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
Tue September 7, 2010

Word Maven

Iowa native Patrica O'Conner, author of "Words Fail Me" and other language books, returns to the program with Charity Nebbe to talk about our use and misuse of the English language. One of the hour's topics will be Midwest colloquialisms.

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

Hort Friday

Iowa State horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Kathleen Delate are Charity Nebbe's guests. They'll begin with a discussion of organic and sustainable horticultural practices.

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

Technology Day

Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz joins IPR's Charity Nebbe for a technology update, and of course, we welcome your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered

We look at the life and work of the author of the "Little House" series of books, who will be celebrated Sept. 6 at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. Charity Nebbe's guests include Solon resident Sarah Uthoff, vice-president of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Foundation and Amy Lauters, professor at Minnesota State University in Mankato, author of "The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Land" and founder of the website Beyondlittlehouse.com and Laurapolooza.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 31, 2010

What Football Means to Small Towns in Iowa

IPR's Charity Nebbe and her guests take a look at high school sports and how they define important cultural aspects of small towns across the state. Guests include Randy Hinkel, Madrid high school football coach; Scott Gonzales, publisher of The Guthrie Center Times; and Bud Legg of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Writing About Iowa

What are the challenges and opportunities facing writers who write about Iowa people, places and events for a regional and national audience? Guests are Trevor Meers, Executive Editor, Midwest Living magazine; Mike Chapman, publisher, Iowa History Journal; and Beth Wilson, editor, The Iowan magazine.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Horticulture Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University. We'll hear about dividing perennials and getting them ready for winter and planting the bulbs that brighten the spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 26, 2010

Making Music Together

The project that has placed pianos in the Iowa City ped-mall demonstrates a well-understood truth: music draws people together. What is it about someone sitting down at a piano in a public place that makes us want to join in and sing? We'll talk to Steve West of West Music in Coralville; music therapist Mary Adamek; Eric Saylor, Drake University Musicologist; and Jennifer Hamilton with Prairie Harmony of Southeast Iowa, a "sacred harp" singer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Iowa's Art Museums

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with the next Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow, currently Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The UI Museum has been without a home since the flood of 2008. Also, we hear about current exhibits and events at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City from Director Edie Blanchard and we'll get an update on how recent flooding in Ames has affected the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State. We'll talk to Allison Juull of University Museums at ISU.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Dreaming of Nature

Robert Waggoner of Ames returns to the program. His book is: "Lucid Dreaming; Gateway to the Inner Self." This time, Robert discusses dreaming of nature, dreams and lucid dreams of animals, plants and the natural world.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Simon Estes

We welcome renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes. Mr. Estes is an artist-in-residence at Wartburg College and is teaching for the next few weeks at Iowa State University. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his new CD, "Save the Children, Save Their Lives," and his "Wings and Roots" tour of Iowa, presenting a concert in each of the state's 99 counties.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Hort Friday

It's another edition of our live chat with horticulturists from Iowa State University, of course, we'll take your calls and e-mails. Our "Hort Gang" this week is Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll focus on how this summer's heavy rainfall has impacted vegetables fruits, trees and shrubs.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Canning/State Fair Vet

On the first part of the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with nutritionist Jill Weber of Iowa State University Extension about the growing practice of canning fruits and vegetables grown in Iowa's gardens; later, we talk to the official veterinarian of the Iowa State Fair, Dr. Bruce Leuschen of Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 18, 2010

The Search for the Perfect Tomato

IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to writer Arthur Allen. His new book is: "Ripe: the Search for the Perfect Tomato," a robust tale of how tomatoes get to the table and why some don't taste very good when they get there.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

IPR's Katherine Perkins and John Pemble bring us highlights from the 2010 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. We talk with Richard Jacobson about the newest building on the fairgrounds, which bears his name. We hear fairgoers reading from "Green Eggs and Ham," while waiting to see the butter sculpture commemorating the book's 50th anniversary. And, we get a firsthand account of what's it like to bathe a chicken.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Prairies and Bison

We'll hear about efforts to expand and restore Iowa's tallgrass prairies and how prairies are necessary to re-introduce and sustain bison in Iowa. Guests are Daryl Smith of the University of Northern Iowa and Christy Smith and Karen Viste Sparkman of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 13, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and Mark Vitosh, District Forester from the Iowa D.N.R. They'll be ready to answer your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge will be in our studio with Charity Nebbe to take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Same-Sex Weddings in Iowa

Same-sex marriage in Iowa became legal on April 3, 2009. We'll hear about the economic benefits of the ruling to Iowa and what obstacles remain for GLTB couples. Guests include Beau Fodor, Iowa's Premier Gay Wedding Planner, Lee Badgett, author of "Why Gay People Get Married," and newly married Newton, Iowa couple Cindy Pollard and Gayla Snook.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Wildlife Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. We'll focus on the "The Big White Birds" of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 9, 2010

FFA and 4-H Youth in Iowa

With the changing dynamic of the family farm in Iowa, we'll try to find out what programs like the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Council are doing to get youth interested in agriculture. Guests include Iowa 4-H Director Dr. Chuck Morris, Jane Runneals, 4-H volunteer leader, Story County; and Dale Gruis of the FFA.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 6, 2010

Hort Day

The horticulture gang at Iowa State University joins IPR's Charity Nebbe to answer your lawn, garden and tree questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Technology Day

There have long been privacy concerns when it comes to cell phones, but smart phones have made it harder to protect your information. We'll talk about this and other technology news with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz. Your host IPR's Charity Nebbe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this week's Politics Day, Democrats are coping with two high profile ethics trials. We'll talk about how ethics allegations might affect the party in the midterm elections. Other topics include congressional earmarks and the Branstad and Culver war of words over job creation. Joining IPR's Charity Nebbe will be Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Iowa's Hardacre and Landlocked Film Festivals

We'll hear about two upcoming Iowa film festivals, the Hardacre, the state's original festival that starts this week in Tipton and the fourth annual Landlocked Film Festival, which gets underway in late August in Iowa City. Plus, we'll speak to the producer of one of the featured movies, Amy Elliott of "World's Largest." Other guests are Will Valet of "Hardacre" and Mary Blackwood of "Landlocked."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Iowa African-American Hall of Fame

We'll hear about the 2010 inductees into the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, located at Iowa State University and we'll find out about African-Americans' contributions to the history and culture of Iowa. With IPR's Charity Nebbe will be inductees Elaine Estes and Melvin Harper of Des Moines; Dr. Tom Hill of Iowa State University; and Tom Moore, Executive Director of the African-American Museum in Cedar Rapids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Two of our "Hort Gang" regulars, Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University answer your yard and garden questions. Also, we'll talk about how to get kids excited about working in the garden.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Can Iowa Feed Itself?

What does Iowa grow that its residents can actually eat? We'll talk about Iowa grown foods, sustainable food systems and the increasing number of farmers' markets in the state. Guests include Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Ginny Gieske of the Iowa Farmers Market Association and Matt Russell, State Food Policy Project Coordinator at Drake University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Coe College political scientist Bruce Nesmith join IPR's Charity Nebbe for our weekly program. Topics include the Target Corporation's controversial political contributions and the debate over federal flood assistance to Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Sleep Doctor

Our "sleep doctor" returns to the studio with Charity Nebbe.Dr. Erik Dyken, Prof. of Neurology and Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the University of Iowa answers your sleep questions and discusses a U.I. study concerning traumatic brain injury and sleep disorders.

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