Iowa

Wildlife
3:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Birds of the Upper Midwest

Red winged blackbird
Elizabeth Reetz

Of all the birds that make their home (even for just a season) in Iowa, we may know their common names (sparrow, robin, etc.), but not their scientific names. But the these longer names in Latin tell a lot about the description and behavior of a bird species. This hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with the co-authors of the new book, "The Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest," Iowa Citians James Sandrock and Jean Prior.

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Iowa History
3:08 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

1933: Prohibition Ends, Bonnie and Clyde Visit Iowa

Bonnie and Clyde
Photo courtesy of Rod Stanley

This holiday season, you may be celebrating with champagne, wine, or beer. It’s hard to believe, but it was just 80 years ago when Prohibition was repealed, and drinking alcohol became legal again. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer sits down with historian Tim Walch to find out what it was like to live in Iowa during the Prohibition era.

In the second half of the program - A Bonnie and Clyde miniseries appeared on television this week. Did you know that in 1933, there was a famous shootout involving the famous duo? Historian Rod Stanley shares the details.

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Talk of Iowa
12:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Iowa's Place in the Midwest

Charity Nebbe The view from "Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe's front door at sunset.

What makes Iowa stand apart from the rest of the Midwest. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni and Mike Draper of Raygun, the Des Moines-based satirical t-shirt company, sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss Iowa unique.

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Talk of Iowa
2:53 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Biking in Iowa

jcarwil Flickr

Cool, crisp air, beautiful fall foliage, great trails and great restaurants, autumn is a wonderful time to go for a long bike ride.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with travel writer Jennifer Wilson about bicycling destinations in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
3:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

2013 Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair averages more than one million visitors each year.
Photo by John Pemble

Guest hosts Katherine Perkins and John Pemble go to the 2013 Iowa State Fair.  They introduce us to a legally blind painter and a famous quilter.  They watch fairgoers shear sheep and clean fish.  They attend an Ecumenical church service for fair attendees and visit a memorial to honor fallen Iowa soldiers.

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River to River
4:13 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

County Partisanship and Other Politics

Iowa's county partisanship mapped out
Credit Chris Larimer, UNI / http://diymaps.net/ia.htm

Think you know which of Iowa's counties is most democratic, or most republican?  University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Chris Larimer crunched the numbers. 

http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/decision2012/2013/06/exploring-county-level-partisanship

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Talk of Iowa
2:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Coal Mining In Iowa

Madrid Historical Museum

The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we speak with a historian and a coal miner’s daughter about what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how these mines shaped communities.

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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Iowa's Hollywood Stars

Robert Garcia / flickr

Iowa doesn’t rank high on the scale of glitz and glamor, but we have proven to be a good training ground for Hollywood stars. We all know about John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Ashton Kutcher, but that’s just scratching the surface!  We’ll talk about Iowa’s stars, from the Oscar winners to the Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

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Politics
6:43 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Legislative Preview: 1/28/13

Credit John Pemble / IPR


IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell catch up on the week's news from the Iowa General Assembly.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island

Fern Kupfer’s latest book is a memoir that transports readers to Long Island in the 1950s. Charity Nebbe talks with the Ames author as she reflects on past experiences in her life, including the period she discovered she was BRCA positive, a genetic marker for cancer.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
7:22 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Iowa Begins Offering Federally Compliant "REAL ID"

Many Iowans eventually will be asked for REAL ID-compliant identification at airport security.
Credit Wayan Vota / Flickr

Beginning Tuesday, January 15,  Iowa will issue driver’s licenses and state IDs that comply with a new federal program called REAL ID.  The program is being phased in as part of legislation passed by Congress in 2005.  It's aimed at streamlining security at federal facilities and for air travel.

Mark Lowe of the Iowa Department of Transportation visited our Des Moines studio to explain what changes are coming.

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River to River
1:16 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

The Start Of Iowa's 2013 Legislative Session

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble

It’s opening day for the 2013 legislative session as all of the state’s law makers assemble at the capitol. Clay Masters speaks with House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, live at the Statehouse. They discuss gun laws, the state's surplus, and other issues that may unfold during the upcoming session.

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Talk of Iowa
11:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu

Pediment Publishing

Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu has written numerous columns over the years about the rights of women, their daily lives, and the lives of those whose stories often go unheard. Charity Nebbe talks with Basu about her new book "Finding Her Voice,"  which is a collection of columns about the lives of women in the Midwest.

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Talk of Iowa
11:39 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Iowa's Trivia King and UFO Sightings

Jaarsma Bakery in Pella was started in 1898 and one of the oldest bakeries in the state.
Jaarsma Bakery Facebook

In the 1890's Iowans saw some strange things in the sky. Charity Nebbe talks with historian Steven Arts about Iowa’s UFO sightings. Then, if you’re looking for Iowa’s oldest water tower, Iowa’s oldest continuously operating hotel or if you just love Iowa trivia, Fred Stark is your man. Fred shares his extensive wealth of knowledge about the state.

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River to River
1:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Early Voting Turnout And How Kids See The Election

Eagle.Dawg Flickr

Analysts are saying the outcome of this election hinges on one factor – turnout. Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa party officials across the state to find out what the major parties are doing to get out the vote.Then, Greg Hamot a University of Iowa College of Education professor, and Rachel Willis, executive director at Kids Voting USA, talk about how kids perceive the candidates and the discussions parents can have with them about the election.

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Talk of Iowa
1:12 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Horticulture Day: State Forest Trees

John Iwanski Flickr

On Horticulture Day we spend a lot of time talking about the trees in your yard, this week we talk about the trees in Iowa’s state forests. Host Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh, who has been traveling around to our state forests lately and tells us about what he has seen. Then horticulturist Richard Jauron joins the conversation to answer listener questions.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Iowa First Swing State to Allow Early In-Person Voting

Iowans are the first swing-state voters to cast ballots in person.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

Early in-person voting has begun in Iowa, the first swing state to open polling sites.

Residents of the battleground state can now vote in person at their local county auditors' offices or turn them in by mail. Some areas will offer additional satellite locations.

At the Polk County Auditor's office in downtown Des Moines Thursday morning, a line of voters stretched down the block as the door opened.

Peter Clay, 62, was among the many supporters of President Obama. He says he's volunteered for the campaign on his days off from his job as a zookeeper.

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Politics
7:08 am
Fri September 7, 2012

King, Vilsack Meet for First Debate

The Democratic challenger in Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District, Iowa's former first lady Christie Vilsack, came out swinging in the first face-to-face debate of the campaign.   Incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King was caught a little off guard.   

Politics
7:32 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

With Convention Just Ahead, Obama Asks Iowans to Vote, Volunteer

President Obama addressed an open-air crowd of about 10,000 people at Living History Farms near Des Moines.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

On a muggy afternoon, President Obama addressed an open-air crowd of an about 10,000 people at Living History Farms near Des Moines. He says the GOP convention involved "a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but nobody told you what they were."

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
5:52 am
Wed August 29, 2012

My Farm Roots: Barb and Lynn Handy

Barb and Lynn Handy have farmed in western Iowa for all of their married lives. They were married 52 years ago.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

This is the seventh installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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Politics
7:43 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Romney Pushes Small-Government Solutions in Eastern Iowa

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been calling for fewer regulations as a solution to economic troubles.
Romney campaign

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at a manufacturing plant in Bettendorf Wednesday - not far from where President Obama wrapped up his three-day campaign swing through Iowa a week earlier.

Talk of Iowa
10:29 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Iowa State Fair 2012

The Grand Concourse during the 2012 Iowa State Fair
John Pemble

We're at the Iowa State Fair, and we're taking you with us. From the grand concourse for a Zumba lesson, to Pioneer Hall for a classic radio play, to an outdoor stage for square dancing...and monster arming wrestling to butterfly tagging. Join us for this special edition of "Talk of Iowa".

Politics
6:02 am
Thu August 16, 2012

President Obama, First Lady, Wrap Up Iowa Swing

President Obama closed out his three-day bus trip across Iowa with an assist— from First Lady Michelle Obama. Her visit helped to highlight the president’s softer side—and remind Iowa why it holds such a special place for the first family.

Talk of Iowa
1:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Iowa's Olympic Past

Lolo Jones, Gabby Douglas, Miranda Leek, Lisa Uhl, and Jake Varner, these are the athletes Iowans will be watching particularity closely at the Olympic games in London. On today’s “Talk of Iowa” we take a look back at the trials and triumphs of Iowa Olympians past.

Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

RAGBRAI Director TJ Juskiewicz on Ride's 40th Year

Dave Herholz / flickr

RAGBRAI XL, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, rolls out of Sioux Center on Sunday. On the latest "Talk of Iowa", host Charity Nebbe spoke with the director of RAGBRAI, TJ Juskiewicz. Juskiewicz shared what is new for this year's route, why the tradition has continued over the years, and how the weather might affect the ride.

River to River
1:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Summer Drought

Clint Alley / flickr

Most of Iowa is now experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions… along with more than half the country.  On today's "River to River' we hear from farmers, business owners and cities about how they’re being affected.  We talk with Elwynn Taylor about the prospects for turning the dry weather around.  And Harry Hillaker tells us how this drought compares with others in the state’s history. 

River to River
2:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Des Moines Turning Into Hub for Entrepeneurship

More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we'll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We're also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.

Talk of Iowa
1:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa

Looking to travel this summer? On today's Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She'll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.

Presidential Race
4:41 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Raucous Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 12:10 pm

You know things are going badly when the person at the front of the room has to say, "This is not going well." The fireworks at Iowa's Republican State Convention began even before lunchtime Saturday. At one point during the day, the parliamentarian threatened to kick out the next person who tried to speak out of order.

If Saturday's convention is any indication, Mitt Romney may not be in for smooth sailing at this summer's national convention in Florida.

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Talk of Iowa
1:41 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Iowa Beekeeping and Honey Production

Honey bees are at risk around the world.   On today's Talk of Iowa we’ll discuss bees, bee behavior and biology, why we need them, and why they’re in jeopardy.  We’ll also talk about beekeeping as a hobby and the business end of honey production and pollination.  Guests are the State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, beekeeper Jesse Randall, a professor at Iowa State University, and honey-producer Curt Bronnenberg of the Spring Valley Honey Farms of Perry.

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