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Performing arts in Iowa

Wednesday, January 3, 2024
On this edition of Iowa Press, our guests are Jeff Chelesvig, president and CEO of Des Moines Performing Arts, and Andre Perry, executive director of Hancher Auditorium and the Office of Performing Arts and Engagement at the University of Iowa. They discuss the value of performing arts to Iowa and Iowans, as well as the variety of facilities and programming both administrators oversee.

Here's what happens when the sun's 'wind' disappears near Earth and Mars

Monday, December 18, 2023
The sun constantly spews gas and particles charged with electricity into space at a million miles per hour. The stream, known as the solar wind, helps ward off rays that are harmful to Earth and can help create the northern lights on planets. One day last December, it disappeared as it approached both our planet and Mars. In response to the sudden lull in the solar wind, the protective magnetic layer surrounding each planet unexpectedly expanded, according to scientists and a recent study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics.

Chlorine is a highly useful chemical that’s also extremely dangerous − here’s what to know about staying safe around it

Monday, November 27, 2023
Many people encounter chlorine in their daily lives, whether it’s as an ingredient in household bleach or an additive that sanitizes water in swimming pools. Chlorine is also used as an antiseptic, a bleaching agent in the production of paper and cloth, and to kill microorganisms in drinking water. But this familiar chemical is also extremely toxic. And because it’s ubiquitous in many industries across the U.S., it often is released in chemical accidents and spills.

Among American Chefs, the Israel-Hamas War Has Spread to Food

Monday, November 20, 2023
A recent petition signed by nearly 900 food professionals calling for a cease-fire raises, once again, questions of contested cuisines.

Iowa's Caitlin Clark stormed the sports world: What's next?

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Caitlin Clark led Iowa to new heights and became a sports superhero in the Midwest with one of the game's greatest NCAA tournament runs. What's next?

NASA’s robotic prospectors are helping scientists understand what asteroids are made of – setting the stage for miners to follow someday

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
The commercialization of asteroid mining is still a ways off, but in October 2023, NASA launched a scientific mission to explore the metal-rich asteroid Psyche. The main goal of the mission is studying the composition and structure of this asteroid, which could tell scientists more about Earth’s core since the two objects might have a similar makeup.

In 1990, Milli Vanilli Was Canceled — And No One Cared About The Whole Truth

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
The fact that the lip-syncing duo was exploited and the result of industry-wide issues in pop music was irrelevant. That myopic public scorn feels familiar today. Kembrew McLeod, professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa and author of several books such as “Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage and Copyright Law,” provides his insight.

Were midwives the OG witches? How the history of mystic medicine and reproductive health intertwine

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
There is a unique power contained in a room where a woman is giving birth. There is power in the women surrounding her. It's a time of transformation, an alchemy unlike any other. No wonder, in so many places in the world, that power would be regarded as suspicious. Midwives and witches — they've always had a lot in common.

Amazon antitrust lawsuit is likely to be a long and arduous journey for the FTC

Monday, October 23, 2023
The Federal Trade Commission’s long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Amazon is the most aggressive move it has taken yet to tame the market power of a company that’s become synonymous with online shopping and fast deliveries. Overall, there has not been a lot of monopolization cases that have ended in a court ordering a company to divest itself, said Sean Sullivan, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law who teaches antitrust law.

Hydro Dams Are Struggling to Handle the World’s Intensifying Weather

Monday, October 23, 2023
Climate change is robbing some hydro dams of water while oversupplying others—forcing managers to employ new forecasting technology and clever strategies to capitalize on what they have. Historically, dam operators under the Army Corps umbrella had to ignore weather forecasts and respond only to rain and snow that was already on the ground. This rule traces back to the notorious capriciousness of traditional forecasts: If an operator takes a bad gamble on a forecasted weather event, the results can be dangerous. But in practice, this forces operators to react later than their gut tells them to, says Riley Post, a University of Iowa researcher who spent over a decade as a hydraulic engineer for the Corps. They might, for example, be expected to hold water in a nearly full reservoir even as heavy rains approach.