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
11:00 am
Thu December 30, 2010

My Thoughts Be Bloody

Two sons of the 19th century actor Junius Brutus Booth impacted history in vastly different ways. John Wilkes Booth aspired to be a success, but instead assassinated a great American President. Older brother Edwin followed in his father's footsteps and went on to become the greatest actor in 19th century America. This hour, we hear from historian Nora Titone, a native of Iowa City. Her first book is "My Thoughts Be Bloody: the Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that Led to an American Tragedy." (Free Press)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives

Host Rick Fredericksen dives into archival material compiled from his Iowa Archives project. Among the audio documentaries explored- the story behind the voice of George Washington Carver; the centennials of Camp Dodge; a look back at the state's worst train crash disaster and audio letters from Vietnam.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The English is Coming!/Opus Vino

Author Leslie Dunton-Downer says English has been adopted throughout the world to become "Global English," a language of "unprecedented, planetwide recognition and use." We'll talk to Dunton-Downer and ask her if the world really needs a planetary "lingua franca." Later in the hour, the guest will be the editor-in-chief of the new lavishly illustrated, "Opus Vino," Jim Gordon. The book lists 4000 of the world's greatest wineries, and Gordon says midwest wines are growing rapidly in availability and quality.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Home Improvement Day/Radon Gas

Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will begin the hour with an update on radon gas in the home. The odorless, colorless gas is found in higher concentrations in Iowa and is the second most common cause of lung cancer, after smoking. We'll learn how you can find out if radon is a problem in your home and what you can do about it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Gratitude in Our Lives

We teach our children to say please and thank you, but how can we teach them to be truly grateful for what they have? This hour, we'll talk about cultivating a sense of gratitude in our children and ourselves and the positive impact that being grateful can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Guests are Kimberly Greder, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, and Mary Jane Ryan, author of "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday in Your Life."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Dance

You've seen them at weddings, the couple of a certain age gliding across the dance floor. It wasn't so long ago that people could Jitterbug, waltz and fox trot with ease. Popular TV shows and growing enrollment in dance classes may be an indication that coming generations are also looking at dance as a skill, or a form of self-expression that needs to be acquired. But are there still places to cut a rug in Iowa? Or, has the heyday of the dance hall long since past? Host Charity Nebbe will find out on Talk of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 20, 2010

History Day: The Changing Design of Iowa Towns

Since Iowa became a state in 1846, how did our towns develop? We'll hear about the state's Scandinavian, Dutch, German Catholic/Lutheran and other communities and the development of trade centers (county seats) versus small towns, plus the modern-day challenges facing our towns and cities. Guests are historian Loren Horton of Iowa City and Iowa State University Sociology Professor, Paul Lasley.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Horticulture Day

The gift-giving season is upon us. We'll find out what gardeners want in their Christmas stockings. Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 16, 2010

The Viability of Ethanol

In a special prgram in collaboration with KCUR Radio in Kansas City, we look at the corn-based fuel Ethanol. We'll ask if the making of ethanol takes more energy than it produces, or if that's just an urban myth. Joining the conversation will be the reporters from the Midwestern agriculture-reporting project Harvest Public Media, including Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson. Together, we'll fuel a conversation on the prospects of ethanol.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 15, 2010

The Year's Best in Folk and Classical Music

Host Charity Nebbe discusses the top music releases of the year with Iowa Public Radio hosts Karen Impola and Barney Sherman. On IPR's 'Music Tree', Impola features music rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions including blues and bluegrass. Sherman is the host on IPR's Classical Music Stream weekdays from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Sherman offers up the world's greatest music played by the most accomplished and interesting musicians, new and old.Karen Impola's List:1. Tim O'Brien Old Joe - Chicken and Egg2. Grada Louis Collins - Natural Angle3.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Wildlife Day Bald Eagle

Our wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease of Ames, is here to talk about bald eagles, as it's been said, when the eagle soars, the blue sky is her limit. We'll find out about their history, biology, comeback, the dangers the majestic birds face today, and where to see them.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Children's Books - New Releases and Hidden Gems

It might be the rhyme, the story, the pictures, or the way it felt to sit in your mom or dad's lap, but a great children's book can live in your memory forever. Host Charity Nebbe talks with two children's literature experts about the best new children's books and the books they love that never made the best seller list.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Dumplings/Food Safety

This country was largely settled on dumplings - Puritan housewives of New England brought the dumpling tradition across the Atlantic, and nearly a century later, the pioneers took it with them in their covered wagons. Kurt Michael Friese of Iowa City says the cooked balls of dough give us the warm and cozy feelings of home. He'll tell us the story of his family's long-standing tradition of liver dumpling soup. Also, Jan Temple of Iowa State University Extension tells us about the "4-Day Throw-Away" campaign, an effort to keep us free from food-borne illnesses.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Iowa's Mr. Country Music & Pieta Brown

Host Charity Nebbe talks with author Terry Manley, whose new book examines the life of radio disc jockey and country music promoter Smokey Smith. In the 1950's and 1960's Smith scheduled country music legends Johnny Cash and George Jones into the KRNT Theater in Des Moines. He was instrumental in bringing Elvis Presley to Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines and forged a number of relationships with country music performers. Smith is member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Later, a conversation with eastern Iowa's Pieta Brown.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Word Maven: Holiday Words

You see it on signs around town. "Xmas" trees sold here, "Xmas" sale now through Friday... This hour, Talk of Iowa will explore the origins of the controversial abbreviation for Christmas and many other holiday words with our word expert Patricia O'Conner, author of the much-beloved "Woe Is I," "Origins of the Specious," and "Words Fail Me."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Holiday Cultural Traditions

What holiday traditions reflect your cultural heritage? Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa Folklife Coordinator Rikki Saltzman about some of the cultural traditions still being passed down through generations. Join in to tell us what special food or music is part of your family's holiday celebration.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 6, 2010

From Peking to Paris/Top Secret Rosies

If you were traveling from Beijing to Paris, driving would probably not be your first choice of transportation. But two Des Moines men made that trip this fall in exactly 349 hours in a 1929 Model A Ford and the car never broke down. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Lang Wightman and Fritz James about their adventures in the 2010 "Peking to Paris Motor Challenge." Later in the hour, we hear from LeeAnn Erickson, producer of the new documentary, "Top Secret Rosies," which tells the story of a group of female mathematicians who did secret research for the U.S.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Horticulture Day

With snow on the way it's difficult to think about our lawns and gardens, but we still have plants inside that require attention. Host Dennis Reese talks with Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Entomologist Donald Lewis. Dr. Lewis talks about all of the tiny bugs that could invade your indoor plants this winter.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Photographing Iowa Nature

Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour, capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth, their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa," (Univ. of Iowa Press) and Bill Witt of Cedar Falls, his photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie" (Univ. of Iowa Press).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Life Design: Building Your Future

Going to college is supposed to prepare you for life, but many college graduates find themselves lost once they get that diploma. This time, we talk about a new course at the University of Iowa that is designed to help students figure out what they want and need to get out of their college years. We'll hear about "Life Design: Building Your Future" from course instructor David Gould; Phil Johnson, a former Teaching Assistant in the class; and U.I. students Alex Brandt and Ben Welper, who are currently enrolled in the class.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 30, 2010

The Wilding by Benjamin Percy

Iowa State creative writing professor Benjamin Percy joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to talk about his new novel, The Wilding. The novel, a dark tale of man versus nature, is set in the Oregon wilderness as three generations of men struggle with the elements in addition to their own emotions. This hour, we'll discuss his writing, the natural world and the inspiration to be drawn from it. We'll also talk about his experiences in Hollywood - one of his short stories is being made into a movie.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Eddie Chuculate/Native American Literature

Jordan Coolwater is a young American Indian living with grandparents on Creek Indian land and he's the protagonist in a new collection of short stories. IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Iowa City writer Eddie Chuculate about his book "Cheyenne Madonna." We'll also talk about American Indian literature through history with English professors Phillip Round of the University of Iowa and James Coppoc of Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Grant Wood

Much about Grant Wood's patriotism and masculinity has been read into "American Gothic," with its pitchfork-holding farmer and his dour companion standing in front of an Eldon, Iowa farmhouse. R. Tripp Evans, an art historian at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, argues that even more has been misread, overshadowing Wood's rich and varied artistic career. In a re-broadcast program, Charity Nebbe speaks with Evans, author of the new book, "Grant Wood: A Life."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Deborah Whaley/Tyler Hakes

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest sorority founded by African- American women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood like any other sorority, but this one was founded by a handful of women one generation out from slavery who wanted to make the most of their education and lives. We'll explore that history and the culture of black sororities today with Deborah Whaley, Prof.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Iowa College Basketball

Last minute buzzer beaters, Cinderella stories and nail-biters: there's all kind of drama on Iowa's basketball courts. We'll talk to three of the coaches, Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State, Ben Jacobson of U.N.I. and Lisa Bluder of the University of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Wicked River: the Mississippi

The Mississippi River has been dredged, shaped and changed. We'll travel back in time to when the river ran wild. Guests are Lee Sandlin author of "Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" (Pantheon Books) and Jerry Enzler, Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Hort Day

It's time to finish putting the garden to bed and try to wake up the Christmas Cactus. It's Horticulture Day, and we'll talk about prepping the garden for winter and taking care of holiday plants. We'll also take your calls. Joining IPR's Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of the Iowa State University Horticulture Department.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, gives us an update on mistakes to avoid in weatherization efforts and how to incorporate recycled materials and "green" methods in your weatherproofing projects.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Iowa Holiday Destinations and Activities

If you're planning a getaway over the holiday, think Iowa. Lori Erickson of Iowa City, author of "Iowa: Off the Beaten Path" (now in its ninth edition) and Shawna Lode of the Iowa Tourism Office share some of their favorite Iowa holiday tourist destinations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Grotesques in Iowa/The Living Nickelodeon

Next time you're walking around Des Moines, look up and you might see something interesting on some old buildings. We'll talk about the stone carvings of faces known as "grotesques" that adorn buildings around the world. The guest is Jan Fleming, author of "Grotesques in Des Moines..Iowa and Abroad." Later, University of Iowa professor Rick Altman will tell us about "The Living Nickelodeon," his presentation that relives the multimedia spectacles that characterized film exhibition during the two decades between the invention of cinema and the rise of feature films.

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