Dennis Reese en Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees <p>The "Hort Gang" from Iowa State is back today.&nbsp; One of the gang, Cindy Haynes, Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture at Iowa State University, fills us in on ISU's upcoming "Field Days," offering gardeners a chance to get ideas for their own gardens and see a wide variety of plants in action.&nbsp; The "Field Days" are held at a variety of locations across Iowa.</p><p>Also on the program is regular Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist and Iowa DNR District Forester, Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:21:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 43950 at Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees Home Improvement Day <p>Water, water everywhere. There’s lots to fix and lots to improve in our homes during this wet Iowa summer.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:52:04 +0000 Dennis Reese & Charity Nebbe 43761 at Home Improvement Day A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum <p>Columnist Leah Eskin, an Iowa City native, has written about the roast chicken that was almost spoiled by a trip to the Emergency Room, the first real meal she made after being sidelined by chemotherapy, and the tart she made for her boyfriend (who later became her husband).&nbsp; Eskin has been sharing her life and recipes with readers for 14 years.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:53:04 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 41936 at A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum Dorothy Garlock and Iowa's Romance Writers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Romance novels are now the top-performing category on the best-seller lists, generating nearly $1.5 billion dollars in profits for the publishing industry each year. &nbsp; Almost every state has a Romance Writers of American chapter, including Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:36:06 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 41660 at Dorothy Garlock and Iowa's Romance Writers Candidate Profile: Dave O'Brien <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Dave O'Brien. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:24:55 +0000 Dennis Reese & Katherine Perkins 41255 at Candidate Profile: Dave O'Brien Larry Baker and "The Education of Nancy Adams" <p>Iowa City writer Larry Baker had a block-buster hit with "The Flamingo Rising," in 1997.&nbsp; But publishing has changed since then, and in his subsequent novels, Larry has searched for some innovative ways to get his books widely distributed.&nbsp; With his new novel, "The Education of Nancy Adams," he's once again chosen North Liberty's Ice Cube Press, with an early limited release just in Iowa in April and May and an initial run of only 200 hardcover editions printed (and only available as an e-book on Amazon).&nbsp; Larry talks to Charity about his new book and how was inspired by "The Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:31 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 40010 at Larry Baker and "The Education of Nancy Adams" Garrison Keillor Heads to Iowa <p>Public radio's most well-known voice, Garrison Keillor, speaks to Host Charity Nebbe about his new book, "The Keillor Reader" (Penguin).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mr. Keillor will be bringing his "A Prairie Home Companion," to Des Moines this Saturday, May 3rd and he'll also read from the book in Iowa City on Sunday, May 4th.&nbsp; Does he consider himself a shy person?--listen and find out!</p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:36:53 +0000 Dennis Reese 40009 at Garrison Keillor Heads to Iowa Decks, Porches, Patios <p>Even though our Iowa spring has not yet "sprung," it's definitely a good time to build or make improvement to a deck, porch or patio.&nbsp; Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, can both motivate you and steer you away from some of the big mistakes novices make.&nbsp; With Bill's advice, you can have the deck of your dreams.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:43:03 +0000 Dennis Reese & Charity Nebbe 39886 at Decks, Porches, Patios Saving a Species, One Gorilla at a Time <p>There are fewer than 900 Mountain Gorillas left on earth.&nbsp; One group has taken a unique approach to protecting this endangered species… providing veterinary care to wild gorillas.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Mike Cranfield Co-Director of <a href="">Gorilla Doctors</a>.&nbsp; Gorilla Doctors employs more than a dozen veterinarians and health experts in the countries where mountain gorillas live, providing health programs for the gorillas. He was one of the first veterinarians to embrace the One Health concept for great ape conservation.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:37:06 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 39662 at Saving a Species, One Gorilla at a Time Remembering the Greatest Theft in History <p>While the Nazis were murdering millions of people, they also perpetrated the greatest mass theft in history.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with former Congressman and Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim Leach and Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow about that theft, efforts to understand it decades after the fact and efforts to protect priceless artifacts during the war.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:40:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 39650 at Remembering the Greatest Theft in History God and the Environment <p>Increasingly, efforts in environmental preservation are coming from churches. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Sister&nbsp;Mary Beth Ingham, professor emerita at Loyola Marymount University. &nbsp;They cover what the Franciscan tradition is in viewing nature and our role in keeping it healthy. &nbsp;Also, hear about what some churches in Iowa are doing to keep green.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:17:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38749 at God and the Environment Birds of the Upper Midwest <p>Of all the birds that make their home (even for just a season) in Iowa, we may know their common names (sparrow, robin, etc.), but not their scientific names. But the these longer names in Latin tell a lot about the description and behavior of a bird species. This hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with the co-authors of the new book, "The Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest," Iowa Citians James Sandrock and Jean Prior.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:56:58 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38214 at Birds of the Upper Midwest Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset <div>Hear the remarkable story of a the man behind paperback publisher Grove Press, and how he and the books he published fit into the culture of the 1960s. &nbsp;Dennis Reese hosts this talk with Loren Glass about<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde.</em></div><div><p></p></div><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Dennis Reese & Ben Stanton 37739 at Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset Long, Hard Winter <p>This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.&nbsp; Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:08:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 37398 at Long, Hard Winter Passenger Pigeon's Extinction <p>At one time, the passenger pigeon was everywhere in North America.&nbsp; The population was 3 to 5 billion when European settlers first arrived, but by 1914 they were gone.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe discusses the extinction of the passenger pigeon with Stan Temple of <a href="">Aldo Leopold Foundation</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:25:52 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 37141 at Passenger Pigeon's Extinction Retiring: 'Time to Make the Donuts' <div><p>Forget the IRA for a minute. &nbsp;How’s your portfolio for spending your&nbsp;<em>time&nbsp;</em>after retiring? Here’s a little advice and thoughts explored in this ‘Talk of Iowa’ program:</p><p><strong>Make a plan</strong>. About a year before the retirement day, decide how you will be spending your time. Have a list of things to do: volunteering, learning a new skill, maintaining friendships and social networks, and develop ideas about how pieces of those goals can be accomplished every day.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:15:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Dennis Reese & Ben Stanton 36850 at Retiring: 'Time to Make the Donuts' Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival <p>Iowan <a href="">Sean Strub</a> has lead a distinguished career as a gay rights activist and advocate for people with <a href="">HIV/AIDS</a>.&nbsp; He founded <a href="">POZ Magazine</a>, designed to serve those living with the disease, a community he knows very well since he has been living with HIV since 1980.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:59:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Dennis Reese & Sarah Boden 36536 at Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival Time Traveling Back to the 1898 Omaha World's Fair <p>There is a short list of World’s Fairs that have inspired many stories, New York 1939, Chicago 1893, St. Louis 1904.&nbsp; The 1898 Omaha World’s Fair is not one of them… until now. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with author <a href="" target="_blank">Timothy Shaffert</a> about his latest novel <em>The Swan Gondola</em> which takes place on the eve of the Omaha World’s Fair.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:39:24 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 36396 at Time Traveling Back to the 1898 Omaha World's Fair Controversy Sparked by Critique of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop <p><span class="userContent"><a href="">Iowa Writer's Workshop </a>alumnus <a href="">Eric Bennett's</a> article, <a href="">"<span class="st">How Iowa Flattened Literature" </span></a>in the <a href="">Chronicle of Higher Education</a> has ruffled feathers—especially in Iowa's writing community.&nbsp; The first paragraph of the article reads:&nbsp; </span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:14:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 36174 at Controversy Sparked by Critique of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop Beatles 50th Anniversary <p>When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 Beatlemania arrived with them.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:40:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 35721 at Beatles 50th Anniversary Stay Warm for Less <p>Residential and commercial buildings can use a lot of energy. &nbsp;New building codes are being used in Iowa that can make for more efficient use of utilities. Home improvement expert Bill McAnally joins the program to talk about the guidelines and answer listener questions about home projects.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:58:06 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 35571 at Stay Warm for Less Shelton Stromquist: Civil Rights <p>In the summer of 1964, the Civil Rights Movement included many people with various backgrounds working together for a cause. University of Iowa Emeritus Professor of History Shelton Stromquist was one who put his life on the line to help the movement in Mississippi. &nbsp;He joins host Charity Nebbe to talk&nbsp;about his experiences.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:40:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Sarah Boden & Dennis Reese 35130 at Shelton Stromquist: Civil Rights Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa <p>Iowa is home to 67 different amphibian and reptile species all deep in hibernation right now.&nbsp; Herpetologist Jeffrey LeClere has written <em>A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reputiles of Iowa.&nbsp; </em>Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about getting up close and personal with frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes once they wake up this spring.&nbsp; She also talks with the filmmaker responsible for the new documentary “Wrestling With Iowa.”</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:42:41 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 34652 at Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa Words of the Year <p>Join host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;for this talk with Patricia O'Connor to talk about words of the year for 2013, and "banned words." What's your "word of the year"?</p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:34:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 34542 at Words of the Year A Railroad Atlas of Iowa <p>Guest host Dennis Reese&nbsp;talks with Richard C. Carpenter, author of <em>A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, Vol. 5 (Iowa and Minnesota)</em>. &nbsp;A pivotal point in the discussion is the year 1946 when trains and railroads had quite a different presence than today.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:10:15 +0000 Dennis Reese 34190 at A Railroad Atlas of Iowa 'Genius 101' <p>Dennis Reese guest hosts this talk with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dean</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Simonton, a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;Simonton was recently visiting the University of Iowa, and he describes his research as the "cognitive, dispositional, developmental, and socio-cultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent."</span></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:58:35 +0000 Dennis Reese 34189 at 'Genius 101' How Infants Learn & Remembering Dr. Ignacio Ponseti <div>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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>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&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">life-long friend</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 34060 at How Infants Learn & Remembering Dr. Ignacio Ponseti Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the Struggle against Slavery <p>Iowans played a critical role in the struggle against slavery and the coming of the Civil War. Host Charity Nebbe speaks to Lowell J. Soike, the author of a new book, <em>Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the Struggle against Slavery, </em>and Doug Jones of the State Historic Preservation Office.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:03:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 33434 at Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the Struggle against Slavery Holiday Travel <p>Holiday travel can be daunting. Travel writer<a href=""> Jennifer Wilson</a> suggests great Iowa holiday destinations, gives tips for snowy road trips and has a game plan for airport hiccups.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:09:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 33373 at Holiday Travel Choosing Gratitude <p>All our lives we are taught to strive for things like success or wealth, but research shows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude daily can change your life.&nbsp; <a href="">James Autry</a> and his wife, <a href="">Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson</a> have co-authored the new book <a href="">“Choosing Gratitude 365 Days a Year.”</a>&nbsp; They sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss meditations on gratitude.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:31:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 33104 at Choosing Gratitude