Talk of Iowa

Talk of Iowa


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.



Drake's Jennifer Harvey on Raising White Kids in a Racially Unjust America

Feb 18, 2019


For white people who are committed to equity and justice, living in a nation that remains racially unjust and still deeply segregated creates unique challenges. These challenges begin early in life and impact the racial development of white children in powerful ways. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of the new book "Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America." (Abingdon Press) Harvey, a writer, speaker and professor of religion at Drake University, says that our kids can often handle more layered truths than we give them credit for. She told us: "We need to think about and work on developing more of a multi-dimensional way of thinking about the white part of our histories--the challenge is to not be afraid to give our children a more truthful and more complex picture of their own history." During this Talk of Iowa program, Charity speaks with Harvey about why teaching our kids to be "colorblind" is not the

Caring for Your Valentine's Day Blooms

Feb 15, 2019


More cut flowers are purchased on Valentine’s Day than on any other day of the year, in spite of the fact that the holiday falls in the dead of winter. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks to h orticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about how to get the most out of your cut flowers. They also share tips for how to bring springtime into our homes by forcing flowering tree and shrub branches into bloom. Later in the hour, Haynes and Jauron answer listener questions. The first step for prolonging the life of your bouquets is to place them in an area of your house with enough light and warmth, such as a kitchen table or countertop. "Make sure you put them in a bright, well lit location away from a door or a window or even a vent so that they don't get too hot or too cold," Haynes says. If they're not yet in a vase, cut about an inch from the stems and get them into clean, room temperature water as soon as possible. Then, be sure to change the

Repairing House Damage from the Extreme Cold

Feb 14, 2019


Whether it's ice dams, frozen pipes, frozen door knobs, or frost on the inside of windows and walls, this winter has been hard on our homes. In this home improvement day edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe chats with home improvement expert Bill McAnally about repairing the damage done by the polar vortex.

New Play Highlights the Story of Sudanese Muslims

Feb 13, 2019


A new Iowa-based play titled “My Daughters are My Writings” highlights the story of a little-known group, the Republican Brotherhood, from Sudan. It's a collaboration by members of the University of Iowa. Playwright Margot Connolly, a graduate of the UI MFA playwriting workshop, says she hopes the performance will help challenge stereotypes of Muslim women. In this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Connolly, as well as the author of “Modern Muslims: A Sudan Memoir," and several UI graduate students of history who contributed to the play. Later in the hour, we'll listen back to Charity's 2017 conversation with Kittie Weston-Knauer, the oldest female BMX athlete in the country .

Rewriting Shakespeare

Feb 12, 2019


William Shakespeare has been dead for over 400 years, but we still turn to his words and his work for wisdom and inspiration, particularly when it comes to matters of love. In this episode of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with James Anthony, who rewrote every one of Shakespeare’s sonnets following the rules of rhyme and iambic pentameter, but using modern, accessible language. His collection is titled, “Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist.” “We do not know anything about William Shakespeare, about his life,” Anthony says. “We barely know where he was, we don’t know what day he was born, we don’t know his movements, we have no personal interviews, we have no record of any letters he ever sent to anybody.” But we do have his sonnets, which Anthony argues are the most personal artifacts we have of his. “This was his diary; I believe the sonnets are the diary of his heart.” Later in the program, we listen back to an interview with Loretta Ellsworth,

Digital Dentistry Here to Stay

Feb 11, 2019


Very few people actually like going to the dentist, but oral health is an essential part of our overall health. We also live in a culture that values good teeth and beautiful smiles, and new technologies are making some of the things dentists and orthodontists have always done a lot easier and faster. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Andy Stevenson and Dr. John Mergen about how new technologies have been transforming their practices. Dr. Pete Damiano, who is director of the Public Policy Center and a professor in the Department of Preventative and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa, and Dr. Erica Teixeira, who is professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa also join the conversation.