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Iowan's latest book makes a proposal for divorce

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

The word marriage has many positive connotations - love, security, happiness, family, partnership - but when a marriage goes wrong, it can feel like a prison.

Cedar Rapids-based journalist and author Lyz Lenz shares how her marriage went wrong, and how she got out in her third book, This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life.

Also in this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with UNI assistant professor Melinda Heinz about the growing movement of "death cafes" - events where people can have end-of-life discussions to normalize the topic of death.

Death cafes can be found around the world, and Heinz is hosting these events monthly for adults in the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. The next event is scheduled fo February 28.


  • Lyz Lenz, journalist and author
  • Melinda Heinz, assistant professor of family services, University of Northern Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.