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
9:51 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Life As A Surgeon

Many of the tools found in a state of the art operating room are 21st century, but in her new book surgeon Carol Scott-Conner refers to cutting people open as a “primitive and brutal” way to make a living. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Scott-Conner about her collection of fictional short stories, “A Few Small Moments” and her life as a surgeon.

Talk of Iowa
11:58 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Horticulture Day: Soilmates

Scott Koepke during a gardening demonstration with children at the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall.
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Some parents try to get  their children into the garden, but one man is bringing the garden straight to children.  Scott Koepke, garden educator at New Pioneer in Iowa City, talks about his efforts to get children into the garden at school, church, and throughout the community.  Then, Richard Jauron, Iowa State University horticulturist, and Laura Jesse with Iowa State University Plant Diagnostics lab, answer listeners' gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
10:12 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Geral Blanchard on Ancient Healing

Geral Blanchard spent 35 years working as a counselor. He embraced modern theory and practices. Then, he traveled to Africa. One encounter with a shaman changed his world forever. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Blanchard about that encounter, the journey it began, and his book, Ancient Ways: Indigenous Healing Innovations for the 21st Century.

Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Iconic Black Women

Michelle Obama, Gabby Douglas, and Alice Walker are just three women who are reshaping the images of black women in America. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Grinnell College Associate Professor and author Lakesia Johnson about how black women have changed history and defied prejudice. Johnson explores the subject in her book "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman".

Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Janiva Magness In-Studio

Charity Nebbe with Janiva Magness and her band outside IPR's Iowa City studio
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Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues.  Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, "Stronger For It". Host Charity Nebbe talks with Magness about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought

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The heat has placed a lot of stress on gardens and other vegetation, but what about your home? Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, about problems that can arise with your roof, deck, foundation, or other areas because of the dry weather and how to fix them.

Talk of Iowa
11:44 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Horticulture Day: Oak Trees

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The oak tree became Iowa's official state tree in 1961 but it has been an important part of the landscape for much longer than that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the oak tree. Later, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University joins the conversation to answer listeners gardening questions.

Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Word Maven

Words like tornado and Derecho fascinate and frighten and they both have surprising histories. Charity talks with English language expert Patricia O’Connor who looks at  the origins of weather related words.  Patricia answers all questions that relate to the English language.

Talk of Iowa
9:15 am
Wed August 1, 2012

How the Railroad Transformed America

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The coming of the railroad transformed Iowa and the rest of the nation in more ways than you can imagine. Host Charity Nebbe  talks with historian and author Richard White, from Standford University, about how the railroads shaped our land, our economy, our political system and touched every part of life in America. His latest book is Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Business/Economy
7:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa Communities Struggling to Survive

Iowa's smallest towns are shrinking- the total population living in towns of one-thousand people or less decreased by seven percent in the last decade.  We conclude our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at communities struggling to survive.  Charity talks with Jeff Schott of the University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs.  Schott reveals the latest census numbers focusing on parts of the state experiencing population loss.  Also joining the conversation- Sac County Economic Development Director Shirley Phillips, Decorah author Robert Wolf and Cedar Rapids entrepreneur

Talk of Iowa
9:12 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Exploring the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Rivers

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The state of Iowa is defined physically by the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We, in turn, have done a great deal to shape the rivers. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with author Lisa Knopp about her book “What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte”. Her book takes readers on a personal journey along these rivers, exploring their history, geography, and ecology.

Talk of Iowa
9:10 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Horticulture Day: Landscaping

This summer it’s not really a question of making sure that the plants in your landscape thrive, it’s a question of making sure that they survive. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University's  Extension Entomologist, Donald Lewis, and the Head of the Horticulture Department, Jeff Iles, about ways to reduce the stress on your plants right now and how to design a landscape that demands less water for the future

Talk of Iowa
1:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Iowa's Olympic Past

Lolo Jones, Gabby Douglas, Miranda Leek, Lisa Uhl, and Jake Varner, these are the athletes Iowans will be watching particularity closely at the Olympic games in London. On today’s “Talk of Iowa” we take a look back at the trials and triumphs of Iowa Olympians past.

Talk of Iowa
9:07 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, 1981

Kenny Salwey lives along the upper Mississippi River. He hunts, fishes, traps, and writes; while he lives off the land in a cabin he built with his own two hands. He’s known as the "last river rat". Host Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his life, the river he’s built his life around, and his latest book, Muskrat for Supper.

Talk of Iowa
2:46 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Summer Series: College Towns

Downtown Iowa City
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A town that is home to a college or university is always changing.  There are always new students, new faculty, new staff, and the population ebbs and flows from semester to semester.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at college towns.  The pros, the cons, the economics and the history.

Talk of Iowa
10:03 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Reinventing Education

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At no time in history have schools been asked to do so much. Author, businessman, and attorney, Jamie Vollmer, experiences the challenges first hand in his book Schools Can't Do It Alone. Charity talks with Vollmer about the struggles education leaders face and how they can redevelop the system to increase student success.

Talk of Iowa
9:18 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Horticulture Day: Trees

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The drought continues throughout much of the state. On today's Horticulture Day Richard Jauron, horticulturist with the Iowa State University Extension, and Forester Mark Vitosh, talk about the stress the lack of rain has placed on trees.

Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

RAGBRAI Director TJ Juskiewicz on Ride's 40th Year

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RAGBRAI XL, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, rolls out of Sioux Center on Sunday. On the latest "Talk of Iowa", host Charity Nebbe spoke with the director of RAGBRAI, TJ Juskiewicz. Juskiewicz shared what is new for this year's route, why the tradition has continued over the years, and how the weather might affect the ride.

Talk of Iowa
4:08 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

RAGBRAI's 40th Year

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RAGBRAI XL, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, rolls out of Sioux Center on Sunday.  On today's program, we talk about why this event has endured for forty years, why people from all over the world flock here to bike across Iowa in July, and we reminisce about RAGBRAI's past with Chuck Offenburger.

Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Town Slogans

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There’s only one chance for a first impression and many Iowa small towns have developed their own slogan to set them apart from the rest. Charity talks with Kyle Munson, a columnist with the Des Moines Register, and his recent search for the most favored town slogan in the state along with former “Iowa Boy” columnist, Chuck Offenburger. Jeremy Minnier, 18-year-old mayor of Aredale shares the story behind his town’s slogan.

Mike Draper, owner of the Raygun clothing store, also joins the conversation offering unofficial slogans his company has made into t-shirts.

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Summer Series: Disaster Recovery

Parkersburg, IA 2008
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A tornado devastated Parkersburg in 2008, fire gutted Grinnell in 1889, and in the 1980s Bell Plaine was laid low by the farm crisis. When disaster strikes, the repercussions can be felt for decades to come. We continue our series on Iowa towns, with communities that have been shaped by disaster.

Talk of Iowa
9:47 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Iowa's Opera Houses

The Warren Opera House in Greenfield, IA. (Photo taken by the Warren Cultural Center)

Though opera houses once meant a town held status, many have since fallen into disrepair. Today efforts are underway to renovate and shed light on Iowa’s opera houses, including Sam Knutson's project, the Iowa Opera House Project, which brings Iowa performers into these antique spaces for locals to experience.

Later, Richard Poole and George Glenn, co-authors of The Opera Houses of Iowa, share the history of the state’s opera houses.

Talk of Iowa
11:16 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Horticulture Day: ISU Field Days

Cindy Haynes, an associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, shares information about several upcoming Demonstration Garden Field Days, where the public can catch a glimpse of ongoing research and learn about gardening techniques. Charity also talks with Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture specialist, to tackle listener's gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:39 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Hodgkin's Lymphoma documentary and the novel "On the Island"

Screenshot from "My Friend Learns If He Still Has Cancer" Nathan Matta / YouTube

When Jake Bouma of Des Moines was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this year, he and his wife decided to document his cancer journey on video. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Jake and his wife, Libby, about their documentary.

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Mourning in the Digital Age

Photo by Emily Woodbury

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we'll find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook. Our guests include Heart2Soul founder Karen Zinn, John Wild of Iles funeral Home in Des Moines, Tom Frisch of GotFuneral, and PhD student studying social media mourning practices, Jed Brubaker.

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Talk of Iowa
1:27 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Summer Series: Community Rivalries

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In the 1920’s the Railroad wanted to build a line through Dallas, Iowa, but city elders refused comply with the railroad’s demands.  Mr. Melcher of the railroad decided to found his own town just a mile south and the Dallas- Melcher rivalry was born.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we begin our summer series on Iowa towns with rivalries.

Talk of Iowa
1:07 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Civil War Medicine

More than six hundred thousand men died during the Civil War and twice as many men died of disease than of gunshot wounds. Charity talks with Dr. Kendall Reed from Des Moines University medical practices during the war and how the period led to numerous medical advancements.  Later, Lester Menke,  author of  “When Apples Had No Worms”, shares his stories from growing up in the 1920s and 30s.

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Horticulture Day: Fruits and Vegetables

Continuous temperatures in the triple digits with limited rain can certainly put stress on any plant or garden. Charity talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, Richard Jauron, about helping plants battle the heat.  ISU Extension Vegetable Production Specialist, Ajay Nair, also talks about incorporating fruits and vegetables into a home garden.

Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Author Robert Kerr & Burlington Architectural Survey

When Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within their family life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Skin Safety and Vitamin D

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Many people know the basics of skin safety- wear sunscreen, protective clothing, avoid sunburns, but there are still many misconceptions and questions on sun-related concerns. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we explore the myths and questions you have about skin cancer and the sun. We also discuss the prevalence of tanning salons in the state, as well as find out why vitamin D is so important, and how you can be sure you are getting enough.

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