Talk of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org en Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/millions-mayflies-emerge-northeast-iowa <p>This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:49 +0000 Emily Woodbury 44293 at http://iowapublicradio.org Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa Interracial Marriage in the US http://iowapublicradio.org/post/interracial-marriage-us-0 <p>Although <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0388_0001_ZO.html">interracial marriage has been fully legal in the United States since 1967,</a> these unions are still rare since <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/16/the-rise-of-intermarriage/">the overwhelming majority of&nbsp; Americans marry within their own race</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:56:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe 44230 at http://iowapublicradio.org Interracial Marriage in the US History Of The Iowa State Patrol http://iowapublicradio.org/post/history-iowa-state-patrol-0 <p>In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:22 +0000 Charity Nebbe 44117 at http://iowapublicradio.org History Of The Iowa State Patrol Movies on a Deadline http://iowapublicradio.org/post/movies-deadline <p>On your mark, get set, lights, camera, action. The Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating its tenth year this weekend. At 6 PM this Friday, over 40 teams will pull a slip of paper out of a hat. On that slip of paper is their genre assignment: anything from Romance to Fish Out of Water. 48 Hours later, they'll turn in a finished 4-7 minute film. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with city producer Samuel Pace-Tuomi and ten-time participant Mike Kieler in this hour of Talk of Iowa.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:51:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & croth 44110 at http://iowapublicradio.org Movies on a Deadline No Net, No Rigs, Just Fabric--Aerial Arts Come to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-net-no-rigs-just-fabric-aerial-arts-come-iowa <p>Daring trapeze artists have been wowing audiences for 150 years, but today's aerial artists are taking things to &nbsp;a whole new level and a lot more people are getting in on the act. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa's Felicia Coe, the creator of&nbsp;the National Aerial Expo &amp; Competition on today's Talk of Iowa.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:43:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & croth 44100 at http://iowapublicradio.org No Net, No Rigs, Just Fabric--Aerial Arts Come to Iowa Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s http://iowapublicradio.org/post/water-quality-hasnt-improved-iowa-1980s <p>Iowa’s water quality hadn’t nudged much since the 1980s. That’s according to Iowa Geological Survey research scientist Keith Schilling.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:58:51 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 44045 at http://iowapublicradio.org Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/having-field-daygardens-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 http://iowapublicradio.org Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees Living with Parkinson's Disease: "It helps define who I am, but it's not a negative" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/living-parkinsons-disease-it-helps-define-who-i-am-its-not-negative <p>Andrew Duarte was only 31 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One of the biggest questions he had was, “What can I expect?”</p><p>“And there’s not really a good answer for that,” he says.<img alt="" class="pi_assets-image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/ipr/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/Copy_of_20100731_021.jpg" /></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:44:33 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 43886 at http://iowapublicradio.org Living with Parkinson's Disease: "It helps define who I am, but it's not a negative" From the Rocket to the Clownface: Mini Golf in June Melby's "Family and Other Hazards" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rocket-clownface-mini-golf-june-melbys-family-and-other-hazards <p>What did your childhood summer consist of? Swimming pools, games of frisbee, putt-putt golf? For June Melby, a Decorah&nbsp;resident, it was the latter--and only the latter.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:41:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 43826 at http://iowapublicradio.org From the Rocket to the Clownface: Mini Golf in June Melby's "Family and Other Hazards" Home Improvement Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/home-improvement-day-11 <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 http://iowapublicradio.org Home Improvement Day Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/choosing-deconstruction-over-demolition <p>When Siobhan Spain and her family deconstructed an old barn on their family farm a few years ago, she re-used the barn wood instead of sending it to the landfill.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:19:45 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 43735 at http://iowapublicradio.org Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition Rural Land: Spacious but in High Demand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-land-spacious-high-demand <p>In rural Iowa, it feels like there’s plenty of room, but the land that makes up that seemingly endless wide open space is very much in demand.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 43732 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rural Land: Spacious but in High Demand Storing and Preserving your Harvest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/storing-and-preserving-your-harvest <p>Farmers' markets are hopping, CSA boxes are full to bursting, and gardens all over the state are starting to produce, but sometimes a bumper crop can be hard to handle.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:53:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43589 at http://iowapublicradio.org Storing and Preserving your Harvest First Ladies and the Politics of Fashion http://iowapublicradio.org/post/first-ladies-and-politics-fashion <p>The first lady is a wife, a diplomat and often a social activist. We care&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a great deal about her... and what she wears.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:13:31 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 43508 at http://iowapublicradio.org First Ladies and the Politics of Fashion Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/money-canoes-or-oral-hygiene-finding-key-happiness <p>According to research by the Gallup organization, North Dakotans are happier than Iowans. Or rather, they have a higher state of well-being.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43459 at http://iowapublicradio.org Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness Iowa's Rising Waters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-rising-waters <p>Iowa’s rivers and reservoirs have not reached flood stages of 1993 or 2008, but many communities are still dealing with significant flooding.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:56:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe 43426 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Rising Waters Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench http://iowapublicradio.org/post/garbage-meets-its-potential-thousands-plastic-bags-become-park-bench <p>Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years. This hour – an in-depth exploration of recycling in Iowa.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 43344 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/recycling-101-are-you-doing-it-right <p>Recycling can be a tricky process - whether you leave materials curbside or deposit them at a drop-site, it's often hard to know exactly what can or can't be recycled.</p><p>On this <em>Talk of Iowa</em> "short," Joe Hummel of City Carton and Theresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association share how recycling really works, answer common questions, and alleviate recycling myths.</p><p></p><p><strong>DO</strong> <strong>- </strong></p><p><em><strong>Clean out your glass and plastic bottles as much as you can.</strong></em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury 43357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? "Backstage" at The Can Shed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/backstage-can-shed <p>Most people have probably taken a bag of aluminum cans to a redemption center to collect the nickel deposit.&nbsp; You walk in, get them counted and collect your money.&nbsp; But, what happens next?&nbsp; IPR’s Katherine Perkins recently visited The Can Shed in Cedar Rapids to take a tour with owner and operator Troy Willard.&nbsp; Willard says they process 1.5-million containers per week at the facility… and cans are their bread and butter.&nbsp; Turns out, a lot happens after you dump that bag of cans onto the counter.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:28:23 +0000 Katherine Perkins 43342 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Backstage" at The Can Shed Gentlemen Bootleggers, the True Story of Templeton Rye http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gentlemen-bootleggers-true-story-templeton-rye <p>During prohibition, there were people all over the United States making and selling spirits, but the people in Templeton, Iowa who were making fine whiskey were not your run of the mill bootleggers.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe digs in to the remarkable history of Templeton Rye with Bryce Bauer, author of <a href="http://wolflit.com/preview/gentlemen-bootleggers/"><em>Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots</em></a> and historian Tim Walch.&nbsp; They talk about why Iowa went dry five years before the rest of the country and how this smal Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:43:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gentlemen Bootleggers, the True Story of Templeton Rye Treasured Ink: Is Cursive a Thing of the Past? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treasured-ink-cursive-thing-past <p>Between typing and texting we are a lot less likely to put pen to paper. What's lost when we don't?&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:11:56 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 43107 at http://iowapublicradio.org Treasured Ink: Is Cursive a Thing of the Past? Great Waterbirds of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/great-waterbirds-iowa <p>With their long elegant necks, spindly legs and otherworldly calls, an encounter with one of Iowa's herons can take your breath away.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease about his summer spent paddling many of Iowa's waterways.&nbsp; On those trips he has gotten up close with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa's most impressive waterbirds.&nbsp; We learn about their mating, nesting and feeding habits.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:31:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Great Waterbirds of Iowa Prairie Silence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prairie-silence <p>Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm in North Dakota.&nbsp; Like so many others, she left.&nbsp; But now she feels torn between the land and people she loves and the freedom to live an authentic life.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffert about her memoir <em>Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-Patriot's Journey to Reconcile, Home, Love and Faith.&nbsp; </em>In that book, she describes the month she returned to her family farm to help her father and brother during harvest.&nbsp; They also discuss what it was like to grow up as a gay woman in rural North Dakota.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43013 at http://iowapublicradio.org Prairie Silence Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dandelion-donuts-and-mulberry-taffy <p>Everyone knows that morel mushrooms are delicious, but our forests and fields hold a lot of other wild delicacies too. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:08:28 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 42898 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy Surrogacy: Stories of Love, Pain, and Giving http://iowapublicradio.org/post/surrogacy-stories-love-pain-and-giving <p>Kate Duffus is pregnant for the fourth time, but the little girl she is carrying will not be her little girl.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:51:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 42874 at http://iowapublicradio.org Surrogacy: Stories of Love, Pain, and Giving Women in Song: From Codependence to Independence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/women-song-codependence-independence <p>When Professor Dorothy Marcic was asked to give a talk about how women have been portrayed in song lyrics over the course of the 21<sup>st</sup> century, she was shocked to find that nobody had really look into it, so she did.</p><p>“What I found was that the songs that resonated on Top 40 charts, have shadowed the women’s empowerment movement. Songs start out being very co-dependent, like in Little Peggy March’s ‘I Will Follow Him’ and end up being very empowering. Take ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria &nbsp;Gaynor," she explains.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:20:21 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 42799 at http://iowapublicradio.org Women in Song: From Codependence to Independence Conspiracy Theories: Half of Americans Believe in at Least One http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conspiracy-theories-half-americans-believe-least-one <p>Do you believe the moon landing was faked? Do you think the “Great Recession” was orchestrated by a small group of Wall Street bankers?</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:28:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 42731 at http://iowapublicradio.org Conspiracy Theories: Half of Americans Believe in at Least One The Evolution Of The Divorce http://iowapublicradio.org/post/evolution-divorce-0 <p>More than forty percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. Many members of today's generation of divorcees are trying to learn from the mistakes made by their divorced parents. They are seeking a <em>better</em> divorce. Today on <em>Talk of Iowa</em>, we talk about the evolution of divorce with a happily divorced couple, a family therapist, and a mediator.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:06:10 +0000 Charity Nebbe 42658 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Evolution Of The Divorce Summer Lull for Plants http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-lull-plants <p>Spring is a riot of blossoms and fall brings with it beautiful changes in color. But in the midst of summer, there can be a bit of a lull.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:38:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe 42545 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Lull for Plants Why Do We Call It Soccer? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-do-we-call-it-soccer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you ever wondered where the word "soccer" come from and why we use it?</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:42:32 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 42480 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why Do We Call It Soccer?