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.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Wildlife: Love is in the Air

This hour, we hear from wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. It's almost that time: wild creatures will soon be "looking for love." Call in with your questions about these ancient rites of spring during our monthly wildlife program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Scenes from an Impending Marriage/Weddings in the Heartland

Save-the-date cards, invitations, hiring a d.j., interviewing caterers, obsessing over the seating chart...Adrian Tomine took all of the wedding preparation hassles he and his fiance experienced and turned them into an insightful, hilarious and sweet graphic novel, "Scenes from an Impending Marriage." We'll talk to Tomine and Janet Fitzpatrick, curator of a new exhibit "Weddings in the Heartland: Apparel, Traditions and Memories" at the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 4, 2011

"Hort" Day Moths and Borers

The gypsy moths are coming! Iowa may be on the cusp of a serious gypsy moth infestation. We'll talk about what we have to fear from gypsy moths and emerald ash borers and we'll answer your questions about bugs and plants. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Home Improvement Day/Answer Line Questions

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement expert, tells us about the types of questions that he and his colleagues have been receiving lately on Iowa State Extension's "Answer Line." Some of the "hot" categories are radon, basement insulation, dangers of carbon monoxide, and problems with crawl spaces. And of course, he'll welcome your calls during the hour.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Photographing Iowa Nature

Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour during a special archive edition of "Talk of Iowa," we explore capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Host Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth. Their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa." Later, Charity talks with Bill Witt of Cedar Falls whose photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie."

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Iowans Work for Rural Development in Uganda

An Iowa program is improving the livelihood of thousands of rural Ugandans. This alliance of scientists, economists and farmers in Africa and the United States is working to improve the lives of small land-holder farmers. This hour, we'll talk about the role that Iowa is playing in Africa's agricultural future: coordinating seed production, providing support for small farm operations and setting up mentorship opportunities. Guests are Dr. Mark Westgate and Dr.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

History of "The Wormy World"

In our January history program, we look at how parasites have affected human life on earth. Some of these parasites are nematode worms and they affect over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Although these parasites are not present in humans in Iowa, they are present in dogs, cats, domestic and wild animals, including horses. Guests are Dr. Richard J. Martin, Prof. of Pharmacology at Iowa State; Dr. Lyric Bartholomay, Prof. of Entomology at Iowa State; and discussing the use of nematode parasites to treat human disease, Dr. David Elliott, Prof. of Gastroenterology at the University of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Budget Address 2011

Governor Branstad delivers the 2011 budget address to the Iowa Legislature. Following the address, host Charity Nebbe discusses the governor's budget priorities with Democratic State Senator Bob Dvorsky, Iowa State University Associate Professor of Political Science Dave Petersen and Chris Larimer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.

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In Pursuit of Buddy Holly
1:00 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

In Pursuit of Buddy Holly

February 3 marks the anniversary of Buddy Holly's Iowa plane crash—"The Day the Music Died." We'll talk to Gary W. Moore, whose new book "Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music" (Savas Beatie), tells of his personal journey to find out what made Holly so appealing and his music so timeless. Moore also discloses new information that raises questions about the cause of the plane crash. We also talk to Holly expert Jeff Nicholas, President of the North Iowa Cultural Center and Museum, located in Clear Lake's Surf Ballroom. 

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"Stubs"/"Papa, PhD"
11:00 pm
Sun January 23, 2011

"Stubs"/"Papa, PhD"

This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with three Iowa men about their journeys to and through fatherhood. We hear from Michael Wellman, his new book is "STUBS: A Father's Tickets to the Greatest Shows on Earth." (Outskirts Press) Later in the hour, our guests are two of the contributors to "Papa, PhD; Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy" (Rutgers University Press), Ralph Savarese and Mark Montgomery. Both men teach at Grinnell College. 

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Hort Day: Garden Planning!
1:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Hort Day: Garden Planning!

You can’t get out and dig in the dirt right now, but cold January days are great for planning. On this Horticulture Day we’ll talk about garden design. Whether you’re starting a new garden or changing an old, you'll find the conversation helpful. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron and Ann Marie VanDerZenden of Iowa State University. 

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Sleep Apnea, Dr. Eric Dyken
1:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Sleep Apnea, Dr. Eric Dyken

The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. We'll hear about the latest research into this disease from our "sleep doctor," Prof. Eric Dyken, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa. 

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Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Live Healthy Iowa 10th Anniversary

Live Healthy Iowa's Wellness Challenge is celebrating its tenth anniversary, with competition beginning on Thursday. We'll hear about the benefits and challenges of participating. As part of the Iowa Sports Foundation, LHI began as a friendly competition encouraging Iowans to "Lighten Up" and adopt healthier lifestyles through increased physical activity and healthier nutrition choices. Guests are Jim Hallihan of the I.S.F.; and LHI coordinators and participants, Alyssa Reichelt, Annabelle Hullana, Caleb Pike and Rhonda Maier. 

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Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan
11:00 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan

Less than 15% of the food that Iowans eat is grown in Iowa. A lot of people want to change that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about a new report to the Iowa Legislature that lays out recommendations on ways to keep food grown in the state on Iowa's dinner tables. We also hear from Michelle Kenyon-Brown of the Johnson County Local Food Alliance and Andrew Dunham of Grinnell Heritage Farms.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Memories of a Farm Kitchen

A farmhouse kitchen brings back nostalgic memories to nearly everyone, even if they never experienced warm, homemade bread straight from the wood burning oven. A farm kitchen is a symbol of family, good food, simpler times, and a lifestyle that is almost extinct. This hour, we talk with Rob Artley, who with his father, Bob, wrote and illustrated "Memories of a Farm Kitchen." (Pelican Publishing).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Championship Sporting Events in Iowa

Efforts to turn Iowa into a destination for world class sporting events are paying off. This year multiple championship sporting events will be held throughout the state. Host Charity Nebbe talks with guests about the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Iowa City later this month. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships return to Drake University this year and the Hy-Vee Triathlon will become the inaugural championship event in a new Ironman series.

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Wildlife Day with Jim Pease
11:00 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

When the landscape is obscured by snow, some things become easier to see. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease will give us some reasons to look at our surroundings a little more closely next time we're out in the snow. We'll find out what we can see and learn from animal tracks in winter. 

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Iowa Winter Sports
11:00 am
Mon January 10, 2011

Iowa Winter Sports

The best way of beating cabin fever is to get out of the cabin. There's lots of different ways to take advantage of our winter weather: cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird watching, sledding and ice-fishing are some examples. We'll hear from some of the experts, including John Maehl of the Iowa D.N.R., Gail Barels of the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center in Linn County and Tim Smith of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Dept. 

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Hort Day
11:00 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve will be the guests. We'll hear about Iowa MarketMaker (http://ia.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/) which links producers and consumers in Iowa and the upcoming Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference (http://www.iafruitvegetablegrowers.org/) on January 28 and 29 in Des Moines.

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The History of Tuberculosis in Iowa
11:00 am
Wed January 5, 2011

The History of Tuberculosis in Iowa

Oakdale Hall was once Iowa's largest hospital dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis. Now vacated, the building is set for demolition. We'll discuss tuberculosis in Iowa and the evolution of treatment of the disease. From bed rest and fresh air in the early 1900's to the modern antibiotics of today, we'll be looking at the progression from fear and hysteria of T.B., to understanding and treatment.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue January 4, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

With 2011 underway, many people are setting out to accomplish their New Year's Resolutions. It's common to set goals this time of year - from weight loss and eating healthy to financial security and stress reduction. So what are the keys to accomplishing these goals? Host Charity Nebbe will discuss setting goals and following through. We'll hear about developing a support system to help you along the way. Charity will speak with the University of Iowa's Megan Moeller and Iowa State University's Kevin Blankenship and Brenda Schmitt.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 30, 2010

My Thoughts Be Bloody

Two sons of the 19th century actor Junius Brutus Booth impacted history in vastly different ways. John Wilkes Booth aspired to be a success, but instead assassinated a great American President. Older brother Edwin followed in his father's footsteps and went on to become the greatest actor in 19th century America. This hour, we hear from historian Nora Titone, a native of Iowa City. Her first book is "My Thoughts Be Bloody: the Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that Led to an American Tragedy." (Free Press)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives

Host Rick Fredericksen dives into archival material compiled from his Iowa Archives project. Among the audio documentaries explored- the story behind the voice of George Washington Carver; the centennials of Camp Dodge; a look back at the state's worst train crash disaster and audio letters from Vietnam.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The English is Coming!/Opus Vino

Author Leslie Dunton-Downer says English has been adopted throughout the world to become "Global English," a language of "unprecedented, planetwide recognition and use." We'll talk to Dunton-Downer and ask her if the world really needs a planetary "lingua franca." Later in the hour, the guest will be the editor-in-chief of the new lavishly illustrated, "Opus Vino," Jim Gordon. The book lists 4000 of the world's greatest wineries, and Gordon says midwest wines are growing rapidly in availability and quality.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Home Improvement Day/Radon Gas

Our home improvement expert, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will begin the hour with an update on radon gas in the home. The odorless, colorless gas is found in higher concentrations in Iowa and is the second most common cause of lung cancer, after smoking. We'll learn how you can find out if radon is a problem in your home and what you can do about it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Gratitude in Our Lives

We teach our children to say please and thank you, but how can we teach them to be truly grateful for what they have? This hour, we'll talk about cultivating a sense of gratitude in our children and ourselves and the positive impact that being grateful can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Guests are Kimberly Greder, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, and Mary Jane Ryan, author of "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday in Your Life."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Dance

You've seen them at weddings, the couple of a certain age gliding across the dance floor. It wasn't so long ago that people could Jitterbug, waltz and fox trot with ease. Popular TV shows and growing enrollment in dance classes may be an indication that coming generations are also looking at dance as a skill, or a form of self-expression that needs to be acquired. But are there still places to cut a rug in Iowa? Or, has the heyday of the dance hall long since past? Host Charity Nebbe will find out on Talk of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 20, 2010

History Day: The Changing Design of Iowa Towns

Since Iowa became a state in 1846, how did our towns develop? We'll hear about the state's Scandinavian, Dutch, German Catholic/Lutheran and other communities and the development of trade centers (county seats) versus small towns, plus the modern-day challenges facing our towns and cities. Guests are historian Loren Horton of Iowa City and Iowa State University Sociology Professor, Paul Lasley.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Horticulture Day

The gift-giving season is upon us. We'll find out what gardeners want in their Christmas stockings. Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 16, 2010

The Viability of Ethanol

In a special prgram in collaboration with KCUR Radio in Kansas City, we look at the corn-based fuel Ethanol. We'll ask if the making of ethanol takes more energy than it produces, or if that's just an urban myth. Joining the conversation will be the reporters from the Midwestern agriculture-reporting project Harvest Public Media, including Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson. Together, we'll fuel a conversation on the prospects of ethanol.

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