Dennis Reese

Mid-Day Host and Talk Show Producer

Dennis Reese is the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio.  He is also a producer for the talk shows Talk of Iowa and River to River.  He is based in Iowa City. Dennis began his career in public radio at the University of Iowa’s WSUI in 1981 as its Program Director, after several stints as News Director at a number of commercial radio stations in Iowa and after working his way through college as a disc jockey in formats including Top 40, Easy Listening and country & western.  

Dennis has a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a  B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dennis’ favorite public radio program is Car Talk.

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Mary Roach’s first book proposal was the product of a dare on New Year’s Eve. She says she never envisioned herself as the author of several New York Times best-selling books.

“I’d been writing for magazines for 10-15 years. Writing a book seemed daunting, but I worked in an office with a lot of writers. We would make predictions for what we would all do in the coming year. Someone said I would get a book contract, and then it was October, and I figured I needed to get started.”

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Iowa City still has the mark of Howard Moffitt all over. His hobbit-like houses sit intermingled with more traditional houses in many Iowa City neighborhoods to this day.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Richard DeGowin, author of “House of Moffitt, The First 20 Years – a Memoir”.

One characteristic of the Moffitt houses is that Moffitt built them on the premise that they were to be rented out and bought by low-income tenants.

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Hilda Rupp lived a tough life. She lost her own mother when she was only 17 and helped raised her 10 brothers and sisters through the Great Depression after her mother died. She went on to raise eight children of her own.

Hilda’s daughter, Joyce Rupp, writes about her mother and the lessons she learned from watching her resiliency in her new book Fly While You Still Have Wings and Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me.

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Many of us have a clear idea about how we would like to be cared for at the end of our lives, but communicating those wishes to family members can be difficult.  A new campaign called, “Honoring Your Wishes” is designed to help people start important conversations about end of life care. 

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In her new one-woman show, Housebroken, actress and playwright Megan Gogerty uses sarcasm and humor to describe the process of buying a new house.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Gogerty about the show, as well as her career as a solo performer.

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The local foods movement is gaining strength.  Farmers, grocers and chefs are all trying to meet the growing demand for high quality, locally sourced ingredients, but Chef Dan Barber thinks that the movement is missing a very important element - sustainability. 

“I do think that farm to table cooking can really fall into the category of elitism because of the way it’s practiced. It’s cherry picking ingredients that we most covet."

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Katie Roche is no stranger to the stage. She's in both the all-female folk band The Awful Purdies and the swing band The Dandelion Stompers.

But one of her recent efforts is with a special band member--her six-year-old daughter Stella Roux. Roche and Roux have a song featured on "For Kids & By Kids: Songs from Iowa Rock City Volume One." 

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Over his writing career spanning more than 30 years, W.P. Kinsella has become one of the finest storytellers in baseball’s history. He is also an acclaimed satirical author.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Kinsella about his writing and his new book, "The Essential W.P. Kinsella",  a collection of some of his best short stories over the years.

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If you’re looking for ways to use less energy in your home, getting your house deep energy retrofitted may an option.

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally describes the process as a remodel from the outside. It involves an energy audit and remediation that can reduce energy consumption by 30 percent in some cases, as well as improve the value of a home. He cautions that it can be a costly process.

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The annual Russian Guitar Festival in Iowa City will focus on Ukrainian music this year in light of the recent turmoil in the country. 

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In July of 2007 construction was beginning for a new housing development in Dubuque. That's when someone found human remains.  

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One of the famous Decorah eagles, a juvenile known as Four, died as a result of electrocution last week. 

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In her latest book, Vivian Gornick explores New York City through the lens of her friendship with 'Len.'

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There's two sports that are about as different from each other as you can get, but who have dedicated participants for life: bicycling and archery.

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What was Margaret Thatcher's response to being asked to sign a baseball? 

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Many in Iowa know Dan Gable’s name as a part of wrestling legend. How much do we know about the man himself?  

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In his new book, author Robert Waggoner argues that lucid dreaming is not only useful, but also simple to learn.

The U.S. Military lost more than 400,000 troops fighting in World War II. Frank Sandoval was one of them.

During this interview, an Oelwein author talks about her family's fight for survival in Nazi-run Austria during World War II.

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This hour, we hear about the two-year restoration of the University of Iowa Museum of Art's most important holding: the mammoth (8 X 20 feet) 1943 painting "Mural" by Jackson Pollock.

Not many of us are aware of an event that occurred in 1840 in Bellevue, Iowa, a town along the Mississippi River in Jackson County, south of Dubuque.  It was there on main street that a massive frontier gunfight took place, between outlaws and vigilantes.   The shoot-out was between a posse led by sheriff W.A. Warren and a group of men led by W.W.

And just like that… suddenly it’s Fall (or feels like it).  On this Horticulture Day, Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator is here along with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.  We talk about bulbs, spring blooming and fall blooming bulbs.  Just in time for some possible frost that might hit northern Iowa tonight.

For years Bruce Kindig of Davenport did his best to keep the history of the Civil War alive as a re-enactor and a history teacher. 

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The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.   But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called "food insecurity."   In simpler terms, they can't find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs. 

The "Hort Gang" from Iowa State is back today.  One of the gang, Cindy Haynes, Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture at Iowa State University, fills us in on ISU's upcoming "Field Days," offering gardeners a chance to get ideas for their own gardens and see a wide variety of plants in action.  The "Field Days" are held at a variety of locations across Iowa.

Also on the program is regular Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist and Iowa DNR District Forester, Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. 

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Water, water everywhere. There’s lots to fix and lots to improve in our homes during this wet Iowa summer.

Columnist Leah Eskin, an Iowa City native, has written about the roast chicken that was almost spoiled by a trip to the Emergency Room, the first real meal she made after being sidelined by chemotherapy, and the tart she made for her boyfriend (who later became her husband).  Eskin has been sharing her life and recipes with readers for 14 years.

This hour, Charity speaks with Eskin, the Pulitzer-prize nominated author of the Chicago Tribune's food column "Home on the Range."  Her new book is titled "Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a  Conundrum." (Running Press)

  Romance novels are now the top-performing category on the best-seller lists, generating nearly $1.5 billion dollars in profits for the publishing industry each year.   Almost every state has a Romance Writers of American chapter, including Iowa.  

O'Brien for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Dave O'Brien. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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