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Just over sixty years ago in September of 1957, Terrence Roberts and eight other young people became the first African American students at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. These nine students, known as the Little Rock Nine, faced mobs of angry protesters as they tried to enter the school.

After several weeks of resistance from both the state and the community, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to accompany the students to school for protection. However, the Little Rock Nine continued to face violence and discrimination once inside Central High.

For the last 8 years, Kyle Munson has been telling Iowa's stories as the Iowa Columnist for The Des Moines Register. He's uncovered true gems, introduced us to fascinating characters, shown us at our best, and started conversations when we've been at our worst. Now, he's moving on. 

On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Munson as he prepares to leave The Des Moines Register after 24 years. They chat about Munson's career in journalism, including his years spent as a music critic. 

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As April showers kick off spring weather across the state, flowers are beginning to bloom, and grasses are starting to grow. Iowa State University Extension turfgrass specialist, Adam Thoms, shares some advice for how to establish and maintain healthy lawns.

“Never apply more than ¾ of a pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet," Thoms says. If you're applying corn gluten meal, make sure not to exceed 20 pounds of meal per 1000 square feet, Thoms adds.

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Tahera Rahman is an Illinois native who has been making headlines for the last few months by becoming the first Muslim woman to wear her hijab on live television reporting for the Fox affiliate in the Quad Cities.

She says she started wearing her hijab full-time when she was 11.

"I wore it on and off as a kid. When you were a little kid, you want to be just like your mom, so that's why I wanted to wear it. I started wearing it all the time after fifth grade," she says.

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Borderline personality disorder is an often misunderstood mental disorder. People who struggle with BPD might receive a misdiagnosis or none at all. It is a disorder characterized by instability in mood, behavior, and self-image. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Ross Trowbridge, who lives with BPD about his new project #Iamnotashamed.

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Just off of 2nd Avenue in Cedar Rapids sits an unassuming little carriage house. In a tiny studio apartment that used to be the hayloft, is where the most iconic American painting was created. Artist Grant Wood lived as well as worked in the space from 1924 - 1935, and he created all of his masterpieces there, including "American Gothic," "Young Corn," and "Woman with Plants."

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe toured the studio with Katherine Kunau, associate curator of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

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The woman who taught Amelia Earhart how to fly was from Iowa. 

If you just read that and thought, "what?! I didn't know that!" you're not alone.

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In just a few weeks, it'll be time to search for the elusive and delectable morel mushroom. Aspiring morel hunters and experienced foragers alike can look to the forests for this fungal delicacy. 

On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Mark Vitosh, Forester for the Department of Natural Resources, about where, when, and how to scout for the hard-to-find morels.

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With March Madness in full swing, college basketball and its top players have been a hot topic of conversation.

On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks to former professional basketball player Paul Shirley about his experience playing college basketball for the Cyclones and his latest memoir The Stories I Tell on Dates

Shirley's book draws from both his time playing professional basketball around the world and from his childhood in rural Kansas.

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Motivated by the Me Too movement, FilmScene in Iowa City is hosting "Women's March," a month-long series celebrating films directed by women filmmakers. At an Animation Camp on March 15 and 16, young filmmakers - specifically girls and genderqueer youth ages 11 to 13 - learned to make their own animated films. 

On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with FilmScene programming director Rebecca Fons about the motivation behind the animation camp as well as participants' experiences.

Iowa Puppets Take Center Stage

Mar 21, 2018
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Humans have been making, performing with, and enjoying puppets since the days of ancient Greece. In Iowa, this art form continues to thrive with a number of practicing puppeteers writing shows and giving performances throughout the state.

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He is from Panama and she is from Columbia, they met in Iowa, and they are musical partners that make up the duo Calle Sur. In this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Karin Stein and Ed East. Stein grew up in a rural area of Columbia, and East lived in the busiest corridor of the cosmopolitan Panama City.

They talk about their musical influences, experiences growing up, coming to the U.S., and being Latino and Hispanic in Iowa.

Calle Sur is performing in Grinnell on April 5.

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There are many things to consider when adding shade to your yard in the form of a tree, and it can be difficult to know where to start.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, guest host Jason Burns talks with Iowa State University horticulturists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron about what to keep in mind when buying and planting a sapling.

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It’s too early to get to work in the garden, but it is time to think about your trees and shrubs.

On this horticulture day episode of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe sits down with Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens, who has some pruning advice.

“For a lot of the shade trees out there, you can be pruning right now,” Steil says. “The general rule of thumb is to never remove more than a third.”

Steil and Richard Jauron, ISU Extension horticulture specialist, talk about shade trees, shrubs, and answer listener questions.

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Super cold temperatures, unseasonably warm ones, and a lot of back and forth, can lead to costly repair trouble for houses.

“Iowans tends to have pretty leaky ceilings and leaky attics, as far as letting warm air from inside the house sneak up in the attic space,” says home improvement expert Bill McAnally.

“No matter how much insulation you have in the attic, warm moist air will travel up and in many cases, condense or form frost on the bottom of your roof.”

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A terrible accident, a heartbreaking loss, a community rallying together, and a storybook ending to a tough volleyball season: this story is far too familiar for the people who loved and lost 17-year-old Caroline Found of Iowa City in August 2011.

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When addiction and violent crime happen, the families of the perpetrators are often left out of the conversation.

Iowa-based playwright Jennifer Fawcett’s new play Apples in Winter gives us a complicated and emotional glimpse of the burden that these families carry through the story of Robert.  Robert has been on death row for 22 years after committing a horrible crime while in the grips of withdrawal, and his mother Miriam grants his final meal request for a slice of her homemade apple pie. 

Raccoons Stole My Baby Jesus: Iowa's Dr. Jennifer Doll

Mar 6, 2018
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After 26 years in practice, the last 19 in Iowa, veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Doll of Solon has met and wrangled her share of feral cats, black bears, cougars, giant pythons, and crocodilians.

The End of CDs

Mar 6, 2018
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From old 78s and 45s on vinyl to 8 track tapes and cassettes, our methods of listening to music have undergone a number of significant evolutions in the last century. Most recently, the music industry has seen a major decline in CD sales as digital downloads and streaming services continue to dominate our music consumption. Best Buy and Target both recently announced that they plan to stop selling CDs in their stores.

But despite the increasing role of digitized music and the dwindling market for CDs, the demand for vinyl has seen a surprising resurgence.

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Blisters, a swollen ankle, exhaustion, and an impressive amount of chafing cannot stop Jayson Sime, ultra marathon runner and subject of the short documentary How to Run 100 Miles.

On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Sime, who is a motivational speaker and coach. Sime grew up in Iowa, and he experienced poverty and bullying as a kid. Sometimes, he fought back.

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Even if you don’t know Sam Auen’s name, you’ve probably heard of his Des Moines restaurants, Tacopocolypse and Krunkwich Ramen House. He’s got a lot of personality and a lot of ideas. He’s been on the Food Networks' Diner’s Drive Ins and Dives and Guy's Grocery Games. He’s a die-hard cyclist and he blogs at the The Vulgar Vegan. During this Talk of Iowa conversation, he talks with host Charity Nebbe. 

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On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Linda Naeve, ISU Extension Value Added Agriculture Program Specialist, about taking our seed starting skills to the next level. It helps to start with the right medium.

"We recommend you go to the garden center and invest in a seed-starting mix," Naeve says. "A soil-less media that contains peat, perhaps vermiculite, very fine medium. That medium drains well."

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Many fans are excited about the new film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, and many are rereading the mind-bending. heart-warming book in anticipation.

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with author and bookseller Sarah Prineas and Jerri Heid, Youth Services Manager at the Ames Public Library, about literary touchstones, like A Wrinkle in Time, that shaped young readers.

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In the last three decades, the Earth has lost half of its coral reefs. In 2016, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef lost nearly 30 percent of its coral. In 2017, this number rose to 50 percent.

While there are a number of different factors at play, it's increasingly clear that the warming of the world's oceans are a major contributor to this loss.

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The pressure society puts on boys can be tough to deal with and lead to problems down the road.

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with speakers from the What About Me(n) Summit taking place Wednesday, February 28 at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. They talk about traditional masculinity, toxic masculinity, and authentic masculinities in anticipation of the summit.

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The Iowa AAU is hosting its first ever high school girls state championship this weekend in Des Moines.

During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe sits down with Jason Lloyd, Iowa AAU Women’s Wrestling Director and National AAU Women’s Co-Director for Women’s Wrestling. Lloyd says despite being the largest growing wrestling demographic, girls may face opposition in pursuing the male-dominated sport.

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Bison once roamed the plains in herds so thick they obscured the land. They were hunted nearly to extinction and now only live in controlled and managed herds.

On this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks about the history of the American bison and their relationship with humans with author, conservationist, and bison rancher Dan O'Brien, author of Great Plains Bison.

"Their impact on the flora and fauna of the Great Plains is what makes the Great Plains what they are," O'Brien says.

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As NPR reporter Sarah McCammon headed to Florida to report on what would be the fourth mass shooting she's covered, she posted this to Twitter:

@sarahmccammon - “Just boarded a flight to go cover a mass shooting - for the second time in less than 5 months (and of course there have been so many others in between). And on a day that's about celebrating love (and for Christians, a holy day).”

McCammon says that when she sent that tweet, she was thinking about how commonplace these shooting have become, "and how morbidly mundane it’s become."

"It’s never mundane when someone’s life is lost, but we’re used to it. We have a whole routine, and what a terrible thing to have a routine about - how to respond to a dozen or more people killed in one fell swoop for no good reason," she says.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with McCammon about on the importance of bearing witness to tough, heart-wrenching news events – even when and perhaps especially when it's tempting to tune out. 

"We can get really numb to this because it happens so much. I mean, obviously we all have to take care of ourselves, and you can only focus on these things so much at one time, […] but I think if we don’t talk about it, if we don’t hear from the families who have lost their children, if we don’t hear from the survivors who witness these crimes, we won’t fully understand what is going on," McCammon says.

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With age and illness, taking care of necessary, day-to-day tasks can become impossible. Many elders who receive help are especially vulnerable to abuse from caretakers.

On this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe chats with Celene Gogerty, Polk County Assistant Attorney, about what puts older adults at risk and how to prevent abuse.

“Nationalized studies have indicated that 10% of elders will be abused,” Gogerty says. Still, only about 4% of elder abuse is reported.  

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For the last decade Sean Sherman, also known as the Sioux Chef, has been on a mission to educate Midwesterners about indigenous food and the recipes of his ancestors. Sherman is Ogalala Lakota, and his new cookbook is called The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen. During this Talk of Iowa interview, he talks with host Charity Nebbe.  

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