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
Mon April 26, 2010

Spring Books

We'll hear about what books people are buying and our listeners are invited to call-in and tell us what they are reading. Guests will be Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines and Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City.

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

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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

Joel Best/Douglas Wood

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to renowned sociologist Joel Best, author of "Damned Lies and Statistics." Best is addressing the Iowa Sociological Association's annual meeting this week. Later, we hear from Minnesota's "renaissance man" Douglas Wood, an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, who is speaking and singing in Iowa this week as a guest of the Iowa Wildlife Center.

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

Politics Wednesday

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

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

Componica/Iowa History Journal

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Steven Mitchell, the founder and senior software engineer of Componica, located at the University of Iowa's Technology Innovation Center. The firm is now developing apps for the iPhone. Later, we hear from the publisher of "The Iowa History Journal," Mike Chapman. The magazine is now in its second year, focusing on popular Iowa history.

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

Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa's Bird Lady

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jon W. Stravers and Larry A. Stone, co-authors of a new book about the late Gladys Black of Pleasantville, who for a generation taught Iowans the science and hobby of bird-watching.

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

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulture staffers Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron take your calls. Hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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

Roadside Beautification/Slipstream

We hear about a program to disperse grass and flower seeds native to Iowa to county roadside managers. IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kirk Henderson of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Later, Brian Guidry of the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Mel Andringa of Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids tell us about Guidry's installation at CSPS, "Slipstream," which evokes the power of the Cedar River by showcasing discarded items found by the riverbank.

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

Politics Day

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political blogger.

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

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jim Pease, professor emeritus, and Rebecca Christoffel, Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Specialist. They'll focus on Iowa's frogs and toads.

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

Iowa's James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

We'll hear from four of Iowa's semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards for culinary arts. The categories range from Best Chef to Rising Star Chef. Participating in the program: Carly Groben, Joe Logsdon, Steve Logsdon and Matt Steigerwald.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Hort Friday

April showers should bring plenty of May flowers this year. We'll talk horticulture with the Hort Gang from Iowa State University. Hosted by IPR's Dennis Reese.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Home Improvement Day

It's the beginning of spring remodeling frenzy. We'll discuss deconstruction to decks with Bill McAnally, Director of the Industrial Technology Program at Iowa Central Community College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political pundit.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Love is the Best Medicine

We hear about the lives of Helen and Cleo and other animal companion patients of Dr. Nick Trout. Dr. Trout's new book is "Love is the Best Medicine; What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian About Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Iowa Center for Wealth Management/"You Majored in What?"

We talk to Prof. John Spitzer of the University of Iowa, co-director of the new Iowa Center for Wealth Management. The Center is an online resource that provides unbiased financial education and guidance. Later, a conversation with Katherine Brooks, author of "You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Hort Day

Members of the horticulture gang from Iowa State University are back on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Tech Day

Geo-Tagged Cloud Zombies? New bugs for Internet Explorer and Firefox? And…office technology: productivity or time sink? Just a few of the technology topics we'll discuss with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's the day for our political pundits, Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt. IPR's Jonathan Ahl hosts and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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

Word Maven Patricia O'Conner

Iowa native and "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner returns to answer your language questions. We'll focus on themes from her book "Origins of the Specious; Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language."

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

The first Starbucks/Beyond Luck

In archive editions for IPR Pledge Week, IPR's Dennis Reese discusses the UNI Museum's new exhibit, "Coffee: The World in Your Cup," with UNI Theatre Professor Carol Colburn, the first employee at the very first Starbucks store which opened in Seattle 39 years ago. Later, we hear from Iowa City business consultant John Langhorne, Ph.D., author of the new book, "Beyond Luck: Practical Steps to Navigate the Path from Manager to Leader" (Corridor Media Group)

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

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Juron and Linda Naeve join IPR's Julie Englander. Spring has sprung!

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Lebowski Studies/Olivia's Story

In archive segments for Pledge Week, IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Drake University Professor Craig Owens, who wrote a chapter on the "White Russian" for the new book, "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies." Also, IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Jeffrey Copeland, Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa about his book, "Olivia's Story," about Shelley v. Kraemer, one of the most important legal decisions of modern times.

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

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Arnie Arneson, New Hampshire political pundit, and Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University.

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

Sleep Doctor

We have our bi-monthly chat with Dr. Eric Dyken, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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

The Park Inn Hotel/The Welsh in Iowa

In fund-raising archive editions of the program, Jonathan Ahl discusses the major restoration underway in Mason City of the Park Inn, the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world. Later, Dennis Reese talks to Cherilyn Walley, author of "The Welsh in Iowa." (University of Wales Press)

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

Hort Friday

Our horticulture experts from Iowa State University are in the studio to answer your questions. Spring begins on March 20!

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

Movie Day

IPR's Rob Dillard talks to our movie pundit, Prof. Tom Beell of Iowa State University and award-winning movie maker, Andy Brodie of Iowa City.

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

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University Political Science Professor, and Arnie Arnesen, political commentator from New Hampshire.

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

Edible Forest Gardens/Bosnian Anniversary

Walk into your backyard and pick an edible perennial, it's one of the concepts behind Forest Gardening, championed by guests Dave Jacke and Fred Meyer. Later in the hour, we'll hear about the "Fields of Opportunity" events in Waterloo, set for late March, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Bosnian resettlement in the Cedar Valley.

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