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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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.

Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Town Slogans

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There’s only one chance for a first impression and many Iowa small towns have developed their own slogan to set them apart from the rest. Charity talks with Kyle Munson, a columnist with the Des Moines Register, and his recent search for the most favored town slogan in the state along with former “Iowa Boy” columnist, Chuck Offenburger. Jeremy Minnier, 18-year-old mayor of Aredale shares the story behind his town’s slogan.

Mike Draper, owner of the Raygun clothing store, also joins the conversation offering unofficial slogans his company has made into t-shirts.

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Summer Series: Disaster Recovery

Parkersburg, IA 2008
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A tornado devastated Parkersburg in 2008, fire gutted Grinnell in 1889, and in the 1980s Bell Plaine was laid low by the farm crisis. When disaster strikes, the repercussions can be felt for decades to come. We continue our series on Iowa towns, with communities that have been shaped by disaster.

Talk of Iowa
9:47 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Iowa's Opera Houses

The Warren Opera House in Greenfield, IA. (Photo taken by 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.

Talk of Iowa
11:16 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Horticulture Day: ISU Field Days

Cindy Haynes, an associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, shares information about several upcoming Demonstration Garden Field Days, where the public can catch a glimpse of ongoing research and learn about gardening techniques. Charity also talks with Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture specialist, to tackle listener's gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:39 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Hodgkin's Lymphoma documentary and the novel "On the Island"

Screenshot from "My Friend Learns If He Still Has Cancer" Nathan Matta / YouTube

When Jake Bouma of Des Moines was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this year, he and his wife decided to document his cancer journey on video. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Jake and his wife, Libby, about their documentary.

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Mourning in the Digital Age

Photo by Emily Woodbury

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we'll find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook. Our guests include Heart2Soul founder Karen Zinn, John Wild of Iles funeral Home in Des Moines, Tom Frisch of GotFuneral, and PhD student studying social media mourning practices, Jed Brubaker.

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Talk of Iowa
1:27 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Summer Series: Community Rivalries

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In the 1920’s the Railroad wanted to build a line through Dallas, Iowa, but city elders refused comply with the railroad’s demands.  Mr. Melcher of the railroad decided to found his own town just a mile south and the Dallas- Melcher rivalry was born.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we begin our summer series on Iowa towns with rivalries.

Talk of Iowa
1:07 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Civil War Medicine

More than six hundred thousand men died during the Civil War and twice as many men died of disease than of gunshot wounds. Charity talks with Dr. Kendall Reed from Des Moines University medical practices during the war and how the period led to numerous medical advancements.  Later, Lester Menke,  author of  “When Apples Had No Worms”, shares his stories from growing up in the 1920s and 30s.

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Horticulture Day: Fruits and Vegetables

Continuous temperatures in the triple digits with limited rain can certainly put stress on any plant or garden. Charity talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, Richard Jauron, about helping plants battle the heat.  ISU Extension Vegetable Production Specialist, Ajay Nair, also talks about incorporating fruits and vegetables into a home garden.

Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Author Robert Kerr & Burlington Architectural Survey

When Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within their family life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Skin Safety and Vitamin D

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Many people know the basics of skin safety- wear sunscreen, protective clothing, avoid sunburns, but there are still many misconceptions and questions on sun-related concerns. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we explore the myths and questions you have about skin cancer and the sun. We also discuss the prevalence of tanning salons in the state, as well as find out why vitamin D is so important, and how you can be sure you are getting enough.

Education
3:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Morrill Act Anniversary

On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans. Today's "Talk of Iowa" focused on how the legislation’s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it’s provisions. One of the show's guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, “The Land-Grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University". Sheridan is the Museum Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator at ISU. 

Education
11:43 am
Mon July 2, 2012

The Morrill Act's Impact in Iowa

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On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans.  Today's "Talk of Iowa" focused on how the legislation’s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it’s provisions. One of the show's guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, “The Land-Grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University". Sheridan is the Museum Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator at ISU.

Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Wildlife

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It’s a practice that improves your local environment and is a rewarding way to learn about the animals in your back yard.  On the next Hort Day, we look at tailoring your garden to the needs of wildlife. ISU Extention's Rebecca Christoffel and Richard Jauron join the discussion and answer your gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
9:32 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Simple French Food

When you think of French food, the word simple probably does not come to mind. Wini Moranville, restaurant reviewer for the Des Moines Register, will introduce us to simple French home cooking. Her new cookbook is the Bonne Femme cookbook…simple splendid food that French women cook every day. Later, we’ll hear from the authors of Farmstead Chef, a book full recipes that rely on locally grown ingredients.

 

Talk of Iowa
12:05 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Unconventional, Creative Writers in Iowa

Most novels don’t come with soundtracks, most summer road tippers aren’t creating original artwork in the back of their vans, and most 12-year-olds aren’t published authors. On this Talk of Iowa, we’ll meet some creative Iowans… A man sending quirky postcards all over the world, a writer who created a novel with an original soundtrack, and a 12 year old who wrote a book on a brave young woman during the Revolutionary War.

Talk of Iowa
9:50 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Exploring the life and work of landscape architect, Jens Jensen

Even if you have never heard of landscape architect Jens Jensen, you have been touched by his work. Jensen came to the United States from Denmark in 1884. He fell in love with the Iowa landscape, and it influenced his work for the rest of his life. On this Talk of Iowa, we will talk about his designs, his life, and his legacy.

Talk of Iowa
3:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Hort Day: Planting New Windbreaks

For many decades Colorado Blue Spruce were a very popular choice for windbreaks in Iowa.  Now a lot of those trees are dead or dying.  On today's Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City and I.S.U. Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here.  We’ll talk about planting new windbreaks and rehabilitating old ones.  We’ll also be answering your questions about plants and trees.   We look forward to your questions!

 

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Thu June 21, 2012

80/35 Play-In Finalists

Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with the finalists for Wellmark's 80/35 Play-in presented by Iowa Public Radio's Studio One. We'll hear from Love Songs For Lonely Monsters, Holy White Hounds and Seedlings in addition to Iowa Public Radio's Music Director Al Schares. 

Talk of Iowa
9:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

How Kids Can Affect Parents' Health

Having a child changes everything including how you eat and how you move.  On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with Dr. Helene Laroche, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa about how becoming a parent can change your diet.  Later, we hear from Matt Stancel, Assistant Director of Fitness Programs for Recreational Services at the U of I about how becoming a parent might change your exercise routine.  

 

Talk of Iowa
1:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa

Looking to travel this summer? On today's Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She'll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.

Talk of Iowa
9:45 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Encore Edition: Learning to Speak Iowan

Learning to speak English is one thing, learning to speak Iowan may be something else entirely. Iowa, especially in its more rural areas, has many foreign-born physicians practicing in clinics and hospitals. In an archive program from last September, we’ll find out about an innovative program in Mason City that helps doctors understand our state with courses like "Topics for Small Talk with Iowans." We'll talk to the teachers in the program at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, University of Northern Iowa professors Mark Grey and Michele Devlin.

Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Horticulture Day: Insects

It's summer and gardens are buzzing with numerous insects. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis from the Iowa State University Extension about how some insects have made an early appearance this year and some upcoming garden deadlines. 

Talk of Iowa
3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Curb Appeal

Does your house look a little rough around the edges?  Dingy siding? Rusty fixtures? Weeds growing up through the sidewalk?  This hour, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge  joins us.  He'll talk with Charity about how the investment of a little bit of elbow grease can pay off with a major spike in curb appeal.  First impressions are everything, and that's no different for our homes. 

 

Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Dr. Charles Read: Surviving the Nabob and health breakthroughs

During World War II, Canadian forces had only two aircraft carriers and one, the Nabob, was torpedoed by German forces. Filling in for Charity Nebbe, IPR’s Dennis Reese talks with Iowan Charles Read about his time on the Nabob and surviving the attack. Dr. Read, a University of Iowa emeritus professor of pediatrics, also talks about his time in the Navy and afterwards his work on developing diabetes treatments. Dennis also talks with recent graduate Carmen Smith, a former student ambassador for the UI College of Public Health about her  health research efforts in Gambia.

Talk of Iowa
8:52 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wildlife Day: Responsibility for the Land

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.  We’ll talk about our relationship with and responsibility for the land we live on.  

 

 

Talk of Iowa
3:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Religion/Spirituality and its Impacts on Physical Health

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, but is "God" good for you too? A study published last year found an 18% lower mortality level for patients who had higher rates of spirituality or religiosity. This hour, we explore the link between spirituality and physical well-being.  Charity speaks with Dr. Richard Deming of the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, who has taken cancer survivors and caregivers on journeys to such places as the Mt. Everest Base Camp and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  He's planning to take his next group to Mt.

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Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Horticulture Day: Gardening with the First Lady

Some young gardeners in Ames got a surprise package from the White House last weekend.  This hour, it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe.   Charity talks with a student from Kate Mitchell School in Ames about gardening with Michelle Obama.  Also on the program,  Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University will be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

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