Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 1933: Prohibition Ends, Bonnie and Clyde Visit Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/1933-prohibition-ends-bonnie-and-clyde-visit-iowa <p>This holiday season, you may be celebrating with champagne, wine, or beer. It’s hard to believe, but it was just 80 years ago when Prohibition was repealed, and drinking alcohol became legal again. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer sits down with historian Tim Walch to find out what it was like to live in Iowa during the Prohibition era.</p><p>In the second half of the program - A Bonnie and Clyde miniseries appeared on television this week. Did you know that in 1933, there was a famous shootout involving the famous duo? Historian Rod Stanley shares the details.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:08:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 33431 at http://iowapublicradio.org 1933: Prohibition Ends, Bonnie and Clyde Visit Iowa 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 Biking in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/biking-iowa <p>Cool, crisp air, beautiful fall foliage, great trails and great restaurants, autumn is a wonderful time to go for a long bike ride.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with travel writer <a href="http://www.jennifer-wilson.com/">Jennifer Wilson</a> about bicycling destinations in Iowa.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:53:24 +0000 Charity Nebbe 29170 at http://iowapublicradio.org Biking in Iowa 2013 Iowa State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-iowa-state-fair <p>Guest hosts Katherine Perkins and John Pemble go to the 2013 Iowa State Fair.&nbsp; They introduce us to a legally blind painter and a famous quilter.&nbsp; They watch fairgoers shear sheep and clean fish.&nbsp; They attend an Ecumenical church service for fair attendees and visit a memorial to honor fallen Iowa soldiers.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:00:41 +0000 Katherine Perkins & John Pemble 27544 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2013 Iowa State Fair County Partisanship and Other Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/county-partisanship-and-other-politics <p> Think you know which of Iowa's counties is most democratic, or most republican?&nbsp; University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Chris Larimer crunched the numbers.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/decision2012/2013/06/exploring-county-level-partisanship" target="_blank">http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/decision2012/2013/06/exploring-county-level-partisanship</a></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 23767 at http://iowapublicradio.org County Partisanship and Other Politics Coal Mining In Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/coal-mining-iowa <p>The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we speak with a historian and a coal miner’s daughter about what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how these mines shaped communities.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:59:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 15545 at http://iowapublicradio.org Coal Mining In Iowa Iowa's Hollywood Stars http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-hollywood-stars <p>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!&nbsp; We’ll talk about Iowa’s stars, from the Oscar winners to the Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:57:16 +0000 Charity Nebbe 14977 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Hollywood Stars Legislative Preview: 1/28/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-12813 <P></P> <P>IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell catch up on the week's news from the Iowa General Assembly.</P> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:43:12 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 14118 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 1/28/13 Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fern-kupfer-leaving-long-island <p>Fern Kupfer’s latest book is a memoir that transports readers to Long Island in the 1950s. Charity Nebbe talks with the Ames author as she reflects<span class="userContent"> on past experiences in her life, including the period she discovered she was BRCA positive, a genetic marker for cancer.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:14:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13913 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island Iowa Begins Offering Federally Compliant "REAL ID" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-begins-offering-federally-compliant-real-id <p>Beginning Tuesday, January 15,&nbsp; Iowa will issue driver’s licenses and state IDs that comply with a new federal program called <a href="http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/realid/home.html">REAL ID</a>. &nbsp;The program is being phased in as part of legislation passed by Congress in 2005.&nbsp; It's aimed at streamlining security at federal facilities and for air travel.</p><p>Mark Lowe of the Iowa Department of Transportation visited our Des Moines studio to explain what changes are coming.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:22:24 +0000 Sarah McCammon 13508 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Begins Offering Federally Compliant "REAL ID" The Start Of Iowa's 2013 Legislative Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/start-iowas-2013-legislative-session <p>It’s opening day for the 2013 legislative session as all of the state’s law makers assemble at the capitol. Clay Masters speaks with House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, live at the Statehouse. They discuss gun laws, the state's surplus, and other issues that may unfold during the upcoming session.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:16:57 +0000 Clay Masters 13472 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Start Of Iowa's 2013 Legislative Session Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-register-columnist-rekha-basu <p><span class="userContent">Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu </span>has written numerous columns over the years about the rights of women, their daily lives, and the lives of those whose stories often go unheard. Charity Nebbe talks with Basu about her new book "Finding Her Voice,"&nbsp; which is a collection of columns about the lives of women in the Midwest.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:30:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11618 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu Iowa's Trivia King and UFO Sightings http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-trivia-king-and-ufo-sightings <p>In the 1890's Iowans saw some strange things in the sky. Charity Nebbe talks with historian Steven Arts about Iowa’s UFO sightings. Then, if you’re looking for Iowa’s oldest water tower, Iowa’s oldest continuously operating hotel or if you just love Iowa trivia, Fred Stark is your man. Fred shares his extensive wealth of knowledge about the state.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:39:53 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11222 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Trivia King and UFO Sightings Early Voting Turnout And How Kids See The Election http://iowapublicradio.org/post/early-voting-turnout-and-how-kids-see-election <div>Analysts are saying the outcome of this election hinges on one factor – turnout. Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa&nbsp;party officials across the state to&nbsp;find out what the major parties are doing to get out the vote.</div><div>Then, Greg Hamot a&nbsp;University of Iowa College of Education professor, and Rachel Willis, executive director at Kids Voting USA, talk about how kids perceive the candidates and the discussions parents can have with them&nbsp;about the election.</div><div></div><p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:40:03 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10279 at http://iowapublicradio.org Early Voting Turnout And How Kids See The Election Horticulture Day: State Forest Trees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-state-forest-trees <p>On Horticulture Day we spend a lot of time talking about the trees in your yard, this week we talk about the trees in Iowa’s state forests.&nbsp;Host Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh, who has been traveling around to our state forests lately&nbsp;and tells us about what he has seen. Then horticulturist Richard Jauron joins the conversation to answer listener questions.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:12:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9867 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: State Forest Trees Iowa First Swing State to Allow Early In-Person Voting http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-first-swing-state-allow-early-person-voting <p>Early in-person voting has begun in Iowa, the first swing state to open polling sites.</p><p>Residents of the battleground state can now vote in person at their local county auditors' offices or turn them in by mail. Some areas will offer additional satellite locations.</p><p>At the Polk County Auditor's office in downtown Des Moines Thursday morning, a line of voters stretched down the block as the door opened.</p><p>Peter Clay, 62, was among the many supporters of President Obama. He says he's volunteered for the campaign on his days off from his job as a zookeeper.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:39:03 +0000 Sarah McCammon 8654 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa First Swing State to Allow Early In-Person Voting King, Vilsack Meet for First Debate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/king-vilsack-meet-first-debate <p>The Democratic challenger in Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District, Iowa's former first lady Christie Vilsack, came out swinging in the first face-to-face debate of the campaign.&nbsp;&nbsp; Incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King was caught a little off guard.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:08:48 +0000 Joyce Russell 7577 at http://iowapublicradio.org King, Vilsack Meet for First Debate With Convention Just Ahead, Obama Asks Iowans to Vote, Volunteer http://iowapublicradio.org/post/convention-just-ahead-obama-asks-iowans-vote-volunteer <p>On a muggy afternoon, President Obama addressed an open-air crowd of an about 10,000 people at Living History Farms near Des Moines. He says the GOP convention involved "a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but nobody told you what they were."</p><p></p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:32:54 +0000 Sarah McCammon 7325 at http://iowapublicradio.org With Convention Just Ahead, Obama Asks Iowans to Vote, Volunteer My Farm Roots: Barb and Lynn Handy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-barb-and-lynn-handy <p><em>This is the seventh installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"> </a><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><u>Click here to explore more </u></a><u><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots">My Farm Roots</a></u> stories and to share your own.</em></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:52:27 +0000 Camille Phillips 7103 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Barb and Lynn Handy Romney Pushes Small-Government Solutions in Eastern Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-pushes-small-government-solutions-eastern-iowa <p>Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at a manufacturing plant in Bettendorf Wednesday - not far from where President Obama wrapped up his three-day campaign swing through Iowa a week earlier.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:43:39 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 6804 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney Pushes Small-Government Solutions in Eastern Iowa Iowa State Fair 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-state-fair-2012 <p>We're at the Iowa State Fair, and we're taking you with us. From the grand concourse for a Zumba lesson, to Pioneer Hall for a classic radio play, to an outdoor stage for square dancing...and monster arming wrestling to butterfly tagging. Join us for this special edition of "Talk of Iowa".</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:29:05 +0000 Katherine Perkins & John Pemble 6461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa State Fair 2012 President Obama, First Lady, Wrap Up Iowa Swing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-first-lady-wrap-iowa-swing <p>President Obama closed out his three-day bus trip across Iowa with an assist— from First Lady Michelle Obama. Her visit helped to highlight the president’s softer side—and remind Iowa why it holds such a special place for the first family.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:02:33 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 6449 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama, First Lady, Wrap Up Iowa Swing Iowa's Olympic Past http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-olympic-past <p>Lolo Jones, Gabby Douglas, Miranda Leek, Lisa Uhl, and Jake Varner, these are the athletes Iowans will be watching particularity closely at the Olympic games in London. On today&rsquo;s &ldquo;Talk of Iowa&rdquo; we take a look back at the trials and triumphs of Iowa Olympians past.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:38:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe 5308 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Olympic Past RAGBRAI Director TJ Juskiewicz on Ride's 40th Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ragbrai-director-tj-juskiewicz-rides-40th-year <p>RAGBRAI XL, the Register&rsquo;s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, rolls out of Sioux Center on Sunday. On the latest &quot;Talk of Iowa&quot;, host Charity Nebbe spoke with the director of RAGBRAI, TJ Juskiewicz. Juskiewicz shared what is new for this year&#39;s route, why the tradition has continued over the years, and how the weather might affect the ride.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:11:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe 4956 at http://iowapublicradio.org RAGBRAI Director TJ Juskiewicz on Ride's 40th Year Summer Drought http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-drought <p>Most of Iowa is now experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions&hellip; along with more than half the country.&nbsp; On today&#39;s &quot;River to River&#39; we hear from farmers, business owners and cities about how they&rsquo;re being affected.&nbsp; We talk with Elwynn Taylor about the prospects for turning the dry weather around.&nbsp; And Harry Hillaker tells us how this drought compares with others in the state&rsquo;s history.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:45:08 +0000 Ben Kieffer 4952 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Drought Des Moines Turning Into Hub for Entrepeneurship http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-turning-hub-entrepeneurship <p>More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we&#39;ll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We&#39;re also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:06:08 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3434 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines Turning Into Hub for Entrepeneurship Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-travel-destinations-iowa <p>Looking to travel this summer? On today&#39;s Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She&#39;ll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:32:36 +0000 Charity Nebbe 3427 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa Raucous Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come http://iowapublicradio.org/post/raucus-iowa-convention-may-signal-whats-come You know things are going badly when the person at the front of the room has to say, "This is not going well." The fireworks at Iowa's Republican State Convention began even before lunchtime Saturday. At one point during the day, the parliamentarian threatened to kick out the next person who tried to speak out of order.<p>If Saturday's convention is any indication, Mitt Romney may not be in for smooth sailing at this summer's national convention in Florida.<p>Why the rancor in Iowa? Many longtime party activists say supporters of Texas Rep. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:41:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 3313 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Beekeeping and Honey Production http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-beekeeping-and-honey-production <p>Honey bees are at risk around the world.&nbsp;&nbsp; On today&#39;s Talk of Iowa we&rsquo;ll discuss bees, bee behavior and biology, why we need them, and why they&rsquo;re in jeopardy.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll also talk about beekeeping as a hobby and the business end of honey production and pollination.&nbsp; Guests are the State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, beekeeper Jesse Randall, a professor at Iowa State University, and honey-producer Curt Bronnenberg of the Spring Valley Honey Farms of Perry.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:41:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe 2704 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Beekeeping and Honey Production