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Snap Judgment LIVE Comes to Iowa City

The host of Snap Judgment , Glynn Washington , has a way of catching people's attention and not letting go. He draws listeners deep into an idea or a story and leads the audience toward unlikely conclusions. Every episode of the public radio show and podcast is different from every other episode, but great storytelling is at the heart of it all. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Washington, ahead of his visit to Iowa this fall. Snap Judgment will be performed live on

Puppeteers from Across the World Meet in West Liberty for Festival

Puppeteers from all over the United States are traveling to Iowa for the Great Plains Puppet Train, a regional puppet festival in West Liberty. The events begin Thursday, September 13 and run through Sunday the 16 th . On this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe visits with some of the artists who will be performing, including Brian Hull of Nashville. "The thing about puppetry is, you can do anything. There's this great idea that actors act and puppets are, and I think that's the truth

Author's Unusual Biography of da Vinci Fills in Historic Gaps

Leonardo da Vinci was a certifiable genius, but historical evidence suggests that he was something of a late bloomer. Mike Lankford, author of the biography Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci , uses archival details and a lot of imagination to bring the legend to life. Lankford, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, says that there are about 12 verifiable facts about Leonardo's past. The rest of what we think we know he says, can only be

Author of "The Sixth Extinction" to Speak in Cedar Falls

The Earth's fossil record shows that the planet has been through several periods of mass extinction. The Fifth Extinction was the one that ended the dinosaurs, and many people believe that we are now in the midst of the Sixth Extinction, driven this time not by an asteroid, but by pressures created by humans. In this edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe interviews Pulitzer Prize Winning writer and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, who published The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History in 2014.

Home Schooling in Iowa

In the 1980's the home schooling movement was driven by evangelical Christians, who wanted to incorporate their religious beliefs into their children's education. But today, a broad range of Iowa families are choosing to teach their children at home. Families who want to home school have three options in Iowa. Dual enrollment in a school district is available with or without the supervision of a licensed teacher. The two options allow students to choose classes like art, science or foreign

Identifying Stressed Out Trees

This summer we've seen below average temperatures, above average temperatures, very dry conditions, and flooding. The weather has been stressing a lot of people out and it's taken a toll on some trees. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks to Jeff Iles, professor and chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and Mark Vistosh, DNR forester, about how to identify when your trees might be struggling. Vitosh says that most trees probably

Seeing Yourself in Your Favorite Books: A Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

J acqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She's the author of two new books. "The Day You Begin," illustrated by Rafael Lopez is a picture book that's perfect for any child or adult who has felt nervous or different in school,and "Harbor Me," a middle grade novel, shares the stories of a diverse group of Brooklyn 5th graders. Her books often deal

Seeing Yourself in Your Favorite Books: A Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

Unpacked: Refugee Baggage

As we are experiencing the largest refugee crisis in human history, millions of people are being forced to flee their homes. It can be hard to remember that each refugee is a human being with an individual story to tell. Mohamad Hafez, a Syrian born architect, is finding unique ways to share those stories through an exhibit called "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage," which is on display at Iowa State University today through October 19. Hafez is an architect who could not go home during his time at Iowa

Participation in Football and Volleyball Declining Across Iowa

There aren't as many high school football and volleyball players as there were ten years ago. That's according to Iowa High School Athletic Association Communications Director Chris Cuellar. He says the number of high school football players dropped from 22,000 to 16,000 during the 10 year period from 2007 to 2017. "According to our data which is 9th through 12th graders, boys participating in 11 player football has dropped 25% since 2007," he says. "Buoying it is slow growth in cross country

Mollie Tibbetts: A Runner Who Never Came Home

Mollie Tibbetts was many things, a Hawkeye, a daughter, a volunteer and much more. She was also a runner who never came home. In the wake of her murder many women are questioning themselves as they lace up their shoes. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, we'll talk about what Mollie Tibbets' murder tells us about our culture, the risks girls and women face and what we can and should do to make our world a safer place. Rehka Basu, a columnist for the Des Moines Register ; penned an article asking

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