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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Not many of us are aware of an event that occurred in 1840 in Bellevue, Iowa, a town along the Mississippi River in Jackson County, south of Dubuque.  It was there on main street that a massive frontier gunfight took place, between outlaws and vigilantes.   The shoot-out was between a posse led by sheriff W.A. Warren and a group of men led by W.W.

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Caring for a loved one who is suffering at the end of life can be an ordeal, and many feel more options are needed.

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Iowa and Georgia have one thing in common: they're known for their signature crop. But one man is blurring those lines. 

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When we think of Iowa landscape, Iowa prairie and Iowa farm field immediately come to mind. But there's an unexpected gem of Iowa land that often gets overlooked: the fen. 

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Maybe your parents took you to the American Gothic House in Eldon when you were a kid. Or maybe you stopped by the Field of Dreams in Dyersville on a road trip. But have you been to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery in Traer?

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Iowa’s music scene is known for names like Glenn Miller, Slipknot, and Greg Brown, but we don’t often don’t think of the people who make their careers possible: the instrument builders.

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If you’re a fan of electronica, you’ve got several Iowans to thank.

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Iowa is a destination for many aspiring writers from around the world, but the state has also been the origin of many gifted authors.

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If you’ve spent any time in Iowa then you’ve heard the name ‘Amana’ thrown around. But what about ‘Icarian’?

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We give insects credit for pollination, but we often take their other work for granted. 

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The winter months are a great time to work on some of those indoor projects you’ve been putting off and right now is a great time to make your plans.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about planning your winter basement remodeling project.

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Inheritance of any family business is a sticky issue. But when that family business doubles as your childhood home, emotions run even higher.

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Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books is a rite of passage for millions of children. 

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Science often runs in the family. And while the Albert Einstein we all know studied particle physics, his first son, Hans Albert Einstein, studied rivers.

And just like that… suddenly it’s Fall (or feels like it).  On this Horticulture Day, Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator is here along with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.  We talk about bulbs, spring blooming and fall blooming bulbs.  Just in time for some possible frost that might hit northern Iowa tonight.

For years Bruce Kindig of Davenport did his best to keep the history of the Civil War alive as a re-enactor and a history teacher. 

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We're seeing a rebirth of the lecture. TED talks go viral on YouTube regularly. Now Pecha Kucha is popping up all over Iowa.

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What game birds have you seen this summer?

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When University of Iowa associate professor Kembrew McLeod wrote in protest of the university's pink locker room, he expected some hate-mail, but he was not prepared for how much the comments would hurt.

Responses like "I speak for the state of Iowa in saying that we detest you at a molecular level" and "Honestly, I do hope this guy gets beat up" can really "wear on one’s psyche," he says.

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Like it or not, summer is nearly gone. But you don’t have to say goodbye to summer produce.

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When did your parents first talk to you about sex? What did they say? 

In her latest book, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences.

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Joe Michaud was a border guard for the US Army working along the East/West border in Germany starting in 1959.

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People associate Iowa with  "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Field of Dreams." But what movies are being shot in Iowa today?

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Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

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Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz introduced the world to the spear-wielding Savannah chimpanzees of Senegal. She's just returned to Iowa from her summer in that country; and this hour, host Charity Nebbe talks with with her about her discoveries.

And later in the hour, an update on the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, from the organization's president and staff scientist, Bill Hopkins.

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We’ve all been asked for letters of recommendation. At the end of the day, what’s the point? 

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Iowa is nestled in the center of America’s breadbasket; one of our most precious resources is beneath our feet. But it’s a resource in jeopardy.

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For Phil Cummings, Iowa Farm Bureau Cook Off State Fair Barbeque Grand Champion, barbecuing is a family affair. 

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There have been reports of dragonfly swarms in certain parts of the state this summer. 

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