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Jen Ferguson explores the joys and difficulties of growing up Métis in her new novel

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

The teenagers in the young adult novel Those Pink Mountain Nights are dealing with the kinds of things all teenagers deal with. School, parents, crushes, first kisses — they are also dealing with much bigger issues, like racism and the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, authorJen Ferguson discusses her second novel.

Plus — theAg 450 Farmat Iowa State University was founded 80 years ago. Over the decades, the student-run farm has brought the classroom outside and changed lives.


  • Jennifer Ferguson, author
  • Greg Vogel, former farm operator, Iowa State University
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio