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
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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Battle of the Chefs
2:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Six Chefs Battle Thursday

Last year's champions, Tacopocalypse, will return for this year's battle.
Iowa Public Radio

Six Iowa chefs will compete Thursday at West End Salvage in Des Moines for the second annual Iowa Public Radio Battle of the Chefs. They're all out to win. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:50 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Life and Times of Mark Twain

Mark Twain collection
Terry Ballard

Mark Twain was an incredibly prolific writer. He published more than 30 books and pamphlets, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles.

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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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