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Holidays

Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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River to River
2:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Are We Still One Nation Under God, and Does It Matter?

The Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason billboard
Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason

Our country is very much identified as "one nation under God," however, the number of non-religious Americans has risen dramatically.

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River to River
5:23 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C.

Sign welcoming Iowa veterans to Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. on October 16, 2013
Ben Kieffer / Iowa Public Radio

For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans.

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Newsbuzz
1:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

ISU Honors Students, Veterans Lost

ISU's Gold Star Hall
Iowa State University

Diane Rasmussen, who lives in Omaha, can't make impromptu trips to Arlington, Virginia, where her son Deric is buried. Now, if she wants to feel close to him, she can visit Gold Star Hall in ISU's Memorial Union.

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Author Interview
2:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Prankster's Role in Social and Political Change

The Cardiff Giant on display
Keturah Stickann

False death reports, spaghetti growing on trees, and more than one discovery of evidence that proves that a mythical creature is real… we’ve all learned to be a little skeptical on April 1st.

Today on April Fool's day - the art of the prank.

Host Charity Nebbe explores our rich history of hoaxes and practical jokes with Kembrew McLeod, author of Pranksters and University of Iowa Associate Professor of Communication Studies. She also sits down with Leo Landis, from the State Historical Museum of Iowa, to discuss Iowa's role in the hoax of the Cardiff Giant.

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River to River
2:15 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Murky Waters and Pi Day

Though Iowa’s rivers and streams may look particularly scummy or murky, the DNR says the state’s waterways are perfectly fine. The murky appearance is caused by organic matter and is safe.
Ben Kieffer Iowa Public Radio

Is winter almost over?  And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?  Also, the latest Quinnipiac poll, 2014's Cancer in Iowa report, Iowa's new tourism ad campaign and Pi Day at the Science Center of Iowa.

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Culture
3:27 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Enjoying Winter with the Danish Concept of "Hygge"

Colin Charles

After seemingly long weeks and short days full of shoveling, snow-blowing, icy cold and blustery winds, many of us are ready to complain and dream of summer. But there is hope for happiness during the dark winter season.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with two Danish visitors working at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. They share the Danish secret to winter happiness - it's called "hygge." There is no direct translation, but it is often described as a feeling of coziness... a homey feeling, often with candle light, family, and friends.

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Positive Thinking: New Year's Resolutions

puuikibeach / flickr

Every year on New Year’s Day a lot of people make resolutions: to lose weight, to save money, to be more organized.  Sadly, most of those resolutions fail.    Join host Charity Nebbe for this talk about making resolutions you can keep and that will actually enhance your life.  Guests include Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, and Kevin Krumvieda, Clinical Psychologist in private practice in North Liberty. 

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News
2:33 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Tinsel Tales Two

Jelene Morris

Continuing with the tradition of the first "Tinsel Tales," host Lynn Neary brings another hour of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

News
2:13 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Ho, Ho, Huh?

Albert Herring

Authors Ron Carlson, Frank O'Connor and George Shephard each present a different side of the Christmas experience. Also humorist Calvin Trillin reads a Christmas poem.
 

Classical
9:42 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

St. Olaf, Stile Antico, Handel, and more!

The St. Olaf Viking Chorus at the St. Olaf Christmas Concert
Credit American Public Media

The perfect Christmas music continues December 25th  on IPR Classical with: Chanticleer at 8AM; the St. Olaf Christmas Festival at 9AM; Stile Antico singing luminous Elizabethan music of Thomas Tallis and Willian Byrd at 11, followed by Chicago’s Music of the Baroque at noon with glorious music not just from the Baroque but also from modern Estonia and England. Then, at 2PM, hear a complete Handel “Messiah” from Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society led by Harry Christophers.

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News
1:21 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales One

Dinner Series

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, are all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives in “Tinsel Tales.”

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.  Lynn Neary hosts.

News
1:18 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

"A Christmas Carol," read by Doug Brown

Charles Dickens
Heritage Auction Gallery

Beloved by Iowa Public Radio listeners for decades, the late WOI classical music host Doug Brown reads the entirety of the ultimate Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Classical
9:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Festival of 9 Lessons, Tallis, Morehouse & More!

Members of the combined chorus of the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs
Credit Morehouse College

At 10AM, hear this year's "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" live from King's College, Cambridge on IPR Classical. Then, at 11 AM, the Tallis Scholars - celebrating their 40th anniversary - present a beautiful concert from Boston. At noon, hear this year's Christmas at Luther, recorded in Decorah. But wait, there's more!

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Classical
2:40 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert

Jason Weinberger and the wfcsymphony in rehearsal
Credit Noah Henscheid, from wcfso.org

Join us Monday at 7PM as Jason Weinberger and the wcfsymphony perform Christmas (and other) music of Bach, Handel, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The Bach includes selections from his cantatas and his Christmas Oratorio, plus the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Kathleen Sihler and Ute Brandenburg on violas. Music from Handel's Messiah and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning.

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Surviving a Dysfunctional Family during the Holidays

amber e/ Love Nest

The holidays bring families together and sometimes that can cause stress.  In fact, navigating family togetherness when hurt and dysfunction abounds can seem impossible.

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Talk of Iowa
12:09 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Holiday Travel

Iowa's Yellow River in January.
Jonathan Frazier

Holiday travel can be daunting. Travel writer Jennifer Wilson suggests great Iowa holiday destinations, gives tips for snowy road trips and has a game plan for airport hiccups.

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Talk of Iowa
12:32 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Your Holiday Stories and Music with Dan Knight

Dan Knight in the IPR studio
Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

There is no place like home for the holidays, and that’s why pianist and composer Dan Knight is coming home.  Dan joins host Charity Nebbe for one of our favorite holiday traditions.  You tell us a story about your favorite holiday song and Dan Knight will play it. 

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Horticulture Day
11:37 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Get your Holidays Blooming

Christmas Cactus is an easy to care for holiday plant that can live for decades

Christmas cactus, Norfolk Island pine, amaryllis bulbs and of course, poinsettia... plants make popular gifts.  But caring for those plants and getting them to bloom can be challenging.  Host Emily Woodbury talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University Extension about how to get these seasonal plants blooming for the season.  They also offer some gift ideas for gardeners.

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Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Reclaiming the Holidays

Nicholas Jones

We’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but the ads keep coming and will continue for the next three weeks. For many, this emphasis on the material aspects of the holiday season can become overwhelming and may even overshadow the joy and fun of this special time of year.

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Santa's Helper for 40 years: Dave Stoufer

Santa's Helper Dave Stoufer reading to children November 30 in Washington, Iowa
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

Dave Stoufer tells stories about listening to kid's gift wishes, having his beard pulled, and other funny and heartfelt moments over his 40 years as Santa's helper. Stoufer has also recently written his memoirs with Santa stories.  

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Holidays
2:55 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Hanukkah Lights 2013

Skyco / flickr

This special program aired in place of 'Talk of Iowa' November 29, 2013:

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 

Here is a link to the program:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/mpr_news_presents

News
5:39 am
Thu November 28, 2013

There's a story in that Turducken

Jeri and Ben Halperin of Augusta Restaurant, in Oxford.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

After first gaining popularity in New Orleans, the Turducken—that’s a chicken stuffed inside a duck inside a turkey-- has made its way onto some of the more adventurous Thanksgiving tables in Iowa. For two restaurant owners in Oxford, it’s a way to share the cuisine of a city they left years ago. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports.    

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Iowa's Local Food Economy

Produce at the Des Moines Farmers Market
Jason Mrachina

According to regional food coordinators, there is no local food network like the one in Iowa. The connection between farmers and distributors is very strong, and the network continues to grow larger every year. Even so, about 80% of the food Iowans consume is from out of state.

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

2013 Book Gift List

Casey Fleser Flickr

Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, and Mollie Loughlin of The Book Vine in Cherokee about the best books to give as gifts this year.  We've compiled the list below, along with what our reviewers had to say about each book.

Paul Ingram - Fiction

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Horticulture Day
12:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree farm
Soil Science at NC State

Every year at this time, people like to venture out to cut their own Christmas Trees.  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with Forester Mark Vitosh about selection and maintenance of live Christmas trees.  Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron also answers your lawn and garden questions.

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River to River
2:56 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C.

Sign welcoming Iowa veterans to Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. on October 16, 2013
Ben Kieffer / Iowa Public Radio

For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans.   The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight sent veterans of World War Two and the Korean War to the nation's capital to visit memorials and to get a tour of the city.  Hear ceremonies, sounds, and stories—emotional and lighthearted.

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Iowa Archives
11:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

In Uniform

USA.gov

In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.  With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.

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News
6:02 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Former Guantanamo Bay Chaplain Wraps Up Iowa Tour

Yee gives a presentation Saturday at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

James Yee spent nearly a year as a military chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was appalled by the conditions he saw there, including what he describes as humiliating interrogation methods which he says often targeted prisoners' religion.

On his way home in 2003, Yee was detained by the U.S. military and accused of spying. He was held in solitary confinement for 76 days before ultimately being released, cleared of all charges, and honorably discharged.

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River to River
2:32 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

News Buzz: Ames Shooting

After leading police on a high-speed chase through the city of Ames, 19-year-old Tyler Comstock was shoot and killed on central campus near the Campanile this past Monday.
Mike Hiatt

Story County's county attorney decided that the use of deadly force in this week's shooting of a chase suspect was justified.  Nevertheless, the chase resulted in the death of a young man and raises many questions.

Host Ben Kieffer discusses the facts of the deadly high-speed chase in Ames with IPR's Joyce Russell.  Also, ISU and Ames Laboratory engineers have recently developed real-time, 3-D conferencing technology.

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