Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 9 p.m. on IPR News
 

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
Clare Roth: croth@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @ClareAliceRoth
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
2:54 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Developing Relationship Skills Behind Bars

Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury

When a woman leaves prison she will face many challenges, and to succeed she needs to have the skills to navigate her world and to make good decisions. This hour we talk about a class designed to help incarcerated women do just that.

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Talk of Iowa
3:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

An Adventure at Two Miles Per Hour

Robert Buckley's book

When Robert Buckely reached retirement, he decided he needed a new adventure and started walking... hundreds of miles in multiple countries.  He has now completed four super long distance hikes, the last one at the age of 70.  He's written about his experiences in the book Two Miles an Hour.

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Talk of Iowa
3:09 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Footin' it for Foster Care

Chris Barnett takes a break at a McDonald's on his walk across Iowa and back again
2 Give Back Facebook

There's a shortage of foster parents in Iowa, and Chris Barnett wants everyone to know about it.  To raise awareness of the need for new foster parents, Barnett is spending the month of May walking across the state of Iowa, twice.  He's reached the halfway point, and Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about his life and his mission.

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Horticulture Day
12:14 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Can't Grow Out? Grow up!

An example of vertical gardening
Craigsypoo Flickr under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When you don't have room to build out, you build up.  The same rule applies to gardening.  It's horticulture day and Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Linda Naeve about adding a new dimension to our garden or landscape with vertical gardening, including trellises, stakes, cages, archways and green walls.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins in to answer listener questions.

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Race Relations
4:08 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Skeletons in the Closet, Hoods in the Attic

A meeting of nearly 30,000 Ku Klux Klan members from Chicago and northern Illinois
Underwood & Underwood Public Domain/Library of Congress

In Iowa, many of us are proud of our progressive history, but that doesn't mean we don't have skeletons in our closets, and even some Ku Klux Klan robes in the attic.  After World War I, life in Iowa changed dramatically, and a lot of people didn't like it.  That disorientation opened the door to the Ku Klux Klan.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with two historians from Mason City about the history of the Klan in Iowa.  We heard from numerous listeners whose families had direct experience with the KKK, including Larry in Des Moines.  Charity talked with Larry after the show, and he shared this st

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Art
12:16 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Pioneering New Art Forms

Virginia Myers and Deanne Wortman in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City Studios
Charity Nebbe

In 1955 Virginia Myers first arrived in Iowa City with $150 in her pocket. When she stepped off the train, she had no place to live and no job. She hadn’t even been in touch with the University of Iowa about enrolling in classes, even though that was the reason she came to Iowa in the first place.

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Embarassing but True Tales of Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia
Brian Friedman Wikimedia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia hit the big time by sharing his most intimate and embarrassing experiences on stage.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about storytelling and the power of oversharing.  Birbiglia is traveling the country right now with his latest show, “Thank God For Jokes,”  and is appearing at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Saturday, May 17th.  He’s also become a regular panelist on NPR’s "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me," and filmed a role in one of the most anticipated movies of the year.  A conversation about making people laugh, the conne

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Media
11:59 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Is There Still a Place for Women's Magazines?

a cover of Ladies Home Journal from the early 1900's
Wikimedia Commons

After a 130 year run, Ladies Home Journal is drastically reducing its publication schedule and ending its subscription service, another in a long line of women’s magazines to try and reinvent itself or discontinue publication in the digital age.

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Health
6:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Brooke Birmingham comes to agreement with Shape to publish photos

Brooke Birmingham after losing more than 170 pounds
Photo courtesy of Brooke Birmingham http://brookenotonadiet.com/

It's been a week since Brooke Birmingham blogged about her refusal to let Shape Magazine’s website publish her story.

After losing more than 170 pounds over the course of the last few years, the magazine's website wanted to feature her extreme weight loss success story. When she was asked to submit before and after photos, she did just that. But for the magazine's editors, the after photo became a problem. It showed the excess skin that had been left after her weight was gone. 

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Health
3:18 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Des Moines Moms Raising Awareness About Stillbirth

Healthy Birth Day

Kate Safris was ecstatic when she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter in 2001. The idea that she would give birth to anything other than a healthy baby never entered her mind, until it happened. Her daughter, Emma, was born with severe heart defects and lived just eight days.

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Health
12:12 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Ghostbelly - "I Was the Mother of a Stillborn Baby"

Elizabeth Heineman and her baby were healthy for her entire 9 month pregnancy; it was when she went into labor that something went wrong.

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Horticulture Day
11:23 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Passion for Purple Plants

Paul Hudson

Purple foliage, purple flowers and purple fruits and veggies… Horticulturist Cindy Haynes has a passion for purple.

Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Cindy about purple plants for your landscape and garden. Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Cindy also answer listener questions about all plant and garden needs.

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Talk of Iowa
12:22 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

"Pie is Not About Perfection"

A strawberry pie baked by Beth Howard
Katherine Perkins IPR

Pie.  Everyone loves to eat it, but when it comes to making it a lot of us would rather leave that to the professionals.

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Talk of Iowa
1:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Name That! With Aphasia, It's Not That Easy

A screen shot from the app
Photo courtesy of Angela Burda and Stephen Hughes

Aphasia is a language disorder that affects one’s ability to remember words. It’s usually caused by brain damage but has also been linked to other disorders like cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. For most who have it, it makes it hard to have conversations and be social.

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Talk of Iowa
12:54 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Creating Unity Through Music

Charity Nebbe with Peter Yarrow at Michigan Radio's studios in 2009.

Peter Yarrow rose to fame in the 1960’s as one third of the folk trio, “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The group was known for their political activism as much as they were known for their music. Yarrow says it wasn't the music that motivated him. “It wasn’t just about the music, it was about its ability to unite people in common cause.”

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Talk of Iowa
12:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Endangered Butterflies, There's an App for That

Photo courtesy of Reiman Gardens

Of the 119 butterfly species that live in the state of Iowa, more than a quarter are endangered or threatened. For entomologists like Nathan Brockman and Donald Lewis of Iowa State University, that's troubling. Instead of lamenting declining populations, Brockman says he's invested in trying to rebuild populations in the state, in part through citizen science. He and students at ISU have created the "Unified Butterfly Recorder," a way for Iowans to track butterflies and share their data with others. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Small Towns Spawn Big Ideas

University Press of Kansas

Many of the big ideas that have changed the world have started in small towns.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with John Miller about his new book, Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America, we’ll talk about how the place you come from shapes who you are, how small towns have changed over the years and about some remarkable men who came from Midwestern small towns. Then, sociologist Paul Lasley talks about what it means to grow up in a small town today.

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Horticulture Day
11:47 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Cicadas are Coming!

Seventeen Year Periodical Cicada
Dendroica curulea

They've been waiting in the ground for 17 years, but the wait is almost over.  In just a few short weeks, a large brood of 17 year cicadas will emerge in 46 counties in Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Entomologist Donald Lewis about what to expect and how these remarkable and long-lived insects survive.

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Talk of Iowa
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Larry Baker and "The Education of Nancy Adams"

Iowa City writer Larry Baker had a block-buster hit with "The Flamingo Rising," in 1997.  But publishing has changed since then, and in his subsequent novels, Larry has searched for some innovative ways to get his books widely distributed.  With his new novel, "The Education of Nancy Adams," he's once again chosen North Liberty's Ice Cube Press, with an early limited release just in Iowa in April and May and an initial run of only 200 hardcover editions printed (and only available as an e-book on Amazon).  Larry talks to Charity about his new book and how was inspired by "The Education of H

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Garrison Keillor Heads to Iowa

The APHC Cast in Lanesboro, Minnesota
wikimedia.org

Public radio's most well-known voice, Garrison Keillor, speaks to Host Charity Nebbe about his new book, "The Keillor Reader" (Penguin).  

Mr. Keillor will be bringing his "A Prairie Home Companion," to Des Moines this Saturday, May 3rd and he'll also read from the book in Iowa City on Sunday, May 4th.  Does he consider himself a shy person?--listen and find out!

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Talk of Iowa
2:22 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Confronting Death

Vinoth Chandar

Death can be scary, difficult and painful, but it can also be a healing and beautiful process. How does one have a "good death?"

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Talk of Iowa
3:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Decks, Porches, Patios

Alan Lan

Even though our Iowa spring has not yet "sprung," it's definitely a good time to build or make improvement to a deck, porch or patio.  Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, can both motivate you and steer you away from some of the big mistakes novices make.  With Bill's advice, you can have the deck of your dreams.

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Education
11:37 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Homework's Role in School

"If you don't struggle a little bit [with homework], you don't learn to un-stick yourself," says Joy Walker, K-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for Iowa City Schools
Bart Cayusa

Homework can be a source of frustration, tears, and sleepless nights. Most kids hate it and parents curse it. Today on Talk of Iowa, how homework has changed since you were a kid and what it has to offer today.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Joye Walker, K-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for Iowa City Schools, Haley Moehlis, an English Teacher at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, and Deb Linebarger, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Iowa.

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Horticulture Day
12:08 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Plant a Tree!

Small Boy, Big Trees
Bianca de Blok

It's Arbor Day and in Iowa the Emerald Ash Borer has a lot of people thinking about diversifying the trees in their landscape.  On this "Horticulture Day" edition of Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the work being done at Iowa's State Forest Nursery and how to pick the right tree to plant in your landscape.

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Talk of Iowa
3:37 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Saving a Species, One Gorilla at a Time

Gorilla doctors working on a patient
Gorilla Doctors gorilladoctors.org

There are fewer than 900 Mountain Gorillas left on earth.  One group has taken a unique approach to protecting this endangered species… providing veterinary care to wild gorillas.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Mike Cranfield Co-Director of Gorilla Doctors.  Gorilla Doctors employs more than a dozen veterinarians and health experts in the countries where mountain gorillas live, providing health programs for the gorillas. He was one of the first veterinarians to embrace the One Health concept for great ape conservation.

 

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Talk of Iowa
2:40 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Remembering the Greatest Theft in History

Walker Hancock, Lamont Moore, George Stout and two unidentified soldiers in Marburg, Germany, 1945 June.
Archives of American Art

While the Nazis were murdering millions of people, they also perpetrated the greatest mass theft in history.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with former Congressman and Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim Leach and Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow about that theft, efforts to understand it decades after the fact and efforts to protect priceless artifacts during the war.
 

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Talk of Iowa
4:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Field of Dreams" Turns 25

The Kinsella farmhouse from the set of the 1989 Academy Award nominated film "Field of Dreams." Roughly 7,000 tourists visit every year.
litlnemo

25 years ago an Iowa farmer and baseball fan started hearing voices in his corn field.  The film "Field of Dreams," touched millions in a profound way and left behind a baseball diamond in Dyersville that has taken on a life of its own.

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Children and Nature
12:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Nature of Childhood

ISU Historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg's brother Scott looks at a salamander captured in the irrigation ditch where he played as a child.
Mary Thompson Riney

Despite news reports that highlight danger, the world is actually a much safer place for children than it once was.  Accidental death rates for children were much higher in the early 19th and 20th centuries.  And yet, children who were once encouraged to go outside and play, are now highly supervised in organized sports and spend more time watching television than playing outdoors.  On this Earth Day, Host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg about her new book The Nature of Childhood: An Enivornmental History of Growing Up in America since 1865."  In it, Kehrbe

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Sports
2:36 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

105 Years of Iowa's Drake Relays

800 meter record holder Randy Wilson at the Drake Relays in 1978
David Peterson

Hundreds of Olympic gold medalists have competed at the Drake Relays, but the event isn’t just for the track and field elite; it’s also a career highlight for many high school athletes.

Today on Talk of Iowa, 105 years of the Drake Relays. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Relays Director Brian Brown and Pulitzer Prize Winning photographer David Peterson. Also, Knoxville's Randy Wilson joins to remember his record winning 800 meter race - a record that still stands today.

The Drake Relays - history, highlights, and what it means to Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
8:33 am
Sat April 19, 2014

The Perfect Garden

Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex, England
ukgardenphotos

Everyone wants to have a beautiful yard, but that can be a daunting task. Garden designer Lisa Orgler and ISU Extension horticulturalist Richard Jauron answer questions about the myriad of choices when planting your perfect landscape.

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