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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Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Clare Roth: croth@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @ClareAliceRoth
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
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Horticulture
2:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Late Fall Tasks in the Garden

gourds
Wikimedia Commons

Have you started getting your garden ready for winter? 

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Talk of Iowa
3:48 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Haunted Iowa

The "Black Angel" in Iowa City
Wikimedia Commons

Looking for a haunted house to visit this Halloween? 

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Arts and Culture
3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Scary Language of Halloween

Halloween can almost generate a dictionary of its own.

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Self-perception and Body Image
5:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Talking to Ourselves: How Self-Talk Affects Body Image

Locker says negative self-image and stress surrounding weight loss can start as young as 5 or 6 years old.
wader Flickr

When you stand in front of the mirror and look at your image can you see yourself as you really are?

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Girls On The Run
5:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

One Woman's Run to Self-Confidence

There are two Girls on the Run councils in Iowa.
Diana Thomas Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

One day, while out on a run, Molly Barker had a breakthrough. Ten years later, “Girls on the Run” is a nationally known after school program for girls. 

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Death and Dying
5:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

"Both Sacred and Profane": Lessons from a Crematory

The body is placed in a container on top this hydraulic hoist, which lifts it to the opening of the crematory, about three and a half feet off the ground.
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

When her husband died, Brenda, an Iowa City resident, struggled to explain the death to her four sons. So she turned to a person who handles death for a living: her husband’s funeral director.

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Hort Day
12:16 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

How Many Spiders Do You Swallow in Your Sleep?

Wolf spiders are one of the largest and most commonly seen spiders in Iowa.
Roadsidepictures Flickr

The answer is: probably zero. ISU entomologist Donald Lewis says fears and myths about spiders are overblown.

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Talk of Iowa
2:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Keeping Promises: "Because I said I would"

TEDxYouth@Austin / flickr

When Alex Sheen’s dad died he made a promise to do something to keep his father’s legacy alive.

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Talk of Iowa
4:36 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Slowly but Surely: Bridging the Gender Divide in Engineering

book cover

Early in the 20th century when women started to move into engineering careers, they were labeled as “invaders.”

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Jackson Pollock's Mural: The Transitional Moment

Jackson Pollock's "Mural"
courtesy: University of Iowa Museum of Art

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.

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Horticulture Day
3:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Autumn Plant Harvest: Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds

Usually Melancholy / flickr

They are easy to grow, decorative and delicious.

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LGBT Athletics
5:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

"Keep Telling as Many Stories as We Can": How Outsports Helps Athletes Come Out

Cyd Zeigler sits at Philadelphia book signing for his book "The Outsports Revolution: Truth and Myth in the World of Gay Sports."
reflexblue Flickr

Cyd Zeigler said the idea for Outsports.com came from the simple desire to talk about sports with other gay men.

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Food
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

PBS New Show “Food Forward” Features Iowa “Food Rebels”

Bison roaming on Bob Jackson's farm near Promise City
Screenshot

There are lots of opinions about how to eat and grow healthy food. The new PBS show Food Forward takes a look at some of them. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Wildlife Day: The Fascinating, Hidden Life of Skunks

fieldsbh / flickr

Step outside on a brisk fall evening and sometimes you will find that the air is perfumed with the unmistakable pungent odor of a skunk.

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Talk of Iowa
1:04 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Living Transgender In Iowa

Ellen Krug

When Ed Krug was growing up in Cedar Rapids he felt like he always had something to prove.

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Horticulture
12:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Organics Growing in Iowa

an organic vegetable garden
Wikimedia Commons

Demand for organic produce in Iowa is growing.

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Books
4:02 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Encore: "My Family and Other Hazards," a Trip Down Putt-Putt Memory Lane

Tom Thumb miniature golf course
Courtesy of June Melby

What did your childhood summer consist of? Swimming pools, games of frisbee, putt-putt golf? For June Melby, a Decorah resident, it was the latter - and only the latter. 

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Talk of Iowa
10:23 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Red Moon: Animal Borne Pathogens and Good Old Fashioned Horror

Fred Locklear

Benjamin Percy's 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.

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Books
1:53 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Grant Wood’s Iowa: A Travel Guide Inspired by a Budding Romance

Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

English artist William Rose says the first time he saw Grant Wood’s American Gothic in person, he was surprised.

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Books
12:23 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Author Jane Smiley's Newest Book on Long List for National Book Award

Jane Smiley with host Charity Nebbe in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Jane Smiley’s newest novel is the first in a trilogy that will follow one Iowa family over the course of 100 years.

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Hort Day
2:35 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

The Beauty of Iowa Fall Foliage

Changing colors reflect in a pond nearby Des Moines.
TumblingRun Flickr

Summer is officially over, but the changing of the seasons brings a whole new type of beauty to our Iowa landscape.

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Music
11:52 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Pieta Brown’s New Album Inspired by “Midwestern Magic”

Pieta Brown with her collaborator Bo Ramsey in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Iowa City based singer-songwriter Pieta Brown says she had more focus than ever while producing her newest album Paradise Outlaw.

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Books
11:38 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Novel “Love Me Back” Full of Sex and Struggle

Merritt Tierces’ debut novel, Love Me Back, was inspired in part by her own struggle with “body politics.”

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Talk of Iowa
4:44 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Celine Cousteau: The Amazon has Chosen Me, and I've Listened

Explorer and Filmmaker Celine Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau
Drake University

At the age of nine, Celine Cousteau spent two weeks with her grandfather in the Amazon, nursing a pygmy marmoset to health and catching piranha.

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Talk of Iowa
4:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Iowa's Bellevue War/The Littleton Brothers in the Civil War

Iowa's 1840 "Bellevue War"

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.

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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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