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
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder'

Derek Gavey

Richard Louv has written that “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.” Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from the man who coined the term “nature deficit disorder” about the importance of connecting with the natural world around us and the movement he helped to start.

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Iowa's Local Food Economy

Produce at the Des Moines Farmers Market
Jason Mrachina

According to regional food coordinators, there is no local food network like the one in Iowa. The connection between farmers and distributors is very strong, and the network continues to grow larger every year. Even so, about 80% of the food Iowans consume is from out of state.

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

2013 Holiday Kids' Book List

"A wordless book that has a serenity and dreaminess to it that I think would be lovely to share." - Sue Davis
Candlewick Press

George Bernard Shaw said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville, Sue Davis of River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque and Jerri Heid of the Ames Public Library about the year's best books to be enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.  You can find the full list below.

Picture Books

Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard, Illustrated by David Slonim - "Lots of cute poems and great pictures." - Annie Leonard

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

2013 Book Gift List

Casey Fleser Flickr

Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, and Mollie Loughlin of The Book Vine in Cherokee about the best books to give as gifts this year.  We've compiled the list below, along with what our reviewers had to say about each book.

Paul Ingram - Fiction

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Horticulture Day
12:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree farm
Soil Science at NC State

Every year at this time, people like to venture out to cut their own Christmas Trees.  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with Forester Mark Vitosh about selection and maintenance of live Christmas trees.  Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron also answers your lawn and garden questions.

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Home Improvement
1:37 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fireplaces: Maintenence and Repair

Feet by the fire
chrissthegirl / flickr

There’s nothing quite as cozy as a warm fire in the winter time, but that cozy fire is a lot less fun when there’s something wrong with the fireplace.  Home improvement expert Bill McAnally is here to talk about fireplaces: wood fire places, chimney upkeep, gas fireplaces, and stoves.  McAnally will also answer your questions.     

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Talk of Iowa
3:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Eating the Midwestern Way

TSelrahc

One thing Midwesterns do better than everyone else (or at least claim to do better than everyone else) is bake pie.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peggy Wolff, editor of the new book Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie about Midwestern cuisine, culture and of course pie.

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Talk of Iowa
3:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

World Culture in Iowa

A mural at the Multicultural Family Center in Dubuque.
Multicultural Family Center

Iowa is becoming more diverse.  When cultures come together, there are often challenges, but there are also tremendous rewards.  Host Charity Nebbe finds out what some Iowa organizations are doing to explore and celebrate the diversity throughout the state.

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From the Archives
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Celebrating The Life And Work Of "Ding" Darling

America's Darling: The Story of Jay N. "Ding" Darling Facebook

Ding Darling wielded a mighty pen. He started out as a political cartoonist for the Sioux City Journal and moved on to the Des Moines Register and later to the New York Globe. Though he won two Pulitzer Prizes,  it is his work in conservation that endures. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Sam Koltinsky, the producer of new documentary exploring the life and work of Ding Darling. Then, Darling's grandson, Christopher Koss, shares his childhood memories of growing up with the artist.

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Horticulture Day
12:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Preparing for Winter

Gerald Davison

The snow that fell over most of the state early this week was a strong reminder that it’s time to put the garden to bed. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil about preparing your yard and garden for winter.

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Literature
11:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Margaret Atwood on Writing, Food, and Her Latest Novel, MaddAddam

Bart Teeuwisse

Margaret Atwood has published more than 40 books, achieved critical and commercial success, and touched millions of lives. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Atwood about her latest book, MaddAddam. They also discuss her work, evolution, extinction, her dislike for the term science fiction, and her love of twitter.

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: What Does the Fox Say?

John Ryan

A couple of brothers from Norway have a lot of people asking, “What does the fox say?” Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease will answer that question. Host Charity Nebbe and Jim talk about the red fox, the gray fox, the coyote and the wolf.

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America's Obesity Crisis
11:14 am
Tue November 12, 2013

You Can be Fit, but Fat

The number on the scale doesn't tell the whole story, when it comes to fitness vs. fatness
CDC

"For virtually any health outcome...

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Jean Seberg

TillyVanilly / flickr

Jean Seberg knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a movie star, and she became one. The documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will premiere at the Jean Seberg International Film Festival in Marshalltown next week.  Join host Charity Nebbe to explore the life of Jean Seberg.

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Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Photographing the Heartland

David Plowden's new book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie" captures the Midwestern landscape.
David Plowden

For more than 50 years photographer David Plowden has been capturing images of American and the land he loves most is here in the Midwest. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Plowden about his latest book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie." 

Also, Dennis Chamberlin of Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication discusses how the field of photojournalism is changing.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

A Community of True Inspiration

The mill race in Main Amana.
Carl Wycoff

The Amana Colonies, also known as the Community of True Inspiration, was founded in the 1850s and residents lived communally in Amana's seven village until the "Great Change" of 1932. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:09 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Foreign Language Learning in Elementary School

Miguel Vaca

Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about out how foreign languages are being taught in some elementary schools in Iowa and about the benefits of introducing a new language early in life.  Guests include administrators and teachers of foreign language in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
4:04 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Horticulture Day: Stinkbugs and Beetles

brown marmorated stink bug
e_monk / flickr

Join Host Charity Nebbe for a talk about insects with Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist.  He and Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
2:57 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Publishing in Iowa

Self-publishing Des Moines-based author Michael Wellman's third book "Versus the Demons" was released this year.
Michael Wellman

The world of publishing has changed dramatically in the past decade.  Charity Nebbe discusses Iowa's commercial publishing industry through the lens of a university press, a small press and a self-publishing author

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Amy Tan's Latest Novel, The Valley of Amazement

Author Amy Tan
Ronald van Holst

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures. In her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, she does it again. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tan about her latest novel, the photo that inspired it, and writing her very first sex scenes.

Amy Tan is part of this year's AViD Author Series, sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. She will be in Des Moines on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 PM at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Words and College Words: Patricia O'Conner

marya / flickr

Thanks to a very public performance a few weeks ago, most of us now know what it means to 'twerk.'  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with English language expert Patricia O’Conner.  Hear about some of the newest words in our lexicon such as 'twerk,' 'selfie,' and 'squee.' They also explore the list of words college students are most likely to look up. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Mike Pace: Media Personality and Poet

Mike Pace
mikepaceenterprises.com

Mike Pace is probably best known as the former emcee for the Powerball drawings.  He also has been the host of the Iowa Realty Sunday Home Show in central Iowa, and he has a weekly radio show on KRNT.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Mike Pace about his new collection of poetry, Dreams and Detours: Reflecting on the Souvenirs of a Lifetime.

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Talk of Iowa
12:16 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Horticulture Day: The Iowa Organic Conference

Iowa Organic Conference

Organic practices in gardening and farming are getting to be more common every year in Iowa. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Organic specialist Kathleen Delate will be here to give us a preview of the 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference. She and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Thu October 24, 2013

How We Die Now

Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson's new book "How We Die Now" looks at how dying has changed since the 1980s.
Temple University Press

As our population grows older more people are engaging in the important work of helping individuals cross the threshold from life to death. Host Charity Nebbe looks at the lives of those who care for people in the final stages before death with Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson, author of "How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying." Rev.

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Talk of Iowa
1:04 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson
John Irving

Iowa native son Johnny Carson was the king of late night television and hosted the Tonight Show on NBC for three decades.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Carson's attorney, advisor, and friend Henry Bushkin, who has written a book about Carson's life.

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Creative Communities

Downtown Des Moines's residential vacancy rate is at an 18-year low of less than 3 percent. The area has seen a renaissance in the last 15 years thanks to community investments in the arts and culture.
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created serious problems for the state.  It has also created opportunities for reinvention and creativity.

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Talk of Iowa
3:12 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Turn Here Sweet Corn

Univeristy of Minnesota

Through high winds and hail, dry years and wet, and through the pressures of development and corporate interests Atina Diffley and her husband Martin ran one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Diffley has written about her farm and her life in the book, "Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works."

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Talk of Iowa
1:08 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Fall Planting for Flowering Bulbs

Fall is the perfect time to plant flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocuses because then the plants can establish a root system during the winter.
Tejvan Pettinger

The rich yellows, oranges and reds of fall are dominant in the current October landscape, but it’s time to start thinking about the pinks, purples, and whites of Spring. 

Host Charity Nebbe sits down with  Iowa State University horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Denny Schrock. They discuss planning for planting bulbs of spring flower gardens, as fall is the perfect time to plant tulips and daffodils.

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Talk of Iowa
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Revisiting the Past To Share a Mother's Untold Story

Richard and Peggy Snyder on their wedding day in November 1949
Courtesy of Snyder family

Don Snyder never got to know his mother. She died just sixteen days after he and his twin brother were born in 1950. The truth about her death remained a secret for decades. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Don about discovering his mother’s secret and what he hopes to accomplish by telling her story.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Feeding the World

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Today is World Food Day.  Observed every year since 1981, it focuses on the problem of hunger around the globe.  Also, this week is the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines and some of the most innovative thinkers in the fight against hunger have come to Iowa.

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