holidays en Enjoying Winter with the Danish Concept of "Hygge" <p>After seemingly long weeks and short days full of shoveling, snow-blowing, icy cold and blustery winds, many of us are ready to complain and dream of summer. But there is hope for happiness during the dark winter season.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:27:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 34802 at Enjoying Winter with the Danish Concept of "Hygge" Holiday Travel <p>Holiday travel can be daunting. Travel writer<a href=""> Jennifer Wilson</a> suggests great Iowa holiday destinations, gives tips for snowy road trips and has a game plan for airport hiccups.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:09:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 33373 at Holiday Travel Your Holiday Stories and Music with Dan Knight <p>There is no place like home for the holidays, and that’s why pianist and composer Dan Knight is coming home. &nbsp;Dan joins host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;for one of our favorite holiday traditions.&nbsp; You tell us a story about your favorite holiday song and Dan Knight will play it.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:32:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe 33255 at Your Holiday Stories and Music with Dan Knight Hanukkah Lights 2013 <p>This special program aired in place of 'Talk of Iowa' November 29, 2013:</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan </span>Stamberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Murray </span>Horwitz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Here is a link to the program:</p><p><a href=""></a></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:55:35 +0000 bstanton 32842 at Hanukkah Lights 2013 There's a story in that Turducken <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After first gaining popularity in New Orleans, the </span>Turducken<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—that’s a chicken stuffed inside a duck inside a turkey-- has made its way onto some of the more adventurous Thanksgiving tables in Iowa. For two restaurant owners in Oxford, it’s a way to share the cuisine of a city they left years ago. Iowa Public Radio’s </span>Durrie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bouscaren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p></div><p></p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:39:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 32764 at There's a story in that Turducken 2013 Book Gift List <p>Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, and Mollie Loughlin of The Book Vine in Cherokee about the best books to give as gifts this year.&nbsp; We've compiled the list below, along with what our reviewers had to say about each book.</p><p><strong>Paul Ingram</strong> - Fiction</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:00:36 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 32632 at 2013 Book Gift List Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup <p>A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 12620 at Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup NPR's Tinsel Tales 2 <p>NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first <em>Tinsel Tales</em> program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 12621 at NPR's Tinsel Tales 2 Curbside Bus Services Increase in Iowa, United States <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>More than 93 million people are expected to be jumping in their cars and traveling this holiday season according to Triple-A. But there’s a new trend emerging that is rivaling the car and even some airlines. Curbside buses are extending routes. Even through the unlikely sparsely populated Midwest and Great Plains.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:44:07 +0000 Clay Masters 12389 at Curbside Bus Services Increase in Iowa, United States Heartwarming Stories <p>Most of us have someone who has done something or said something that changed our life. Ben Kieffer talks with people who are honoring those family members, teachers, mentors and friends who gave them that pivotal push in the right direction.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:21:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer 12364 at Heartwarming Stories Holidays and the Dysfunctional Family <p>The holidays bring families together, that's a good thing. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Charity Nebbe celebrates the holiday's dysfunctional family style with a survivor of a dysfunctional family, author <a href="" target="_blank">Betty Auchard</a>, and family therapist <a href="" target="_blank">Volker Thomas</a>.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:09:50 +0000 Charity Nebbe 12199 at Holidays and the Dysfunctional Family Holiday Food Recipes <p>It may be a certain kind of cookie, a soup, a casserole, or even a special way to make hot cocoa. Food can connect us with people we love even after they're gone. Charity Nebbe talks about how certain foods connect us to people and the past.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:06:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe 12129 at Holiday Food Recipes Holiday Special: Hanukkah Lights 2012 <p>A perennial NPR favorite, <em>Hanukkah Lights</em> features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:38:57 +0000 Susan Stamberg & Murray Horwitz 11699 at Dan Knight Plays Holiday Favorites <p>It can be hard to put feelings into words, but this time of year chances are good that someone has written a song that says exactly what the holiday season means to you.&nbsp; On today's Talk of Iowa, listeners tell us a story about their favorite holiday song and musician Dan Knight plays it.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:42:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11690 at Dan Knight Plays Holiday Favorites Children's Christmas Books <p>George Bernard Shaw once said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” With that in mind Talk of Iowa finds out about the best new books for kids. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Alice Meyer of <a href="" target="_blank">Beaverdale Books</a> in Des Moines, Maryann Peters of <a href="" target="_blank">New Bo Books</a> in Cedar Rapids and Annie Leonard of the <a href="" target="_blank">Next Chapter</a> in Knoxville.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:07:22 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11563 at Children's Christmas Books Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees <p>Every December tens of thousands of seemingly sensible Iowans buy a cut tree and bring it into the house. On Horticulture Day Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh about Christmas trees, how they’re grown, how to pick a good one, how to keep it fresh and how our Christmas tree crop was affected by the drought.</p><p>Horticulturist Richard Jauron then joins the conversation to answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:17:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11435 at Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees Shopping Local for the Holidays <p>In these days of one-click shopping, the idea of local shopping may, as nice as it sounds, be a little overwhelming. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll talk about buying locally grown foods for the holiday table and buying the gifts on your list from Iowa merchants. We’ll also look at the economics of buying close to home.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:43:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10983 at Shopping Local for the Holidays