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
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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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Michelle Hoover, "The Quickening"

For her first novel Michelle Hoover took inspiration from a family heirloom, a 15 page journal left behind by her great-grandmother. IPR's Charity Nebbe will speak with Iowa native Hoover about her debut novel, "The Quickening," a vivid account of the landscapes, lives and relationships of two farm women who struggled to survive the Great Depression.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa State University horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll hear about the upcoming All Horticulture Field Day and of course, we expect lots of calls from listeners about this season's tomato problems.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 22, 2010

"Team Archaeology"

As riders in RAGBRAI cross the state next week, cyclists will have a chance to find out what lies beneath the gently rolling hills. IPR's Charity Nebbe and our IPR listeners will hear about the history and geology of this year's RAGBRAI route. Guests include "Team Archaeology" leader John Hall; State Archaeologist John Doershuk and geologist Raymond Anderson of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Immigration and jobless benefits are two of the topics that our pundits will discuss on the program. Participating with IPR's Charity Nebbe are Bruce Gronbeck, retired Univ. of Iowa professor and expert on political communication and Arnie Arnesen, New Hamphsire political blogger.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 20, 2010

RAGBRAI 38, "A Million Spokes"

The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins its 38th run this weekend. We hear about a new feature-length documentary about the event, "A Million Spokes." Charity Nebbe's guests include Varda Hardy, the film's director; Susan Gorrell, assistant producer; and Jason Parkin: meteorologist and RAGBRAI enthusiast.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Amish Life in Iowa

Today, we hear from two Iowans, one who left the Amish community when he married in 1986 but still farms nearby; and the second an "outsider" who lives in a old schoolhouse in the middle of Amish country south of Iowa City. Charity Nebbe's guests are farmer Wayne Ropp and Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Hort Friday

Horticulture gang members Richard Jauron and Jennifer Bousselot of Iowa State University take your phone and e-mail questions. IPR's Charity Nebbe hosts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home Improvement Guru Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe and takes your calls. From concerns about drafty old windows to leaky basements during this wet summer, Bill will share his wisdom with IPR listeners.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Politics Wednesday

An hour of political chat, covering both Iowa and national issues. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen; Dianne Bystrom of Iowa State University and Todd Dorman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Second Annual Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, hosts its second annual Book Festival July 16-18. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to event co-director Kristi Bontrager; Jeanette Pilak, executive director, UNESCO City of Literature; and John Coy, 2010 Resident Author at the Iowa City Public Library.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Brain Drain in Iowa

Iowa is losing its young people. Young professionals in the state look elsewhere for opportunity and excitement. IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with guests about the problem of brain drain and what can and is being done to attract and retain young professionals in the state. Guests include: Bill Menner, State Director of Rural Development, Rachel Judisch, former chair of the Generation Iowa Commission and blogger Pete Jones, creator of desmoinesisnotboring.com.

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