Literature

Many college students in Iowa have been and will be walking across stages to pick up their diplomas this month. Talk of Iowa speaks with two remarkable women who have been asked to send some of them off with words of wisdom.

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Host Ben Kieffer talks with Christopher Merrill, Director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.  Merrill has just returned from a month-long trip on behalf of the program that took him to Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq, Abu Dhabi, and Turkey.  He is about to leave for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as part of a cultural diplomacy mission for the State Department.

In this show, Kieffer also gets a weather update from the Des Moines National Weather Service about temperature swings and the lack of an Iowa tornadoes for nearly a year.

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Host Charity Nebbe explores art created by veterans in their post-military lives. We hear examples of poetry from Hugh Martin, winner of The Iowa Review's Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans.  Also, we hear journalism and creative non-fiction from Randy Brown.  And the music and military reflections of Lem Genovese. 

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The winner of this year’s state Poetry Out Loud competition didn’t make a lot of noise.  Dakota Meyer is a student at the Iowa School for the Deaf.  Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Meyer about his performance. She also sits down with the superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to learn about education for deaf and blind students in the state of Iowa.

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In the early 20th Century entertainment could be hard to come by and a great deal of excitement greeted troops of traveling actors when they arrived in small Iowa towns. As radio, movies and later television became popular, most of these troops disappeared.

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When poet Cornelius Eady was a teenager, he carried around a guitar he didn't know how to play. After decades of publishing poetry in many forms, he's making that teenager happy with two new music releases.

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, he is an award winning playwright, and he is also a musician. It is his poetry that has brought him to Iowa this week as part of the Mission Creek festival in Iowa City.

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Last July the president of Peregrine Financial Group, Russell Wasendorf Sr., admitted to stealing millions of dollars from his firm. On the first half of today's River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks about the Wasendorf case and discovers the personal, financial, and societal impact of this type of monetary fraud.

Season's Griot

Jan 1, 2013

This annual one-hour special captures the spirit of Kwanzaa and the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s program is hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Llyod Wilson and features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original poems. Storyteller Linda Goss entertains with plenty of music, and poet laureate Beverly Fields Burnette reads from her own work.

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” With that in mind Talk of Iowa finds out about the best new books for kids. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Maryann Peters of New Bo Books in Cedar Rapids and Annie Leonard of the Next Chapter in Knoxville.

Detailing Trauma

Nov 5, 2012
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The human body can be subjected to a variety of physical and spiritual inflictions and yet it often finds resilience to continue to love in spite of the pain. Charity Nebbe talks with author Arianne Zwartjes about her reflections in her new book Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy.

  

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Marvin Bell, a former Iowa Poet Laureate, and Christopher Merrill, author and director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, are both men with many fascinating things to say. Together, the two friends talk with Charity Nebbe about the issues they explored of life, love, and memory through a correspondence in poetry, which they compiled into the book, "Everything At Once."

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Ferner Nuhn, Ruth Suckow, Bess Streader Aldridge... the names of Iowa authors whose books have long gone out of print. A new website, Rural Lit RALLY is doing its best to make sure that they are not forgotten. Talk of Iowa rediscovers some works of literature from rural Iowa.

Also, "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker discusses his two new Iowa videos - "Cyclone Nice" and "Hawkeye Nice" with Charity Nebbe.

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Human beings excel at deceiving others and we are often even better at deceiving ourselves. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with the Director of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, Robin Hemley, about his  new collection of short stories, “Reply All," which explore our human ability to deceive. The stories are funny, edgy and at times uncomfortably real.

Then, Michael Feldman, host of "Whad'Ya Know" talks about his radio career. He will host his radio show on September 8 in Cedar Falls.

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