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Arts and Culture

Holidays
10:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Gifts of Kindness

Mel Neal's farm after the tornado.
Photo Courtesy of Mel Neal

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

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Art
9:22 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Art and Controversy: A Sculpture Sparks Debate about Racism

The sculpture that sat on the University of Iowa's pentacrest walkway for less than four hours.
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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Arts and Culture
3:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

IPTV: Friends Dollars Falling Short

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Governor Terry Branstad during budget hearings this week.
John Pemble/IPR

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

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Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

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

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Talk of Iowa
12:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Amy Tan's Latest Novel, The Valley of Amazement

Author Amy Tan
Ronald van Holst

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.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

A Cameroonian Writer Spins African Tales

Cameroonian writer Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti
Credit Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti

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

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Arts and Culture
3:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Begonias & Dead Horses: The Best Folk & Classical Music of 2014

Cover art for Runa's Current Affairs album. Karen Impola ranks it number two on her list of the best releases of 2014

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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Holiday Book Guide
4:25 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

IPR's 2014 Children's Holiday Book Guide

Wikimedia Commons

Do you have a young bookworm on your Christmas list?

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River to River
2:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Are We Still One Nation Under God, and Does It Matter?

The Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason billboard
Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason

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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Music
5:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Christmas with Dan Knight

Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

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

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Holiday Book Guide
4:08 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

IPR's Holiday Book Guide

Jan and Paul do some last minute cramming before the show.
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

If book-buying is on your to-do list this season, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books are here to help.

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Orphan Trains
3:56 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Documentary Chronicles Orphan Trains

A photo of Stan and Vic Cornell, two orphans who eventually found a home because of the orphan trains.
courtesy of Clark Kidder

Thousands of orphan came to Iowa and other Midwestern states by train. A documentary premiering on Iowa Public Television tonight chronicles their stories.

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Music
1:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Jazz Legend Al Jarreau: "I Know You, I Know What Quaker Oats Smells Like"

Ben Kieffer with Al Jarreau at the event
Mei-Ling Shaw Williams University of Iowa College of Education

Jazz legend Al Jarreau headlined the Iowa City Soul Festival in September of this year.

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Food
1:11 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Making Old Thanksgiving Recipes New

a Thanksgiving table
Wikimedia Commons

There are foods in every family that have to make it to the Thanksgiving table. If you want to experiment with traditional dishes, where do you start?

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Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Living in 100 Square Feet

Small House Society President Greg Johnson sits on the porch of his tiny house,
Photo Courtesy of Greg Johnson

According to the 2012 Census, the average size of an American home is 2,598 square feet. 

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Arts and Culture
10:25 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Native Iowan One of Nation's First Pot Critics

Smokers High Life / flickr

We know movie and wine critics, but what about a career as a pot critic?

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Talk of Iowa
9:06 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Inked: Getting Tattooed in Iowa

Michelle works on the black lines of the mermaid tattoo
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

Do you have a tattoo? Why did you get it, and what does it mean to you? 

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Arts and Culture
4:43 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Public Art Bus Exhibition

Images of Alex Brown’s paintings are wrapped around a Des Moines city bus. The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is funding four artists to have their art on a bus at six-month intervals.
Credit Photo by John Pemble

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is using a city bus to display new art.  Painter Alex Brown is the first of four artists to have his work photographed then printed on a vinyl seal surrounding the bus.  Brown says his paintings are comprised of aircraft and faces that are hard to make out at close range, but they become clearer from a distance.

“I was playing with the registry of things sort of slipping and being out of focus,” he says. “Kind of a varied combination of things that my eye was attracted to.”

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Arts and Culture
3:32 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Profound Quotations can have Profound Impact

One of President John F. Kennedy's most famous quotes is etched on the JFK Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary
L.C. Nøttaasen Licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr

The profound words of another can have a profound impact on our lives.  JFK inspired a generation with, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

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Literature
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pioneer Girl: The True, Gritty Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder

South Dakota Historical Society Press

Laura Ingalls Wilder completed the original draft of her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in the spring of 1930. It was never published, but it led to one of the most beloved series of books of all time.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is finally in print. Editor Pamela Smith Hill has painstakingly researched that original draft, sharing light on the events that Wilder wrote about, and painting a picture about a remarkable family that lived through momentous times.

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Arts and Culture
2:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Training to be a 4-H Judge

Anna Lewandoski helps Cindy Arbogast learn how to be a judge during a 4-H training day in Fort Dodge.
Credit Photo by John Pemble

 

The school year is well underway and hundreds of 4-H kids are working on projects to take to county fairs later this summer.

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Talk of Iowa
5:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Video Games: The New Spectator Sport?

A listener submission of a comic published in "Toons" (published in Ames, Iowa since 1987)
Richard Lem

Do you know a teenager who plays video games as if it is his or her job? Well, some of those gamers are going pro - playing games in front of an audience and occasionally, getting paid.

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News Buzz
3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

"Farmer Wave Week" Celebrates a Friendly Highway Gesture

Todd Collins has created a week celebrating a hands-just-slightly-off-the-wheel motion that encapsulates 'Iowa Nice.'
Paul Hamilton Flickr

Most driver-to-driver hand gestures are decidedly unwelcome. But riding along a rural road in Iowa, you might encounter a friendly one--the farmer wave.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The History of Waterloo in Five Chapters

Francesca Soans and Robert Neimeyer in the recording studio for their five-part documentary series on the history of Waterloo.
Credit University of Northern Iowa

Two Waterloo-area residents are in the midst of producing a series of five documentaries that chronicle the history of the city. The filmmakers are focusing their camera on a few locations that are key to Waterloo’s past.

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Arts and Culture
3:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Billy Collins/NaNoWriMo

Billy Collins
AP

Billy Collins has been called "America's favorite poet," and the former Poet Laureate will be visiting Iowa.

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River to River
5:23 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C.

Sign welcoming Iowa veterans to Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. on October 16, 2013
Ben Kieffer / Iowa Public Radio

For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans.

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Home Improvement
4:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Is Insulation Enough?

Clayton Parker Flickr

The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

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Hort Day
2:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Hort Gang: History in the Trees

There's a great deal of history to be found on most university campuses--but not just in the buildings and the libraries.

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Arts and Culture
11:52 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Bleeding Kansas, Iowa and the Underground Railroad

Advertisement of an anti-slavery meeting to be held on December 2, 1859, in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on the day that abolitionist John Brown was executed.
Kansas State Historical Society

Six years before the Civil War officially began, shots were fired in the Kansas Territory in the fight between pro-slavery settlers and free staters.

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Battle of the Chefs
2:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Six Chefs Battle Thursday

Last year's champions, Tacopocalypse, will return for this year's battle.
Iowa Public Radio

Six Iowa chefs will compete Thursday at West End Salvage in Des Moines for the second annual Iowa Public Radio Battle of the Chefs. They're all out to win. 

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