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
3:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Creativity In Post-Military Life

Robert Neff / flickr

Host Charity Nebbe explores art created by veterans in their post-military lives. We hear examples of poetry from Hugh Martin, winner of The Iowa Review's Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans.  Also, we hear journalism and creative non-fiction from Randy Brown.  And the music and military reflections of Lem Genovese. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Raptors and Watercolors

University of Iowa Press / James Landenberger

There is no substitute for seeing a soaring red tailed hawk, circling turkey vulture or bald eagle snatching a fish out of a river, but the paintings of the late James Landenberger capture some of the majesty of these moments.  Talk of Iowa talks about Iowa's birds of prey with Jon Stravers, is the the Driftless Area Coordinator for the National Audubon Society's

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Talk of Iowa
11:52 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Iowa's Growing Comedy Scene

Founder of Banana Punch, John Donovan, performs a sketch with Rebekah Maxwell during Iowa Public Radio’s talk show Talk of Iowa
John Pemble / IPR

Host Charity Nebbe talks comedy all hour today on Talk of Iowa. Sketch, improvisation, standup...comedians in Iowa are working to foster more home-grown performances in the state. Joining the program are actors from Banana Punch, a sketch comedy group from Des Moines, performers in the latest Iowa improv showcase, "The Revolver Comedy Revue", and several stand-up comedians across the state. Join the conversation for some laughs, and to find out more about Iowa's up-and-coming comedy scene.

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Interracial Marriage in the US

Alice Rhinelander's lawyer forced his client to bare her breasts and legs to the all-white, all-male jury in order to prove that her mixed background was obvious in the 1925 divorce case “Rhineland v. Rhineland.”
New York Evening Graphic
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Talk of Iowa
11:37 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Horticulture Day: One Of The Coldest In May

Photo courtesy of Jessica Riedl / Facebook (Iowa State University)

Iowans are a week out from the traditional tomato planting time, but once again many gardens are covered in snow.  Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day.  Host Charity Nebbe finds out how this strange weather may affect gardens, and she talks hostas with hosta fanatic Dick Gladon, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. Richard Jauron, of Iowa State University Extension Horticulture answers planting questions, as well.

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Talk of Iowa
1:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Cooking With Wood-Fired Ovens

Basheer Tome / flickr

Fire is the original way to cook and it’s making a comeback in Iowa. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on wood fired ovens, a growing trend in the restaurant business. Food Critic Jim Duncan shares how these ovens are being used in restaurants around the state and Matt Steigerwald talks about the wood fired pizza oven at his Lincoln Wine Bar in Mt. Vernon.

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Talk of Iowa
1:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Libraries Awarded for Community Service

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The National Medal for Museum and Library service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums or libraries for service to the community.  This year there were two winners in Iowa. Both the Marshalltown Public Library and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids have connected with their communities in some innovative ways.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:16 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Home Improvement: Roof Repair

Wyscan / flickr

People in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area who just experienced a hail storm may be checking their roofs for damage.  Home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about how to know when you need a new roof, how to decide what kind to get, and why color is important.

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Poetry In American Sign Language & A Look At Iowa's Specialty Schools

Dakota Meyer, second from the left
Iowa School for the Deaf / facebook

The winner of this year’s state Poetry Out Loud competition didn’t make a lot of noise.  Dakota Meyer is a student at the Iowa School for the Deaf.  Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Meyer about his performance. She also sits down with the superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to learn about education for deaf and blind students in the state of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
2:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Horticulture Day: The Fight Against Weeds

Mr. Ducke / flickr

This is the season for planting, and next comes the season for fighting weeds.  Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Bob Hartzler, an ISU extension weed specialist joins the program to talk about doing battle with volunteer trees and invasive species like multiflora rose and honeysuckle.  And, horticulturist Richard Jauron and Bob answer your questions. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

"The Schaffner Players" and "The Age of Miracles"

Interior of The Schaffner Players tent, 1941.
Courtesy of Michael Kramme

In the early 20th Century entertainment could be hard to come by and a great deal of excitement greeted troops of traveling actors when they arrived in small Iowa towns. As radio, movies and later television became popular, most of these troops disappeared.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Tue April 23, 2013

The Life and Times of J.B. Grinnell

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell
Grinnell College Office of Communications

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was a congressman, a minister, the founder of Grinnell College and a radical.  Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with a group of students at Grinnell College, who spent the semester exploring the life and beliefs of JB Grinnell.  She will talk with them about what they uncovered on the life, works, and legacy of a complicated man.

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Talk of Iowa
11:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

The Legacy of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Author R. Clifton Spargo with his new novel "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scoot Fitzgerald" at IPR's Iowa City studio.
Emily Woodbury / Iowa Public Radio

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to captivate modern readers.  Today on "Talk of Iowa" we'll talk with R. Clifton Spargo, author of "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald."

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Horticulture Day: Food Safety

Flickr / nguyenduong

New safety rules from the Food and Drug Administration may affect those of us who buy our food at farmer's markets and will certainly affect those who sell their produce at these markets.  Angela Shaw, Assistant Professor of Food Safety from Iowa State University, will explain these new rules.  We also talk about food safety precautions for home gardeners.  Horticulturist Richard

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Talk of Iowa
2:20 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

"Art of the Fantastic" and a River Story

"Sole Morte Return of the Sun"
Jeremy Caniglia

Ben Hoksch sits down with "Talk of Iowa" to discus his 23-hundred mile solo journey down the full length of the Mississippi River in his canoe. 

Also, horror and fantasy illustrator Jeremy Caniglia talks about “Art of the Fantastic;" a genre that combines surrealism, dark fantasy and horror in a visual narrative that falls under mythological, allegorical or religious themes.

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Talk of Iowa
11:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Behind the scenes of "Downton Abbey" with Jessica Fellowes

St. Martin's Press

A rich American girl goes to England where she meets and marries an English lord with an amazing house and a cash flow problem; that's the true story of the hit series "Downton Abbey."

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Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Zachary Michael Jack with his new book "The Midwest Farmer's Daughter" at IPR's Iowa City studio.
Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

"Talk of Iowa" explores the roles of women on the farm in history, literature, popular culture and the present.  We talk with Zachary Michael Jack, author of "The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon." Also joining the conversation, Cheryl Tevis of Iowa Women In Agriculture, and Denise O'Brien, founder of the

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Talk of Iowa
9:11 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Memory Loss and Caretakers

Working Group Theatre

When Alzheimer's disease robs someone of their memory, it's not just that person who experiences loss.  "Talk of Iowa" explores the path of people who care for loved ones with memory loss. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:35 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Bobcats are Back

Gordilly / flickr

Bobcats were once plentiful in Iowa, but like so many species the pressure of habitat loss hunting and trapping pushed them to the brink of extinction in the state.  Now they are back.  Today we hear from Iowa State University Ecology Professor Bill Clark about the research he has done studying the growing population of bobcats in Iowa. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:49 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Zoobiquity

Flickr / big-ashb

What happens when doctors look at human medicine through the lens of veterinary medicine? While the gulf between the two disciplines is wide, there are many parallels between humans and our animal counterparts.  Dr.

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Talk of Iowa
12:34 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Size Discrimination

Curvatude / Jaye Gipson

What if you got hurt and went to see your doctor, but the doctor didn't take you seriously?

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Talk of Iowa
12:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Horticulture Day: Preparing Plants For Bugs & Disease

Amy the Nurse / flickr

Now is a great time to make plans about what you want to grow this summer, it’s also a great time to make some plans for keeping pests and disease at bay.  Today on Horticulture Day, we hear from Laura Jesse, of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, about preventative steps you can take. And of course, she and Richard Jauron answer all gardening and plant questions.

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Talk of Iowa
2:28 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Cornelius Eady: Poet, Musician

Cornelius Eady / facebook

When poet Cornelius Eady was a teenager, he carried around a guitar he didn't know how to play. After decades of publishing poetry in many forms, he's making that teenager happy with two new music releases.

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, he is an award winning playwright, and he is also a musician. It is his poetry that has brought him to Iowa this week as part of the Mission Creek festival in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
12:59 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

"Secrets of the Shell" Exhibit & The Missing Tortoise, Cashew

Cashew, the African Tortoise
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is now home to more than 200 turtles and tortoises.  We explore the new exhibit “Turtles: Secrets of the Shell”, discuss the challenges facing turtles worldwide, and find out about Cashew, a leopard tortoise who has gone missing.

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Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Wed April 3, 2013

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we go back in time to origins of what is now the Iowa State Patrol.  We hear stories about those first 50 officers and the woman, Iowa’s first female secretary of state, who founded the patrol.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Tue April 2, 2013

How Watergate Shaped Our Language

f2point8 / flickr

Forty years ago this month Nixon’s top White House staffers, HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman resigned over the Watergate Scandal.  On today's Talk of Iowa we talk about how Watergate changed our culture and our language with historian Colin Gordon and English language expert Patricia O’Connor.  

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Talk of Iowa
2:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

A Thing Called The Divine Fits and IPR's Java Blend

Host Ben Kieffer at a recent Java Blend performance with The Giving Tree Band, from Chicago
Kendall McCabe / IPR

The band, Divine Fits, has been billed as an indie rock super group. The band was co-founded by Britt Daniel, most famous as the frontman for the band Spoon, and Canadian Rocker Dan Boeckner, of the bands Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Last year they released their first album, “A Thing Called Divine Fits.”

In the second part of the program, the music continues! The host of IPR's "Java Blend", Ben Kieffer, shares his experiences over the years, interviewing musicians from Iowa and across the country.

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Edition!

imarsman / flickr

We sing songs about the itsy-bitsy spider, wish we could be a fly on the wall, and we root for Spiderman. Entomologist Donald Lewis joins this edition of Talk of Iowa.  We talk about insects in literature, pop culture and in our every day lives. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
10:06 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Story of Nahant Marsh

Spring beaver pond at Nahant Marsh
Credit Julie Malake 2012

In 1998 the Environmental Protection Agency declared Nahant Marsh near Davenport a Superfund site. Fifteen years later the marsh is a beautiful, thriving wetland that attracts wildlife and visitors.  Charity Nebbe, talks with guests about the history and resurrection of Nahant Marsh and the challenges facing wetlands across the state of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Poor Man's Feast

Chronicle Books

Elissa Altman's love affair with food started when she was a child, going on covert outings to fancy restaurants with her dad. As she grew so did her love of haute cuisine. Altman's new memoir "Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking" tells the story of this love affair with food, but it also tells the story of Altman meeting and falling in love with the love of her life; a relationship that profoundly affected her relationship with food.

 

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