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Kitchen Science: Fermenting with SCOBYs

BY SARAH HARGREAVES
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Sarah Hargreaves goes over some of the amazing science behind the process of fermentation and shows how you can take advantage of it to easily make cheap and delicious new foods in your own home.

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Back to the Land

BY NICK WALLACE
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.

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The Hero's Sandbox

BY MATHEW SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Mathew Smith teaches us that by searching for problems in the world we can understand what we want to do with our lives. He lays down a yellow brick road to guide us, and discusses the archetypal hero's journey.

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Puppy Mills in Iowa

BY MARY LAHAY
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

When Mary LaHay went shopping for a new puppy, she uncovered a shocking practice. Watch this presentation to learn what puppy mills are and why we should be more careful about where we buy our puppies from.

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New Zealand

BY JENNIE SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Jennie Smith tells you why you should go to New Zealand right now.

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Life Transformation

BY CRAIG NEIDERHEISER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

An inspirational talk by Craig Neiderheiser on how he turned his health around and how you can too.

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Introversion

BY CALEB KELLER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Caleb Keller goes over common misconceptions about introversion and how we can make better use of introvert's strengths. Caleb also discusses the realities of our extrovert-dominated society and how it came to be that extroverts are championed, whereas introverts are marginalized.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 14, 2013.

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Conscious Consumerism

BY BETHANY WILCOXON
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Bethany Wilcoxon is dialed in to the latest mobile applications asssiting their users in purchasing goods responsibly. She discusses her personal goals to cut down on spending, and speaks on apps like "Buycott" which encourage consumers to purchase from corporations who are socially and ethically responsible.

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Life as a Healthy Blogger

BY ALEX MEYER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Alex Meyer has been blogging for awhile, but she began to realize few around her were integrating healthy-living practices into their work. This drove her to find the tools necessary to take her life in a healthy direction.

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Lessons and Laughs from a Swedish Ph.D.

BY TONY THOMPSON
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 15, 2013

Tony Thompson describes his experiences in Sweden.

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The Million Dollar Marathon

BY STEVE CANNON
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 15, 2013

Steve Cannon raises funds in the battle against cancer by running 40 marathons in 40 days. Next he plans to raise a million dollars by organizing a marathon across the continental United States. 

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Short Essay #1 - Seasons

BY MATT MCQUILLEN
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 15, 2013

Matt McQuillen vividly describes the four seasons in Iowa.

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