Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 9 p.m. on IPR News
 

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
Clare Roth: croth@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @ClareAliceRoth
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 November 3, 2010

Fall Books

'Tis the season for great new books.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Anniversary of the 150th Start of the Civil War

Seven score, 10 years and one day ago our forefathers declared war. We mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War with a conversation about the days leading up to the outbreak of war, the role that Iowans played in the war and the politics surrounding it. Guests are historians Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni and Adam Goodheart of Washington College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Reclaim Your Holidays

The holiday season is on its way. If your holidays revolve around frantic trips to the mall instead of time spent with family and friends this Talk of Iowa is for you. Charity Nebbe will talk about ways to "Reclaim Your Holidays" make them more meaningful, easier on you and easier on the environment. Guests include Carol Yates of the Univ. of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Sarah Vowell/Carl Klaus

Sarah Vowell has been entertaining public radio listeners since 1996. Through her books she's taken readers on bizarre and enlightening journeys through history. IPR's Charity Nebbe will talk to Vowell, who will be speaking in Des Moines on Nov. 1. Later, Charity speaks with Univ. of Iowa emeritus English Professor Carl Klaus, author of the new book "The Made Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay." (Univ. of Iowa Press)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Organic Farming/Sustainability Program/Gene Logsdon

This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe takes a look at the upcoming 10th Annual Organic Conference at Iowa State University. We'll hear from Kathleen Delate, a professor of Agronomy and Horticulture and Extension Organic Specialist at Iowa State. Later, we'll speak with Linda Barnes, the coordinator for the Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Agriculture program at Marshalltown Community College about how the program helps introduce new farmers to the organic farming process. Finally, Charity will interview Gene Logsdon, author of "Holy S**t: Managing Manure to Save Mankind."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Driftless/Growing Up Country

This hour, we talk to Danny Wilcox Frazier, an Iowa freelance photographer about his documentary "Driftless," which investigates the death of family farming in Iowa. Later, Charity Nebbe speaks with Carol Bodensteiner of Des Moines, author of "Growing Up Country."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Life After Cancer

When surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments have ended, cancer survivors must live with the possibility of the disease returning. We'll discuss diet and lifestyle changes and the emotional toll of living with the fear of recurrence. Guests from the St. Luke's Cancer Wellness Program in Cedar Rapids include Amy Ganske, Emi Chapman and Matt Schmitz.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 25, 2010

History of Dissent in Iowa

A number of political theorists have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent. We'll look at two eras in Iowa's history where dissenters have flourished: the Civil War and the Vietnam War.University of Northern Iowa History Professor Wallace Hettle will look at the abolitionists and the Copperheads or Peace Democrats of the mid-19th century; and John Johnson, also a UNI History Professor, will discuss examples of dissent to the Vietnam War and the importance of the Supreme Court decision in the case "Tinker v. Des Moines."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Hort Friday

We welcome Dr. Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and Dr. Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist. A major topic will be the "creepy-crawlies" that try to make their way indoors as the weather turns colder.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Word Maven

We welcome "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner to the program. Should people who love English get all hot and bothered when the language changes? O'Conner, author of a number of best-selling language books, will discuss how English changes and why and she'll have lots of examples.

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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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