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The spiritual sites worth visiting in North America

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Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Globe-trotting travel writer Lori Erickson intentionally started her latest book at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in her home state of Iowa. After the pandemic restricted how she could travel, Erickson focused Every Step Is Home: A Spiritual Geography from Appalachia to Alaska, on spiritually significant sites closer to home. On this Talk of Iowa, Erickson speaks with host Charity Nebbe about the book which brings readers across North America.

Later, Jessica Smith, communications coordinator with Pentacrest Museums, talks about the 50,000-insect collection the University of Iowa is taking in after the closure of Iowa Wesleyan University.


  • Lori Erickson, author of Every Step Is Home: A Spiritual Geography from Appalachia to Alaska
  • Jessica Smith, communications coordinator, Pentacrest Museums, University of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio