Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 9 p.m. on IPR News
 

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 Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Clare Roth: croth@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @ClareAliceRoth
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
Lindsey Moon: lmoon@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @lindseysmoon

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 21, 2010

The Complex Dynamics of Alcoholism

For Recovery Month 2010, the Powell Chemical Dependency Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines are presenting the play "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," from StageWest Theatre. The play is the story of the two men, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon. We talk to Dr. David Kaptain, Program Manager of the Center and "Bob," a member of the 12-step community and an AA and Alanon historian.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Alternative Sports in Iowa

Iowa is third in the nation in the number of Frisbee Golf courses. Is Iowa a "frolfing" hotspot? We'll hear from professional disc golfer Tanner Duncan. Iowa State University is said to have the most programs in intramural sports of any university in the nation. Garry Greenlee, associate director of intramural sports at ISU, explains the popularity of curling, broomball and Texas Hold'em. Finally, we hear from Austin Bayliss, the 23-year old owner and ringmaster of the Central Empire Wrestling Academy in Wellman, Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Hort Gang

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension, and Prof. Jeff Iles, head of the Horticulture Dept. at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Bonnie Rough

A graduate of the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, Bonnie Rough's new book is "Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA." Rough is a carrier of a rare genetic condition, hypohidriotic ectodermal dysplasia or HED. The memoir deals with modern medical science and the choices it offers new parents.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Peter Buffett/Scott Simon

The guest for the first part of the program is the son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who talks to IPR's Charity Nebbe about his recent memoir "Life is What You Make It." In the second half-hour, Charity speaks with NPR's Scott Simon. The beloved host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" has a new book: "Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, is Charity Nebbe's guest. This time, it's "Do the Shuffle!" not a new dance, but the annual mass movement of critters each fall.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 13, 2010

American Terroir/A Taste of Heaven

Terroir, a French term usually associated with wine, is what James Beard Award winning author Rowan Jacobsen defines as "foods that are what they are because of where they come from." IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Jacobsen and another food-writer, Madeline Scherb, author of "A Taste of Heaven, a Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns," which includes a section on Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (near Dubuque).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Dave Minner and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University talk to Charity Nebbe and answer your questions about fall lawn care and other topics.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement guru, answers your questions. Topics include getting ready for frost and frozen ground and what happens if we pressure wash our houses to prep for these last warm painting days.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Ape House: a Novel

Writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of her research for her new novel at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines. Gruen says most of the conversations between the bonobos and humans in Ape House are based on actual conversations with great apes, including Koko, Washoe, Booey, Kanzi, and Panbanisha.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Word Maven

Iowa native Patrica O'Conner, author of "Words Fail Me" and other language books, returns to the program with Charity Nebbe to talk about our use and misuse of the English language. One of the hour's topics will be Midwest colloquialisms.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Kathleen Delate are Charity Nebbe's guests. They'll begin with a discussion of organic and sustainable horticultural practices.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Technology Day

Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz joins IPR's Charity Nebbe for a technology update, and of course, we welcome your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered

We look at the life and work of the author of the "Little House" series of books, who will be celebrated Sept. 6 at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. Charity Nebbe's guests include Solon resident Sarah Uthoff, vice-president of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Foundation and Amy Lauters, professor at Minnesota State University in Mankato, author of "The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Land" and founder of the website Beyondlittlehouse.com and Laurapolooza.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 31, 2010

What Football Means to Small Towns in Iowa

IPR's Charity Nebbe and her guests take a look at high school sports and how they define important cultural aspects of small towns across the state. Guests include Randy Hinkel, Madrid high school football coach; Scott Gonzales, publisher of The Guthrie Center Times; and Bud Legg of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Writing About Iowa

What are the challenges and opportunities facing writers who write about Iowa people, places and events for a regional and national audience? Guests are Trevor Meers, Executive Editor, Midwest Living magazine; Mike Chapman, publisher, Iowa History Journal; and Beth Wilson, editor, The Iowan magazine.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Horticulture Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University. We'll hear about dividing perennials and getting them ready for winter and planting the bulbs that brighten the spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 26, 2010

Making Music Together

The project that has placed pianos in the Iowa City ped-mall demonstrates a well-understood truth: music draws people together. What is it about someone sitting down at a piano in a public place that makes us want to join in and sing? We'll talk to Steve West of West Music in Coralville; music therapist Mary Adamek; Eric Saylor, Drake University Musicologist; and Jennifer Hamilton with Prairie Harmony of Southeast Iowa, a "sacred harp" singer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Iowa's Art Museums

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with the next Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow, currently Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The UI Museum has been without a home since the flood of 2008. Also, we hear about current exhibits and events at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City from Director Edie Blanchard and we'll get an update on how recent flooding in Ames has affected the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State. We'll talk to Allison Juull of University Museums at ISU.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Dreaming of Nature

Robert Waggoner of Ames returns to the program. His book is: "Lucid Dreaming; Gateway to the Inner Self." This time, Robert discusses dreaming of nature, dreams and lucid dreams of animals, plants and the natural world.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Simon Estes

We welcome renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes. Mr. Estes is an artist-in-residence at Wartburg College and is teaching for the next few weeks at Iowa State University. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his new CD, "Save the Children, Save Their Lives," and his "Wings and Roots" tour of Iowa, presenting a concert in each of the state's 99 counties.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Hort Friday

It's another edition of our live chat with horticulturists from Iowa State University, of course, we'll take your calls and e-mails. Our "Hort Gang" this week is Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll focus on how this summer's heavy rainfall has impacted vegetables fruits, trees and shrubs.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Canning/State Fair Vet

On the first part of the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with nutritionist Jill Weber of Iowa State University Extension about the growing practice of canning fruits and vegetables grown in Iowa's gardens; later, we talk to the official veterinarian of the Iowa State Fair, Dr. Bruce Leuschen of Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 18, 2010

The Search for the Perfect Tomato

IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to writer Arthur Allen. His new book is: "Ripe: the Search for the Perfect Tomato," a robust tale of how tomatoes get to the table and why some don't taste very good when they get there.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

IPR's Katherine Perkins and John Pemble bring us highlights from the 2010 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. We talk with Richard Jacobson about the newest building on the fairgrounds, which bears his name. We hear fairgoers reading from "Green Eggs and Ham," while waiting to see the butter sculpture commemorating the book's 50th anniversary. And, we get a firsthand account of what's it like to bathe a chicken.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Prairies and Bison

We'll hear about efforts to expand and restore Iowa's tallgrass prairies and how prairies are necessary to re-introduce and sustain bison in Iowa. Guests are Daryl Smith of the University of Northern Iowa and Christy Smith and Karen Viste Sparkman of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 13, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and Mark Vitosh, District Forester from the Iowa D.N.R. They'll be ready to answer your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge will be in our studio with Charity Nebbe to take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Same-Sex Weddings in Iowa

Same-sex marriage in Iowa became legal on April 3, 2009. We'll hear about the economic benefits of the ruling to Iowa and what obstacles remain for GLTB couples. Guests include Beau Fodor, Iowa's Premier Gay Wedding Planner, Lee Badgett, author of "Why Gay People Get Married," and newly married Newton, Iowa couple Cindy Pollard and Gayla Snook.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Wildlife Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. We'll focus on the "The Big White Birds" of Iowa.

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