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
3:49 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Horticulture Day: Trees

iowa_spirit_walker Flickr

While 2013 has brought plenty of rain for our trees--maybe too much--the affects of last year's drought can still be seen across Iowa's landscape. Today on Talk of Iowa, we learn how to care for trees and other plants weakened by 2012's dry weather.  Horticulturalists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron join the program.

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Songs of Summer and Saying Goodbye

Dan Knight in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio.
Jim Davies Iowa Public Radio

Pianist and composer Dan Knight has preformed all over the world, but he has always called Iowa home. Today he visits us to say "goodbye; at least for now.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Dan Knight about his plans for the future and his upcoming farewell concert.  They also create a soundtrack for the summer based off listener memories.

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Talk of Iowa
1:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Future of Crop Insurance and CRP

The U.S. House of Representatives has made over 100 amendments to the Senate's Farm Bill.
Todd Elhers Flickr

As the Farm Bill is debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, host Charity Nebbe digs into the politics of farm policy in a special joint broadcast with KCUR in Kansas City and Harvest Public Media.  What's the future of crop insurance and the Conservation Reserve Program?  What's at stake for farmers large and small?  And also, how will what happens on the farm affect the rest of the country?

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Talk of Iowa
3:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Future of SNAP

Pictured above are food coupon artifacts from the National Museum of American History. Upon purchase, grocers provided receipts of their own design, which costumers used for the next purchase.
the National Museum of American History--Smithsonian Institution Flickr

The farm bill is legislation is worth more than $90 billion. It deals with everything from farm subsidies to crop insurance; but over 80% of this massive outlay goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP,) which was once called food stamps.  More than 45 million people depend on SNAP, especially since the economic downturn.  However, in the current versions of the bill both Democrats and Republicans are discussing cutting funds from the program. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Social Media Etiquette 101

According to Facebok, at the end of 2012 the social networking site had 50 million pages and 240 billon uploaded photos.
Jason A. Howie Flickr

There are a lot of ways to share information online, so it's not surprising that some people are oversharing. Host Charity Nebbe chats about social media etiquette with Andrew High, assistant professor at the University of Iowa's Department for Communication Studies, and Nathan Wright, founder of the digital media consulting firm Lava Row.

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Talk of Iowa
2:55 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Horticulture Day: Gnats and Mosquitoes

Gene Wilburn Flickr

Many Iowans have been battling swarms of gnats for the past few weeks and the dreaded mosquito is soon to come.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with entomologist Donald Lewis about why the gnats keep getting into ears, eyes, nose and hair; he'll also give his prediction of this year's mosquito season.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins the conversation. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Conservation at the Blank Park Zoo

Two-and-a-half-year-old Ayana, one the Blank Park Zoo's two eastern black rhinoceros.
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

The eastern black rhinoceros is an endangered species, but two eastern black rhinos--Ayana and Kiano--are safe and sound at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  Host Charity Nebbe visits with Ayana, Kiano and the staff of the Blank P

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Talk of Iowa
11:29 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Jim Gaffigan is Fat

Comedian Jim Gaffigan's new book "Dad is Fat" explores the complexities of fatherhood.
Crown Archetype

Comedian Jim Gaffigan started his career discussing life as a single guy in New York.  Now Gaffigan is married and lives with his five kids in a two bedroom, five-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the comic about his new book "Dad is Fat" which explores the complexities of fatherhood as well as the pros and cons of a delicacy known as “Hot Pocket.”  

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals

Two fawns that were rehabilitated last year by Host Charity Nebbe's mother Linda Nebbe of Cedar Falls. The fawns are from different mothers and are meeting for the first time.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

Last summer many wild animals suffered because of a lack of water, this year nests have been washed out and wild babies have been separated from their mothers through floods and storms. Host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how natural disasters affect the boom and bust cycles of Iowa's wildlife populations.

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Talk of Iowa
3:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Writing Lads of Cedar Rapids

From the left mystery writers Rob Cline, Lennox Randon and Dennis Green in Randon's Cedar Rapids home. "The Lads," as Green calls them, were guests on Talk of Iowa to discuss their work and frienship.
Lileah Harris

When Lennox Randon asked his friends Rob Cline and Dennis Green to form a writing group, they were reluctant to devote the time until Randon mentioned his diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer.  Now the three Cedar Rapids residents have been meeting weekly for more than two years to write, read and help each other polish their work.  Their dedication has paid off with three separate publishing contracts.  The men are each mystery writers,

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Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Horticulture Day: Fighting Pests And Disease

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture / flickr

Septoria, white-mold, thrips… Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day.  Host Charity Nebbe talks about what pests and diseases may be growing in your garden this year with Erika Saalau Rojas of the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins as well.  He and Erika will help you trouble shoot and answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Photograph of Willa Cather dedicated to Mary Creighton. Inscribed by Cather, "For Mary Creighton, the very first friend I made in Red Cloud! Willa Cather."
Bernard and Nancy Picchi Collection The Willa Cather Foundation

When great American novelist Willa Cather died in 1947, her will made it clear that her letters were never to be published.  That moratorium lasted 66 years and now the public is seeing the late author's letters for the first time in "The Selected Letters of Willa Cather."

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Talk of Iowa
2:54 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What's Happening at Iowa Farmers' Markets

Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines, July 2011
Photo by Phil Roeder

Many farmers' markets in Iowa have grown over the last couple decades.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with market directors from around the state to hear about why that has happened.  She hears from Director of the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines Kelly Foss, Cedar Falls Farmers' Market Master Joe Bohr, and Washington Farmers' Market Master Bob Shepherd.  Also, get to the heart of the matter with author of "Farmers' Markets of the Heartland" Janine MacLachlan, who traveled to eight Midwestern states to document her farmers' market tour.

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Talk of Iowa
4:13 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

80/35 Play-In Finalists On Iowa's Music Scene

Tony Dehner / IPR

Host Charity Nebbe previews the 80/35 Play-In finals sponsored by IPR Studio One. She’ll talk with organizers of the music festival and members from the three bands vying for a gig on the main stage.

The 80/35 Play In Finals are this Thursday, June 6th at Wooly’s in Des Moines. Doors open at 6 pm and the finalists play at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm with sets that last around 45 minutes each. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:39 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Saving Our Stuff

Pauline Cockrill / flickr

Time takes a toll on everything, buildings, books, photos and other mementos of the past.  Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks about preserving our history by “Saving our Stuff.”  She sits down with experts to talk about taking care of our personal treasures as well as those that teach us about our communities and our state.

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Talk of Iowa
11:19 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Horticulture Day: Gardening Apps

Flickr / Muhammad Ghouri

Nothing beats good old fashioned hard work when it comes to your yard and garden, but new technology can lend a hand.

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Talk of Iowa
3:55 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Basement Flooding: Recovery and Prevention

CR Artist / flickr

Iowa is having its wettest spring in history.  With the torrential rains, many people are experiencing wet basements and even home flooding for the first time.  Today, home-improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge discusses preventive measures, or if it’s too late for that, how to deal with damage you have sustained.  We’ll also have a sump-pump primer.

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Talk of Iowa
12:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bison bison bison

Flickr / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

They were once more common than white tailed deer, but now bison live only in controlled and managed herds.  Today on Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe talks about why bison are so captivating as well as the future of bison in North America.

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

The Literary Merit of Horror and Fantasy

Grand Central Publishing

Benjamin Percy's new novel "Red Moon" is a coming of age story, with razor sharp political commentary, an inventive rewriting of human history, the science of animal borne pathogens, and good old fashioned horror.  Host Charity Nebbe and Percy discusses his arduous research process which took him to the veterinary labs of Iowa State University and taxidermy shops.

Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Horticulture Day: Fresh Fish and Veggies

Flickr / Cara Harpole

Fish and fresh veggies make an appealing paring for dinner, but they can also be a great duo in the greenhouse.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses aquaponics, which is the growing of crops with nutrient rich waste water from fish farming.  Iowa State University Extension fisheries specialist Allen Pattillo and horticulturist Richard Jauron join the program.

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Talk of Iowa
4:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Summer Reading

From the right, Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore, and Paul Ingram and Jan Weismill of Prairie Lights Books.
Sarah Boden / IPR

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and one of those pleasures is the time to dig into a great book.  Host Charity Nebbe previews books for summer reading lists with Paul Ingram and Jan Weismiller of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore in Knoxville. 

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Arts and Culture
3:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Annie's List and Reviews

Arts and Culture
1:11 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Jan's List

Flickr / ChrisWarren1956

Jan Weismiller of Prairie Lights Books' Summer Reading List

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

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Arts and Culture
12:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Paul's List

Talk of Iowa
3:50 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Why Do People Jump Out of Planes?

The last few minutes in the plane: Charity Nebbe and Elliot Kelley
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

This hour, host Charity experiences skydiving in Vinton.  She is talking with people that made hundreds or thousands of jumps.  The show starts with talking to athletes who push themselves to the edge in another way, including ultra-marathon runners and adventure racers.   The Boone Crusher is an adventure race covering 40-60 miles in the Des Moines River Valley near Boone. Extreme sports are the subject on this Talk of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
2:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Paranormal Iowa

Artist rendering by "The Van Meter Visitor" co-author Kevin Lee Nelson. A giant bat-like creature supposedly terroized Van Meter in 1903.

Legend has it that in 1903, for several nights in a row the small town of Van Meter was terrorized by a giant bat-like creature. One-hundred ten years later, Talk of Iowa tries to uncover the truth with author Chad Lewis, a paranormal investigator and co-author of the new book "The Van Meter Visitor: A True and Mysterious Encounter with the Unknown."

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Horticulture Day: Evergreens Not So Green

redwinegums / flickr

Thanks to the drought and various blights and diseases, the term evergreen doesn’t seem very appropriate in Iowa right now.  Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day.  Host Charity Nebbe sits down with forester Mark Vitosh about the state of evergreens in Iowa. Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the conversation to answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
12:28 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Words of Wisdom, 2013 Commencement Speakers

Sister Barbara Moore, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, was one of two African-American nuns went to Selma, AL in 1965 to stand with Americans marching for equal voting rights in the Jim Crow-era south.

Many college students in Iowa have been and will be walking across stages to pick up their diplomas this month. Talk of Iowa speaks with two remarkable women who have been asked to send some of them off with words of wisdom.

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Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Job Training for the Homeless

Thomas is the first graduate of the Culinary Starts Training Program
Shelter House

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe discusses job training programs for the homeless by exploring Iowa City's Shelter House "Culinary Starts" program, that teaches its clients how to prepare food. The program also generates revenue by catering to local businesses.

Nebbe also talks with a veteran and a director involved in the Goodwill of the Heartland's employment program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wildlife Day: Wetland Mammals

fiat luxe / flickr

They excel at swimming, holding their breath and have coats that humans envy. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe sits down with Iowa State wildlife biologist, Jim Pease, to discuss the mammals of Iowa's wetlands. They talk about river otters, muskrats, beaver and mink, and share some tips on how to spy some of these fascinating swimmers.

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