Cupcakes have taken the U.S. by storm in the last few years; but cakes, large and small, have always been an important part of our culture.Â Host Charity Nebbe discusses family recipes and gourmet innovation with Evelyn Birkby, Iowaâ€™s most famous homemaker and columnist for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel.
Continuing with the tradition of the first "Tinsel Tales," host Lynn Neary brings another hour of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.
Weâ€™ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but the ads keep coming and will continue for the next three weeks. For many, this emphasis on the material aspects of the holiday season can become overwhelming and may even overshadow the joy and fun of this special time of year.
One thingÂ Midwesterns do better than everyone else (or at least claim to do better than everyone else) is bake pie. Â Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peggy Wolff, editor of the new book Fried Walleye and Cherry PieÂ aboutÂ Midwestern cuisine, culture and of course pie.
According to Kate Christensen, she has spent much of her life as, â€śa hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability.â€ťÂ In her new memoir â€śBlue Plate Special" she writes about her life and the food she turned to for comfort as well as sustenance.Â Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Christensen about her memoir and life as a writer.
When a child is born, so is a grandmother. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the 21st Century grandmother. Host Charity Nebbe talks with a scholar about how the roles of grandmothers have changed over the generations, and she receives some advice for modern grandmaâ€™s from the author of â€śThe Grandparents Handbook.â€ť
Guests on today's program include Victoria Brown, L.F. Parker Professor of History at Grinnell College, and Elizabeth LaBan, author of The Grandparentâ€™s Handbook.
To most, the word "home" means more than just a place to sleep and store property. This hour Charity Nebbe talks about what home means as well as what it means to lose one's home and find it again with Sally Ooms, author of Finding Home: How Americans Prevail. In her book Ooms profiles people who have been displaced by family pressures, economic pressures, and natural disasters.Â
Where can you find community and acceptance if you are gay or lesbian and a deeply believing Christian? Thatâ€™s the question journalist Jeff Chu asks in his new book"Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America." Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Chu about his year-long,Â 28-state journey he took across the U.S. in exploration of how different Christian denominations discuss homosexuality and interact with gay and lesbian members of their congregations.
What does your name say about you? What does the name you give you child mean for them?Â Charity Nebbe talks about names with Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of babynames.com and English Language expert Patricia Oâ€™Connor. Then, listeners share the stories behind their names.
Most of us have someone who has done something or said something that changed our life. Ben Kieffer talks with people who are honoring those family members, teachers, mentors and friends who gave them that pivotal push in the right direction.
This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Mediaâ€™s new series chronicling Americansâ€™ connection to the land. Click here (http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots) to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.
Kate Edwards hasnâ€™t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.