Remembrances

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Most obituaries are short biographies, meant to inform others of a loss. Sometimes they express sadness, or celebrate accomplishments. Ideally, they capture the essence of the person they're about.

"Wherever Cynthia was, she was probably the smartest person in the room. She could curse like a sailor-though she almost never did - yet she had exquisite and sophisticated tastes." That’s a line from Jennifer Miller's beautiful, smart, funny remembrance of her mother.

LEE HAYWOOD

Recently, Democrats in the Iowa Senate introduced a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer prescription drugs to end their own lives.

The right-to-die bill did not advance, and was strongly opposed by the governor, but it did spark an emotional debate over individual freedom to end personal suffering versus protection of the sanctity of life.

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Iowans looking to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks can take a walk around Gray’s Lake in Des Moines. In the fourth year of the collaboration, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, iHeartMedia and the United States Air Force have created a “Tribute Trail” of approximately 2,977 American flags.

"Each [flag] honors one victim lost at the 9/11 attacks," says Jen Fletcher of Des Moines’s Parks and Recreation. "It's a very stunning visual...It's a place that people can go and just have a moment to honor those people that were lost that day."

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Hilda Rupp lived a tough life. She lost her own mother when she was only 17 and helped raised her 10 brothers and sisters through the Great Depression after her mother died. She went on to raise eight children of her own.

Hilda’s daughter, Joyce Rupp, writes about her mother and the lessons she learned from watching her resiliency in her new book Fly While You Still Have Wings and Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me.

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Iowa lost many notable citizens and natives in 2014. As we wrap up the year, we remember a few as a tribute to all.

Not many of us are aware of an event that occurred in 1840 in Bellevue, Iowa, a town along the Mississippi River in Jackson County, south of Dubuque.  It was there on main street that a massive frontier gunfight took place, between outlaws and vigilantes.   The shoot-out was between a posse led by sheriff W.A. Warren and a group of men led by W.W.

Lee Haywood

Caring for a loved one who is suffering at the end of life can be an ordeal, and many feel more options are needed.

Ben Stanton

Today we listen back to a show, part of Iowa Public Radio's corrections series last summer, about what it is like to grow old and die in prison.

We hear from an offender who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars. Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old. We also tour a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

Vinoth Chandar

Death can be scary, difficult and painful, but it can also be a healing and beautiful process. How does one have a "good death?"

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Musician Jason Molina influenced many of his peers and sold tens of thousands of records for a small independent label from Indiana. Molina died at age 39 a little more than a year ago from organ failure due to alcohol abuse. But now two new releases are paying tribute to the musician. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters has more. 

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We lost many Iowa newsmakers in 2013.  Host Ben Kieffer remembers them in our annual obituary show.

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Legendary Cyclone basketball coach Johnny Orr passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. Today on Talk of Iowa, we remember Coach Orr.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register Sports Columnist, Jim Hallihan, former assistant coach for ISU Basketball, Bump Elliot, former Athletic Director at the University of Iowa, and Jeff Hornacek who played for Orr and is now Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns. We also hear stories from listeners.

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To keep a baby entertained, parents often need to introduce new objects or toys every few minutes. When you do that, you are not just distracting the baby, you are helping them learn about the world. In this archived edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe finds out about new research into how infants learn, and she talks with a life-long friend of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti about the Ponseti Method for correcting clubfoot.

Mitch Albom

Dec 3, 2013

What happens to us after we die?  That’s a question many of us ponder.  The characters in Mitch Albom’s novels often have unusual insight into the answer.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Albom about his most recent novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven.  

How We Die Now

Oct 24, 2013
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As our population grows older more people are engaging in the important work of helping individuals cross the threshold from life to death. Host Charity Nebbe looks at the lives of those who care for people in the final stages before death with Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson, author of "How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying." Rev.

Mark Notari

Join host Ben Kieffer for this discussion and examination of funeral trends and new rules related to funerals and services in Iowa.  Hear from funeral directors about how their job is performed, and get a glimpse of how a person might go about skipping the funeral director to care for deceased loved-ones on their own.

Grief in Childhood

Sep 10, 2013
Alan Stuart

No matter how hard we try as parents and teachers we cannot protect all children from tragedy.  Join host Charity Nebbe who talks with Dr. David Schonfeld about how tragedy affects children and what we can do to help the children in our lives find their way through grief.  Also on the program is Sonni Vierling, Coordinator of the Central Iowa Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Steering Committee.

 

Ben Stanton

Our corrections series continues by examining what it is like to grow old and die in prison. Hear from an offender who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars.  Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old.  You'll also get a tour of a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.  

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Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine in crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved. Host Ben Kieffer speaks to Iowa State University Mechanical Engineer Daniel Attinger about his research for the U.S.

Emily Woodbury

Former Paullina, Iowa resident Kenneth Weishuhn committed suicide earlier this year after being bullied as a result of his sexuality. Brynn Bilou, a 12-year-old from Canada, created a memorial page without ever knowing Kenneth.

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook.

Before the age of confessional interviews and reality television the newspaper columns of twin sisters from Sioux City, Iowa gave readers a glimpse behind closed doors and some sound advice. Charity Nebbe talks with several from Sioux City to remember the sisters who were known to all as Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers.

2013 is nearly upon us, and as we get ready to usher it in, we pause to look back on 2012 and some of the lives lost in the past year.  Today, we air our obituary show.  Join us to remember Iowa soldiers killed in Afghanistan, public figures, educators and others.

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To keep a baby entertained parents often need to introduce new objects or toys every few minutes. When you do that, you're not just distracting the baby, you're helping them learn about the world.

Host Charity Nebbe finds out about new research into how infants learn, and the remarkable Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, the creator of the Ponseti Method for correcting clubfoot, is remembered by a life long friend.

Davy Rothbart

Nov 12, 2012

When you see a crumpled up piece of paper on the ground, pick it up and read it because you may just find something wonderful. Davy Rothbart first became well known for sharing notes he discovered in Found Magazine,  and now he’s sharing his romantic misadventures.  Charity Nebbe talks with him about his new book, My Heart is an Idiot.

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The last decade has seen a rise in suicide rates in the United States and several groups in Iowa are trying to do something about it. Host Ben Kieffer talks with several Iowans who are reaching out to those in danger of suicide, to family members who have experienced such a tragedy and a psychiatrist with advice on suicide prevention.

Nathan Timmel

One Iowa comedian says he turns to his uncommon experiences growing up for his profession. Host Ben Kieffer talks with comedian and author, Nathan Timmel, about his memoir “I Was a White Knight…Once.”

Then, listen back to excerpts from Ben’s conversation with Lauren Reece Flaum, who died this month after living with breast cancer for 17 years. In 2008, Redbook magazine asked its readers to submit their stories about living with breast cancer and Flaum beat out thousands of entries to win the contest.

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we'll find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook. Our guests include Heart2Soul founder Karen Zinn, John Wild of Iles funeral Home in Des Moines, Tom Frisch of GotFuneral, and PhD student studying social media mourning practices, Jed Brubaker.

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They lived in Iowa only about 8 years, but left behind a delightful recording from a Christmas broadcast in Shenandoah. We remember the Everly Brothers, on the passing of Phil, at the age of 74, on Jan. 3, 2014. This archival feature was first broadcast in 2007, when Phil was 7 and Donny was 9.  Sounds from 1946, 1957 and 1973, in Shenandoah and unknown concert locations. Recordings from KMA Radio and You Tube.