Business and Consumer Affairs

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August 19 – 21
Iowa’s Business & Economic Climate Revisited — Iowa’s economy is a mixed bag. The agricultural sector is in a slump and gaps exist in worker training and skill sets, but other elements are on the rise.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)/Des Moines
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business & Industry/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Dave DeVault, John Deere Waterloo Works/Waterloo
  • Michael Libbie, “Insight on Business”/Des Moines
110
August 12 – 14
Challenges Facing Iowa Seniors Revisited — Iowa’s senior citizens face a number of challenges, from resisting those who want to take advantage of them to making proper plans for passing down the family farm or planning for long term care.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurance Commissioner/Des Moines
  • Mary Muehl, AARP Iowa/Des Moines
  • Greg Kenyon, attorney/Des Moines
101
June 3 – 5
Iowa’s Business & Economic Climate — Iowa’s economy is a mixed bag. The agricultural sector is in a slump and gaps exist in worker training and skill sets, but other elements are on the rise.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)/Des Moines
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business & Industry/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Dave DeVault, John Deere Waterloo Works/Waterloo
  • Michael Libbie, “Insight on Business”/Des Moines
99
May 20 – 22
The Moment of Rescue, Part 2 — One split second captured in a photograph defined the dramatic rescue of Patricia Ralph-Neely below Des Moines’ Center Street Dam on June 30, 2009. The photo became iconic and won the Pulitzer Prize for then-Register photographer Mary Chind Willie. Willie wasn’t the only Des Moines Register photographer out taking pictures that day. Then-Register photographer Andrea Melendez took photos of the rescue as well, but only Willie’s photo won the Pulitzer.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Chind Willie, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
  • Andrea Melendez, photographer
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
98
May 13 – 15
The Moment of Rescue, Part 1 — A dramatic rescue at a Des Moines dam in 2009 resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for a Des Moines Register photographer. But there’s more to the story.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Chind Willie, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
  • Andrea Melendez, photographer
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
97
May 6 – 8
Challenges Facing Iowa Seniors — Iowa’s senior citizens face a number of challenges, from resisting those who want to take advantage of them to making proper plans for passing down the family farm or planning for long term care.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurance Commissioner/Des Moines
  • Mary Muehl, AARP Iowa/Des Moines
  • Greg Kenyon, attorney/Des Moines
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February 5 – 7
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
78
Dec. 25 – 27
Lottery Ticket Sales & Income Revisited — Household incomes where 7 of the top 10 Iowa Lottery retailers exist are below the state median. What impact does that have, especially on whether people get treatment for gambling addiction?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president for external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Cheissa Malloy, ticket purchaser/Cedar Rapids
  • Frances Siddique, store owner, Cedar Rapids
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment counselor, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Makayla Tendall, IowaWatch/ISU
75
Dec. 4 – 6
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
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Sept. 19-20
Lottery Ticket Sales & Income — Household incomes where seven of the top 10 Iowa Lottery retailers exist are below the state median. What impact does that have, especially on whether people get treatment for gambling addiction?
Categories: Business & Consumer Affairs, Economy & Employment
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president for external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Cheissa Malloy, ticket purchaser/Cedar Rapids
  • Frances Siddique, store owner/Cedar Rapids
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment counselor, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Makayla Tendall, IowaWatch/ISU
63
September 11-13
Payday Loans — For many who are in trouble financially, their only option is to get money from a payday loan or “E-Z cash” business. But the fees, charges and interest that go with that can lead to big trouble down the road.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Randy Johnson, Iowa Division of Banking/Des Moines
  • Jessica Whitney, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Brian Curtis, payday loan user/Davenport
  • Hans Hassell, assistant professor of politics, Cornell College/Mt. Vernon
  • William Brauch, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
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May 29-31
The Impact of Video Games — Video games have come a long way since Pong and Frogger…and it’s not just males who play them. Are the games themselves enhancing gender stereotypes? And do their realistic look add to reinforcing negative images?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Adam Feldhaus, assistant professor of mathematics education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Kyle Moody, assistant professor of communications media, Fitchburg State University/Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Alan Simmer, assistant editor, Pulse Magazine/Waterloo
  • Ben Moore, IowaWatch
45
May 8-10
Lottery Proceeds & Gambling Addiction Revisited — The Iowa Lottery turns 30 years old this year. Where does the money from lottery revenue go? And what about those who succumb to gambling addiction?
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president of external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Rep. Kraig Paulsen, speaker of the Iowa House/R-Hiawatha
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment and prevention coordinator, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch

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