Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 9 p.m. on IPR News
 

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state. This IPR original brings a range of experts to the microphone to discuss a myriad of topics. Guests include Jim Pease for the Wildlife Program and of course, the Hort Gang on Fridays. Join us for smart, friendly conversation about what's happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live.

During the show, contact us at 1-866-780-9100, IPRTalk on Twitter, our Facebook page, or email us at talkofiowa@iowapublicradio.org. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Talk of Iowa
5:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

The Complexities of Aid In Dying, Physician-Assisted Suicide

Lee Haywood

Caring for a loved one who is suffering at the end of life can be an ordeal, and many feel more options are needed.

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Hort Day
4:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Not Just Corn and Soybeans--Iowa's Unexpected Crops

Peach orchards, like this one in Virginia, may seem foreign to Iowa. But peaches are one of the many new, unexpected crops farmers are trying to grow in Iowa.
Karen Blaha Wikimedia Commons

Iowa and Georgia have one thing in common: they're known for their signature crop. But one man is blurring those lines. 

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Horticulture Day
4:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

"Like Cooked Pudding": the Beauty of Iowa Fens

Rebecca Kauten, a fen enthusiast and expert, stands before the Ciha Fen.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

When we think of Iowa landscape, Iowa prairie and Iowa farm field immediately come to mind. But there's an unexpected gem of Iowa land that often gets overlooked: the fen. 

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Unexpected Iowa
5:20 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Imported Windmills, Matchstick Models, and Hobo Jungles--Iowa's Unexpected Attractions

Patrick Acton poses with his matchstick recreation of the International Space Station. Much of Acton's artwork is on display in Gladbrook.
Matchstick Marvels

Maybe your parents took you to the American Gothic House in Eldon when you were a kid. Or maybe you stopped by the Field of Dreams in Dyersville on a road trip. But have you been to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery in Traer?

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Unexpected Iowa
4:50 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

World Class Instrument Builders Locate in Iowa

Doug Lawrence, a featured solosit in the Count Basie Orchestra, playing a TM Custom, made in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Courtesy of Tenor Madness

Iowa’s music scene is known for names like Glenn Miller, Slipknot, and Greg Brown, but we don’t often don’t think of the people who make their careers possible: the instrument builders.

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Unexpected Iowa
4:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Electronica's Roots: the First Digital Synthesizer Built on Iowa Campus

a telharmonium constructed by Iowan Thaddeus Cahill
Wikimedia Commons

If you’re a fan of electronica, you’ve got several Iowans to thank.

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Unexpected Iowa
2:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Iowa's Rich Literary Culture

A literature-inspired mural in downtown Iowa City. Can you identify the various books the mural suggests?
Steev Hise

Iowa is a destination for many aspiring writers from around the world, but the state has also been the origin of many gifted authors.

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Unexpected Iowa
5:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Is This Heaven? Iowa's Utopian Communities

The Amana Colonies may be the best-known utopian community in Iowa, but they're far from the only one.
Kepper66 Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve spent any time in Iowa then you’ve heard the name ‘Amana’ thrown around. But what about ‘Icarian’?

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Horticulture
3:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Decomposition, an Important Process We'd Rather Not Think About

decaying leaves
Wikimedia Commons

We give insects credit for pollination, but we often take their other work for granted. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Basement Remodeling

Dolan H / flickr

The winter months are a great time to work on some of those indoor projects you’ve been putting off and right now is a great time to make your plans.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about planning your winter basement remodeling project.

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Farm Transfer
5:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

"Buying the Farm" and Buying the Farm

The concept of 'the eldest son inheriting the land' is an outdated one, and families without a coherent and explicit will may leave their descendants a mess of trouble after their deaths.
Christiane Tas Wikimedia Commons

Inheritance of any family business is a sticky issue. But when that family business doubles as your childhood home, emotions run even higher.

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Books
3:43 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Actress Melissa Gilbert on Life After "Little House on the Prairie"

"Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe with actress Melissa Gilbert in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books is a rite of passage for millions of children. 

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History
5:03 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Other Albert Einstein

Hans Albert Einstein was the child of Albert Einstein's first marriage to Mileva Maric.
Rev. Superinteressante Wikimedia Commons

Science often runs in the family. And while the Albert Einstein we all know studied particle physics, his first son, Hans Albert Einstein, studied rivers.

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Talk of Iowa
2:23 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Hort Day: Suddenly It's Fall

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.

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Talk of Iowa
1:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

"Courage and Devotion"

taken from the book cover

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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Talk of Iowa
1:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Do you Pecha Kucha?

The audience at a Pecha Kucha night in Des Moines.
Courtesy of Pecha Kucha Des Moines

We're seeing a rebirth of the lecture. TED talks go viral on YouTube regularly. Now Pecha Kucha is popping up all over Iowa.

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Wildlife Day
4:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

An Abundance of Pheasants: Talking Birds on Wildlife Day

This summer saw a big spike in pheasant sightings.
Feuerstein46 Wikimedia Commons

What game birds have you seen this summer?

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Talk of Iowa
2:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Online Civility and Communicating in a Text-Based World

Daniel Rehn

When University of Iowa associate professor Kembrew McLeod wrote in protest of the university's pink locker room, he expected some hate-mail, but he was not prepared for how much the comments would hurt.

Responses like "I speak for the state of Iowa in saying that we detest you at a molecular level" and "Honestly, I do hope this guy gets beat up" can really "wear on one’s psyche," he says.

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Hort Day
2:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Summer Produce, Made to Last

What are your plans for your bumper crop of summer produce?
Noah Sussman Flickr

Like it or not, summer is nearly gone. But you don’t have to say goodbye to summer produce.

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Sex
5:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Talking "The Talk"

The sex talk can range from full descriptions of parents' first times to one word: protection.
BrokenSphere Wikimedia Commons

When did your parents first talk to you about sex? What did they say? 

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Books
3:16 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Dubuque Based Bestselling Author Heather Gunderkauf on "Little Mercies"

In her latest book, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences.

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History
3:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Iowan Joe Michaud on Patrolling the Berlin Wall

A checkpoint on the Berlin Wall
Wikimedia Commons

Joe Michaud was a border guard for the US Army working along the East/West border in Germany starting in 1959.

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Making Movies in Flyover Country

The cast and crew of "Belleville" worked on location in Illinois. Now, they're holding a casting call in Iowa.
Courtesy of Dan Treadman

People associate Iowa with  "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Field of Dreams." But what movies are being shot in Iowa today?

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Horticulture Day
11:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fall Color Accents For Your Yard and Garden

gabontour / flickr

Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

From Chimpanzees in Senegal to Des Moines' Bonobos

Jill Pruetz walking with chimpanzees in Senegal
Julie Lesnik

Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz introduced the world to the spear-wielding Savannah chimpanzees of Senegal. She's just returned to Iowa from her summer in that country; and this hour, host Charity Nebbe talks with with her about her discoveries.

And later in the hour, an update on the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, from the organization's president and staff scientist, Bill Hopkins.

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Books
4:32 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

"Dear Committee Members," Do You Really Need a Letter of Recommendation?

Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all been asked for letters of recommendation. At the end of the day, what’s the point? 

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Soil Erosion
4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Combating Climate Change Through Soil Science

Much of Iowa's soil is eroded due to certain farming practices
Lynn Betts Wikimedia Commons

Iowa is nestled in the center of America’s breadbasket; one of our most precious resources is beneath our feet. But it’s a resource in jeopardy.

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Food
9:13 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Barbecuing an “Art,” with Lots of Rules…

Kansas City Barbeque Society Master Judge Dave Compton in Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines studios
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

For Phil Cummings, Iowa Farm Bureau Cook Off State Fair Barbeque Grand Champion, barbecuing is a family affair. 

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Horticulture
3:10 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Dragonfly Swarms a Marker of Good Water Quality

Wikimedia Commons

There have been reports of dragonfly swarms in certain parts of the state this summer. 

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Talk of Iowa
10:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Price of Sand: Documentary Investigates Communities Divided

screenshot from the documentary
Jim Tittle

When a silica sand mining company bought 160 acres near his mother’s home in Eastern Minnesota, Jim Tittle had lots of questions.

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