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.

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.

Hort Friday

Apr 23, 2010

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to renowned sociologist Joel Best, author of "Damned Lies and Statistics." Best is addressing the Iowa Sociological Association's annual meeting this week. Later, we hear from Minnesota's "renaissance man" Douglas Wood, an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, who is speaking and singing in Iowa this week as a guest of the Iowa Wildlife Center.

Politics Wednesday

Apr 21, 2010

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Steven Mitchell, the founder and senior software engineer of Componica, located at the University of Iowa's Technology Innovation Center. The firm is now developing apps for the iPhone. Later, we hear from the publisher of "The Iowa History Journal," Mike Chapman. The magazine is now in its second year, focusing on popular Iowa history.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jon W. Stravers and Larry A. Stone, co-authors of a new book about the late Gladys Black of Pleasantville, who for a generation taught Iowans the science and hobby of bird-watching.

Hort Day

Apr 16, 2010

Iowa State University Extension Horticulture staffers Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron take your calls. Hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

We hear about a program to disperse grass and flower seeds native to Iowa to county roadside managers. IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kirk Henderson of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Later, Brian Guidry of the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Mel Andringa of Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids tell us about Guidry's installation at CSPS, "Slipstream," which evokes the power of the Cedar River by showcasing discarded items found by the riverbank.

Politics Day

Apr 14, 2010

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political blogger.

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jim Pease, professor emeritus, and Rebecca Christoffel, Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Specialist. They'll focus on Iowa's frogs and toads.

We'll hear from four of Iowa's semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards for culinary arts. The categories range from Best Chef to Rising Star Chef. Participating in the program: Carly Groben, Joe Logsdon, Steve Logsdon and Matt Steigerwald.

Hort Friday

Apr 9, 2010

April showers should bring plenty of May flowers this year. We'll talk horticulture with the Hort Gang from Iowa State University. Hosted by IPR's Dennis Reese.

Home Improvement Day

Apr 8, 2010

It's the beginning of spring remodeling frenzy. We'll discuss deconstruction to decks with Bill McAnally, Director of the Industrial Technology Program at Iowa Central Community College.

Politics Wednesday

Apr 7, 2010

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political pundit.