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University of Iowa medical team solves a medical mystery

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Dr. Ian Law and Hannah Bombei to discuss their years of testing and research to stop a disease plaguing an Iowa Mennonite family of eight.

Later in the podcast, Gary Porter talks about his memoir, "Town Kid: Reflections of a Midwestern Boyhood." The book is a collection of essays capturing moments from Porter's childhood, and slices of life in small-town Iowa.

Porter was born in 1950 and grew up in Greenfield, a town of about 2000 people. He's authored numerous accounting textbooks and "Duffy: The Tale of a Terrier," a book inspired by his shelter dog.

This conversation was originally produced in February 2020.


  • Hannah Bombei, certified genetic counselor
  • Dr. Ian Law, division director of Pediatric Cardiology and director of the Electrophysiology program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Gary Porter, author, distinguished lecturer at Drake University
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa