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 Ben Stanton @StantonRadio. Our Executive Producer is Katherine Perkins. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

Politics Wednesday

Jun 30, 2010

IPR's Jeneane Beck takes up the wide world of politics with political pundit Arnie Arnesen and Drake University Professor Rachel Caufield.

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Pat Sanderson, an mechanical engineering major at Iowa State and Project Director of Team PrISUm. The group of students built "Anthelion," Iowa State's entry in the American Solar Challenge. Later, we hear from State Senator Dennis Black of Lynnville, his new book, "Profiles of Valor," tells the story of 56 men and one woman from Iowa who served in the Civil War. Sen. Black also tells us about his discovery of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence in the Iowa Historical Building.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Iowa author Garry McGee about his new biography of the late actress and Marshalltown native, Jean Seberg, who had roles in 37 films in the United States and Europe.

Horticulture Day

Jun 25, 2010

Julie Englander hosts ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Extension Plant Pathologist Laura Jesse to answer your lawn and garden questions.

Jonathan Ahl talks to Tanna Frederick one the founders of Clear Lake’s Annual Iowa Film Festival. The fourth festival happens July 16-18th. Then Amy Smit of Character Counts in Iowa tells us about the annual awards that honor Iowas who uphold the six pillars of character. In the second half, John Pemble talks to Ames artist Leslie Hall about her Des Moines Art Center exhibit featuring flamboyant gem sweaters, profile pictures and videos of her hip hop songs about crafting.

Politics Day

Jun 23, 2010

New Hampshire political analyst, Arnie Arnesen, and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Iowa, Bruce Gronbeck, join host Jeneane Beck for a discussion of the week's political news.

Anthropologists have discovered that "visitation dreams" or dreams about the departed are part of almost every culture. While modern dream researchers find that visitation dreams represent less than one percent of dream reports, they note that dreams of the deceased can be unusually intense, vivid and emotionally meaningful. We talk with author, Robert Waggoner, about this curious, yet common phenomenon, of dreams and lucid dreams of the departed.

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, Clear Lake where three rock and roll pioneers died in a tragic plane crash, plus the birth places of baseball great Bob Feller and actor George Reeves.

Hort Gang

Jun 18, 2010

Host Julie Englander talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and Extension Horticulturalist Richard Jauron. They'll examine the threat of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles plus take your comments and questions.

Keepers of the Trees

Jun 17, 2010

Host Julie Englander talks with author Ann Linnea. In her new book "Keepers of the Trees", Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests. Also joining the program is President and CEO of Marion-based Trees Forever Shannon Ramsay.

Politics Wednesday

Jun 16, 2010

Host Jonathan Ahl breaks down President Obama's speech to the nation on the oil spill in the Gulf with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson, Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor of Political Communication Bruce Gronbeck.

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, an antique roller rink, the site of a nuclear explosion and the Amana Colonies.

Hort and Tree Friday

Jun 11, 2010

Mark Vitosh, D.N.R. District Forester and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University take your calls. IPR's Julie Englander hosts.

Home repair guru Bill McAnally speaks with IPR's Dennis Reese about fences and back-yard projects, and of course, we'll take your calls.

Politics Wednesday

Jun 9, 2010

On this day after the June primary election, IPR's Jonathan Ahl and Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen discuss the results.

"Wild Parenting" is our topic for the hour with Iowa State University Emeritus Professor, Dr. Jim Pease. The parenting styles of our wild critters may surprise us, we'll have some tips about understanding and living with them.

This hour, we hear about our fascination with antiquing. IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko about the show's upcoming visit to Iowa. Later, we hear from Mike Wolfe of LeClaire and his experiences as one of the History Channel's "American Pickers."

Hort Gang Friday

Jun 4, 2010

Things are growing like crazy, we'll hear about it from Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of the Iowa State University Horticulture staff.

It's technology day with Jeff Balvanz, computer consultant at Iowa State University. We'll hear more about the latest security issues including Facebook privacy concerns, iPad sales and overheating problems, and home internet speeds.

Politics Day

Jun 2, 2010

Iowa politics dominates the discussion with the June primary less that a week away. IRR's Jeneane Beck speaks with Rachel Caufield, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University and Arnie Arnesen, political commentator from New Hamphsire.

Movie Day

Jun 1, 2010

Film critics Loring Silet and Tom Beell of Iowa State University join IPR's Rob Dillard to look at the summer movie season.

Horticulture Friday

May 28, 2010

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis.

This hour, we talk to Iowa's second national Teacher of the Year winner, Don Dye of the Belmond Klemme High School. Also on the program, Austin Helmink, a freshman at Spencer High School, talks about his national award in the Letters About Literature contest. Finally, one of Iowa's great "birders," Beth Brown of Osceola, gives us an update on what birds she's seeing this spring.

Politics Wednesday

May 26, 2010

This week, IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl speaks with Bruce Gronbeck, an expert in political communication at the University of Iowa and Arnie Arnesen, political pundit from New Hampshire.

The original program in the series of Best of Iowa Archives. In Part One, Rick Fredericksen presents a collection of his features crafted with historic sound from Iowa's past, this hour with the voices of Nan Wood, Karl King, John Wayne and others.

Three topics on this hour's program: We'll find out about the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources' new interactive web site that shows where the fish are biting; then Jan Aiels of the Indian Creek Nature Center talks about the many advantages of collecting rainwater with a "Moby" rain barrel; and then Dr. Tahira Hira of Iowa State University explains the new web site "Money Sense," which she has developed with the New York Stock Exchange, there's advice for consumers on how to manage credit card usage.

Hort Gang Friday

May 21, 2010

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

An interview with University of Iowa environmental health expert Dr. R. William Field begins this eclectic hour. Dr. Field discusses a recent report from the President's Cancer Panel that says radon is an underestimated cancer risk that needs to be better addressed. Next we hear from Mick McAuliffe of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa about the increasing number of reported dog bite cases. In segment three, Kathrine Moermond and University of Iowa student assistant Molly Moser talk about the "Iowa Youth Diaries" exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City.

Politics Wednesday

May 19, 2010

IPR's Jonathan Ahl hosts a political update with analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arneson of New Hampshire.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Univ. of Iowa Sociology Professor Anthony Paik about his recent study on the potential dangers of "hooking up" with a stranger or acquaintance. Later, we hear about the nation's newest "teaching" hotel about to open in Cedar Rapids. "The Hotel at Kirkwood Center" will be one of only seven such facilities in the nation, designed to train students in Hospitality Arts programs. We hear from Lee Belfield, Melanie Ewalt and Jean Rogers.

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