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Comic, author, and actress Jen Kirkman comes to Iowa this weekend as part of the Witching Hour Festival. On her latest special on Netflix, I'm Going to Die Alone (and I Feel Fine) , Kirkman dives into the topic of her decision to not have children. "Even the movement itself is called 'Childfree by Choice' and choice to me illustrates, you know, Coke or Pepsi, you sit there and you weigh the options. To me it was a non-instinct. It never dawned on me to even want children, ever. It wasn't even...

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Paula Poundstone loves Iowa--she must, she's performing here again! On this segment of Talk of Iowa, Charity speaks to the venerated comedian, who is returning to Iowa City for a show at the Englert Theatre on June 10. Public radio listeners are especially in love with Poundstone, because of her weekly appearance as a panelist on Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. She has been doing stand-up comedy since 1979 and became nationally known for her HBO specials in the 1980s. Her first job, she told us,...

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Marc Maron, comic and host of the popular podcast WTF, is coming to Iowa as part of the Mission Creek festival. He'll be performing at the Englert Theatre on Friday night. In this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe spoke with him about vulnerability, the impact success has on creation, and the quality of his phone line.

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In high school, Nick Seymour never saw himself doing stand-up, but once when he got the opportunity to take a class in comedy at Iowa State, he figured it'd be a fun way to spend a semester. " At the beginning, I didn’t know there’d be a performance associated with it. The teacher shocked us all the first day with that information. Everyone freaked out for awhile." That teacher is Gavin Jerome, a stand-up comic who retired from performance to teach. He says that though the benefits of stand...

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In her new one-woman show, Housebroken, actress and playwright Megan Gogerty uses sarcasm and humor to describe the process of buying a new house. On this segment of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Gogerty about the show, as well as her career as a solo performer. “What I love about solo work is I get to experience the show with [the audience], and we can create something together,” Gogerty said. “It’s fresh, and it happens right now, and if you don’t come you miss it. It’s live...

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During the first year of his daughter's life, standup comedian Nathan Timmel missed a lot.

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia hit the big time by sharing his most intimate and embarrassing experiences on stage. Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about storytelling and the power of oversharing. Birbiglia is traveling the country right now with his latest show, “Thank God For Jokes,” and is appearing at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Saturday, May 17th . He’s also become a regular panelist on NPR’s "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me," and filmed a role in one of the most anticipated movies of the...

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The head of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly accessed computers used by congressional staff. What comes next? Also, Democrats are dealt defeat in Florida , Americans’ shifting perspective on Russia , and the president’s comedic “Between Two Ferns” interview promoting Affordable Care Act registration. Political scientists Tim Hagle from the University of Iowa and Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University join the conversation.

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Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa. MidAmerican Energy gives an update on the power outage which left almost 40,000 Des Moines-area residents in the dark. IPR's Joyce Russell discusses changes to the problematic Toledo Juvenile Home. The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa. Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."

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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Host Charity Nebbe talks comedy all hour today on Talk of Iowa. Sketch, improvisation, standup...comedians in Iowa are working to foster more home-grown performances in the state. Joining the program are actors from Banana Punch, a sketch comedy group from Des Moines, performers in the latest Iowa improv showcase, "The Revolver Comedy Revue", and several stand-up comedians across the state. Join the conversation for some laughs, and to find out more about Iowa's up-and-coming comedy scene.