Talk of Iowa
From Chimpanzees in Senegal to Des Moines' Bonobos08/28/14
Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz introduced the world to the spear-wielding Savannah chimpanzees of Senegal. She's just returned to Iowa...
"Dear Committee Members," Do You Really Need a Letter of Recommendation?
We’ve all been asked for letters of recommendation. At the end of the day, what’s the point?
Combating Climate Change Through Soil Science
Iowa is nestled in the center of America’s breadbasket; one of our most precious resources is beneath our feet. But it’s a resource in jeopardy.
Barbecuing an “Art,” with Lots of Rules…
For Phil Cummings, Iowa Farm Bureau Cook Off State Fair Barbeque Grand Champion, barbecuing is a family affair.
Dragonfly Swarms a Marker of Good Water Quality
There have been reports of dragonfly swarms in certain parts of the state this summer.
The Price of Sand: Documentary Investigates Communities Divided
When a silica sand mining company bought 160 acres near his mother’s home in Eastern Minnesota, Jim Tittle had lots of questions.
Wicker Kittens: A Look Into the World of Competitive Jigsaw Puzzling
Former Iowa State lawmaker John Wittneben has more than 4,000 assembled puzzles in his home, and he’s not the only one.
"A Fleet of Riding Lawnmowers": Drivers Ed, Past and Present
Wallace Winkie taught generations of Belle Plaine teenagers how to drive. Now, his wife, Bev Winkie, has collected their stories in the book "Park It!"...
Cancer Survivors Heal Through Art
When Pamela Crouch, a writer, underwent cancer treatments, she developed aphasia--the inability to remember the names of things. So she decided to...
Shabby Looking Lawn?
How does your lawn look? If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of...
An inky black sky full of stars is one of the most breathtaking views on Earth, but for most Americans the stars have dimmed because of artificial light.
Iowa State Fair 2014
In this special edition of Talk of Iowa, IPR Arts and Culture reporter John Pemble and Executive Producer Katherine Perkins report on the sights and...
Wildlife Day: Paddling Down Iowa's Waterways
So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department...
Assessing the Damage
When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.
Interracial Marriage in the US
Although interracial marriage has been fully legal in the United States since 1967, these unions are still rare since the overwhelming majority of...
The Best Time to Plant Trees: Late Summer
If you've been looking at your yard this summer thinking "a tree would look great there," now is the time to take action.
Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role
Women have worked in agriculture since agriculture began, but for many years they were limited to supporting roles. Talk of Iowa seeks out women's...
The Legacy of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to...
Tree Diseases and Other Plant Problems
If your tree is looking a little tired with the leaves curling up and falling off, or the needles on your pine turning brown, it could be a disease.
The New Face of Hunger
The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production....
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