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
11:00 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

Oh My Gods

The Greek and Roman myths have never died out; in fact they are as relevant today as ever. In his new book Oh My Gods, Phillip Freeman retells some of the most popular myths that have inspired plays, operas, paintings, movies and television programs. From the astonishing tales of the Argonauts to the immortal narrative of the Battle of Troy, these ancient myths have inspired many across the globe. Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 27, 2011

Archive: The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River has been dredged, shaped and changed. We’ll travel back in time to when the river ran wild. Guests are Lee Sandlin author of "Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" (Pantheon Books) and Jerry Enzler, Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Women in Agriculture

Women have always been an important part of life on the farm but have traditionally performed a supporting role. On a special edition of Talk of Iowa produced in conjunction with Harvest Public Media, host Charity Nebbe examines the changing role of women in agriculture. Among the guests- Corry Bregendahl, Assistant Scientist at Iowa State University, Leigh Adcock, Executive Director of the Food and Agriculture Network and Laura Krouse of Abbe Hills Farm in eastern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Zakery's Bridge

The new book, "Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys from Around the World to Iowa," features nine young storytellers describing their lives in their home countries, explaining how and why they came to American and what it has been like to settle in Iowa. On its release date in January, the book was the backdrop for the naturalization ceremony for 100 children at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. We'll talk to authors Carol Spaulding-Kruse, professor of English at Drake University and Kay Smith, a Des Moines-based children's author.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 25, 2011

The Underground Railroad in Iowa

To carry on our discussion that was cut short recently because of live coverage of events in Egypt, we return to the topic of the Underground Railroad. We'll hear about what archeologists have discovered in recent years about Railroad locations and what historians know about the Iowans who helped freedom seekers make their way north. Charity Nebbe speaks with Lynn Koos, curator at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids; and Doug Jones, an archaeologist and the The Iowa Freedom Trail Project Manager with the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Food Factor Survey

Meredith Corporation's "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine has released its latest Food Factor Survey, working with 3,600 women across the United States. The report notes that compared to two years ago, women are still focused on healthy eating, with a rising tendency for home-served meals in order to cut back on spending and concentrate on health. The guest is Nancy Hopkins of Des Moines, Senior Deputy Editor of Food & Entertaining at Better Homes and Gardens.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Scott Cawelti on James Hearst/Landscape Painter Nancy Thompson

The late poet James Hearst lived and wrote in Cedar Falls. He was known to many as the Robert Frost of the Midwest. On this Talk of Iowa we speak with musician Scott Cawelti, who has given us a new way to experience the poetry of Hearst. Cawelti is also a writer and adjunct instructor in UNI's English Department. Also on the program, Charity Nebbe talks to Nancy Thompson, an Iowa landscape painter and Foundation Drawing Instructor at Iowa State.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Iowa "Smart Phone" App Developers

Smart phone applications can be useful, fun or even addictive and they are, undeniably, big business. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to some of Iowa's leading app developers and we'll take a walk through the City of Literature with an iPhone app as our guide. Guests are: Karen Pease, CEO of Celadon Applications, Iowa City; Steve Mitchell, CEO of Componica, LLC, Iowa City; Karl Becker, founder of "Car Care," Coralville; Prof. John Winet, New Media artist at the University of Iowa; and Ben Holland, a graduate student at Iowa State University ("Zombie Strategies").

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Wapsipinicon Almanac

The Wapsipinicon Almanac comes out just about every year. It's a publication that doesn't shoot for a large audience, or to have universal appeal. It's a homegrown, homemade journal of great writing by and for Iowans. Host Charity Nebbe talks with publisher Tim Fey and contributors Michael Lewis-Beck, Shirley McDermott and Steve Maravetz.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Hort Day/Spring Pruning

It's too early to get to work in the garden, but it is time to think about your trees and shrubs. We'll discuss spring pruning on this horticulture day, with guests Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Mark Vitosh, forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Johnson County district).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Cedar Rapids - The Movie

The movie Cedar Rapids opens Friday, February 18 across the state of Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks with the film's star, Ed Helms, about his role in the film as small-town insurance agent Tim Lippe who has his world turned upside down in Iowa. She also talks with the film's screenwriter, Phil Johnston and producer, Jim Burke. Diana Nollen, arts and culture reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette joins the final segment of the show to talk about the portrayal of the city and other films made in and about Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Alexander the Great/Philip Freeman

He was only thirty-two years old when he died, but in his short life Alexander the Great reshaped the world. Today, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with author Philip Freeman of Decorah about the life and legend of the King of Macedon. Freeman's new book is titled, appropriately enough, "Alexander the Great" (Simon & Schuster). Freeman is a Professor of Classics at Luther College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Hope Deferred

The situation in Zimbabwe represents one of the worst humanitarian emergencies today. A new book asks the question: How did a country with so much promise go so wrong? We talk to University of Iowa visiting professor Peter Orner, editor of "Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives." (McSweeney's Books)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

The Anthropology of Love

Humans like all other animals are driven by their need to pass their genes along, but in our culture romantic love is much bigger than procreation. This hour, the anthropology of love. We'll talk about love, marriage, dating and sex in Iowa and around the world. Guests are Teresa Downing-Maitbag of Iowa State University and Sonia Ryang of the University of Iowa, both sociology professors.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 11, 2011

The Underground Railway in Iowa

Iowa was a little known hotbed of abolitionist and Underground Railroad activity. Much of what we know about the subject is the result of recent discoveries. Cedar County, especially the Quaker homes in Springdale and West Branch, was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. We'll hear about a new exhibit at the Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, "Cedar County, Iowa: A Door to Freedom" with Bonnie Blaford of the National Park Service.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Volunteering in Iowa

Iowa ranks second in the nation among people who volunteer their time to charitable causes. Join host Charity Nebbe as she explores why more people in Iowa are volunteering than in other states. We'll talk about how more than 1,300 people give their time at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics each year. That's helped Iowa City garner a 2nd place ranking in volunteering among mid-size cities. Later in the show, we'll talk with Adam Lounsbury of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and Lauren Finke of the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Kittie Weston-Knauer, theGrio 100

To mark the launch of their new black history section, theGrio.com this month unveiled "theGrio's 100: History Makers in the Making." The list honors Black History month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all Americans. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to the Iowan who made the list, Kittie Weston-Knauer of Des Moines, long-time teacher, principal, consultant, adjunct-professor at Drake University and one of the first competitive female BMX racers in the United States.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Wildlife: Love is in the Air

This hour, we hear from wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. It's almost that time: wild creatures will soon be "looking for love." Call in with your questions about these ancient rites of spring during our monthly wildlife program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Scenes from an Impending Marriage/Weddings in the Heartland

Save-the-date cards, invitations, hiring a d.j., interviewing caterers, obsessing over the seating chart...Adrian Tomine took all of the wedding preparation hassles he and his fiance experienced and turned them into an insightful, hilarious and sweet graphic novel, "Scenes from an Impending Marriage." We'll talk to Tomine and Janet Fitzpatrick, curator of a new exhibit "Weddings in the Heartland: Apparel, Traditions and Memories" at the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 4, 2011

"Hort" Day Moths and Borers

The gypsy moths are coming! Iowa may be on the cusp of a serious gypsy moth infestation. We'll talk about what we have to fear from gypsy moths and emerald ash borers and we'll answer your questions about bugs and plants. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Home Improvement Day/Answer Line Questions

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement expert, tells us about the types of questions that he and his colleagues have been receiving lately on Iowa State Extension's "Answer Line." Some of the "hot" categories are radon, basement insulation, dangers of carbon monoxide, and problems with crawl spaces. And of course, he'll welcome your calls during the hour.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 2, 2011

Photographing Iowa Nature

Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour during a special archive edition of "Talk of Iowa," we explore capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Host Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth. Their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa." Later, Charity talks with Bill Witt of Cedar Falls whose photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie."

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Iowans Work for Rural Development in Uganda

An Iowa program is improving the livelihood of thousands of rural Ugandans. This alliance of scientists, economists and farmers in Africa and the United States is working to improve the lives of small land-holder farmers. This hour, we'll talk about the role that Iowa is playing in Africa's agricultural future: coordinating seed production, providing support for small farm operations and setting up mentorship opportunities. Guests are Dr. Mark Westgate and Dr.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon January 31, 2011

New Iowa Program Targets Girl Bullying

Researchers are gaining more and more insights into what drives girl bullies and why they so desperately need help. Some characteristics of a girl bully are jealousy, feelings of superiority, poor impulse control, and lack of empathy. This hour, Charity Nebbe looks at a new Iowa program, "A Way Through," which targets girl bullying in grades K through 8. Guests are co-founders Jane Balvanz and Blair Wagner and Prof. Suzanne Freedman of the University of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

History of "The Wormy World"

In our January history program, we look at how parasites have affected human life on earth. Some of these parasites are nematode worms and they affect over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Although these parasites are not present in humans in Iowa, they are present in dogs, cats, domestic and wild animals, including horses. Guests are Dr. Richard J. Martin, Prof. of Pharmacology at Iowa State; Dr. Lyric Bartholomay, Prof. of Entomology at Iowa State; and discussing the use of nematode parasites to treat human disease, Dr. David Elliott, Prof. of Gastroenterology at the University of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Budget Address 2011

Governor Branstad delivers the 2011 budget address to the Iowa Legislature. Following the address, host Charity Nebbe discusses the governor's budget priorities with Democratic State Senator Bob Dvorsky, Iowa State University Associate Professor of Political Science Dave Petersen and Chris Larimer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.

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In Pursuit of Buddy Holly
1:00 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

In Pursuit of Buddy Holly

February 3 marks the anniversary of Buddy Holly's Iowa plane crash—"The Day the Music Died." We'll talk to Gary W. Moore, whose new book "Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music" (Savas Beatie), tells of his personal journey to find out what made Holly so appealing and his music so timeless. Moore also discloses new information that raises questions about the cause of the plane crash. We also talk to Holly expert Jeff Nicholas, President of the North Iowa Cultural Center and Museum, located in Clear Lake's Surf Ballroom. 

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