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It’s been 71 years since the Chicago Cubs have been to the World Series. Cubs fans are excited, and nervous, now that a series run is finally happening. “I thought that when they made it, I would celebrate and cry, but when they won the pennant, I just sort of sat there in shock,” says Chip Marshall, former sports reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Marshall has been a long-suffering Cubs fan since his first trip to Wrigley Field with his dad in the 1960s. This hour on Talk of Iowa , host...

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Joyce Wilkerson has been going to as many Clinton Lumber Kings games as she can since the early 1990’s. She keeps coming back because she loves the stadium, the fans and the team. “There’s no time in baseball; I love that.” Wilkerson has her own unique cheering style, a collection of more than 1,000 signed baseballs and is a fixture at Lumber Kings games. Author Lucas Mann writes about her , and a few other Iowans, his book “Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere.” He calls her "The...

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Over his writing career spanning more than 30 years, W.P. Kinsella has become one of the finest storytellers in baseball’s history. He is also an acclaimed satirical author. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Kinsella about his writing and his new book, "The Essential W.P. Kinsella" , a collection of some of his best short stories over the years. The book includes his finest work, including his notorious First Nation narratives, the “Real” legend of Roberto...

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25 years ago an Iowa farmer and baseball fan started hearing voices in his corn field. The film "Field of Dreams," touched millions in a profound way and left behind a baseball diamond in Dyersville that has taken on a life of its own. "Field of Dreams," is based on the magical realist novel "Shoeless Joe" written by Iowa Writers Workshop graduate W.P. Kinsella . Though Canadian, Kinsella loved his time in Iowa City. "I felt an immediate affinity for Iowa....I come from the prairies where it...

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Beanball, bender, bleeder, brushback, bull pen… baseball has a language all its own. Today on Talk of Iowa, English language expert Patricia O’Conner "plays ball." Host Charity Nebbe talks to O'Connor about baseball lingo and, of course, she answers your language questions.

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Iowa is home to a baseball fan who sees ghosts , one spunky librarian who owns all the books in River Citys library and a cat with presidential aspirations . It is also the future birthplace of legendary starship commander Capt. James T. Kirk and claims M*A*S*Hs Radar OReilly as a native son. Host Charity Nebbe chats with writers, actors and historians about beloved fictional Iowans from stage, print, television and cinema.

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The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa. It has now been found in Burlington. Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it. New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals. Also, in the second half of the program, we talk about a Cuban baseball player that defected to the U.S. while in Des Moines. And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.

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Marshalltown-native Toby Huss, plays the part of baseball scout Clyde Sukeforth in the new movie “42” – a film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the Major Leagues’ first black player in the modern era. Host Ben Kieffer talks with actor Toby Huss about his role, working with Harrison Ford in the film, and racism in the 1940’s. In the second half of the program, the Cedar Rapids Kernels have a new affiliation. For the last 20 years, they have been affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels....