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Talk of Iowa Book Club

We love to read! We know many of you do too. That’s why we created a book club at Iowa Public Radio. Hear about the themes, characters and big picture questions raised by the titles on our reading list. Get a copy of the books, find a comfortable chair, and read or re-read with us.

The Talk of Iowa Book Club podcast is sponsored by Western Home Communities and Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Deming Foundation.

Latest Episodes
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Little Heathens" with historians Pamela Riney Kehrberg, of Iowa State University, Lindsey Smith of Living History Farms and Trisha Hicks of the State Library of Iowa.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Crossing to Safety" with author and academic Dean Bakopoulos of Grinnell College, Michael Knock, a historian who teaches at Clarke University in Dubuque and retired broadcaster Karen Bryan.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "The Mothers" with Shanna Benjamin, an independent scholar with a specialization in Black women writers; Roslin Thompson, library director at Knoxville Public Library and poet Emily Spencer.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Storm Lake" with author Art Cullen, anthropologist and journalist Robert Leonard and political scientist Rene Rocha.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Birchbark House" with Brent Criswell, an elementary school teacher, Sarah Uthoff, a Laura Ingalls Wilder expert and Christine Nobiss, an indigenous rights activist.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Delights and Shadows" with three Iowa poets, including Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart, Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey, and Paul Brooke.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Eligible" with author Curtis Sittenfeld and expert reader Jan Weissmiller of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "A Sand County Almanac" with Leopold biographer Curt Meine, environmental economist Silvia Secchi and wildlife biologist Jim Pease.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" with the author, Ayana Mathis, and expert readers Rachelle Chase, also an author, and retired librarian, Maeve Clark.
  • Book clubs are fun for a lot of reasons. They are an excuse to read something new – something you might not have picked up on your own. They are a great opportunity to visit with friends. But, what if you could invite the smartest, most insightful people you can think of to have a candid conversation about a great book? That’s what I get to do on the Talk of Iowa Book Club. And you’re invited. Coming soon from Iowa Public Radio.