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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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals

Two fawns that were rehabilitated last year by Host Charity Nebbe's mother Linda Nebbe of Cedar Falls. The fawns are from different mothers and are meeting for the first time.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

Last summer many wild animals suffered because of a lack of water, this year nests have been washed out and wild babies have been separated from their mothers through floods and storms. Host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how natural disasters affect the boom and bust cycles of Iowa's wildlife populations.

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Talk of Iowa
3:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Writing Lads of Cedar Rapids

From the left mystery writers Rob Cline, Lennox Randon and Dennis Green in Randon's Cedar Rapids home. "The Lads," as Green calls them, were guests on Talk of Iowa to discuss their work and frienship.
Lileah Harris

When Lennox Randon asked his friends Rob Cline and Dennis Green to form a writing group, they were reluctant to devote the time until Randon mentioned his diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer.  Now the three Cedar Rapids residents have been meeting weekly for more than two years to write, read and help each other polish their work.  Their dedication has paid off with three separate publishing contracts.  The men are each mystery writers,

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

The Literary Merit of Horror and Fantasy

Grand Central Publishing

Benjamin Percy's new novel "Red Moon" is a coming of age story, with razor sharp political commentary, an inventive rewriting of human history, the science of animal borne pathogens, and good old fashioned horror.  Host Charity Nebbe and Percy discusses his arduous research process which took him to the veterinary labs of Iowa State University and taxidermy shops.

Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Horticulture Day: Fresh Fish and Veggies

Flickr / Cara Harpole

Fish and fresh veggies make an appealing paring for dinner, but they can also be a great duo in the greenhouse.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses aquaponics, which is the growing of crops with nutrient rich waste water from fish farming.  Iowa State University Extension fisheries specialist Allen Pattillo and horticulturist Richard Jauron join the program.

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Talk of Iowa
4:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Summer Reading

From the right, Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore, and Paul Ingram and Jan Weismill of Prairie Lights Books.
Sarah Boden / IPR

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and one of those pleasures is the time to dig into a great book.  Host Charity Nebbe previews books for summer reading lists with Paul Ingram and Jan Weismiller of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore in Knoxville. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Paranormal Iowa

Artist rendering by "The Van Meter Visitor" co-author Kevin Lee Nelson. A giant bat-like creature supposedly terroized Van Meter in 1903.

Legend has it that in 1903, for several nights in a row the small town of Van Meter was terrorized by a giant bat-like creature. One-hundred ten years later, Talk of Iowa tries to uncover the truth with author Chad Lewis, a paranormal investigator and co-author of the new book "The Van Meter Visitor: A True and Mysterious Encounter with the Unknown."

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Talk of Iowa
1:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Raptors and Watercolors

University of Iowa Press / James Landenberger

There is no substitute for seeing a soaring red tailed hawk, circling turkey vulture or bald eagle snatching a fish out of a river, but the paintings of the late James Landenberger capture some of the majesty of these moments.  Talk of Iowa talks about Iowa's birds of prey with Jon Stravers, is the the Driftless Area Coordinator for the National Audubon Society's

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Talk of Iowa
1:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Cooking With Wood-Fired Ovens

Basheer Tome / flickr

Fire is the original way to cook and it’s making a comeback in Iowa. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on wood fired ovens, a growing trend in the restaurant business. Food Critic Jim Duncan shares how these ovens are being used in restaurants around the state and Matt Steigerwald talks about the wood fired pizza oven at his Lincoln Wine Bar in Mt. Vernon.

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Talk of Iowa
9:11 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Memory Loss and Caretakers

Working Group Theatre

When Alzheimer's disease robs someone of their memory, it's not just that person who experiences loss.  "Talk of Iowa" explores the path of people who care for loved ones with memory loss. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Storm Kings

Flickr / koschi

Tornados weren’t commonly called tornados until the early 20th century.  Instead these violent storms were referred to as landspouts, whirlwinds or cyclones.  Author Lee Sandlin talks to “Talk of Iowa” about his new book “Storm Kings” which details the history of a group of storm chasers from the 1800s who were instrumental in advancing the scientific understanding of tornados.

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Talk of Iowa
2:03 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

History Of The Iowa Lakeside Lab

It’s described as a complex ecosystem, a perfect place for a biological field station. Today on Talk of Iowa, we hear about the history of the Iowa Lakeside Lab, near Lake Okoboji. Thousands of Iowa college students have spent time there over the last 114 years, thanks to the dream of a University of Iowa president who died in 1934.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The "Iowa Swabian Hall” Pig & Iowa's Edible Beans

Rustik Rooster Farms

When he was a kid, Carl Blake II raised pigs for Iowa county fairs. But now as a farmer in his 40s, Blake thought pork should taste better. So he bred his own pig, based on a 19th century German hog.  He says this odd-looking, fatty porcine is so tasty that it melts in your mouth. We’ll find out how the Iowa Swabian Hall is now the favorite of some of America’s top chefs.  Also, we hear about the one Iowa farmer growing edible dry beans. Jason Grimm of Grimm Family Farms in Iowa County is having great success with his Black Turtle beans.

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Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Horticulture Day

blmiers2 / flickr

Spring is coming.  In these few remaining weeks of winter there are some things we need to get done out in the yard. Forester Mark Vitosh and horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here. We’ll talk about what we need to do before spring arrives and Mark and Richard will answer your questions.

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