Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

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In her new one-woman show, Housebroken, actress and playwright Megan Gogerty uses sarcasm and humor to describe the process of buying a new house.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Gogerty about the show, as well as her career as a solo performer.

Photo by John Pemble

The Iowa Caucuses are less than a year away and politicians with presidential aspirations are visiting often.  California politician Samantha Clemons is visiting Iowa’s Capitol to seek inspiration. After gazing the artwork in the large reverberant rotunda, she pulls out her phone and makes a job offer to someone to run her Iowa campaign for president.

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In 2015, nearly everyone has a camera in their back pocket. Is there still a need to employ photographers? 

David Guttenfelder, an Iowa native who grew up in Waukee and was named Time’s 2013 Instagram photographer of the year for his coverage of everyday life in North Korea, says 'yes.' Good photographers just have to integrate cell phone camera into their professional work.

“I started just carrying my phone as my second camera to be creative,”  Guttenfelder said. 

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Fifty years ago The Sound of Music hit the big screen, and people all over the world fell in love with the von Trapp family.

On this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe talks with Sofia and Amanda von Trapp. Along with their brother and sister, they are carrying on the family legacy, but not quite in the way you might expect. 

Photo by John Pemble

March 21st, 2015 was the 330th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth, a prominent composer of classical music. On Saturday across the world, his life was celebrated through performances in unexpected public places, including one on the steps of Iowa’s former Capitol in Iowa City.

Photo by Dean Borg

The Sioux City Art Center is saying goodbye to its famous guest with public farewell parties.

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” exhibit closes April 1st.  The Art Center is hosting “Arrivederci, Pollock”, Saturday, March 14th, followed by a University of Iowa Alumni reception for the famous work of art on March 21st. The University of Iowa owns the painting which is moving to Venice, Italy for an exhibition “Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Energy Made Visible” on April 22nd.

Have you ever wondered which songs your state representative puts on repeat?

Iowa Public Radio’s Bob Dorr asked himself that question after State Representative Scott Ourth from Warren County reached out to him through social media.

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The annual Russian Guitar Festival in Iowa City will focus on Ukrainian music this year in light of the recent turmoil in the country. 

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There's two sports that are about as different from each other as you can get, but who have dedicated participants for life: bicycling and archery.

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Seattle musician Damien Jurado is spending a bit of time in Iowa this week playing more intimate shows. The early pioneer of Seattle’s singer-songwriter circle has been recording music and touring for nearly two decades. He performs Wednesday at Dordt College in Sioux Center and in a Coraville living room on Friday. He says this kind of venues offers fans a more personal setting.

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There’s a new music festival coming to Des Moines this summer.

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The book “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus” popularized the idea that men and women are as different as night and day. But Iowa State University Psychologist Zlatan Krizan says we’re a lot more alike than different.

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Euphemisms can be used for many purposes, but perhaps none more useful than substituting for swear words.

The 2015 Wapsipinicon Almanac is now available. Publisher Tim Fay of Anamosa says that even after 21 issues, there has been no shortage of material to write about. 

Gayle Harper

When a raindrop falls into the headwaters of the Mississippi River, it spends the next 90 days making its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Janna Graber never considered international travel until she met Iowa native, Melanie Zepeda.

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During the first year of his daughter's life, standup comedian Nathan Timmel missed a lot.

The U.S. Military lost more than 400,000 troops fighting in World War II. Frank Sandoval was one of them.

Do you get nervous on stage? How do you deal with the butterflies? 

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Pieta Brown's parents split up when she was 2 years old, and she spent her childhood traveling between them in the Midwest and the South.

But even when she was apart from her father — the much-loved folk singer Greg Brown — they would find ways to share the musical parts of their lives.

Photo Courtesy of Mel Neal

For a handful of us, the last year has brought gifts of life changing kindness. 

Mitchell Schmidt / Photo Courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Gazette

When Turkish artist Serhat Tanyolacar depicted the robes of the Ku Klux Klan in a sculpture on the University of Iowa’s campus, he intended to protest racism. 

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Officials with Iowa Public Television are asking for more than a quarter of a million dollars from the state.

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures.

In her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, she does it again. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tan about her latest novel, the photo that inspired it, and writing her very first sex scenes.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti

Writer Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti injects her Cameroonian heritage into stories about people who share her same multicultural background.

It was a good year for chamber music, orchestras, fusion and harmonies. That's according to two of IPR's music hosts who shared their favorite recordings of 2014.

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Do you have a young bookworm on your Christmas list?

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Our country is very much identified as "one nation under God," however, the number of non-religious Americans has risen dramatically.

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Do you have a favorite Christmas song? For many of us, our favorite songs have memories associated with them.

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