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
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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Talk of Iowa
11:59 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Raising Your Own Chickens

Mixed breed chicks for sale at an Iowa City Orscheln Farm and Home
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Iowa’s hen population is getting a little more urban. There are now back yard chickens in Des Moines, Ames, Mt. Vernon, Iowa City and a number of other Iowa towns.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the increasing popularity of back yard poultry. Host Charity Nebbe talks chicks and breeds with the owner of McMurray Hatchery, and gets some advice from Backyard Poultry magazine's "answer man".

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Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Home Improvement: Planning your project

mrperry / flickr

An extended winter offers the opportunity for more planning and preparation for home remodeling work before the projects get started. On Talk of Iowa, home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to explain why now is the time to start project planning. He’ll also take all your home improvement questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Horticulture Day

Charles Smith / flickr

It is officially springtime, although it’s hard to believe with the cold snowy weather we’ve been having. Today it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa! We’ll talk about how this late winter weather will impact the planting season. We’ll also discuss how you can eat local, fresh food all year round through Community Supported Agriculture, or "CSA". And, we’ll be taking your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Storm Kings

Flickr / koschi

Tornados weren’t commonly called tornados until the early 20th century.  Instead these violent storms were referred to as landspouts, whirlwinds or cyclones.  Author Lee Sandlin talks to “Talk of Iowa” about his new book “Storm Kings” which details the history of a group of storm chasers from the 1800s who were instrumental in advancing the scientific understanding of tornados.

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Talk of Iowa
2:03 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

History Of The Iowa Lakeside Lab

It’s described as a complex ecosystem, a perfect place for a biological field station. Today on Talk of Iowa, we hear about the history of the Iowa Lakeside Lab, near Lake Okoboji. Thousands of Iowa college students have spent time there over the last 114 years, thanks to the dream of a University of Iowa president who died in 1934.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The "Iowa Swabian Hall” Pig & Iowa's Edible Beans

Rustik Rooster Farms

When he was a kid, Carl Blake II raised pigs for Iowa county fairs. But now as a farmer in his 40s, Blake thought pork should taste better. So he bred his own pig, based on a 19th century German hog.  He says this odd-looking, fatty porcine is so tasty that it melts in your mouth. We’ll find out how the Iowa Swabian Hall is now the favorite of some of America’s top chefs.  Also, we hear about the one Iowa farmer growing edible dry beans. Jason Grimm of Grimm Family Farms in Iowa County is having great success with his Black Turtle beans.

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Talk of Iowa
2:41 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Quack’s Daughter

Greta Nettleton

Mrs. Dr. Rebecca Keck of Davenport, IA pulled her family out of poverty by selling her healing tonics in the 1870’s. She also became a pariah of the medical community.  On "Talk of Iowa" we'll explore this history as told in the new book “The Quack’s Daughter," with author and Keck's great-great granddaughter Greta Nettleton.

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Talk of Iowa
11:51 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Horticulture Day

Rachel Ford James / flickr

Spring has not yet sprung. That means there is still time to take care of a few late-winter chores in the garden before growing season. Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes will join Charity Nebbe on today’s “Talk of Iowa” to talk about late-winter and early-spring chores like pruning your raspberries and grapevines, cutting back dead asparagus debris, potting up tender perennials indoors and planning out your vegetable garden.

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