Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 9 p.m. on IPR News
 

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state. This IPR original brings a range of experts to the microphone to discuss a myriad of topics. Guests include Jim Pease for the Wildlife Program and of course, the Hort Gang on Fridays. Join us for smart, friendly conversation about what's happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live.

During the show, contact us at 1-866-780-9100, IPRTalk on Twitter, our Facebook page, or email us at talkofiowa@iowapublicradio.org. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Talk of Iowa
3:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Darwin Day

Statue of Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum in London
CGP Grey / flickr http://www.cgpgrey.com/

Charles Darwin has a birthday next month, and science lovers all over the world will take time to celebrate the man who unraveled so many of the mysteries surrounding our origins, and those of our fellow animals.

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Arts and Culture
4:01 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

How to Cuss "Politely"

Maybe cartoons do it best
Credit healthguidance.org

Euphemisms can be used for many purposes, but perhaps none more useful than substituting for swear words.

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Books
11:49 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple

book cover
Courtesy of Robert Waggoner

In his new book, author Robert Waggoner argues that lucid dreaming is not only useful, but also simple to learn.

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Arts and Culture
3:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

The 2015 Wapsipinicon Almanac

The 2015 Wapsipinicon Almanac is now available. Publisher Tim Fay of Anamosa says that even after 21 issues, there has been no shortage of material to write about. 

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Horticulture
1:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Stop and Smell the Orchids

Just because its January, doesn't mean there aren't flowers in bloom. 

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Religion
4:20 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Ten Commandments' Prevalence Today

Ten Commandments Monument at Courthouse Square in Mount Vernon, Indiana
J. Stephen Conn

While many see the Ten Commandments as a simple and powerful set of laws to live by; they are also a lightning rod for controversy in this country.

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Arts and Culture
9:41 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Exploring Mississippi River Towns

Iowa Sunrise along the Mississippi River
Gayle Harper

When a raindrop falls into the headwaters of the Mississippi River, it spends the next 90 days making its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Home Improvement Day
4:59 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Facts and Fictions of Home Improvement Shows

Home improvement television shows are fun to watch, but how much can they teach us?
Jill Flickr

A radical home makeover makes for great tv, but the projects on home improvement shows aren’t always what they seem.  

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Travel
5:19 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Friendship Through World Travel: "All it takes is one person to open your eyes to the world"

Janna Graber and Melanie Zepeda
Courtesy of Janna Graber

Janna Graber never considered international travel until she met Iowa native, Melanie Zepeda.

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Aging
1:07 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

What First Marathons and Extramarital Affairs Have in Common

Shortly before Denny Henrich turned 50, he ran his first marathon. 

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Iowa Outdoors
4:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Combat Winter Blues with Outdoor Fun

Cross-country is one popular winter activity in Iowa.
Will_Cyclist Flickr

Winter is the time we're most tempted to bundle up and stay inside. But sunlight and exercise can be our best natural allies for the winter blues.

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Talk of Iowa
5:18 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Comedian Nathan Timmel on Becoming a Parent

Nathan Timmel
Cory Lewellen

During the first year of his daughter's life, standup comedian Nathan Timmel missed a lot.

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Condition of State
10:44 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Robust or Prudent? Branstad Lays Out His Agenda

Governor Terry Branstad delivering the 2015 Condition of the State Address to a joint session of the Iowa legislature
Photo by John Pemble IPR

Governor Branstad outlined his priorities for this year’s legislative session in a thirty minute Condition of the State speech Tuesday.

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Film
10:15 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Letters Home to Hero Street

The U.S. Military lost more than 400,000 troops fighting in World War II. Frank Sandoval was one of them.

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Sickness and Communication
9:17 am
Tue January 13, 2015

How to Communicate with Your Sick Loved One

Talking to a sick family member can be fraught with sadness, misunderstanding, and fear of saying the wrong thing.
Safak Tortu Flickr

When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, finding the right thing to say can feel paralyzing.

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Books
3:43 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Triumph Over Destiny

During this interview, an Oelwein author talks about her family's fight for survival in Nazi-run Austria during World War II.

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Horticulture Day
12:32 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Monarch Butterfly Could Make Endangered Species List

We are losing 6,000 acres of potential monarch/pollinator habitat a day in the United Stated due to development (2.2 million acres per year).
gapowell / flickr

Monarch butterfly numbers have declined dramatically. Now it looks like they may be put on the Endangered Species List.

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Food
5:30 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Bringing Centuries-Old Recipes to Modern Kitchens

Set up the lead, stew in yr sugar and flower, and add two spoonfuls of sack. 

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Books
10:33 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Eat, Drink and Remarry: Memoirs of a 90 Year Old Hippie

Charity Nebbe with Lillian Daar
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Lillian Daar has stood in picket lines, hugged President Barack Obama and rubbed elbows with stars who were smeared by Hollywood’s Black List in the 1950s. 

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Wildlife
5:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Iowa's Wildlife Comeback Stories

Trumpeter Swan
Seney Natural History Association Flickr

Not too long ago, the call of the Trumpeter Swan was unheard in Iowa; the last nesting pair was seen in 1883. But with concentrated effort from biologists and conservationists, the species has made a comeback in the state.

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Music
2:34 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Orchestra Iowa

Do you get nervous on stage? How do you deal with the butterflies? 

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History
10:34 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Encore: Rural Iowa Women of the 1920s

Vetra, left, and sister Reva Padget, appear ready for a trip to town, circa 1930.
Courtesy of Leon Wilkinson

Before the Great Depression there was the farm recession, and times were tough for farm families in Iowa. 

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Books
4:07 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Encore: Old Man River

Mississippi River at Lansing Iowa
Stan Oleson

Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities.  

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Holidays
10:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Gifts of Kindness

Mel Neal's farm after the tornado.
Photo Courtesy of Mel Neal

For a handful of us, the last year has brought gifts of life changing kindness. 

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Art
9:22 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Art and Controversy: A Sculpture Sparks Debate about Racism

The sculpture that sat on the University of Iowa's pentacrest walkway for less than four hours.
Mitchell Schmidt Photo Courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Gazette

When Turkish artist Serhat Tanyolacar depicted the robes of the Ku Klux Klan in a sculpture on the University of Iowa’s campus, he intended to protest racism. 

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Horticulture
2:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Greenhouse Poinsettias Created with a Virus

poinsettia blooms grown in greenhouses in the United States
Wikimedia Commons

The poinsettia, traditionally given as a gift around the holidays, is native to Northern Guatemala and Northern Mexico. 

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Books
4:20 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

When it Comes to Persuasion, Little Things Make a Big Difference

Martin found that when there is graffiti in an alley, people are more likely to litter in it.
Wikimedia Commons

You can significantly increase your ability to influence others by making very small shifts. 

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Studio One
2:59 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dependable Bands, Innovators and Pleasant Surprises: Studio One Hosts' 2014 Favorites

Cover art for TV On the Radio's album Seeds
TV on the Radio

Several dependable bands, some innovators and a few pleasant surprises made the list of IPR's Studio One hosts' favorite music of 2014.

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Science and Technology
12:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Resolve to be a Better Homeowner

A worker sprays foam insulation in a home
Ellzabeth Bule Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/legalcode

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally has some suggestions to help you be a better homeowner in 2015.

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Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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