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.

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.  

Courtesy of Janna Graber

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.

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.

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.

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

Lindsey Moon / Iowa Public Radio

Lillian Darr 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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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.

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

Courtesy of Leon Wilkinson

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

Photo Courtesy of Mel Neal

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

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

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

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

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

Ronald van Holst

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures.

In her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, she does it again. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tan about her latest novel, the photo that inspired it, and writing her very first sex scenes.

It was a good year for chamber music, orchestras, fusion and harmonies. That's according to two of IPR's music hosts who shared their favorite recordings of 2014.

Charity Nebbe

The population of bald eagles in Iowa appears to be plateauing. That’s according to wildlife biologist Jim Pease.

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Do you have a young bookworm on your Christmas list?

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