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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

How to Keep Your Garden Rose-y This Summer

7/16/2018
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Roses have found their way into our hearts and into our gardens. Whatever beautiful species of rose brings color to your garden, Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens, and Richard Jauron of ISU Extension discuss how to get the most out of your roses. “This year is going to be a little rough for disease issues with roses,” said Steil. “It has been warm. It has been wet, which is the perfect situation for two major diseases that hit roses: black spot and powdery mildew.” Steil...

Duration:00:49:29

When to Trim Back Those Tree Branches

7/13/2018
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Two people lost their lives on July 3 rd when a large Oak tree branch fell on them as they were watching fireworks in Rock Island, Illinois. While there’s likely no way to know if the accident was preventable, it’s a tragic reminder that we should all be aware of the health of the trees in our landscape. On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Iles, professor and chair of Iowa State University's Department of Horticulture, about trees. “I think an...

Duration:00:48:28

Firework Safety in the Wake of Iowa's First Fireworks Death

7/13/2018
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Last weekend, an Iowa teenager from Waverly died from injuries sustained during a fireworks accident. He is believed to be the first person killed by consumer explosives in the state since the Iowa Legislature legalized them last year. In this news buzz edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks to Dr. Chris Buresh, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa, about this incident and the increase in firework-related injuries this year. Last year, the University...

Duration:00:45:22

Politics Day: The Fight for the Supreme Court

7/13/2018
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Over the next few months, the Supreme Court battle between conservative and liberal interest groups over nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars and leave a lasting impact on the nation's political landscape. On this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Steffen Schmidt, Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College, for their analysis...

Duration:00:45:30

A Conversation with NPR's Ombudsman

7/12/2018
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Gallup polling shows that public trust in media outlets has dropped in recent years . On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks about possible reasons for the shift in public trust with NPR ombudsman and public editor Elizabeth Jensen. In her role, Jensen serves as a liaison between NPR’s newsroom and its listeners. Iowa Public Radio news director Michael Leland and executive director Myrna Johnson also join the conversation. IPR welcomes your comments and questions about...

Duration:00:45:28

"The Lost Queen of Crocker County" Brings Novelist Elizabeth Leiknes Home to Iowa

7/12/2018
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25 years ago, author Elizabeth Leiknes moved away from her family in Truesdale, Iowa, though she looks upon her home state with great fondness. Her latest book, The Lost Queen of Crocker County, is an ode to the Midwestern identity. It’s a story inspired by Leiknes' drive home from work one day. While driving, she felt a thump under her car. “Is it a kitten? Is it a dog? What had happened?” Leiknes remembers asking herself. She went back and found nothing, but it got her thinking. “On the...

Duration:00:31:59

Ubuhle Women & Czech Beads

7/12/2018
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The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids recently opened an extraordinary exhibit that will run through September 17th. This show entitled “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” showcases a form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Join IPR’s Jacqueline Halbloom as she interviews Stefanie Kohn, Curator of The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library about this new exhibit. The...

Duration:00:13:34

Media Rating Systems are Flawed, Says ISU Psychologist

7/11/2018
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Iowa State University psychologist Doug Gentile says that research shows parents do not use, appreciate, or agree on the age-based rating systems used for movies, television, and video games in the U.S.. "Only six percent of parents say that the movie ratings are always accurate, only five percent of parents say the television ratings are always accurate, and only six percent say the video game ratings are always accurate," says Gentile. "Even if they're using the ratings, often their...

Duration:00:48:25

Iowa Writer’s Workshop Graduate Recalls Life in Halfway House

7/11/2018
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In this episode of Talk of Iowa , Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Tom Macher talks with host Charity Nebbe about his debut memoir Halfway . He reflects on his childhood, growing up in a commune and a boys home, and the path that led him towards alcoholism. “I felt like [alcohol] was the thing that I had been missing my whole life,” Tom says. “It wasn’t that I was missing a relationship with my father, or whatever other hole we feel inside ourselves.” While living in a halfway house in rural...

Duration:00:49:40

Civility in an Era of Intense Divisiveness

7/10/2018
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Recent calls for civility in political and public discourse in the wake of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being kicked out of a Washington D.C. restaurant have people questioning what civil conversations look like and whether we are indeed living in a post-civil society. In this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks about the breakdown of civility with former Congressmen from Iowa, Jim Lightfoot and Dave Nagle, as well as former Iowa Senate President Mary...

Duration:00:45:26

Did You Play 6-on-6? The Iowa Women's Archive Wants to Talk to You About It

7/9/2018
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Iowa has the longest running state high school girl's basketball tournament in the country, but for most of that history girls did not play the game we know today. According to research by Karen Mason of the Iowa Women's Archives, girls in Iowa have been playing 6-on-6 basketball since the early 1900's. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Mason and University of Iowa American Studies lecturer Jennifer Sterling about the game and a new exhibit that is touring the...

Duration:00:48:26

Family Loses Home In Explosion After Flash Floods in Des Moines

7/9/2018
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Torrential rain caused widespread chaos across the Des Moines area last Saturday. Des Moines got hit the hardest, but there was also severe flood damage in Ankeny, Saylorville, Urbandale, Maxwell, Johnston, and Windsor Heights when nearly 9 inches of rain fell over a three-hour period. The Des Moines Register reports that more than 1500 hundred properties were affected, and authorities expect that number to increase with time. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said Friday that another 500...

Duration:00:48:23

Former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray Dies at 89

7/8/2018
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The Iowa governor who opened the state’s arms and heart to boatloads of Southeast Asian refugees in the years following the Vietnam War has died at the age of 89. Bob Ray was a 40-year-old attorney and chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa when he was first elected governor in 1968. During a time of social and political turmoil, he brought a measured approach to the job. He held the office for 14 years. The compassionate stance he took during the last half of the 1970s left a lasting mark...

Duration:00:03:39

How we Meet and Why it Matters: Priya Parker on the Art of Gathering

7/6/2018
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Humans are naturally social animals, but convention and routine have made many of our gatherings stale and meaningless, at least according to author Priya Parker. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Parker, founder of Thrive Labs, about her new book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters . Parker shares tips for how to use your next gathering to cultivate community and bring people together in meaningful ways. Parker believes that clearly defining...

Duration:00:48:27

Recent Wet Weather Makes an Ideal Climate for Earwigs and Springtails

7/6/2018
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The recent wet weather has been too much for some gardens, and it has made some Iowa insects happy and healthy. Entomologist Donald Lewis and horticulturist Richard Jauron talked with Charity Nebbe about earwigs, springtails and other insects that are thriving in the damp conditions. Lewis says that earwigs enjoy the place between the mulch and soil, where conditions are warm and humid. “The goal of earwigs and other insects is to crawl into cracks and hide and to keep crawling,” Lewis said....

Duration:00:48:23

A Conversation with ISU President Wendy Wintersteen

7/6/2018
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This week, the Trump administration reversed seven Obama-era policies on affirmative action that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses. The Trump administration will now encourage school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards. On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks to Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen about how this may impact admissions at Iowa State, the rise in faculty...

Duration:00:46:28

Democratic Socialism is Having a Moment: Will it be the Revolution Sen. Sanders Envisions?

7/5/2018
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Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a 10-term establishment Democrat in New York last week. While her district doesn’t necessarily mirror that of Iowa’s districts, a 2016 Des Moines Register/Bloomberg News Iowa Poll found that 43 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers consider themselves socialists. On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer explores what Democratic Socialism means today and why it has an appeal at this particular time in U.S. history. Lisa Lai...

Duration:00:46:26

Wedding Dress Designer Matthew Christopher to Host Trunk Show in Boone

7/5/2018
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During this Talk of Iowa segment, host Charity Nebbe catches up with designer Matthew Christopher. Before Christopher became a couture dresser for celebrities and brides across the world, he made prom gowns for his dates in his hometown of Wellman. He learned to sew in 4-H as a kid. “I was enthralled with Brides magazine at the age of 10,” Christopher says. “I had the opportunity to leave track practice and tell the coach ‘I gotta go work on some of my future things that are going to be...

Duration:00:18:44