Talk of Iowa on IPR News and Studio One

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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.

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Children and Nature
12:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Nature of Childhood

ISU Historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg's brother Scott looks at a salamander captured in the irrigation ditch where he played as a child.
Mary Thompson Riney

Despite news reports that highlight danger, the world is actually a much safer place for children than it once was.  Accidental death rates for children were much higher in the early 19th and 20th centuries.  And yet, children who were once encouraged to go outside and play, are now highly supervised in organized sports and spend more time watching television than playing outdoors.  On this Earth Day, Host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg about her new book The Nature of Childhood: An Enivornmental History of Growing Up in America since 1865."  In it, Kehrbe

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Sports
2:36 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

105 Years of Iowa's Drake Relays

800 meter record holder Randy Wilson at the Drake Relays in 1978
David Peterson

Hundreds of Olympic gold medalists have competed at the Drake Relays, but the event isn’t just for the track and field elite; it’s also a career highlight for many high school athletes.

Today on Talk of Iowa, 105 years of the Drake Relays. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Relays Director Brian Brown and Pulitzer Prize Winning photographer David Peterson. Also, Knoxville's Randy Wilson joins to remember his record winning 800 meter race - a record that still stands today.

The Drake Relays - history, highlights, and what it means to Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
8:33 am
Sat April 19, 2014

The Perfect Garden

Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex, England
ukgardenphotos

Everyone wants to have a beautiful yard, but that can be a daunting task. Garden designer Lisa Orgler and ISU Extension horticulturalist Richard Jauron answer questions about the myriad of choices when planting your perfect landscape.

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Talk of Iowa
1:27 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Iowans in the White House

From left to right, Queen Elizabeth II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and Price Phillip. Note how the queen and first lady are wearing a similiar style of ball gown.
Courtesy of the Eisenhower Presidential Library- Museum & Boyhood Home

During the American Revolution future first lady Abigail Adams melted down the family pewter to make bullets.  The bullet mold she used will be on display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum from April 19-Oct. 26, 2014, as part of the museum's new exhibit, America’s First Ladies.

Host Charity Nebbe, gets a preview of the exhibit with curator Melanie Weir and historian Elizabeth Dinschel.

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Culture
2:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

"Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor

Scott McLeod

Beanball, bender, bleeder, brushback, bull pen… baseball has a language all its own. Today on Talk of Iowa, English language expert Patricia O’Conner "plays ball." Host Charity Nebbe talks to O'Connor about baseball lingo and, of course, she answers your language questions.

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Religion
11:20 am
Mon April 14, 2014

From the Quad Cities to Vatican City: Monsignor Richard Soseman

Monsignor Richard Soseman at Vatican City, Rome
Msgr. Richard Soseman / facebook https://www.facebook.com/RRSoseman

Monsignor Richard Soseman grew up in the Quad Cities and served in a parish in rural Illinois, but for the last 6 years he’s lived and worked in Vatican City. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Monsignor Soseman about his life and work and his book, Reflections from Rome- Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family.

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River to River
2:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

No More VEISHEA?

Proceeds from VEISHEA's iconic cherry pies go to HRIM program scholarships.
Bob Elbert Iowa Public Radio

On Wednesday, the rest of the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.  Rioters in the Campustown area of Ames turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.

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Horticulture Day
11:16 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Spring Lawn Care

Guneet Narula

The grass is finally starting to get green… or maybe your lawn isn’t following suit.

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Ryan Adams, Iowa State University Extension turf grass specialist, about springtime lawn care. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron answer questions about your lawn, garden and landscape.

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Parenting
11:36 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon with his family
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What do dwarfs, prodigies, and deaf people have in common?

"In a curious way, differences that seem so isolating are actually what unites us and the thing we have most in common."

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Talk of Iowa
1:51 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Decoding Dyslexia

Up to 20 percent of the population has some gradiation of dyslexia.
Steve Harris

Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.  The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.

The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization Decoding Dyslexia. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.

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Wildlife Day
3:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Noises of Spring

Gray tree frog, common to Iowa
Jason Mrachina

Beautiful spring weather may make you feel like singing. It definitely inspires many frogs, toads and birds to make some joyful noise. Today on Talk of Iowa Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease talks about some of the noises you should be listening for in the next few weeks and what they mean.

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Talk of Iowa
4:17 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

God and the Environment

Statue of St. Francis at Linfield School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon
Geek2Nurse / flickr derivitive work: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode

Increasingly, efforts in environmental preservation are coming from churches.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Sister Mary Beth Ingham, professor emerita at Loyola Marymount University.  They cover what the Franciscan tradition is in viewing nature and our role in keeping it healthy.  Also, hear about what some churches in Iowa are doing to keep green.

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Talk of Iowa
2:19 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Death of Iowa's Honeybees

Honeybee on flower.
Cory Barnes

This past winter was particularly harsh on Iowa's honeybees.  Experts estimate that 65-70 percent of Iowa's honeybee colonies didn't survive.  Iowa State University Extension entomologist Donald Lewis talks with host Charity Nebbe about the plight of honeybees as well as pesticides that may pose a further risk to the state's pollinators.

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Talk of Iowa
2:03 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Reflections on Varnum

Doug Alexander and Ron Snitker on their wedding day at the Historic Park Inn Hotel which was designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mod Photography

Five years ago the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in Varnum v. Brien that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with people who have been affected by the decision including Ryan Roemerman of the Iowa Pride Network, retired Presbyterian minister Rev. Greg Smith, and events planner Beau Fodor.  Also, Heather Yoeman and Dean Genth discuss being able to marry their same-sex spouses.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Breastfeeding U.S.A.

Raphael Goetter derivitive work; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Thirty-five years ago, Iowa City Firefighter Linda Eaton continued to breastfeed her child at work against orders from her supervisor, and a breastfeeding discussion was launched locally and gained national attention. Today, breastfeeding is treated a little differently, but it is also very different than other cultures.  Hear the remarkable story of Linda Eaton, and also about what businesses are required to provide for nursing customers and employees, the challenges of refugee and immigrant women who breastfeed, and what barriers might prevent Americans from breastfeeding.

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Author Interview
2:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Prankster's Role in Social and Political Change

The Cardiff Giant on display
Keturah Stickann

False death reports, spaghetti growing on trees, and more than one discovery of evidence that proves that a mythical creature is real… we’ve all learned to be a little skeptical on April 1st.

Today on April Fool's day - the art of the prank.

Host Charity Nebbe explores our rich history of hoaxes and practical jokes with Kembrew McLeod, author of Pranksters and University of Iowa Associate Professor of Communication Studies. She also sits down with Leo Landis, from the State Historical Museum of Iowa, to discuss Iowa's role in the hoax of the Cardiff Giant.

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Literature
11:34 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Surviving Middle School: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

RDECOM / flickr

For most of us middle school is the most awkward time of life. Kevin Brockmeier has plunged back into this difficult years with his new memoir, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe revisits middle school with Brockmeier.

Later in the program, Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project, Dora Malech, talks about the importance of getting kids writing, along with some tips and best practices.

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Horticulture Day
1:53 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Grow Berries

A berry.
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Nothing says summer quite like the taste of ripe, red strawberry.  The berries from your garden taste better than anything you can buy anywhere.  Join host Charity Nebbe for this Talk of Iowa Horticulture Day.   She and guests will talk about strawberries, raspberries, and other small fruits and forester Mark Vitosh answers tree questions.

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Wildlife
3:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Birds of the Upper Midwest

Red winged blackbird
Elizabeth Reetz

Of all the birds that make their home (even for just a season) in Iowa, we may know their common names (sparrow, robin, etc.), but not their scientific names. But the these longer names in Latin tell a lot about the description and behavior of a bird species. This hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with the co-authors of the new book, "The Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest," Iowa Citians James Sandrock and Jean Prior.

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Talk of Iowa
4:37 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa

The Rural Electrification Administration erects power lines.
Credit National Archives and Records Administration / U.S. Department of Agriculture

When a storm knocks out power for a few hours, it's an inconvenience; if the outage lasts much longer it becomes a crisis.  However, not so long ago electricity was far from ubiquitous in Iowa.

Iowan Kieth Wirt was 10 years old when electricity came to his family’s farm in Panora. Like most households, the first appliance the Wirts purchased was a refrigerator, and soon after indoor plumbing.

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Home Improvement
3:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Deconstruction and Reuse

Demolition of the Anna E. Waden branch library in San Francisco in 2011
David Gallagher https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/legalcode

A dilapidated outbuilding or a house in need of serious updating may look like an eyesore, but it is also an opportunity to recycle and reuse old materials.  Join host Charity Nebbe, Home Improvement Expert Bill McAnnally, and Siobhan Spain of the Center on Sustainable Communities for a talk about deconstruction.  

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Horticulture Day
4:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Field to Family

Chiot's Run / Flickr

As many of us are preparing to get outside and get our hands dirty this spring, a lot of people across the state will be doing their best to get kids involved in gardening.

Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with David Burt, President of Field to Family, about their farm to school programs. Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins to answer listener questions.

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Talk of Iowa
8:14 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Before the Chefs Battle

Central Iowa chefs Tag Grandgeorge (Le Jardin,) Michael Baily (Des Moines Embassy Club West,) Tawnya Zerr (Cupcake Emporium,) and Sam Auen (Tacopocalypse) spoke with Talk of Iowa from the Des Moines studio, March 20, 2014.
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Before the chefs do battle at Iowa Public Radio’s Battle of the Chefs they sit down with host Charity Nebbe to talk about the food and recipes that inspire them. Chefs Sam Auen of Tacopocalypse, Le Jardin's Tag Grandgeorge, The Des Moines Embassy Club West's Michael Bailey and Tawnya Zerr from Cupcake Emporium join the show.

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Health
4:32 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Successful Kidney Donation Between Incompatible Donor-Recipient Pairs

Peter and Nerissa March are guests on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa”. Peter donated his kidney to a stranger and in turn his wife was able to receive a kidney from another stranger in the first kidney pair donation chain performed at Mercy Transplant.
John Pemble

Today on Talk of Iowa we listen back to a conversation from last year, where in a three day period, five people received kidney transplants thanks to something called a kidney paired transplant chain.

We find out about this life saving chain of generosity and talk to a transplant surgeon, donors and recipients of kidney transplants. Also, we learn about an organization called My Angel Foundation, a non-profit focused on inspiring Iowans to become registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

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Talk of Iowa
2:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset

Jack Kerouac was one of many authors published by Grove Press
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Hear the remarkable story of a the man behind paperback publisher Grove Press, and how he and the books he published fit into the culture of the 1960s.  Dennis Reese hosts this talk with Loren Glass about his new book, Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde.

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Talk of Iowa
2:03 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Iowa's Coal Mining Communities

Seymour Iowa, Big Jim Coal Mine, May 23, 1957
Seymour Herald

The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation with historian Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder and Kristin Redenius, a coal miner’s daughter. They explain what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how the mines shaped communities. 

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Horticulture Day
2:10 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Time to Get Serious About Fruit Tree Pruning

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One of the early season lawn and garden tasks is to prune fruit trees.  Iowa State University Extension Field Specialist Patrick O'Malley is a guest on the show, here's some of the advice he imparts during the program:

1. Did you have a big crop last year? Then it might be lighter this year. That means you should consider less pruning this year.

2. You want different tiers of branches and the lowest should not be too close to the ground.

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Talk of Iowa
3:04 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Wife's Suicide, a Husband's Multiple Sclerosis

Although Vern was using a wheelchair or crutches at the time, Melinda helped to hold him up for this wedding photo.

After Vern Beachy lost his wife to suicide, he began writing about what he was going through.  Not just about the difficulty of the loss but also his struggles with M.S. and his fight to get out of a wheelchair.  

To write A Tear-Stained Letter, Beachy says, "I took a knife to my heart and wrote about what fell out.”  In this interview, Beachy talks about it with host Charity Nebbe.

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Talk of Iowa
1:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

'If You See Someone Without a Smile, Give Them One of Yours'

Gary Murphy as Bandana the Clown
Barb Swift/Studio 909

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey clown Felix Adler from Clinton, Iowa was known to say "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours."  He spent 20 years clowning across the country and around the world.  Hear about his time as the 'King of Clowns' and hear why he was also called the 'White House Clown.' Host Charity Nebbe talks with Adler's niece.

We also hear from two Iowa clowns, 'Silly Sally' (Sally DuBois from Ames) and 'Bandana the Clown' (Gary Murphy from Washington, Iowa) about what they do and why they love it.

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Talk of Iowa
3:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Long, Hard Winter

Iowa’s had deeper frost levels this year due to an early onset of cold and a lack of both snow cover and moisture. As a result likely fewer animals that hibernate underground like woodchucks (pictured above,) turtles and snakes survived the winter.

This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.  Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.

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