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Iowa Public Television Showcases Programming That Educates, Informs, Enriches, and Inspires During Festival 2014

Johnston, Iowa - Special guests, new programs, and viewer favorites will take center stage during Festival 2014, March 1 - 16 on statewide Iowa Public Television. This programming celebration - the network's only extended pledge drive of the year - allows viewers to support the programming they enjoy.

Several guests will broadcast live from Iowa Public Television studios to present their programs, including: Brian Nelson and Phil Huber (March 1); Mary Lou Metzger and Dick Dale (March 1); The Nadas (March 1); Dr. Steven Masley (March 2); P. Buckley Moss (March 2); members of the Blenko family (March 3); Dr. David Perlmutter (March 3): Benjamin Wagner (March 4); The Texas Tenors (March 10); Dr. Mark Hyman (March 11); Mark Hirsch (March 13); Robert Van Camp (March 13); Sam Koltinsky (March 14); Bill Riley (March 14); Marianne Fons (March 1 and 15) and more.

Festival programming will air on all three Iowa Public Television channels, and a full list is available on Some highlights:

In & About Iowa

* Iowa Ingredient : Strawberries - Premieres Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. On this special episode, visit a pick-your-own strawberry patch in Sanborn, then watch as Chef Andy Bonnet, from Rubaiyat Restaurant in Decorah, uses strawberries to cook a chocolate torte and a jicama-strawberry salad. Studio Guest: Charity Nebbe

* The Nadas Present Live at the Redstone Room - Premieres Saturday, March 1 at 9:00 p.m. Live performances by the Nadas in IPTV's studio III reveal a unique opportunity for fans of this Iowa band that has been together for 20 years. Studio Guests: The Nadas

* 2014 IGHSAU Iowa Farm Bureau Girls State Basketball Championships - Premieres Friday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. Iowa Public Television is proud to be the new home for Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Championships, and the action begins during Festival with live, uninterrupted coverage of the 2014 IGHSAU Iowa Farm Bureau Girls State Basketball Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Teams from across the state will compete for their respective class titles. You won't want to miss the awards and pageantry that the Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament is known for, including highlights of special performances from the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team and the Parade of Champions.

* The Sidey Report: Life and Times of an Iowa Icon - Premieres Wednesday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. Experience life in a Midwestern rural community as seen through the eyes of a small-town newspaper. Since 1889, the Sidey family has been delivering the news to residents of Adair County in rural Iowa. This IPTV documentary tells the story of the family's journalistic legacy that spans four generations, examines the trials and triumphs of small-town America as captured by the Adair County Free Press, and explains why local newspapers are essential to their communities. Investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett said it best, "In towns and cities where there is a strong sense of community, there is no more important institution than the local paper." Studio Guest: Linda Sidey

* That Tree - Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. A lone bur oak tree may have forever changed the professional and personal life of one photographer in northeast Iowa. A former newspaper photographer, Mark Hirsch left the fields of Friday Night Football, local festivals, and crime photos to broaden his horizons. He never dreamed his journey would become an online phenomenon. In 2012, Mark Hirsch began a 365-day photographic journey with a single picture on his iPhone. A solitary tree in a lonesome cornfield was a simple subject with a deeper meaning: rediscovering his own skills and reconnecting with nature. Studio Guest: Mark Hirsch

* Iowa State Fair Flashback with Bill Riley - Premieres Friday, March 14 at 8:45 p.m. Join Bill Riley as he looks back at memorable moments from Iowa Public Television's State Fair coverage. From old-fashioned competitions at Pioneer Hall to modern-day exhibitions on the Grand Concourse, the State Fair fun and action have been faithfully documented on Iowa Public Television for more than 40 years. See our favorite highlights from 2013, vintage flashbacks from past Fairs and some IPTV behind-the-scenes tidbits. Studio Guest: Bill Riley

Arts and Entertainment

* P. Buckley Moss: The Lady Behind the Brush Special Edition - Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Pat Moss will be live at IPTV studios to present this program, and to share her exclusive Iowa print, available only as a thank-you gift for IPTV supporters. This special features footage of Pat Moss appearing at galleries in Carroll and Osceola, Iowa; in her home studio in St. Petersburg, Florida, and of the artist at work and connecting with her fans. Studio Guest: Pat Moss

* Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes - Monday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Three generations of Blenko family members will present this special about the artisan glass company. This program takes viewers into the heat and heart of the Blenko glassworks to see how the beautiful, all-handmade, glassware is created. Each piece is unique and so are the artisans and members of the Blenko family who continue this proud, 100-year tradition. Studio Guests: Members of the Blenko Family

* Mister Rogers & Me - Premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Soon after Fred Rogers had retired, he had a chance meeting with his next door neighbor on the island of Nantucket - Benjamin Wagner, a young, up-and-coming producer for MTV. The children's television icon provided Wagner with some wise advice: "I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than complex," and urged Wagner to spread the message. Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to meet some of Mister Rogers' real-life neighbors, aiming to discover more about the man himself, what he meant by deep and simple. The result is detailed in this charming and philosophical documentary. Studio Guest: Benjamin Wagner

* Judy Collins Live in Ireland - Premieres Sunday, March 9 at 8 p.m. Judy Collins shares her favorite Celtic folk songs, stories, and hits that created the backbone of American folk music. Filmed September 29, 2013 at Dromoland Castle in County Clare, songs include Collins' classics "Chelsea Morning," "Cat's in the Cradle," and "Bird on a Wire," as well as some of her favorite Irish tunes, including "Danny Boy."


* BrainChange with David Perlmutter, M.D. - Monday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m. Join renowned neurologist David Perlmutter as he reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain. Dr. Perlmutter explains that even healthy carbs like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. In BrainChange, he shows us how to prevent, treat, and reverse a wide array of brain-related disorders by eliminating specific foods from our diets and making smarter lifestyle choices. Studio Guest: Dr. David Perlmutter

* Deepak Chopra, M.D.: What Are You Hungry For? - Premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. World-renowned health expert, best-selling author and educator, Deepak Chopra, M.D., returns to his medical roots and lectures on the scientific, behavioral and medical basis of hunger in all its manifestations and the healthy ways to fulfill it. Dr. Chopra focuses on the huge problem of weight control in America with exciting new concepts that can bring weight under effortless control by linking it to personal fulfillment in every area of life.

* The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet - Premieres Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Mark Hyman provides a step-by-step process for ending food addiction and reversing diabesity. With practical tools designed to achieve optimum wellness including meal plans, Dr. Hyman explains how to activate your natural ability to burn fat; reduce inflammation; reprogram your metabolism; soothe the stress to shed the pounds, prevent disease, and feel your best. Studio Guest: Dr. Mark Hyman

This list provides just a sampling of the extensive programming offered during Festival 2014. For a full list and for thank-you gifts associated with each program, visit the schedule page at

For more information please contact Kristen Gray at 515-725-9703 or


Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network celebrating 45 years in 2014. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 2 million viewers a month turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Hawarden; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at

(Contact: Kristen Gray, 515-725-9703 or




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