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.

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.

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Eleanor Catton. The 2010 University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate has a highly-acclaimed debut novel, "The Rehearsal." Later we hear from Becky Wigeland and Dennis Nicholson, co-authors of the new book, "Indianola: Ballooning Capital of Iowa."

"Hort" Friday

May 14, 2010

Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University's Horticulture staff are on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

Home Improvement Day

May 13, 2010

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge is back in our studio to answer your home repair and remodeling questions.

Politics Wednesday

May 12, 2010

It's our weekly political hour, joining IPR's Jonathan Ahl are Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen.

Dr. Jim Pease, emeritus professor at Iowa State, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about "Hairy Wetland Critters," otters, mink, beaver and muskrats and their roles in Iowa's wetlands. Of course we're live and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

An eclectic hour: IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Prof. Monica Lamm of Iowa State University as she gets set to use the world's fastest computer called "Blue Waters," and Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, as they try to find a name for their baby dromedary camel. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with legendary singer/songwriter Bonnie Koloc. Koloc grew up in Waterloo and has a new album, "Beginnings," from recently discovered tapes recorded in 1969.

Horticulture Friday

May 7, 2010

Two members of the Iowa State University "Hort Gang," Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve speak with IPR's Julie Englander and take your calls.

Tech Day

May 6, 2010

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz, and we'll take your calls. Why the E-Waste industry loves the iPad, is there really a cyberwar?, and Apple, the App Store and antitrust, are some of the topics we'll discuss.

Politics Wednesday

May 5, 2010

Political pundits Arnie Arneson and Steffen Schmidt with IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

Language expert and Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Origins of the Specious" and other word books, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about more language myths and misconceptions. And we'll welcome your questions and comments.

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher from Johnston, who last week was named the National Teacher of the Year. Later, a conversation with historian "Yogi" Reppmann, author of the new book, "Triumph of Will: Printer's Boy to Publisher: the Remarkable Story of German Immigrant Henry Finnern" (Hesperian Press)

Hort Friday

Apr 30, 2010

Iowa State University "Hort Gang" members Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis (entomologist) speak with listeners, hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling "The Help," a debut novel woven around compelling stories about black maids raising white children set in Jackson, MS in the early 1960s. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Robert Bluestone, creativity expert and co-founder with his wife of "Woven Harmony."

Politics Wednesday

Apr 28, 2010

Iowa State University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen join IPR's Jonathan Ahl. It's live and they'll take your calls.

Since the time of Hippocrates, dreams have been valued for their ability to warn of an impending illness, prescribe cures and sometimes help heal the disease. We talk to Robert Waggoner of Des Moines, author of "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self."

Spring Books

Apr 26, 2010

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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