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Seasonal Flowering Plants to Brighten Your Winter

A flowering plant makes a wonderful gift or a great pick-me-up during the dark, cold months of winter. These bright blooms bring joy, but they aren't necessarily meant to last. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks to horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about about forced bulbs, shamrock, Easter Lily, and many other beautiful but fleeting blooms . Later in the hour, Jauron and Haynes answer listener questions. One of the benefits of these

Dean Bakopoulos Talks About His New Film "Don't Come Back From the Moon"

"When I was 16, my father went to the moon..." That's how the new movie "Don't Come Back From the Moon" begins. It's a new major motion picture starring James Franco and Rashida Jones and is based on Iowa author Dean Bakopoulos's first novel Please Don't Come Back From the Moon. In both the book and the film, fathers disappear, leaving families to wonder what happened to them. "The huge majority of us live paycheck to paycheck and are a few bad turns away from economic ruin," says Bakopoulos. "I

Dean Bakopoulos Talks About His New Film "Don't Come Back From the Moon"

Bringing Diverse Voices to the Table Could be the Key to Rural Sustainability in Iowa

The challenges facing small Iowa towns seem to multiply with each passing year. These challenges are not unique to Iowa and the Orton Family Foundation , a small and rural community-focused non-profit based out of Vermont, has developed an approach aimed at improving community success and wellbeing from the inside out. The foundation's efforts focus on a program called Community Heart & Soul. The program builds on identifying community goals and values through what Orton describes as "the

Bringing Diverse Voices to the Table Could be the Key to Rural Sustainability in Iowa

A Kind of Miraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia

Living with schizophrenia presented Sandy Allen's Uncle Bob with lifelong obstacles. Bob was labeled as a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic, and lived a life consisting of isolation, various medications, and time in mental hospitals. Though Sandy didn't know their uncle well, in 2009 Bob sent Sandy what he called his autobiography, asking them to share his story. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Sandy Allen, a graduate of the University of Iowa's non-fiction writing

A Second State Tournament for Iowa's Lady Wrestlers

Last winter the AAU hosted a girls wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It was the first ever hosted in Iowa. This year, the AAU is hosting another all girls tournament on February 24. The Iowa Coaches and Officials Association is also hosting a girls state tournament on Janury 19 in Waverly. The Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union doesn't sanction high school wrestling, leaving Iowa behind many other states who are already sanctioning the sport. In the past year, eight

How Long is Someone an Immigrant? Reflections on 40 Years In the US

Kamyar Enshayan immigrated to the United States 40 years ago from Iran to go to college. He tried to attend school there, but he says that classes and whole semesters were getting cancelled due to governmental and cultural discontent. Amidst the current immigration debate, he's been asking himself a question: "how long someone stays an immigrant?" In conversation with host Charity Nebbe, Enshayan talks about his journey to the US, how he put down roots, and his appreciation for being able to

Iowa Arts Council Seeks to Unite State's Art Community

With 99 counties and some serious driving time between major metropolitan centers, it's easy for Iowa's artists community to feel decentralized and sprawing. The Iowa Arts Council wants that to change. 2014 marked the first class of fellows under the Iowa Artist Fellowship , and five years later, the program continues, with five Iowa artists receiving $10,000 each to support their artistic endeavors and professional development. On this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe explores the work

House Feeling Drab? Try Some New Indoor Flowering Plants

With a palette of grays, browns, and whites, winter in Iowa can be pretty drab, but flowering plants can brighten things up. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens join host Charity Nebbe and introduce us to flowering houseplants that are easy to grow and bloom reliably. They also answer listener questions.

No Limbits: Iowan Founds Company Making Prostehtic Limb Covers

University of Iowa senior Erica Cole was in a car accident in May of 2018 that so badly crushed her left leg from the knee down that she had to have it amputated. She says waking up without her leg after the accident was weird, but more than she was upset, she felt lucky. "I felt very lucky to still be here. Going through that and having that fear that I wasn't going to make it.... It sucks, but from the beginning, it was an immediate, 'oh my gosh, I'm still alive. I'm going to make the best of

The Only Girl

If you ever wondered what the early days of Rolling Stone magazine were like, if you've ever imagined the parties and the drugs and the craziness of it, Robin Green tells us it was all of that, "and more." Green has detailed it in her memoir "The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone." In the book she describes how she became the first female writer for the magazine. She also provides plenty of details about the wild lifestyles led by writers and editors, including about

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