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 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Horticulture Day

Julie Englander hosts ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Extension Plant Pathologist Laura Jesse to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Film, Character and Gem Sweaters

Jonathan Ahl talks to Tanna Frederick one the founders of Clear Lake’s Annual Iowa Film Festival. The fourth festival happens July 16-18th. Then Amy Smit of Character Counts in Iowa tells us about the annual awards that honor Iowas who uphold the six pillars of character. In the second half, John Pemble talks to Ames artist Leslie Hall about her Des Moines Art Center exhibit featuring flamboyant gem sweaters, profile pictures and videos of her hip hop songs about crafting.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Politics Day

New Hampshire political analyst, Arnie Arnesen, and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Iowa, Bruce Gronbeck, join host Jeneane Beck for a discussion of the week's political news.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Dreams and Lucid Dreams of the Departed

Anthropologists have discovered that "visitation dreams" or dreams about the departed are part of almost every culture. While modern dream researchers find that visitation dreams represent less than one percent of dream reports, they note that dreams of the deceased can be unusually intense, vivid and emotionally meaningful. We talk with author, Robert Waggoner, about this curious, yet common phenomenon, of dreams and lucid dreams of the departed.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Hort Gang

Host Julie Englander talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and Extension Horticulturalist Richard Jauron. They'll examine the threat of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles plus take your comments and questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Keepers of the Trees

Host Julie Englander talks with author Ann Linnea. In her new book "Keepers of the Trees", Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests. Also joining the program is President and CEO of Marion-based Trees Forever Shannon Ramsay.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Host Jonathan Ahl breaks down President Obama's speech to the nation on the oil spill in the Gulf with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson, Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor of Political Communication Bruce Gronbeck.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Hort and Tree Friday

Mark Vitosh, D.N.R. District Forester and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University take your calls. IPR's Julie Englander hosts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Home Improvement Day with Bill McAnally

Home repair guru Bill McAnally speaks with IPR's Dennis Reese about fences and back-yard projects, and of course, we'll take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this day after the June primary election, IPR's Jonathan Ahl and Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen discuss the results.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

"Wild Parenting" is our topic for the hour with Iowa State University Emeritus Professor, Dr. Jim Pease. The parenting styles of our wild critters may surprise us, we'll have some tips about understanding and living with them.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Antique Roadshow/American Pickers

This hour, we hear about our fascination with antiquing. IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko about the show's upcoming visit to Iowa. Later, we hear from Mike Wolfe of LeClaire and his experiences as one of the History Channel's "American Pickers."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Hort Gang Friday

Things are growing like crazy, we'll hear about it from Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of the Iowa State University Horticulture staff.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Tech Day with Jeff Balvanz

It's technology day with Jeff Balvanz, computer consultant at Iowa State University. We'll hear more about the latest security issues including Facebook privacy concerns, iPad sales and overheating problems, and home internet speeds.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Politics Day

Iowa politics dominates the discussion with the June primary less that a week away. IRR's Jeneane Beck speaks with Rachel Caufield, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University and Arnie Arnesen, political commentator from New Hamphsire.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Movie Day

Film critics Loring Silet and Tom Beell of Iowa State University join IPR's Rob Dillard to look at the summer movie season.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Horticulture Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Teacher of the Year/Letters About Literature/Beth Brown

This hour, we talk to Iowa's second national Teacher of the Year winner, Don Dye of the Belmond Klemme High School. Also on the program, Austin Helmink, a freshman at Spencer High School, talks about his national award in the Letters About Literature contest. Finally, one of Iowa's great "birders," Beth Brown of Osceola, gives us an update on what birds she's seeing this spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Politics Wednesday

This week, IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl speaks with Bruce Gronbeck, an expert in political communication at the University of Iowa and Arnie Arnesen, political pundit from New Hampshire.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Fishing Map/Rain Barrels/Credit Cards

Three topics on this hour's program: We'll find out about the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources' new interactive web site that shows where the fish are biting; then Jan Aiels of the Indian Creek Nature Center talks about the many advantages of collecting rainwater with a "Moby" rain barrel; and then Dr. Tahira Hira of Iowa State University explains the new web site "Money Sense," which she has developed with the New York Stock Exchange, there's advice for consumers on how to manage credit card usage.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Hort Gang Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Radon/Dog Bites/Iowa Youth Diaries

An interview with University of Iowa environmental health expert Dr. R. William Field begins this eclectic hour. Dr. Field discusses a recent report from the President's Cancer Panel that says radon is an underestimated cancer risk that needs to be better addressed. Next we hear from Mick McAuliffe of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa about the increasing number of reported dog bite cases. In segment three, Kathrine Moermond and University of Iowa student assistant Molly Moser talk about the "Iowa Youth Diaries" exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl hosts a political update with analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arneson of New Hampshire.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Concurrent Sexual Partnerships/The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Univ. of Iowa Sociology Professor Anthony Paik about his recent study on the potential dangers of "hooking up" with a stranger or acquaintance. Later, we hear about the nation's newest "teaching" hotel about to open in Cedar Rapids. "The Hotel at Kirkwood Center" will be one of only seven such facilities in the nation, designed to train students in Hospitality Arts programs. We hear from Lee Belfield, Melanie Ewalt and Jean Rogers.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Eleanor Catton/Iowa Ballooning

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Eleanor Catton. The 2010 University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate has a highly-acclaimed debut novel, "The Rehearsal." Later we hear from Becky Wigeland and Dennis Nicholson, co-authors of the new book, "Indianola: Ballooning Capital of Iowa."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 14, 2010

"Hort" Friday

Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University's Horticulture staff are on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge is back in our studio to answer your home repair and remodeling questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's our weekly political hour, joining IPR's Jonathan Ahl are Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Dr. Jim Pease, emeritus professor at Iowa State, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about "Hairy Wetland Critters," otters, mink, beaver and muskrats and their roles in Iowa's wetlands. Of course we're live and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Blue Waters/Blank Park Zoo/Bonnie Koloc

An eclectic hour: IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Prof. Monica Lamm of Iowa State University as she gets set to use the world's fastest computer called "Blue Waters," and Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, as they try to find a name for their baby dromedary camel. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with legendary singer/songwriter Bonnie Koloc. Koloc grew up in Waterloo and has a new album, "Beginnings," from recently discovered tapes recorded in 1969.

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