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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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Budding Biologist: Science Books For Kids

Tim Pierce Flickr

Have you ever been snuggled up with a kid, reading a cute book and run across a glaring factual error? It was just that experience that inspired  two moms to create scientifically accurate books for kids. Charity Nebbe talks with the women behind the “Budding Biologist” series, and about fact checking books for kids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow

Rabbit in the snow.
Conrad Kuiper / Flickr

When snow covers the ground the world looks as if it is sleeping under a blanket of white, but life does go on. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow and  how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals. 

Pease also discusses how snow is an insulator and a boon to wildlife for keeping warm and how even some amphibians benefit from the snow.

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Baby Names

Michael Sarver Flickr

What does your name say about you? What does the name you give you child mean for them?  Charity Nebbe talks about names with Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of babynames.com and English Language expert Patricia O’Connor. Then, listeners share the stories behind their names.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Horticulture Day: Garden Resolutions

Alexandre Dulaunoy Flickr

It's the first Horticulture Day of the new year and Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis share their garden resolutions for the coming year. Listeners also weigh in on what they look forward to planting in their yards and gardens this spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Home Improvement: New Year's Resolutions

A home space cleanly organized.
Efren Rodriguez / Flickr

Lose weight, save money, get organized...how about jazzing up your list of New Year's resolutions with some resolutions for your house?  On today's  home improvement day, expert Bill McAnally has made a list of home improvement resolutions he thinks you should consider this new year!

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Same-Sex Couples In Iowa

Jeff Belmonte Flickr

When same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa the state became a wedding destination, but some same-sex couples wanted more than just a marriage license. Charity Nebbe talks with couples who moved to Iowa in their search for marriage equality.

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Talk of Iowa
10:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Season's Griot

This annual one-hour special captures the spirit of Kwanzaa and the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s program is hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Llyod Wilson and features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original poems. Storyteller Linda Goss entertains with plenty of music, and poet laureate Beverly Fields Burnette reads from her own work.

Talk of Iowa
9:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Evelyn Birkby: Always Put In A Recipe

Evelyn and Charity at the Iowa City Book Festival

In 1949 Evelyn Birkby began writing a weekly column for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel.  Her editor told her to include a recipe every week in her columns -- and she did -- even though she couldn’t cook. Listen back to Charity Nebbe's conversation with Evelyn Birkby about her life and her book, “Always Put in a Recipe.”

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Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Janiva Magness: Stronger For It

Emily Woodbury / IPR

Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues.  Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, "Stronger For It". Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation host Charity Nebbe had with Magness, about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

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Talk of Iowa
12:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

How do Iowans use meditation?

There are several recent studies showing how meditation can help fight cancer, PTSD, learning disabilities, as well as everyday physical and mental ailments. Host Charity Nebbe talks with meditators across the state to find out how the practice of meditation impacts their lives. Charity also talks with Dr. Luke Hansen about how stress affects the body and why meditation is an effective method to fight pain.

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Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup

A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages.

Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Doug Brown Reads"A Christmas Carol"

Doug Brown, Iowa Public Radio’s beloved voice for 37 years, reads a rendition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Talk of Iowa
11:10 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Heartwarming Stories of Life-changing Relationships

Darwin Bell Flickr

Sometimes an action by one person can have a profound and wonderful effect on the life of another. Charity Nebbe talks with four people who share their stories of how someone else changed their life. They share stories of supportive and inventive mother, an inspiring artist, an organ donor and a loving husband.

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Talk of Iowa
9:40 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Nancy Sprowell Geise & John Forssman

'The Eighth Sea' book cover
Nancy Sprowell Geise

As a child growing up in Ames Nancy Sprowell Geise struggled with severe dyslexia...she was even held back a year in school. Now, she's published her first novel. The novel is called, "The Eighth Sea." It's a sweeping historical romance with twists and turns, but the story of how the novel came to be is equally as compelling.

After years of discouragement in school, in 1978 Geise found herself in the high school English class of John Forssman. Charity Nebbe talks with them both about how Mr. Forssman changed Geise's life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Wolves of Isle Royale and Wolf 832

Dennis Matheson Flickr

Wolf 832, one of the most recognized and beloved wolves in Yellowstone, was recently shot and killed legally by a hunter. Charity Nebbe talks with Rolf Peterson, a scientist on Isle Royale, about his research and the wolf population on Isle Royale in Michigan. He talks about the future for the species and human induced population control.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Holidays and the Dysfunctional Family

'The Home for the Friendless' book cover
Betty Auchard

The holidays bring families together, that's a good thing. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Charity Nebbe celebrates the holiday's dysfunctional family style with a survivor of a dysfunctional family, author Betty Auchard, and family therapist Volker Thomas.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Holiday Food Recipes

Holiday treats
Paula Fernanda / Flickr

It may be a certain kind of cookie, a soup, a casserole, or even a special way to make hot cocoa. Food can connect us with people we love even after they're gone. Charity Nebbe talks about how certain foods connect us to people and the past.

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Talk of Iowa
11:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Music Highlights from 2012

Catfish Kieth, based in Iowa City, is one artist whose music was sampled on Talk of Iowa.
Dave Arcari

We listen back to some of the best new music of 2012 as Mark Simmet of Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One, talks with Charity Nebbe and shares  some of his new favorites in alternative and independent music. Then, Bob Dorr, host of IPR’s Blue Avenue, shares some of the new and great tracks in the world of blues.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Horticulture Day: Holiday Gifts

Plants are a popular gift this time of year, like Christmas Cactus, Norfolk Pine, Amaryllis bulbs and of course, poinsettia. Charity Nebbe talks with Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about caring for seasonal plants and some great gift ideas for gardeners.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Queen Salome Alexandra & Hanukkah Foods

Queen Salome Alexandra
Wikipedia / World Vital Records

Queen Salome Alexandra once ruled Judea. She is the only woman whose name is written on the Dead Sea scrolls. But her story has been largely lost to history. Charity Nebbe uncovers the story of Queen Salome Alexandra with Kenneth Atkinson of UNI's Department of Philsophy and Religion.

And we also celebrate the food of Hanukkah with Rabbi Yossi Jacobson of the Chabad emissary in Des Moines who also runs Maccabee's Kosher Deli.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature

The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary gives Christmas presents to their wolves.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary / Flickr

In this season of giving we’re going to spend some time thinking about ways we can give back to nature. Host Charity Nebbe chats with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how you can give to wildlife and wild places. We also talk about gifts to indulge your love of nature or foster that love in someone else.

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Talk of Iowa
11:13 am
Mon December 10, 2012

How Infants Learn & Remembering Dr. Ignacio Ponseti

Baby learning with colored stackable blocks
D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr account

To keep a baby entertained parents often need to introduce new objects or toys every few minutes. When you do that, you're not just distracting the baby, you're helping them learn about the world.

Host Charity Nebbe finds out about new research into how infants learn, and the remarkable Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, the creator of the Ponseti Method for correcting clubfoot, is remembered by a life long friend.

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Talk of Iowa
9:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist

Jeffrey Copeland's Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist is a true story told in the voices of people who lived the events. The story has murder, mystery, mayhem - all important pieces of American history - and a good love story as well. Copeland is the Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
3:42 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Dan Knight Plays Holiday Favorites

Thomas Huxley / flickr

It can be hard to put feelings into words, but this time of year chances are good that someone has written a song that says exactly what the holiday season means to you.  On today's Talk of Iowa, listeners tell us a story about their favorite holiday song and musician Dan Knight plays it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu

Pediment Publishing

Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu has written numerous columns over the years about the rights of women, their daily lives, and the lives of those whose stories often go unheard. Charity Nebbe talks with Basu about her new book "Finding Her Voice,"  which is a collection of columns about the lives of women in the Midwest.

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Talk of Iowa
11:07 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Children's Christmas Books

Group of children reading a book together.
Dolan H. / Flickr account (dolanh)

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” With that in mind Talk of Iowa finds out about the best new books for kids. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Maryann Peters of New Bo Books in Cedar Rapids and Annie Leonard of the Next Chapter in Knoxville.

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Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Caroline Fraser And The New Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection

When we were children many of us crossed the prairie with Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary and little baby Carrie. Now the Library of America has published a new edition of the collected works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Charity Nebbe talks with Caroline Fraser, the editor of the new collection, and Sarah Uthoff, Iowa’s pre-eminent expert on Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees

Via Tsuji Flickr

Every December tens of thousands of seemingly sensible Iowans buy a cut tree and bring it into the house. On Horticulture Day Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh about Christmas trees, how they’re grown, how to pick a good one, how to keep it fresh and how our Christmas tree crop was affected by the drought.

Horticulturist Richard Jauron then joins the conversation to answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

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Talk of Iowa
11:05 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Sexual Abuse, PTSD and Recovery

"Larry Tells Stories" book cover
Silver Mane Publishing / Larry Wohlgemuth

Approximately one out every five children in the United States will be sexually abused before the age of 16. Larry Wohlgemuth was one of those kids. Charity Nebbe talks with him about his experiences and his new book, “Larry Tells Stories: A Journey of Sexual Abuse, PTSD and Recovery.” Charity also talks with Kathy Lowenberg who counsels victims of sexual abuse.

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Talk of Iowa
11:29 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh Shares Hopes For Future Of Primate Sanctuary

Charity interviews Sue, Kanzi, and Teco at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary in June 2012
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Following an investigation, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has been cleared and reinstated as the resident scientist at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary, formerly the Great Ape Trust, but the future of the organization is anything but certain. Charity Nebbe talks with Sue Savage- Rumbaugh and Executive Director Julie Gilmore about the work their doing and their plans and hopes for the future.

Then, University of Iowa alum Brittany Griffith shares her experiences as a professional rock climber.

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