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
2:41 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Quack’s Daughter

Greta Nettleton

Mrs. Dr. Rebecca Keck of Davenport, IA pulled her family out of poverty by selling her healing tonics in the 1870’s. She also became a pariah of the medical community.  On "Talk of Iowa" we'll explore this history as told in the new book “The Quack’s Daughter," with author and Keck's great-great granddaughter Greta Nettleton.

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Talk of Iowa
11:51 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Horticulture Day

Rachel Ford James / flickr

Spring has not yet sprung. That means there is still time to take care of a few late-winter chores in the garden before growing season. Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes will join Charity Nebbe on today’s “Talk of Iowa” to talk about late-winter and early-spring chores like pruning your raspberries and grapevines, cutting back dead asparagus debris, potting up tender perennials indoors and planning out your vegetable garden.

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Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Midwest: God's Gift To Planet Earth

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In this archived edition of Talk of Iowa, hear Charity Nebbe's 2012 conversation with Mike Draper who discovered numerous misconceptions people held about Iowa when lived in New York. The owner of Raygun talks about his new book “The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth.” The book explores the Midwest and the cultural contributions made by people from the region.

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Talk of Iowa
2:45 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Midwest Home-Cooking

Patrick Johanneson / Flickr

What’s your favorite traditional Midwestern home-cooked dish?  We talk about the origins of Midwestern cooking style and family recipes. Guests are the host of American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table” Lynne Rossetto Kasper and  Iowa radio homemaker Evelyn Birkby who give us their takes on homemade food staples.

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Wildlife Day: Signs of Spring

Flickr / Grant MacDonald

Though half of Iowa is still under a blanket of snow the rivers are swollen, the days are growing longer and spring is definitely on its way. "Talk of Iowa" sits down with wildlife biologist Jim Pease to talk about the signs and songs of spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Evolution Of The Divorce

Chris Hayvard Berge / flickr

More than forty percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. Many members of today's generation of divorcees are trying to learn from the mistakes made by their divorced parents. They are seeking a better divorce. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the evolution of divorce with a happily divorced couple, a family therapist, and a mediator.

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Talk of Iowa
2:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Horticulture Day

Tony Buser / flickr

We’ve just come through another blizzard, but there are spring-like temperatures in the forecast.  If you’re going to start your own seeds, you’d better get going!   We’ll talk about starting seeds and the earliest insects to emerge when the weather warms up with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.

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Talk of Iowa
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Educational Media For Kids: Much More Than Just Your A-B-Cs

Michael Newman / flickr

We've all heard that it's best to limit the amount of screen time our kids get each day, but screens are getting harder an harder to avoid. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about educational media. We find out how to make the most of the screen time our kids do get and explore some of the surprising pitfalls we can find along the way.

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Chasing Ice

James Balog
Manchester Friends of the Earth /flickr

Melting glaciers and receding ice caps are often cited as evidence of climate change. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk with a filmmaker who set out to show the world this physical evidence of climate change.  We’ll also talk climate science with Iowa scientists who are studying how our earth is changing.

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Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The relationship between art and science

Artists are often thought of as creative, while scientists are stereotyped as logical, but the work of artists and scientists have many similarities.  We sit down with author Lawrence Weschler to examine the relationship between art and science.

Also we discuss the modern art of book covers and why some new covers for classic books have causes a lot of controversy. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Catholic Church in Iowa

Flickr / www.CAFE56.net

This past Thursday, 8:00 pm Vatican time, Pope Benedict XVI retired from the papacy.  Benedict XVI is the first pope to retire in almost 600 years.

Today on “Talk of Iowa,” we sit down with Catholics from around the state to discuss the changes and challenges that have rocked the Church in recent years.  We also ask, "What is the future of the Catholic Church both in Iowa and abroad?"

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Talk of Iowa
12:50 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Horticulture Day

Flickr / freefotouk

Just like melting snow, robins and daffodils, a sure sign of Spring is the return of our weekly Horticulture Day.  We’ll talk about grafting fruit trees with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Patrick O’Malley.

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Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Home Improvement: Snow

Flickr / bknittle

When you look at your house covered in a blanket of new fallen snow, if you look closely you can learn some important things. "Talk of Iowa's" home improvement expert Bill McAnally visits to explain what Mother Nature can help you learn about your house.

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Talk of Iowa
11:52 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Gerhard Loewenberg's "Moved by Politics"

Gray Pearl Press

In 1935, seven-year-old Gerhard Loewenberg was on vacation with his family in Italy.  While they were there, they learned that their German citizenship had been revoked because they were Jewish.  Today Loewenberg is a University of Iowa professor emeritus of political science and the former dean of the College of Liberal Arts

"Talk of Iowa" sits down with Loewenberg to talk about the event that changed the course of his and discuss his new memoir "Moved by Politics."

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Talk of Iowa
11:01 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Ayana Mathis discusses her debut novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”

Alfred A. Knopf

Hattie Shepherd is the mother of 11 children.  She is a strong and complicated woman who was brought into this world by Iowa Writer’s Workshop Graduate Ayana Mathis.

"Talk of Iowa" sits down with Mathis to discuss her debut novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” She explains her artistic process and reveals what it’s like to get a life changing call from Oprah Winfrey, who picked "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 this past December.

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Talk of Iowa
11:52 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Thirsty Iowa - The State of Our Water Supply

Stefan Ray / flickr

Water, it’s there when you turn on the faucet, or the sprinkler, it’s in the plastic bottles at the convenience store and washes away down the storm sewers when it rains.  On today's Talk of Iowa, we give this life giving substance some of the thought it deserves with Charles Fishman, best-selling author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water."

Also, UI assistant professor and researcher, Craig Just, joins us to talk about an effort to monitor river runoff by attaching sensors to river mussels.

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Talk of Iowa
10:53 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Lost Nation: The Ioway

IowayMovie.com / Fourth Wall Films

The people who gave our state its name are called the Ioway.   Few Iowans today know very much about the Ioway, but their stories, past and present, are being told in two new documentaries.

"Talk of Iowa" speaks with the filmmakers of "Lost Nation: The Ioway." An archeologist as well as an Ioway scholar and artist will also join the conversation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Donating A Kidney

John Pemble / IPR

Just a few weeks ago in a three day period, five people received kidney transplants thanks to something called a kidney paired transplant chain. Today on Talk of Iowa, we find out about this life saving chain of generosity and talk to a transplant surgeon, donors and recipients of kidney transplants. Also, we learn about an organization called My Angel Foundation, a non-profit focused on inspiring Iowans to become registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

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Talk of Iowa
2:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Science of the Seed

Corn plants grow in a roof-top greenhouse at Monsanto's Chesterfield Village Research Facility
Amy Mayer/IPR

People have been cross-breeding plants for thousands of year… Manipulating traits in agricultural crops from generation to generation. When scientists discovered that they could actually modify the genes of these plants in a laboratory the landscape of agriculture changed dramatically and fast. Host Charity Nebbe, explores the science of seeds, as a continuation of the Harvest Public Media series.

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Talk of Iowa
3:08 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

“A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War”

In 1862 Private Silas W. Haven marched off to fight in the Civil War.  He left behind his wife and three small children for four long years.  During that time he wrote nearly 200 letters home. Those letters have now been published in the new book, “A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War.”  I’ll talk with editor Brian Miller.

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Talk of Iowa
2:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Coal Mining In Iowa

Madrid Historical Museum

The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we speak with a historian and a coal miner’s daughter about what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how these mines shaped communities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Valentine's: Dan Knight Plays Your Love Songs

Clayton Doty / flickr

Today on "Talk of Iowa" we're celebrating Valentine's Day by playing your favorite love songs with pianist and composer Dan Knight.

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Talk of Iowa
1:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Iowa's Hollywood Stars

Robert Garcia / flickr

Iowa doesn’t rank high on the scale of glitz and glamor, but we have proven to be a good training ground for Hollywood stars. We all know about John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Ashton Kutcher, but that’s just scratching the surface!  We’ll talk about Iowa’s stars, from the Oscar winners to the Blue Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wildlife Day: Rebecca Christoffel

Carl Wycoff / flickr

As Iowa State University extension wildlife specialist, Rebecca Christoffel, fields calls from all over the state, she also spends her time educating the public, training master conservationists, and defending the un-huggables. She joins us this wildlife day, and takes your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The History of the Bathroom

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In ancient Rome the bath house was an important gathering place.   After the fall of Roman Empire interest in bathing waxed and waned, but somehow we’ve progressed from the chamber pot and basin to homes with a separate bathroom for every bedroom.  Host Charity Nebbe will explore the evolution of the bathroom, the most necessary room in the house. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Iowa's Dance Marathons

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 19 (2013).
University of Iowa Dance Marathon website

The college students who participate in Dance Marathon do a lot of dancing but that is just the beginning. Dance Marathon is an event designed to raise money for kids with cancer. Two weekends ago, dancers in Ames at Iowa State University raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the University of Iowa raised more than $1,529,000.

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Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

Comedian Rick Green
Rock Green / Bite TV website

Approximately 10 percent of kids in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Although we know ADD can persist into adulthood, we don't know how many adults are affected by it.

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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Iowa's Opera Houses

The Warren Opera House in Greenfield, IA.
The Warren Cultural Center

Though opera houses once meant a town held status, many have since fallen into disrepair. Today efforts are underway to renovate and shed light on Iowa’s opera houses, including Sam Knutson's project, the Iowa Opera House Project, which brings Iowa performers into these antique spaces for locals to experience.

Later, Richard Poole and George Glenn, co-authors of The Opera Houses of Iowa, share the history of the state’s opera houses.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Maid Narratives

"The Maid Narratives" book cover
LSU Press

Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, The Help. Now a new book tells the true stories of people who lived that reality. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South.

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Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

"Lebanese Blonde" by Joseph Geha

Book cover of "Lebanese Blonde"
Joseph Geha

The new novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.

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