Talk of Iowa on IPR News and Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowans in the White House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-white-house <p>During the American Revolution future first lady Abigail Adams melted down the family pewter to make bullets.&nbsp; The bullet mold she used will be on display at the <a href="http://www.hoover.archives.gov/">Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum</a> from <span class="introsm">April 19-Oct. 26, 2014, as part of the </span>museum's new exhibit, America’s First Ladies.<span class="introsm"> </span></p><p><span class="introsm">Host </span>Charity Nebbe, gets a preview of the exhibit with curator Melanie Weir and historian Elizabeth Dinschel.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39270 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans in the White House "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grand-slam-language-session-baseball-terminology-patricia-oconnor <p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:48:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39174 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor From the Quad Cities to Vatican City: Monsignor Richard Soseman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/quad-cities-vatican-city-monsignor-richard-soseman <p>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 <em>Talk of Iowa</em>, host Charity Nebbe talks with Monsignor Soseman about his life and work and his book, <em>Reflections from Rome- Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family</em>.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:20:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39099 at http://iowapublicradio.org From the Quad Cities to Vatican City: Monsignor Richard Soseman No More VEISHEA? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-more-veishea <p>On Wednesday, the rest of <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veishea-celebration-iowa-state-canceled">the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended</a> due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.&nbsp; Rioters in the <span class="st">Campustown area of Ames </span>turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:36:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 38991 at http://iowapublicradio.org No More VEISHEA? Spring Lawn Care http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-lawn-care <p>The grass is finally starting to get green… or maybe your lawn isn’t following suit.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:16:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38985 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring Lawn Care Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/far-tree-parents-children-and-search-identity <p>What do dwarfs, prodigies, and deaf people have in common?</p><p>"In a curious way, differences that seem so isolating are actually what unites us and the thing we have most in common."</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:36:34 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 38916 at http://iowapublicradio.org Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity Decoding Dyslexia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decoding-dyslexia <p>Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.&nbsp; The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.</p><p>The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization <a href="http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/">Decoding Dyslexia</a>. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:51:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38860 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decoding Dyslexia Noises of Spring http://iowapublicradio.org/post/noises-spring <p>Beautiful spring weather may make you feel like singing. It definitely inspires many frogs, toads and birds to make some joyful noise. Today on <em>Talk of Iowa</em> Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease talks about some of the noises you should be listening for in the next few weeks and what they mean.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:21:54 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38809 at http://iowapublicradio.org Noises of Spring God and the Environment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/god-and-environment <p>Increasingly, efforts in environmental preservation are coming from churches. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Sister&nbsp;Mary Beth Ingham, professor emerita at Loyola Marymount University. &nbsp;They cover what the Franciscan tradition is in viewing nature and our role in keeping it healthy. &nbsp;Also, hear about what some churches in Iowa are doing to keep green.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:17:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38749 at http://iowapublicradio.org God and the Environment The Death of Iowa's Honeybees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/death-iowas-honeybees <p>This past winter was particularly harsh on Iowa's honeybees.&nbsp; Experts estimate that 65-70 percent of Iowa's honeybee colonies didn't survive.&nbsp; Iowa State University Extension entomologist <a href="http://www.ent.iastate.edu/dept/faculty/lewisd.html">Donald Lewis</a> 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. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:19:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38629 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Death of Iowa's Honeybees Reflections on Varnum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reflections-varnum <p>Five years ago the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in <em><a href="http://www.iowacourts.gov/wfData/files/Varnum/07-1499%281%29.pdf">Varnum v. Brien</a></em> that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with people who have been affected by the decision including Ryan Roemerman of the<a href="http://iowapridenetwork.org/"> Iowa Pride Network</a>, retired Presbyterian minister Rev. Greg Smith, and events planner <a href="http://www.panachepoints.com/">Beau Fodor</a>.&nbsp; Also, Heather Yoeman and Dean Genth discuss being able to marry their same-sex spouses.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:03:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38566 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reflections on Varnum Breastfeeding U.S.A. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/breastfeeding-usa <p>Thirty-five years ago, Iowa City Firefighter Linda Eaton continued to breastfeed her child at work against orders from her supervisor, and a b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">reastfeeding discussion was launched locally and gained national attention. Today, breastfeeding is treated a little differently, but it is also very different than other cultures. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 38516 at http://iowapublicradio.org Breastfeeding U.S.A. The Prankster's Role in Social and Political Change http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pranksters-role-social-and-political-change <p>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 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>Today on April Fool's day - the art of the prank.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:47:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 38445 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Prankster's Role in Social and Political Change Surviving Middle School: A Memoir of Seventh Grade http://iowapublicradio.org/post/surviving-middle-school-memoir-seventh-grade <p>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, <em>A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade</em>. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe revisits middle school with Brockmeier.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:34:19 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38375 at http://iowapublicradio.org Surviving Middle School: A Memoir of Seventh Grade Grow Berries http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grow-berries <p>Nothing says summer quite like the taste of ripe, red strawberry. &nbsp;The berries from your garden taste better than anything you can buy anywhere. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for this Talk of Iowa Horticulture Day. &nbsp; She and guests will talk about strawberries, raspberries, and other small fruits and forester Mark Vitosh&nbsp;answers tree questions.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:53:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38266 at http://iowapublicradio.org Grow Berries Birds of the Upper Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/birds-upper-midwest <p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:56:58 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38214 at http://iowapublicradio.org Birds of the Upper Midwest It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/it-s-electric-rural-electrification-iowa <p>When a storm knocks out power for a few hours, it's an inconvenience; if the outage lasts much longer it becomes a crisis.&nbsp; However, not so long ago electricity was far from ubiquitous in Iowa.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:37:05 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38166 at http://iowapublicradio.org It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa Deconstruction and Reuse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/deconstruction-and-reuse <p>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. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe, Home Improvement Expert Bill McAnnally, and Siobhan Spain of the Center on Sustainable Communities for a talk about deconstruction. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:10:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38042 at http://iowapublicradio.org Deconstruction and Reuse Field to Family http://iowapublicradio.org/post/field-family <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:01:33 +0000 Charity Nebbe 37925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Field to Family Before the Chefs Battle http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chefs-battle <p>Before the chefs do battle at Iowa Public Radio’s <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/insights">Battle of the Chefs</a> they sit down with host Charity Nebbe to talk about the food and recipes that inspire them. Chefs Sam Auen of <a href="http://tacopocalypse.com/">Tacopocalypse</a>, <a href="http://lejardindsm.com/">Le Jardin's</a> Tag Grandgeorge, <a href="http://www.embassyclub.com/two-clubs/embassy-west/">The Des Moines Embassy Club West's </a>Michael Bailey and Tawnya Zerr from <a href="http://amescupcakes.com/">Cupcake Emporium </a>join the show.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:14:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37896 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before the Chefs Battle Successful Kidney Donation Between Incompatible Donor-Recipient Pairs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/successful-kidney-donation-between-incompatible-donor-recipient-pairs <p>Today on <em>Talk of Iowa</em> 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.</p><p>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 <a href="http://myangelfoundation.org/">My Angel Foundation</a>, a non-profit focused on inspiring Iowans to become registered organ, eye and tissue donors.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:32:36 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37783 at http://iowapublicradio.org Successful Kidney Donation Between Incompatible Donor-Recipient Pairs Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset http://iowapublicradio.org/post/counterculture-grove-press-and-barney-rosset <div>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. &nbsp;Dennis Reese hosts this talk with Loren Glass about<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde.</em></div><div><p></p></div><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Dennis Reese & Ben Stanton 37739 at http://iowapublicradio.org Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset Iowa's Coal Mining Communities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-coal-mining-communities <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:03:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37683 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Coal Mining Communities Time to Get Serious About Fruit Tree Pruning http://iowapublicradio.org/post/time-get-serious-about-fruit-tree-pruning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the early season lawn and garden tasks is to prune fruit trees. &nbsp;Iowa State University&nbsp;Extension Field Specialist Patrick O'Malley is a guest on the show, here's some of the advice he imparts during the program:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:10:07 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37563 at http://iowapublicradio.org Time to Get Serious About Fruit Tree Pruning A Wife's Suicide, a Husband's Multiple Sclerosis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wifes-suicide-husbands-multiple-sclerosis <p>After Vern Beachy lost his wife to suicide, he began writing about what he was going through. &nbsp;Not just about the difficulty of the loss but also his struggles with M.S. and his fight to get out of a wheelchair. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:04:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37518 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Wife's Suicide, a Husband's Multiple Sclerosis 'If You See Someone Without a Smile, Give Them One of Yours' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/if-you-see-someone-without-smile-give-them-one-yours <p>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." &nbsp;He spent 20 years clowning across the country and around the world. &nbsp;Hear about his time as the 'King of Clowns' and hear why he was also called the 'White House Clown.' Host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;talks with Adler's niece.</p><p>We also hear from two Iowa clowns, 'Silly Sally' (Sally DuBois&nbsp;from Ames) and 'Bandana the Clown' (Gary Murphy from Washington, Iowa) about what they do and why they love it.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:27:10 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37455 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'If You See Someone Without a Smile, Give Them One of Yours' Long, Hard Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/long-hard-winter <p>This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.&nbsp; Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:08:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 37398 at http://iowapublicradio.org Long, Hard Winter Backyard Ecosystems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/backyard-ecosystems <div>Join Talk of Iowa for a talk with Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He says&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We need to change the way we interact with nature; it should not be segregated,” and that living with nature can be very rewarding.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tallamy says that Americans use plants that are&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mostly from Asia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">as decorations. &nbsp;The result is a reduced biodiversity in the places we live, work, and farm. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:20:16 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37346 at http://iowapublicradio.org Backyard Ecosystems Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jane-goodall-her-life-work-and-legacy <p></p><p></p><p>Jane Goodall is famous for her groundbreaking observation of wild chimpanzees; but for the last 30 years, she’s devoted most of her time to traveling the world, telling her stories, and trying to fan the flames of an environmental movement that could save her beloved chimpanzees and so many other species from extinction.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:54:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37167 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jill-pruetz-empathy-among-primates <p>Increasingly recognized as "the next Jane Goodall" in primatology circles, Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz brings incredible research and stories back to Iowa from Senegal in western Africa, where she studies the lives of savanna chimpanzees.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37168 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates