Chad Ingels, a corn, soy and hog farmer in northeastern Iowa, pulls weed in his no-till soybean field on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Ingels uses herbicides as well as insecticides and fungicides, when needed, on his fields.

IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Health Impacts Of Widely-Used Pesticides Uncertain

Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.

Jane Schorer Meisner, former Des Moines Register reporter, looks at the note former Register Editor Geneva Overholser sent about a 1990 story about an Iowa rape that won The Register and Meisner a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1991.

IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Removing the Stigma, Part One

The first in a series of programs on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalists and the stories they told that added to our state’s history. This program is part one of a two-part series, remembering a ground-breaking series that helped removed the stigma from rape.