Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm in North Dakota. Like so many others, she left. But now she feels torn between the land and people she loves and the freedom to live an authentic life. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffert about her memoir Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-Patriot's Journey to Reconcile, Home, Love and Faith. In that book, she describes the month she returned to her family farm to help her father and brother during harvest. They also discuss what it was like to grow up as a gay woman in rural North Dakota.
Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.
Larry Estes has had a sod house in his backyard in Gates, Neb., for as long as he can remember. He never really thought anything about it until a year ago when a repairman asked him about it.
Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price. Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist Jim Pease and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management. They explain how Iowa's species are suffering due to a lack of connecting habitat as well as both the history of the state's roadside prairies, and the pros and cons of these
We get flown over, driven through, dismissed and mocked, but the history of this region is rich and important. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with John Lauck, author of The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History, and historian Leo Landis. They talk about the history of the Midwest and why it matters.
For more than 50 years photographer David Plowden has been capturing images of American and the land he loves most is here in the Midwest. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Plowden about his latest book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie."
They were once more common than white tailed deer, but now bison live only in controlled and managed herds. Today on Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe talks about why bison are so captivating as well as the future of bison in North America.