Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One
 

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.

Want to share an idea for a future show? Contact one of our producers:
Ben Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
Lindsey Moon: lmoon@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @lindseysmoon

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Books
12:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram... Found!

Paul Ingram wearing a clerihew in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury Iowa Public Radio

A clerihew is a four-line biographical poem invented by Edward Clerihew Bentley. Paul Ingram, who buys books for Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City, says he’s been writing them down for years “when they come to him.”

You know Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights is his Kingdom, Where the lost shopper stands While Paul talks with his hands - Charity Nebbe

He’s just published many of those in his first book “The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram.” He talks with Charity Nebbe during this Talk of Iowa interview about clerihew as a form of verse and also shares some of his favorites. 

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Sports
12:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Class A Baseball: Rosters Shuffle, Fans Don't

Ashford University Field, home of the Clinton Lumber Kings
Courtesy of the Clinton Lumber Kings

Joyce Wilkerson has been going to as many Clinton Lumber Kings games as she can since the early 1990’s. She keeps coming back because she loves the stadium, the fans and the team. “There’s no time in baseball; I love that.”

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Agriculture
1:06 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Farm Workers Far More Likely to Die of Suicide, Why?

A century farm in Polk County, Iowa
Wikimedia Commons

In January of 2011 when Ginnie Peters retired from the Perry Public Library, she was looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Matt, but she never really got the chance. He died of suicide in May of that year.  “One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone," she says. 

The two farmed 1500 acres between Perry and Panora, Iowa for most of their lives. Today, Peters blames the stress of planning for the future of her husband’s century farm for what happened.

“One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone."

Ginnie Peters tells Charity Nebbe about her late husband, Matt.

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Talk of Iowa
4:50 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

"He was All About Making Sure Everyone Around him was Having the Best Time"

Tony Baranowski II posing with family and the catfish caught on a family vacation at Table Rock Lake
Tony Baranowski

Usually, when we tell somebody about a trip, we tell them about where we went, for how long, maybe even what we drove... but on most trips the most important part is not where we went or what we did, but who we were with.  That was the case for Tony Baranowski (III) of Iowa Falls.  He talked with Charity Nebbe about his family vacations to Table Rock Lake in Missouri as a boy growing up.  He says it's only through the perspective gained as a father himself, that he realizes just how hard his father, Tony Baranowski II, worked to make sure everyone was having a good time on those trips.

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Horticulture Day
2:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Polar Vortex & Emerald Ash Borer: Tough on Iowa Trees

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

It continues to be a tough year for trees in Iowa. The Polar Vortex left its mark on many trees and shrubs, and now a tenth county has been added to the list of counties in Iowa where the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered. That county is Johnson County, and an adult female Emerald Ash Borer was found in Iowa City.

Also, listeners have their plant and garden questions answered by Jeff Iles, Professor and Chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist.

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Miserable Trip You Wouldn't Miss for the World

The "family truckster"
Jennifer Roscoe

Summer is the time of year when seemingly reasonable people load up the car for a family road trip.  The misadventures of the Griswald family in National Lampoon's Vacation captured the trials and tribulations of this summer ritual.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with travel writer Jennifer Wilson about potential destinations on an Iowa road trip, and listeners share their family road trip memories.

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Wildlife Day
1:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Tough Love and Fuzzy Cuddles: Wildlife Parenting

Porsupah Ree

Iowa’s forests, meadows, streams and subdivisions are full of baby animals right now, and every species has its own approach to parenting.

Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins to talk about parenting in the wild… with cliff swallows, rabbits, deer, bees, ducks, snakes, owls and others.

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Talk of Iowa
2:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum

Columnist Leah Eskin, an Iowa City native, has written about the roast chicken that was almost spoiled by a trip to the Emergency Room, the first real meal she made after being sidelined by chemotherapy, and the tart she made for her boyfriend (who later became her husband).  Eskin has been sharing her life and recipes with readers for 14 years.

This hour, Charity speaks with Eskin, the Pulitzer-prize nominated author of the Chicago Tribune's food column "Home on the Range."  Her new book is titled "Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a  Conundrum." (Running Press)

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Horticulture
11:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Are They Bothering You or Biting You?

dapawprint (Flickr)

They float, swarm, harass and irritate, and they can even take down a chicken or a turkey. The gnats are back. But when we complain about “gnats,” Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says, sometimes we might be misplacing blame. 

"Saying you are annoyed by a gnat is like saying you were passed on the interstate by a vehicle… It’s a two mile wide term. Ask yourself – are the bugs bothering you or are they biting you?”

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Education
8:59 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Leaving the "Summer Slide" at the Playground

Wikimedia Commons

According to the National Summer Learning Association, most elementary students lose about two months worth of math and reading skills over the summer break, a problem that is well documented yet plagues parents and educators alike. Brandi Miller is a teacher at Garden Elementary, a school that’s a part of the Des Moines Public School system on the East Side of Des Moines. As a literacy coach, she says she sees first-hand the skills students lose over the summer when they return to school each fall. “We do assessment tests, and we almost always see loss.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ending Our War with Wolves, Bears, Bobcats and Coyotes

a female gray wolf
Seney Natural History Association

As agriculture and new construction in Iowa continue to expand and occupy Iowa's wildlife habitat, humans are in contact with predators like coyotes more and more. Like a caller said today during the our broadcast, one of the ways to handle that problem is to kill the predators that threaten domestic pets and backyard chickens. 

But author John Shivik says there’s another way. “Moving forward, we need to balance lethal versus non-lethal methods of dealing with predators. We can biologically deal with the issue instead of killing them to make ourselves feel better.”  

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Dorothy Garlock and Iowa's Romance Writers

  Romance novels are now the top-performing category on the best-seller lists, generating nearly $1.5 billion dollars in profits for the publishing industry each year.   Almost every state has a Romance Writers of American chapter, including Iowa.  

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Environment
5:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Iowa DNR Stocks More than 100 Million Walleye into Iowa's Lakes

A DNR worker stocks fish into a lake in California
Wikimedia Commons

After pulling a few all-nighters netting, sorting and spawning fish, Iowa’s fisheries supervisors are ready for a break. They’ve spent the last month working to ready the more than 100 million walleye fry, fish less than 2 inches in size, that get stocked into Iowa’s lakes and rivers every year.

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Horticulture Day
12:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Pecans in Iowa? Yes!

Pecan trees being irrigated in New Mexico

Everyone knows you can grow black walnuts in Iowa.  But, there are actually a lot of other nuts we can grow too, and some of them may surprise you.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Jensen of Trees Forever, and Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm in Wapello about hickory nuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and more.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron answers non-nut related questions.

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Books
9:34 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

2014 Summer Book List

Wikimedia Commons

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and if you’re lucky one of those is the time to dig into a great book.  During this hour on Talk of Iowa, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville join host Charity Nebbe. 

FICTION:

 My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Norwegian by Night by Derek E. Miller

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Education
4:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now

Bill Erickson

Social studies doesn't fall under the three Rs in education, and it shows. From school district to school district, the way that history, government, and world culture courses are taught varies dramatically.

Today on Talk of Iowa, we focus on civics education in our state, and talk with some extraordinary teachers.

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Horticulture Day
12:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum

Iowa Farm Pond
Todd Ehlers

Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth.  It's Horticulture Day and host, Charity Nebbe, talks with Allen Patillo, Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist about aquatic plant management.  Later in the hour ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions about plants and trees. 

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Iowa Life
11:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town

Wikimedia Commons

Time changes everything, and in Iowa, that’s glaringly apparent in many of the state’s communities with populations of less than 5,000 people. So the story goes, small towns are dying. But according to Iowa State Professor Terry Besser, that’s not exactly true. She has been monitoring Iowa’s rural communities  for more than two decades, trying to put her finger on what it is that keeps towns alive… and what contributes to the rural blight.

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Healthcare
12:31 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Iowa's Children's Mental Health Care Crisis

a child at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids
Stacie Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, LMHC RPT CCDP-D

More than 1600 families are on Iowa’s children's mental health wavier waiting list. That means there are 1600 families who can’t access certain services they need in order to care for their children. For the past two years, Kim Jensen’s family has been one of those. She says it got really hard not having help caring for her daughter, Grace, who she and her husband adopted through the Iowa foster care system. “She was severely aggressive when she was 5 and 6 years old. She is little, but she is strong. After a while, we couldn’t find anyone to watch her.

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Talk of Iowa
2:54 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Developing Relationship Skills Behind Bars

Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury

When a woman leaves prison she will face many challenges, and to succeed she needs to have the skills to navigate her world and to make good decisions. This hour we talk about a class designed to help incarcerated women do just that.

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Talk of Iowa
3:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

An Adventure at Two Miles Per Hour

Robert Buckley's book

When Robert Buckely reached retirement, he decided he needed a new adventure and started walking... hundreds of miles in multiple countries.  He has now completed four super long distance hikes, the last one at the age of 70.  He's written about his experiences in the book Two Miles an Hour.

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Talk of Iowa
3:09 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Footin' it for Foster Care

Chris Barnett takes a break at a McDonald's on his walk across Iowa and back again
2 Give Back Facebook

There's a shortage of foster parents in Iowa, and Chris Barnett wants everyone to know about it.  To raise awareness of the need for new foster parents, Barnett is spending the month of May walking across the state of Iowa, twice.  He's reached the halfway point, and Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about his life and his mission.

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Horticulture Day
12:14 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Can't Grow Out? Grow up!

An example of vertical gardening
Craigsypoo Flickr under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When you don't have room to build out, you build up.  The same rule applies to gardening.  It's horticulture day and Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Linda Naeve about adding a new dimension to our garden or landscape with vertical gardening, including trellises, stakes, cages, archways and green walls.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins in to answer listener questions.

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Race Relations
4:08 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Skeletons in the Closet, Hoods in the Attic

A meeting of nearly 30,000 Ku Klux Klan members from Chicago and northern Illinois
Underwood & Underwood Public Domain/Library of Congress

In Iowa, many of us are proud of our progressive history, but that doesn't mean we don't have skeletons in our closets, and even some Ku Klux Klan robes in the attic.  After World War I, life in Iowa changed dramatically, and a lot of people didn't like it.  That disorientation opened the door to the Ku Klux Klan.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with two historians from Mason City about the history of the Klan in Iowa.  We heard from numerous listeners whose families had direct experience with the KKK, including Larry in Des Moines.  Charity talked with Larry after the show, and he shared this st

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Art
12:16 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Pioneering New Art Forms

Virginia Myers and Deanne Wortman in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City Studios
Charity Nebbe

In 1955 Virginia Myers first arrived in Iowa City with $150 in her pocket. When she stepped off the train, she had no place to live and no job. She hadn’t even been in touch with the University of Iowa about enrolling in classes, even though that was the reason she came to Iowa in the first place.

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Embarassing but True Tales of Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia
Brian Friedman Wikimedia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia hit the big time by sharing his most intimate and embarrassing experiences on stage.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about storytelling and the power of oversharing.  Birbiglia is traveling the country right now with his latest show, “Thank God For Jokes,”  and is appearing at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Saturday, May 17th.  He’s also become a regular panelist on NPR’s "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me," and filmed a role in one of the most anticipated movies of the year.  A conversation about making people laugh, the conne

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Media
11:59 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Is There Still a Place for Women's Magazines?

a cover of Ladies Home Journal from the early 1900's
Wikimedia Commons

After a 130 year run, Ladies Home Journal is drastically reducing its publication schedule and ending its subscription service, another in a long line of women’s magazines to try and reinvent itself or discontinue publication in the digital age.

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Health
6:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Brooke Birmingham comes to agreement with Shape to publish photos

Brooke Birmingham after losing more than 170 pounds
Photo courtesy of Brooke Birmingham http://brookenotonadiet.com/

It's been a week since Brooke Birmingham blogged about her refusal to let Shape Magazine’s website publish her story.

After losing more than 170 pounds over the course of the last few years, the magazine's website wanted to feature her extreme weight loss success story. When she was asked to submit before and after photos, she did just that. But for the magazine's editors, the after photo became a problem. It showed the excess skin that had been left after her weight was gone. 

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Health
3:18 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Des Moines Moms Raising Awareness About Stillbirth

Healthy Birth Day

Kate Safris was ecstatic when she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter in 2001. The idea that she would give birth to anything other than a healthy baby never entered her mind, until it happened. Her daughter, Emma, was born with severe heart defects and lived just eight days.

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Health
12:12 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Ghostbelly - "I Was the Mother of a Stillborn Baby"

Elizabeth Heineman and her baby were healthy for her entire 9 month pregnancy; it was when she went into labor that something went wrong.

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