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This year the Iowa Master Gardener Program celebrates 40 years of community engagement through gardening initiatives and educational outreach. Since 1979, over 14,300 Iowans have received master gardening training. 

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Many people are willing to pay a lot of money for thrilling adventures. They ride ziplines and roller coasters, go bungee jumping, paragliding, cliff jumping, and sky diving. For some, thrill-seeking is the ultimate kind of fun. For others, the idea of getting on a plane, let alone jumping out of it, is terrifying. 

In the past year, seven different Iowan writers with very different backgrounds participated in the second BiCultural Iowa Writers Fellowship, hosted by the Iowa Writers House in Iowa City. "We the Interwoven- Volume 2" is the second collection of original stories that celebrates the diversity of the state from the perspective of immigrant, first generation, and bicultural Iowans.

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Hot and cool, wet and dry, Iowa weather can be inconsistent and the changes dramatic, which can negatively impact plants. On this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulture experts about how the heat of an Iowa summer affects our plants. And we get some advice on watering strategies to keep your plants happy and healthy. 

Also during the program, Charity and our panel of horticulture experts answer listener questions on all things green and growing.

Guests include:

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The average American has about 38,000 dollars in personal debt, and that doesn't include mortgages. On this personal finance edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe tackles the problems of personal debt with Chris Arnold, NPR Personal Finance Correspondent and a host of NPR's personal finance Life Kit podcasts, and author of A Girls's Guide to Personal Finance, Joey Beech.

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While some travel bloggers write about exotic getaways or gourmet food tours, Megan Bannister decided to document Iowa's quirky and often times lesser-known destinations along I-80 and elsewhere. In this interview on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Bannister about why she decided to write about these roadside attractions and her list of must-see hidden gems.

Stops Worth Getting off I-80

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President Donald Trump made history last month when he became the first U.S. President to cross the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) into North Korea. Because diplomatic relations between the U.S. and North Korea have been hostile dating back to the Korean War, the President has many wondering about the diplomatic implications of this meeting.

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Julia Child is famed for her ground-breaking cooking show that brought French cuisine to everyday Americans in an accessible and approachable way. Now, Child's legacy is the subject of a short "Opera 'Bon Appetit,'" produced in partnership with  Des Moines Metro Opera and the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College.

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Claire Lombardo did not expect to become a writer while studying at social work school. Now, the Iowa City-based author has released her debut novel "The Most Fun We Ever Had," which follows a large family's complex dynamics and relationships over four decades through a Midwesterner's lens.

In this interview on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe sits down with Lombardo to talk about how she accidentally became a writer, how her own big family influenced the book, and her plans for the future.

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Considered one of the cleanest lakes in Iowa, Lake MacBride was recently under a no swim advisory with DNR officials citing high levels of toxins from an algale bloom, and E. coli. These pollutants in public swimming areas has led to health warnings and the closing of some public swimming areas in lakes around the state. 

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On this edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with art educators who took part in the state's first ever Iowa Arts Education Summit. Nearly 400 arts educators came together in Des Moines in June to share knowledge and to learn about how to implement Iowa's new Fine Arts Standards, which were adopted in 2017. 

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On this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames about how you can get the most out of your roses and how to pick the right plants for your landscape.

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The city of Toronto and the nation of Canada have reason for celebration with the Raptors winning their first NBA championship this year, and so does Iowa. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is a Carroll native who worked his way to the top of the game, and now he has a ring to show for it.

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It's easy to look back and rationalize the technological progress of the 20th century. The tough part is predicting what future technologies will impact the world of tomorrow. Together, Zach and Kelly Wienersmith tackle the question of how groundbreaking tech will shape the world of tomorrow in their book "Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything."

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Larry Diamond is a political scientist who has spent decades promoting democracy in dozens of countries around the world. He now feels our country is facing the most serious constitutional crisis since Watergate, and perhaps since the American Civil War.

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Lively political conversations over a local brew, it's a Pints and Politics edition of River to River!  Before a live audience at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City, Ben Kieffer and co-host Erin Jordan of the Gazette ask panelists about President Trump's 2020 re-election bid, the crowded Democratic field of 2020 candidates, candidates vying for Iowa's congressional seats, audience questions, and much more.

Panelists included:

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Iowa's rivers and streams are swollen with water right now and they're also teeming with insect life. On this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa Host Charity Nebbe talks with ISU Entomology Professor Donald Lewis about aquatic insects, including mayflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. He describes their life cycles and the important role they play in Iowa ecosystems. 

Later on in the program, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron answers IPR listener questions. 

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President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden exchanged political jabs this week in Iowa. 

On this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Jim McCormick of Iowa State University and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa for a closer look at these high profile visits.

They also discuss Iowa ethanol and what it means for the president and other 2020 hopefuls, protests in Hong Kong over extradition laws, and former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean's testimony before Congress.

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Fresh siding can make an old house look new again, but before you visit the hardware store or call a contractor, it's important to find out what siding is a good fit for you and your home.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe sits down with home improvement expert Bill McAnally for a conversation about all things siding. Later on in the program, McAnally answers home improvement questions from IPR listeners. 

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This Sunday, 19 Democratic presidential candidates will come together for the largest caucus event so far this season.On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with James Lynch, political reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, ahead of this weekend's Democratic Party Hall of Fame event.

Before that, remembering the life of former Iowa Chief Justice Arthur McGiverin with current chief justice Mark Cady. Later in the program, a home state perspective on democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro from Ryan Poppe of Texas Public Radio. 

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This is the time of year when peonies burst forth in all their glory. Some are cultivated for their beauty as a bouquet flower, and others may just be a lovely addition to the garden. They're spectacular, they smell amazing, and but unfortunately, they don't last long. 

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When Jim Hamlyn was deployed to Vietnam from 1966 to 1967, he took a 8mm movie camera with him. Like many soldiers that returned home, the haunting memories and complicated emotions came home with him, along with a rare collection of movies that have been given new life as part of the documentary, "A Bad Deal: My Vietnam War Story."

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The cost of insulin has increased by 1,200% since the 1990's, and doubled in price between 2012 and 2016 alone. And as insulin prices steeply increase, many Iowans with diabetes feel the strain of accessing and affording this life-sustaining medication. When a sudden loss of insurance or financial strain comes in, the consequences can be devastating.

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For ten years, Major General Timothy Orr served as adjutant general for the Iowa National Guard, and his entire career in the guard spans more than 40 years. On this segment of River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with Orr about his recent retirement and the challenges and highlights of overseeing the Iowa National Guard, including combat tours in the Middle East and disaster relief around the country.

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We survived the polar vortex and just had a cool damp spring, but now that the weather seems to be catching up with the season, many of our trees look like they are still lagging behind. If you've been asking yourself "What's wrong with my trees?" this spring, rest assured you are not alone.

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Singer/songwriter Sarah Vos struggled with her identity as a young adult but found comfort in playing music with her bandmate Dan Wolf, finding shared inspiration in their past pains and hardships.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Milwaukee-based Americana duo Dead Horses. The band discusses how they came together and turned their personal narratives into thoughtful, empathetic movement.

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Legislation that would have limited the powers of the Iowa Attorney General has been vetoed by Governor Kim Reynolds, an action seen by some Democrats in the Iowa legislature as a "power grab".

On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with two political scientists to analyze the deal struck between the governor and Attorney General Tom Miller.

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In this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by five freshman lawmakers who reflect on their first session at the Iowa Statehouse. They discuss what propelled them into politics, the challenges they faced as new lawmakers, and what they hope to focus on next year.

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Wright Thompson has profiled some of the greatest athletes of all time as a senior writer for  ESPN, studying what drives them, their complicated relationships, and the sacrifices made to achieve their dreams. On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Thompson about his latest book, "The Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories and other Serious Business" .

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You wouldn't expect a world-renowned charcoal and pastel artist like Cecile Houel to move from Paris to the southeastern corner of Iowa, and she didnt either. But Houel fell in love with Iowa, drawing strength and inspiration from the Mississippi River.

In this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe talks with Houel about her life and career in Paris, her first impressions of Iowa and what has kept her here, her love of humanity, and her desire to heal through her work.

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