Patricia O'Conner en Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse" <p>Many of this year’s blockbusters, video games, and books are set in post-apocalyptic worlds - a growing trend in the past few years.</p><p>Today on <em>River To River</em>, we take a look at why this is such a common theme. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who are prepared to face an apocalyptic scenario, and he sits down with an Iowa Homeland Security representative, to find out how prepared the state of Iowa is for disaster.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:56:34 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41922 at Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse" "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor <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 "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor 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="" 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 Word Maven: Echoic Words The Word Maven <p>Words like tornado and Derecho fascinate and frighten and they both have surprising histories.&nbsp;Charity talks&nbsp;with English language expert Patricia O&rsquo;Connor who looks at&nbsp; the origins of weather related words.&nbsp;&nbsp;Patricia answers all questions that relate to the English language.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 16:22:10 +0000 Charity Nebbe 5629 at The Word Maven Word Maven: Money Words <p>For the past five years, we&#39;ve been talking more about money than ever before.&nbsp; From the 2007 Global Financial Crisis, to the recent mammoth loss at J.P. Wed, 16 May 2012 16:24:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe 1621 at Word Maven: Money Words