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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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Ailments Plaguing Oak Trees

Although oak trees are uniquely suited to the Iowa climate and landscape, many suffer from a variety of ailments stemming from insects, fungal problems, and disease. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, the director of the Insect and Plant Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University, Laura Iles, explains common effects of insects on oak trees. She says that after dry weather lace bugs can contribute to the yellowing of leaves. Lace bugs can be identified as black spots underneath

These Eighty-Year-Olds Are Still Finding Ways To Make A Difference

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Iowans Working Past "Retirement Age"

Iowans over the age of 65 are working longer than ever before, and the reasons are varied. Several retirees are still working past their retirement age and chose to live in a retirement community. Some work because they feel the need to stay busy and it's an ideal way to keep money in their pocket, others keep working because they can't afford to support themselves mostly because they do not have enough retirement savings. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with researcher

A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

This program originally aired on 2-9-18. For Nate Staniforth, a coin trick was his gateway to magic. He was 9-years-old and living in Ames. "I just was captivated by the idea that I could perfect this and make it look like I made a coin disappear. That's all I wanted." So, he did the trick on the playground. "The kids didn't laugh. They didn't clap. They just started shrieking and ran away." The teacher on playground duty came over and demanded that Staniforth show her what upset all the other

Behind The Scenes Of The Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair opened last Thursday and hundreds of thousands of visitors have already passed through the gates to see what this year's fair has to offer. For this special Iowa State Fair hour of Talk of Iowa , our host Charity Nebbe visited the fairgrounds the day before it opened. She talks to the fierce competitors of the popular jams, jellies and fruit butter competitions, then introduces a mother-son baking duo who have been competing in the baking contests for the last four years.

Summer Memories With Dan Knight

Remember those afternoons at the lake, road trips with the sun blazing through the windshield, hot summer nights? The moments that make up our summer memories are often accompanied by music.

The Nation's Largest Skatepark Will Be In Des Moines

Nate Sherwood grew up in a time when skateboarding was viewed as rebellious and countercultural. Now skateboarding is viewed in an entirely different light with clinics for young skaters, family skateboard outings, and cities all across Iowa constructing skateparks. This fall the City of Des Moines will be opening the Lauridsen Skatepark, which will be the largest skatepark in the United States with 88,000 square-feet of skatable surface. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks

First Timers Visit the Iowa State Fair

This program originally aired on 8-15-18. Corn dogs, baby ducks, and a butter cow to boot! The Iowa State Fair is a time-honored tradition for many Iowans, and has gained a reputation for being one of the largest fairs in the nation. Do you remember your first fair? Charity Nebbe and the Talk of Iowa team wanted to relive that first-fair feeling, so they paired three new Iowa Public Radio employees up with longtime fair "super fans" and sent them out, recorder in hand, to experience the fair for

For Women, Problem Drinking on the Rise

This program originally aired on 1-25-18. "Wine is to women as duck tape is to men: it fixes everything. " "I make wine disappear, what's your super power?" "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out, I'll drink red." These are supposed to be jokes, but they may also be indicative of a growing problem. During this hour on Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Ann Dowsett-Johnson, author of "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol," about women's

"God Land" Explores Modern Faith In The Midwest

In 2016, Lyz Lenz's life was turned upside down. She found herself questioning her faith, leaving her church and leaving her marriage. She felt that what she was experiencing was part of something bigger. She set out on a journey to explore how personal faith and congregations were evolving with modern challenges.

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