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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Around The World In Five True Stories

The summer travel season is right around the corner, and whether it's a family road trip in the region or a jetsetting destination halfway around the world, we all gather experiences and stories from our travels.

Finding Bix: An Iowa Legend Whose Music Lives On

This program originally aired on August 2, 2017, and makes mention to an upcoming Bix 7 race. The next annual date for this event is July 27, 2019. Bix Beiderbecke was a self-taught cornet player from Davenport, a white kid from the corn belt born in 1903. He only lived to be 28 years old, but against all odds his musical influence has lasted for generations.

Elizabeth Moen Is Having A Moment

Elizabeth Moen is a favorite in Iowa. She's played venues like Racoon Motel in Davenport, the Englert Theater in Iowa City, stopped by Daytrotter last year, and even made her way onto the Hinterland Lineup for this summer. But following the release of her second EP and a tour that took her from coast to coast and over seas, it's becoming clear that Moen's fan base streaches far beyond statelines .

The Contours of Black Fandom

Recent films like Marvel's "Black Panther" and Jordan Peele's "Us" have been praised as a huge step forward for black representation in Hollywood and pop culture. But black actors and directors have been making art in Hollywood far before these films came to the big screen.

Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit

There was a time when tallgrass prairie once covered about 85 percent of Iowa. Today, tallgrass prairie is one of the most altered and threatened ecosystems on the planet, though more Iowans are turning back to native prairie plans in their yards and landscapes.

Why House Centipedes Don't Deserve Their Bad Reputation

A house centipede is almost never a welcome house guest, but these creepy crawlies are actually beneficial creatures. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with entomologist Donald Lewis about why centipedes and millipedes don't deserve their bad reputation. Later in the hour, horticulturist Richard Jauron joins to answer listener questions.

Buxton- Iowa's "Black Utopia"

Buxton, Iowa was a company town, but it wasn't like any other company town. It was founded by Consolidation Coal Company in 1900 and when the company recruited miners they did not discriminate on the basis of race. Buxton became Iowa's first fully integrated town and the community thrived until the coal ran out. On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe sat down with author Rachelle Chase to talk about her new book, "Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton Iowa". The town of Buxton, IA was

10-Year-Old Iowan Continues to Bring Joy with @IvePetThatDog

Everybody can get behind daily pictures of cute dogs, and 10-year-old Gideon Kidd of Cedar Falls has gone viral sharing pictures of dogs he's met on his twitter account @IvePetThatDog . Almost exactly one year ago, Gideon and his mother Rachel Braunigan launched the account, and since then Gideon has amassed more than 214,000 followers from his daily dog posting. On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe chats with Kidd about the growth of his account, his process for telling a dog's

As the Nest Turns: Heartbreak and New Beginnings with Decorah's Most-Watched Eagles

It's been a spring to remember for the feathered residents of the North and Fish Hatchery eagle nests in Decorah. Four eaglets have hatched in total, with only three surviving. The death of one eaglet at Decorah North follows a tumultuous year at the nests, leaden with heartbreak, missing mates, new courtships and even a couple housing renovations. The recent hatchings fall just a few days before the one-year anniversary of "Dad Decorah" being reported MIA from the Fish Hatchery nest, where he

As the Nest Turns: Heartbreak and New Beginnings with Decorah's Most-Watched Eagles

Iowa Artist Makes Music From Brain Waves

For more than two decades, multidisciplinary artist Jason Snell has been challenging the relationship between music, maker, and technology to create richly engineered performances and complex soundscapes.

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