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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Horticulture Day
11:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fall Color Accents For Your Yard and Garden

gabontour / flickr

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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Talk of Iowa
9:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

From Chimpanzees in Senegal to Des Moines' Bonobos

Jill Pruetz walking with chimpanzees in Senegal
Julie Lesnik

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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Books
4:32 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

"Dear Committee Members," Do You Really Need a Letter of Recommendation?

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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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Soil Erosion
4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Combating Climate Change Through Soil Science

Much of Iowa's soil is eroded due to certain farming practices
Lynn Betts Wikimedia Commons

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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Food
9:13 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Barbecuing an “Art,” with Lots of Rules…

Kansas City Barbeque Society Master Judge Dave Compton in Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines studios
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

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

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Horticulture
3:10 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Dragonfly Swarms a Marker of Good Water Quality

Wikimedia Commons

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

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Talk of Iowa
10:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Price of Sand: Documentary Investigates Communities Divided

screenshot from the documentary
Jim Tittle

When a silica sand mining company bought 160 acres near his mother’s home in Eastern Minnesota, Jim Tittle had lots of questions.

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Talk of Iowa
9:51 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Wicker Kittens: A Look Into the World of Competitive Jigsaw Puzzling

a jigsaw puzzle contest

Former Iowa State lawmaker John Wittneben has more than 4,000 assembled puzzles in his home, and he’s not the only one.

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Education
9:03 am
Thu August 21, 2014

"A Fleet of Riding Lawnmowers": Drivers Ed, Past and Present

Drivers Education in Iowa used to be taught primarily through school. Now, many students go to private companies for their driving instruction.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia Commons

Wallace Winkie taught generations of Belle Plaine teenagers how to drive. Now, his wife, Bev Winkie, has collected their stories in the book "Park It!" How much has changed in driving education since Winkie's heyday in the 50s?

Larry Johnson, coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools' driving education, says one answer is the amount of time they're trained. Where driving education used to be taught over several months, now, some students can finish their instruction in as little as 4 weeks. 

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Arts
4:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Cancer Survivors Heal Through Art

Some of the artwork featured in the exhibit
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

When Pamela Crouch, a writer, underwent cancer treatments, she developed aphasia--the inability to remember the names of things. So she decided to create in a different way--painting birdhouses for other newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

"I was always taught that if you do something for someone else, you can't really feel sorry for yourself, it takes that pain away and you think outward."

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Horticulture
11:22 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Shabby Looking Lawn?

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How does your lawn look?  If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.

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Talk of Iowa
4:46 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Miroslav Petrasko

An inky black sky full of stars is one of the most breathtaking views on Earth, but for most Americans the stars have dimmed because of artificial light.

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Home Improvement
5:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing the Damage

Repairing a damaged roof can be a costly and exhausting endeavor--Bill McAnally elucidates how the claims process works.
Patsy Lynch FEMA

When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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Encore
11:26 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role

Women have worked in agriculture since agriculture began, but for many years they were limited to supporting roles. Talk of Iowa seeks out women's voices in agriculture, through history and today.  Jenny Barker-Devine, author of "On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women's Activism since 1945" discusses how the roles of farm women changed during the 20th century.

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Talk of Iowa
10:53 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Legacy of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Author R. Clifton Spargo with his new novel "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scoot Fitzgerald" at IPR's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury / Iowa Public Radio

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to captivate modern readers.  Today on Talk of Iowa we'll talk with R. Clifton Spargo, author of "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald."

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Talk of Iowa
3:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The New Face of Hunger

Kyera Reams of Osage cans homegrown fruits and vegetables when they are in season so that her family can eat healthfully all year
Amy Toensing, National Geographic

The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.   But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called "food insecurity."   In simpler terms, they can't find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs. 

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Medicine
11:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

On the Spectrum: How Iowa Legislation is Helping Children with Autism

Autism diagnoses have risen steadily over the last decade. This chart shows the number of children (per 1,000) aged 6–11 who were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with a diagnosis of autism, from 1996 through 2005.
Eubulides Wikimedia Commons

All kids need some guidance when it comes to appropriately interacting with others. But for kids with autism, learning social skills could be the key to becoming independent adults.

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Education
4:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Research Libraries Not Just for Research Anymore

Iowa State University main library

The mission of Iowa's university libraries hasn't changed, but how they fulfill that mission has.

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Ripple Effects
9:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The True Cost of Energy

Iowa leads the nation in wind energy. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with three guests to discover the state of energy in Iowa.
Kwerdenker Wikimedia Commons

"Cheap energy isn't cheap."

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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Interracial Marriage in the US

Alice Rhinelander's lawyer forced his client to bare her breasts and legs to the all-white, all-male jury in order to prove that her mixed background was obvious in the 1925 divorce case “Rhineland v. Rhineland.”
New York Evening Graphic
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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

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Arts
2:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Movies on a Deadline

Though they work digitally (and quickly!), participants in the 48 Hour Film Project still consider their movies works of art.
Bart Everson Wikimedia Commons

On your mark, get set, lights, camera, action. The Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project is celebrating its tenth year this weekend. At 6 PM this Friday, over 40 teams will pull a slip of paper out of a hat. On that slip of paper is their genre assignment: anything from Romance to Fish Out of Water. 48 Hours later, they'll turn in a finished 4-7 minute film. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with city producer Samuel Pace-Tuomi and ten-time participant Mike Kieler in this hour of Talk of Iowa. 

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Arts
9:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

No Net, No Rigs, Just Fabric--Aerial Arts Come to Iowa

Felicia Coe, who goes by Iowa Flygirl, has created the first amateur competition for the aerial arts.
Courtesy of Felicia Coe

Daring trapeze artists have been wowing audiences for 150 years, but today's aerial artists are taking things to  a whole new level and a lot more people are getting in on the act. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa's Felicia Coe, the creator of the National Aerial Expo & Competition on today's Talk of Iowa. 

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Ripple Effects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Water Quality Hasn't Improved in Iowa Since the 1980s

A contaminated farm pond in northeastern Iowa
Rita Dvorak

Iowa’s water quality hadn’t nudged much since the 1980s. That’s according to Iowa Geological Survey research scientist Keith Schilling.

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Horticulture Day
2:21 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Having a Field Day/Gardens and Trees

The "Hort Gang" from Iowa State is back today.  One of the gang, Cindy Haynes, Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture at Iowa State University, fills us in on ISU's upcoming "Field Days," offering gardeners a chance to get ideas for their own gardens and see a wide variety of plants in action.  The "Field Days" are held at a variety of locations across Iowa.

Also on the program is regular Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist and Iowa DNR District Forester, Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. 

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Health
1:44 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Living with Parkinson's Disease: "It helps define who I am, but it's not a negative"

Emily Woodbury

Andrew Duarte was only 31 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One of the biggest questions he had was, “What can I expect?”

“And there’s not really a good answer for that,” he says.

Today on Talk of Iowa - living with Parkinson’s disease. Host Charity Nebbe sits down with two Parkinson's patients and a clinical researcher to talk about recent developments in Parkinson’s research and find out what it’s like to live with the disease.

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Books
9:41 am
Wed July 16, 2014

From the Rocket to the Clownface: Mini Golf in June Melby's "Family and Other Hazards"

Tom Thumb miniature golf course
Courtesy of June Melby

What did your childhood summer consist of? Swimming pools, games of frisbee, putt-putt golf? For June Melby, a Decorah resident, it was the latter--and only the latter. 

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Home Improvement
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Home Improvement Day

A wet summer is causing home damage throughout Iowa. Tune into Talk of Iowa to hear Bill McAnally answer your questions.
Alec Perkins Wikimedia Commons

Water, water everywhere. There’s lots to fix and lots to improve in our homes during this wet Iowa summer.

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Ripple Effects
5:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Choosing Deconstruction Over Demolition

An abandoned farm house in rural Iowa.
Courtesty of Siobhan Spain

When Siobhan Spain and her family deconstructed an old barn on their family farm a few years ago, she re-used the barn wood instead of sending it to the landfill. 

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Ripple Effects
4:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Rural Land: Spacious but in High Demand

rural Jasper County, Iowa
Wikimedia Commons

In rural Iowa, it feels like there’s plenty of room, but the land that makes up that seemingly endless wide open space is very much in demand.

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