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Arts and Culture
3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Scary Language of Halloween

Halloween can almost generate a dictionary of its own.

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Talk of Iowa
1:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Why Do We Call It Soccer?

The 2010 World Cup
Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever wondered where the word "soccer" come from and why we use it?

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Talk of Iowa
1:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Name That! With Aphasia, It's Not That Easy

A screen shot from the app
Photo courtesy of Angela Burda and Stephen Hughes

Aphasia is a language disorder that affects one’s ability to remember words. It’s usually caused by brain damage but has also been linked to other disorders like cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. For most who have it, it makes it hard to have conversations and be social.

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News Buzz
1:06 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

You Have Neanderthal Genes

Neanderthal Mother (detail of diorama) in Anthropos Pavilion, Brno, Czech Republic
Jaroslav A. Polák

For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new  smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route. 

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Talk of Iowa
10:27 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Talking "Iowan"

According to linguists, this swath of the United States that includes most of Iowa has a local accent most closely conforming to what is considered a “General American” dialect.
Angr Wikipedia

Iowans like to believe they don’t have accents, but in truth everyone has a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe discusses regional dialects with linguist Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain.  They explain why people in northern Iowa say "I'm bushed" when tired, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.

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News Buzz
1:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Icy Roads, Bad Signing, Dogs, Odd Animals, and 99 Marathons

Evan Long

In this News Buzz show we talk with state maintenance engineer for the Iowa DOT Bob Younie about the winter driving conditions for today and the weekend, State Certified Sign Language Interpreter Lindsey Kang about what makes for good sign language, Captain Jim Steffen from the Iowa City Police Department about protecting police dogs, Dennis Lee and Daren Schumaker from Team 99 Counties, and The Des Moines Register's Kyle Munson about his coverage of odd stories about animals this year.

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Talk of Iowa
12:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Iowa's Place in the Midwest

Charity Nebbe The view from "Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe's front door at sunset.

What makes Iowa stand apart from the rest of the Midwest. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni and Mike Draper of Raygun, the Des Moines-based satirical t-shirt company, sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss Iowa unique.

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Talk of Iowa
2:09 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Foreign Language Learning in Elementary School

Miguel Vaca

Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about out how foreign languages are being taught in some elementary schools in Iowa and about the benefits of introducing a new language early in life.  Guests include administrators and teachers of foreign language in Iowa.

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River to River
3:07 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Iowa Experiments

Jane Elliott taught school in Riceville for 20 years. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered she divided her third-grade class into blue and brown-eyed groups and gave them a lesson in discrimination.

One day in 1968, the day after the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Jane Elliott, a teacher in the small town of Riceville, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups…and gave them a lesson in discrimination. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Words of Summer with the Word Maven

Michael Holler Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and Patricia O'Connor, aka The Word Maven, discuss the words and phrases of summer.  O'Connor reveals the origins of dog days, bikini, lemonade and barbecue.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Tue April 2, 2013

How Watergate Shaped Our Language

f2point8 / flickr

Forty years ago this month Nixon’s top White House staffers, HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman resigned over the Watergate Scandal.  On today's Talk of Iowa we talk about how Watergate changed our culture and our language with historian Colin Gordon and English language expert Patricia O’Connor.  

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North American English Dialects

Dialects of English in the United States.
Jeff McNeill / Flickr

Here in Iowa we like to believe that we don’t have an accent, but Iowans do have a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe talks about regional dialects with academic Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain. We find out how we came to speak the way we do, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.

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Politics
6:24 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Fact Check Friday: What's "Momentum"? And Who's Got It?

Credit Flickr

Iowa Public Radio's Sandhya Dirks joins Sarah McCammon to discuss the real meaning of "momentum" ... and whether either campaign can claim to have it.  Iowa State University physicist John Hauptman weighs in.

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Word Maven: Echoic Words

Deb Stgo / Flickr

Boom, shimmy, giggle, squeak… these words are called echoic words, words whose sound echo what they stand for. Host Charity Nebbe talks with English language expert Patricia O’Conner about these and other onomatopes that belong to the English language.

Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Integration

In part four of our series “Being Southeast Asian in Iowa.”  we explore what it takes to integrate into a place where the people speak a different language and practice different customs. Is it possible to maintain the traditions from back home and embrace the American way of doing things?