89 episodes

You probably heard about it from a friend getting your morning coffee at Brewhemia or Daisy Chain. Or perhaps you saw your favorite Iowan post about it? Maybe you searched the net for something that interested you. So, what is The Iowa Podcast?

It's Real Iowans, talking about real events and stuff within the state worth paying attention to.

It seems like even objective news today is pushing some kind of agenda. You won't find that garbage here! We certainly won't shy away from real issues, and we certainly won't stay away from difficult questions, but on The Iowa Podcast we will never take our guests out of context or edit their comments in any way (unless we both agree of course—sometimes people say dumb stuff or cough in the microphone!)

The Iowa Podcast The Iowa Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 22 Ratings

You probably heard about it from a friend getting your morning coffee at Brewhemia or Daisy Chain. Or perhaps you saw your favorite Iowan post about it? Maybe you searched the net for something that interested you. So, what is The Iowa Podcast?

It's Real Iowans, talking about real events and stuff within the state worth paying attention to.

It seems like even objective news today is pushing some kind of agenda. You won't find that garbage here! We certainly won't shy away from real issues, and we certainly won't stay away from difficult questions, but on The Iowa Podcast we will never take our guests out of context or edit their comments in any way (unless we both agree of course—sometimes people say dumb stuff or cough in the microphone!)

    Fertilizer spill kills 749,000 fish in Iowa. ISU Professor explains

    Fertilizer spill kills 749,000 fish in Iowa. ISU Professor explains

    749,000 fish in Iowa waterways were killed when 265,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer was accidentally dumped into the East Nishnabotna River near Red Oak. Dr. Michelle Soupir, a Professor at Iowa State University with expertise in Nonpoint Source Pollution, waterways and watershed explains the impact, and cautions on drinking water in some parts of the state.
    On March 9th, a valve at NEW Co-op was accidentally left open causing the spill, which has now killed an estimated 40,000 fish in Missouri. While Des Moines Water Works can utilize specialized treatment for high levels of Nitrate and Ammonia, not every water treatment plant in the state has the necessary technology. Dr. Soupir says water treatment plants are continuously checking water quality, but cautions Iowans downstream to check their well water. 
    Listen to the discussion on treatment and how Iowa can prevent disasters like this in the future. https://iowapodcast.com/michelle-soupir-fertilizer-spill-new-coop-red-oak

    • 33 min
    Rep. and Dem. Senators discuss in studio how Iowa’s new AEA law impact you.

    Rep. and Dem. Senators discuss in studio how Iowa’s new AEA law impact you.

    Governor Reynold signed HF 2612 into law, impacting all nine Area Education Agencies (AEAs) in the state. Senators Lynn Evans, a Republican, and Sarah Trone Garriottt, a Democrat came in studio to discuss how this negatively or positively impacts Iowans, and why they disagree on aspects of this bill. 
    Republicans say this was designed to bring accountability, transparency, and consistency to AEAs, turning over AEA’s to local school districts. Democrats say it dismantles and fragments a working system meant to be adaptable, possibly allowing people to fall between the cracks. It’s a complicated issue, and they both explain their perspective. 
    A few notes: 
    First, Justin Brady’s focus on interviews like this is to be fair, give equal time to both, and not ask questions that may be considered unfair. At the end, he offers closing statement time as a backstop to make sure both voices were heard. 
    Second, you’ll notice we don’t address the increase in teacher pay in this interview, because both parties have already been clear on their support for an increase in teacher pay. We focused on the core areas of disagreement.
    Hear the full show:  https://iowapodcast.com/iowa-aea-law-hf2612-lynn-evans-sarah-trone-garriott  

    • 35 min
    Why are famous people coming to DMACC for CI Week? Provost explains.

    Why are famous people coming to DMACC for CI Week? Provost explains.

    Why are these famous people all coming to DMACC in Iowa? Time Magazine's “100 Most Influential People,” Dr. Alan Stern; National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year;” Maureen “Mo” Beck; National Geographic Explorer Dr. Niall McCann; Commander Susan Kil-rain; youngest person to pilot a NASA space shuttle mission; and Jonathan Frakes, Commander Ryker on StarTrek. Provost Dr. Anthony Paustian says how you can attend.
    CI Week, which stands for Celebrate Innovation, happens annually at DMACC West and is always standing room only. The digital stream hits 65,000 live viewers every year. We dig into the event’s history, and discuss the overview of topics. For example, Susan Kilrain’s “GI Jane” experience where she demanded she complete the men’s requirements, and Dr. Alan Stern who was on the Titan Submersible’s last successful dive before it imploded exploring the Titanic wreckage.
    Hear the full show:  https://iowapodcast.com/ci-week-anthony-paustian

    • 34 min
    Solar shenanigans in Iowa: Is solar energy a good investment or just marketing?

    Solar shenanigans in Iowa: Is solar energy a good investment or just marketing?

    How many times have you heard that installing solar panels on your roof will pay you back? Or perhaps you heard the energy companies will even pay you! That’s not the full story says Ryan Warren of QsTN—an Iowa energy strategist and solar expert. He breaks down all the confusion, and says why Iowa’s geography can generate similar solar energy to Arizona!
    Warren has a PhD in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and is a solar energy nerd. He explains why many solar energy claims are slick accounting and marketing tricks, how to know if solar panels will actually pay you back, how solar technology has changed, and why solar suddenly took off despite it being an old technology. 
    Hear the full show:  https://iowapodcast.com/iowa-solar-providers

    • 38 min
    Iowans are spring breaking in Iowa says Indianola Boutique Hotelier.

    Iowans are spring breaking in Iowa says Indianola Boutique Hotelier.

    Spring Break is here, but many Iowans will be staying within the state. According to AAA, nearly 25% of Iowans (22%) will take a Spring Break vacation. The result is local boutique experiences seeing an influx. “We’re going gangbusters,” says Pritesh Patel, Owner of Hotel Pommier in Indianola. He discusses a viral post, and why business is booming.
    Before COVID, business leaders like Bill Gates suggested travel would likely never return—but the travel naysayers were wrong in a big way. The opposite turned out to be true, with travel booming. But that was before inflation, record credit card debt, and airline maintenance concerns. How do these factors impact local travel and what does the future hold for Iowa tourism? 
    Hear the full show:  https://iowapodcast.com/iowa-spring-break 

    • 32 min
    What do Ankeny High School students want in future employers & colleges? Six students told us.

    What do Ankeny High School students want in future employers & colleges? Six students told us.

    The past two weeks, Ankeny High School and Ankeny Centennial High School have been hosting a career and college day for their students. Justin Brady was invited to attend, representing The Iowa Podcast and we asked the students about their future aspirations. Make sure to go to visit our website to see the video versions of these interviews. 
    Generally, there is a pattern of empathy blended with a strong financial outlook when it comes to these interviews. Most students were focused on how their skills can help other people, adults and children. Others were motivated by clear paths to a safe financial future. Only a handful of students I spoke with were focused on artistic, performing, music, or creative fields. 
    See the full videos and show notes here (including a photo of time traveling Hall and Oates): https://iowapodcast.com/ankeny-career-day 

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Someone who likes full songs ,

Engaging and Insightful - A Must-Listen for Anyone Interested in Iowa!

"The Iowa Podcast" by Justin Brady is an exceptional listen that truly deserves a five-star rating. Each episode is a well-crafted blend of engaging discussion and insightful commentary on a range of topics that matter to Iowans and beyond. As someone who values both informative content and captivating delivery, I was thoroughly impressed by how the podcast strikes a perfect balance.

What stands out is the authenticity of the conversations. Justin Brady does a stellar job as the host, bringing in-depth knowledge and a relatable approach to each interview. The choice of guests is commendable, with a wide array of perspectives from different walks of life, each bringing unique insights into Iowa's culture, politics, and business landscape.

The podcast's commitment to real talk without the political spin is refreshing. In an age where media often leans towards sensationalism, "The Iowa Podcast" sticks to its ethos of objective and respectful dialogue. This approach not only enriches the content but also fosters a deeper understanding of the issues discussed.

Moreover, the production quality of the podcast is top-notch, with clear audio and a well-structured format that makes for a seamless listening experience. The setting at the Brady Dental Care Studio, overlooking the Iowa Capitol Building, adds a special touch, connecting the content to the heart of Iowa's political and cultural scene.

Whether you're an Iowan, an Iowa expat, or simply someone interested in learning more about the state and its diverse stories, "The Iowa Podcast" is a must-listen. It's educational, engaging, and truly embodies the spirit of Iowa. Highly recommended

Brianjky ,

Love the host

Justin is smart and always thoughtful. Great show.

clewen-games ,

So compelling!

I have so much appreciation for this podcast. Justin, the host, brings a lot of energy, thought and momentum to this podcast. Each episode is jam-packed, informative, and provides a unique perspective on topics not ordinarily covered.

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