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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.

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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
9:51 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Wicker Kittens: A Look Into the World of Competitive Jigsaw Puzzling

a jigsaw puzzle contest

Former Iowa State lawmaker John Wittneben has more than 4,000 assembled puzzles in his home, and he’s not the only one.

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Education
9:03 am
Thu August 21, 2014

"A Fleet of Riding Lawnmowers": Drivers Ed, Past and Present

Drivers Education in Iowa used to be taught primarily through school. Now, many students go to private companies for their driving instruction.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia Commons

Wallace Winkie taught generations of Belle Plaine teenagers how to drive. Now, his wife, Bev Winkie, has collected their stories in the book "Park It!" How much has changed in driving education since Winkie's heyday in the 50s?

Larry Johnson, coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools' driving education, says one answer is the amount of time they're trained. Where driving education used to be taught over several months, now, some students can finish their instruction in as little as 4 weeks. 

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Arts
4:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Cancer Survivors Heal Through Art

Some of the artwork featured in the exhibit
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

When Pamela Crouch, a writer, underwent cancer treatments, she developed aphasia--the inability to remember the names of things. So she decided to create in a different way--painting birdhouses for other newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

"I was always taught that if you do something for someone else, you can't really feel sorry for yourself, it takes that pain away and you think outward."

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Horticulture
11:22 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Shabby Looking Lawn?

Wikimedia Commons

How does your lawn look?  If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.

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Talk of Iowa
4:46 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Miroslav Petrasko

An inky black sky full of stars is one of the most breathtaking views on Earth, but for most Americans the stars have dimmed because of artificial light.

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Iowa State Fair
11:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Iowa State Fair 2014

This 25-foot tall replica of the figures in Grant Wood's "American Gothic," are capturing the attention of fairgoer and amateur photographers.
John Pemble

In this special edition of Talk of Iowa, IPR Arts and Culture reporter John Pemble and Executive Producer Katherine Perkins report on the sights and sounds of the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Listen as we attend the 75th annual photography salon and talk with the photographer who seeks to capture the spirit of the fair in his new book.  We visit a food stand that's been serving pie and beef burgers to hungry fairgoers for 65 years, and witness the awarding of a blue ribbon for mechanical innovation on the farm.  We'll milk a cow, learn about Herbert Hoover and listen to some bluegrass.  It's all

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Wildlife Day
11:31 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Wildlife Day: Paddling Down Iowa's Waterways

A snapping turtle basks on his perch along the river.
Jim Pease

So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Today on Talk of Iowa, he shares his experience.

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Home Improvement
5:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing the Damage

Repairing a damaged roof can be a costly and exhausting endeavor--Bill McAnally elucidates how the claims process works.
Patsy Lynch FEMA

When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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Horticulture
11:38 am
Fri August 8, 2014

The Best Time to Plant Trees: Late Summer

oak trees
Wikimedia Commons

If you've been looking at your yard this summer thinking "a tree would look great there," now is the time to take action. 

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Encore
11:26 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role

Women have worked in agriculture since agriculture began, but for many years they were limited to supporting roles. Talk of Iowa seeks out women's voices in agriculture, through history and today.  Jenny Barker-Devine, author of "On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women's Activism since 1945" discusses how the roles of farm women changed during the 20th century.

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Talk of Iowa
10:53 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Legacy of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Author R. Clifton Spargo with his new novel "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scoot Fitzgerald" at IPR's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury / Iowa Public Radio

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to captivate modern readers.  Today on Talk of Iowa we'll talk with R. Clifton Spargo, author of "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald."

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Horticulture Day
1:53 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Tree Diseases and Other Plant Problems

"Apple tree with fire blight"
Sebastian Stabinger Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

If your tree is looking a little tired with the leaves curling up and falling off, or the needles on your pine turning brown, it could be a disease. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The New Face of Hunger

Kyera Reams of Osage cans homegrown fruits and vegetables when they are in season so that her family can eat healthfully all year
Amy Toensing, National Geographic

The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.   But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called "food insecurity."   In simpler terms, they can't find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs. 

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Education
4:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Research Libraries Not Just for Research Anymore

Iowa State University main library

The mission of Iowa's university libraries hasn't changed, but how they fulfill that mission has.

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Ripple Effects
9:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The True Cost of Energy

Iowa leads the nation in wind energy. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with three guests to discover the state of energy in Iowa.
Kwerdenker Wikimedia Commons

"Cheap energy isn't cheap."

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Horticulture Day
4:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa

On July 20 the National Weather Service picked up what registers as “light-moderate rain” on their radar. It was actually huge swarms of mayflies emanating from the Mississippi River.
National Weather Service/NOAA

This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Interracial Marriage in the US

Alice Rhinelander's lawyer forced his client to bare her breasts and legs to the all-white, all-male jury in order to prove that her mixed background was obvious in the 1925 divorce case “Rhineland v. Rhineland.”
New York Evening Graphic
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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

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Arts
2:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Movies on a Deadline

Though they work digitally (and quickly!), participants in the 48 Hour Film Project still consider their movies works of art.
Bart Everson Wikimedia Commons

On your mark, get set, lights, camera, action. The Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating its tenth year this weekend. At 6 PM this Friday, over 40 teams will pull a slip of paper out of a hat. On that slip of paper is their genre assignment: anything from Romance to Fish Out of Water. 48 Hours later, they'll turn in a finished 4-7 minute film. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with city producer Samuel Pace-Tuomi and ten-time participant Mike Kieler in this hour of Talk of Iowa. 

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Arts
9:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

No Net, No Rigs, Just Fabric--Aerial Arts Come to Iowa

Felicia Coe, who goes by Iowa Flygirl, has created the first amateur competition for the aerial arts.
Courtesy of Felicia Coe

Daring trapeze artists have been wowing audiences for 150 years, but today's aerial artists are taking things to  a whole new level and a lot more people are getting in on the act. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa's Felicia Coe, the creator of the National Aerial Expo & Competition on today's Talk of Iowa. 

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Ripple Effects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s

A contaminated farm pond in northeastern Iowa
Rita Dvorak

Iowa’s water quality hadn’t nudged much since the 1980s. That’s according to Iowa Geological Survey research scientist Keith Schilling.

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Horticulture Day
2:21 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees

The "Hort Gang" from Iowa State is back today.  One of the gang, Cindy Haynes, Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture at Iowa State University, fills us in on ISU's upcoming "Field Days," offering gardeners a chance to get ideas for their own gardens and see a wide variety of plants in action.  The "Field Days" are held at a variety of locations across Iowa.

Also on the program is regular Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist and Iowa DNR District Forester, Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. 

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Health
1:44 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Living with Parkinson's Disease: "It helps define who I am, but it's not a negative"

Emily Woodbury

Andrew Duarte was only 31 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One of the biggest questions he had was, “What can I expect?”

“And there’s not really a good answer for that,” he says.

Today on Talk of Iowa - living with Parkinson’s disease. Host Charity Nebbe sits down with two Parkinson's patients and a clinical researcher to talk about recent developments in Parkinson’s research and find out what it’s like to live with the disease.

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Books
9:41 am
Wed July 16, 2014

From the Rocket to the Clownface: Mini Golf in June Melby's "Family and Other Hazards"

Tom Thumb miniature golf course
Courtesy of June Melby

What did your childhood summer consist of? Swimming pools, games of frisbee, putt-putt golf? For June Melby, a Decorah resident, it was the latter--and only the latter. 

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Home Improvement
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Home Improvement Day

A wet summer is causing home damage throughout Iowa. Tune into Talk of Iowa to hear Bill McAnally answer your questions.
Alec Perkins Wikimedia Commons

Water, water everywhere. There’s lots to fix and lots to improve in our homes during this wet Iowa summer.

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Ripple Effects
5:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition

An abandoned farm house in rural Iowa.
Courtesty of Siobhan Spain

When Siobhan Spain and her family deconstructed an old barn on their family farm a few years ago, she re-used the barn wood instead of sending it to the landfill. 

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Ripple Effects
4:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Rural Land: Spacious but in High Demand

rural Jasper County, Iowa
Wikimedia Commons

In rural Iowa, it feels like there’s plenty of room, but the land that makes up that seemingly endless wide open space is very much in demand.

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Horticulture Day
11:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Storing and Preserving your Harvest

A single week's fruits and vegetables from community-supported agriculture share: peppers, okra, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, garlic, eggplant, squash.
Clagett Farm CSA Wikimedia, Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution License

Farmers' markets are hopping, CSA boxes are full to bursting, and gardens all over the state are starting to produce, but sometimes a bumper crop can be hard to handle. 

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Politics
9:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

First Ladies and the Politics of Fashion

Michelle Obama is known for choosing lesser known designers and wearing clothes the "everyday" woman would.
Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN Wikimedia Commons

The first lady is a wife, a diplomat and often a social activist. We care a great deal about her... and what she wears. 

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Culture
1:48 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness

What makes us truly happy?
See-ming Lee Wikimedia Commons

According to research by the Gallup organization, North Dakotans are happier than Iowans. Or rather, they have a higher state of well-being.

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