

    David Satter is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. A former Soviet correspondent for the London Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Satter is the author of Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union and Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State. [50 minutes]

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  • A Conversation About Race with James Autry & Clifton Taulbert (#135)

    James Autry and Clifton Taulbert are recognized forces in the contemporary literary world. Both award-winning authors grew up in racially torn Mississippi separated by fewer than 200 miles and the perceived chasm of skin color. After discovering each others’ works a decade ago, the writers met and made a commitment to use their words and lives to leave a legacy of how brotherhood should look [59 minutes]

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  • Dreams to Reality: Astronaut Clayton Anderson (#136)

    Astronaut and Iowa State University alumnus Clayton Anderson chronicles his 152 days in space as part of the 15th and 16th expeditions to the International Space Station [ISS]. Mr. Anderson launched to the ISS in 2007 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. During his stint, he performed three spacewalks for a total of 18 hours of extravehicular activity. He holds a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from ISU (1983). [37 minutes]

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  • Censoring Freedom: How the Quest for Security Is Trumping Your Constitutional Rights (#137)

    Mark Goodman is the Knight Professor of Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University and an expert on student free expression in the United States. Mr. Goodman appeared as a featured speaker at ISU’s First Amendment Day Celebration. [35 minutes]

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  • The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming (#139)

    Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It, is the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School. In 2004, TIME Magazine named him one of the "100 globally most influential people," and the UK's Guardian newspaper recently named him one of the "50 people who could save the planet." An environmental conservative, Lomborg has questioned the priority given to solving global climate change, arguing that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring a safe, fresh water supply. Mr. Lomborg appears as a featured speaker at ISU's World Affairs Series. [52 minutes]

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  • Is Global Warming Affecting Hurricanes? (#140)

    Lecturer Kerry Emanuel is an MIT professor of atmospheric science and the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes. His work in atmospheric dynamics is well regarded among the meteorological community. In particular he has specialized in atmospheric convection and the mechanisms acting to intensify hurricanes. Mr. Emanuel was named one of Time's 100 Influential People of 2006. [53 minutes]

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  • Women in Politics: Madeleine Kunin (#142)

    Madeleine Kunin is a former three-term governor of Vermont and Ambassador to Switzerland. She also served as U.S. deputy secretary of education. Ms. Kunin is currently the Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, where she lectures on history and women's studies. She is the author of Living a Political Life, The Big Green Book, and, most recently, Pearls, Politics and Power, an insider's view of the role of women in politics. [44 minutes]

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  • Statecraft: How to Restore America's Standing in the World (#143)

    Former U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross presented a lecture at Drake University on April 30, 2008 titled "Statecraft: How to Restore America's Standing in the World." Ross is a counselor and the Ziegler distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute. He has been active in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process for more than 12 years. He played a major role in both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Ross was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together. [58 minutes]

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  • Great Ape Trust Symposium: The Chimpanzee Mind (#144)

    A featured speaker at the 2008 Emergence of Mind Symposium, sponsored by the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, was Dr. Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a professor in the Language and Intelligence Section at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University in Japan. Dr. Matsuzawa’s research has focused on chimpanzee intelligence and tool use, both in the wild and in laboratory settings. [53 minutes]

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  • Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind (#145)

    A featured speaker at the 2008 Emergence of Mind Symposium, sponsored by the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, was Dr. Robert Seyfarth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Seyfarth began his research with vervet monkeys in Kenya, and since 1992 has been involved in a study of communication, cognition and behavior among baboons in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. [44 minutes]

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  • Who Speaks for Islam? What A Billion Muslims Really Think (#146)

    This lecture, sponsored by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, features Dalia Mogahed, the co-author of a new publication "Who Speaks for Islam?," the culmination of a multi-year polling effort in 35 countries that disproves Western myths about Muslims. Ms. Mogahed s lecture is followed by reactions from a panel of four Des Moines, Iowa professionals. [45 minutes]

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  • The Future of Pakistan (#147)

    The Iowa Council for International Understanding presents Mr. Khalid Hasan, former press secretary for President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and currently a senior journalist for a Lahore-based newspaper, The Daily Times. Mr. Hasan discusses the present state of affairs in Pakistan and what the future holds for Pakistan especially as it relates to the U.S. foreign policy. [24 minutes]

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  • T. Boone Pickens' Energy Plan (#148)

    On August 14, 2008 at a town hall meeting in Le Mars, Iowa, T. Boone Pickens discussed his plan for dealing with America’s energy issues. [50 minutes]

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  • Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (#149)

    Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. delivered the 11th Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law at Drake University on October 2, 2008. President George W. Bush appointed Roberts to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. He was nominated as Chief Justice of the United States by President Bush two years later and, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Roberts took his seat on the Supreme Court on Sept. 29, 2005. [31 minutes]

  • America's Role in the World: Foreign Policy Choices for the Next President (#150)

    Ambassador Thomas Pickering was the featured speaker at Drake's Knapp Center on October 5, 2008 in the Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship series. Retired from the State Department as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations. Ambassador Pickering holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a second M.A. from the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he studied under a Fulbright Scholarship. He speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also is proficient in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian. [61 minutes]

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  • The Global Agricultural Crisis of the 21st Century (#151)

    Agricultural ecologist Sir Gordon Conway delivered the 2008 Norman Borlaug Lecture from Iowa State University. He was one of the first to define the concept of sustainable agriculture.Sir Gordon pioneered integrated pest management in Borneo (Malaysia) in the 1960s, and developed agroecosystems analysis in Thailand. He has also been professor of Environmental Technology at Imperial College in London (1970-86), worked for the Ford Foundation in New Delhi (1988-92), and was elected as president of The Rockefeller Foundation in 1998. Among his publications are: Unwelcome Harvest: Agriculture and Pollution, The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st Century, and Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All. [60 minutes]

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  • International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson (#152)

    On September 2, 2008, NASA astronaut and Iowa native Peggy Whitson addressed a standing-room-only audience at Simpson College in Indianola. Commander Whitson recounted her recent experiences in space as the first female commander of the International Space Station. Whitson, who returned to Earth April 19, 2008 after approximately six months on the station, has accumulated more time in orbit than any U.S. astronaut. She conducted five spacewalks on Expedition 16, her most recent mission, and one on her previous flight. Whitson has totaled 39 hours and 46 minutes of spacewalking time, more than any other woman. [63 minutes]

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  • How the Financial Markets Are Driving Globalism (#153)

    On September 10, 2008, Iowa State University presented a lecture by James Bernard, Jr., general manager of MarketWatch.com, part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. Mr. Bernard shed light on the current financial crisis by explaining in layman's terms how a series of events led to an economic meltdown. [62 minutes]

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  • 2008 Iowa Student STEM Symposium (#154)

    On November 5, 2008 former science teacher of the year and international speaker Shannon C'de Baca, addressed teenagers from across the state at the 2008 Iowa Student STEM Symposium on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls. [37 minutes]

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  • Alternatives to Economic Globalization (#155)

    On October 21, 2008, Iowa State University hosted Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch as part of their Technology, Globalization and Culture series. Ms. Wallach, an internationally recognized expert on globalization and trade, has been dubbed the "Trade Debate's Guerilla Warrior." [81 minutes]

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  • Putin's Petrostate: Power, Patronage and the New Russia (#156)

    On November 3, 2008, as part of their World Affairs Series, Iowa State University hosted Dr. Marshall Goldman, noted authority on Russian economics and politics and author of "Putin's Petrostate: Power, Patronage and the New Russia." [69 minutes]

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  • The Future of Journalism? (#157)

    On October 29, 2008, Drake University and the National Press Club co-hosted a panel on the future of journalism featuring key industry leaders -- Laura Hollingsworth, Des Moines Register; Steve Buttry, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Michael Gartner, Former President NBC News & Des Moines Register; David Busiek, KCCI, and Gil Klein, National Press Club. The event was part of the NPC's Centennial Forum project, "The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of Journalism." [71 minutes]

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  • Understanding the Economic Meltdown (#158)

    On September 10, 2008, Iowa State University presented a lecture by James Bernard, Jr., general manager of MarketWatch.com, part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. Mr. Bernard sheds light on the current financial crisis by explaining in layman's terms how a series of events led to an economic meltdown. [31 minutes]

  • Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (#159)

    On the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, Iowa native Dr. John Stauffer of Harvard University, comments on his most recent book, "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. " Dr. Stauffer appeared at the Des Moines Public Library on February 18, 2009. [49 minutes]

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  • American Gothic: A Life of America's Most Famous Painting (#160)

    Author Steven Biel and Filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer team up to present a fascinating glimpse at Grant Wood's most famous work --American Gothic. They appeared at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on March 22, 2009 as part of the Des Moines Public Library's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) series. [78 minutes]

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  • The Adversity Paradox: Achieving Uncommon Success in Business (#162)

    Des Moines business executives J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings discuss their new book The Adversity Paradox, a guide for achieving personal and business success. The book explores the paradox of how many people from difficult and unstable backgrounds leverage adversity into success. Much of the book examines how readers can turn adversity into an asset instead of a liability. [49 minutes]

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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (#163)

    On April 24, 2009, then newly-appointed US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed a near-capacity crowd at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Secretary Duncan outlined his education goals and the measures already in place to reach them. [41 minutes]

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  • Thomas Friedman: Grinnell College Commencement Address (#164)

    On May 18, 2009, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman delivered the commencement address to Grinnell College graduates and challenged them to embrace their liberal arts education to "rejuvenate, renew, and refresh America." [24 minutes]

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  • Producer Dayton Duncan Previews "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (#165)

    On Friday, May 1, 2009, award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan addressed a capacity crowd at Lekberg Hall on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Duncan, an Indianola native, previewed his latest collaboration with longstanding partner Ken Burns "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Selected excerpts from the 6-part series showcased stunning photography from U.S. national parks as well as an historical perspective on the people who fought for their establishment. [58 minutes]

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  • Master of Mystery Lawrence Block (#166)

    Lawrence Block, one of the most widely recognized names in mystery, appeared at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on May 22, 2009 to discuss his latest book, "Step by Step." Mr. Block has received numerous awards for his prolific body of work including the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. One of his most recent books, "Hit and Run," was set in Des Moines. Mr. Block appeared as part of the Des Moines Public Library's AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) series. [54 minutes]

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  • An Evening with Cloris Leachman (#168)

    On May 8, 2009 at the Des Moines Public Library, celebrated actress and Des Moines native Cloris Leachman regaled fans with anecdotes from her illustrious career. She was in town to perform her one-woman show and to promote her new autobiography "Cloris." [34 minutes]

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  • Peter Carlson, Author of "K Blows Top" (#169)

    On July 28, 2009, the Des Moines Public Library hosted author Peter Carlson who shared the inside story of Khrushchev’s 1959 U.S. visit from his new book, "K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist." [47 minutes]

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  • Khrushchev Biographer William Taubman (#170)

    On August 27, 2009, Harvard and Columbia educated scholar and author William Taubman gave a presentation in Des Moines as part of the Des Moines Public Library's AVID (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) series. Mr. Taubman has spent much of his career researching, analyzing, and writing about the Soviet Union, and has become the official biographer of Nikita Khrushchev. His biography, "Khrushchev: The Man and His Era," has won several literary awards including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for biography. [63 minutes]

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  • Investigative Journalist Jane Mayer: “The Dark Side” (#171)

    On September 2, 2009, investigative journalist Jane Mayer visited the Grinnell College campus to kick off a human rights symposium. Ms. Mayer discussed her best-selling book, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals. [50 minutes]

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  • Tony Wagner: “The Global Achievement Gap” (#172)

    On September 16, 2009, education expert Tony Wagner addressed a group of Iowa educators attending the "Leading, Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century" conference in Des Moines. Dr. Wagner shared insights from his books "The Global Achievement Gap" and "Change Leadership." [55 minutes]

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  • Bill Gates at the 2009 World Food Prize (#173)

    On October 15, 2009, Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed attendees of the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines. Mr. Gates urged governments, donors, researchers, farmer groups, environmentalists and others to join forces to promote sustainability and productivity in the fight against hunger in impoverished nations. [42 minutes]

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  • Jeffrey Sachs at the 2009 World Food Prize (#174)

    For more than 20 years Dr. Jeffrey Sachs has been at the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. Dr. Sachs addressed attendees of the 2009 World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. [28 minutes]

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  • PepsiCo Chief at the 2009 World Food Prize (#175)

    Indra Nooyi is chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest convenient food and beverage companies, with 2008 annual revenues of more than $43 billion. The company’s products are sold in approximately 200 countries, and it employs some 198,000 people worldwide. Ms. Nooyi addressed attendees of the 2009 World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. [23 minutes]

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  • 2009 World Food Prize Laureate Gebisa Ejeta (#176)

    The 2009 World Food Prize was awarded to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia, whose sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed have dramatically increased the production and availability of one of the world’s five principal grains and enhanced the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ejeta addressed attendees of the 2009 World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. [29 minutes]

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  • Can We Save the World? Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin (#177)

    Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin is president of the Middle East Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. On January 27, 2010, Ambassador Chamberlin spoke at Iowa State University and offered her unique insights into dealing with Pakistan today and in the future. [47 minutes]

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  • Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species (#178)

    Professor Sean Carroll, award-winning scientist, author and educator, is known for his research centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. On February 10, 2010, on the campus of Iowa State University, Professor Carroll talked about his latest book, "Remarkable Creatures" which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. [63 minutes]

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  • Recovering from an Eating Disorder and Falling in Love with Life (#179)

    On February 22, 2010, to mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Iowa State University hosted best-selling author, Jenni Schaefer, who recounted her years-long struggle with bulimia and her subsequent recovery. Ms. Schaefer is a writer, singer/songwriter, consultant and a regular guest on national radio and television programs. [58 minutes]

  • Peter Hedges On Writing and Directing (#182)

    On April 13, 2010, as part of the Des Moines Public Library's AViD author series, critically acclaimed writer and director Peter Hedges made an appearance in Des Moines and talked about his latest novel "The Heights." [49 minutes]

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  • Lilly Ledbetter: Equal Pay Crusader (#183)

    On April 23, 2010 on the campus of Iowa State University, activist Lilly Ledbetter recounted her 9-year struggle for justice in her now famous pay equity lawsuit. In spite of an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became the first bill that President Obama signed into law. [50 minutes]

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  • Arianna Huffington (#185)

    On May 4, 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa, political commentator Arianna Huffington presented a keynote address at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's annual fundraiser. Ms. Huffington is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, author of 12 books, a national syndicated columnist, and co-host of a public radio political roundtable program. In 2009, she was included in Forbes' first-ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media. [45 minutes]

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  • The Dalai Lama (#186)

    On May 18, 2010, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet delivered a message about the power of education to a capacity crowd on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He also talked about living a life of compassion, honesty, and forgiveness in order to achieve personal happiness. Along with numerous awards and accolades, His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. [57 minutes]

  • Gail Sheehy: Passages in Caregiving (#187)

    On May 19, 2010, the Des Moines Public Library hosted best-selling author Gail Sheehy who talked about her new book "Passages in Caregiving." She discussed the current crisis in care-giving in America and offered insights gained through personal experience. Ms. Sheehy appeared as part of the library's Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AVID) series. [60 minutes]

  • Alan November: The Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning (#201)

    On August 4, 2010, education consultant Alan November addressed school administrators of Iowa as they gathered to learn about effective learning techniques adopted by forward-thinking schools across the country. November maintains student-centered, "anytime anywhere" learning facilitated by emerging technologies represents the wave of the future. [62 minutes]

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  • Michael Horn: Disrupting Class (#202)

    Michael Horn is the author of "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns." On August 4, 2010, he addressed school administrators of Iowa at their annual conference and shared how disruptive education, specifically online learning, can transform our educational system. [51 minutes]

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  • Sara Gruen Author of "Ape House" (#203)

    On September 7, 2010 bestselling author Sara Gruen launched her new novel "Ape House" at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa. Ms. Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants" conducted extensive research for her new book at The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines -- a scientific research facility dedicated to the study of ape language and cognition and the preservation of apes in their natural habitat. [53 minutes]

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  • Paul Gigot: The Future of Opinion Journalism (#204)

    Paul Gigot is the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal. He is also the host of the weekly news program The Journal Editorial Report. On September 21, 2010, Mr. Gigot appeared at Iowa State University in Ames to pay tribute to ISU alum Bob Bartley who was editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial pages for 30 years. Mr. Bartley also won the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bartley named Paul Gigot as his successor. [47 minutes]

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  • Dina Temple Raston: NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent (#205)

    Dina Temple-Raston, National Public Radio's counterterrorism correspondent, made an appearance at Grinnell College on September 23, 2010. Temple-Raston is an award-winning author who has written extensively on civil liberties and national security. Prior to joining NPR, Temple-Raston served as a long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia. She also served as as a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News during both Clinton administrations. [56 minutes]

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  • "$20 Per Gallon" Author Chris Steiner (#208)

    A civil engineer, and staff writer at Forbes Magazine, Chris Steiner's new book "$20 Per Gallon: How Higher Gas Prices Will Change Our Lives" takes readers from Manhattan tunnels to desert plane graveyards to organic farm fields, breaking down our future and its coming changes in terms of the price of gas. [29 minutes]

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  • Kofi Annan (#209)

    On October 14, 2010, Kofi Annan addressed World Food Prize attendees gathered in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Currently, Mr. Annan serves as chairman for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. [30 minutes]

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  • Agriculture on the World Stage (#210)

    On October 14, 2010, the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture as well as Ministers of Agriculture from Afghanistan and Pakistan convened at the Borlaug Dialogue as part of the World Food Prize events taking place in Des Moines, Iowa. Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the platform with Pakistan's Nazar Mohammad Gondal and Afghanistan's Asif Rahimi to discuss issues related to international food production. [56 minutes]

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  • CNN's Christine Romans "Smart Is the New Rich" (#211)

    Iowa State alumnus Christine Romans is the host of Your $$$$$, CNN's weekend business roundtable program, and a featured correspondent for American Morning. Her new book is Smart Is the New Rich: If You Can't Afford It, Put It Down. Romans served previously as a correspondent for Moneyline and Lou Dobbs Tonight. On October 6, 2010 she addressed a student audience at Iowa State University in Ames. [29 minutes]

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  • Neil Harl (#213)

    On October 27, 2010, Dr. Neil Harl addressed an audience at Iowa State University and talked about Building an Enduring Platform for Leadership. Dr. Harl, emeritus professor of economics at ISU, is a recognized expert in farm finance, agricultural law, estate planning and business planning. He founded the Center for International Agricultural Finance and has authored numerous scholarly publications. [52 minutes]

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  • Jeffrey Ma, Author of "The House Advantage" (#214)

    Jeffrey Ma is a strategy expert and the subject of the book Bringing Down The House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students who Took Vegas for Millions which was adapted into the 2008 film "21." On November 3, 2010 he paid a visit to Iowa State University and shared some of the insights from his new book The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business. [54 minutes]

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  • Anne Mulcahy, Former Ceo of Xerox (#215)

    Former CEO of Xerox, Anne Mulcahy, is board chair of Save the Children, the leading humanitarian organization working to improve the lives of children around the world. Ms. Mulcahy appeared at Iowa State University on November 17, 2010 and shared her insights on the "Art of Developing Followership." A longtime favorite on FORTUNE, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal’s lists of most powerful women, Mulcahy has long been an advocate for corporate social responsibility. [28 minutes]

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  • Lisa Weasel:DNA at the Dinnertable: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food (#217)

    Lisa Weasel, author of "Food Fray," delves inside the controversy of genetically modified foods. In this episode of Intelligent Talk Television, Lisa looks into the social dimensions of science and technology, particularly the issues of ethics, equity, and politics relating to the life sciences. [52 minutes]

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  • Jane Smiley (#218)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley has written on such topics as politics, impulse buying, farming and marriage. She now adds to that list: John Atanasoff, the Iowa State University physics professor credited with inventing the first digital electronic computer. Her presentation at Iowa State University’s Memorial Union, in Ames, took place on Thursday, March 3, 2011. [58 minutes]

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  • Gwen Ifill (#219)

    Public Television's Gwen Ifill is the spring 2011 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics in Ames, Iowa. Ifill will present a lecture titled, "Politics, Policy and Reality of Leadership." [28 minutes]

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  • Crisis In Japan (#220)

    Iowa scientists and emergency response specialists talk about Japan's multiple crises: earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. What can Iowans do to help? What is Iowa's take-away as far as disaster planning and design? And, what are the facts and myths about the Fukushima Nuclear Plant? The panel discussion took place on March 29, 2011 at the Science Center of Iowa, in Des Moines. [68 minutes]

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  • Michelle Obama: Commencement at University of Northern Iowa (#221)

    First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement address at the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the UNI-Dome. Her audience included nearly 2-thousand new graduates, their families and UNI faculty and staff members. Mrs. Obama, who grew up in Chicago, studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University followed by a degree from Harvard Law School. Her career has included work for AmeriCorps, Chicago City Hall, a Law firm, and the University of Chicago. Since becoming First Lady, she has been leading efforts to reduce childhood obesity and to encourage volunteerism and community service. [27 minutes]

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  • U.S. Secretary of Education: Arne Duncan (#222)

    The Honorable Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education called education "the most pressing issue facing America." He talks about the future of education in his keynote speech recorded at the Iowa Education Summit in July of 2011. [49 minutes]

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  • Former Governor of North Carolina James B. Hunt Jr. (D) (#223)

    Former Governor of North Carolina James B. Hunt Jr. (D), chairman of the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy talks about why school reform must be systemic. This presentation was recorded at the Iowa Education Summit in July of 2011. [35 minutes]

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  • Linda Darling-Hammond (#224)

    Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, talks about what supports effective teaching. This presentation was recorded at the Iowa Education Summit in July of 2011. [58 minutes]

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  • Dr. David Driscoll: Chair Nat'l Assessment Governing Board (#225)

    David P. Driscoll, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board and former Massachusetts Education Commissioner talks about how Massachusetts became the top education state, and next steps for the U.S. to be globally competitive. This presentation was recorded at the Iowa Education Summit in July of 2011. [53 minutes]

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  • Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey (R) and Vivien Stewart (#226)

    Various speakers including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) and Asia Society Senior Advisor, Vivien Stewart talk about education reform. This presentation was recorded at the Iowa Education Summit in July of 2011. [57 minutes]

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  • Jill Barkin: VP of Corporate Philanthropy at JP Morgan (#301)

    On Intelligent Talk Television, Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy at JP Morgan speaks about success of a Colorado program to advance education policy, Jill Barkin spoke before a Business Summit to Drive Education Reform in Des Moines. [50 minutes]

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  • Brandon Busteed of Gallup (#302)

    On Intelligent Talk Television, a look at a Gallup Student poll on how engaged students remain as they progress in grades 5 through 12, Brandon Busteed of Gallup spoke before a Business Summit to Drive Education Reform in Des Moines. [32 minutes]

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  • How New Campaign Styles Win Elections - Ryan Lizza & Sasha Issenberg (#303)

    Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker magazine and Sash Issenberg of Slate.com discuss how the changing styles and dynamics of political campaigns have influenced recent campaigns. This program was recorded at the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University on February 4, 2013. [86 minutes]

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