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 brings a mix of regular guests and a range of experts to the microphone to discuss what’s happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live. Guests include wildlife expert Jim Pease and the Hort Gang on Fridays.

Talk of Iowa is hosted by Charity Nebbe @CharityNebbe.  It’s produced by Dennis Reese, Emily Woodbury @EmilyWoodbury, Lindsey Moon @lindseysmoon and Clare Roth @ClareAliceRoth.  Our Executive Producer is Katherine Perkins.  Our theme music is by The River Monks.

Halloween can almost generate a dictionary of its own.

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When you stand in front of the mirror and look at your image can you see yourself as you really are?

Diana Thomas / Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

One day, while out on a run, Molly Barker had a breakthrough. Ten years later, “Girls on the Run” is a nationally known after school program for girls. 

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When her husband died, Brenda, an Iowa City resident, struggled to explain the death to her four sons. So she turned to a person who handles death for a living: her husband’s funeral director.

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The answer is: probably zero. ISU entomologist Donald Lewis says fears and myths about spiders are overblown.

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When Alex Sheen’s dad died he made a promise to do something to keep his father’s legacy alive.

Early in the 20th century when women started to move into engineering careers, they were labeled as “invaders.”

courtesy: University of Iowa Museum of Art

This hour, we hear about the two-year restoration of the University of Iowa Museum of Art's most important holding: the mammoth (8 X 20 feet) 1943 painting "Mural" by Jackson Pollock.

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They are easy to grow, decorative and delicious.

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Cyd Zeigler said the idea for Outsports.com came from the simple desire to talk about sports with other gay men.

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There are lots of opinions about how to eat and grow healthy food. The new PBS show Food Forward takes a look at some of them. 

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Step outside on a brisk fall evening and sometimes you will find that the air is perfumed with the unmistakable pungent odor of a skunk.

When Ed Krug was growing up in Cedar Rapids he felt like he always had something to prove.

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Demand for organic produce in Iowa is growing.

Courtesy of June Melby

What did your childhood summer consist of? Swimming pools, games of frisbee, putt-putt golf? For June Melby, a Decorah resident, it was the latter - and only the latter. 

Fred Locklear

Benjamin Percy's novel Red Moon is a coming of age story, with razor sharp political commentary, an inventive rewriting of human history, the science of animal borne pathogens, and good old fashioned horror.

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English artist William Rose says the first time he saw Grant Wood’s American Gothic in person, he was surprised.

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Jane Smiley’s newest novel is the first in a trilogy that will follow one Iowa family over the course of 100 years.

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Summer is officially over, but the changing of the seasons brings a whole new type of beauty to our Iowa landscape.

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Iowa City based singer-songwriter Pieta Brown says she had more focus than ever while producing her newest album Paradise Outlaw.

Merritt Tierces’ debut novel, Love Me Back, was inspired in part by her own struggle with “body politics.”

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At the age of nine, Celine Cousteau spent two weeks with her grandfather in the Amazon, nursing a pygmy marmoset to health and catching piranha.

Not many of us are aware of an event that occurred in 1840 in Bellevue, Iowa, a town along the Mississippi River in Jackson County, south of Dubuque.  It was there on main street that a massive frontier gunfight took place, between outlaws and vigilantes.   The shoot-out was between a posse led by sheriff W.A. Warren and a group of men led by W.W.

Lee Haywood

Caring for a loved one who is suffering at the end of life can be an ordeal, and many feel more options are needed.

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Iowa and Georgia have one thing in common: they're known for their signature crop. But one man is blurring those lines. 

Charity Nebbe / Iowa Public Radio

When we think of Iowa landscape, Iowa prairie and Iowa farm field immediately come to mind. But there's an unexpected gem of Iowa land that often gets overlooked: the fen. 

Matchstick Marvels

Maybe your parents took you to the American Gothic House in Eldon when you were a kid. Or maybe you stopped by the Field of Dreams in Dyersville on a road trip. But have you been to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery in Traer?

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Iowa’s music scene is known for names like Glenn Miller, Slipknot, and Greg Brown, but we don’t often don’t think of the people who make their careers possible: the instrument builders.

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If you’re a fan of electronica, you’ve got several Iowans to thank.

Steev Hise

Iowa is a destination for many aspiring writers from around the world, but the state has also been the origin of many gifted authors.

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