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Classroom Conversations on Injustice and Oppression

When Leigh Ann Erickson taught in Chicago and New York, she witnessed the effects of social injustice every day. But the view from small town Iowa can be very different. That's why Erickson founded a social justice course, an African American literature course, and the CARE Conference at Mount Vernon High School. Through this curriculum, Erickson hopes to broaden her students' perspectives about income inequality, race, and the criminal justice system. "Our system of oppression is just

Ashley Nashleanas Aims to Help Visually Impaired Learners

Ashley Nashleanas has been blind since birth, but that hasn't stopped her from accomplishing remarkable things. This spring, she'll receive her PhD in Educational Psychology from Iowa State University. On this Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe chats with Nashleanas about how her blindness informed her studies of math and science, and how she hopes to help other students who are visually impaired learn these subjects. For her part, Nashleanas had the confidence to request help when visual

Writer Elizabeth Bingham Shares Travel Survival Tips

If you're traveling to Europe and need some advice, Elizabeth Bingham can help. Her travel guides are designed to help you learn what you need about language and culture to travel with confidence. On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Bingham about turning her love of language and travel into a popular series of survival guides and memoirs. Teaching students who were preparing to travel abroad and finding a lack of material appropriate for soon-to-be travelers inspired Bingham to write

DJ Savarese Tells His Story in New Documentary 'Deej'

David James "DJ" Savarese is a poet, prose writer, and recent alumni of Oberlin College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Anthropology and Creative Writing. He is also autistic and nonspeaking. DJ shares his story through the new documentary Deej , which just received a Peabody Award and will be shown at the Julien Dubuque International Film festival on Saturday, April 28 th . The documentary, which was produced by Savarese in partnership with Robert Rooy, follows him

With Green Spring Upon Us, Invasive Insects Emerge

This is not a drill. Our long awaited spring has finally arrived. As we anticipate and enjoy the emergence of green, it's also time for the emergence of insects. On this Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe is joined by Laura Iles, Director of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University, who acts as our guide to some of Iowa's most recent invasive insects. Mark Vitosh, forester with the Department of Natural Resources, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension

Too Much Love is Not Enough: Talking About Child Sexual Abuse

Imagine the scene at drop-off at an elementary school, all those children smiling laughing. Statistics tell us that one in every 10 of those children in the United States will be sexually abused before they turn 18. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Rosenna Bakarai about her new book Too Much Love is Not Enough: A Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse." She's the founder of a support network for adult survivors called Talking Trees and has been speaking out about how to

Smithsonian's 'Hometown Teams' Comes to Mount Vernon

From pick-up games to organized leagues, every hometown team has its heroes. Hometown sports continue to shape and unite us in towns, cities, and states across the country. In Mount Vernon, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street Program" is working to celebrate local sports heroes and the broader impact of athletics on our communities. "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" will be on display at the First Street Community Center from March 18 to April 29, 2018. On

Carlos Honore Brings 'Fifth Ward Saints' to Iowa

When Carlos Honore moved to Iowa City from Baton Rouge in 1989, the move was something of a culture shock. By his eighth grade year, facing problems at home, Honore wound up in juvenile court. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center, Honore was put on probation and found sports. He played football and wrestling and later competed in track and soccer. In the mid-90s, he was instrumental in getting the football team at Iowa City's West High School to the 1995 4A championship.

Sharing Chores May Contribute to Relationship Happiness

Who does the dishes in your household? The answer to that question may reveal quite a lot about your relationships and level of happiness. On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe chats with Dan Carlson, assistant professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah. A report he co-authored for the Council on Contemporary Families was recently featured in The Atlantic . Ann Oberhauser, professor of sociology and director of women's and gender studies at Iowa State University, and

Planting Trees: The Best Time is Early Spring

Cool temperatures, plentiful moisture and a long growing season ahead make spring the best time to plant trees. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with ISU Professor and Horticulture Department Chair Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension about the best methods and timing for planting trees. They also answer listener questions.

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