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 brings a mix of regular guests and a range of experts to the microphone to discuss what’s happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live. Guests include wildlife expert Jim Pease and the Hort Gang on Fridays.

Talk of Iowa is hosted by Charity Nebbe @CharityNebbe.  It’s produced by Dennis Reese, Emily Woodbury @EmilyWoodbury, Lindsey Moon @lindseysmoon and Clare Roth @ClareAliceRoth.  Our Executive Producer is Katherine Perkins.  Our theme music is by The River Monks.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Lisa Ossian of Des Moines, author of "The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945," published by the University of Missouri Press.

Politics Wednesday

Feb 17, 2010

Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen of "Political Chowder" are back for our weekly look at all things political.

We'll hear from University of Iowa graduate student Jennifer Percy. Her essay "Even in English, a Language Gap" was a "Modern Love Column" in a recent New York Times. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Prof. Jeffrey Copeland of the University of Northern Iowa. His book, "Olivia's Story," deals with a landmark civil rights case that helped lead the way to fair and open housing.

We'll hear about some exciting news from two Iowa Cities and a look at spring events from Red Cedar Chamber Music of Marion, Iowa. Iowa City has hired its first director of "Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature," and Cedar Falls is in the running for first place as a "distinctive destination" for 2010 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Word Maven, live!

Feb 12, 2010

Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Woe is I, the Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English," takes your calls for the hour.

Home Improvement Day

Feb 11, 2010

Start planning now for spring projects with Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge.

Politics Day

Feb 10, 2010

Steffen Schmidt and Arnie Arnesen join IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl.

"Looking Forward to Spring," the needs of wildlife and how you can fulfill them in your yard.

Five contributors discuss the new Univ. of Iowa Press book, "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008," which will be released on March 1, 2010.

Hort Gang!

Feb 5, 2010

Members of the Iowa State University horticulture program join us for our winter fortnightly hort update.

Movie Day!

Feb 4, 2010

We talk with Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival 2010. Then our critics Tom Beell and Steve Sullivan discuss Oscar nominations, awards and what's playing across Iowa.

Politics Wednesday

Feb 3, 2010

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks to political pundits Arnie Arnesen of New Hampshire and Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University.

We'll get an update on macular degeneration, an eye disease that is increasingly taking a toll on persons older than 50. Our guest will be Dr. Tom Weingeist, Univ. of Iowa Prof. of Opthamology.

We'll hear from an Iowa contributor, Craig Owens of Drake Univ., a contributor to the new book "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies," also a update on transporting relief to supplies to Haiti from Univ. of Iowa Prof. Ann Campbell.

Iowa Museum Updates

Jan 28, 2010

We'll hear about the latest news from two of Iowa's museums, The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

Politics Wednesday

Jan 27, 2010

It's politics day with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, host of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder"

Sleep Doctor

Jan 26, 2010

Dr. Mark Dyken, Univ. of Iowa Professor of Neurology and Director of the UI Sleep Disorders Center, takes your calls about your sleep concerns.

Barney Sherman, IPR's morning classical host, discusses his new articles exploring the composer Johannes Brahms and his complicated relationship with an instrument that was transformed during his era, the horn. Later, an agriculture update with Doug Cooper.

The Hort Gang

Jan 22, 2010

Julie Englander talks to the horticulture team from Iowa State University and takes your calls.

Patterns of the Past

Jan 21, 2010

We hear about the latest exhibit at the Hoover Presidential Museum in West Branch, exploring a century of American quilting.

Politics Wednesday

Jan 20, 2010

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks to Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arnesen, host of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder."

We'll hear three views on how Iowa eating habits and restaurants have changed since 2000. Guests are Kurt Friese of Edible Iowa River Valley, Kim Friese of Devotay Restaurant and Matt Steigerwald of the Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon.

Issue 16 of Iowa's Wapsipinicon Almanac is out, still published on a 19th century letterpress in Anamosa. We'll hear from publisher Tim Fay and contributors Joe Artz and Will Thomson. Later, the latest agriculture news from Doug Cooper.

We'll focus on Iowa's owls during the hour.

Home Improvement Day

Jan 14, 2010

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge has the latest tips on maintaining and improving your home.

Politics Wednesday

Jan 13, 2010

A look at the political news from Iowa and the nation with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt.

We will provide live coverage of Governor Chet Culver's Condition of the State Address. This special coverage will preempt Talk of Iowa.

In advance of his speech in the Quad Cities, Dr. Francis Halzen explains how he and other scientists transformed a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole into a giant telescope. Doug Cooper from Iowa State University Extension will have the latest agricultural news in the second half of the hour.

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