On your mark, get set, lights, camera, action. The Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating its tenth year this weekend. At 6 PM this Friday, over 40 teams will pull a slip of paper out of a hat. On that slip of paper is their genre assignment: anything from Romance to Fish Out of Water. 48 Hours later, they'll turn in a finished 4-7 minute film. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with city producer Samuel Pace-Tuomi and ten-time participant Mike Kieler in this hour of Talk of Iowa.
25 years ago an Iowa farmer and baseball fan started hearing voices in his corn field. The film "Field of Dreams," touched millions in a profound way and left behind a baseball diamond in Dyersville that has taken on a life of its own.
Dennis Reese guest hosts this talk with Dean Simonton, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis. Simonton was recently visiting the University of Iowa, and he describes his research as the "cognitive, dispositional, developmental, and socio-cultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent."
Jean Seberg knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a movie star, and she became one. The documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will premiere at the Jean Seberg International Film Festival in Marshalltown next week. Join host Charity Nebbe to explore the life of Jean Seberg.
On this News Buzz version of River to River, host Ben Kieffer cycles through stories about Iowa's relationship with China, an Arizona company's apparent phone scam targeting Iowans, an investigation into traffic stops, a harvest summary, the nutritional benefits of eating soup, and a new film about Iowa's 2012 caucuses.
The farm crisis of the 1980s meant high interest rates; it’s estimated that farmland values dropped nearly 60 percent in some areas of the Midwest during the early '80s. But it was not just an economic disaster. A new documentary also tries to capture the personal stories. Guest host Ben Stanton talks with the producer of "The Farm Crisis" Laurel Bower Burgmaier. Later in the show is an update to the flood-related weather outlook for Iowa, and hear about NPR's programing changes now in effect and how they will affect Iowa Public Radio.
Iowa doesn’t rank high on the scale of glitz and glamor, but we have proven to be a good training ground for Hollywood stars. We all know about John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Ashton Kutcher, but that’s just scratching the surface! We’ll talk about Iowa’s stars, from the Oscar winners to the Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.
If you grew up in a conservative Christian household any time in the last few decades, you may have seen a movie called “A Thief in the Night.” Otherwise, think B-movie horror flick – for Christian kids. The movie was made in Iowa and turns 40 this year.