Talk of Iowa on IPR News and Studio One

Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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.

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Talk of Iowa
12:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Found Footage Festival and Carter Lake

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Thrift stores everywhere are brimming with dusty, old abandoned VHS tapes. Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are on a mission to rescue those relics. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the men behind the Found Footage Festival. Later in the hour, Carter Lake is an Iowa town located west of the Missouri River. We’ll find out how that happened.

Talk of Iowa
11:28 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Author Jim Autry

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All our lives we are taught to strive. For success, for wealth, for happiness… in his writings James Autry shows us that we may already have more than we think. Talk of Iowa talks about gratitude with Autry and his latest book, Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have.

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Healthy Changes For School Lunches

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This year school lunches got healthier. Host Charity Nebbe talks about the changes to the school lunch program and finds out how those changes have been received in the lunch room. Then, Jan Temple  talks about the  “Pick a Better Snack” program, an effort to give kids the knowledge they need to make better choices.

Talk of Iowa
11:19 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Horticulture Day: Autumn Color Season

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Spring came early this year, summer arrived and hit us hard, and now autumn is doing its thing. It's Horticulture Day and Forester Mark Vitosh will be here. He talks about how the long, hot dry summer has affected trees and how the fall color season is shaping up.

Talk of Iowa
11:33 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Rural Iowa Literature and Scott Siepker

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Ferner Nuhn, Ruth Suckow, Bess Streader Aldridge... the names of Iowa authors whose books have long gone out of print. A new website, Rural Lit RALLY is doing its best to make sure that they are not forgotten. Talk of Iowa rediscovers some works of literature from rural Iowa.

Also, "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker discusses his two new Iowa videos - "Cyclone Nice" and "Hawkeye Nice" with Charity Nebbe.

Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Stew And The Negro Problem

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Over a year ago the band “Stew and the Negro Problem” visited Iowa City to learn about the town and write songs based on their observations. Now they’re back in town and are going to perform the songs they've created. Host Charity Nebbe talks with band member Mark Stewart, "Stew", about his songs which were inspired by the black angel, flooding, and a local book shop.

Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Quilting in Iowa

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Since the early days of settlement Iowa women have demonstrated their skill, expressed their creativity, and kept their families warm through making quilts. Talk of Iowa explores the history of quilting and talks with representatives of the Iowa Quilter's Guild and the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum and what their parts are in keeping the art of quilting alive.

Talk of Iowa
11:37 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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More than 14,000 women in the United States die from Ovarian cancer every year. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jodie Kavensky, from Davenport, who lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer. Kavensky is now dedicating her life to raising awareness about this deadly disease through the NormaLeah Foundation. Then, two Ovarian cancer survivors, Kerri Stevens and Laura Shawver, share their personal stories.

Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Extending The Gardening Season

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The days are growing shorter and nights are growing cooler. If you’re not ready to give up garden ripe tomatoes and other treats, what can you do? Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron of the Iowa State University Extension will be here and we’ll talk about extending the season. What commercial growers do and what you can do at home.

Talk of Iowa
11:13 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Author and Farmer Atina Diffley

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Through high winds and hail, dry years and wet, and through the pressures of development and corporate interests Atina Diffley and her husband Martin ran one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Diffley has written about her farm and her life in the new book, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works.

Talk of Iowa
10:57 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary

"Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe meets 2-year-old bonobo, Teco
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The Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines is home to a ground breaking thirty year old language research project, at least one superstar Bonobo, and recently it has become home to controversy and funding shortfalls that may end the project. Host Charity Nebbe takes you inside Bonobo Hope.

Talk of Iowa
11:15 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Wildlife Day: Diseases

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Rabies, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease.

Wildlife biologist Jim Pease discusses a number of serious diseases found in wildlife, how those diseases can be passed from animals to humans and the risks that one can face.

Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

The Risks and Benefits Of The Mammogram

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The question of whether or not a woman over the age of 40 should get a mammogram seems like a simple one, but it’s not. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Handel Reynolds about the history of the mammogram, the lives that have been saved, the very real negatives and risks associated with it and why this imperfect test has become ubiquitous.

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Horticulture Day: Unique Plants In The Garden

Have you been thinking about planting something out of the ordinary in your yard? Host Charity Nebbe talks with Patrick O’Malley of Iowa State University Extension about growing paw paws, aronia berries, and other minor fruit crops in Iowa. He and Richard Jauron from the ISU extension also answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Jeremy Jackson and Napoleon

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When he was 11-years-old, author Jeremy Jackson fell in love for the first time, saw his sister leave for college and lost his grandmother.  It was not the end of his childhood, but, for him, it was the beginning of truly growing up.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jackson about his new memoir, "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless."  Then, Napoleon is visiting Iowa City.  We hear about a new exhibit on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, "Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda."

Talk of Iowa
11:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Discoveries In Weight Loss Research

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Obesity has reached epidemic levels in this country and along with it many Americans suffer from serious related health problems. We know that we should lose weight, but how? There is no definitive answer. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Lawrence Appel about the clinical research he has done on weight loss and what he has discovered.

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

Home Improvement Day: To Fix or Not to Fix?

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To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question. Talk of Iowa chats with home improvement expert Bill McAnally about how to assess your home and the features you don’t like and if remodeling is in question.

And, Iowa Public Radio has done its own remodeling. CEO Mary Grace Herrington will discuss our recent program changes, as well.

Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Citizen Diplomacy & The Art Exhibit "Windows and Mirrors"

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Participating in exchange programs with other countries is one way Americans can actively engage in citizen diplomacy. Tara Shonenshine, the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department talks about her efforts to strengthen our standing and relevance around the world. Then host Charity Nebbe talks about an art exhibition traveling the U.S. for the past two years, called "Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan."

 

Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Horticulture Day: Spotted Wing Drosophila Fly

The Spotted Wing Drosophila Fly is attracted to softer fruit, like peaches, to lay their eggs.

There’s a new pest in Iowa. The Spotted Wing Drosophila Fly has been sighted in Story County this week. On today's Horticulture Day, host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis about the Spotted Wing Drosophila and the threat it poses to fruit crops. 

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Author David Bartemis and Race Across America

"We Call Her Kili" book cover
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David Bartemis, a cancer survivor journeyed to climb Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with the group “Above and Beyond Cancer.” Bartemis wrote about his experience with the 19 other cancer survivors 21 caregivers in the book, We Call Her Kili.

Talk of Iowa will also speak with cyclists of the Race Across America, an ultra marathon bicycle race across the United States, who hope to raise money for cancer research.

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Wed September 5, 2012

UI Writing Professor Robin Hemley And Radio Personality Michael Feldman

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Human beings excel at deceiving others and we are often even better at deceiving ourselves. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with the Director of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, Robin Hemley, about his  new collection of short stories, “Reply All," which explore our human ability to deceive. The stories are funny, edgy and at times uncomfortably real.

Then, Michael Feldman, host of "Whad'Ya Know" talks about his radio career. He will host his radio show on September 8 in Cedar Falls.

Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Title IX, 40th Anniversary

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Title IX became law in June of 1972, the act guarantees gender equality in education, but the greatest impact has been seen in sports. It declares that, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Horticulture Day: Saving Your Lawn

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It has been a bad summer for grass.  On today's Horticulture Day we talk about that brown patch on your lawn. Will it come back to life when the rains come? Turf Grass Expert Dave Minner, along with horticulturist Richard Jauron, answer listener questions about their lawn and gardens.

Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Vegetarian Culture in Iowa

Bitter Melon with Vegetarian Chicken and Oyster Mushrooms
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Vegetarianism was once thought of as radical. But in 2012, almost four percent of Americans are vegetarian or vegan. That's still a small minority, but almost half of Americans eat a vegetarian meal at least once a week.

Talk of Iowa speaks with David Burt a former co-owner of the Red Avocado vegan restaurant in Iowa City, Kathie Dawley, the treasurer of the Vegetarian Community of Iowa, Carol Throckmorton a clinical dietitian from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Lydia Erenberger, founder and owner of vegan restaurant  Downtown Central Perk in Davenport.

Talk of Iowa
10:23 am
Wed August 29, 2012

"Always Put in a Recipe"

Evelyn and Charity at the Iowa City Book Festival

In 1949 Evelyn Birkby began writing a weekly column for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel, her editor told her to include a recipe every single week -- and she did -- even though she couldn’t cook. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Evelyn Birkby and her new book, a collection of her columns, is called “Always Put in a Recipe.”

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Wildlife Day: Chronic Wasting Disease

White tailed deer
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Chronic Wasting Disease has made its first appearance in white tailed deer in Iowa. It’s a neurological disorder in which the animals lose weight, display abnormal behavior and eventually die.


Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity Nebbe's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.   We’ll talk about white tailed deer in Iowa and what the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease means. We’ll also talk about what the drought means for wildlife.

Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Voluntourism

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Traveling abroad to Tanzania or Nigeria may sound exotic and exciting.  What if you got to travel to one of those far off places, got to really know some of the local people, and got to do work that will make a lasting difference… that sounds life changing.  On today's "Talk of Iowa"… Voluntourism, Iowans traveling the world to do good. 

Talk of Iowa
11:37 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Horticulture Day: Master Gardeners

Do you have what it takes to be a master gardener? Cindy Haynes, professor of horticulture and head of the Iowa Master Gardener Program at ISU, along with the program's new coordinator, Dennis Schrock, share tips on how to become a master gardener, further improve gardening skills, and master gardening projects throughout the state. Then, Richard Jauron from the Iowa State University Extensions to answer listeners' gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:48 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Diabetes in Iowa

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Type II Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and in Iowa 7.5% of all adults have been diagnosed with the disease. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we talk about diabetes, Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes. We discuss risk factors, prevention, advances in treatment and find out what it’s like to live with the disease. 

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Animal Cognition

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For centuries humans have been trying to better understand the mind of animals, but one researcher believes humans can find some of the answers by looking at our own behavior. University of Iowa Psychology Professor Ed Wasserman, discusses animal cognition, human invention, and intelligent design.

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