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.

Jessica Lucia

Join host Charity Nebbe for the first of a two-part series about how children grow up.  

How do boys develop? What are their challenges and risks? During this Talk of Iowa program, Nebbe explores those questions with her guests and gets some perspective on how changes in education have affected how boys perform in the classroom.

For part two of this series, "Raising Girls" click here.

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Though the weather's warmed up in Iowa, colder dips are still to come. So how do you extend your growing season?

Julia Davis / Iowa Public Radio

The annual Russian Guitar Festival in Iowa City will focus on Ukrainian music this year in light of the recent turmoil in the country. 

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Author and historian Jon Lauck is on a mission to revive an interest in the history of the country’s heartland.

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In July of 2007 construction was beginning for a new housing development in Dubuque. That's when someone found human remains.  

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One of the famous Decorah eagles, a juvenile known as Four, died as a result of electrocution last week. 

Clare Roth / Iowa Public Radio

In her latest book, Vivian Gornick explores New York City through the lens of her friendship with 'Len.'

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The snow is starting to melt and that means it's time to prune back trees before spring weather arrives. 

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When Jim McGough was diagnosed with hepatitis C, his wife Sheryl was dumbfounded.

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There's two sports that are about as different from each other as you can get, but who have dedicated participants for life: bicycling and archery.

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The old Keeney place was the kind of farm you see in paintings of Iowa landscapes: a big beautiful barn, with 200 acres of fields and pastureland.  

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One family, farming the same land generation after generation - this is a dream many farmers share, but not an easy one to realize.

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What was Margaret Thatcher's response to being asked to sign a baseball? 

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There are many different ways to approach putting up a new shed, from buying one prefab to building your own.

Katherine Perkins / Iowa Public Radio

Summer Program Director at the Des Moines YMCA Camp Alex Kretzinger says its difficult to develop schedules for summer camp not knowing when school will start next fall.

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Veronica Hamly has lived her entire life between categories.

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Fort Dodge native and professional runner Lisa Uhl is hoping to make her mark in the marathon in the next Olympic games.

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Temperatures outside have been frigid, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy gardening and prepare for the spring.

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When the birth control pill was introduced in 1960, it gave women the power to prevent pregnancy. With that option came freedom. 

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Many in Iowa know Dan Gable’s name as a part of wrestling legend. How much do we know about the man himself?  

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In Iowa, there are around 6,000 kids in the foster care system. While many of those are children of color, foster parents are mostly white. How much does it matter?

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This Valentine's Day weekend, along with chocolate and flowers, you can add one more tool to your arsenal: science.

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Alton Brown won’t disclose the restaurants he’s going to sample in Iowa next week, but he says they have been chosen.

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How much do you really know about where you food comes from? Could you grow enough food to sustain yourself and your family in a garden?

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For years the common wisdom was that kids need to sit still and listen in order to concentrate. New research suggests that's not the case.

For the first year of his life, John Reichard lived in a house where university students cared for him. They called him "Baby Ned."

A persistent pooch named Sissy snuck out of her Cedar Rapids home on Friday morning, in a quest to find her owner.

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Most flowers travel thousands of miles each year  before being sold for Valentine’s Day.

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The book “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus” popularized the idea that men and women are as different as night and day. But Iowa State University Psychologist Zlatan Krizan says we’re a lot more alike than different.

Rachel Gardner

The groundhog predicted six weeks of winter, and that means six more weeks to plan for spring.

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