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
11:14 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Geraldine Brooks

Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk was the first native American to graduate from Harvard College, completing his degree in the 17th century. Very little is known about his life, but he has been reborn in the novel "Caleb’s Crossing" (Penguin Books) by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks. Charity speaks with Brooks live this hour.

Talk of Iowa
1:18 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Summer Books

Mary Ann Peters' Fiction Pick (New Bo, Cedar Rapids)

Whether you’re looking for scientific exploration, a captivating memoir, or an opportunity to get lost in a novel, we’ve got something that will make your summer reading list. On today's Talk of Iowa it’s our summer books show.

Talk of Iowa
1:05 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Hort Day: Tomatoes

You say tomato, I say to-mah-to, you say cherry, I say roma--on today's Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. The most popular homegrown vegetable is, of course, the tomato. We’ll talk about selecting varieties, planting and caring for tomatoes with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension. We'll look forward to your calls, too.

Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wildlife Day: Rabbits

Just like Mr. McGregor many of us expend a great deal of energy trying to keep hungry rabbits out of our gardens. Today, it's Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa. Wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We’ll talk about the two kinds of rabbits that live in Iowa, their habits and their habitats, and how Mr. McGregor and Peter Rabbit can live in peace.

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Cheese and Culture

There are hundreds of different kinds of cheese and an infinite number of delicious ways to consume them. Today, Charity speaks with the author of “Cheese and Culture,” Paul Kindstedt (Chelsea Green Publishing), a history of cheese and its place in western civilization. We’ll also talk about the growing number of cheese producers in Iowa and why we’re likely to see more. Other guests are C.J. Bienert, owner of The Cheese Shop in Des Moines and Lois Reichert of Reichert's Dairy Air in Knoxville.

Talk of Iowa
2:35 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Hamburg Inn #2

It has played host to two former and one future president, co-starred in a wildly popular prime-time television drama and a History Channel documentary, and if you visit, your coffee will never go cold and your cup will never be empty. Today, we hear about a new book that celebrates the Iowa City landmark restaurant "Hamburg Inn No. 2."

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Iowa's Blue Zones/Kids and TV

Towns around Iowa are trying to transform their communities with well-being habits from the world’s longest-living people. It’s called the Blue Zones Project and on Friday the first four Blue Zone Demonstration sites were announced. On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with representatives from Spencer, Mason City, Cedar Falls and Waterloo: Iowa’s Blue Zones. Later in the hour, we'll hear about a new study, co-authored by University of Iowa Education Professor Deborah Linebarger, that examines the impact on children of television playing in the background.

Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Horticulture Day: Get Out and Plant

The danger of frost is dwindling, it’s time to get out and plant. On today's Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. We’ll talk about what to plant and how to plant it. Laura Jesse and Erika Saalau of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic of Iowa State University will be on hand to tell us what to watch for this spring as our plants grow.

Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

An Iowa Teacher Inspires a Writer

School was torture for Nancy Sprowell Geise. With severe dyslexia she struggled to read and write, but in high school she had an English teacher at Ames High School who recognized her potential. On this Talk of Iowa from Iowa Public Radio, Charity speaks with novelist Nancy Sprowell Geise and the teacher, John Forssman, who changed her life. Her novel is called "The Eighth Sea."

Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Dental Crisis for Children/Cost of Sexual Violence

There is a cavity epidemic among preschoolers in this country. According to the CDC, for the first time in 40 years tooth decay is on the rise. In fact, it is not unusual for young kids at all income levels to have cavities in half or even more of their teeth. We look at challenges in pediatric dentistry and what you can do to prevent tooth decay with the University of Iowa head of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Rebecca Slayton. Later, Charity speaks with Dr. Ginger Yang, Prof. of Community and Behavioral Health at the U.I.

Talk of Iowa
10:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Roller Derby and Frank Deford

Roller Derby was wildly popular for decades, but almost disappeared in the 1970's. Now it's back and has gained a die-hard following.  We'll look at its growing popularity with Lisa Edwards and Kimberly Hendricks, members of the Old Capitol City Roller Girls from Iowa City. Later, a conversation with award-winning author and commentator Frank Deford. He'll talk about his autobiography out this week, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Iowa Summer Olympic Hopefuls

Competitions are taking place across the country for U.S. Olympic hopefuls looking to earn berths in the 2012 Summer Games in London. Charity talks with Des Moines' Shawn Johnson about her preparation after a lay-off and knee injury sustained in a ski accident and the four medals she took home after the 2008 Olympics. Charity also speaks with Lauren Pfeiffer, a field hockey player on the US National Team; Miranda Leek, an archer currently leading the field in women's archery; and Matt Stutzman of Fairfield. Stutzman has qualified for the 2012 Paralympics Games as an archer.

Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Hort Day: Insect Revival

Insects got a head start this year. On today's program, it’s Horticulture Day. Entomologist Dr. Donald Lewis of Iowa State University will be here. We’ll talk about red admiral butterflies, European sawflies and why we’re seeing so many moths. Horticulturist Richard Jauron of I.S.U. Extension will also be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Thu April 26, 2012

She Matters: Status of Women and Girls in Iowa

The Iowa Women's Leadership Council on Tuesday released its 2012 report on the status of women and girls in Iowa, "She Matters."  The IWLC is a public-private partnership of women's organizations focused on supporting Iowa's women and girls.  This hour, we'll discuss the new report.  Previous reports have revealed that females in the state experience a greater percentage of economic disparities, diseases, disabilities, and barriers to corporate and civic leadership.  Joining us in the discussion will be IWLC Ex. Director, Diane Ramsey; Terry Hernandez, Ex.

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Drake Relays 2012

For over a century the Drake Relays has been a place for some of the world’s best athletes to run, jump and hurdle their way towards greatness. Today on Talk of Iowa, we'll focus on the upcoming 2012 Drake Relays. We’ll preview this year’s competition, revisit some of the most memorable performances and Charity will talk with reigning 1500m world Champion Jennifer Simpson. Other guests include the Assistant Director of the Relays, Carolyn Hill; and Associated Press sports reporter Luke Meredith, who has covered the Relays for eight years.

Talk of Iowa
1:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Jack Hanna/Iowa Parrot Rescue

Lions and tigers and bears and parrots--on today's Talk of Iowa we’ll go into the wild with Jack Hanna, wildlife expert and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He'll be appearing in Des Moines later this week. Also on the program is Michael Hutchison, founder and director of the Iowa Parrot Rescue. He has helped over 700 birds in the past 15 years.

Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Blind Iowan Pioneers and Discourse about Diversity

Charity talks with Peggy Chong, who has spent the past twenty years researching the history of the Blind. Her recent article Blind Iowan Pioneers Succeed looks at the story of Lillian Blanche Fearing, a blind Iowan who grew up to be one of the very first woman lawyers in the country. Later, a conversation with playwright Sean Christopher Lewis who brings his creation, Mayberry, to Iowa City. The play explores the impact of the Johnson County town's increasing African American population and how a lily white community engages in true discourse about its diversity. 

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Horticulture Day- Tree Planting

Cool temperatures, plentiful moisture and a long growing season ahead make this the perfect time to plant a tree. 

DNR Forester Mark Vitosh talks to Charity about selecting, planting and caring for trees.  Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will answer all of your lawn and gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Safe Rooms

"Safe rooms" are becoming popular storm shelter choices.  A tornado warning may be issued just minutes before the funnel plows through your back yard, leaving you with no time to get to a distant shelter if your home offers no protection.  This hour, our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, will inform us about adding a safe room to your new home plans, or creating such a room with a remodeling project.  You'll feel better when you know you a have a place in your home that's designed to withstand battering by ferocious winds and the debris caught up in them.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials

It's being dubbed as 'Iowa City to London', as the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials are held in Iowa City on April 21 and 22. Charity talks with Iowa State University Wrestling Coach Kevin Jackson about Cyclone hopefuls seeking a ticket to the Summer Olympics in London. Coach Jackson will discuss the Freestyle and Greco-Roman scoring system used in the Olympic Trials.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

The Digital Challenge for Iowa's Theaters

Iowa's theaters are facing a major challenge: in about a year's time, every theater across the nation must convert to digital cinema, making the old film projectors obsolete and replacing them with expensive new technology.  The cost is especially problematic for the state's smaller theaters, which operate on a much smaller profit margin.  Today, we find out how a number of theater owners are coping and whether some movie house may have to close their doors.  Guests are IPR's Dean Borg, who has reported on the story; Diane Prichard, owner of the DeWitt Opera House Theatre; Jeff Eisentraut,

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Exploring Our Faith

In what ways does your religion shape the way you live your daily life? We'll examine how faith and spirituality support our basic psychological needs and look at the influence of culture on our religious beliefs. Charity's guests are Nikki Bado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and Krista Tippett, host of public radio's On Being.  Tippett visits Des Moines April 17th as part of Iowa Public Radio's Insights Series.   

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Horticulture Day: Frost Damage

This April is now acting a lot more like a typical April in Iowa. Horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University are our guests. We’ll talk about how the freezing overnight temperatures of late have affected fruit trees and other plants around the state and we'll take your questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Titanic's Iowa Connections

Early next Sunday morning will mark the moment exactly 100 years ago that the magnificent steamship R.M.S. Titanic sank in the N.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

The Iowa State University Fashion Show 2012

The annual Fashion Show at Iowa State University has been around for decades, but in recent years the stakes have been higher, the fashion more cutting edge, the glamour more glamorous and the glitz even glitzier. This hour, Charity speaks with some of the people behind The Fashion Show 2012, including special guest designer Todd Snyder. She'll also talk with Sarah Bennett, faculty advisor for this year's show, and Michelle Klaas and Lisa Bradshaw, two of the three student producers for the show.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wildlife Day: Frogs and Toads

Spring is so beautiful, sometimes you just have to sing--at least you do if you’re a frog. On this Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We’ll talk about the songs of spring as performed by Iowa’s frogs and toads. Charity also talks with Stephanie Shepherd, who organizes the annual Frog and Toad Survey for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Shell Games

Jeffrey Copeland's Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist is a true story told in the voices of people who lived the events. The story has murder, mystery, mayhem - all important pieces of American history - and a good love story as well. Copeland is the Head of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Horticulture Day: Early Spring Warning

Our unusually warm late winter and early spring weather has transformed the landscape and lulled some of us into a false sense of security. On this week's Horticulture program, Charity speaks to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension Value Added Agriculture, about what we can plant right now what we should absolutely not plant now, even if the weather is so nice.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Prairie Restoration and Mushrooms

Tom Rosburg has lived his life studying, managing and educating Iowans about the important role native prairies play in the biological evolution of Iowa. The Drake biology professor has been recognized for his work, receiving the Olav Smedal Conservation Award. Charity talks with Rosburg about his love of nature and the real challenges in sustaining Iowa's prairie ecosystems. Also, does the warm March weather mean morel mushrooms are sprouting early? We'll find out from Roseanne Healy of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mindless Eating

Do you eat because you're hungry? Do you eat because you're bored? Brian Wansink says what you put in your mouth every day is influenced by your environment, the company you keep, and an almost endless and invisible list of other factors. Today, Charity talks with Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think." (Bantam Books) Wansink, an Iowa native, is Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab .

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