10-Year-Old Iowan Continues to Bring Joy with @IvePetThatDog
Apr 9, 2019
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 story, and his trip to American Kennel Club National Championship Dog Show. It might seem like a big responsibility to keep his thousands of followers up to date on his dog petting adventures, but Kidd doesn't seem to mind. "I don't feel any pressure, I just really love it," Kidd says. "I love dogs and I think they are amazing creatures and I really want to keep doing this."
As the Nest Turns: Heartbreak and New Beginnings with Decorah’s Most-Watched Eagles
Apr 9, 2019
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 was last seen on April 18. It’s unusual for a male eagle to abandon a nest, and an active search for the male ended approximately a week after he was first reported missing. The matriarch of the nest, best known as “Mom Decorah,” juggled life as a single mother for months, turning down not one, but two eagle suitors, before finally letting a third interested party into her nest last October. The presumably happy couple welcomed their second eaglet on Monday. Things haven’t been much easier over
Iowa Artist Makes Music From Brain Waves
Apr 8, 2019
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. Recently, the Iowa-native has been programming sensors that translate brain activity into electronic music and visual graphics in an act that's part performance art, part meditation, and part live composition. On this episode of Talk of Iowa , Snell joins Charity Nebbe to discuss his recent work, his path back to the Midwest, and his passion for encouraging artistic opportunities in Iowa, particularly at the intersection of engineering and music.
Robotic Lawn Mowers and Spring Lawn Chores
Apr 5, 2019
The grass is starting to turn green and pretty soon it will be time to mow. How great would it be if a robot could do it for you? On today's Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Adam Thoms and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension about robotic lawn mowers and spring lawn chores.
Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius
Apr 4, 2019
The work of Grant Wood has inspired countless imitators, parodies, books, a symphony, and now - an opera. In this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe gets a preview of “Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius," which will be performed at Theatre Cedar Rapids on April 12, 13, and 14. The performance will feature three one-act operas, each one written and composed by a different Iowa composer and inspired by a different Grant Wood Paintings. Guests this hour include: Haley Stamats the stage director of The Grant Wood Operas R. Tripp Evans, a professor of art history at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and the author of the biography, “Grant Wood: A Life” Later in the hour, we get a preview of the new documentary, "The Providers," which gives viewers an inside look at the opioid epidemic in rural America. The documentary follows the work of three healthcare professionals in northern New Mexico at El Centro, a network of clinics that accept any patient regardless or insurance,
Raising Pigs in Pastures
Apr 3, 2019
Iowa produces about 50 million hogs per year, and at any one time, there are approximately 20 million pigs being raised in Iowa. Yet, driving across the state, it’s rare to see any pigs outside, as most of the state’s pigs are raised in hoop houses or concentrated animal feeding operations. In this episode of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe chats with two Iowa farmers who raise their pigs in the pasture. “Initially it was a cost-driven factor because it was a lot more economical to put a-frames up than it was to put up a confinement building, but as I got further into it, I became more and more satisfied with the quality of care in life I was giving to the pigs,” says Niman Ranch farmer Ron Mardesen, owner and operator of A-Frame Acres in Elliott. “I really like the interaction of the pigs being pigs; I like to see the interaction of the little pigs and the mom. I really enjoy my job.” Emily Harold is a high school senior at West Branch, raises show pigs, and she is the owner and
Public Radio Favorites Paula Poundstone and Ira Glass Coming to Iowa
Apr 2, 2019
NPR listeners know Paula Poundstone as a regular panelist on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and from 30 years of being hilarious on stage. In this episode of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Poundstone. In addition to being a comedian, Poundstone is a podcaster, author, cat lady and many other things. Her podcast, which she co-hosts with Adam Felber is called Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and her latest book, now out in paperback is “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.” Poundstone will be at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Friday, April 5. Later in the hour, Ira Glass, the host, producer and creator of This American Life , talks about the podcasting explosion and how audio storytelling has changed in the last 25 years. Glass will speak in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 6 at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
Morel Mushrooms and Insects - Harbingers of Spring
Mar 8, 2019
It may be hard to believe right now, but the arrival of spring is inevitable. On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , plant pathologist Lina Rodriguez Salamanca from the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab joins host Charity Nebbe to talk about an opportunity to become a certified morel mushroom hunter . Then, Iowa State University entomologist Donald Lewis previews the insects that will make a seemingly instant appearance when the weather warms up. And ISU horticulturist Cindy Haynes answers all your questions!
Marking Civil Rights History in Iowa
Mar 6, 2019
Only 11 sites in Iowa are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as having played an important role in African American history. The State Historic Preservation Office is hoping Iowans participate in a new project that will put more spots on the map – the 20th Century Civil Rights Survey Project. In this episode of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with those involved: Paula Mohr, architectural historian at the State Historical Society of Iowa, and Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP. Later, we preview two new documentaries premiering on Iowa Public Television this week, the documentary film “The Happiness Machine” and the IPTV series “Iowa Land and Sky.”
Circular Sessions Showcase the Natural Side of Midwestern Music
Mar 6, 2019
The music scene in Iowa and the rest of the Midwest is thriving right now and videographer Sam Fathallah wants everyone to know about it. That's why Fathallah started Circular Sessions, a video series showcasing the breadth and depth of the Midwestern music scene through interviews and performances. Through the series, Fathallah invites artists including Elizabeth Moen, The Maytags, and Bad Bad Hats into his sun-filled artist's loft for a session that feels as creative as it is intimate. “Music in this type of space, in this natural lit open space... it's reminiscent of how music is made, when it's really made. You know, when it's rehearsed in people's living rooms, and in their basements before it even gets to the studio," Fathallah says. "That's what music really looks like especially in Iowa, where folks are just making music in their homes.”
Jackson Pollock's "Mural" Inspires Piano Concerto
Mar 5, 2019
Jackson Pollock's "Mural" is the most famous work of art owned by the University of Iowa. The piece is seen as one of Pollock's most important works, and it marked a shift in styles during Pollock's career as an artist. Mural was saved during the floods of 2008, sent to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to be restored, and has been on tour ever since. It will return to Iowa City when the new University of Iowa Museum of Art is ready. The piece has inspired a book, an award winning documentary, and now Steinway pianist and composer, educator, and author Dan Knight is writing a piano concerto inspired by Pollock's work. In this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Knight, as well as Joni Kinsey, a professor of American art history at the University of Iowa.
Ironmen Movie to Premiere at Kinnick Stadium In Need of Extras
Mar 4, 2019
Generations of Iowans have been inspired by stories told about Nile Kinnick, Jr., winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy. Now we’re going to have an opportunity to see Kinnick and the other members of his team on the big screen. The film "The Ironmen" has been in the works for years, but now it’s close to becoming a reality. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with author Tom Lidd. His novel Nile inspired the film. Producer Joe Heath and best-selling novelist, prominent screenwriter and director Nicholas Meyer, who is fine-tuning the screenplay also join the converation. The plan is to shoot the film in Iowa City and host a movie premiere that may just set a world record.
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 .
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.