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
11:31 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Remembering "Dear Abby"

Pauline Phillips, advice columnist for "Dear Abby", was best known to all of her readers as Abagail VanBuren.

Before the age of confessional interviews and reality television the newspaper columns of twin sisters from Sioux City, Iowa gave readers a glimpse behind closed doors and some sound advice. Charity Nebbe talks with several from Sioux City to remember the sisters who were known to all as Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers.

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Talk of Iowa
1:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Middle Childhood

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Middle childhood is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. It’s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island

Fern Kupfer’s latest book is a memoir that transports readers to Long Island in the 1950s. Charity Nebbe talks with the Ames author as she reflects on past experiences in her life, including the period she discovered she was BRCA positive, a genetic marker for cancer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Conserving Iowa's Wild Lands

Pine Lake state park in Eldora, IA.
josquin2000 / Flickr

Iowa is not known for its wild places, only one state in the nation has a smaller percentage of public land than we do. Members from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Nature Conservancy and Iowa DNR join host Charity Nebbe to discuss what work is being done by conservation organizations in Iowa to preserve our wild places and to create new ones.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Horticulture Day

Daniel X. O'Neil Flickr

Super Bowl 47 is coming up on February 3 and on game day a horticulture student from Iowa State University will be on the sidelines. Charity Nebbe talks with Kevin Hansen about his turf management internship at the Super Bowl. Then, Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North American English Dialects

Dialects of English in the United States.
Jeff McNeill / Flickr

Here in Iowa we like to believe that we don’t have an accent, but Iowans do have a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe talks about regional dialects with academic Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain. We find out how we came to speak the way we do, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Training to Run

Johannes Ouendag Flickr

Charity Nebbe talks with runners from across the state as they share their tips on how to train for any race, whether it's a 5k or a marathon. They'll also talk about how to prevent injury and the trend in minimalist running.

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Talk of Iowa
1:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Condition of the State Address

Governor Terry Branstad giving his Condition of the State address
John Pemble

Governor Terry Branstad gives his condition of the state address which is analyzed by IPR's Joyce Russell, live from the law library at the capitol in Des Moines, and Iowa State University's David Peterson, who is also the head of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy and professor of political science.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Mon January 14, 2013

The Power Of Compliments

Franco Flickr

Everyone can appreciate a sincere compliment and a few high school students in Iowa City are embracing that truth. Charity Nebbe talks with the West High Bros about their efforts to make their school a better place. Then we explore the power of kindness and positive thinking.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Fri January 11, 2013

The Readers' Watchdog and Weird Iowa News

John S Flickr

People who have problems they can’t solve often turn to Lee Rood. She has written The Readers’ Watchdog column for the Des Moines Register for over the past year. Charity Nebbe talks  with her about the problems she’s helped solve and the lessons she’s learned.
Then,  Brian Morelli, associate regional editor for Iowa Patch, shares the weird Iowa news he’s collected.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Using Vacation Days to Combat Stress

A stressed out women.
College Degrees 360 / Flickr

Our bodies tell us when we’re stressed. Shoulder tension, eye twitch, insomnia... and for some of us the physical effects of stress can be downright dangerous. Host Charity Nebbe talks about our cultural reluctance to take time out or time off, and we’ll find out about the importance of listening to our bodies and using our vacation days.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Budding Biologist: Science Books For Kids

Tim Pierce Flickr

Have you ever been snuggled up with a kid, reading a cute book and run across a glaring factual error? It was just that experience that inspired  two moms to create scientifically accurate books for kids. Charity Nebbe talks with the women behind the “Budding Biologist” series, and about fact checking books for kids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow

Rabbit in the snow.
Conrad Kuiper / Flickr

When snow covers the ground the world looks as if it is sleeping under a blanket of white, but life does go on. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow and  how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals. 

Pease also discusses how snow is an insulator and a boon to wildlife for keeping warm and how even some amphibians benefit from the snow.

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Baby Names

Michael Sarver Flickr

What does your name say about you? What does the name you give you child mean for them?  Charity Nebbe talks about names with Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of babynames.com and English Language expert Patricia O’Connor. Then, listeners share the stories behind their names.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Horticulture Day: Garden Resolutions

Alexandre Dulaunoy Flickr

It's the first Horticulture Day of the new year and Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis share their garden resolutions for the coming year. Listeners also weigh in on what they look forward to planting in their yards and gardens this spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Home Improvement: New Year's Resolutions

A home space cleanly organized.
Efren Rodriguez / Flickr

Lose weight, save money, get organized...how about jazzing up your list of New Year's resolutions with some resolutions for your house?  On today's  home improvement day, expert Bill McAnally has made a list of home improvement resolutions he thinks you should consider this new year!

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Same-Sex Couples In Iowa

Jeff Belmonte Flickr

When same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa the state became a wedding destination, but some same-sex couples wanted more than just a marriage license. Charity Nebbe talks with couples who moved to Iowa in their search for marriage equality.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Best Music of Iowa Archives

The Everly Brothers
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If you've new to the Iowa Archives project, this special broadcast is the best link to click; featuring more than 100 years of music with connections to Iowa. We've reached into our collection of historic sound treasures for old radio clips, rare recordings and cherished interviews. You will be astonished at the depth of Iowa's contributions to music, from composers, to vocalists and even places that have become music landmarks. It is like a variety show for the ages, with performances by Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, Superman and much more. Highly recommended!

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Talk of Iowa
9:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Evelyn Birkby: Always Put In A Recipe

Evelyn and Charity at the Iowa City Book Festival

In 1949 Evelyn Birkby began writing a weekly column for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel.  Her editor told her to include a recipe every week in her columns -- and she did -- even though she couldn’t cook. Listen back to Charity Nebbe's conversation with Evelyn Birkby about her life and her book, “Always Put in a Recipe.”

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Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Janiva Magness: Stronger For It

Emily Woodbury / IPR

Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues.  Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, "Stronger For It". Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation host Charity Nebbe had with Magness, about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

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Talk of Iowa
12:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

How do Iowans use meditation?

There are several recent studies showing how meditation can help fight cancer, PTSD, learning disabilities, as well as everyday physical and mental ailments. Host Charity Nebbe talks with meditators across the state to find out how the practice of meditation impacts their lives. Charity also talks with Dr. Luke Hansen about how stress affects the body and why meditation is an effective method to fight pain.

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Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup

A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages.

Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Doug Brown Reads"A Christmas Carol"

Doug Brown, Iowa Public Radio’s beloved voice for 37 years, reads a rendition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Talk of Iowa
11:10 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Heartwarming Stories of Life-changing Relationships

Darwin Bell Flickr

Sometimes an action by one person can have a profound and wonderful effect on the life of another. Charity Nebbe talks with four people who share their stories of how someone else changed their life. They share stories of supportive and inventive mother, an inspiring artist, an organ donor and a loving husband.

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Talk of Iowa
9:40 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Nancy Sprowell Geise & John Forssman

'The Eighth Sea' book cover
Nancy Sprowell Geise

As a child growing up in Ames Nancy Sprowell Geise struggled with severe dyslexia...she was even held back a year in school. Now, she's published her first novel. The novel is called, "The Eighth Sea." It's a sweeping historical romance with twists and turns, but the story of how the novel came to be is equally as compelling.

After years of discouragement in school, in 1978 Geise found herself in the high school English class of John Forssman. Charity Nebbe talks with them both about how Mr. Forssman changed Geise's life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Wolves of Isle Royale and Wolf 832

Dennis Matheson Flickr

Wolf 832, one of the most recognized and beloved wolves in Yellowstone, was recently shot and killed legally by a hunter. Charity Nebbe talks with Rolf Peterson, a scientist on Isle Royale, about his research and the wolf population on Isle Royale in Michigan. He talks about the future for the species and human induced population control.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Holidays and the Dysfunctional Family

'The Home for the Friendless' book cover
Betty Auchard

The holidays bring families together, that's a good thing. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Charity Nebbe celebrates the holiday's dysfunctional family style with a survivor of a dysfunctional family, author Betty Auchard, and family therapist Volker Thomas.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Holiday Food Recipes

Holiday treats
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It may be a certain kind of cookie, a soup, a casserole, or even a special way to make hot cocoa. Food can connect us with people we love even after they're gone. Charity Nebbe talks about how certain foods connect us to people and the past.

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Talk of Iowa
11:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Music Highlights from 2012

Catfish Kieth, based in Iowa City, is one artist whose music was sampled on Talk of Iowa.
Dave Arcari

We listen back to some of the best new music of 2012 as Mark Simmet of Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One, talks with Charity Nebbe and shares  some of his new favorites in alternative and independent music. Then, Bob Dorr, host of IPR’s Blue Avenue, shares some of the new and great tracks in the world of blues.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Horticulture Day: Holiday Gifts

Plants are a popular gift this time of year, like Christmas Cactus, Norfolk Pine, Amaryllis bulbs and of course, poinsettia. Charity Nebbe talks with Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about caring for seasonal plants and some great gift ideas for gardeners.

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