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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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Wildlife Day
2:31 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Great Waterbirds of Iowa

Green Heron
Jim Pease

With their long elegant necks, spindly legs and otherworldly calls, an encounter with one of Iowa's herons can take your breath away.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease about his summer spent paddling many of Iowa's waterways.  On those trips he has gotten up close with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa's most impressive waterbirds.  We learn about their mating, nesting and feeding habits.

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Talk of Iowa
2:18 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Prairie Silence

When Melanie Hoffert returned home to help with harvest, she decided to try driving a grain truck.
Melanie Hoffert melaniehoffert.com

Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm in North Dakota.  Like so many others, she left.  But now she feels torn between the land and people she loves and the freedom to live an authentic life.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffert about her memoir Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-Patriot's Journey to Reconcile, Home, Love and Faith.  In that book, she describes the month she returned to her family farm to help her father and brother during harvest.  They also discuss what it was like to grow up as a gay woman in rural North Dakota.

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Horticulture Day
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy

Eat your dandelions
Leo Seta under Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 Flickr

Everyone knows that morel mushrooms are delicious, but our forests and fields hold a lot of other wild delicacies too.

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Talk of Iowa
5:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Surrogacy: Stories of Love, Pain, and Giving

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe (left), surrogate mother Kate Duffus (middle), and psychologist Stacey Pawlak (right)
Emily Woodbury

Kate Duffus is pregnant for the fourth time, but the little girl she is carrying will not be her little girl.

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Music
3:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Women in Song: From Codependence to Independence

from "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" in Chicago
Courtesy of Dorothy Marcic

When Professor Dorothy Marcic was asked to give a talk about how women have been portrayed in song lyrics over the course of the 21st century, she was shocked to find that nobody had really look into it, so she did.

“What I found was that the songs that resonated on Top 40 charts, have shadowed the women’s empowerment movement. Songs start out being very co-dependent, like in Little Peggy March’s ‘I Will Follow Him’ and end up being very empowering. Take ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria  Gaynor," she explains.

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Talk of Iowa
3:28 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Conspiracy Theories: Half of Americans Believe in at Least One

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy descend the stairs from Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Cecil Stoughton John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Do you believe the moon landing was faked? Do you think the “Great Recession” was orchestrated by a small group of Wall Street bankers?

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From the Archives
3:06 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The Evolution Of The Divorce

Chris Hayvard Berge / flickr

More than forty percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. Many members of today's generation of divorcees are trying to learn from the mistakes made by their divorced parents. They are seeking a better divorce. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the evolution of divorce with a happily divorced couple, a family therapist, and a mediator.

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Talk of Iowa
1:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Why Do We Call It Soccer?

The 2010 World Cup
Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever wondered where the word "soccer" come from and why we use it?

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Health
1:19 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Iowa Doctor Receives Governor's Award for Work in Haiti

Dr. Christopher Buresh first visited Haiti in 2003. Today, he says he thinks about the trip every day. He’d been to India and Peru before going to Haiti but says the poverty he saw there was unique. “It really blew me away that this was a 90 minute plane flight from Miami.”

He talks about mountains of trash and plastic, and women who cut their umbilical cords with broken glass or a rock for lack of a clean blade.

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Books
12:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram... Found!

Paul Ingram wearing a clerihew in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury Iowa Public Radio

A clerihew is a four-line biographical poem invented by Edward Clerihew Bentley. Paul Ingram, who buys books for Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City, says he’s been writing them down for years “when they come to him.”

You know Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights is his Kingdom, Where the lost shopper stands While Paul talks with his hands - Charity Nebbe

He’s just published many of those in his first book “The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram.” He talks with Charity Nebbe during this Talk of Iowa interview about clerihew as a form of verse and also shares some of his favorites. 

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Sports
12:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Class A Baseball: Rosters Shuffle, Fans Don't

Ashford University Field, home of the Clinton Lumber Kings
Courtesy of the Clinton Lumber Kings

Joyce Wilkerson has been going to as many Clinton Lumber Kings games as she can since the early 1990’s. She keeps coming back because she loves the stadium, the fans and the team. “There’s no time in baseball; I love that.”

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Agriculture
1:06 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Farm Workers Far More Likely to Die of Suicide, Why?

A century farm in Polk County, Iowa
Wikimedia Commons

In January of 2011 when Ginnie Peters retired from the Perry Public Library, she was looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Matt, but she never really got the chance. He died of suicide in May of that year.  “One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone," she says. 

The two farmed 1500 acres between Perry and Panora, Iowa for most of their lives. Today, Peters blames the stress of planning for the future of her husband’s century farm for what happened.

“One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone."

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Talk of Iowa
4:50 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

"He was All About Making Sure Everyone Around him was Having the Best Time"

Tony Baranowski II posing with family and the catfish caught on a family vacation at Table Rock Lake
Tony Baranowski

Usually, when we tell somebody about a trip, we tell them about where we went, for how long, maybe even what we drove... but on most trips the most important part is not where we went or what we did, but who we were with.  That was the case for Tony Baranowski (III) of Iowa Falls.  He talked with Charity Nebbe about his family vacations to Table Rock Lake in Missouri as a boy growing up.  He says it's only through the perspective gained as a father himself, that he realizes just how hard his father, Tony Baranowski II, worked to make sure everyone was having a good time on those trips.

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Horticulture Day
2:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Polar Vortex & Emerald Ash Borer: Tough on Iowa Trees

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

It continues to be a tough year for trees in Iowa. The Polar Vortex left its mark on many trees and shrubs, and now a tenth county has been added to the list of counties in Iowa where the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered. That county is Johnson County, and an adult female Emerald Ash Borer was found in Iowa City.

Also, listeners have their plant and garden questions answered by Jeff Iles, Professor and Chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist.

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Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Miserable Trip You Wouldn't Miss for the World

The "family truckster"
Jennifer Roscoe

Summer is the time of year when seemingly reasonable people load up the car for a family road trip.  The misadventures of the Griswald family in National Lampoon's Vacation captured the trials and tribulations of this summer ritual.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with travel writer Jennifer Wilson about potential destinations on an Iowa road trip, and listeners share their family road trip memories.

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Wildlife Day
1:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Tough Love and Fuzzy Cuddles: Wildlife Parenting

Porsupah Ree

Iowa’s forests, meadows, streams and subdivisions are full of baby animals right now, and every species has its own approach to parenting.

Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins to talk about parenting in the wild… with cliff swallows, rabbits, deer, bees, ducks, snakes, owls and others.

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Talk of Iowa
2:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum

Columnist Leah Eskin, an Iowa City native, has written about the roast chicken that was almost spoiled by a trip to the Emergency Room, the first real meal she made after being sidelined by chemotherapy, and the tart she made for her boyfriend (who later became her husband).  Eskin has been sharing her life and recipes with readers for 14 years.

This hour, Charity speaks with Eskin, the Pulitzer-prize nominated author of the Chicago Tribune's food column "Home on the Range."  Her new book is titled "Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a  Conundrum." (Running Press)

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Horticulture
11:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Are They Bothering You or Biting You?

dapawprint (Flickr)

They float, swarm, harass and irritate, and they can even take down a chicken or a turkey. The gnats are back. But when we complain about “gnats,” Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says, sometimes we might be misplacing blame. 

"Saying you are annoyed by a gnat is like saying you were passed on the interstate by a vehicle… It’s a two mile wide term. Ask yourself – are the bugs bothering you or are they biting you?”

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Education
8:59 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Leaving the "Summer Slide" at the Playground

Wikimedia Commons

According to the National Summer Learning Association, most elementary students lose about two months worth of math and reading skills over the summer break, a problem that is well documented yet plagues parents and educators alike. Brandi Miller is a teacher at Garden Elementary, a school that’s a part of the Des Moines Public School system on the East Side of Des Moines. As a literacy coach, she says she sees first-hand the skills students lose over the summer when they return to school each fall. “We do assessment tests, and we almost always see loss.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ending Our War with Wolves, Bears, Bobcats and Coyotes

a female gray wolf
Seney Natural History Association

As agriculture and new construction in Iowa continue to expand and occupy Iowa's wildlife habitat, humans are in contact with predators like coyotes more and more. Like a caller said today during the our broadcast, one of the ways to handle that problem is to kill the predators that threaten domestic pets and backyard chickens. 

But author John Shivik says there’s another way. “Moving forward, we need to balance lethal versus non-lethal methods of dealing with predators. We can biologically deal with the issue instead of killing them to make ourselves feel better.”  

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Talk of Iowa
3:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Dorothy Garlock and Iowa's Romance Writers

  Romance novels are now the top-performing category on the best-seller lists, generating nearly $1.5 billion dollars in profits for the publishing industry each year.   Almost every state has a Romance Writers of American chapter, including Iowa.  

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Environment
5:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Iowa DNR Stocks More than 100 Million Walleye into Iowa's Lakes

A DNR worker stocks fish into a lake in California
Wikimedia Commons

After pulling a few all-nighters netting, sorting and spawning fish, Iowa’s fisheries supervisors are ready for a break. They’ve spent the last month working to ready the more than 100 million walleye fry, fish less than 2 inches in size, that get stocked into Iowa’s lakes and rivers every year.

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2014 Voter Guide
12:19 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Candidate Profile: Joni Ernst

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst
Credit Joni Ernst for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Horticulture Day
12:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Pecans in Iowa? Yes!

Pecan trees being irrigated in New Mexico

Everyone knows you can grow black walnuts in Iowa.  But, there are actually a lot of other nuts we can grow too, and some of them may surprise you.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Jensen of Trees Forever, and Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm in Wapello about hickory nuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and more.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron answers non-nut related questions.

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Books
9:34 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

2014 Summer Book List

Wikimedia Commons

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and if you’re lucky one of those is the time to dig into a great book.  During this hour on Talk of Iowa, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville join host Charity Nebbe. 

FICTION:

 My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Norwegian by Night by Derek E. Miller

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Education
4:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now

Bill Erickson

Social studies doesn't fall under the three Rs in education, and it shows. From school district to school district, the way that history, government, and world culture courses are taught varies dramatically.

Today on Talk of Iowa, we focus on civics education in our state, and talk with some extraordinary teachers.

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2014 Voter Guide
10:07 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Sam Clovis

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis
Credit Iowans for Sam Clovis

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Horticulture Day
12:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum

Iowa Farm Pond
Todd Ehlers

Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth.  It's Horticulture Day and host, Charity Nebbe, talks with Allen Patillo, Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist about aquatic plant management.  Later in the hour ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions about plants and trees. 

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Iowa Life
11:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town

Wikimedia Commons

Time changes everything, and in Iowa, that’s glaringly apparent in many of the state’s communities with populations of less than 5,000 people. So the story goes, small towns are dying. But according to Iowa State Professor Terry Besser, that’s not exactly true. She has been monitoring Iowa’s rural communities  for more than two decades, trying to put her finger on what it is that keeps towns alive… and what contributes to the rural blight.

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Healthcare
12:31 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Iowa's Children's Mental Health Care Crisis

a child at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids
Stacie Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, LMHC RPT CCDP-D

More than 1600 families are on Iowa’s children's mental health wavier waiting list. That means there are 1600 families who can’t access certain services they need in order to care for their children. For the past two years, Kim Jensen’s family has been one of those. She says it got really hard not having help caring for her daughter, Grace, who she and her husband adopted through the Iowa foster care system. “She was severely aggressive when she was 5 and 6 years old. She is little, but she is strong. After a while, we couldn’t find anyone to watch her.

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