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
Mon February 27, 2012

Robert Leleux's Healing Moments

When Robert Leleux’s grandmother began to lose her memory it felt like the beginning of the end, but it also turned out to be the beginning of something truly beautiful. Leleux has written about his grandmother’s final years in “The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving.” (St. Martin's Press) This hour, Charity speaks with Leleux and also with Jade Angelica of Dubuque, founder of "Healing Moments: Alzheimer/Dementia Education and Advocacy."

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Helping People with Eating Disorders

It’s hard to understand what forces can lead a person to purposely starve. We do know that the causes of eating disorders are not simple, and that no one has found a simple solution. On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity speaks with a woman who overcame a serious eating disorder, the mother of a teenage survivor and a mental health counselor, Michelle Roling, who specializes in helping people with eating disorders,

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Word Maven: Great Movie Quotes

There are movie lines so iconic that not only does almost everyone instantly recognize them, but they’ve actually become a part of our lexicon. Today, Charity talks with English Language expert and Iowa native Patricia O’Conner about the movie lines that endure and shape our language. O'Conner is the author of a number of popular word books, including "Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English; Words Fail Me, and others.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

The Orphan Train to Iowa

Between 1854 and 1929 more than 200,000 orphaned and abandoned children boarded trains on the East coast and headed west to find new homes. About 8,000 to 10,000 of these children were taken in by Iowans. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll find out about the history of the orphan trains and the children who rode them. Guests are Sue Sutton of the National Orphan Train Complex; Mary McLain, a former newspaper reporter and daughter of an Iowa Orphan Train rider; and Jim Phillips of Mason City, whose father, J.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Vets in Our Lives

It's been said the best doctor in the world is a veterinarian--she can't ask her patients what's the matter, she's got to just know. This hour, we look into the worlds of four Iowa vets, whose patients run the spectrum from kittens to giraffes. We'll find out why each chose the job for their life's work and how the profession has changed of late. Charity speaks to: Dr. June Olds, Blank Park Zoo vet; Dr. Loras Wilgenbusch, retired large animal vet from Victor, IA; Dr. Kirk Heisterkamp, equine vet from Cedar Rapids; and small animal vet, Dr. Ryan Steen of Cedar Rapids.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Encore Edition: The Meskwaki Tribe - Past, Present and Future

The Meskwaki people, often known to outsiders as the Sac and Fox Tribe, have long been a part of Iowa history. In 1856 the Iowa Legislature passed an unprecedented act allowing the Meskwaki to purchase land in Iowa. A year later, the Tribe purchased the first 80 acres in Tama County. Today the Meskwaki Settlement is a thriving community of over 4,000 residents which maintains a tribal school and a profitable casino. In a program that originally aired last September, we look at the history of the Meskwaki people in Iowa and the challenges they face today.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Horticulture Day: Maple Syrup

When maple trees experience the freezing nights and warm days of late winter, the sap starts to slowly rise. It's "Hort Friday" on Talk of Iowa, and we'll talk about maple syrup production. It's one of North America's oldest agricultural crops and there are a few commercial producers in Northeast Iowa. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension Forestry. We'll also answer your questions about the plants in your life.
 

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

New Beginnings for the University of Iowa Arts Campus

Nearly four years ago flood waters dramatically changed the landscape in Iowa City. Over the next few years the campus will be transformed again as the University of Iowa replaces the lost buildings. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll hear about recently approved plans to rebuild the University of Iowa arts campus, including a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and Music Building.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Wildlife Day: Valentine's Edition

Spring may be the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love, but for many species late winter is the season of love. It's Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa and with eagles nesting, barred owls calling and cardinals singing, we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Science of Obesity

Losing weight sounds simple in mathematical terms. Burning more calories than you consume = weight loss, but the reality is far more complicated. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll explore the science of weight loss, we’ll find out why it so difficult for some people to lose weight and we'll look into why keeping the weight off can be a daily challenge. Guests include Dr. Allyn Mark, Dr. William Haynes and Amy Fletcher of the University of Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Girls on the Run and Teacher of the Year

When girls sign up for “Girls on the Run” they spend ten weeks getting together and training for a 5K, but the lessons learned will last a life time. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll hear from Stephanie Kleithermes, a coach from Johnson County's "Girls on the Run" program. Later in the hour, Charity speaks with the 2012 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Charity Campbell, a phys ed teacher from the Norwalk Community School District. Campbell tries to find a way to keep her students moving practically all the time.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

The Changing World of Nursing

School nurses still take care of cuts and scrapes--they take temperatures and decide when it's time to call Mom or Dad. But these days, they do a whole lot more. They dispense lots of medications and deal with children who have a variety of pre-existing medical conditions. We'll speak with Janice Telsrow, a school nurse in the Davenport Community School District, who sees up to 115 children in her office every day. Also, we'll find out about how technology has revolutionized nursing school.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

The "Surf" as Rock 'n Roll Icon

Fifty-three years ago Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) gave their final performances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. The accident that followed turned the Surf into a rock 'n roll icon. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll remember the Winter Dance Party and discover what makes the Surf a special place.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Preparing Students for Kindergarten

Kindergarten today is not just about snacks, rest time and recess. Kids are expected to arrive ready to learn...a lot. On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll discuss getting ready for kindergarten. We’ll talk about early childhood education, how to prepare your child for kindergarten and we'll hear from a kindergarten teacher what she expects her students to know when they walk in the door for the first day of school. Guests are kindergarten teacher Michelle Anderson-Kunz of Des Moines; Alison Bell of the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center; Dr.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Norman Borlaug "Our Daily Bread"

Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farm boy who became the father of the Green Revolution, is credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation. Today, Charity speaks with biographer Noel Vietmeyer about his book “Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug” (Bracing Books) and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn of Des Moines, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Horticulture Day: Plant Hardiness Zone Map

"Punxsutawney Phil" may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but we all know that gardening season is just around the corner. It's Horticulture Friday today, and Charity looks at organic gardening and the new Plant Hardiness Zone map from the USDA. We'll find out why you might not want to invest in too many "Zone 5" plants just yet. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Kathleen Delate, Prof. of Horticulture at ISU.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Spelling Bee/Spelling Education

Iowa State University will host the Iowa final for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Charity talks with Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimball about the growth and popularity of the event and how television has changed the perception of the competition. Also joining the conversation is an Iowa educator who served as the Head Judge for the competition, plus a Des Moines student who reached the spelling bee finals. Later, a literary consultant looks at effective teaching of spelling in early childhood education.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Helping Students with Autism Succeed in College

Being successful in college is trying for many students and for those with Asperger’s or Autism the challenge is even greater. On today's Talk of Iowa we hear about a new program at Kirkwood Community College that is designed to help students on the Autism spectrum succeed. Charity talks with Kelly Wise and Barbara Mussman of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Josh Cobbs of the Iowa Autism Council, and Kirkwood student Zach Diericks.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Desegregating Iowa's Schools

Alexander Clark thought his daughter Susan should be able to attend school in the 1860's. Many other powerful Iowans did too. They didn’t care that she was black. This hour on Talk of Iowa, we’ll discuss Clark’s case against the Iowa Supreme Court that desegregated Iowa’s schools decades before some places in the rest of the county.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Finding Your Fire

When you make up your mind to find your passion, you’re making an important commitment to yourself. You’re saying that you’re a top priority and you’ll be finding the things in life that you truly enjoy. For aspiring artists, many say they have found their passion, or their “fire,” but actually making a living at it is a bigger challenge. Today, we hear from four successful artists who will be taking part in the on-going artist discussion series, “Finding Your Fire,” this evening at the Des Moines Social Club.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Iowa Bicycle Summit and RAGBRAI

This summer RAGBRAI will roll across Iowa for the 40th time and right now bicycle enthusiasts are converging on Des Moines for the Iowa Bicycle Summit. This year’s RAGBRAI route won’t be announced until Saturday (Jan. 28), but we will get a preview of RAGBRAI 40 from the event's Director, T.J. Juskiewicz. We'll also talk about biking in Iowa with Mark Wyatt, Ex. Director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Nick Sobocinski, also with the Coalition and Program Director of "Safe Routes to School."

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Girl Scouting Turns 100

Girl Scouts is turning 100. On today's talk of Iowa we’ll look back at the history of Girl Scouts of America, we’ll talk about the role that First Lady Lou Henry Hoover played in the early years of scouting, we’ll find out how girls all over Iowa are marking the centennial, and we want to hear our listeners' Girl Scout memories.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Iowa Nature Photography

Professional studio photographers often put their subjects in front of a white back-drop. In January, mother nature does that too. Today, our topic is nature photography in the winter. Charity speaks with three of Iowa's most talented nature photographers about why it's worth it to brave the cold with your camera. Guests are Ty Smedes of Des Moines, Larry Stone of Elkader and Don Poggensee of Ida Grove.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Wapsipinicon Almanac, Issue 18

This year’s Wapsipinicon Almanac, issue number 18, has just been released. It’s a publication that doesn’t shoot for a large audience, or have universal appeal. It’s a homegrown, homemade journal of great writing by and for Iowans. Today, Charity Nebbe talks with publisher Tim Fay of Anamosa and three of this year’s contributors: Beth Chacey DeBoom, T.R. McKay and Daryl Bruxvoort.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun January 22, 2012

Sara Levine

Boldness, resolution, independence and horn blowing. On today's program, we talk to author Sara Levine. Her new book is “Treasure Island!!!” (Europa Editions). In the novel, the main character becomes obsessed with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale. She decides to turn her life around with the book as her guide. Levine chairs the graduate writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Horticulture Day: Local Food

Interest in local food in Iowa is high and now Iowa State University and the state legislature are trying to put some muscle behind that interest. On this Talk of Iowa "Hort Day" we'll talk about Iowa’s "Local Food and Farm Initiative" and how it’s impacting growers, sellers, consumers and the economy in the state. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Linda Naeve of the Value Added Agriculture Program of ISU Extension.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Planning Your Project

January is not the ideal month for home improvement projects, but it is a great time to plan. On today's Talk of Iowa, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge is back on the airwaves. We’ll talk about planning and designing your next project. Whether you’re building a new house or remodeling an old room we’ll talk about the things you should know before you get started.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Genealogical Research in Iowa

Why are you an Iowan? How did your family wind up here? What is the explanation in your family lore? If you wanted to verify the tales, how would you do it? Wednesday on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe will speak with Theresa Liewer of the Iowa Genealogical Society and Steve Williams of IAGenWeb.org about genealogical research, the things you can learn from it and what resources are available in the state.

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