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
2:53 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Biking in Iowa

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Cool, crisp air, beautiful fall foliage, great trails and great restaurants, autumn is a wonderful time to go for a long bike ride.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with travel writer Jennifer Wilson about bicycling destinations in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
2:40 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Horticulture Day: Emerald Ash Borer

USFS Region 5 Flickr

The Emerald Ash Borer is in Iowa and a number of communities have already started cutting town ash trees in an effort to get ahead of the invasion.   Host Charity Nebbe, Mark Shour of ISU Extension Pest Management and horticulturist Richard Jauron discuss options for ash tree o

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Talk of Iowa
3:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Grandmother

Linda Nebbe with her grandchild

When a child is born, so is a grandmother. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the 21st Century grandmother. Host Charity Nebbe talks with a scholar about how the roles of grandmothers have changed over the generations, and she receives some advice for modern grandma’s from the author of “The Grandparents Handbook.”

Guests on today's program include Victoria Brown, L.F. Parker Professor of History at Grinnell College, and Elizabeth LaBan, author of The Grandparent’s Handbook.

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Talk of Iowa
12:18 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Problem Solving: Will Shortz and Invent Iowa

Tito Perez

Name a famous person who appears regularly on NPR. His first name can be a noun or a verb, and his last name sounds like an article of clothing. Puzzlemaster Will Shortz joins Host Charity Nebbe to talk about how the New York Times crossword puzzle is put together and a little about his love of table tennis.  And hear about real-world problem solving with Invent Iowa, and one particular invention made by middle school girls in Council Bluffs.

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Talk of Iowa
2:55 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Grief in Childhood

Grave in Glasgow's Necropolis in the United Kingdom
Alan Stuart

No matter how hard we try as parents and teachers we cannot protect all children from tragedy.  Join host Charity Nebbe who talks with Dr. David Schonfeld about how tragedy affects children and what we can do to help the children in our lives find their way through grief.  Also on the program is Sonni Vierling, Coordinator of the Central Iowa Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Steering Committee.

 

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Homegrown Apples: This Year's Bumper Crop

Apple tree at Honey Creek Acres apple orchard in Swisher, IA
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Bailey Sweet, American Mother, Chieftain, Empire...there are many thousands of different kinds of apples in the world. And this year, Iowa apple growers are harvesting bumper crops. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk apple history, apples in Iowa, heirloom apples, and your favorites.

Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Paul Rasch, owner of Wilson’s Orchard in Iowa City, Dan Bussey, orchard manager for the Seed Savers Exchange, Erika Janik, author of Apple: A Global History, and Patrick O’Malley, of Iowa State University Extension.

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Talk of Iowa
4:27 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Storing Your Harvest

If things went well in your vegetable garden this year you may find yourself elbow deep in home grown tomatoes.  Or maybe you have a tree that is loaded with apples or plums.  Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron about harvesting and storing your garden bounty.

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Talk of Iowa
3:45 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Rural Iowa Women in the 1920s

Vetra, left, and sister Reva Padget, appear ready for a trip to town, circa 1930. Courtesy of Leon Wilkinson.

Before the Great Depression there was the farm recession, and times were tough for farm families in Iowa. This hour, we focus on the lives of rural Iowa women in the early twentieth century.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with author Chris Baker about his grandmother, growing up in rural Davis County in the 1920s. Baker recently published a book including journal entries detailing her life. And, historians Dorothy Schwieder and Katherine Jellison help us understand the times.

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Talk of Iowa
1:14 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Dog Training

bullcitydogs / flickr

Dr. Ian Dunbar revolutionized dog training with a few deceptively simple ideas: Dog training should be fun for dogs as well as people, you do not have to wait to train your puppy.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with world renowned dog-trainer, veterinarian, and animal-behaviorist Ian Dunbar.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:58 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

'Old Man River'

Mississippi River at Lansing Iowa
Stan Oleson

Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities.  It has served as a source of life and food and a highway from north to south.  It has also gripped imaginations, launched amazing journeys, and inspired music, art and literature.  Paul Schneider is one of the most recent writers to fall under the thrall of the Mississippi.  His latest book is “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History.”

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Talk of Iowa
2:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Hot and Dry Weather Hard on Landscapes

It's been hot and dry in Iowa for weeks, and our landscapes are starting to show signs of stress.  On Horticulture Day, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe discusses the difficulties of maintaining our lawns and gardens through the heat.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture Cyndi Haynes offer their expertise and advice.

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Talk of Iowa
1:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Losing and Finding Home

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 2153rd Financial Management Detachment return to St. Augustine, Fla., from a nine-month deployment overseas, March 25, 2013.
The National Guard Flickr

To most, the word "home" means more than just a place to sleep and store property. This hour Charity Nebbe talks about what home means as well as what it means to lose one's home and find it again with Sally Ooms, author of Finding Home: How Americans Prevail. In her book Ooms profiles people who have been displaced by family pressures, economic pressures, and natural disasters. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Regulating Iowa's Water Quality [Talk of Iowa]

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey (left) and Governor Terry Branstad (right) reenact a bill signing in front of a wetland at a farm in Winterset, Iowa, south of Des Moines.
Clay Masters IPR

The Gulf of Mexico is the largest hypoxic zone currently affecting the United States. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on water quality in Iowa and the connection our state has with the Gulf. We take a look at Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy as a conservation plan.

Today's guests include: Iowa Public Radio reporter Clay Masters, Bill Stowe, the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works, Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, and John Lawrence, the Associate Dean in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
2:31 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Literacy Autobiography

Callum Scott

Madeline L’Engle once said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”  Join host Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa to hear about the power of books for young readers and to hear about the books that helped to shape you in your youth.  Guests are Maeve Clark and Vickie Pasicnyuk from the Iowa City Public Library, and Coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book Robin Martin. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Nature-Inspired Art

Encephalitis earrings
Designed by M.C. Ginsberg’s custom design team in collaboration with the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health

The encephalitis virus can have some ugly consequences, but, it turns out, it can also be shaped into a beautiful pair of earrings. Today on Talk Of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks about infectious art inspired by disease and other artistic endeavors that are inspired by nature.

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Sounds

Robert - Mathesont / flickr

Many of the sounds of summer are the sounds of insects.   Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis for a discussion about what insects are actually doing with that noise. ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:54 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Swimming: Outdoors, in Pools, and Synchronized

Laurie Wilson

What’s so great about swimming? Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from people who like to spend time in the water, including a member of an open water swim club, a triathlete, a swim coach, and hear the story of Iowan Beulah Gundling who was influential to the development of synchronized swimming.

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Vegetarian Culture in Iowa

Alan Chan / Flickr

Vegetarianism was once thought of as radical. But in 2012, almost four percent of Americans were vegetarian or vegan. That's still a small minority, but almost half of Americans eat a vegetarian meal at least once a week.

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Talk of Iowa
1:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Volunteering Abroad

Zanzibar North, Tanzania
Alex Laurie Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowans who have participated in voluntourism, which is when volunteers travel to distant or exotic places like the beaches of Tanzania to volunteer at schools and hospitals.

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Talk of Iowa
1:33 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Iowa African American Hall of Fame Inductees

George Washington Carver was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame in 2005
Robert and Talbot Trudeau / flickr

Since 1995, the Iowa African American Hall of Fame (IAAHF) has been selecting the most influential black Iowans to be recognized for outstanding achievements.  Guest host Dennis Reese talks with the three inductees selected for 2013: Jane G. Burleson, Betty Jean Furgerson, and William B. Hood, Jr.  The IAAHF is housed at the Black Cultural Center at Iowa State University.   Since its inception, more than 50 people have been chosen for this honor, including Iowa State Agricultural College graduate George Washington Carver. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:35 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Horticulture Day: Test Gardens

Reiman Gardens

Aaron Steil, manager of public programs at Reiman Gardens in Ames, discusses the facility's trial gardens which test new and recently introduced plants in Iowa's climate.  Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the conversation.

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Talk of Iowa
3:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

2013 Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair averages more than one million visitors each year.
Photo by John Pemble

Guest hosts Katherine Perkins and John Pemble go to the 2013 Iowa State Fair.  They introduce us to a legally blind painter and a famous quilter.  They watch fairgoers shear sheep and clean fish.  They attend an Ecumenical church service for fair attendees and visit a memorial to honor fallen Iowa soldiers.

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Talk of Iowa
1:09 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Home Improvement Day With Bill McAnally

Humorist Dave Barry once identified the four building blocks of the universe as fire, water, gravel and vinyl. Home Improvement expert Bill McAnally knows what to do with all of those elements, and a few others.  Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Home Improvement Day. Bill McAnally answers listener's questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: Bats

White Nose Syndrome is named for the white fungus—Geomyces destructans—that is found on muzzles and wings of affected bats such as the little brown bat pictured above. Geomyces destructans thrives in cold, humid environments like caves.
Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation / Microbe World Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and wildlife biologist Jim Pease discuss the role bats play in Iowa's ecosystem, human-bat interactions and White Nose Syndrome--a disease that has killed more than 5.7 million bats in the U.S. since 2006 when it was discovered in New York State.

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi

Otty and Fred Blodi
Ben Stanton / IPR

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.  He was conscripted into the German Army and she eventually joined the US Army.  Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe hears the true World War II love story of Otty and Fred Blodi.

Charity also speaks with Tom Morain, of Graceland University, who provides insight on the Women's Army Auxillary Corps in Des Moines, as well as other WWII preparation efforts.

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Talk of Iowa
12:35 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Horticulture Day: Turfgrass

Mid-August is the best time to overseed a lawn.
a.z. chandler Flickr

Summer weeds are about to die off making right now the ideal time to work on the lawn.  Horticulturalist and turfgrass specialist Nick Christians of Iowa State University explains how to pick out seed, grow and maintain a beautiful lawn. ISU horticulturalist Richard Jauron also joins the program to answer questions about the yard and garden.

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Talk of Iowa
12:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Saving and Spending

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Stores and manufacturers will try almost anything to sell their product and employ a number of techniques to manipulate shoppers.  However, some shoppers like extreme couponer Mary Potter Kenyon, are able to make the system work for them.  Kenyon lives in Manchester, Iowa and writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Iowa Gold and Wisconsin Heroes

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In 1911 "The Song of Iowa" by S.H.M. Byers became Iowa's official state song.  The lyrics "You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa, The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O!

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Words of Summer with the Word Maven

Michael Holler Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and Patricia O'Connor, aka The Word Maven, discuss the words and phrases of summer.  O'Connor reveals the origins of dog days, bikini, lemonade and barbecue.

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Talk of Iowa
2:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jewish Culture's Influence On Comic Books

Gilad Rom Flickr

Today we listen back to a conversation from November on Superman, Spiderman, the X-Men, and many other superheroes have been fighting for truth, justice and the American way for decades. Many of the men who created these characters were Jewish and, in his new book, philosopher Harry Brod explores how Jewish culture is reflected in the lives of our favorite superheroes. Then, comic book artist Phil Hester joins the conversation to talk about his work.

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