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
10:23 am
Wed August 29, 2012

"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 single week -- and she did -- even though she couldn’t cook. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Evelyn Birkby and her new book, a collection of her columns, is called “Always Put in a Recipe.”

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Wildlife Day: Chronic Wasting Disease

White tailed deer
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Chronic Wasting Disease has made its first appearance in white tailed deer in Iowa. It’s a neurological disorder in which the animals lose weight, display abnormal behavior and eventually die.


Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity Nebbe's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.   We’ll talk about white tailed deer in Iowa and what the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease means. We’ll also talk about what the drought means for wildlife.

Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Voluntourism

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Traveling abroad to Tanzania or Nigeria may sound exotic and exciting.  What if you got to travel to one of those far off places, got to really know some of the local people, and got to do work that will make a lasting difference… that sounds life changing.  On today's "Talk of Iowa"… Voluntourism, Iowans traveling the world to do good. 

Talk of Iowa
11:37 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Horticulture Day: Master Gardeners

Do you have what it takes to be a master gardener? Cindy Haynes, professor of horticulture and head of the Iowa Master Gardener Program at ISU, along with the program's new coordinator, Dennis Schrock, share tips on how to become a master gardener, further improve gardening skills, and master gardening projects throughout the state. Then, Richard Jauron from the Iowa State University Extensions to answer listeners' gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:48 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Diabetes in Iowa

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Type II Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and in Iowa 7.5% of all adults have been diagnosed with the disease. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we talk about diabetes, Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes. We discuss risk factors, prevention, advances in treatment and find out what it’s like to live with the disease. 

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Animal Cognition

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For centuries humans have been trying to better understand the mind of animals, but one researcher believes humans can find some of the answers by looking at our own behavior. University of Iowa Psychology Professor Ed Wasserman, discusses animal cognition, human invention, and intelligent design.

Talk of Iowa
12:18 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Health and Safety of Iowa’s Children

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Many Iowans will tell you that our state is a great place to raise kids. A new study from the University of Iowa shows that for the most part, we're right. We'll find out what makes Iowa a great place for kids, what we're lacking, and what individuals and communities can do to make things better.

Talk of Iowa
12:54 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

The Farm at Holstein Dip

The task of daily chores, attending class picnics, and the uneasiness of the Cold War days are just some of the memories Carroll Englehardt, author and professor emeritus of history at Concordia College, shares in his book, “The Farm at Holstein Dip: An Iowa Boyhood.” Then  Jeff Morgan, public information officer at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Office, talks about the art of  historical preservation with Pete Sixbey, a conservator at the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
2:01 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Horticulture Day: Springtails

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What do you know about spring-tail bugs? Today for Horticulture Day, we discuss these little critters, as well as taking all your gardening and planting questions.

Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

The Science of Obesity

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Losing weight sounds simple in mathematical terms. Burning more calories than you consume equals weight loss, but reality is far more complicated. Host Charity Nebbe explores the science of weight loss with several doctors and nutrition experts to find out why it so difficult for some people to lose weight and why keeping the weight off can be a daily challenge.

Talk of Iowa
11:33 am
Tue August 14, 2012

"Oh My Gods"

The Greek and Roman myths are stories that have remained steadfast through the ages and continue inspiring artists, playwrights, writers, and filmmakers to this day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College and author, Philip Freeman, about his book “Oh My Gods”.  The book retells the tales of Zeus, Hades, and the other Olympian gods for the readers of this generation.

Talk of Iowa
9:51 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Life As A Surgeon

Many of the tools found in a state of the art operating room are 21st century, but in her new book surgeon Carol Scott-Conner refers to cutting people open as a “primitive and brutal” way to make a living. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Scott-Conner about her collection of fictional short stories, “A Few Small Moments” and her life as a surgeon.

Talk of Iowa
11:58 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Horticulture Day: Soilmates

Scott Koepke during a gardening demonstration with children at the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall.
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Some parents try to get  their children into the garden, but one man is bringing the garden straight to children.  Scott Koepke, garden educator at New Pioneer in Iowa City, talks about his efforts to get children into the garden at school, church, and throughout the community.  Then, Richard Jauron, Iowa State University horticulturist, and Laura Jesse with Iowa State University Plant Diagnostics lab, answer listeners' gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
10:12 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Geral Blanchard on Ancient Healing

Geral Blanchard spent 35 years working as a counselor. He embraced modern theory and practices. Then, he traveled to Africa. One encounter with a shaman changed his world forever. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Blanchard about that encounter, the journey it began, and his book, Ancient Ways: Indigenous Healing Innovations for the 21st Century.

Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Iconic Black Women

Michelle Obama, Gabby Douglas, and Alice Walker are just three women who are reshaping the images of black women in America. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Grinnell College Associate Professor and author Lakesia Johnson about how black women have changed history and defied prejudice. Johnson explores the subject in her book "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman".

Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Janiva Magness In-Studio

Charity Nebbe with Janiva Magness and her band outside IPR's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury

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". Host Charity Nebbe talks with Magness about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought

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The heat has placed a lot of stress on gardens and other vegetation, but what about your home? Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, about problems that can arise with your roof, deck, foundation, or other areas because of the dry weather and how to fix them.

Talk of Iowa
11:44 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Horticulture Day: Oak Trees

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The oak tree became Iowa's official state tree in 1961 but it has been an important part of the landscape for much longer than that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the oak tree. Later, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University joins the conversation to answer listeners gardening questions.

Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Word Maven

Words like tornado and Derecho fascinate and frighten and they both have surprising histories. Charity talks with English language expert Patricia O’Connor who looks at  the origins of weather related words.  Patricia answers all questions that relate to the English language.

Talk of Iowa
9:15 am
Wed August 1, 2012

How the Railroad Transformed America

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The coming of the railroad transformed Iowa and the rest of the nation in more ways than you can imagine. Host Charity Nebbe  talks with historian and author Richard White, from Standford University, about how the railroads shaped our land, our economy, our political system and touched every part of life in America. His latest book is Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Business/Economy
7:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa Communities Struggling to Survive

Iowa's smallest towns are shrinking- the total population living in towns of one-thousand people or less decreased by seven percent in the last decade.  We conclude our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at communities struggling to survive.  Charity talks with Jeff Schott of the University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs.  Schott reveals the latest census numbers focusing on parts of the state experiencing population loss.  Also joining the conversation- Sac County Economic Development Director Shirley Phillips, Decorah author Robert Wolf and Cedar Rapids entrepreneur

Talk of Iowa
9:12 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Exploring the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Rivers

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The state of Iowa is defined physically by the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We, in turn, have done a great deal to shape the rivers. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with author Lisa Knopp about her book “What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte”. Her book takes readers on a personal journey along these rivers, exploring their history, geography, and ecology.

Talk of Iowa
9:10 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Horticulture Day: Landscaping

This summer it’s not really a question of making sure that the plants in your landscape thrive, it’s a question of making sure that they survive. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University's  Extension Entomologist, Donald Lewis, and the Head of the Horticulture Department, Jeff Iles, about ways to reduce the stress on your plants right now and how to design a landscape that demands less water for the future

Talk of Iowa
1:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Iowa's Olympic Past

Lolo Jones, Gabby Douglas, Miranda Leek, Lisa Uhl, and Jake Varner, these are the athletes Iowans will be watching particularity closely at the Olympic games in London. On today’s “Talk of Iowa” we take a look back at the trials and triumphs of Iowa Olympians past.

Talk of Iowa
9:07 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, 1981

Kenny Salwey lives along the upper Mississippi River. He hunts, fishes, traps, and writes; while he lives off the land in a cabin he built with his own two hands. He’s known as the "last river rat". Host Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his life, the river he’s built his life around, and his latest book, Muskrat for Supper.

Talk of Iowa
2:46 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Summer Series: College Towns

Downtown Iowa City
Emily Woodbury

A town that is home to a college or university is always changing.  There are always new students, new faculty, new staff, and the population ebbs and flows from semester to semester.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at college towns.  The pros, the cons, the economics and the history.

Talk of Iowa
10:03 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Reinventing Education

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At no time in history have schools been asked to do so much. Author, businessman, and attorney, Jamie Vollmer, experiences the challenges first hand in his book Schools Can't Do It Alone. Charity talks with Vollmer about the struggles education leaders face and how they can redevelop the system to increase student success.

Talk of Iowa
9:18 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Horticulture Day: Trees

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The drought continues throughout much of the state. On today's Horticulture Day Richard Jauron, horticulturist with the Iowa State University Extension, and Forester Mark Vitosh, talk about the stress the lack of rain has placed on trees.

Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

RAGBRAI Director TJ Juskiewicz on Ride's 40th Year

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RAGBRAI XL, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, rolls out of Sioux Center on Sunday. On the latest "Talk of Iowa", host Charity Nebbe spoke with the director of RAGBRAI, TJ Juskiewicz. Juskiewicz shared what is new for this year's route, why the tradition has continued over the years, and how the weather might affect the ride.

Talk of Iowa
4:08 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

RAGBRAI's 40th Year

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RAGBRAI XL, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, rolls out of Sioux Center on Sunday.  On today's program, we talk about why this event has endured for forty years, why people from all over the world flock here to bike across Iowa in July, and we reminisce about RAGBRAI's past with Chuck Offenburger.

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