Talk of Iowa on IPR News and Studio One

Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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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Nature
3:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates

Eric Kilby

Increasingly recognized as "the next Jane Goodall" in primatology circles, Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz brings incredible research and stories back to Iowa from Senegal in western Africa, where she studies the lives of savanna chimpanzees.

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Talk of Iowa
10:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Passenger Pigeon's Extinction

Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius
Thomas A. Bennett

At one time, the passenger pigeon was everywhere in North America.  The population was 3 to 5 billion when European settlers first arrived, but by 1914 they were gone.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses the extinction of the passenger pigeon with Stan Temple of Aldo Leopold Foundation.

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Talk of Iowa
3:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Brilliance of Winged Rats

One of the 32 rock doves used in Wasserman's research at the University of Iowa's Comparative Cognition Laboratory.
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

Many Iowans find the common pigeon, or rock dove, a pest and call them "winged rats." However, this bird's brain is deceptively clever.

Ed Wasserman runs the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at the University of Iowa. Wasserman is world renowned for his work in animal intelligence, including proving that pigeons recognize individual human faces.

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Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Internment Camps in the U.S.

John Nakamura Remy http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

In 1942, the U.S. Government issued evacuation notices “to all persons of Japanese ancestry.”  In the wake of Pearl Harbor, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and into internment camps.  In this 'Talk of Iowa' program, Iowa State University Professor Emeritus and author Neil Nakadate talks about his family’s incarceration and his new memoir Looking After Minidoka.

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Talk of Iowa
6:46 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper

Greenfield’s Fourth of July watermelon run race, 1932.
K.H. Sidey Adair County Free Press

For 125 years, four generations of the Sidey family have delivered the news of Adair County.  While many small, independently owned papers perished or became parts of large conglomerates the Adair County Free Press persisted.

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Talk of Iowa
2:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Fighting for Education Equality

The Alexander Clark House in Muscatine, Iowa. Clark was a pioneer for African-American education in Iowa.
Alexander Clark House

Knowledge is power and throughout history groups with power have denied it to others by limiting their access to education.  Even in Iowa, always a free state, the barriers to education for African-Americans were high.

Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Richard Breaux of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Kesho Scott of Grinnell College about the history of African-American students at Iowa's universities and colleges.

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Talk of Iowa
12:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Noonan: The Most Common Medical Syndrome You've Never Heard Of

Max is 6 and has Noonan syndrome
photo submitted

Noonan syndrome is a genetic condition.  The characteristic facial features include low set ears, widely spaced-eyes, bright blue or blue-green eyes, a low hairline at the back of the head, and multiple congenital problems like heart defects and an unusually shaped chest.

A person with Noonan syndrome is often short, has a broad or webbed neck, low set nipples, and bleeding problems.  Developmental delay or intellectual disability are also common.

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Talk of Iowa
10:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Retiring: 'Time to Make the Donuts'

Retirement involves expectations, plans, and perhaps a reinvention
Julian Partridge http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

Forget the IRA for a minute.  How’s your portfolio for spending your time after retiring? Here’s a little advice and thoughts explored in this ‘Talk of Iowa’ program:

Make a plan. About a year before the retirement day, decide how you will be spending your time. Have a list of things to do: volunteering, learning a new skill, maintaining friendships and social networks, and develop ideas about how pieces of those goals can be accomplished every day.

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Home Improvement
3:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bursting Water Pipes: Prevention in the Cold

Split water pipes
andiezoe / flickr http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode

It has been a long cold winter in Iowa.  The extended time with temperatures below freezing and below zero has caused many Iowans grief as they find inoperable, broken, frozen, or even burst and leaking water pipes.  Our home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to give advice and answer listener questions.

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Population
2:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Predicting the Limit of Our Population

Transport in the Sahel, Africa, where population is rapidly growing
Roberto Neumiller

How many people can the Earth sustain? According to author and journalist Alan Weisman, "the planet just seems to be bursting at its seams."

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe interviews Weisman, who tackles that question in his new book, Countdown: Our Last, Best hope for a Future on Earth? She talks with him about what he learned by traveling the globe and studying different cultures and his vision of the future.

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Horticulture Day
1:53 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Starting Seeds Indoors

Common chickweed
Tico http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/legalcode

Spring may still seem far off, but now is the time to plan the garden, and in some cases it is time to start seeds indoors.  Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes are guests and give advice and answer listener questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:59 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

New York, 1987
Greg Wass

Iowan Sean Strub has lead a distinguished career as a gay rights activist and advocate for people with HIV/AIDS.  He founded POZ Magazine, designed to serve those living with the disease, a community he knows very well since he has been living with HIV since 1980.

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Talk of Iowa
4:08 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

True Stories Told Live

The Moth

The Moth Radio Hour has captured the hearts of public radio listeners, but before those “true stories told live” make it to the radio they are told on a stage somewhere in the United States. This Friday that stage is the Iowa City's Englert Theatre.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Maggie Cino, director of The Moth, and the host of Friday’s event Peter Aguero.  

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Talk of Iowa
3:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

'It Felt Like Freedom'

Nick Bassett on RAGBRAI 2013
Adaptive Sports Iowa

Nick Bassett from Boone Iowa was born with a spinal tumor, and scoliosis was diagnosed when he was an infant.  In high school, the condition worsened and he was confined to a wheelchair.  Bassett joined wheelchair track and field,  and a world was opened up to him.

"It felt like freedom.  I've been bound to my disability for a lot of my life...when I got out there on the track and was able to compete against other athletes, it was the greatest feeling in the world."

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Author Interview
3:39 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Time Traveling Back to the 1898 Omaha World's Fair

The Trans Mississippi International Exposition of 1898
F.A. Rinehart

There is a short list of World’s Fairs that have inspired many stories, New York 1939, Chicago 1893, St. Louis 1904.  The 1898 Omaha World’s Fair is not one of them… until now. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with author Timothy Shaffert about his latest novel The Swan Gondola which takes place on the eve of the Omaha World’s Fair.

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Talk of Iowa
3:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Monastery Candy

Chocolate-covered hazelnut meltaways handcrafted by the sisters of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey.
Monastery Candy

Iowa is home to many talented chocolatiers and a number of them live in a place that might surprise you. Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey is a cloistered monastic community of Trappistine nuns near Dubuque. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Mast Brothers' Red Wine Bonbons

The Masts recommend a full-bodied red wine and a Criollo-heavy chocolate with notes of dark fruit for their red wine bonbon recipe.
Credit Tuukka Koski / Little, Brown and Company

THE MAST BROTHERS' RED WINE BONBONS

A full-bodied red wine works best here, as it won't be overpowered by the dark chocolate.  Try a Criollo-heavy chocolate with notes of dark fruit, like Madagascar.

 GANACHE

  • Heavy cream, 1/2 cup
  • Dark chocolate, 6 ounces, chopped
  • Red wine, 2 ounces (just over 1/3 cup)
  • Unsalted butter, 1 tabled spoon

COATING

  • Dark chocolate, 8 ounces, melted and tempered

Make the Ganache

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Talk of Iowa
2:28 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The Sweetest Part of Valentine's Day

Michael and Rick Mast hired a sailboat to ship 20 metric tons of cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic to Brooklyn, NY.
Tuukka Koski Little, Brown and Company

Every year for Valentine's Day Americans spend over $1 billion on chocolate. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with some of Iowa's finest chocolatiers from Chocolaterie Stam, Chocolate Storybook, and Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey.

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Talk of Iowa
12:14 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Controversy Sparked by Critique of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop

higginskurt

Iowa Writer's Workshop alumnus Eric Bennett's article, "How Iowa Flattened Literature" in the Chronicle of Higher Education has ruffled feathers—especially in Iowa's writing community.  The first paragraph of the article reads: 

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Connecting Habitats in Iowa

At one time 85% of Iowa was covered by tallgrass prairie.
USFWS Mountain Prairie

Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist Jim Pease and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management.  They explain how Iowa's species are suffering due to a lack of connecting habitat as well as both the history of the state's roadside prairies, and the pros and cons of these

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Talk of Iowa
2:20 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Bittersweet and Funny: Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling
kevinkling.com

Everyone is at some point a storyteller.  

Kevin Kling is known for telling stories that are weird and wonderful.  He makes audiences laugh until they cry and he makes them cry until they laugh again.  In this 'Talk of Iowa,' Kling talks about storytelling, his upcoming residency at Central College in Pella, and his latest book On Stage with Kevin Kling.  

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Horticulture Day
11:13 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Farm Practices Threaten Bee Colonies

Amy Toth is one of several ISU faculty members working to understand the decline of pollinating insects
Bob Elbert

Gardeners and growers depend on the free labor of pollinators to produce fruits and vegetables. One of our most important pollinators, the honey bee, is in trouble world wide. This hour, new research gives us an insight as to why.

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Talk of Iowa
12:15 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Overcoming Eating Disorders

According to the Eating Disorder Coalition, the risk of developing an eating disorder is 50-80% determined by genetics.
daniellehelm

Approximately 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.  These diseases are hard to understand, difficult to treat and often deadly. 

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Sports
5:16 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports

Jeff Wasson

The Winter Olympics begin tomorrow, which got us thinking about the young athletes who will be watching the games... who may one day compete at state, national , or international levels.

Now more than ever, children and their parents are faced with the decision of whether or not to specialize in a sport at an early age – some children being only a few years old. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the concept of specializing children in sports.

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Talk of Iowa
2:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz

The Isham Jones Orchestra, early/mid 1920s
Infrogmation of New Orleans / flickr

When you think of jazz you might think of New Orleans or New York City.  But in the 20s, 30s, and 40s musicians in Iowa and the surrounding states kept Iowans dancing in ballrooms, hotel dining rooms, high school gymnasiums, and by playing on local radio. Join host Charity Nebbe for this hour of jazz in Iowa from the hot jazz of the 20s to the big band sound of the 30s and 40s. Hear from Jim Oatts, leader of the Des Moines Big Band, Josh Duffee, music director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, and John Benoit professor of music at Simpson College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Beatles 50th Anniversary

Bob Dorr's Beatle "military" coat from 1969, with a couple of the cut-out buttons that came inside the original issuance of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Courtesy of Bob Dorr

When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 Beatlemania arrived with them.

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Talk of Iowa
2:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Suing for Freedom

Above, these 51 Xs—some of which are repeated—are the signatures of the slaves upon their petitions for freedom filed in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Lea VanderVelde

In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that a slave could not sue for his freedom. Many call this ruling the worst Supreme Court decision of all time. 

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Home Improvement
12:58 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Stay Warm for Less

Aaron Ray

Residential and commercial buildings can use a lot of energy.  New building codes are being used in Iowa that can make for more efficient use of utilities. Home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to talk about the guidelines and answer listener questions about home projects.

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Talk of Iowa
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Listening Back to "The Maid Narratives"

"The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," discusses complicated racial dynamics within the homes of the Jim Crow era.
LSU Press

Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, "The Help."

Listen back to host Charity Nebbe's conversation with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, "The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," which tells the true stories of people who lived that reality.

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Health
12:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits

Blue Zones participant Lynn Stansbery with Dan Buettner and her grandson Cody at the Blue Zones Project kickoff event in Cedar Rapids
Blue Zones Project

Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.

Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.

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