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Talk of Iowa is a place for Iowans to connect to our shared culture and what it means to live in Iowa. Host Charity Nebbe brings a mix of regular guests and a range of experts to discuss the arts, history, literature and everything else happening in Iowa. Every day brings something new — even if it's in a recurring segment like Talk of Iowa Book Club or comes from a familiar voice on Horticulture Day.

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    • 4.6 • 69 Ratings

Talk of Iowa is a place for Iowans to connect to our shared culture and what it means to live in Iowa. Host Charity Nebbe brings a mix of regular guests and a range of experts to discuss the arts, history, literature and everything else happening in Iowa. Every day brings something new — even if it's in a recurring segment like Talk of Iowa Book Club or comes from a familiar voice on Horticulture Day.

    Legendary performer Simon Estes ends nearly 60-year operatic career

    Legendary performer Simon Estes ends nearly 60-year operatic career

    The Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess will be Simon Estes’ final opera before he retires at age 84.

    Caring for trees planted since the derecho

    Caring for trees planted since the derecho

    As we approach the second anniversary of the 2020 derecho there are many newly planted trees in Iowa. Good care can help them grow strong.

    More young adults are reconsidering parenthood

    More young adults are reconsidering parenthood

    An increasing number of young adults report not wanting children. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with filmmaker Therese Shechter, whose most recent documentary "examines what it means to say no to motherhood in a society that assumes all women want children, and an Iowa doctor witnessing a recent spike in the number of men seeking vasectomies. Also this hour, 9-year-old Matthew Lamb from Iowa City discusses his recent role on Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building.

    Exploring Iowa's rivers

    Exploring Iowa's rivers

    An Iowa State professor shares the benefits of adventuring in Iowa’s rivers and the potential hazards to be aware of while paddling.

    LGBTQ representation in history and literature

    LGBTQ representation in history and literature

    This pride month, revisit Charity Nebbe’s conversation awith historians about preserving narratives from LGBTQ+ Iowans. Later in the hour, a Des Moines librarian shares some of her favorite LGBTQ+ reads.

    Kids under 5 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

    Kids under 5 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

    A pediatrician shares the benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations for children, and the creator of Iowa Vaccine Alerts talks about the limited availability of doses.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Aliese G ,

Exquisitely informative, unassumingly entertaining

In true Iowa fashion, Charity Nebbe welcomes her on-air guests with a tone of genuine intrigue that invites listeners and and guests alike into a space of sharing both educational and personal. Its nonchalant presentation makes this program the perfect companion to bouts of house chores or cooking, long drives, and moments of downtime. As a post-college student who's lived outside Iowa for years, I must thank Ms. Nebbe and the rest of the team for consistently renewing my Iowa pride and offering me a way to welcome my non-Iowan friends into a deeper understanding of my love for this land of pigs and corn (and so much more). Well done!

rue883 ,

Maybe one day

I listened to IPR for many years, but I have reached my limit of Fake News Enemy of the People. I do not, and will not waste any more time on anything pushing the Woke gospel of Lies, Hate and Division. Maybe once the country returns to sanity, I will try again, and contribute again. But as it stands now, I will not support Woke, and that includes NPR/IPR.

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