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
11:50 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Evolution Of The Divorce

Chris Hayvard Berge / flickr

More than forty percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. Many members of today's generation of divorcees are trying to learn from the mistakes made by their divorced parents. They are seeking a better divorce. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the evolution of divorce with a happily divorced couple, a family therapist, and a mediator.

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Talk of Iowa
2:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Horticulture Day

Tony Buser / flickr

We’ve just come through another blizzard, but there are spring-like temperatures in the forecast.  If you’re going to start your own seeds, you’d better get going!   We’ll talk about starting seeds and the earliest insects to emerge when the weather warms up with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.

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Talk of Iowa
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Educational Media For Kids: Much More Than Just Your A-B-Cs

Michael Newman / flickr

We've all heard that it's best to limit the amount of screen time our kids get each day, but screens are getting harder an harder to avoid. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about educational media. We find out how to make the most of the screen time our kids do get and explore some of the surprising pitfalls we can find along the way.

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Chasing Ice

James Balog
Manchester Friends of the Earth /flickr

Melting glaciers and receding ice caps are often cited as evidence of climate change. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk with a filmmaker who set out to show the world this physical evidence of climate change.  We’ll also talk climate science with Iowa scientists who are studying how our earth is changing.

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Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The relationship between art and science

Artists are often thought of as creative, while scientists are stereotyped as logical, but the work of artists and scientists have many similarities.  We sit down with author Lawrence Weschler to examine the relationship between art and science.

Also we discuss the modern art of book covers and why some new covers for classic books have causes a lot of controversy. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Catholic Church in Iowa

Flickr / www.CAFE56.net

This past Thursday, 8:00 pm Vatican time, Pope Benedict XVI retired from the papacy.  Benedict XVI is the first pope to retire in almost 600 years.

Today on “Talk of Iowa,” we sit down with Catholics from around the state to discuss the changes and challenges that have rocked the Church in recent years.  We also ask, "What is the future of the Catholic Church both in Iowa and abroad?"

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Talk of Iowa
12:50 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Horticulture Day

Flickr / freefotouk

Just like melting snow, robins and daffodils, a sure sign of Spring is the return of our weekly Horticulture Day.  We’ll talk about grafting fruit trees with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Patrick O’Malley.

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Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Home Improvement: Snow

Flickr / bknittle

When you look at your house covered in a blanket of new fallen snow, if you look closely you can learn some important things. "Talk of Iowa's" home improvement expert Bill McAnally visits to explain what Mother Nature can help you learn about your house.

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Talk of Iowa
11:52 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Gerhard Loewenberg's "Moved by Politics"

Gray Pearl Press

In 1935, seven-year-old Gerhard Loewenberg was on vacation with his family in Italy.  While they were there, they learned that their German citizenship had been revoked because they were Jewish.  Today Loewenberg is a University of Iowa professor emeritus of political science and the former dean of the College of Liberal Arts

"Talk of Iowa" sits down with Loewenberg to talk about the event that changed the course of his and discuss his new memoir "Moved by Politics."

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Talk of Iowa
11:01 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Ayana Mathis discusses her debut novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”

Alfred A. Knopf

Hattie Shepherd is the mother of 11 children.  She is a strong and complicated woman who was brought into this world by Iowa Writer’s Workshop Graduate Ayana Mathis.

"Talk of Iowa" sits down with Mathis to discuss her debut novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” She explains her artistic process and reveals what it’s like to get a life changing call from Oprah Winfrey, who picked "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 this past December.

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Talk of Iowa
11:52 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Thirsty Iowa - The State of Our Water Supply

Stefan Ray / flickr

Water, it’s there when you turn on the faucet, or the sprinkler, it’s in the plastic bottles at the convenience store and washes away down the storm sewers when it rains.  On today's Talk of Iowa, we give this life giving substance some of the thought it deserves with Charles Fishman, best-selling author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water."

Also, UI assistant professor and researcher, Craig Just, joins us to talk about an effort to monitor river runoff by attaching sensors to river mussels.

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Talk of Iowa
10:53 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Lost Nation: The Ioway

IowayMovie.com / Fourth Wall Films

The people who gave our state its name are called the Ioway.   Few Iowans today know very much about the Ioway, but their stories, past and present, are being told in two new documentaries.

"Talk of Iowa" speaks with the filmmakers of "Lost Nation: The Ioway." An archeologist as well as an Ioway scholar and artist will also join the conversation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Donating A Kidney

John Pemble / IPR

Just a few weeks ago in a three day period, five people received kidney transplants thanks to something called a kidney paired transplant chain. Today on Talk of Iowa, we find out about this life saving chain of generosity and talk to a transplant surgeon, donors and recipients of kidney transplants. Also, we learn about an organization called My Angel Foundation, a non-profit focused on inspiring Iowans to become registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

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Talk of Iowa
2:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Science of the Seed

Corn plants grow in a roof-top greenhouse at Monsanto's Chesterfield Village Research Facility
Amy Mayer/IPR

People have been cross-breeding plants for thousands of year… Manipulating traits in agricultural crops from generation to generation. When scientists discovered that they could actually modify the genes of these plants in a laboratory the landscape of agriculture changed dramatically and fast. Host Charity Nebbe, explores the science of seeds, as a continuation of the Harvest Public Media series.

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Talk of Iowa
3:08 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

“A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War”

In 1862 Private Silas W. Haven marched off to fight in the Civil War.  He left behind his wife and three small children for four long years.  During that time he wrote nearly 200 letters home. Those letters have now been published in the new book, “A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War.”  I’ll talk with editor Brian Miller.

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Talk of Iowa
2:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Coal Mining In Iowa

Madrid Historical Museum

The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we speak with a historian and a coal miner’s daughter about what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how these mines shaped communities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Horticulture Day

blmiers2 / flickr

Spring is coming.  In these few remaining weeks of winter there are some things we need to get done out in the yard. Forester Mark Vitosh and horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here. We’ll talk about what we need to do before spring arrives and Mark and Richard will answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Valentine's: Dan Knight Plays Your Love Songs

Clayton Doty / flickr

Today on "Talk of Iowa" we're celebrating Valentine's Day by playing your favorite love songs with pianist and composer Dan Knight.

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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Iowa's Hollywood Stars

Robert Garcia / flickr

Iowa doesn’t rank high on the scale of glitz and glamor, but we have proven to be a good training ground for Hollywood stars. We all know about John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Ashton Kutcher, but that’s just scratching the surface!  We’ll talk about Iowa’s stars, from the Oscar winners to the Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wildlife Day: Rebecca Christoffel

Carl Wycoff / flickr

As Iowa State University extension wildlife specialist, Rebecca Christoffel, fields calls from all over the state, she also spends her time educating the public, training master conservationists, and defending the un-huggables. She joins us this wildlife day, and takes your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The History of the Bathroom

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In ancient Rome the bath house was an important gathering place.   After the fall of Roman Empire interest in bathing waxed and waned, but somehow we’ve progressed from the chamber pot and basin to homes with a separate bathroom for every bedroom.  Host Charity Nebbe will explore the evolution of the bathroom, the most necessary room in the house. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Iowa's Dance Marathons

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 19 (2013).
University of Iowa Dance Marathon website

The college students who participate in Dance Marathon do a lot of dancing but that is just the beginning. Dance Marathon is an event designed to raise money for kids with cancer. Two weekends ago, dancers in Ames at Iowa State University raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the University of Iowa raised more than $1,529,000.

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Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

Comedian Rick Green
Rock Green / Bite TV website

Approximately 10 percent of kids in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Although we know ADD can persist into adulthood, we don't know how many adults are affected by it.

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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Iowa's Opera Houses

The Warren Opera House in Greenfield, IA.
The Warren Cultural Center

Though opera houses once meant a town held status, many have since fallen into disrepair. Today efforts are underway to renovate and shed light on Iowa’s opera houses, including Sam Knutson's project, the Iowa Opera House Project, which brings Iowa performers into these antique spaces for locals to experience.

Later, Richard Poole and George Glenn, co-authors of The Opera Houses of Iowa, share the history of the state’s opera houses.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Maid Narratives

"The Maid Narratives" book cover
LSU Press

Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, The Help. Now a new book tells the true stories of people who lived that reality. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South.

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Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

"Lebanese Blonde" by Joseph Geha

Book cover of "Lebanese Blonde"
Joseph Geha

The new novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Horticulture Day: Homegrown Lifestyle

A gardener carries vegetables.
Chiot's Run / Flickr

Now is a good time to plant a garden, a good time to dream of Spring, and a great time to learn a few things that will help your garden grow when the time comes. On today's Horticulture Day, host Charity Nebbe talks about Iowa State University's extension homegrown lifestyle course.

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Talk of Iowa
11:15 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Emotional Health & Wellness

Women participating in laughing yoga.
Dejah Thoris / Flickr

Being healthy just isn't about  maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough exercise. It's also about how you feel emotionally. With this year's Live Healthy Iowa Challenge kicking off,  host Charity Nebbe talks about emotional health and how physical health affects your emotional health. Also, how music and laughter can affect your emotional health.

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Talk of Iowa
10:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mourning in the Digital Age

Graveyard
Emily Woodbury

Former Paullina, Iowa resident Kenneth Weishuhn committed suicide earlier this year after being bullied as a result of his sexuality. Brynn Bilou, a 12-year-old from Canada, created a memorial page without ever knowing Kenneth.

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Traveling Across Iowa's 99 Counties

Connie and Carson Ode
Iowa Library Services

In 2008, Carson and Connie Ode traveled the state of Iowa county by county. In 2010 and 2011 they went to as many Iowa celebrations and festivals as they could.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with the Des Moines couple about their two books on their travels through Iowa called, IOWA—Spaces, Places, Faces and Celebrate IOWA.

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