Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour, capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth, their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa," (Univ. of Iowa Press) and Bill Witt of Cedar Falls, his photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie" (Univ. of Iowa Press).
Host Ben Kieffer talks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and UNI Assistant Professor of Political Science Chris Larimer about WikiLeaks the Culver to Branstad transition and negotiations over tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Join in the conversation with your political observations.
Going to college is supposed to prepare you for life, but many college graduates find themselves lost once they get that diploma. This time, we talk about a new course at the University of Iowa that is designed to help students figure out what they want and need to get out of their college years. We'll hear about "Life Design: Building Your Future" from course instructor David Gould; Phil Johnson, a former Teaching Assistant in the class; and U.I. students Alex Brandt and Ben Welper, who are currently enrolled in the class.
Freelancers and independent contractors now account for 30-percent of the U.S. workforce. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who were forced to reinvent themselves in the wake of a down economy and develop their own businesses. Among the guests- Ruth Paarmann of Cedar Rapids who lost her job as a copywriter in 2002 and started her own creative writing company. Plus, Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union discusses trends in the marketplace for freelancers and how to stay viable as an independent contractor.
Iowa State creative writing professor Benjamin Percy joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to talk about his new novel, The Wilding. The novel, a dark tale of man versus nature, is set in the Oregon wilderness as three generations of men struggle with the elements in addition to their own emotions. This hour, we'll discuss his writing, the natural world and the inspiration to be drawn from it. We'll also talk about his experiences in Hollywood - one of his short stories is being made into a movie.
Host Dean Borg talks with two power brokers in the new Iowa General Assembly- Republican House Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. Major philosophical differences separate their priorities for the state, but they are pledging cooperation. Then, a conversation with David Roederer, appointed by Governor-elect Terry Branstad to head the state's management department.
Jordan Coolwater is a young American Indian living with grandparents on Creek Indian land and he's the protagonist in a new collection of short stories. IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Iowa City writer Eddie Chuculate about his book "Cheyenne Madonna." We'll also talk about American Indian literature through history with English professors Phillip Round of the University of Iowa and James Coppoc of Iowa State University.
Americans are self-segregating... clustering themselves into like-minded communities. That's according to Bill Bishop, the author of "The Big Sort." In re-broadcast program, we'll talk with Bishop who spoke at Drake University in September as part of the "Better Together Creating Community through Civility" speaker series. Then we talk with sponsors of the series about the state of civility in Iowa.
Much about Grant Wood's patriotism and masculinity has been read into "American Gothic," with its pitchfork-holding farmer and his dour companion standing in front of an Eldon, Iowa farmhouse. R. Tripp Evans, an art historian at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, argues that even more has been misread, overshadowing Wood's rich and varied artistic career. In a re-broadcast program, Charity Nebbe speaks with Evans, author of the new book, "Grant Wood: A Life."
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest sorority founded by African- American women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood like any other sorority, but this one was founded by a handful of women one generation out from slavery who wanted to make the most of their education and lives. We'll explore that history and the culture of black sororities today with Deborah Whaley, Prof.
More than ever before, referees in the National Football League face greater scrutiny for their officiating. Instant replay technology allows viewers at the stadium and those watching on television immediate verification on whether the calls on the field are correct. What's it like being on the field and having to make a split-second decision that is put under the microscope for so many to judge? We'll talk with Cedar Rapids native Bill Quinby who worked as an NFL side judge for more than two decades. Plus, a conversation with ten-year NFL player and University of Iowa graduate Tim Dwight.
Last minute buzzer beaters, Cinderella stories and nail-biters: there's all kind of drama on Iowa's basketball courts. We'll talk to three of the coaches, Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State, Ben Jacobson of U.N.I. and Lisa Bluder of the University of Iowa.
The Smarter Sustainable Dubuque Project seeks to lessen that community's carbon footprint. More than 300 people in the city are participating in a water pilot study which allows them to track their near-real time water usage. Host Ben Kieffer talks with guests about these new meters, how their influencing Dubuque residents and what it means for the city. Then, we'll talk about efforts throughout the state of Iowa to conserve energy and become more sustainable.
The Mississippi River has been dredged, shaped and changed. We'll travel back in time to when the river ran wild. Guests are Lee Sandlin author of "Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" (Pantheon Books) and Jerry Enzler, Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.
Four Loko, and caffeinated alcoholic beverages like it, have been officially banned by the Food and Drug Administration. "Blackout in a can" as these drinks have been nicknamed, are commonly sold in 23.5 ounce cans with up to a 12% alcohol content and have been compared to drinking four cups of coffee in addition to four cans of beer. This hour we speak with Dr. Michael Takacs, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics about alcohol and caffeine's effects on the body and why these drinks can be dangerous.
It's time to finish putting the garden to bed and try to wake up the Christmas Cactus. It's Horticulture Day, and we'll talk about prepping the garden for winter and taking care of holiday plants. We'll also take your calls. Joining IPR's Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of the Iowa State University Horticulture Department.
For national education week, host Ben Kieffer looks at some of the hot topics in education. Governor-elect Terry Branstad made no secret of the fact that he does NOT support Governor Culver's state funded preschool program for Iowa's 4-year-olds. We'll talk about what quality preschool programs look like and where the gaps are in Iowa's system. Then we examine how Iowa judges teacher performance, and whether student achievement a good measure of teacher performance.
Our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, gives us an update on mistakes to avoid in weatherization efforts and how to incorporate recycled materials and "green" methods in your weatherproofing projects.
Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle and Drake University Professor of Politics Dennis Goldford about the lame duck congressional session and the debt commission's recommendations.
If you're planning a getaway over the holiday, think Iowa. Lori Erickson of Iowa City, author of "Iowa: Off the Beaten Path" (now in its ninth edition) and Shawna Lode of the Iowa Tourism Office share some of their favorite Iowa holiday tourist destinations.
Host Ben Kieffer talks with Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta of Hiawatha. Today, Sal Giunta will become the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. There have only been eight recipients of the military's highest honor in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Giunta, who serves with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, exposed himself to enemy fire in October 2007, when an insurgent force ambush split his squad into two groups. Later, Ben speaks with Rabbi Jay Holstein, the J.J.
Next time you're walking around Des Moines, look up and you might see something interesting on some old buildings. We'll talk about the stone carvings of faces known as "grotesques" that adorn buildings around the world. The guest is Jan Fleming, author of "Grotesques in Des Moines..Iowa and Abroad." Later, University of Iowa professor Rick Altman will tell us about "The Living Nickelodeon," his presentation that relives the multimedia spectacles that characterized film exhibition during the two decades between the invention of cinema and the rise of feature films.
This is the first time we've applied our historic sound project to a building. Iowa's largest memorial to war veterans is closed for renovation. Sometimes called the "barn," it will never be the same. Historic audio clips come from Iowa Public Television, the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting and IPR. Note: Vets reopened in 2012.