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
11:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Prairie Restoration and Mushrooms

Tom Rosburg has lived his life studying, managing and educating Iowans about the important role native prairies play in the biological evolution of Iowa. The Drake biology professor has been recognized for his work, receiving the Olav Smedal Conservation Award. Charity talks with Rosburg about his love of nature and the real challenges in sustaining Iowa's prairie ecosystems. Also, does the warm March weather mean morel mushrooms are sprouting early? We'll find out from Roseanne Healy of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mindless Eating

Do you eat because you're hungry? Do you eat because you're bored? Brian Wansink says what you put in your mouth every day is influenced by your environment, the company you keep, and an almost endless and invisible list of other factors. Today, Charity talks with Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think." (Bantam Books) Wansink, an Iowa native, is Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab .

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Neurogenetics and Giant Short-Faced Bear

Epilepsy affects nearly three million Americans. During this program, Charity talks with Dr. Jeffrey Noebels of the Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine. He’ll share what he and his fellow researchers have discovered about the genes and mechanisms that underlie epilepsy and how epilepsy is related to memory. Dr. Noebels is in Iowa City to speak as part of the UI's Health Science Research Week. Later, the talk turns to the giant short-faced bear, an animal that stood more than 11 feet high and lived in Iowa during the Ice Age.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Author John Price and Paula Poundstone

Grounded in place, in the great grasslands of the Midwest, John Price's large-hearted memoir Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships is the thread that runs throughout. It features creatures running through his back yard and in the wild, with Swedish ancestors, with neighbors, with the Midwestern prairies, all surrounded by his wife and children. John joins Charity to talk about the book. Later, comedian Paula Poundstone talks about her upcoming show at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Sharing Knowledge

Iowa State University horticulture students are sharing their knowledge with students around the world. This hour, on Talk of Iowa's Horticulture Day, we’ll talk about a school garden project in the Virgin Islands and, of course we’ll talk about your garden projects. Charity's guests are horticulturists Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension and Jennifer Bousselot, a lecturer and Master Gardener Coordinator at Iowa State University.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Vacationing Close to Home

Vacationing close to home doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. On today's program, travel writer and author Jennifer Wilson will be our guide to some of Iowa’s great destinations. We’ll paddle through Pammel State Park, enjoy the views along the Mississippi River and spy on migrating waterfowl. Wilson is the author of the recent book, "Running Away to Home."

Best of IPR Talk

Sundays at 7 p.m. on AM News
 

This one-hour show features the best of "River to River" and "Talk of Iowa" from the previous week on Iowa Public Radio. It will be a wonderful outlet to catch up on Iowa Public Radio's talk shows for people who may have missed them, or a chance to hear a great program again.

Talk of Iowa

Weekdays at 10 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One
 

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state. This IPR original brings a range of experts to the microphone to discuss a myriad of topics. Guests include Jim Pease for the Wildlife Program and of course, the Hort Gang on Fridays. Join us for smart, friendly conversation about what's happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

The Lifespan of a Fact

Is this fact or fiction? On the surface the question seems to be easy enough to answer, but truth comes in a number of different shades. On this Talk of Iowa Charity speaks with author and essayist John D’Agata of the University of Iowa and fact checker Jim Fingal about their book, “The Lifespan of a Fact” (W.W. Norton) and the definition of truth.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Making Piece

Grant Wood said that when he painted American Gothic, he depicted the people he “fancied should live in the house.” Eighty years later, the woman living in the house looks nothing like the grim spinster in the painting. This hour, host Charity Nebbe travels to Eldon Iowa to visit Beth Howard, the author of the new book Making Piece, a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Symphony of the Soil

Charity talks with filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia about her new documentary "Symphony of the Soil". The film explores the world of soil- how it's formed, its life cycle, human uses and misuses in agriculture. Koons Garcia, the widow of legendary Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia, is in Iowa this week screening the film. Joining the soil conversation is Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann and Fairfield farmer and former National Program Leader for Soil Science Francis Thicke.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Horticulture Day: Spring Insects

Our March warmth and sunshine has brought out leaves, flowers and a whole lot of bugs. Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis will be here to explain why we’re suddenly seeing tiny gnats all over the place and to answer your questions about the other insects that are emerging. Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here to answer all of your lawn and gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Siding

You thought you had a few more weeks to plan, but suddenly it’s time to work on outdoor projects. On today's Talk of Iowa our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge is here. We’ll talk about what you need to know before you replace the siding on your house and answer questions about the projects on your agenda.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Spring Planting with Record Warmth

It’s too early to plant, but it’s not too early for farmers to get out in their fields. This hour we discuss strips of prairie that can strengthen a field of corn or soybeans and other soil conservation techniques. We’ll also talk about how farmers decide when to plant in a year that's turned out be one of the warmest late winters in Iowa history. Guests include Jim Gillespie of the Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Richard Cruse of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University; and Forest City-area farmer, Riley Lewis.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa

Mothers have always turned to other mothers for advice. So it's no surprise that "mommy blogs" are big--moms swapping information on a virtual playground. St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids has gotten into the action with a new website and blog called "The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa." Charity speaks with "Real Moms" creator, Danielle Rauser and fellow bloggers Mel Ostmo and Courtenay Baker-Olinger.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Tracy Kidder and The McDonagh Project

This year's "All Iowa Reads" selection is Tracy Kidder's 2009 book, "Strength in What Remains." It's the gripping story of of Deogratias, or Deo for short, who grew up in the E. Central African county of Burundi. Deo was a young man with dreams, the biggest of which was to become a doctor. He was working at a rural hospital in the country when in Oct. 1993, a Hutu militia attacked the building and started slaughtering everyone they thought was a Tutsi. Deo escaped, running for six months and eventually settling in New York City, knowing no one.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Horticulture Day: A Homegrown Lifestyle

Can you picture your back yard as a small farm--with herbs, flowers and vegetables growing in place of the Kentucky Blue Grass? It can happen, if you learn a few basics. On today's Horticulture Friday, we hear about a spring course from Iowa State University Extension, "Learn How to Have a Homegrown Lifestyle." It will be offered at 11 Iowa locations beginning March 29. It's for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grown food for their own use and create a sustainable landscape. Andy Larson of ISU Extension will tell us more about the course.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Encore Edition: Seed Savers co-founder Diane Ott Whealy

For more than 35 years, Diane Ott Whealy has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth's genetic food stocks. In 1986, she helped to develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver's scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah. In a program that originally aired last October, Diane talks about her book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver. It tells the story people's dream that became reality with the help of like-minded individuals and led to the establishment of the Seed Savers Exchange.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Encore Edition: Iowa Past to Present

If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Iowa in the Civil War

The Battle of Pea Ridge, fought in Arkansas in March of 1862, is known as the Civil War battle that secured the West. It was also the first time Iowans saw major combat. This hour we’ll remember the Battle of Pea Ridge and Iowans young and old who fought in the Civil War. Charity speaks with David V. Wendell, curator of "More Than Any: Iowa in the Civil War," a new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. Later, we speak with historian Floyd E. Pearce of Cumberland, about "The Graybeards," older Iowans who served in the Civil War.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Ways to Play in Big Boy Business

Women now work in every field and have reached levels of success in business and politics that once seemed impossible, but business is still a male dominated world. Charity talks with Mary Stier of Des Moines who has shatterd many glass ceilings in her career as a newspaper publisher. She'll share her lessons and discuss her new book, Lady Leader: 10 Ways to Play in Big Boy Business. Also joining the conversation is Diane Ramsey of Cedar Rapids, Ex.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Horticulture Day: Service Learning in Uganda

For the last seven years faculty, staff and students from Iowa State University have been traveling to Uganda as part of a service learning program. Gail Nonnecke, a professor of horticulture at ISU has been involved from the very start. Charity talks with her about the program and how she has seen gardens and students grow during her visits to Uganda. Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here and they will answer your questions about plants in your life.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

By the Iowa Sea

Joe Blair put away his motorcycle and his dreams to do manual labor while supporting four children, one of whom is autistic. Rekindling a sense of purpose in his life took something big: the Iowa River flood. Blair, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and a pipefitter who lives in Coralville, has just published his memoir, "By the Iowa Sea." (Scribner) This hour, Charity talks to Blair about his new book, one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Memoirs of 2012.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Wildlife Day: Woodpeckers

Wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease talks with Charity about woodpeckers and other hole-dwellers that inhabit Iowa. Pease looks at the biology and life-cycle of woodpeckers and offers a few hints on how to attract them.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Iowa's Papermaker and Karl L. King

Timothy Barrett has dedicated his life to unwrapping the mysteries of paper. Barrett, of the University of Iowa, won a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," in 2009 and the paper he makes by hand helps preserve such documents as the Declaration of Independence. We'll talk to him about the paper he's been making recently. Later in the hour, our discussion turns to Karl King, who composed over three hundred songs in his lifetime, 200 of those were marches. His music made him famous around the world, but he chose to live and work in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

Iowa Libraries

Do you need a special cake pan for that birthday that’s coming up? Something to scare the birds out of your cherry trees? Seeds for heirloom tomatoes? You might want to check your local library. Join host Charity Nebbe as we talk about the changing role of libraries in the internet age and some of the more unusual things you can check out from libraries around the state.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Horticulture Day: Spring Fever

The growing season hasn’t begun, but it might be time for you to get busy in your yard or garden. On this "Hort Day" on Talk of Iowa, D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City and I.S.U. Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron are here. We’ll talk about spring pruning and starting seeds and we’ll answer your questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Riverside Theatre and Lynn Rossetto Kasper

"Walking the Wire", Riverside Theatre’s annual festival of original work from playwrights across North America, will bring to the stage a wide variety of potentially implausible scenarios as part of this year’s theme, "This Will Never Work." Today, we'll hear from three actors in the Iowa City theatre's Annual Monologue Festival. Later, Charity speaks with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of "The Splendid Table," about America's changing relationship with food. She'll tell us what she does to make cooking dinner less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Encore Edition: Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin has been described as "the mother of authentic midwifery". She is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. An Iowa native, she has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. She has helped thousands of mothers bring their babies into the world and her words have reached millions. Her most recent book is Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta.

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