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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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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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role

Flickr / cwwycoff1

Women have worked in agriculture since agriculture began, but for many years they were limited to supporting roles. Talk of Iowa seeks out women's voices in agriculture, through history and today.  Jenny Barker-Devine, author of "On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women's Activism since 1945" discusses how the roles of farm women changed during the 20th century.

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Talk of Iowa
11:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Mothers

Bill Bumgarner / flickr

On Sunday many mothers will be recognized with flowers, cards and attention from their loved ones, but there is a whole classification of mothers who really get very little respect.  Today on Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with entomologist Donald Lewis, who will give some overdue recognition to the mothers in the insect world. He and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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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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