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 brings a mix of regular guests and a range of experts to the microphone to discuss what’s happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live. Guests include wildlife expert Jim Pease and the Hort Gang on Fridays.

Talk of Iowa is hosted by Charity Nebbe @CharityNebbe.  It’s produced by Dennis Reese, Emily Woodbury @EmilyWoodbury, Lindsey Moon @lindseysmoon and Clare Roth @ClareAliceRoth.  Our Executive Producer is Katherine Perkins.  Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Many in Iowa know Dan Gable’s name as a part of wrestling legend. How much do we know about the man himself?  

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In Iowa, there are around 6,000 kids in the foster care system. While many of those are children of color, foster parents are mostly white. How much does it matter?

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This Valentine's Day weekend, along with chocolate and flowers, you can add one more tool to your arsenal: science.

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Alton Brown won’t disclose the restaurants he’s going to sample in Iowa next week, but he says they have been chosen.

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How much do you really know about where you food comes from? Could you grow enough food to sustain yourself and your family in a garden?

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For years the common wisdom was that kids need to sit still and listen in order to concentrate. New research suggests that's not the case.

For the first year of his life, John Reichard lived in a house where university students cared for him. They called him "Baby Ned."

A persistent pooch named Sissy snuck out of her Cedar Rapids home on Friday morning, in a quest to find her owner.

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Most flowers travel thousands of miles each year  before being sold for Valentine’s Day.

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The book “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus” popularized the idea that men and women are as different as night and day. But Iowa State University Psychologist Zlatan Krizan says we’re a lot more alike than different.

Rachel Gardner

The groundhog predicted six weeks of winter, and that means six more weeks to plan for spring.

Sally Stein

Cooking can be intimidating, especially in an era of triumphant food photos on Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs.

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Cell phones have undeniably changed the way we communicate with one another.

Darwin Day

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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

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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.

Cory Lewellen

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

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

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

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

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