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Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.
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Ames, IA

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Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.

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@IPRTalk

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English

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2111 Grand Avenue, Suite 100 Des Moines, IA 50312 866 780 9100


Episodes

Summer Camp Transforms Youth for 100 Years

8/16/2018
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YMCA Camp Wapsie has just wrapped up summer camp, for the 100th time. The Eastern Iowa camp is celebrating its centennial year of bringing youth outdoors for a week of adventure, fun and friendship. To get a sense of how Wapsie has been successful in establishing a camp culture that transforms generations of campers into counselors and staff, we asked Maxwell Meyer and Sami Therme, both of Iowa City, to keep audio diaries of their experiences as counselors for some of the oldest and youngest...

Duration:00:50:00

First Timers Visit the Iowa State Fair

8/15/2018
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Corn dogs, baby ducks, and a butter cow to boot! The Iowa State Fair is a time-honored tradition for many Iowans, and has gained a reputation for being one of the largest fairs in the nation. Do you remember your first fair? Charity Nebbe and the Talk of Iowa team wanted to relive that first-fair feeling, so they paired three new Iowa Public Radio employees up with longtime fair “super fans” and sent them out, recorder in hand, to experience the fair for the very first time. On this special...

Duration:00:47:59

A Test of Faith: Being Gay in the Catholic Church

8/14/2018
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Church can be a place of solitude, reflection, and community. For Joe Jennison, writer and director of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, the Catholic Church provided that space, but could also be unwelcoming at times. His experience as a gay man in the church led him to write the one-man show Confessions of a Gay Catholic. “It is so incredibly rewarding to stand up there, and share the truth of my heart with people. After I do the show, there are always people waiting to...

Duration:00:31:59

You Can Build It! Everything You Need to Know About Gazebos with Bill McAnally

8/8/2018
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Gazebos are a great place to comfortably enjoy some much needed shade in the garden. Their iconic geometric shape also adds elegance to otherwise bare spaces. They may look complicated to build on your own, but home improvement expert Bill McAnnally encourages the DIY'er fans of home improvement day that the process is manageable. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, he talks with host Charity Nebbe. McAnnally recommends cedar wood and patience for the building process. “There’s a lot of...

Duration:00:49:29

Thrift Shops Provide Stylish Clothes for Small Towns

8/7/2018
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With plenty of fast fashion outlets and cheap clothing available, Americans are purchasing, and discarding, clothing items at a rate never seen before. Allison Engel, co-author of second-hand shopping guide, "Thrift Style," says used clothign stores often provide cheaper, high-qualilty clothing options, while decreasing textile waste. “There are plenty of other items that are well-made, well-crafted from other decades, for example. Those are the things that still have a lot of life in...

Duration:00:48:54

Living with Someone Else's Grandparents

8/3/2018
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While her peers were renting their first post-grad apartments, Kari Grindberg was moving into a different residence -- a senior living community in Pella, Iowa. She's a recent Central College graduate who is spending ther summer fostering relationships with residents at a senior living community. On this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe explores the benefits of intergenerational relationship building, both for senior communities, and young people alike. "We have this general...

Duration:00:30:43

Jumping Worms Make Their Way to Iowa

8/3/2018
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Iowa has a new invasive species, the jumping worm , and it spells bad news for soil health. According to Iowa State University extension entomologist Donald Lewis, the worms have been in New England for a decade. They are also found in Iowa's border states, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. "It is an earth worm. It looks like all the other earth worms. A long tubular body, and lots and lots of segments, lots of wrinkles between the body. This one is darker. A mature earth worm has a...

Duration:00:48:42

The Power of Predators: Wolves, Coyotes and Fox

8/3/2018
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Wolves are a keystone species, but they haven’t lived in Iowa for years. Their successful reintroduction into the upper midwest and the Yellowstone National Park shows us the incredible impact wolves have on the ecosystem they live in. For example, wildlife biologist Jim Pease says the wolves make sure there aren't too many elk and other grazing animals around. He points out some of the changes that resulted in Yellowstone National Park when the wolves returned. “The grasses recovered, the...

Duration:00:48:53

The Daily Iowan: Looking Back at 150 Years of Student Reporting

8/1/2018
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This summer, the University of Iowa’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Iowan, celebrates 150 years serving the Iowa City community. “It doesn’t matter how you deliver a story; if it’s a great story people will read it. College students at The Daily Iowan have been writing great stories for 150 years, and they will be for a long time,” says Bill Casey, publisher of the Daily Iowan from 1976 to 2016. He oversaw tremendous growth at the paper, received a number of awards for his work, and...

Duration:00:48:51

Nelson Mandela: The Legacy Lives On

8/1/2018
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This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. He was an activist, a revolutionary, a political leader, philanthropist, and a role model for many global leaders. He fought apartheid in South Africa and spent 27 years in prison before emerging to lead his country as South Africa’s first black head of state, and the first head of state to be elected in a fully representative democracy. Mandela was also awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, and his ideals and words have...

Duration:00:49:09

Look Into His Eyes: Hypnotism on Stage

8/1/2018
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Doug Thompson of Marion has been performing as a comedian for over a decade. A few years ago, he was inspired to expand his skill set and learn hypnosis -- after seeing a really bad set. "I was watching this act, and I just thought, this could be so much more," Thompson says. "I'm that kind of person who always wants to be learning and growing." Thompson has been studying hypnosis for six years. He tours and performs full time, and he also works with clients who are looking to quit...

Duration:00:17:43

Bringing the Green Back to Your Lawn

7/27/2018
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Is your once uniform and lush lawn now looking rusty or being invaded by crabgrass? A wet June into a dry July may have you wondering how to make your lawn green again. On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Jason Burns tackles lawn care with Nick Christians, turf grass expert and Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. "Crabgrass is definitely the big issue this summer," Christians says. "It loves wet weather so the conditions have been perfect this year."...

Duration:00:48:42

Planting the Rainbow in Your Vegetable Garden

7/20/2018
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Pink tomatoes, purple snap beans, yellow cauliflower, orange winter squash. On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturalists Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron about planting and harvesting a colorful vegetable garden. They also share information about the upcoming ISU Horticulture Field Days being held at demonstration gardens across the state. These field days will be free and open to the public, rain or shine. The theme for this year is...

Duration:00:48:43

Mercy Cancer Center Medical Director On Living Life to the Fullest

7/19/2018
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As the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer, oncologist Dr. Richard Deming is used to treating patients, and going further to inspiring and encouraging cancer survivors as they challenge themselves physically as cyclists or mountain climbers. But right now, Demings is finding himself on the other side of the treatment process, as he recovers from a serious bicycle accident that left him with a fractured collar bone, fractured shoulder blade, multiple fractured ribs, a punctured lung, and a...

Duration:00:49:27

The Story Behind the Bounce Houses: A Joyful Send-off for Five Year Old Garrett Matthias

7/19/2018
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Five year old Garrett Matthias died on July 6 of a rare form of cancer that affected his cranial nerve and inner year. He was an exuberant and creative five year old, who loved super heroes, and his parents have chosen to share his personality, his words, and his ideas through a unique obituary and a joyful celebration of life that they hosted at their home in Van Meter this past weekend. During this Talk of Iowa segment, host Charity Nebbe talks with Emilie Matthias, Garrett’s mom, about...

Duration:00:17:28

Married Authors Take On Family, Heartbreak and Addiction in New Short Story Collections

7/18/2018
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Malinda McCollum and Anthony Varallo are both graduates of the Iowa Writers Workshop, enthusiasts of the short story form, and authors of their own, new story collections. They’re also married to each other. In this episode of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks to McCollum and Varallo about what draws them to short stories, both as writers and readers, and how the pair successfully manage writing projects, full teaching loads at the College of Charleston, and parenting McCollum also...

Duration:00:48:32

Three Iowans Explore the "Near-Death Experience"

7/18/2018
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What happens after we die? It’s a question that we can’t answer. But more and more people are reporting what happened to them during a "near-death experience." And if you listen closely to their stories, some fascinating clues to the question emerge. Retired professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Russell Noyes spent years collecting accounts of his patients' near-death experiences. On this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe chats with Noyes, social worker Loni Parrot of Iowa...

Duration:00:48:31

DREAMer Alejandro Larios Mora Finds a Home in Iowa, Career in Veterinary Medicine

7/18/2018
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As Alejandro Larios Mora struggled through elementary school in Anaheim, California, he didn't know he would one day travel to Iowa to become a veterinarian. He also didn’t know that he had not been born in the United States. “I thought I was like anybody else,” he says. “I didn’t think I would have any problems with my future.” After he was born in Mexico, Larios Mora’s parents moved him to Hawaii, making him a DREAMer. Later, his family relocated to the West Coast where he attended high...

Duration:00:17:42

Teen Poet Shines in the Face of Adversity

7/16/2018
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Heading into her junior year at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Diamond Roundtree is an accomplished poet. She just recently published a collection of her poetry titled, Words from My Heart . The collection includes a poem about how being bullied made her who she is today, another that explores her African American Heritage and many words designed to encourage, empower and inspire her readers. In this Talk of Iowa segment, host Charity Nebbe talks with Roundtree about the messages...

Duration:00:17:43

Cycling Through Grief: A Young Widow Shares Her Journey

7/16/2018
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Anjali Pinto became a widow on New Year’s Eve of 2016 when her young, strong, 30-year-old husband, Jacob Johnson, died suddenly of an aortic dissection. They had been planning to ride RAGBRAI together as a way to honor Jacob’s late grandmother, but instead, Pinto ended up riding across the state with Jacob’s family to honor both Jacob and his grandmother. “I just needed to try everything in my power to honor him. I would basically come up with a list of things like, would he be proud of me...

Duration:00:30:41