Talk of Iowa

Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

An Iowa Teacher Inspires a Writer

School was torture for Nancy Sprowell Geise. With severe dyslexia she struggled to read and write, but in high school she had an English teacher at Ames High School who recognized her potential. On this Talk of Iowa from Iowa Public Radio, Charity speaks with novelist Nancy Sprowell Geise and the teacher, John Forssman, who changed her life. Her novel is called "The Eighth Sea."

Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Dental Crisis for Children/Cost of Sexual Violence

There is a cavity epidemic among preschoolers in this country. According to the CDC, for the first time in 40 years tooth decay is on the rise. In fact, it is not unusual for young kids at all income levels to have cavities in half or even more of their teeth. We look at challenges in pediatric dentistry and what you can do to prevent tooth decay with the University of Iowa head of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Rebecca Slayton. Later, Charity speaks with Dr. Ginger Yang, Prof. of Community and Behavioral Health at the U.I.

Talk of Iowa
10:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Roller Derby and Frank Deford

Roller Derby was wildly popular for decades, but almost disappeared in the 1970's. Now it's back and has gained a die-hard following.  We'll look at its growing popularity with Lisa Edwards and Kimberly Hendricks, members of the Old Capitol City Roller Girls from Iowa City. Later, a conversation with award-winning author and commentator Frank Deford. He'll talk about his autobiography out this week, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Iowa Summer Olympic Hopefuls

Competitions are taking place across the country for U.S. Olympic hopefuls looking to earn berths in the 2012 Summer Games in London. Charity talks with Des Moines' Shawn Johnson about her preparation after a lay-off and knee injury sustained in a ski accident and the four medals she took home after the 2008 Olympics. Charity also speaks with Lauren Pfeiffer, a field hockey player on the US National Team; Miranda Leek, an archer currently leading the field in women's archery; and Matt Stutzman of Fairfield. Stutzman has qualified for the 2012 Paralympics Games as an archer.

Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Hort Day: Insect Revival

Insects got a head start this year. On today's program, it’s Horticulture Day. Entomologist Dr. Donald Lewis of Iowa State University will be here. We’ll talk about red admiral butterflies, European sawflies and why we’re seeing so many moths. Horticulturist Richard Jauron of I.S.U. Extension will also be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Thu April 26, 2012

She Matters: Status of Women and Girls in Iowa

The Iowa Women's Leadership Council on Tuesday released its 2012 report on the status of women and girls in Iowa, "She Matters."  The IWLC is a public-private partnership of women's organizations focused on supporting Iowa's women and girls.  This hour, we'll discuss the new report.  Previous reports have revealed that females in the state experience a greater percentage of economic disparities, diseases, disabilities, and barriers to corporate and civic leadership.  Joining us in the discussion will be IWLC Ex. Director, Diane Ramsey; Terry Hernandez, Ex.

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Drake Relays 2012

For over a century the Drake Relays has been a place for some of the world’s best athletes to run, jump and hurdle their way towards greatness. Today on Talk of Iowa, we'll focus on the upcoming 2012 Drake Relays. We’ll preview this year’s competition, revisit some of the most memorable performances and Charity will talk with reigning 1500m world Champion Jennifer Simpson. Other guests include the Assistant Director of the Relays, Carolyn Hill; and Associated Press sports reporter Luke Meredith, who has covered the Relays for eight years.

Talk of Iowa
1:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Jack Hanna/Iowa Parrot Rescue

Lions and tigers and bears and parrots--on today's Talk of Iowa we’ll go into the wild with Jack Hanna, wildlife expert and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He'll be appearing in Des Moines later this week. Also on the program is Michael Hutchison, founder and director of the Iowa Parrot Rescue. He has helped over 700 birds in the past 15 years.

Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Blind Iowan Pioneers and Discourse about Diversity

Charity talks with Peggy Chong, who has spent the past twenty years researching the history of the Blind. Her recent article Blind Iowan Pioneers Succeed looks at the story of Lillian Blanche Fearing, a blind Iowan who grew up to be one of the very first woman lawyers in the country. Later, a conversation with playwright Sean Christopher Lewis who brings his creation, Mayberry, to Iowa City. The play explores the impact of the Johnson County town's increasing African American population and how a lily white community engages in true discourse about its diversity. 

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Safe Rooms

"Safe rooms" are becoming popular storm shelter choices.  A tornado warning may be issued just minutes before the funnel plows through your back yard, leaving you with no time to get to a distant shelter if your home offers no protection.  This hour, our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will inform us about adding a safe room to your new home plans, or creating such a room with a remodeling project.  You'll feel better when you know you a have a place in your home that's designed to withstand battering by ferocious winds and the debris caught up in them.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

The Digital Challenge for Iowa's Theaters

Iowa's theaters are facing a major challenge: in about a year's time, every theater across the nation must convert to digital cinema, making the old film projectors obsolete and replacing them with expensive new technology.  The cost is especially problematic for the state's smaller theaters, which operate on a much smaller profit margin.  Today, we find out how a number of theater owners are coping and whether some movie house may have to close their doors.  Guests are IPR's Dean Borg, who has reported on the story; Diane Prichard, owner of the DeWitt Opera House Theatre; Jeff Eisentraut,

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Exploring Our Faith

In what ways does your religion shape the way you live your daily life? We'll examine how faith and spirituality support our basic psychological needs and look at the influence of culture on our religious beliefs. Charity's guests are Nikki Bado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and Krista Tippett, host of public radio's On Being.  Tippett visits Des Moines April 17th as part of Iowa Public Radio's Insights Series.   

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

The Iowa State University Fashion Show 2012

The annual Fashion Show at Iowa State University has been around for decades, but in recent years the stakes have been higher, the fashion more cutting edge, the glamour more glamorous and the glitz even glitzier. This hour, Charity speaks with some of the people behind The Fashion Show 2012, including special guest designer Todd Snyder. She'll also talk with Sarah Bennett, faculty advisor for this year's show, and Michelle Klaas and Lisa Bradshaw, two of the three student producers for the show.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wildlife Day: Frogs and Toads

Spring is so beautiful, sometimes you just have to sing--at least you do if you’re a frog. On this Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We’ll talk about the songs of spring as performed by Iowa’s frogs and toads. Charity also talks with Stephanie Shepherd, who organizes the annual Frog and Toad Survey for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Shell Games

Jeffrey Copeland's Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist is a true story told in the voices of people who lived the events. The story has murder, mystery, mayhem - all important pieces of American history - and a good love story as well. Copeland is the Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Horticulture Day: Early Spring Warning

Our unusually warm late winter and early spring weather has transformed the landscape and lulled some of us into a false sense of security. On this week's Horticulture program, Charity speaks to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension Value Added Agriculture, about what we can plant right now what we should absolutely not plant now, even if the weather is so nice.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Prairie Restoration and Mushrooms

Tom Rosburg has lived his life studying, managing and educating Iowans about the important role native prairies play in the biological evolution of Iowa. The Drake biology professor has been recognized for his work, receiving the Olav Smedal Conservation Award. Charity talks with Rosburg about his love of nature and the real challenges in sustaining Iowa's prairie ecosystems. Also, does the warm March weather mean morel mushrooms are sprouting early? We'll find out from Roseanne Healy of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mindless Eating

Do you eat because you're hungry? Do you eat because you're bored? Brian Wansink says what you put in your mouth every day is influenced by your environment, the company you keep, and an almost endless and invisible list of other factors. Today, Charity talks with Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think." (Bantam Books) Wansink, an Iowa native, is Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab .

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Neurogenetics and Giant Short-Faced Bear

Epilepsy affects nearly three million Americans. During this program, Charity talks with Dr. Jeffrey Noebels of the Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine. He’ll share what he and his fellow researchers have discovered about the genes and mechanisms that underlie epilepsy and how epilepsy is related to memory. Dr. Noebels is in Iowa City to speak as part of the UI's Health Science Research Week. Later, the talk turns to the giant short-faced bear, an animal that stood more than 11 feet high and lived in Iowa during the Ice Age.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Author John Price and Paula Poundstone

Grounded in place, in the great grasslands of the Midwest, John Price's large-hearted memoir Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships is the thread that runs throughout. It features creatures running through his back yard and in the wild, with Swedish ancestors, with neighbors, with the Midwestern prairies, all surrounded by his wife and children. John joins Charity to talk about the book. Later, comedian Paula Poundstone talks about her upcoming show at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Sharing Knowledge

Iowa State University horticulture students are sharing their knowledge with students around the world. This hour, on Talk of Iowa's Horticulture Day, we’ll talk about a school garden project in the Virgin Islands and, of course we’ll talk about your garden projects. Charity's guests are horticulturists Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension and Jennifer Bousselot, a lecturer and Master Gardener Coordinator at Iowa State University.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Vacationing Close to Home

Vacationing close to home doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. On today's program, travel writer and author Jennifer Wilson will be our guide to some of Iowa’s great destinations. We’ll paddle through Pammel State Park, enjoy the views along the Mississippi River and spy on migrating waterfowl. Wilson is the author of the recent book, "Running Away to Home."

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

The Lifespan of a Fact

Is this fact or fiction? On the surface the question seems to be easy enough to answer, but truth comes in a number of different shades. On this Talk of Iowa Charity speaks with author and essayist John D’Agata of the University of Iowa and fact checker Jim Fingal about their book, “The Lifespan of a Fact” (W.W. Norton) and the definition of truth.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Making Piece

Grant Wood said that when he painted American Gothic, he depicted the people he “fancied should live in the house.” Eighty years later, the woman living in the house looks nothing like the grim spinster in the painting. This hour, host Charity Nebbe travels to Eldon Iowa to visit Beth Howard, the author of the new book Making Piece, a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Symphony of the Soil

Charity talks with filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia about her new documentary "Symphony of the Soil". The film explores the world of soil- how it's formed, its life cycle, human uses and misuses in agriculture. Koons Garcia, the widow of legendary Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia, is in Iowa this week screening the film. Joining the soil conversation is Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann and Fairfield farmer and former National Program Leader for Soil Science Francis Thicke.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Horticulture Day: Spring Insects

Our March warmth and sunshine has brought out leaves, flowers and a whole lot of bugs. Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis will be here to explain why we’re suddenly seeing tiny gnats all over the place and to answer your questions about the other insects that are emerging. Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here to answer all of your lawn and gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Siding

You thought you had a few more weeks to plan, but suddenly it’s time to work on outdoor projects. On today's Talk of Iowa our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge is here. We’ll talk about what you need to know before you replace the siding on your house and answer questions about the projects on your agenda.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Spring Planting with Record Warmth

It’s too early to plant, but it’s not too early for farmers to get out in their fields. This hour we discuss strips of prairie that can strengthen a field of corn or soybeans and other soil conservation techniques. We’ll also talk about how farmers decide when to plant in a year that's turned out be one of the warmest late winters in Iowa history. Guests include Jim Gillespie of the Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Richard Cruse of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University; and Forest City-area farmer, Riley Lewis.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa

Mothers have always turned to other mothers for advice. So it's no surprise that "mommy blogs" are big--moms swapping information on a virtual playground. St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids has gotten into the action with a new website and blog called "The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa." Charity speaks with "Real Moms" creator, Danielle Rauser and fellow bloggers Mel Ostmo and Courtenay Baker-Olinger.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Tracy Kidder and The McDonagh Project

This year's "All Iowa Reads" selection is Tracy Kidder's 2009 book, "Strength in What Remains." It's the gripping story of of Deogratias, or Deo for short, who grew up in the E. Central African county of Burundi. Deo was a young man with dreams, the biggest of which was to become a doctor. He was working at a rural hospital in the country when in Oct. 1993, a Hutu militia attacked the building and started slaughtering everyone they thought was a Tutsi. Deo escaped, running for six months and eventually settling in New York City, knowing no one.

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