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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

The Mississippi River is the American story

Author Paul Schneider joins Charity Nebbe to discuss his book, "Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History."

The Mississippi River is the American story

Return this Halloween to a werewolf story with political commentary for our time

We revisit our conversation with author Benjamin Percy about his 2013 book "Red Moon" and Ethan Rutherford's "The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories" from the same year.

Return this Halloween to a werewolf story with political commentary for our time

Winter is coming. Time for some final lawn care before the frost.

Iowa State University horticulture specialists Cindy Haynes and Adam Thoms join Charity Nebbe to talk about lawn care and answer the plant questions in the lives of listeners.

Winter is coming. Time for some final lawn care before the frost.

Elissa Altman's book details her love of food and finding the love of her life

Charity Nebbe speaks to Elissa Altman about her memoir "Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking."

Elissa Altman's book details her love of food and finding the love of her life

Even with a Pulitzer in hand, local journalism remains imperiled in Iowa

If we believe that a strong press is key to a thriving democracy, what does the shuttering of local newspapers and shrinking of staff necessitate from Iowans looking to stay informed?

Even with a Pulitzer in hand, local journalism remains imperiled in Iowa

Tayari Jones reminds readers that racism, antiblackness and white supremacy does not take a day off

This is the October meeting of the Talk of Iowa Book Club. Host Charity Nebbe and her guests have been reading "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones.

Tayari Jones reminds readers that racism, antiblackness and white supremacy does not take a day off

Are political fault lines showing up in Iowa's nonpartisan school boards and elections?

As culture war issues froth into school board meetings, how are political issues shaping these nonpartisan offices? Hear about what we are seeing statewide, whether we've seen it before and what impact it is having on these local offices.

Are political fault lines showing up in Iowa's nonpartisan school boards and elections?

Understanding the give and take of your organic garden

Iowa State University horticulture specialists Cindy Haynes and Kathleen Delate join Charity Nebbe to talk about organic gardens and answer the plant and tree questions in the lives of listeners.

Understanding the give and take of your organic garden

Historians and artists collaborate to look back and move forward as Iowa marks 175 years o...

Historians Andrew Klumpp, Ashley Howard and artist Awki Nji join Charity Nebbe to discuss the latest special edition of the history journal "Annals of Iowa," which celebrates 175 years of statehood.

Historians and artists collaborate to look back and move forward as Iowa marks 175 years o...

Now is the time to make improvements to the air quality in your home

Charity Nebbe speaks with home-improvement expert Bill McAnally about preparing our homes for winter and a lot more time spent indoors.

Now is the time to make improvements to the air quality in your home