language http://iowapublicradio.org en You Have Neanderthal Genes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/you-have-neanderthal-genes <p>For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new &nbsp;smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:06:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35620 at http://iowapublicradio.org You Have Neanderthal Genes Talking "Iowan" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/talking-iowan <p>Iowans like to believe they don’t have accents, but in truth everyone has a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe discusses regional dialects with linguist <a href="http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~dinkin/">Aaron Dinkin</a> and folk historian Tom Morain.&nbsp; They explain why people in northern Iowa say "I'm bushed" when tired, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:27:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 34232 at http://iowapublicradio.org Talking "Iowan" Icy Roads, Bad Signing, Dogs, Odd Animals, and 99 Marathons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/icy-roads-bad-signing-dogs-odd-animals-and-99-marathons <p>In this News Buzz show we talk with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">state maintenance engineer for the Iowa DOT Bob</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Younie about the winter driving conditions for today and the weekend,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Certified Sign Language Interpreter&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">L</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">indsey Kang about what makes for good sign language,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Captain Jim Steffen from the Iowa City Police Department about protecting police dogs, D</span><span Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:34:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 33832 at http://iowapublicradio.org Icy Roads, Bad Signing, Dogs, Odd Animals, and 99 Marathons Iowa's Place in the Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-place-midwest <p>What makes Iowa stand apart from the rest of the Midwest. <a href="http://www.graceland.edu/news/Graceland-Takes-the-Lead-in-Promoting-Iowa-History.cfm#.UqiuOuL43Sg">Tom Morain </a>of <a href="http://www.graceland.edu/">Graceland University </a>in Lamoni and Mike Draper of <a href="http://raygunsite.com/">Raygun</a>, the Des Moines-based satirical t-shirt company, sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss Iowa unique.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:49:27 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 33374 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Place in the Midwest Foreign Language Learning in Elementary School http://iowapublicradio.org/post/foreign-language-learning-elementary-school <p>Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about out how foreign languages are being taught in some elementary schools in Iowa and about the benefits of introducing a new language early in life. &nbsp;Guests include administrators and teachers of foreign language in Iowa.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:09:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 31600 at http://iowapublicradio.org Foreign Language Learning in Elementary School How Watergate Shaped Our Language http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-watergate-shaped-our-language <p></p><p>Forty years ago this month Nixon’s top White House staffers, HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman resigned over the Watergate Scandal. &nbsp;On today's Talk of Iowa we talk about how Watergate changed our culture and our language with historian Colin Gordon and English language expert Patricia O’Connor. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:40:11 +0000 Charity Nebbe 18600 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Watergate Shaped Our Language North American English Dialects http://iowapublicradio.org/post/north-american-english-dialects <p>Here in Iowa we like to believe that we don’t have an accent, but Iowans do have a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe talks about regional dialects with academic Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain. We find out how we came to speak the way we do, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:11:58 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13624 at http://iowapublicradio.org North American English Dialects Word Maven: Echoic Words http://iowapublicradio.org/post/word-maven-echoic-words <p>Boom, shimmy, giggle, squeak… these words are called echoic words, words whose sound echo what they stand for. Host Charity Nebbe talks with English language expert <a href="http://www.grammarphobia.com/" target="_blank">Patricia O’Conner</a> about these and other <span class="st">onomatopes </span>that belong to the English language.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:11:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9766 at http://iowapublicradio.org Word Maven: Echoic Words