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Talk of Iowa is the place for Iowans to interact with and learn from each other. Together we delve into culture, history, art, and literature. We want you to come away connected to our culture and what it means to live in Iowa.

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What would a carbon neutral Iowa look like?

Whether we see it or not, parts of our day-to-day — driving to work, powering our homes, grabbing a bite to eat — produce or emit carbon. What would a low-carbon or zero-carbon lifestyle look like in Iowa?

What would a carbon neutral Iowa look like?

Watching grass grow this fall

The lawn care season is nearing an end, but there are a few things you might want to take care of before the snow flies.

Orchestra Iowa is embarking on its centennial season

Orchestra Iowa is kicking off its centennial season, or at least it's trying to.

Orchestra Iowa is embarking on its centennial season

Book tells of scrappy young basketball players among the first to benefit from Title IX

As this year marks 50 years since Title IX became law, we listen back to a conversation with one of the female student-athletes granted the opportunity to play in the 1970s because of this decision.

Book tells of scrappy young basketball players among the first to benefit from Title IX

Isabel Bloom's legacy lives on through her sculptures

Meet the woman behind this year's Iowa Public Radio fund drive t-shirt, an Andy Warhol-reminiscent homage to corn and radio.

Isabel Bloom's legacy lives on through her sculptures

When Okoboji became a COVID-19 hotspot, this medical anthropologist conducted research to ...

Charity Nebbe talks to medical anthropologist Emily Mendenhall, who's from Okoboji. She decided to study the pandemic in her hometown.

When Okoboji became a COVID-19 hotspot, this medical anthropologist conducted research to ...

Spring blooming bulbs are a durable addition to gardens

Horticulturists share the resilience and reliability of tulips, daffodils and other bulbs.

Spring blooming bulbs are a durable addition to gardens

A reading list of great African American literature from an Iowa teacher

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A reading list of great African American literature from an Iowa teacher

How literature can teach young readers to build empathy and resilience

On this Banned Books Week, an annual nationwide celebration of the freedom to read, we listen back to a conversation about recent book challenges across Iowa and the U.S.

How literature can teach young readers to build empathy and resilience

The pros and cons of monitoring children via smartphone technology

Smartphone technology gives parents the opportunity to keep track of their kids like never before, but what about when those kids become adults?

The pros and cons of monitoring children via smartphone technology