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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Talk of Iowa
3:31 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Choosing Gratitude

Per Palmkvist Knudsen

All our lives we are taught to strive for things like success or wealth, but research shows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude daily can change your life.  James Autry and his wife, Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson have co-authored the new book “Choosing Gratitude 365 Days a Year.”  They sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss meditations on gratitude.

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Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Reclaiming the Holidays

Nicholas Jones

We’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but the ads keep coming and will continue for the next three weeks. For many, this emphasis on the material aspects of the holiday season can become overwhelming and may even overshadow the joy and fun of this special time of year.

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Talk of Iowa
12:46 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Mitch Albom

What happens to us after we die?  That’s a question many of us ponder.  The characters in Mitch Albom’s novels often have unusual insight into the answer.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Albom about his most recent novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven.  

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Santa's Helper for 40 years: Dave Stoufer

Santa's Helper Dave Stoufer reading to children November 30 in Washington, Iowa
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

Dave Stoufer tells stories about listening to kid's gift wishes, having his beard pulled, and other funny and heartfelt moments over his 40 years as Santa's helper. Stoufer has also recently written his memoirs with Santa stories.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder'

Derek Gavey

Richard Louv has written that “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.” Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from the man who coined the term “nature deficit disorder” about the importance of connecting with the natural world around us and the movement he helped to start.

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Holidays
2:55 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Hanukkah Lights 2013

Skyco / flickr

This special program aired in place of 'Talk of Iowa' November 29, 2013:

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 

Here is a link to the program:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/mpr_news_presents

Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Iowa's Local Food Economy

Produce at the Des Moines Farmers Market
Jason Mrachina

According to regional food coordinators, there is no local food network like the one in Iowa. The connection between farmers and distributors is very strong, and the network continues to grow larger every year. Even so, about 80% of the food Iowans consume is from out of state.

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

2013 Holiday Kids' Book List

"A wordless book that has a serenity and dreaminess to it that I think would be lovely to share." - Sue Davis
Candlewick Press

George Bernard Shaw said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville, Sue Davis of River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque and Jerri Heid of the Ames Public Library about the year's best books to be enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.  You can find the full list below.

Picture Books

Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard, Illustrated by David Slonim - "Lots of cute poems and great pictures." - Annie Leonard

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

2013 Book Gift List

Casey Fleser Flickr

Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, and Mollie Loughlin of The Book Vine in Cherokee about the best books to give as gifts this year.  We've compiled the list below, along with what our reviewers had to say about each book.

Paul Ingram - Fiction

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Horticulture Day
12:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree farm
Soil Science at NC State

Every year at this time, people like to venture out to cut their own Christmas Trees.  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with Forester Mark Vitosh about selection and maintenance of live Christmas trees.  Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron also answers your lawn and garden questions.

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Home Improvement
1:37 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fireplaces: Maintenence and Repair

Feet by the fire
chrissthegirl / flickr

There’s nothing quite as cozy as a warm fire in the winter time, but that cozy fire is a lot less fun when there’s something wrong with the fireplace.  Home improvement expert Bill McAnally is here to talk about fireplaces: wood fire places, chimney upkeep, gas fireplaces, and stoves.  McAnally will also answer your questions.     

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Talk of Iowa
3:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Eating the Midwestern Way

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One thing Midwesterns do better than everyone else (or at least claim to do better than everyone else) is bake pie.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peggy Wolff, editor of the new book Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie about Midwestern cuisine, culture and of course pie.

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Talk of Iowa
3:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

World Culture in Iowa

A mural at the Multicultural Family Center in Dubuque.
Multicultural Family Center

Iowa is becoming more diverse.  When cultures come together, there are often challenges, but there are also tremendous rewards.  Host Charity Nebbe finds out what some Iowa organizations are doing to explore and celebrate the diversity throughout the state.

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From the Archives
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Celebrating The Life And Work Of "Ding" Darling

America's Darling: The Story of Jay N. "Ding" Darling Facebook

Ding Darling wielded a mighty pen. He started out as a political cartoonist for the Sioux City Journal and moved on to the Des Moines Register and later to the New York Globe. Though he won two Pulitzer Prizes,  it is his work in conservation that endures. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Sam Koltinsky, the producer of new documentary exploring the life and work of Ding Darling. Then, Darling's grandson, Christopher Koss, shares his childhood memories of growing up with the artist.

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Horticulture Day
12:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Preparing for Winter

Gerald Davison

The snow that fell over most of the state early this week was a strong reminder that it’s time to put the garden to bed. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil about preparing your yard and garden for winter.

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Talk of Iowa
11:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Chase Garrett Plays the Boogie Woogie

Piano-player Chase Garrett in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio.
Emily Woodbury Iowa Public Radio

Iowa City piano-player Chase Garrett discusses his tour, Chase Garrett's 4th Annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp. He also plays some tunes and explains why the blues and boogie woogie speak to him as a musician.

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Literature
11:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Margaret Atwood on Writing, Food, and Her Latest Novel, MaddAddam

Bart Teeuwisse

Margaret Atwood has published more than 40 books, achieved critical and commercial success, and touched millions of lives. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Atwood about her latest book, MaddAddam. They also discuss her work, evolution, extinction, her dislike for the term science fiction, and her love of twitter.

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: What Does the Fox Say?

John Ryan

A couple of brothers from Norway have a lot of people asking, “What does the fox say?” Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease will answer that question. Host Charity Nebbe and Jim talk about the red fox, the gray fox, the coyote and the wolf.

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America's Obesity Crisis
11:14 am
Tue November 12, 2013

You Can be Fit, but Fat

The number on the scale doesn't tell the whole story, when it comes to fitness vs. fatness
CDC

"For virtually any health outcome...

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Iowa Archives
11:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

In Uniform

USA.gov

In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.  With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.

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Talk of Iowa
1:55 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Horticulture Day: The Future Forest

Doug Brown

Iowa’s trees are facing many different threats from invasive species and disease. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Patty Peterson of Trees Forever about planning for the future forest and the planting for better water quality and quality of life. Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins to answer listener questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Jean Seberg

TillyVanilly / flickr

Jean Seberg knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a movie star, and she became one. The documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will premiere at the Jean Seberg International Film Festival in Marshalltown next week.  Join host Charity Nebbe to explore the life of Jean Seberg.

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Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Photographing the Heartland

David Plowden's new book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie" captures the Midwestern landscape.
David Plowden

For more than 50 years photographer David Plowden has been capturing images of American and the land he loves most is here in the Midwest. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Plowden about his latest book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie." 

Also, Dennis Chamberlin of Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication discusses how the field of photojournalism is changing.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

A Community of True Inspiration

The mill race in Main Amana.
Carl Wycoff

The Amana Colonies, also known as the Community of True Inspiration, was founded in the 1850s and residents lived communally in Amana's seven village until the "Great Change" of 1932. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:09 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Foreign Language Learning in Elementary School

Miguel Vaca

Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about out how foreign languages are being taught in some elementary schools in Iowa and about the benefits of introducing a new language early in life.  Guests include administrators and teachers of foreign language in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
4:04 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Horticulture Day: Stinkbugs and Beetles

brown marmorated stink bug
e_monk / flickr

Join Host Charity Nebbe for a talk about insects with Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist.  He and Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
2:57 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Publishing in Iowa

Self-publishing Des Moines-based author Michael Wellman's third book "Versus the Demons" was released this year.
Michael Wellman

The world of publishing has changed dramatically in the past decade.  Charity Nebbe discusses Iowa's commercial publishing industry through the lens of a university press, a small press and a self-publishing author

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Wed October 30, 2013

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. Today on 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.

Amy Tan is part of this year's AViD Author Series, sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. She will be in Des Moines on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 PM at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Words and College Words: Patricia O'Conner

marya / flickr

Thanks to a very public performance a few weeks ago, most of us now know what it means to 'twerk.'  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with English language expert Patricia O’Conner.  Hear about some of the newest words in our lexicon such as 'twerk,' 'selfie,' and 'squee.' They also explore the list of words college students are most likely to look up. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Mike Pace: Media Personality and Poet

Mike Pace
mikepaceenterprises.com

Mike Pace is probably best known as the former emcee for the Powerball drawings.  He also has been the host of the Iowa Realty Sunday Home Show in central Iowa, and he has a weekly radio show on KRNT.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Mike Pace about his new collection of poetry, Dreams and Detours: Reflecting on the Souvenirs of a Lifetime.

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