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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Author Interview
3:39 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Time Traveling Back to the 1898 Omaha World's Fair

The Trans Mississippi International Exposition of 1898
F.A. Rinehart

There is a short list of World’s Fairs that have inspired many stories, New York 1939, Chicago 1893, St. Louis 1904.  The 1898 Omaha World’s Fair is not one of them… until now. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with author Timothy Shaffert about his latest novel The Swan Gondola which takes place on the eve of the Omaha World’s Fair.

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Talk of Iowa
3:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Monastery Candy

Chocolate-covered hazelnut meltaways handcrafted by the sisters of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey.
Monastery Candy

Iowa is home to many talented chocolatiers and a number of them live in a place that might surprise you. Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey is a cloistered monastic community of Trappistine nuns near Dubuque. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Mast Brothers' Red Wine Bonbons

The Masts recommend a full-bodied red wine and a Criollo-heavy chocolate with notes of dark fruit for their red wine bonbon recipe.
Credit Tuukka Koski / Little, Brown and Company

THE MAST BROTHERS' RED WINE BONBONS

A full-bodied red wine works best here, as it won't be overpowered by the dark chocolate.  Try a Criollo-heavy chocolate with notes of dark fruit, like Madagascar.

 GANACHE

  • Heavy cream, 1/2 cup
  • Dark chocolate, 6 ounces, chopped
  • Red wine, 2 ounces (just over 1/3 cup)
  • Unsalted butter, 1 tabled spoon

COATING

  • Dark chocolate, 8 ounces, melted and tempered

Make the Ganache

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Talk of Iowa
2:28 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The Sweetest Part of Valentine's Day

Michael and Rick Mast hired a sailboat to ship 20 metric tons of cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic to Brooklyn, NY.
Tuukka Koski Little, Brown and Company

Every year for Valentine's Day Americans spend over $1 billion on chocolate. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with some of Iowa's finest chocolatiers from Chocolaterie Stam, Chocolate Storybook, and Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey.

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Talk of Iowa
12:14 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Controversy Sparked by Critique of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop

higginskurt

Iowa Writer's Workshop alumnus Eric Bennett's article, "How Iowa Flattened Literature" in the Chronicle of Higher Education has ruffled feathers—especially in Iowa's writing community.  The first paragraph of the article reads: 

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Connecting Habitats in Iowa

At one time 85% of Iowa was covered by tallgrass prairie.
USFWS Mountain Prairie

Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist Jim Pease and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management.  They explain how Iowa's species are suffering due to a lack of connecting habitat as well as both the history of the state's roadside prairies, and the pros and cons of these

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Talk of Iowa
2:20 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Bittersweet and Funny: Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling
kevinkling.com

Everyone is at some point a storyteller.  

Kevin Kling is known for telling stories that are weird and wonderful.  He makes audiences laugh until they cry and he makes them cry until they laugh again.  In this 'Talk of Iowa,' Kling talks about storytelling, his upcoming residency at Central College in Pella, and his latest book On Stage with Kevin Kling.  

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Horticulture Day
11:13 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Farm Practices Threaten Bee Colonies

Amy Toth is one of several ISU faculty members working to understand the decline of pollinating insects
Bob Elbert

Gardeners and growers depend on the free labor of pollinators to produce fruits and vegetables. One of our most important pollinators, the honey bee, is in trouble world wide. This hour, new research gives us an insight as to why.

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Talk of Iowa
12:15 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Overcoming Eating Disorders

According to the Eating Disorder Coalition, the risk of developing an eating disorder is 50-80% determined by genetics.
daniellehelm

Approximately 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.  These diseases are hard to understand, difficult to treat and often deadly. 

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Sports
5:16 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports

Jeff Wasson

The Winter Olympics begin tomorrow, which got us thinking about the young athletes who will be watching the games... who may one day compete at state, national , or international levels.

Now more than ever, children and their parents are faced with the decision of whether or not to specialize in a sport at an early age – some children being only a few years old. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the concept of specializing children in sports.

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Talk of Iowa
2:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz

The Isham Jones Orchestra, early/mid 1920s
Infrogmation of New Orleans / flickr

When you think of jazz you might think of New Orleans or New York City.  But in the 20s, 30s, and 40s musicians in Iowa and the surrounding states kept Iowans dancing in ballrooms, hotel dining rooms, high school gymnasiums, and by playing on local radio. Join host Charity Nebbe for this hour of jazz in Iowa from the hot jazz of the 20s to the big band sound of the 30s and 40s. Hear from Jim Oatts, leader of the Des Moines Big Band, Josh Duffee, music director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, and John Benoit professor of music at Simpson College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Beatles 50th Anniversary

Bob Dorr's Beatle "military" coat from 1969, with a couple of the cut-out buttons that came inside the original issuance of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Courtesy of Bob Dorr

When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 Beatlemania arrived with them.

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Talk of Iowa
2:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Suing for Freedom

Above, these 51 Xs—some of which are repeated—are the signatures of the slaves upon their petitions for freedom filed in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Lea VanderVelde

In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that a slave could not sue for his freedom. Many call this ruling the worst Supreme Court decision of all time. 

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Home Improvement
12:58 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Stay Warm for Less

Aaron Ray

Residential and commercial buildings can use a lot of energy.  New building codes are being used in Iowa that can make for more efficient use of utilities. Home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to talk about the guidelines and answer listener questions about home projects.

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Talk of Iowa
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Listening Back to "The Maid Narratives"

"The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," discusses complicated racial dynamics within the homes of the Jim Crow era.
LSU Press

Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, "The Help."

Listen back to host Charity Nebbe's conversation with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, "The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South," which tells the true stories of people who lived that reality.

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Health
12:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits

Blue Zones participant Lynn Stansbery with Dan Buettner and her grandson Cody at the Blue Zones Project kickoff event in Cedar Rapids
Blue Zones Project

Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.

Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.

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Horticulture Day
2:24 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Homegrown Lifestyle: Reconnect with the Land

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Campaign

Iowa State University Extension's Homegrown Lifestyle program targets those people who want to grow their own food and livestock for personal and family use.  Andy Larson, specialist in small-farm sustainability with ISU Extension, says that the course covers a large variety of topics including permaculture, soil health, and manure.

Larson says, "Manure is really a resource; it’s not just one of those things you have to try to get rid of."

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Classical Music
5:18 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Iowa Symphonies Evolve to Survive

Orchestra Iowa

When Barney Sherman started planning his career in classical music, his supervisor told him, “Don’t even think about it, classical music is dying…the stations are closing, everyone’s looking for another career, it’s over.” But, 23 years later, Sherman is a Senior Music Producer at Iowa Public Radio, and Iowa’s classical industry is thriving.

Not that Iowa’s symphonies have not gone through some evolution.

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Iowa History
3:30 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Centerville: A Mid American Saga

photolibrarian / flickr

Once a prominent stop on the Underground Railroad and later the seat of the Ku Klux Klan in Iowa, Centerville is a small town with a rich history. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Enfys McMurry, author of Centerville: A Mid American Saga. They explore the ups and downs of this remarkable town.

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Talk of Iowa
12:40 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Shelton Stromquist: Civil Rights

mikek7890 / flickr

In the summer of 1964, the Civil Rights Movement included many people with various backgrounds working together for a cause. University of Iowa Emeritus Professor of History Shelton Stromquist was one who put his life on the line to help the movement in Mississippi.  He joins host Charity Nebbe to talk about his experiences.

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Talk of Iowa
2:51 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Middle Childhood

Japanese school children near play “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
Angie Harms

Listen back to Talk of Iowa's conversation on middle childhood. Middle childhood is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. It’s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.

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From the Archives
5:17 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island

Fern Kupfer’s latest book is a memoir that transports readers to Long Island in the 1950s. Charity Nebbe talks with the Ames author as she reflects on past experiences in her life, including the period she discovered she was BRCA positive, a genetic marker for cancer.

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Talk of Iowa
2:09 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Vocal Cord Development

Tenor Eric Ferring as Anthony in the Seagle Music Colony's 2012 production of "Sweeney Todd."
James Carnahan

Shows like America's Got Talent and YouTube videos have introduced us to many phenomenal young singers belting ballads like adult Broadway stars.  However, is it healthy for young performers to sing with such intensity?  How does hitting the high and low notes affect vocal cord development?

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Wildlife Day
11:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Following Iowa Wildlife's Natural Calendar

An environmental communications specialist looks for warblers at a phenology workshop in Illinois
JanetandPhil / flickr

We all know that Spring follows winter and summer follows spring, but when the snow melts, when the flowers bloom, and when the frogs sing from year to year can tell us a lot.

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about phenology, the study of periodic plant and animal lifecycle events.

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Statehouse and Politics
2:41 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Condition of the State 2014

Governor Terry Branstad delivering his Condition of the State address in the Iowa House chamber
John Pemble IPR

Governor Terry Branstad outlined legislative and spending priorities in his annual Condition of the State address in the House chamber at the Iowa State Capitol.  He is proposing measures to attract veterans, prevent bullying and expand broadband access in the state.  Host Charity Nebbe talked with Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa, IPR's Clay Masters and listeners about what was and was not included in the speech.

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Iowa Winter
3:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Making the Best of an Icy Winter

Ice sculptor Ron Hall at the 2011 Amana Winterfest
Courtesy of Ron Hall

For people who love winter, this has been a great one. Enough snow and plenty of cold to get out and enjoy outdoor activities. This hour, host Charity Nebbe talks with people who love winter and the ice it brings.

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Culture
3:27 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Enjoying Winter with the Danish Concept of "Hygge"

Colin Charles

After seemingly long weeks and short days full of shoveling, snow-blowing, icy cold and blustery winds, many of us are ready to complain and dream of summer. But there is hope for happiness during the dark winter season.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with two Danish visitors working at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. They share the Danish secret to winter happiness - it's called "hygge." There is no direct translation, but it is often described as a feeling of coziness... a homey feeling, often with candle light, family, and friends.

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Horticulture Day
12:21 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Buying Seeds: Advice for Spring Garden Planning

lucyb_22 / flickr

We all have different ways of coping with the winter, and seed catalogs get many gardeners dreaming of spring. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Tom Wahlberg, Seed Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. Also, horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:42 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa

A Blue-spotted Salamander from Linn County, Iowa
Jeffrey LeClere www.HerpNet.net

Iowa is home to 67 different amphibian and reptile species all deep in hibernation right now.  Herpetologist Jeffrey LeClere has written A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reputiles of Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about getting up close and personal with frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes once they wake up this spring.  She also talks with the filmmaker responsible for the new documentary “Wrestling With Iowa.”

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Iowa History
1:20 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Midwestern History Uncovered

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Rachel Gardner

We get flown over, driven through, dismissed and mocked, but the history of this region is rich and important. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with John Lauck, author of The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History, and historian Leo Landis. They talk about the history of the Midwest and why it matters.

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