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.

Want to share an idea for a future show? Contact one of our producers:
Ben Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
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
Lindsey Moon: lmoon@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @lindseysmoon

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Horticulture
2:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Greenhouse Poinsettias Created with a Virus

poinsettia blooms grown in greenhouses in the United States
Wikimedia Commons

The poinsettia, traditionally given as a gift around the holidays, is native to Northern Guatemala and Northern Mexico. 

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Books
4:20 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

When it Comes to Persuasion, Little Things Make a Big Difference

Martin found that when there is graffiti in an alley, people are more likely to litter in it.
Wikimedia Commons

You can significantly increase your ability to influence others by making very small shifts. 

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Studio One
2:59 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dependable Bands, Innovators and Pleasant Surprises: Studio One Hosts' 2014 Favorites

Cover art for TV On the Radio's album Seeds
TV on the Radio

Several dependable bands, some innovators and a few pleasant surprises made the list of IPR's Studio One hosts' favorite music of 2014.

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Science and Technology
12:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Resolve to be a Better Homeowner

A worker sprays foam insulation in a home
Ellzabeth Bule Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/legalcode

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally has some suggestions to help you be a better homeowner in 2015.

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Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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Talk of Iowa
12:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Amy Tan's Latest Novel, The Valley of Amazement

Author Amy Tan
Ronald van Holst

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures.

In her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, she does it again. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tan about her latest novel, the photo that inspired it, and writing her very first sex scenes.

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Arts and Culture
3:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Begonias & Dead Horses: The Best Folk & Classical Music of 2014

Cover art for Runa's Current Affairs album. Karen Impola ranks it number two on her list of the best releases of 2014

It was a good year for chamber music, orchestras, fusion and harmonies. That's according to two of IPR's music hosts who shared their favorite recordings of 2014.

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Wildlife Day
2:56 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Bald Eagles in Iowa: A Comeback Story

Charity Nebbe

The population of bald eagles in Iowa appears to be plateauing. That’s according to wildlife biologist Jim Pease.

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Holiday Book Guide
4:25 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

IPR's 2014 Children's Holiday Book Guide

Wikimedia Commons

Do you have a young bookworm on your Christmas list?

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Horticulture
11:57 am
Fri December 5, 2014

‘Tis the Season… For Ordering Garden Seeds

seed packets on display
Wikimedia Commons

For the seasoned gardener, seed catalogs have already begun to arrive in the mail.

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Music
5:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Christmas with Dan Knight

Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? For many of us, our favorite songs have memories associated with them.

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Talk of Iowa
5:34 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Child Care: Breaking the Bank

Jason Parks

Finding a trustworthy and affordable child care provider is one of the biggest challenges working parents face. At the same time, providers are asked to do demanding and important work for little pay.

Unfortunately, there's no easy answer to that problem, says infant and toddler consultant Beth Walling.

"It's like trying to tackle poverty," she says.

Walling is especially concerned, since studies show there's an achievement gap that exists at 10 months of age.

"A 3-year-old’s vocabulary can predict their third grade reading level."

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Holiday Book Guide
4:08 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

IPR's Holiday Book Guide

Jan and Paul do some last minute cramming before the show.
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

If book-buying is on your to-do list this season, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books are here to help.

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Orphan Trains
3:56 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Documentary Chronicles Orphan Trains

A photo of Stan and Vic Cornell, two orphans who eventually found a home because of the orphan trains.
courtesy of Clark Kidder

Thousands of orphan came to Iowa and other Midwestern states by train. A documentary premiering on Iowa Public Television tonight chronicles their stories.

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Food
1:11 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Making Old Thanksgiving Recipes New

a Thanksgiving table
Wikimedia Commons

There are foods in every family that have to make it to the Thanksgiving table. If you want to experiment with traditional dishes, where do you start?

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Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Living in 100 Square Feet

Small House Society President Greg Johnson sits on the porch of his tiny house,
Photo Courtesy of Greg Johnson

According to the 2012 Census, the average size of an American home is 2,598 square feet. 

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Talk of Iowa
9:06 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Inked: Getting Tattooed in Iowa

Michelle works on the black lines of the mermaid tattoo
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

Do you have a tattoo? Why did you get it, and what does it mean to you? 

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Horticulture
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Caring for Holiday Houseplants

Poinsettia blooms
Wikimedia Commons

Poinsettia are beautiful holiday plants, but if you’re given one as a host or hostess or pick up one in the store, how do you care for it after the holidays?  

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Arts and Culture
3:32 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Profound Quotations can have Profound Impact

One of President John F. Kennedy's most famous quotes is etched on the JFK Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary
L.C. Nøttaasen Licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr

The profound words of another can have a profound impact on our lives.  JFK inspired a generation with, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

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Literature
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pioneer Girl: The True, Gritty Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder

South Dakota Historical Society Press

Laura Ingalls Wilder completed the original draft of her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in the spring of 1930. It was never published, but it led to one of the most beloved series of books of all time.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is finally in print. Editor Pamela Smith Hill has painstakingly researched that original draft, sharing light on the events that Wilder wrote about, and painting a picture about a remarkable family that lived through momentous times.

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Wildlife Day
9:50 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Wildlife Day: Wild Creatures of Brazil

Caiman thermoregulating
Jim Pease

Jaguars don’t roam the prairies and Hyacinth Macaws don’t perch in our oak trees, but today on Talk of Iowa we learn about the wild creatures of Brazil with wildlife biologist, Jim Pease.

Big cats, small primates, colorful birds, and rodents of unusual size. We also find out why the biodiversity of the Amazon matters here in Iowa.

"While we still celebrate the wildlife that we have here in Iowa, I think we need to remember how diverse it once was," says Pease. "Visiting places that are these 'mega-diversity' places is important for a number of reasons."

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Talk of Iowa
5:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Video Games: The New Spectator Sport?

A listener submission of a comic published in "Toons" (published in Ames, Iowa since 1987)
Richard Lem

Do you know a teenager who plays video games as if it is his or her job? Well, some of those gamers are going pro - playing games in front of an audience and occasionally, getting paid.

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Horticulture
5:13 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Preserving the Nests of Bald-Faced Hornets

Monika Schnell IPR Listener, Iowa City

If you look closely at the trees right now, you can see things previous hidden, like the nests of bald-faced hornets.

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Arts and Culture
3:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Billy Collins/NaNoWriMo

Billy Collins
AP

Billy Collins has been called "America's favorite poet," and the former Poet Laureate will be visiting Iowa.

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History
4:21 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Encore: The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi

Otti and Freddy Blodi
Ben Stanton Iowa Public Radio

When Otty Schmakal left Austria at the beginning of World War II, she left behind her homeland and a fiancé who was training to be a doctor. 

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Home Improvement
4:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Is Insulation Enough?

Clayton Parker Flickr

The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

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Environment
1:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Habitat Loss and Its Impact on Iowa's Biodiversity

An IPR listener photo submission of a Great Blue Heron, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

Many scientists believe that Earth is in the midst of a sixth great extinction. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, threats to biodiversity in the Midwest.

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Hort Day
2:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Hort Gang: History in the Trees

There's a great deal of history to be found on most university campuses--but not just in the buildings and the libraries.

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Arts and Culture
11:52 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Bleeding Kansas, Iowa and the Underground Railroad

Advertisement of an anti-slavery meeting to be held on December 2, 1859, in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on the day that abolitionist John Brown was executed.
Kansas State Historical Society

Six years before the Civil War officially began, shots were fired in the Kansas Territory in the fight between pro-slavery settlers and free staters.

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Profile
4:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

One Man's Journey "From Hell to Iowa"

Charles Notis and his mother (right) soon after they escaped from Albania to Greece.
Courtesy of Charles Notis

Charles Notis created one of the most prominent commercial weather forecasting groups in the state with Harvey Freese.

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