Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One
 

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.

Want to share an idea for a future show? Contact one of our producers:
Ben Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
Lindsey Moon: lmoon@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @lindseysmoon

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Dewey's Nine Lives

For 19 years Dewey the cat made friends, warmed hearts and changed lives at the Spencer public library. Even after his death, Dewey’s story has touched hundreds of thousands of people. In her new book Vicki Myron tells two new stories about Dewey and the tales of many other remarkable cats. We'll talk to Myron and Carol Griglione, cat behavior expert and President of the Board of the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Iowa's Hiking and Water Trails

Before it gets too cold, it might be a great time to explore Iowa's great outdoors. We'll find out about exploring Iowa on land and water and hear about the best places to hike and canoe or kayak. Guests include Elizabeth Hill, author of "Hiking Iowa" and Todd Robertson, Outreach Coordinator for River Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Gordon Grice

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Wisconsin author Gordon Grice, author of the new book "Deadly Kingdom," a compendium of animal predation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowans feed the world, but 85% of the food that Iowans eat comes from outside the state. It’s Horticulture Day and we’re going to talk about growing horticultural crops in the state and the demand for local food. Guests are Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve from Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks to us live from a builder's conference at Kirkwood Community College about some new green building ideas. He'll have some home weatherization tips as well. Dave Hade of Iowa Homecrafters joins Bill and IPR's Charity Nebbe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

This month, wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames discusses "Goose Reflections on Iowa's History," including the various species of geese that frequent Iowa Canada, Snow, and White-Fronted, and how their histories reflect our impacts on the landscape. We'll talk about wetlands, streams and rivers, what's happened to them and how that has impacted goose populations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 12, 2010

David Plowden

We welcome back to Iowa Public Radio, renowned photographer and author David Plowden. His new books is a reverent tribute to the steam era, "Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden" (W.W. Norton & Co.).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Culturing Community/Possum Trot

Four new art exhibitions in Grinnell are designed to bring the community into the gallery in more ways that one. We'll talk to three of the people behind "Culturing Community: Projects about Place," Lesley Wright and Lee Emma Running of Grinnell College and Jane Gilmor of Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Later in the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with J. Harley McIlrath of Grinnell, author of the new book, "Possum Trot," stories of the family farm and the small town.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 8, 2010

Hort Friday

This week, we welcome back Iowa State horticulture professor Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. We'll discuss fall garden chores such as over-wintering geraniums, planting spring-flowering bulbs, planting trees and shrubs and harvesting and storing squash.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Technology Day with Jeff Balvanz

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz. From Foursquare to Skype, from BlackBerry to You Tube, we'll have a wide-ranging discussion and of course, take your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Train to Nowhere/Luis Argueta

When the bodies of 11 Central Americans and Mexicans were found inside a boxcar in Denison, the nation took notice. The documentary, "Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation," looks into the 2002 deaths of the eleven undocumented immigrants. We'll talk to the director, Paul Kakert of Davenport and the writer and co-producer, Colleen Krantz of Adel. Later, Charity Nebbe speaks with Guatamalan-born filmmaker Luis Argueta. His new documentary is "Abused: The Postville (Iowa) Raid."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 5, 2010

"It Gets Better" Project

The "It Gets Better" Project is inspired by the suicide of 15-year-old Indiana teenager Billy Lucas, who hanged himself in his family's barn after enduring bullying from his classmates. Writer Dan Savage is reaching out to LGBT teenagers to let them know life may be difficult now, but "it gets better." IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Savage; Ryan Roemerman of the Iowa Pride Network; and Jeremy Youde of the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Agritourism

Turning the farm into a destination, agritoursim is growing in Iowa. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Marsha Laux, who is promoting a five-county region in Southeast Iowa; Malinda Geisler of Geisler Family Farms of Bondurant; and Kathy Hohl, co-owner of Kathy's Pumpkin Patch of Donnellson.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 1, 2010

Iowa Apples on Horticulture Friday

On our "Hort Friday" broadcast, Iowa State University horticulturalists tell us about the fall Iowa apple harvest, the history of apple-growing in the state, and how to best store what you've picked.

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

Greener Homes for Iowa

We'd all love for our homes to be "green" and have the utility company pay US. But how practical is it for a homeowner to install and pay for solar panels, geothermal systems or even a wind turbine? We'll talk to Keith Kutz of the Iowa Energy Center in Ames; Carole Yates of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa; and Carole's husband Jack Yates, a psychology professor at UNI who has installed two solar systems on their home and had geothermal installed last year.

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

Blossom Project/Healthy Foods for Kids

Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Christina Campbell of Iowa State University about her "Blossom Project," an effort to improve the diet and exercise habits of pregnant women so they can give birth to healthier babies. Later, we'll hear from Prof. Irwin Levin of the University of Iowa. His latest research is about parents' tendencies to buy less healthy foods for their kids than for themselves.

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

Triumph and Tragedy

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Mike Chapman of Newton, author of the new book "Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright (Culture House Books).

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

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, discusses her new novel, "All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost," a portrait of people caught up in the drive to write and of the personal bargains and self-deceptions that such an ambition can entail.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Fall is here and we'll talk about why and how leaves change color, the best places to see fall colors and some ways to get fall colors in your backyard. Guests are Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Mary Helen Stefaniak

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa City writer Mary Helen Stefaniak. Her new novel is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" (W.W. Norton). The story from the heart of 1930s-era Threestep, Georgia, manages to include stop-offs in 1775 Baghdad and 1864 Savannah along the way, loosely following the tradition of The Thousand and One Nights.

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

From the Top/Guy Raz

NPR's From the Top, the showcase for young musicians, is presenting two programs in Iowa next month, both featuring 17-year-old Justin Moser, an alto saxophonist from Iowa City. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Moser and his tutor, Jane Williams, of the Jane Williams Saxophone Studio in Coralville. Later on the program, we'll talk to NPR's Guy Raz, the host of Weekend All Things Considered, about the program's popular "Three-Minute Fiction" contest, which will judged in part by students from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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

The Complex Dynamics of Alcoholism

For Recovery Month 2010, the Powell Chemical Dependency Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines are presenting the play "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," from StageWest Theatre. The play is the story of the two men, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon. We talk to Dr. David Kaptain, Program Manager of the Center and "Bob," a member of the 12-step community and an AA and Alanon historian.

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

Alternative Sports in Iowa

Iowa is third in the nation in the number of Frisbee Golf courses. Is Iowa a "frolfing" hotspot? We'll hear from professional disc golfer Tanner Duncan. Iowa State University is said to have the most programs in intramural sports of any university in the nation. Garry Greenlee, associate director of intramural sports at ISU, explains the popularity of curling, broomball and Texas Hold'em. Finally, we hear from Austin Bayliss, the 23-year old owner and ringmaster of the Central Empire Wrestling Academy in Wellman, Iowa.

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

Hort Gang

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension, and Prof. Jeff Iles, head of the Horticulture Dept. at Iowa State University.

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

Bonnie Rough

A graduate of the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, Bonnie Rough's new book is "Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA." Rough is a carrier of a rare genetic condition, hypohidriotic ectodermal dysplasia or HED. The memoir deals with modern medical science and the choices it offers new parents.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Peter Buffett/Scott Simon

The guest for the first part of the program is the son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who talks to IPR's Charity Nebbe about his recent memoir "Life is What You Make It." In the second half-hour, Charity speaks with NPR's Scott Simon. The beloved host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" has a new book: "Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, is Charity Nebbe's guest. This time, it's "Do the Shuffle!" not a new dance, but the annual mass movement of critters each fall.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 13, 2010

American Terroir/A Taste of Heaven

Terroir, a French term usually associated with wine, is what James Beard Award winning author Rowan Jacobsen defines as "foods that are what they are because of where they come from." IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Jacobsen and another food-writer, Madeline Scherb, author of "A Taste of Heaven, a Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns," which includes a section on Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (near Dubuque).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Dave Minner and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University talk to Charity Nebbe and answer your questions about fall lawn care and other topics.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement guru, answers your questions. Topics include getting ready for frost and frozen ground and what happens if we pressure wash our houses to prep for these last warm painting days.

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