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.

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Ben Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Encore Edition: Iowa Past to Present

If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Iowa in the Civil War

The Battle of Pea Ridge, fought in Arkansas in March of 1862, is known as the Civil War battle that secured the West. It was also the first time Iowans saw major combat. This hour we’ll remember the Battle of Pea Ridge and Iowans young and old who fought in the Civil War. Charity speaks with David V. Wendell, curator of "More Than Any: Iowa in the Civil War," a new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. Later, we speak with historian Floyd E. Pearce of Cumberland, about "The Graybeards," older Iowans who served in the Civil War.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Ways to Play in Big Boy Business

Women now work in every field and have reached levels of success in business and politics that once seemed impossible, but business is still a male dominated world. Charity talks with Mary Stier of Des Moines who has shatterd many glass ceilings in her career as a newspaper publisher. She'll share her lessons and discuss her new book, Lady Leader: 10 Ways to Play in Big Boy Business. Also joining the conversation is Diane Ramsey of Cedar Rapids, Ex.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Horticulture Day: Service Learning in Uganda

For the last seven years faculty, staff and students from Iowa State University have been traveling to Uganda as part of a service learning program. Gail Nonnecke, a professor of horticulture at ISU has been involved from the very start. Charity talks with her about the program and how she has seen gardens and students grow during her visits to Uganda. Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here and they will answer your questions about plants in your life.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

By the Iowa Sea

Joe Blair put away his motorcycle and his dreams to do manual labor while supporting four children, one of whom is autistic. Rekindling a sense of purpose in his life took something big: the Iowa River flood. Blair, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and a pipefitter who lives in Coralville, has just published his memoir, "By the Iowa Sea." (Scribner) This hour, Charity talks to Blair about his new book, one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Memoirs of 2012.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Wildlife Day: Woodpeckers

Wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease talks with Charity about woodpeckers and other hole-dwellers that inhabit Iowa. Pease looks at the biology and life-cycle of woodpeckers and offers a few hints on how to attract them.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Iowa's Papermaker and Karl L. King

Timothy Barrett has dedicated his life to unwrapping the mysteries of paper. Barrett, of the University of Iowa, won a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," in 2009 and the paper he makes by hand helps preserve such documents as the Declaration of Independence. We'll talk to him about the paper he's been making recently. Later in the hour, our discussion turns to Karl King, who composed over three hundred songs in his lifetime, 200 of those were marches. His music made him famous around the world, but he chose to live and work in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

Iowa Libraries

Do you need a special cake pan for that birthday that’s coming up? Something to scare the birds out of your cherry trees? Seeds for heirloom tomatoes? You might want to check your local library. Join host Charity Nebbe as we talk about the changing role of libraries in the internet age and some of the more unusual things you can check out from libraries around the state.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Horticulture Day: Spring Fever

The growing season hasn’t begun, but it might be time for you to get busy in your yard or garden. On this "Hort Day" on Talk of Iowa, D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City and I.S.U. Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron are here. We’ll talk about spring pruning and starting seeds and we’ll answer your questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Riverside Theatre and Lynn Rossetto Kasper

"Walking the Wire", Riverside Theatre’s annual festival of original work from playwrights across North America, will bring to the stage a wide variety of potentially implausible scenarios as part of this year’s theme, "This Will Never Work." Today, we'll hear from three actors in the Iowa City theatre's Annual Monologue Festival. Later, Charity speaks with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of "The Splendid Table," about America's changing relationship with food. She'll tell us what she does to make cooking dinner less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Encore Edition: Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin has been described as "the mother of authentic midwifery". She is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. An Iowa native, she has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. She has helped thousands of mothers bring their babies into the world and her words have reached millions. Her most recent book is Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Robert Leleux's Healing Moments

When Robert Leleux’s grandmother began to lose her memory it felt like the beginning of the end, but it also turned out to be the beginning of something truly beautiful. Leleux has written about his grandmother’s final years in “The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving.” (St. Martin's Press) This hour, Charity speaks with Leleux and also with Jade Angelica of Dubuque, founder of "Healing Moments: Alzheimer/Dementia Education and Advocacy."

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Helping People with Eating Disorders

It’s hard to understand what forces can lead a person to purposely starve. We do know that the causes of eating disorders are not simple, and that no one has found a simple solution. On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity speaks with a woman who overcame a serious eating disorder, the mother of a teenage survivor and a mental health counselor, Michelle Roling, who specializes in helping people with eating disorders,

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Word Maven: Great Movie Quotes

There are movie lines so iconic that not only does almost everyone instantly recognize them, but they’ve actually become a part of our lexicon. Today, Charity talks with English Language expert and Iowa native Patricia O’Conner about the movie lines that endure and shape our language. O'Conner is the author of a number of popular word books, including "Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English; Words Fail Me, and others.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

The Orphan Train to Iowa

Between 1854 and 1929 more than 200,000 orphaned and abandoned children boarded trains on the East coast and headed west to find new homes. About 8,000 to 10,000 of these children were taken in by Iowans. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll find out about the history of the orphan trains and the children who rode them. Guests are Sue Sutton of the National Orphan Train Complex; Mary McLain, a former newspaper reporter and daughter of an Iowa Orphan Train rider; and Jim Phillips of Mason City, whose father, J.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Vets in Our Lives

It's been said the best doctor in the world is a veterinarian--she can't ask her patients what's the matter, she's got to just know. This hour, we look into the worlds of four Iowa vets, whose patients run the spectrum from kittens to giraffes. We'll find out why each chose the job for their life's work and how the profession has changed of late. Charity speaks to: Dr. June Olds, Blank Park Zoo vet; Dr. Loras Wilgenbusch, retired large animal vet from Victor, IA; Dr. Kirk Heisterkamp, equine vet from Cedar Rapids; and small animal vet, Dr. Ryan Steen of Cedar Rapids.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Encore Edition: The Meskwaki Tribe - Past, Present and Future

The Meskwaki people, often known to outsiders as the Sac and Fox Tribe, have long been a part of Iowa history. In 1856 the Iowa Legislature passed an unprecedented act allowing the Meskwaki to purchase land in Iowa. A year later, the Tribe purchased the first 80 acres in Tama County. Today the Meskwaki Settlement is a thriving community of over 4,000 residents which maintains a tribal school and a profitable casino. In a program that originally aired last September, we look at the history of the Meskwaki people in Iowa and the challenges they face today.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Horticulture Day: Maple Syrup

When maple trees experience the freezing nights and warm days of late winter, the sap starts to slowly rise. It's "Hort Friday" on Talk of Iowa, and we'll talk about maple syrup production. It's one of North America's oldest agricultural crops and there are a few commercial producers in Northeast Iowa. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension Forestry. We'll also answer your questions about the plants in your life.
 

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

New Beginnings for the University of Iowa Arts Campus

Nearly four years ago flood waters dramatically changed the landscape in Iowa City. Over the next few years the campus will be transformed again as the University of Iowa replaces the lost buildings. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll hear about recently approved plans to rebuild the University of Iowa arts campus, including a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and Music Building.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Wildlife Day: Valentine's Edition

Spring may be the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love, but for many species late winter is the season of love. It's Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa and with eagles nesting, barred owls calling and cardinals singing, we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Science of Obesity

Losing weight sounds simple in mathematical terms. Burning more calories than you consume = weight loss, but the reality is far more complicated. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll explore the science of weight loss, we’ll find out why it so difficult for some people to lose weight and we'll look into why keeping the weight off can be a daily challenge. Guests include Dr. Allyn Mark, Dr. William Haynes and Amy Fletcher of the University of Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Girls on the Run and Teacher of the Year

When girls sign up for “Girls on the Run” they spend ten weeks getting together and training for a 5K, but the lessons learned will last a life time. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll hear from Stephanie Kleithermes, a coach from Johnson County's "Girls on the Run" program. Later in the hour, Charity speaks with the 2012 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Charity Campbell, a phys ed teacher from the Norwalk Community School District. Campbell tries to find a way to keep her students moving practically all the time.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

The Changing World of Nursing

School nurses still take care of cuts and scrapes--they take temperatures and decide when it's time to call Mom or Dad. But these days, they do a whole lot more. They dispense lots of medications and deal with children who have a variety of pre-existing medical conditions. We'll speak with Janice Telsrow, a school nurse in the Davenport Community School District, who sees up to 115 children in her office every day. Also, we'll find out about how technology has revolutionized nursing school.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

The "Surf" as Rock 'n Roll Icon

Fifty-three years ago Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) gave their final performances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. The accident that followed turned the Surf into a rock 'n roll icon. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll remember the Winter Dance Party and discover what makes the Surf a special place.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Preparing Students for Kindergarten

Kindergarten today is not just about snacks, rest time and recess. Kids are expected to arrive ready to learn...a lot. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll discuss getting ready for kindergarten. We’ll talk about early childhood education, how to prepare your child for kindergarten and we'll hear from a kindergarten teacher what she expects her students to know when they walk in the door for the first day of school. Guests are kindergarten teacher Michelle Anderson-Kunz of Des Moines; Alison Bell of the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center; Dr.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Norman Borlaug "Our Daily Bread"

Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farm boy who became the father of the Green Revolution, is credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation. Today, Charity speaks with biographer Noel Vietmeyer about his book “Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug” (Bracing Books) and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn of Des Moines, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Horticulture Day: Plant Hardiness Zone Map

"Punxsutawney Phil" may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but we all know that gardening season is just around the corner. It's Horticulture Friday today, and Charity looks at organic gardening and the new Plant Hardiness Zone map from the USDA. We'll find out why you might not want to invest in too many "Zone 5" plants just yet. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Kathleen Delate, Prof. of Horticulture at ISU.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Spelling Bee/Spelling Education

Iowa State University will host the Iowa final for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Charity talks with Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimball about the growth and popularity of the event and how television has changed the perception of the competition. Also joining the conversation is an Iowa educator who served as the Head Judge for the competition, plus a Des Moines student who reached the spelling bee finals. Later, a literary consultant looks at effective teaching of spelling in early childhood education.

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