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Iowa Public Television commemorates Dr. Norman Borlaug

September 14, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) –This week, Iowa Public Television will be presenting several programs to commemorate the life and work of Iowa-native Dr. Norman E. Borlaug who passed away Saturday at the age of 95.

  • The Iowa Journal will feature a piece in its broadcast on Thursday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on IPTV. This episode will repeat on Friday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV and Saturday, September 19 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at www.iptv.org/iowajournal.
  • Market to Market will explore Dr. Borlaug’s work in its broadcast on Friday, September 18 at 8 p.m. on IPTV. This episode will repeat on Saturday, September 19 at 8 a.m. on IPTV WORLD and Sunday, September 20 at noon on IPTV. It will also be available online at www.iptv.org/mtom.
  • Freedom from Famine: The Norman Borlaug Story will premiere on IPTV on Friday, September 18 at 8:28 p.m. This documentary about Dr. Borlaug’s life and work features commentary from friends, family, peers, students, experts, politicians and Dr. Borlaug himself.

Called the “Father of the Green Revolution” Dr. Borlaug was born in 1914 in the northeast Iowa community of Cresco and is credited with saving more than 245 million lives worldwide with his development of high-yield farming production techniques. The 1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986, Dr. Borlaug founded the World Food Prize to recognize achievements in the production and availability of food in the world.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. 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 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
September 14, 2009

For information contact:
Kristen L. Gray
Director of Communications
kristen.gray@iptv.org
515-725-9703

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