Charity Nebbe

Talk of Iowa Host

Charity Nebbe grew up in rural Iowa just outside of Cedar Falls.  She began her career in public radio at WOI Radio in Ames, Iowa when she was a student at Iowa State University and has been working in public radio ever since.  Early in her career she created Chinwag Theater a nationally syndicated public radio show that she produced and co-hosted with well known author Daniel Pinkwater.  She spent ten years at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and in 2010 returned to Iowa. 

Charity is now the host of Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, heard weekday mornings at 10.  She is also the host of Iowa Ingredient, soon to debut on Iowa Public Television and the author of the children's book “Our Walk in the Woods,” published in 2008. 

Charity's favorite public radio program is On The Media.

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Horticulture
3:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Decomposition, an Important Process We'd Rather Not Think About

decaying leaves
Wikimedia Commons

We give insects credit for pollination, but we often take their other work for granted. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Basement Remodeling

Dolan H / flickr

The winter months are a great time to work on some of those indoor projects you’ve been putting off and right now is a great time to make your plans.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about planning your winter basement remodeling project.

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Farm Transfer
5:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

"Buying the Farm" and Buying the Farm

The concept of 'the eldest son inheriting the land' is an outdated one, and families without a coherent and explicit will may leave their descendants a mess of trouble after their deaths.
Christiane Tas Wikimedia Commons

Inheritance of any family business is a sticky issue. But when that family business doubles as your childhood home, emotions run even higher.

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Books
3:43 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Actress Melissa Gilbert on Life After "Little House on the Prairie"

"Talk of Iowa" host Charity Nebbe with actress Melissa Gilbert in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books is a rite of passage for millions of children. 

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History
5:03 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Other Albert Einstein

Hans Albert Einstein was the child of Albert Einstein's first marriage to Mileva Maric.
Rev. Superinteressante Wikimedia Commons

Science often runs in the family. And while the Albert Einstein we all know studied particle physics, his first son, Hans Albert Einstein, studied rivers.

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Talk of Iowa
2:23 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Hort Day: Suddenly It's Fall

And just like that… suddenly it’s Fall (or feels like it).  On this Horticulture Day, Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator is here along with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.  We talk about bulbs, spring blooming and fall blooming bulbs.  Just in time for some possible frost that might hit northern Iowa tonight.

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Talk of Iowa
1:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

"Courage and Devotion"

taken from the book cover

For years Bruce Kindig of Davenport did his best to keep the history of the Civil War alive as a re-enactor and a history teacher. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Do you Pecha Kucha?

The audience at a Pecha Kucha night in Des Moines.
Courtesy of Pecha Kucha Des Moines

We're seeing a rebirth of the lecture. TED talks go viral on YouTube regularly. Now Pecha Kucha is popping up all over Iowa.

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Wildlife Day
4:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

An Abundance of Pheasants: Talking Birds on Wildlife Day

This summer saw a big spike in pheasant sightings.
Feuerstein46 Wikimedia Commons

What game birds have you seen this summer?

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Talk of Iowa
2:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Online Civility and Communicating in a Text-Based World

Daniel Rehn

When University of Iowa associate professor Kembrew McLeod wrote in protest of the university's pink locker room, he expected some hate-mail, but he was not prepared for how much the comments would hurt.

Responses like "I speak for the state of Iowa in saying that we detest you at a molecular level" and "Honestly, I do hope this guy gets beat up" can really "wear on one’s psyche," he says.

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Hort Day
2:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Summer Produce, Made to Last

What are your plans for your bumper crop of summer produce?
Noah Sussman Flickr

Like it or not, summer is nearly gone. But you don’t have to say goodbye to summer produce.

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Sex
5:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Talking "The Talk"

The sex talk can range from full descriptions of parents' first times to one word: protection.
BrokenSphere Wikimedia Commons

When did your parents first talk to you about sex? What did they say? 

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Books
3:16 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Dubuque Based Bestselling Author Heather Gunderkauf on "Little Mercies"

In her latest book, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences.

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History
3:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Iowan Joe Michaud on Patrolling the Berlin Wall

A checkpoint on the Berlin Wall
Wikimedia Commons

Joe Michaud was a border guard for the US Army working along the East/West border in Germany starting in 1959.

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Making Movies in Flyover Country

The cast and crew of "Belleville" worked on location in Illinois. Now, they're holding a casting call in Iowa.
Courtesy of Dan Treadman

People associate Iowa with  "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Field of Dreams." But what movies are being shot in Iowa today?

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Horticulture Day
11:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fall Color Accents For Your Yard and Garden

gabontour / flickr

Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

From Chimpanzees in Senegal to Des Moines' Bonobos

Jill Pruetz walking with chimpanzees in Senegal
Julie Lesnik

Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz introduced the world to the spear-wielding Savannah chimpanzees of Senegal. She's just returned to Iowa from her summer in that country; and this hour, host Charity Nebbe talks with with her about her discoveries.

And later in the hour, an update on the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, from the organization's president and staff scientist, Bill Hopkins.

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Books
4:32 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

"Dear Committee Members," Do You Really Need a Letter of Recommendation?

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We’ve all been asked for letters of recommendation. At the end of the day, what’s the point? 

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Soil Erosion
4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Combating Climate Change Through Soil Science

Much of Iowa's soil is eroded due to certain farming practices
Lynn Betts Wikimedia Commons

Iowa is nestled in the center of America’s breadbasket; one of our most precious resources is beneath our feet. But it’s a resource in jeopardy.

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Food
9:13 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Barbecuing an “Art,” with Lots of Rules…

Kansas City Barbeque Society Master Judge Dave Compton in Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines studios
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

For Phil Cummings, Iowa Farm Bureau Cook Off State Fair Barbeque Grand Champion, barbecuing is a family affair. 

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Horticulture
3:10 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Dragonfly Swarms a Marker of Good Water Quality

Wikimedia Commons

There have been reports of dragonfly swarms in certain parts of the state this summer. 

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Talk of Iowa
10:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Price of Sand: Documentary Investigates Communities Divided

screenshot from the documentary
Jim Tittle

When a silica sand mining company bought 160 acres near his mother’s home in Eastern Minnesota, Jim Tittle had lots of questions.

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Talk of Iowa
9:51 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Wicker Kittens: A Look Into the World of Competitive Jigsaw Puzzling

a jigsaw puzzle contest

Former Iowa State lawmaker John Wittneben has more than 4,000 assembled puzzles in his home, and he’s not the only one.

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Education
9:03 am
Thu August 21, 2014

"A Fleet of Riding Lawnmowers": Drivers Ed, Past and Present

Drivers Education in Iowa used to be taught primarily through school. Now, many students go to private companies for their driving instruction.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia Commons

Wallace Winkie taught generations of Belle Plaine teenagers how to drive. Now, his wife, Bev Winkie, has collected their stories in the book "Park It!" How much has changed in driving education since Winkie's heyday in the 50s?

Larry Johnson, coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools' driving education, says one answer is the amount of time they're trained. Where driving education used to be taught over several months, now, some students can finish their instruction in as little as 4 weeks. 

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Arts
4:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Cancer Survivors Heal Through Art

Some of the artwork featured in the exhibit
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

When Pamela Crouch, a writer, underwent cancer treatments, she developed aphasia--the inability to remember the names of things. So she decided to create in a different way--painting birdhouses for other newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

"I was always taught that if you do something for someone else, you can't really feel sorry for yourself, it takes that pain away and you think outward."

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Horticulture
11:22 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Shabby Looking Lawn?

Wikimedia Commons

How does your lawn look?  If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.

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Talk of Iowa
4:46 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Miroslav Petrasko

An inky black sky full of stars is one of the most breathtaking views on Earth, but for most Americans the stars have dimmed because of artificial light.

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Home Improvement
5:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing the Damage

Repairing a damaged roof can be a costly and exhausting endeavor--Bill McAnally elucidates how the claims process works.
Patsy Lynch FEMA

When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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Encore
11:26 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role

Women have worked in agriculture since agriculture began, but for many years they were limited to supporting roles. Talk of Iowa seeks out women's voices in agriculture, through history and today.  Jenny Barker-Devine, author of "On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women's Activism since 1945" discusses how the roles of farm women changed during the 20th century.

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Talk of Iowa
10:53 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Legacy of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Author R. Clifton Spargo with his new novel "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scoot Fitzgerald" at IPR's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury / Iowa Public Radio

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to captivate modern readers.  Today on Talk of Iowa we'll talk with R. Clifton Spargo, author of "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald."

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