Talk of Iowa on IPR News and Studio One

Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state. This IPR original brings a range of experts to the microphone to discuss a myriad of topics. Guests include Jim Pease for the Wildlife Program and of course, the Hort Gang on Fridays. Join us for smart, friendly conversation about what's happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live.

During the show, contact us at 1-866-780-9100, IPRTalk on Twitter, our Facebook page, or email us at talkofiowa@iowapublicradio.org. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Valentine's: Dan Knight Plays Your Love Songs

Clayton Doty / flickr

Today on "Talk of Iowa" we're celebrating Valentine's Day by playing your favorite love songs with pianist and composer Dan Knight.

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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Iowa's Hollywood Stars

Robert Garcia / flickr

Iowa doesn’t rank high on the scale of glitz and glamor, but we have proven to be a good training ground for Hollywood stars. We all know about John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Ashton Kutcher, but that’s just scratching the surface!  We’ll talk about Iowa’s stars, from the Oscar winners to the Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wildlife Day: Rebecca Christoffel

Carl Wycoff / flickr

As Iowa State University extension wildlife specialist, Rebecca Christoffel, fields calls from all over the state, she also spends her time educating the public, training master conservationists, and defending the un-huggables. She joins us this wildlife day, and takes your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The History of the Bathroom

dbrooker1 / flickr

In ancient Rome the bath house was an important gathering place.   After the fall of Roman Empire interest in bathing waxed and waned, but somehow we’ve progressed from the chamber pot and basin to homes with a separate bathroom for every bedroom.  Host Charity Nebbe will explore the evolution of the bathroom, the most necessary room in the house. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Iowa's Dance Marathons

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 19 (2013).
University of Iowa Dance Marathon website

The college students who participate in Dance Marathon do a lot of dancing but that is just the beginning. Dance Marathon is an event designed to raise money for kids with cancer. Two weekends ago, dancers in Ames at Iowa State University raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the University of Iowa raised more than $1,529,000.

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Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

Comedian Rick Green
Rock Green / Bite TV website

Approximately 10 percent of kids in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Although we know ADD can persist into adulthood, we don't know how many adults are affected by it.

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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Iowa's Opera Houses

The Warren Opera House in Greenfield, IA.
The Warren Cultural Center

Though opera houses once meant a town held status, many have since fallen into disrepair. Today efforts are underway to renovate and shed light on Iowa’s opera houses, including Sam Knutson's project, the Iowa Opera House Project, which brings Iowa performers into these antique spaces for locals to experience.

Later, Richard Poole and George Glenn, co-authors of The Opera Houses of Iowa, share the history of the state’s opera houses.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Maid Narratives

"The Maid Narratives" book cover
LSU Press

Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, The Help. Now a new book tells the true stories of people who lived that reality. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South.

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Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

"Lebanese Blonde" by Joseph Geha

Book cover of "Lebanese Blonde"
Joseph Geha

The new novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Horticulture Day: Homegrown Lifestyle

A gardener carries vegetables.
Chiot's Run / Flickr

Now is a good time to plant a garden, a good time to dream of Spring, and a great time to learn a few things that will help your garden grow when the time comes. On today's Horticulture Day, host Charity Nebbe talks about Iowa State University's extension homegrown lifestyle course.

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Talk of Iowa
11:15 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Emotional Health & Wellness

Women participating in laughing yoga.
Dejah Thoris / Flickr

Being healthy just isn't about  maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough exercise. It's also about how you feel emotionally. With this year's Live Healthy Iowa Challenge kicking off,  host Charity Nebbe talks about emotional health and how physical health affects your emotional health. Also, how music and laughter can affect your emotional health.

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Talk of Iowa
10:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mourning in the Digital Age

Graveyard
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.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Traveling Across Iowa's 99 Counties

Connie and Carson Ode
Iowa Library Services

In 2008, Carson and Connie Ode traveled the state of Iowa county by county. In 2010 and 2011 they went to as many Iowa celebrations and festivals as they could.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with the Des Moines couple about their two books on their travels through Iowa called, IOWA—Spaces, Places, Faces and Celebrate IOWA.

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Talk of Iowa
9:31 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Kenny Salwey: The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, d. 1981
Kenny Salwey

On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll listen back to host Charity Nebbe's interview with the "last river rat" Kenny Salwey, who lives along the upper Mississippi River.

He hunts, fishes, traps, and writes; while he lives off the land in a cabin he built with his own two hands. He talks about the river he’s built his life around, and his latest book, "Muskrat for Supper."

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Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Remembering "Dear Abby"

Pauline Phillips, advice columnist for "Dear Abby", was best known to all of her readers as Abagail VanBuren.

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.

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Talk of Iowa
1:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Middle Childhood

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Middle childhood is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. It’s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island

Fern Kupfer’s latest book is a memoir that transports readers to Long Island in the 1950s. Charity Nebbe talks with the Ames author as she reflects on past experiences in her life, including the period she discovered she was BRCA positive, a genetic marker for cancer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Conserving Iowa's Wild Lands

Pine Lake state park in Eldora, IA.
josquin2000 / Flickr

Iowa is not known for its wild places, only one state in the nation has a smaller percentage of public land than we do. Members from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Nature Conservancy and Iowa DNR join host Charity Nebbe to discuss what work is being done by conservation organizations in Iowa to preserve our wild places and to create new ones.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Horticulture Day

Daniel X. O'Neil Flickr

Super Bowl 47 is coming up on February 3 and on game day a horticulture student from Iowa State University will be on the sidelines. Charity Nebbe talks with Kevin Hansen about his turf management internship at the Super Bowl. Then, Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North American English Dialects

Dialects of English in the United States.
Jeff McNeill / Flickr

Here in Iowa we like to believe that we don’t have an accent, but Iowans do have a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe talks about regional dialects with academic Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain. We find out how we came to speak the way we do, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Training to Run

Johannes Ouendag Flickr

Charity Nebbe talks with runners from across the state as they share their tips on how to train for any race, whether it's a 5k or a marathon. They'll also talk about how to prevent injury and the trend in minimalist running.

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Talk of Iowa
1:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Condition of the State Address

Governor Terry Branstad giving his Condition of the State address
John Pemble

Governor Terry Branstad gives his condition of the state address which is analyzed by IPR's Joyce Russell, live from the law library at the capitol in Des Moines, and Iowa State University's David Peterson, who is also the head of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy and professor of political science.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Mon January 14, 2013

The Power Of Compliments

Franco Flickr

Everyone can appreciate a sincere compliment and a few high school students in Iowa City are embracing that truth. Charity Nebbe talks with the West High Bros about their efforts to make their school a better place. Then we explore the power of kindness and positive thinking.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Fri January 11, 2013

The Readers' Watchdog and Weird Iowa News

John S Flickr

People who have problems they can’t solve often turn to Lee Rood. She has written The Readers’ Watchdog column for the Des Moines Register for over the past year. Charity Nebbe talks  with her about the problems she’s helped solve and the lessons she’s learned.
Then,  Brian Morelli, associate regional editor for Iowa Patch, shares the weird Iowa news he’s collected.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Using Vacation Days to Combat Stress

A stressed out women.
College Degrees 360 / Flickr

Our bodies tell us when we’re stressed. Shoulder tension, eye twitch, insomnia... and for some of us the physical effects of stress can be downright dangerous. Host Charity Nebbe talks about our cultural reluctance to take time out or time off, and we’ll find out about the importance of listening to our bodies and using our vacation days.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Budding Biologist: Science Books For Kids

Tim Pierce Flickr

Have you ever been snuggled up with a kid, reading a cute book and run across a glaring factual error? It was just that experience that inspired  two moms to create scientifically accurate books for kids. Charity Nebbe talks with the women behind the “Budding Biologist” series, and about fact checking books for kids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow

Rabbit in the snow.
Conrad Kuiper / Flickr

When snow covers the ground the world looks as if it is sleeping under a blanket of white, but life does go on. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow and  how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals. 

Pease also discusses how snow is an insulator and a boon to wildlife for keeping warm and how even some amphibians benefit from the snow.

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Baby Names

Michael Sarver Flickr

What does your name say about you? What does the name you give you child mean for them?  Charity Nebbe talks about names with Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of babynames.com and English Language expert Patricia O’Connor. Then, listeners share the stories behind their names.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Horticulture Day: Garden Resolutions

Alexandre Dulaunoy Flickr

It's the first Horticulture Day of the new year and Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis share their garden resolutions for the coming year. Listeners also weigh in on what they look forward to planting in their yards and gardens this spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Home Improvement: New Year's Resolutions

A home space cleanly organized.
Efren Rodriguez / Flickr

Lose weight, save money, get organized...how about jazzing up your list of New Year's resolutions with some resolutions for your house?  On today's  home improvement day, expert Bill McAnally has made a list of home improvement resolutions he thinks you should consider this new year!

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