It's the July edition of the Talk of Iowa book club, exploring "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Birchbark House."
"Little House on the Prairie" was first published 85 years ago in 1935. It tells the story of the Ingalls family, white settlers traveling West to Kansas from their home in Wisconsin. "The Birchbark House," which was published in 1999, explores a similar time period and similarly revolves around family life, but from a completely different perspective. The book follows an Ojibwe family living on Madeline Island in Wisconsin as they seek to keep their way of life in the face of colonialsim.
Host Ben Kieffer speaks with author Kristin Kobes Du Mez about her new book, "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation."
In 2016, more than 80 percent of white evangelical Christians voted for President Trump. Author Kristin Kobes Du Mez's new book, "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation" attempts to understand why.
Host Charity Nebbe speaks with rock 'n' roll experts about the history of the musical genre.
Summer may be a little different this year, but it's still a wonderful time for learning and adventure. Every Tuesday, Talk of Iowa is hosting an episode meant for learners of all ages who are missing out on summer camp this year. On this epsiode of Talk of Iowa, we're taking a deep dive into the history and modern role of rock 'n' roll.
Host Ben Kieffer speaks with educators, reporters and health experts to discuss the return to learn plans for Iowa schools.
COVID-19 rapidly displaced students from classrooms to their bedrooms this spring. Looking toward the fall, everyone is asking: how can students safely return to learn?
On today’s episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with educators, reporters and health experts about how Iowa students may return to the classroom. Later in the hour, we hear from an expert helping track COVID-19 and a statehouse reporter who explains Iowa laws that went into effect yesterday.
Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowans about the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities.
Depending on where someone lives, it may seem like the COVID-19 lockdown is a long-forgotten moment from the past. In certain parts of Iowa, many residents can be found roaming the streets without masks and without physical distancing. In other areas, stores require patrons to mask-up before entering. As cases in Iowa continue to grow, host of Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe speaks with guests about the disparate experiences with COVID-19 throughout the state.
With kids out of school for the summer, there is no better time for them to kick back with a good book. Especially at a time when there are no longer in-person birthday parties or days spent lounging at the pool, these summer reads are a perfect way to let a young person escape into another world.
Host Charity Nebbe discusses TikTok, a video app, with a TikTok expert: her daughter Audrey.
With more than 800 million active users worldwide, TikTok is hugely popular and growing fast. This is particularly true among young people. Forty-one percent of all users are between the ages of 16 and 24. TikTok has taken over headlines in recent days as news broke of app users making and sharing videos encouraging others to claim tickets to President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma with no intention of showing up.
Ben Kieffer talk with political science experts during this episode of "River to River."
During this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political science professor Dennis Goldford of Drake University and political science professor Jonathan Hassid of Iowa State University.
Here are some of the headlines discussed during the podcast.
Charity Nebbe speaks with Dr. Richard Deming about his new book "Above and Beyond Cancer."
On today's episode of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe speaks with Dr. Richard Deming, an oncologist and medical director of Mercy One Cancer Center in Des Moines. Deming has made it his mission to go way beyond what is taught in medical school. His goal is to help his patients live each day to the fullest.
Schools across the nation are working on ways for students to safely return to the classroom. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with educators and public health experts about return to learn plans.
Students around the world experienced an abrupt, anticlimactic ending to their academic year. Although students are now officially on summer break, administrators and school leaders are actively creating plans for how to safely bring students back to the classroom in the fall.
At a time of extreme politcal polarization, Colin Woodard's latest book seems more pertinent than ever. On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks to Woodward about his book, "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood." In it, he explores how the "myth" of national unity in the United States came to be.
Charity Nebbe speaks with jazz musician and educator Damani Phillips of the University of Iowa.
The impact of jazz music in America reaches far beyond the musical innovation of the genre. On today's episode of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe speaks with Damani Phillips, director of jazz studies and associate professor of African-American studies at the University of Iowa, about the role jazz played during the fight for civil rights in the 1960s.
Host Charity Nebbe speaks with people close to Griff the bulldog, Drake University's mascot, about his upcoming retirement and memoir.
At Drake University, there is one top dog on campus: Griff the bulldog. Unfortunately, June 30 marks Griff's last day as Drake University's mascot. In the fall, "Griff II (aka, George)" will take his place during a change of harness ceremony. To honor Griff's tenure as mascot, author Gary Porter wrote a memoir about Griff entitled "Griff: My Life as Drake's Top Dog."
Ben Kieffer is joined by environmental health and sustainability experts to discuss the relationship between climate change and other national and international crises.
Globally and nationally, people are experiencing a multitude of crises. All at once, individuals are feeling the impact of a global pandemic, police brutality and the continuing effects of climate change. On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by experts in environmental health and sustainability for a look at the intersection of these global crises.
Host Ben Kieffer is joined by Cedar Rapids activists, police and elected officials to discuss potential reforms that could come from recent protests against police brutality.
Protests over the recent killings of unarmed black Americans at the hands of white police officers have been occuring all around the nation. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer brings together Cedar Rapids activists, elected officials and police to discuss the potential reforms that could come about as a result of the protests.