Iowa Week

Iowa may not have a lot of people, but our state has been home to a number of remarkable individuals.  You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “the best thing since sliced bread.”  But, did you know that Iowan Otto Rohwedder invented the first commercial bread slicer? That’s just one of the people you’ll meet as Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa and River to River celebrate “Iowa Week,” with shows focusing on influential Iowans.  Some names will be familiar, like Aldo Leopold and John Atanasoff.  Some may be harder to recall, but are no less impactful.  For example, Iowans have fought on the battlefield, and in the U.S. Supreme Court to protect our freedoms.  Iowans have been involved in experiments that have shaped the way we view race, and medical ethics.  Iowans like Meredith Wilson and Ray Kinsella have entertained and inspired generations.  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating “Iowa Week” on Talk of Iowa (10:00 a.m.) and River to River (12:00 p.m.) on Iowa Public Radio.

River to River
2:29 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Iowans In War

Col. Bud Day and his son, George. 1956 North American F-100F Super Sabre / Hun 56-3844 - N26AZ, Detachment 1/416th Tactical Fighter Squadron fast FACs, Collings Foundation at KEFD
Christopher Ebdon / flickr

From the notable case of the Sullivan brothers in World War II, to the lesser known but significant involvement in the Civil War, Iowans have a long history of fighting for their country. Today on River To River, we close “Iowa Week” with an account of Iowa’s military history, from the Civil War, to current-day conflicts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Iowa's Horticultural Heritage

Horticulture Gardens at Iowa State University 1922
Credit Iowa State University

Iowa’s rich soil has made it an ideal place to grow plants, it has also made our state an ideal place to grow and train horticulturists.  Host Charity Nebbe, wraps up Iowa week with profiles of some of the most gifted and influential horticulturists in Iowa history.  Their lasting contributions include apples, roses, peanuts and the formation of Iowa State Agricultural College.

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River to River
3:07 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Iowa Experiments

Jane Elliott taught school in Riceville for 20 years. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered she divided her third-grade class into blue and brown-eyed groups and gave them a lesson in discrimination.

One day in 1968, the day after the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Jane Elliott, a teacher in the small town of Riceville, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups…and gave them a lesson in discrimination. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:11 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Fictional Iowans

Riverside is the future birthplace of “Star Trek’s” James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise.
Peter Zillmann / HPZ Flickr

Iowa is home to a baseball fan who sees ghosts, one spunky librarian who owns all the books in River City's library and a cat with presidential aspirations.  It is also the future birthplace of legendary starship commander Capt. James T.

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River to River
3:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Legal History

Pictured above is a bronze statue of Arabella Mansfield on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College. Mansfield was the first female lawyer in the U.S. She resided in Mount Pleasant and passed the Iowa Bar in 1869.
Gerry Chamberlin

In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker arrived at her Des Moines junior high wearing a black armband to protest the Vietnam War.  Little did she know that this simple act would lead to a historic and controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Talk of Iowa
12:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Musicians

François Péladeau

Meredith Willson left his home state of Iowa behind when he was 18 years old, but later as his career soared, he brought Iowa to Broadway and Hollywood with “The Music Man.”  Join host Charity Nebbe as Iowa Week continues to hear the stories of some of Iowa’s most famous musicians.  

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River to River
8:27 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Medicine

Colin Burnett

Nearly 200-thousand babies each year are born with congenital clubfoot. On this River to River, Iowa Week continues with a look at pioneering work in medicine.  Hear about the Iowa-based Ponseti International Association which treats clubfoot.  Dr. Herman Hein will tell us about Iowa's Statewide Perinatal Program, which has helped mothers and newborn babies receive needed medical care, and the remarkable story of how the University of Iowa's College of Medicine was funded almost one hundred years ago.

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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Iowa Conservationists

Leopold Outdoor Classroom at Aldo Leopold Middle School here in Burlington.
Steve Brower

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” It is partly due to his work that today's children don’t yet face that future.  Today Charity Nebbe continues Iowa Week a discussion on Iowa’s most influential conservationists.  She looks into the lives and work of Earnest Oberholtzer, John Lacey, Ada Hayden, and Louis Pammel.

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River to River
3:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Iowa Inventors

A working replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, the first digital computer, invented at Iowa State University by John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry
Ray Krebs / flickr

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” but did you know the inventor of sliced bread is from Iowa? Today on River To River, we hear about the lives of some Iowa inventors that made an impact on their state, country, and even the world.

The Iowa inventors we cover on the show include:

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Talk of Iowa
12:58 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Iowa Athletes

Statues of Nile Kinnick (left) and Jack Trice (right)
Jon Fravel / Mike Hiatt / Ben Stanton

To start off "Iowa Week," host Charity Nebbe looks at the lives of a few of the prominent athletes in Iowa's history.  The discussion includes Nile Kinnick,  Jack Trice, and other football players, but also baseball, archery, and horseshoes.  

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