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.

Want to share an idea for a future show? Contact one of our producers:
Ben Stanton: bstanton@iowapublicradio.org
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
Sarah Boden: sboden@iowapublicradio.org

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge is back in our studio to answer your home repair and remodeling questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's our weekly political hour, joining IPR's Jonathan Ahl are Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Dr. Jim Pease, emeritus professor at Iowa State, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about "Hairy Wetland Critters," otters, mink, beaver and muskrats and their roles in Iowa's wetlands. Of course we're live and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Blue Waters/Blank Park Zoo/Bonnie Koloc

An eclectic hour: IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Prof. Monica Lamm of Iowa State University as she gets set to use the world's fastest computer called "Blue Waters," and Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, as they try to find a name for their baby dromedary camel. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with legendary singer/songwriter Bonnie Koloc. Koloc grew up in Waterloo and has a new album, "Beginnings," from recently discovered tapes recorded in 1969.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Two members of the Iowa State University "Hort Gang," Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve speak with IPR's Julie Englander and take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Tech Day

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz, and we'll take your calls. Why the E-Waste industry loves the iPad, is there really a cyberwar?, and Apple, the App Store and antitrust, are some of the topics we'll discuss.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Political pundits Arnie Arneson and Steffen Schmidt with IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 4, 2010

"Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner

Language expert and Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Origins of the Specious" and other word books, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about more language myths and misconceptions. And we'll welcome your questions and comments.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling/Yogi Reppmann

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher from Johnston, who last week was named the National Teacher of the Year. Later, a conversation with historian "Yogi" Reppmann, author of the new book, "Triumph of Will: Printer's Boy to Publisher: the Remarkable Story of German Immigrant Henry Finnern" (Hesperian Press)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State University "Hort Gang" members Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis (entomologist) speak with listeners, hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 29, 2010

Kathryn Stockett/Robert Bluestone

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling "The Help," a debut novel woven around compelling stories about black maids raising white children set in Jackson, MS in the early 1960s. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Robert Bluestone, creativity expert and co-founder with his wife of "Woven Harmony."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Iowa State University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen join IPR's Jonathan Ahl. It's live and they'll take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Lucid Dreams: Illness and Cure

Since the time of Hippocrates, dreams have been valued for their ability to warn of an impending illness, prescribe cures and sometimes help heal the disease. We talk to Robert Waggoner of Des Moines, author of "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Spring Books

We'll hear about what books people are buying and our listeners are invited to call-in and tell us what they are reading. Guests will be Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines and Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Joel Best/Douglas Wood

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to renowned sociologist Joel Best, author of "Damned Lies and Statistics." Best is addressing the Iowa Sociological Association's annual meeting this week. Later, we hear from Minnesota's "renaissance man" Douglas Wood, an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, who is speaking and singing in Iowa this week as a guest of the Iowa Wildlife Center.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Componica/Iowa History Journal

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Steven Mitchell, the founder and senior software engineer of Componica, located at the University of Iowa's Technology Innovation Center. The firm is now developing apps for the iPhone. Later, we hear from the publisher of "The Iowa History Journal," Mike Chapman. The magazine is now in its second year, focusing on popular Iowa history.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa's Bird Lady

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jon W. Stravers and Larry A. Stone, co-authors of a new book about the late Gladys Black of Pleasantville, who for a generation taught Iowans the science and hobby of bird-watching.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulture staffers Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron take your calls. Hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Roadside Beautification/Slipstream

We hear about a program to disperse grass and flower seeds native to Iowa to county roadside managers. IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kirk Henderson of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Later, Brian Guidry of the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Mel Andringa of Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids tell us about Guidry's installation at CSPS, "Slipstream," which evokes the power of the Cedar River by showcasing discarded items found by the riverbank.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 14, 2010

Politics Day

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political blogger.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jim Pease, professor emeritus, and Rebecca Christoffel, Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Specialist. They'll focus on Iowa's frogs and toads.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Iowa's James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

We'll hear from four of Iowa's semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards for culinary arts. The categories range from Best Chef to Rising Star Chef. Participating in the program: Carly Groben, Joe Logsdon, Steve Logsdon and Matt Steigerwald.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Hort Friday

April showers should bring plenty of May flowers this year. We'll talk horticulture with the Hort Gang from Iowa State University. Hosted by IPR's Dennis Reese.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 8, 2010

Home Improvement Day

It's the beginning of spring remodeling frenzy. We'll discuss deconstruction to decks with Bill McAnally, Director of the Industrial Technology Program at Iowa Central Community College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political pundit.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Love is the Best Medicine

We hear about the lives of Helen and Cleo and other animal companion patients of Dr. Nick Trout. Dr. Trout's new book is "Love is the Best Medicine; What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian About Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Iowa Center for Wealth Management/"You Majored in What?"

We talk to Prof. John Spitzer of the University of Iowa, co-director of the new Iowa Center for Wealth Management. The Center is an online resource that provides unbiased financial education and guidance. Later, a conversation with Katherine Brooks, author of "You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Hort Day

Members of the horticulture gang from Iowa State University are back on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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