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Author explores her family and culture in short story collection

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Told by a mother, father, granddaughter, great grandson and even a ghost, the stories in the collection, Waiting for Mr. Kimby Carol Roh Spaulding span more than 70 years. They give readers insight into what it’s like to live simultaneously in two cultures. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Roh Spaulding about her award-winning collection.

Then wildlife biologist Stephanie Shepherd joins the show to talk about Iowa’s annual prairie chicken festival.


  • Carol Roh Spaulding, author and English professor at Drake University
  • Stephanie Shepherd, wildlife biologist with the Iowa DNR Wildlife Diversity Program
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio