Sarah McCammon

Sarah McCammon worked for Iowa Public Radio as Morning Edition Host from January 2010 until December 2013.

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2:43am

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

Books With Gay Themes Put S.C. Colleges' Funding At Risk

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Protesters at the College of Charleston rally against proposed state budget cuts on April 21.
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House lawmakers in South Carolina have voted to slash funding for two of the state's largest public colleges in retaliation for the introduction of books with gay themes into the schools' freshman reading programs.

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4:33pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Music News

Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 6:58 pm

Advocates are pushing for the virtues of music education that can't be measured numerically.
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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.

"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."

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2:42pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:05 am

Insurance help isn't easy to find in many Iowa counties.
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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.

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.

Sanford, 47, is out of work because of a back injury. She's worried about the law's requirement that everyone have health insurance or pay a penalty.

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4:09pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Environment

The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:23 pm

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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.

Good For Grapes

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.

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4:46pm

Sun October 21, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life

Aides tack up an American flag to a barn at the James Koch farm in Van Meter, Iowa, on Oct. 9, ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's arrival for a rally.
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