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
4:27 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Storing Your Harvest

If things went well in your vegetable garden this year you may find yourself elbow deep in home grown tomatoes.  Or maybe you have a tree that is loaded with apples or plums.  Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron about harvesting and storing your garden bounty.

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Talk of Iowa
3:45 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Rural Iowa Women in the 1920s

Vetra, left, and sister Reva Padget, appear ready for a trip to town, circa 1930. Courtesy of Leon Wilkinson.

Before the Great Depression there was the farm recession, and times were tough for farm families in Iowa. This hour, we focus on the lives of rural Iowa women in the early twentieth century.

Host Charity Nebbe talks with author Chris Baker about his grandmother, growing up in rural Davis County in the 1920s. Baker recently published a book including journal entries detailing her life. And, historians Dorothy Schwieder and Katherine Jellison help us understand the times.

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Talk of Iowa
1:14 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Dog Training

bullcitydogs / flickr

Dr. Ian Dunbar revolutionized dog training with a few deceptively simple ideas: Dog training should be fun for dogs as well as people, you do not have to wait to train your puppy.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with world renowned dog-trainer, veterinarian, and animal-behaviorist Ian Dunbar.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:58 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

'Old Man River'

Mississippi River at Lansing Iowa
Stan Oleson

Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities.  It has served as a source of life and food and a highway from north to south.  It has also gripped imaginations, launched amazing journeys, and inspired music, art and literature.  Paul Schneider is one of the most recent writers to fall under the thrall of the Mississippi.  His latest book is “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History.”

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Talk of Iowa
2:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Hot and Dry Weather Hard on Landscapes

It's been hot and dry in Iowa for weeks, and our landscapes are starting to show signs of stress.  On Horticulture Day, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe discusses the difficulties of maintaining our lawns and gardens through the heat.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture Cyndi Haynes offer their expertise and advice.

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Talk of Iowa
1:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Losing and Finding Home

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 2153rd Financial Management Detachment return to St. Augustine, Fla., from a nine-month deployment overseas, March 25, 2013.
The National Guard Flickr

To most, the word "home" means more than just a place to sleep and store property. This hour Charity Nebbe talks about what home means as well as what it means to lose one's home and find it again with Sally Ooms, author of Finding Home: How Americans Prevail. In her book Ooms profiles people who have been displaced by family pressures, economic pressures, and natural disasters. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Regulating Iowa's Water Quality [Talk of Iowa]

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey (left) and Governor Terry Branstad (right) reenact a bill signing in front of a wetland at a farm in Winterset, Iowa, south of Des Moines.
Clay Masters IPR

The Gulf of Mexico is the largest hypoxic zone currently affecting the United States. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on water quality in Iowa and the connection our state has with the Gulf. We take a look at Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy as a conservation plan.

Today's guests include: Iowa Public Radio reporter Clay Masters, Bill Stowe, the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works, Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, and John Lawrence, the Associate Dean in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
2:31 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Literacy Autobiography

Callum Scott

Madeline L’Engle once said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”  Join host Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa to hear about the power of books for young readers and to hear about the books that helped to shape you in your youth.  Guests are Maeve Clark and Vickie Pasicnyuk from the Iowa City Public Library, and Coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book Robin Martin. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Nature-Inspired Art

Encephalitis earrings
Designed by M.C. Ginsberg’s custom design team in collaboration with the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health

The encephalitis virus can have some ugly consequences, but, it turns out, it can also be shaped into a beautiful pair of earrings. Today on Talk Of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks about infectious art inspired by disease and other artistic endeavors that are inspired by nature.

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Horticulture Day: Insect Sounds

Robert - Mathesont / flickr

Many of the sounds of summer are the sounds of insects.   Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis for a discussion about what insects are actually doing with that noise. ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:54 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Swimming: Outdoors, in Pools, and Synchronized

Laurie Wilson

What’s so great about swimming? Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from people who like to spend time in the water, including a member of an open water swim club, a triathlete, a swim coach, and hear the story of Iowan Beulah Gundling who was influential to the development of synchronized swimming.

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Vegetarian Culture in Iowa

Alan Chan / Flickr

Vegetarianism was once thought of as radical. But in 2012, almost four percent of Americans were vegetarian or vegan. That's still a small minority, but almost half of Americans eat a vegetarian meal at least once a week.

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Talk of Iowa
1:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Volunteering Abroad

Zanzibar North, Tanzania
Alex Laurie Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowans who have participated in voluntourism, which is when volunteers travel to distant or exotic places like the beaches of Tanzania to volunteer at schools and hospitals.

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Talk of Iowa
1:35 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Horticulture Day: Test Gardens

Reiman Gardens

Aaron Steil, manager of public programs at Reiman Gardens in Ames, discusses the facility's trial gardens which test new and recently introduced plants in Iowa's climate.  Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the conversation.

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Talk of Iowa
1:09 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Home Improvement Day With Bill McAnally

Humorist Dave Barry once identified the four building blocks of the universe as fire, water, gravel and vinyl. Home Improvement expert Bill McAnally knows what to do with all of those elements, and a few others.  Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Home Improvement Day. Bill McAnally answers listener's questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: Bats

White Nose Syndrome is named for the white fungus—Geomyces destructans—that is found on muzzles and wings of affected bats such as the little brown bat pictured above. Geomyces destructans thrives in cold, humid environments like caves.
Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation / Microbe World Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and wildlife biologist Jim Pease discuss the role bats play in Iowa's ecosystem, human-bat interactions and White Nose Syndrome--a disease that has killed more than 5.7 million bats in the U.S. since 2006 when it was discovered in New York State.

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi

Otty and Fred Blodi
Ben Stanton / IPR

When Otty Schmakal left Austria at the beginning of World War II, she left behind her homeland and a fiancé who was training to be a doctor.  He was conscripted into the German Army and she eventually joined the US Army.  Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe hears the true World War II love story of Otty and Fred Blodi.

Charity also speaks with Tom Morain, of Graceland University, who provides insight on the Women's Army Auxillary Corps in Des Moines, as well as other WWII preparation efforts.

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Talk of Iowa
12:35 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Horticulture Day: Turfgrass

Mid-August is the best time to overseed a lawn.
a.z. chandler Flickr

Summer weeds are about to die off making right now the ideal time to work on the lawn.  Horticulturalist and turfgrass specialist Nick Christians of Iowa State University explains how to pick out seed, grow and maintain a beautiful lawn. ISU horticulturalist Richard Jauron also joins the program to answer questions about the yard and garden.

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Talk of Iowa
12:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Saving and Spending

jridgewayphotography Flickr

Stores and manufacturers will try almost anything to sell their product and employ a number of techniques to manipulate shoppers.  However, some shoppers like extreme couponer Mary Potter Kenyon, are able to make the system work for them.  Kenyon lives in Manchester, Iowa and writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Iowa Gold and Wisconsin Heroes

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In 1911 "The Song of Iowa" by S.H.M. Byers became Iowa's official state song.  The lyrics "You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa, The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O!

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Words of Summer with the Word Maven

Michael Holler Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and Patricia O'Connor, aka The Word Maven, discuss the words and phrases of summer.  O'Connor reveals the origins of dog days, bikini, lemonade and barbecue.

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Talk of Iowa
2:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jewish Culture's Influence On Comic Books

Gilad Rom Flickr

Today we listen back to a conversation from November on Superman, Spiderman, the X-Men, and many other superheroes have been fighting for truth, justice and the American way for decades. Many of the men who created these characters were Jewish and, in his new book, philosopher Harry Brod explores how Jewish culture is reflected in the lives of our favorite superheroes. Then, comic book artist Phil Hester joins the conversation to talk about his work.

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Talk of Iowa
2:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Maria Pearson and Native American Repatriation

Iowa Governor Robert Ray is pictured with Maria Pearson and her husband John.
Ames Historical Society website

In this archive edition of Talk of Iowa, hear about the legacy of Maria Pearson and her contributions to the Native American repatriation movement. While Pearson was not directly involved with the writing of ​the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act  (NAGPRA), her work in Iowa and around the country was a catalyst for the passage of the law. 

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Talk of Iowa
1:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

How Doctors Can Help Patients Lose Weight

David D Flickr

Today we listen back to a show from September 2012 on how physicians can help their patients lose weight.

Have you ever been to the doctor and was told, "You really need to lose some weight."  While many of us  need to slim down, dropping the pounds is easier said than done.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Dr. Lawrence Apple who  studies the best and most efficient ways for physicians to help their patients lose weight.

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Talk of Iowa
10:44 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Diabetes in Iowa

BodyTel / flickr

Type II Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and in Iowa 7.5% of all adults have been diagnosed with the disease. Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation from last year about diabetes, Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes. We discuss risk factors, prevention, advances in treatment and find out what it’s like to live with the disease.

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Iowa's Prison Programming

Mitchellville inmate plays "Danny Boy" on the piano
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Today on Talk of Iowa, we wrap up our corrections series with a conversation on the programs offered to incarcerated offenders. Host Charity Nebbe learns about how these programs are designed for treatment, recovery, rehab, and enrichment. And, she inquires into the effectiveness of these programs towards lowering the recidivism rate.

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Talk of Iowa
12:06 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Horticulture Day: Master Gardeners

A snapshot of the work by the Master Gardeners at the Iowa State Fairground
vanhookc / flickr

Gardeners from novice to expert have an opportunity get their gardening questions answered every Friday on Horticulture Day.  Today on Talk of Iowa, we go beyond expert to talk to about Master Gardeners.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Denny Schrock, Coordinator of Iowa State University Extension’s Master Gardener Program, and horticulturist Richard Jauron joins to answer your questions.

 

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Talk of Iowa
12:50 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Telling Stories

Duffy de France in IPR's Iowa City studio
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

Storytelling can preserve history, pass on traditions, and help give us tools for dealing with emotions and difficulties.  Join host Charity Nebbe and three Iowan storytellers talking about the role of storytelling, and they share some of their favorite stories.

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Talk of Iowa
1:33 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

RAGBRAI: From Tire Dips to the 1st Checkered Flag

Cyclists traveling from Council Bluffs to Harlan on the first day of RAGBRAI XLI
John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

Every summer more than ten thousand people gather at a town on the Missouri River for the start of RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Visit day one of RAGBRAI with host Charity Nebbe and producer Ben Stanton as they ride their bikes from Council Bluffs to Harlan and meet a lot of people along the way.  Hear about bikes, parties, campgrounds, the pork chops and the pie, and other special traditions.   

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Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Spirituality In Iowa Prisons

A shot from inside the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, IA
Emily Woodbury / IPR

Prison inmates have a lot of time to think. Some offenders take comfort in their faith, for others it’s a time to explore a new belief system. Today on Talk of Iowa: spirituality behind bars.

Host Charity Nebbe finds out what the Department of Corrections does to meet the spiritual needs of inmates, and she listens to stories from those who have worked in Iowa Prisons, including a pastor, a rabbi, an imam, and a Native American spiritual guide. A former offender joins the conversation as well, to speak to her experience finding religion while incarcerated.

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