Sarah McCammon http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/music-education-creativity-not-tool-test-scores In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.<p>"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."<p>Though classes like Miller's still exist, the arts have been known to fall down the priority list amid pressure on schools to improve test scores. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 54210 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/rural-iowa-distance-makes-health-care-sign-ups-challenge Broadlawns Medical Center has been serving low-income residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding countryside for decades. Now there's a twist in Broadlawns' mission as a public hospital: helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>On a recent Saturday morning, Jerrine Sanford traveled half an hour from the small town of Runnells to get her insurance questions answered at a hospital-run event.<p>Sanford, 47, is out of work because of a back injury. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:42:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 50515 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/silver-lining-drought-5-upsides-rain-free-weather Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. It dries up crops, destroys landscaping and stops ships from moving. But even the lack of rain clouds has a bright side.<p><strong>Good For Grapes</strong><p>Last summer it seemed like all Midwestern farmers were upset over the lack of rain. But not all of them were; those growing grapes were embracing the drought.<p>John Larson makes wine at Snus Hill Winery in Madrid, Iowa. This time of year, he's not growing grapes but instead mixing wine in giant, silver tanks. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 35864 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/trail-iowa-death-tax-gets-new-life <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKhjhJWKmX4</p> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:46:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 31704 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life Iowa Voters Who Are — Literally — Done With The Election http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/iowa-voters-who-are-literally-done-election Early in-person voting has begun in Iowa, the first swing state to open polling sites.<p>Residents of the battleground state can now vote in person at their local county auditors' offices or turn them in by mail. Some areas will offer additional satellite locations.<p><p>At the Polk County Auditor's office in downtown Des Moines Thursday morning, a line of voters stretched down the block as the door opened.<p>Peter Clay, 62, was among the many supporters of President Obama. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:21:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 30703 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Iowa Voters Who Are — Literally — Done With The Election Iowa Becomes First Swing State To Begin Early In-Person Voting http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/iowa-becomes-first-swing-state-begin-early-person-voting There goes Iowa again, always having to be first. The home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses is also the first swing state to begin early in-person voting in the presidential election.<p>Although votes won't be counted until November, voters can cast ballots starting Thursday at county auditors' offices. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:22:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 30671 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Iowa Becomes First Swing State To Begin Early In-Person Voting With Big Parties Over, It's Back To Small-Population Swing States http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/big-parties-over-its-back-small-population-swing-states On the heels of the quadrennial political extravaganzas, it's back to the day-to-day work of winning the election. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29736 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net With Big Parties Over, It's Back To Small-Population Swing States 'My Two Moms' Author Hopes To Highlight Gay Rights At Convention http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/my-two-moms-author-hopes-highlight-gay-rights-convention In another sign of Democrats' growing embrace of gay-rights issues, an Iowa man who gained national attention for his story of growing up with lesbian mothers was to address the party's national convention Thursday.<p>Zach Wahls became a bit of an Internet star last year after testifying against a proposed same-sex marriage ban before members of the Iowa House of Representatives. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:36:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29694 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net 'My Two Moms' Author Hopes To Highlight Gay Rights At Convention Eastwood And His Chair Not Only Entertainers On The Trail http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/eastwood-and-his-chair-not-only-entertainers-trail Mitt Romney has Clint Eastwood <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DGl-4gByV4" target="_blank">and that now-famous empty chair</a> on his side. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:19:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29434 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Eastwood And His Chair Not Only Entertainers On The Trail In Iowa Ad War, It's Heartstrings Vs. Heartstrings http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/iowa-ad-war-its-heart-strings-vs-heart-strings <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWCXEgv5miE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwlZgLbrAjM</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:36:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29314 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Issue Of Abortion Back In Spotlight In Swing States http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/issue-abortion-back-spotlight-swing-states With women's issues front and center again in the presidential campaign, a bus tour through several swing states kicked off Monday in opposition to President Obama's views on abortion.<p>At the same time, the Obama campaign launched a new TV ad — aimed at some of the same voters in some of the same key states — criticizing Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, on the issue.<p>As you've probably heard by now, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fdisTOKom5I" target="_blank">told a St. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:01:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 28856 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Obama's Iowa Hosts Say They'll Pray For Him, But They Won't Vote For Him http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/obamas-iowa-hosts-say-theyll-pray-him-they-wont-vote-him Iowans are <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73vsqcpkFes" target="_blank">famously nice</a> — so nice, it seems, they'll let you hold a campaign event on their property even if they won't vote for you.<p>Hours after President Obama paid a visit to a central Iowa farm Tuesday afternoon, the farm owner's adult son <a href="http://okhenderson.com/2012/08/14/obamas-afternoon-farm-host-excoriates-the-potus/" target="_blank">issued a statement</a> not exactly in line with the Obama campaign's talking points.<p>Jarret Heil, farmer Jeff Heil's son, calls the president's visit "truly an honor," a Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:19:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 28619 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Obama's Iowa Hosts Say They'll Pray For Him, But They Won't Vote For Him Raucous Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/raucus-iowa-convention-may-signal-whats-come You know things are going badly when the person at the front of the room has to say, "This is not going well." The fireworks at Iowa's Republican State Convention began even before lunchtime Saturday. At one point during the day, the parliamentarian threatened to kick out the next person who tried to speak out of order.<p>If Saturday's convention is any indication, Mitt Romney may not be in for smooth sailing at this summer's national convention in Florida.<p>Why the rancor in Iowa? Many longtime party activists say supporters of Texas Rep. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:41:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 25647 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Romney Backers Brace For Paul 'Circus' In Iowa http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/romney-backers-brace-paul-circus-iowa While Mitt Romney has a virtual lock on the Republican presidential nomination, fans of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas aren't quite giving up.<p>While they know he won't be president, they're still working to promote Paul's ideas. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:52:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 25532 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Romney Backers Brace For Paul 'Circus' In Iowa Corn Farmers Hope, Cautiously, For A Bumper Crop http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/corn-farmers-hope-cautiously-bumper-crop It's still too early to predict whether the 2012 corn harvest will set a record, but many corn farmers say the prognosis for a bumper crop is looking pretty good right now.<p>U.S. farmers are planting more acres of corn this year than they have in any year since the Great Depression. And with a mild spring across much of the nation's Corn Belt, many are hoping this autumn's yield will be one for the record books.<p><strong>A Crop That 'Will Knock Your Socks Off'</strong><p>Bill Couser, who grows crops and raises cattle near the central Iowa town of Nevada, is optimistic. Thu, 03 May 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 23536 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Corn Farmers Hope, Cautiously, For A Bumper Crop Women Take Over The Farm http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/women-take-over-farm Transcript <p>GUY RAZ, HOST: <p>Staying in the middle of the country, you might have heard that America's farmers are getting older. Something else you probably know: women tend to outlive men. So do the math and what do you get? More women in charge of land and some who aren't really sure how to take care of it. So as Iowa Public Radio's Sarah McCammon reports, female conservationists are reaching out to this growing group.<p>SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: Say you suddenly had 40 acres all yours. What would you do with it? Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22945 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net