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
11:22 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Mourning in the Digital Age

Photo by Emily Woodbury

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we'll find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook. Our guests include Heart2Soul founder Karen Zinn, John Wild of Iles funeral Home in Des Moines, Tom Frisch of GotFuneral, and PhD student studying social media mourning practices, Jed Brubaker.

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Talk of Iowa
1:27 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Summer Series: Community Rivalries

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In the 1920’s the Railroad wanted to build a line through Dallas, Iowa, but city elders refused comply with the railroad’s demands.  Mr. Melcher of the railroad decided to found his own town just a mile south and the Dallas- Melcher rivalry was born.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we begin our summer series on Iowa towns with rivalries.

Talk of Iowa
1:07 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Civil War Medicine

More than six hundred thousand men died during the Civil War and twice as many men died of disease than of gunshot wounds. Charity talks with Dr. Kendall Reed from Des Moines University medical practices during the war and how the period led to numerous medical advancements.  Later, Lester Menke,  author of  “When Apples Had No Worms”, shares his stories from growing up in the 1920s and 30s.

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Horticulture Day: Fruits and Vegetables

Continuous temperatures in the triple digits with limited rain can certainly put stress on any plant or garden. Charity talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, Richard Jauron, about helping plants battle the heat.  ISU Extension Vegetable Production Specialist, Ajay Nair, also talks about incorporating fruits and vegetables into a home garden.

Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Author Robert Kerr & Burlington Architectural Survey

When Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within their family life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Skin Safety and Vitamin D

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Many people know the basics of skin safety- wear sunscreen, protective clothing, avoid sunburns, but there are still many misconceptions and questions on sun-related concerns. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we explore the myths and questions you have about skin cancer and the sun. We also discuss the prevalence of tanning salons in the state, as well as find out why vitamin D is so important, and how you can be sure you are getting enough.

Education
3:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Morrill Act Anniversary

On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans. Today's "Talk of Iowa" focused on how the legislation’s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it’s provisions. One of the show's guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, “The Land-Grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University". Sheridan is the Museum Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator at ISU. 

Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Wildlife

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It’s a practice that improves your local environment and is a rewarding way to learn about the animals in your back yard.  On the next Hort Day, we look at tailoring your garden to the needs of wildlife. ISU Extention's Rebecca Christoffel and Richard Jauron join the discussion and answer your gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
9:32 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Simple French Food

When you think of French food, the word simple probably does not come to mind. Wini Moranville, restaurant reviewer for the Des Moines Register, will introduce us to simple French home cooking. Her new cookbook is the Bonne Femme cookbook…simple splendid food that French women cook every day. Later, we’ll hear from the authors of Farmstead Chef, a book full recipes that rely on locally grown ingredients.

 

Talk of Iowa
12:05 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Unconventional, Creative Writers in Iowa

Most novels don’t come with soundtracks, most summer road tippers aren’t creating original artwork in the back of their vans, and most 12-year-olds aren’t published authors. On this Talk of Iowa, we’ll meet some creative Iowans… A man sending quirky postcards all over the world, a writer who created a novel with an original soundtrack, and a 12 year old who wrote a book on a brave young woman during the Revolutionary War.

Talk of Iowa
9:50 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Exploring the life and work of landscape architect, Jens Jensen

Even if you have never heard of landscape architect Jens Jensen, you have been touched by his work. Jensen came to the United States from Denmark in 1884. He fell in love with the Iowa landscape, and it influenced his work for the rest of his life. On this Talk of Iowa, we will talk about his designs, his life, and his legacy.

Talk of Iowa
3:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Hort Day: Planting New Windbreaks

For many decades Colorado Blue Spruce were a very popular choice for windbreaks in Iowa.  Now a lot of those trees are dead or dying.  On today's Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City and I.S.U. Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here.  We’ll talk about planting new windbreaks and rehabilitating old ones.  We’ll also be answering your questions about plants and trees.   We look forward to your questions!

 

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Thu June 21, 2012

80/35 Play-In Finalists

Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with the finalists for Wellmark's 80/35 Play-in presented by Iowa Public Radio's Studio One. We'll hear from Love Songs For Lonely Monsters, Holy White Hounds and Seedlings in addition to Iowa Public Radio's Music Director Al Schares. 

Talk of Iowa
9:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

How Kids Can Affect Parents' Health

Having a child changes everything including how you eat and how you move.  On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with Dr. Helene Laroche, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa about how becoming a parent can change your diet.  Later, we hear from Matt Stancel, Assistant Director of Fitness Programs for Recreational Services at the U of I about how becoming a parent might change your exercise routine.  

 

Talk of Iowa
1:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa

Looking to travel this summer? On today's Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She'll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.

Talk of Iowa
9:45 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Encore Edition: Learning to Speak Iowan

Learning to speak English is one thing, learning to speak Iowan may be something else entirely. Iowa, especially in its more rural areas, has many foreign-born physicians practicing in clinics and hospitals. In an archive program from last September, we’ll find out about an innovative program in Mason City that helps doctors understand our state with courses like "Topics for Small Talk with Iowans." We'll talk to the teachers in the program at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, University of Northern Iowa professors Mark Grey and Michele Devlin.

Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Horticulture Day: Insects

It's summer and gardens are buzzing with numerous insects. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis from the Iowa State University Extension about how some insects have made an early appearance this year and some upcoming garden deadlines. 

Talk of Iowa
3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Curb Appeal

Does your house look a little rough around the edges?  Dingy siding? Rusty fixtures? Weeds growing up through the sidewalk?  This hour, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge  joins us.  He'll talk with Charity about how the investment of a little bit of elbow grease can pay off with a major spike in curb appeal.  First impressions are everything, and that's no different for our homes. 

 

Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Dr. Charles Read: Surviving the Nabob and health breakthroughs

During World War II, Canadian forces had only two aircraft carriers and one, the Nabob, was torpedoed by German forces. Filling in for Charity Nebbe, IPR’s Dennis Reese talks with Iowan Charles Read about his time on the Nabob and surviving the attack. Dr. Read, a University of Iowa emeritus professor of pediatrics, also talks about his time in the Navy and afterwards his work on developing diabetes treatments. Dennis also talks with recent graduate Carmen Smith, a former student ambassador for the UI College of Public Health about her  health research efforts in Gambia.

Talk of Iowa
8:52 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wildlife Day: Responsibility for the Land

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.  We’ll talk about our relationship with and responsibility for the land we live on.  

 

 

Talk of Iowa
3:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Religion/Spirituality and its Impacts on Physical Health

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, but is "God" good for you too? A study published last year found an 18% lower mortality level for patients who had higher rates of spirituality or religiosity. This hour, we explore the link between spirituality and physical well-being.  Charity speaks with Dr. Richard Deming of the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, who has taken cancer survivors and caregivers on journeys to such places as the Mt. Everest Base Camp and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  He's planning to take his next group to Mt.

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Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Horticulture Day: Gardening with the First Lady

Some young gardeners in Ames got a surprise package from the White House last weekend.  This hour, it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe.   Charity talks with a student from Kate Mitchell School in Ames about gardening with Michelle Obama.  Also on the program,  Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University will be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

Talk of Iowa
9:31 am
Thu June 7, 2012

"Suds," Brewing History of the Quad Cities

This Sunday, a new exhibit opens at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, called "Suds."  The Quad Cities has a long and glorious brewery legacy.   This hour, we'll find out about the exhibit, which describes the breweries and taverns that operated in the area during the 19th century and the saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands.  The second-largest private beer can collector in America lives the Quad Cities and many of his 25,000 cans are on display.   "Suds" also features material on how Prohibition affected local brewery traditions and the lives of working

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Talk of Iowa
1:41 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Iowa Beekeeping and Honey Production

Honey bees are at risk around the world.   On today's Talk of Iowa we’ll discuss bees, bee behavior and biology, why we need them, and why they’re in jeopardy.  We’ll also talk about beekeeping as a hobby and the business end of honey production and pollination.  Guests are the State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, beekeeper Jesse Randall, a professor at Iowa State University, and honey-producer Curt Bronnenberg of the Spring Valley Honey Farms of Perry.

Talk of Iowa
11:28 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Volunteer Firefighters and Paramedics

There are more than 18,000 volunteer firefighters in the state of Iowa. Men and women who would risk their lives to save yours. On today’s Talk of Iowa, we speak with several volunteers from across the state, including service members from Pella, Evansdale, and Coralville. But first, we talk with members of the Butler family, who are featured in the documentary “Iowa’s Firefighting Family”. The documentary premieres on Iowa Public Television tonight at 7 p.m.

Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Life On The Iowa Prairie

Jerry Twedt’s great grandparents, Ole and Helena Branjord, settled on the Iowa frontier in the late 1860s. He has researched his family’s history and turned it into a novel. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jerry about his novel “Land of Promise, Land of Tears”, and the fictional world he built around his family’s true story. Later, Charity talks with Teresa White from Usher’s Ferry History Village in Cedar Rapids and Dan Jones from Living History Farms in Des Moines about camp opportunities for young people to live history this summer.

Talk of Iowa
10:31 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Horticulture Day: Strawberries are Ready!

Great news for Iowa strawberry lovers: the crop this year is two-weeks early!  And even better, growers report the berries are especially sweet and abundant.  It's Hort Friday on Talk of Iowa, and we'll hear about this season's strawberries from Judy and Dean Henry, owners of "The Berry Patch," located south of Nevada.  Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension will add their berry expertise to the conversation and will answer your lawn, garden and plant questions as well.

Talk of Iowa
1:17 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Encore Edition: ADHD in Iowa

Every year thousands of Iowa children are diagnosed with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This hour on Talk of Iowa, we take a listen back to program from last fall as Charity looks at the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD with a two Child Psychiatrists from the University of Iowa. She'll talk with a child diagnosed with the disorder and his mother.

Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Wed May 30, 2012

How do Iowans use meditation?

There are several recent studies showing how meditation can help fight cancer, PTSD, learning disabilities, as well as everyday physical and mental ailments. Host Charity Nebbe talks with meditators across the state to find out how the practice of meditation impacts their lives. Charity also talks with Dr. Luke Hansen about how stress affects the body and why meditation is an effective method to fight pain.

 

Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Steve Berry

Steve Berry has captivated millions of readers with his best-selling novels, he is also the co-founder of History Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage. Charity talks with Berry about his latest novel, The Columbus Affair and his work in historic preservation.  

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