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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.

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Latest Episodes
  • During this Talk of Iowa podcast episode, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with Pat Blank, host of All Things Considered, about her 43-year broadcasting career, and what comes next.
  • First published in 1961, then republished several years later from Iowa City, Kurt Vonnegut’s “Mother Night” explores issues of morality, humanity and individual responsibility in the aftermath of World War II. While the book explores an era of misinformation and mass tragedy decades in the past, the themes feel eerily relevant to the state of affairs in 2021.
  • 2020 was a record year for liquor sales across the state, even with people spending less time at bars and restaurants.
  • An increased emphasis on outdoor activities has been a rare silver lining to an otherwise difficult year dominated by the pandemic. But as the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, it’s easy to retreat inside and shelve outdoor activities until spring returns. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, four winter enthusiasts challenge you to put on your boots, grab your wooly hat and embrace winter for all it has to offer
  • The United States is a nation of immigrants, and Iowa’s state identity is richer for it.
  • Alongside Aaron Steil and Cindy Haynes, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe learns the best practices for vermicomposting and preparing gardens for the spring.
  • Pro-Trump extremists took control of the U.S. Capitol for several hours yesterday, disrupting Congressional proceedings to certify President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory. During this special podcast, Iowans reflect on what happened and how we move forward.
  • NPR's Steve Inskeep joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to discuss his latest book, "Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War."
  • Doug Harr and Jim Pease join Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to learn more about the nation's longest-running community science bird project
  • Home improvement expert Billy McAnally joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to talk about home heating systems and answer listeners' questions.