Talk of Iowa

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

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
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
11:55 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Feline-Human Connection

Two of Charity's cats, Cali and Magnum
Charity Nebbe / IPR

Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peter Trachtenberg, who is teaching this summer at the University of Iowa, about his latest book, Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons.  It explores the fierce and tender bonds of love between people and cats.  Also, we get an update on this summer’s kitten explosion in Iowa, from the directors of two Iowa animal shelters.

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Talk of Iowa
12:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Parents In Prison

A sign at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury / IPR

When a parent is sent to prison, the lives of his or her children are changed forever. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on parents in prison. Maintaining and creating healthy bonds, and breaking the cycle of incarceration.

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Horticulture Day: Beetle Invasion

Iowa State university Extension

The annual Japanese Beetle invasion is here.  Join host Charity Nebbe and Entomologist Donald Lewis to hear where the beetles came from, how long we’ll have to put up with them this year, and how you can combat them.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here and he and Donald will answer your questions. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:14 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Lincoln Highway: The Father Road At 100

Charity Nebbe and Dean Yoder in his 1924 Ford Model T
Rob Parrish

When the Lincoln Highway was founded, it was little more than a collection of trails, many of them rutted by wagon wheels that could be strung together to cross the nation.  With good markings, road upgrades and a lot of promotion the Lincoln Highway transformed the United States.  Today on Talk of Iowa; the Father Road at 100. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:54 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Working Women: Broken and Persisting Barriers

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marsmettn tallahassee Flickr

Women who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s had educational opportunities and careers that their mothers and grandmothers never knew, but many barriers still stood in their way.

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Wildlife Day: Our Wetland Birds

An IPR listener submission, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

With their long elegant necks, broad wingspans and otherworldly calls an encounter with one of Iowa’s herons can take your breath away.  Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins the discussion to talk about Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa’s most beautiful water birds.

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Talk of Iowa
1:35 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Community Corrections in Iowa

When leaving the Mitchellville prison women are furnished with a basic wardrobe that includes two complete outfits, a winter coat, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, a bra, a set of pajamas, a pair of shoes and a purse.
Emily Woodbury Iowa Public Radio

Probation, parole, work release and other programs are designed to help offenders live as productive members of the community. Host Charity Nebbe continues Iowa Public Radio’s series exploring corrections in Iowa with a look at community corrections from the perspectives of offenders, parole and probation officers and volunteers.

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Talk of Iowa
1:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Cakes and Cupcakes

Credit Vanessa Chettleburgh / Vanessa (EY)
Flickr

Cupcakes have taken the U.S.

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Talk of Iowa
3:06 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Horticulture Day: Lawns

Prateek Rungta Flickr

Conditions have been perfect for growing lush, green grass this summer, though weeds have been thriving as well.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses summer lawn care with Nick Christians, professor of horticulture at Iowa State University.  Christians has developed an organic herbicide using corn gluten meal.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the program.

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Talk of Iowa
1:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Modern Workplace: Having It All And Carrying Work In Your Pocket

Twaalfdozijn / flickr

Technology has made it possible for many of us to work from anywhere, but technology has also made it seem necessary for some of us to work all the time and everywhere. The proliferation of laptops over the last twenty years sparked the telecommuting revolution and gave us the catchphrase flex time.

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Talk of Iowa
3:24 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Crime Victims' Needs

A prisoner knits an afghan to help pay for restitution to victims.
Emily Woodbury

Many severe crimes alter a victim's life forever. People convicted of those crimes might be put behind bars for a very long time or even the rest of their lives.  Join host Charity Nebbe who talks with victims about what they want--and don't want--from the people that committed crimes against them or their family members.  Hear the story of one woman whose daughter was murdered and the personal journey she took getting ready to meet the murderer face-to-face ten years later.

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Talk of Iowa
2:46 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Teaching Kids About Race

According to Erin Winkler, associate professor of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, children start noticing race as young as six-months.
Credit MaST Charter Community School / mastcharter Flickr

Children are very observant… they notice differences in skin colors, hair, clothes, ways of talking...  Host Charity Nebbe discusses how children learn about race and how parents can teach their children about race and ethnicity with Erin Winkler, associate professor of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Madeleine Rogin, a kindergarten teacher and

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Horticulture Day: Going On A Farm Crawl

Flickr / cwwycoff1

Trips to the farmers market bring us closer to the people who grow our food, but it can be a great learning experience and a lot of fun to actually visit a farm. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron from Iowa State Extension join the conversation. We talk farm crawls, U-picks, and Linda and Richard answer listener questions.

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Talk of Iowa
4:14 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Dating and Socializing Later in Life

Fairywren / flickr

Once upon a time you and your sweetheart may have spent hot summer nights at the drive-in or cooled off at the soda fountain—but dating in 2013 is very different.  Join host Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa about dating and socializing for seniors.  We’ll talk about the importance of social engagement as we age and the dating scene at the senior center, retirement community, nursing home, and online.

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Talk of Iowa
4:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Home Improvement: Protecting Your Home From Moisture

Chad Johnston/ iamthechad Flickr

Houses in Iowa are taking on water from yesterday's heavy storm, but even if basements aren't flooded homes can still be damaged by moisture.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert Bill McAnally about the problems moisture can cause, as well as danger signs and what to do if a home has been effected by moisture or storm damage. Also, McAnally talks about preventing moisture problems when building or renovating a home.

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Talk of Iowa
2:28 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Purpose of Iowa's Prisons

The fence bordering the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville
Emily Woodbury / IPR

In our society when you break the law you will be punished, but our prison system is supposed to be about more than retribution.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we begin our summer series exploring Iowa’s correctional system with a conversation about the purpose of prison… punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation.

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Talk of Iowa
3:49 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Horticulture Day: Trees

iowa_spirit_walker Flickr

While 2013 has brought plenty of rain for our trees--maybe too much--the affects of last year's drought can still be seen across Iowa's landscape. Today on Talk of Iowa, we learn how to care for trees and other plants weakened by 2012's dry weather.  Horticulturalists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron join the program.

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Songs of Summer and Saying Goodbye

Dan Knight in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio.
Jim Davies Iowa Public Radio

Pianist and composer Dan Knight has preformed all over the world, but he has always called Iowa home. Today he visits us to say "goodbye; at least for now.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Dan Knight about his plans for the future and his upcoming farewell concert.  They also create a soundtrack for the summer based off listener memories.

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Talk of Iowa
1:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Future of Crop Insurance and CRP

The U.S. House of Representatives has made over 100 amendments to the Senate's Farm Bill.
Todd Elhers Flickr

As the Farm Bill is debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, host Charity Nebbe digs into the politics of farm policy in a special joint broadcast with KCUR in Kansas City and Harvest Public Media.  What's the future of crop insurance and the Conservation Reserve Program?  What's at stake for farmers large and small?  And also, how will what happens on the farm affect the rest of the country?

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Talk of Iowa
3:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Future of SNAP

Pictured above are food coupon artifacts from the National Museum of American History. Upon purchase, grocers provided receipts of their own design, which costumers used for the next purchase.
the National Museum of American History--Smithsonian Institution Flickr

The farm bill is legislation is worth more than $90 billion. It deals with everything from farm subsidies to crop insurance; but over 80% of this massive outlay goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP,) which was once called food stamps.  More than 45 million people depend on SNAP, especially since the economic downturn.  However, in the current versions of the bill both Democrats and Republicans are discussing cutting funds from the program. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Social Media Etiquette 101

According to Facebok, at the end of 2012 the social networking site had 50 million pages and 240 billon uploaded photos.
Jason A. Howie Flickr

There are a lot of ways to share information online, so it's not surprising that some people are oversharing. Host Charity Nebbe chats about social media etiquette with Andrew High, assistant professor at the University of Iowa's Department for Communication Studies, and Nathan Wright, founder of the digital media consulting firm Lava Row.

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Talk of Iowa
2:55 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Horticulture Day: Gnats and Mosquitoes

Gene Wilburn Flickr

Many Iowans have been battling swarms of gnats for the past few weeks and the dreaded mosquito is soon to come.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with entomologist Donald Lewis about why the gnats keep getting into ears, eyes, nose and hair; he'll also give his prediction of this year's mosquito season.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins the conversation. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Conservation at the Blank Park Zoo

Two-and-a-half-year-old Ayana, one the Blank Park Zoo's two eastern black rhinoceros.
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

The eastern black rhinoceros is an endangered species, but two eastern black rhinos--Ayana and Kiano--are safe and sound at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  Host Charity Nebbe visits with Ayana, Kiano and the staff of the Blank P

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Talk of Iowa
11:29 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Jim Gaffigan is Fat

Comedian Jim Gaffigan's new book "Dad is Fat" explores the complexities of fatherhood.
Crown Archetype

Comedian Jim Gaffigan started his career discussing life as a single guy in New York.  Now Gaffigan is married and lives with his five kids in a two bedroom, five-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the comic about his new book "Dad is Fat" which explores the complexities of fatherhood as well as the pros and cons of a delicacy known as “Hot Pocket.”  

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals

Two fawns that were rehabilitated last year by Host Charity Nebbe's mother Linda Nebbe of Cedar Falls. The fawns are from different mothers and are meeting for the first time.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

Last summer many wild animals suffered because of a lack of water, this year nests have been washed out and wild babies have been separated from their mothers through floods and storms. Host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how natural disasters affect the boom and bust cycles of Iowa's wildlife populations.

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Talk of Iowa
3:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Writing Lads of Cedar Rapids

From the left mystery writers Rob Cline, Lennox Randon and Dennis Green in Randon's Cedar Rapids home. "The Lads," as Green calls them, were guests on Talk of Iowa to discuss their work and frienship.
Lileah Harris

When Lennox Randon asked his friends Rob Cline and Dennis Green to form a writing group, they were reluctant to devote the time until Randon mentioned his diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer.  Now the three Cedar Rapids residents have been meeting weekly for more than two years to write, read and help each other polish their work.  Their dedication has paid off with three separate publishing contracts.  The men are each mystery writers,

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Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Horticulture Day: Fighting Pests And Disease

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture / flickr

Septoria, white-mold, thrips… Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day.  Host Charity Nebbe talks about what pests and diseases may be growing in your garden this year with Erika Saalau Rojas of the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins as well.  He and Erika will help you trouble shoot and answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Photograph of Willa Cather dedicated to Mary Creighton. Inscribed by Cather, "For Mary Creighton, the very first friend I made in Red Cloud! Willa Cather."
Bernard and Nancy Picchi Collection The Willa Cather Foundation

When great American novelist Willa Cather died in 1947, her will made it clear that her letters were never to be published.  That moratorium lasted 66 years and now the public is seeing the late author's letters for the first time in "The Selected Letters of Willa Cather."

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Talk of Iowa
2:54 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What's Happening at Iowa Farmers' Markets

Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines, July 2011
Photo by Phil Roeder

Many farmers' markets in Iowa have grown over the last couple decades.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with market directors from around the state to hear about why that has happened.  She hears from Director of the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines Kelly Foss, Cedar Falls Farmers' Market Master Joe Bohr, and Washington Farmers' Market Master Bob Shepherd.  Also, get to the heart of the matter with author of "Farmers' Markets of the Heartland" Janine MacLachlan, who traveled to eight Midwestern states to document her farmers' market tour.

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Talk of Iowa
4:13 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

80/35 Play-In Finalists On Iowa's Music Scene

Tony Dehner / IPR

Host Charity Nebbe previews the 80/35 Play-In finals sponsored by IPR Studio One. She’ll talk with organizers of the music festival and members from the three bands vying for a gig on the main stage.

The 80/35 Play In Finals are this Thursday, June 6th at Wooly’s in Des Moines. Doors open at 6 pm and the finalists play at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm with sets that last around 45 minutes each. 

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