Health and Environment

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March 17-19, 2017
Crisis in our Wells: An IowaWatch Investigation — If you get your water from a private well there are hazards…but for many, it’s not an issue. The results of an IowaWatch investigation on Well Water Quality are presented.
Categories: Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Jenny and Craig Melvin, Farragut, Iowa
  • Bob Libra, Iowa state geologist/Des Moines
  • Russ Tell, senior environmental specialist, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources/Des Moines
  • Terri Daringer, Shelby County (IA) environmental health director
  • Joan Michels, Earling, Iowa
  • Sherry Storjohann, Crawford and Carroll counties’ environmental health specialist
  • Lauren Mills Shotwell, reporter/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
136
Feb 3-5, 2017
Water Quality Revisted — You might want to know what goes into your drinking water supply upstream if your city treats river water.
Categories: Environment, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Dana Kolpin, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Rich Oswald, superintendent of the East River Station/Davenport, Iowa
  • State Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids
  • Brittany Robb/IowaWatch
126
November 25-27, 2016
ADA and School Compliance Revisited — The federal Americans with Disabilities Act is intended to help people access public facilities…but an IowaWatch investigation shows most of our schools are not in compliance with the law.
Categories: Education, Health and Environment, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Tara Thomas, Waterloo Community Schools/Waterloo
  • Cael Rudkin, student/State Center
  • Joey Rudkin, parent/State Center
  • Hannah Soyer/IowaWatch
120
October 14-16, 2016
Homeless Veterans in Iowa — They’ve served our country, but many veterans fight a different battle once they return home.
Categories: Government and Politics, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Jarome Thompson, veteran/Marion
  • Sarah Oliver, VA/Davenport and Rock Island, IL
  • Christie Adamson, Humilty of Mary Shelter/Davenport
  • David Turnbow, veteran/Iowa City
  • Michael Washington, veteran/Davenport
  • Thomas Nelson/IowaWatch
118
September 30-October 2, 2016
Water Quality in Iowa Cities — You might want to know what goes into your drinking water supply upstream if your city treats river water.
Categories: Health and Environment, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Dana Kolpin, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Rich Oswald, superintendent of the East River Station/Davenport, Iowa
  • Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids
  • Brittany Robb/IowaWatch
117
September 23 – 25
Heroin in the Heartland Revisited — It was a drug that was popular in the 70s, and its resurgence today is called an epidemic by some.
Categories: Health and Environment, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Kevin Techau, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
  • Al Fear, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative Coordinator/Cedar Rapids
  • Lori Peter, mother of heroin user/Cascade
  • Lee Hermiston, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA) reporter
116
September 16-18, 2016
Pesticide Hazards Revisited — The pesticides we use harm more than their intended target. We can be at risk to health problems, too, if we mishandle the chemicals.
Categories: Agriculture, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Chad Ingels, Farmer/Randalia
  • Charles Lynch, professor, UI College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, and Principal Investigator of the State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry/Iowa City
  • Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Gretchen Paluch, Pesticide Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Des Moines
  • Mark Quee, farm manager, Scatergood Friends School/West Branch
  • Kent Boyum, member of the Iowa Organics Association Board of Directors, director of economic development and government relations for Maharishi Vedic City
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
107
July 15-17, 2016
Climate Change Education — We take a look at how the issue of climate change is taught and viewed by high school students and teachers. It’s a special project, our first working with high school journalists.
Categories: Education, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Lynn Griffin, science teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Gao, senior/Cedar Falls
  • Brennan Kohls, junior/Cedar Falls
  • Brad Baker, chemistry teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Kamyar Enshayan, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education/Cedar Falls
  • Olivia Martin, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Tana Gahm-Ad, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Stortz, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
104
June 24-26, 2016
Heroin in the Heartland — Forty-four people die everyday in the U.S. from overdose of prescription pain killers, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Annually those overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle or firearms deaths. Iowa communities are working to address addiction issues, but for some those efforts are too late.
Categories: Health and Environment, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Lori Peter, mother/Cascade, Iowa
  • Al Fear, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative/Cedar Rapids
  • Lee Hermiston, reporter, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Kevin Techau, U.S. Attorney For Northern District Of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
103
June 17-19, 2016
Pesticide Hazards — 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.
Categories: Agriculture, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Chad Ingels, Farmer, Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioner/Randalia
  • Charles Lynch, Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology & Principal Investigator of the State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry/Iowa City
  • Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Gretchen Paluch, Pesticide Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Des Moines
  • Mark Quee, farm manager, Scattergood Friends School/West Branch
  • Kent Boyum, member of the Iowa Organics Association Board of Directors, Director of Economic Development and government Relations for Maharishi Vedic City/Maharishi Vedic City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
100
May 27-30, 2016
Water Toxins Revisited — The past year marked a record number of state beach closings due to microcystin, a liver toxin produced by cyanobacteria, more commonly called blue-green algae. What are the risks for people, pets and livestock that come into contact with the toxin? And why are we seeing more of it at Iowa beaches?
Categories: Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Mary Skopec, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Beach Monitoring Program/Des Moines
  • Connor Nicholas, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Beach Monitoring Program/Des Moines
  • Stuart Schmitz, Iowa Department of Public Health, State Toxicologist/Des Moines
  • Alan Carr, Green Valley Park Ranger/Creston
  • Steve Ensley, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinician/Ames
  • Rhonda Gorden, Twin Lakes State Park visitor/Lake City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
95
April 22-24, 2016
Climate Change Education — In recognition of Earth Day, we took a look at how the issue of climate change is taught and viewed by high school students and teachers. It’s a special project, our first working with high school journalists.
Categories: Education, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Lynn Griffin, science teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Gao, senior/Cedar Falls
  • Brennan Kohls, junior/Cedar Falls
  • Brad Baker, chemistry teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Kamyar Enshayan, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education/Cedar Falls
  • Olivia Martin, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Tana Gahm-Ad, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Stortz, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
73
Nov. 20-22, 2015
Water Toxins Revisited — This year marked a record number of state beach closings due to microcystin, a liver toxin produced by cyanobacteria, more commonly called blue-green algae. What are the risks for people, pets and livestock that come into contact with the toxin? And why are we seeing more of it at Iowa beaches?
Categories: Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Mary Skopec, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Beach Monitoring Program/Des Moines
  • Connor Nicholas, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Beach Monitoring Program/Des Moines
  • Stuart Schmitz, Iowa Department of Public Health, State Toxicologist/Des Moines
  • Alan Carr, Green Valley Park Ranger/Creston
  • Steve Ensley, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinician/Ames
  • Rhonda Gorden, Twin Lakes State Park visitor/Lake City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
65
Sept. 25-27, 2015
Hidden Illnesses Revisited — Succeeding in college is hard enough, but the challenges are even greater for a student with a hidden illness…one the rest of us cannot see, such as juvenile arthritis, autism, learning disabilities, depression or anxiety.
Categories: Health and Environment, Education
Guests:

  • Jacob Amhoff, student, Buena Vista University/Fort Dodge
  • Abby Gardyasz, student, University of Northern Iowa/Ankeny
  • Cheyenne Goode, student, Grand View University/Indianola
  • Brian Steffen, chair, communication and media studies, Simpson College/Indianola
  • Kate Hayden, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Megan Quick, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Ben Rodgers, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
62
Sept. 4-6
Living with Alopecia Revisited — We’ll introduce you to a young woman who has lived with a unique disease since she was a toddler; you’ll learn about what beauty really means, and hear why professionals say children are often more resilient in the face of adversity than adults.
Categories: Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Gary Sherwood, National Alopecia Areata Foundation/San Rafael, Calif.
  • Cody Williams, licensed mental health counselor/Mason City
  • Taylor Goggin, UI student living with alopecia universalis/Iowa City
  • Dannette Goggin, mother of Taylor Goggin/Lake Zurich, Ill.
  • Sarah Harkness, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Sarah Harkness, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Michelle Ngo, IowaWatch
61
August 28-30
Water Toxins — This year marked a record number of state beach closings due to microcystin, a liver toxin produced by cyanobacteria, more commonly called blue-green algae. What are the risks for people, pets and livestock that come into contact with the toxin? And why are we seeing more of it at Iowa beaches?
Categories: Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Mary Skopec, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Beach Monitoring Program/Des Moines
  • Connor Nicholas, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Beach Monitoring Program/Des Moines
  • Stuart Schmitz, Iowa Department of Public Health, State Toxicologist/Des Moines
  • Alan Carr, Green Valley Park Ranger/Creston
  • Steve Ensley, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinician/Ames
  • Rhonda Gorden, Twin Lakes State Park visitor/Lake City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
59
August 14-16
Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland — Examining the impact methamphetamine has on children raised in a home with a parent addicted to the drug, from an IowaWatch documentary on the topic. We’ll hear from recovering addicts, prosecutors, and care professionals about their efforts to address the problem.
Categories: Criminal Justice, Health
Guests:

  • Kasey Earl Wadding, Bremer County Attorney/Waverly
  • Kristin Huisenga, Gateway ImpACT Coalition/Clinton
  • Glennis Guerrero, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs
  • Lesa Rios, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs
  • Ralynn Francisco, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs
  • Scott Nicholson, Assistant Jasper County Attorney/Newton
  • Katie Kuntz, IowaWatch
53
July 3-5
Farm Safety Revisited — Another record harvest is almost complete. Agriculture is Iowa’s top business…but it’s also the state’s most deadly. We’ll revisit the topic of farm safety, including what government can, and cannot, do to help the situation.
Categories: Agriculture, Health
Guests:

  • Charles Schwab, professor, extension safety specialist, ISU/Ames
  • Kelley Donham, former director, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UI/Iowa City
  • Roger Stutsman, farmer/Riverside
  • David Ringholz, professor, chair of industrial design, ISU/Ames
  • Sarah Hadley, IowaWatch/UI
46
May 15-17
Hidden Illnesses — Succeeding in college is hard enough, but the challenges are even greater for a student with a hidden illness…one the rest of us cannot see, such as juvenile arthritis, autism, learning disabilities, depression or anxiety.
Categories: Health, Education
Guests:

  • Jacob Amhoff, student, Buena Vista University/Fort Dodge
  • Abby Gardyasz, student, University of Northern Iowa/Ankeny
  • Cheyenne Goode, student, Grand View University/Indianola
  • Brian Steffen, chair, communication and media studies, Simpson College/Indianola
  • Kate Hayden, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Megan Quick, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Ben Rodgers, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
42
April 17-19
Access to Adequate Health Care — The national focus has been on health care reform, but studies show that here in Iowa, African Americans and Latinos are more likely to need medical care, but less likely than Asian or white Iowans to actually receive it.
Categories: Health Care
Guests:

  • Peter Damiano, director, University of Iowa Public Policy Center/Iowa City
  • Isaiah Newsome, sickle cell anemia patient/Des Moines
  • Charice Williams, Isaiah Newsome’s mother/Des Moines
  • Tessa Lengeling, IowaWatch/Simpson College
27
January 2-4
The Year In Review: 2014 — IowaWatch has covered a variety of stories in 2014, about the key issues facing Iowans. This program includes a discussion of those topics, including traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans, and more
Categories: Government, Health, Education, Economy, Agriculture
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch/UI Journalism Professor
  • Kelsey Block, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
26
December 27-28
Living with Alopecia — We’ll introduce you to a young woman who has lived with a unique disease since she was a toddler; you’ll learn about what beauty really means, and hear why professionals say children are often more resilient in the face of adversity than adults.
Categories: Health
Guests:

  • Gary Sherwood, National Alopecia Areata Foundation/San Rafael, Calif.
  • Cody Williams, licensed mental health counselor/Mason City
  • Taylor Goggin, UI student living with alopecia universalis/Iowa City*
  • Dannette Goggin, mother of Taylor Goggin/Lake Zurich, Ill.*
  • Sarah Harkness, assistant professor of sociology, UI/Iowa City*
  • Michelle Ngo, IowaWatch/UI

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

22
November 29-30
Tanning Hazards Revisited — Skin cancer is a major health problem and a big share of the blame for that goes to indoor tanning. Despite knowing the health hazards, people still do it, and that includes many under age 18. Should the government regulate indoor tanning by minors? And knowing the risks, why do young people still spend time in tanning beds?
Categories: Health, Government
Guests:

  • Dr. Mary Stone, professor of dermatology, UI/Iowa City*
  • Ashleigh Brown, 2014 UI graduate/Iowa City*
  • Dr. Vincent Reid, oncologist, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Center/Cedar Rapids
  • Kathryn Susik, Iowa Watch/UI

*denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

21
November 22-23
College Depression Revisited — College students with depression often run into more difficulties than the typical student. Those who struggle the most with this often invisible disease often don’t connect with the help they need.
Categories: Health, Education
Guests:

    • Jordon Deutmeyer, student, UNI/Cedar Falls*
    • Alyson Brown, 2014 UI graduate/Iowa City*
    • Jacob Christenson, marriage & family therapy prof., Mt. Mercy Univ./Cedar Rapids
    • Linh Ta, IowaWatch/UNI
    • Rana Moustafa, Iowa Watch/UI

*denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

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