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.

Ways to Connect

In archive segments for Pledge Week, IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Drake University Professor Craig Owens, who wrote a chapter on the "White Russian" for the new book, "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies." Also, IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Jeffrey Copeland, Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa about his book, "Olivia's Story," about Shelley v. Kraemer, one of the most important legal decisions of modern times.

Politics Wednesday

Mar 24, 2010

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Arnie Arneson, New Hampshire political pundit, and Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University.

Sleep Doctor

Mar 23, 2010

We have our bi-monthly chat with Dr. Eric Dyken, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

In fund-raising archive editions of the program, Jonathan Ahl discusses the major restoration underway in Mason City of the Park Inn, the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world. Later, Dennis Reese talks to Cherilyn Walley, author of "The Welsh in Iowa." (University of Wales Press)

Hort Friday

Mar 19, 2010

Our horticulture experts from Iowa State University are in the studio to answer your questions. Spring begins on March 20!

Movie Day

Mar 18, 2010

IPR's Rob Dillard talks to our movie pundit, Prof. Tom Beell of Iowa State University and award-winning movie maker, Andy Brodie of Iowa City.

Politics Wednesday

Mar 17, 2010

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University Political Science Professor, and Arnie Arnesen, political commentator from New Hampshire.

Walk into your backyard and pick an edible perennial, it's one of the concepts behind Forest Gardening, championed by guests Dave Jacke and Fred Meyer. Later in the hour, we'll hear about the "Fields of Opportunity" events in Waterloo, set for late March, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Bosnian resettlement in the Cedar Valley.

Heartland Portrait

Mar 15, 2010

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Robert Wolf of Decorah, editor of the new anthology, "Heartland Portrait; Stories from the Rural Midwest." We'll also talk to contributors Mary Klauke and John Prestemon.

Hort Day

Mar 12, 2010

The "Hort Gang" returns from Iowa State University. Spring is about a week away and we're starting to think horticulture!

Home Improvement Day

Mar 11, 2010

We'll "deconstruct" on this edition of the program with Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College. The focus will be on dismantling buildings to create jobs, recycle waste and drastically reduce materials that would normally go to the landfill.

Politics Wednesday

Mar 10, 2010

IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political analyst, and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State professor.

This month: Iowa's rabbits. They're an important part of Iowa's wild food chain and we'll find out about that role. Also, how to protect your garden and plants from their hearty and varied appetites.

Acedia & Me

Mar 8, 2010

Kathleen Norris, author of "The Cloister Walk" and "Amazing Grace" talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about her new book, the bestseller "Acedia & Me; a Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life."

Hort Day

Mar 5, 2010

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Juron and other members of the horticulture gang from Iowa State University. Spring is three weeks away!

Tech Day

Mar 4, 2010

We'll hear the latest news about computers, smart phones, the internet, and all things technology with Jeffrey Balvanz of Iowa State University.

Politics Wednesday

Mar 3, 2010

IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arnesen of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder."

We'll hear from the winners in several categories of Edible Iowa River Valley's "Local Food Heroes" awards, including: Jason Bandstra of Frisian Farms Gouda in Oskaloosa, Masae Judge and Harriet Woodford of Leaf Kitchen in Iowa City, Scott Ervin of Sutliff Cider, Lisbon and Laura Dowd of Local Foods Connection, Iowa City.

We hear about the UNI Museum's new exhibit, "Coffee: The World in Your Cup," from UNI Theatre Professor Carol Colburn, one of the first employees at the very first Starbucks store which opened in Seattle in 1971. Also, Iowa City consultant John Langhorne, Ph.D., discusses his new book "Beyond Luck: Practical Steps to Navigate the Path from Manager to Leader." (Corridor Media Group)

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Nancee Sobonya, filmmaker, director and producer "The Gifts of Grief." Sobonya has been working in the field of death and bereavement for the past 22 years.

We'll get an update on the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Park Inn, which will be open for business in Mason City in 2011. Also, Iowa is expecting its worst pothole season ever, Prof. Christopher Williams of Iowa State University will explain why.

Politics Wednesday

Feb 24, 2010

Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder" join IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

Robert Waggoner, our lucid dreams expert, will take a deeper look at dream telepathy. He says some scientific experiments appear to confirm its existence, only to become entangled by conflicting results by other experimenters.

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

Feb 22, 2010

For National Eating Disorders Awareness week, we'll talk to Jenni Schaefer, bestselling author of "Life Without Ed," "Ed" is short for eating disorders.

Hort Gang!

Feb 19, 2010

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with members of the horticulture staff at Iowa State University. Spring is getting closer!

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Lisa Ossian of Des Moines, author of "The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945," published by the University of Missouri Press.

Politics Wednesday

Feb 17, 2010

Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen of "Political Chowder" are back for our weekly look at all things political.

We'll hear from University of Iowa graduate student Jennifer Percy. Her essay "Even in English, a Language Gap" was a "Modern Love Column" in a recent New York Times. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Prof. Jeffrey Copeland of the University of Northern Iowa. His book, "Olivia's Story," deals with a landmark civil rights case that helped lead the way to fair and open housing.

We'll hear about some exciting news from two Iowa Cities and a look at spring events from Red Cedar Chamber Music of Marion, Iowa. Iowa City has hired its first director of "Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature," and Cedar Falls is in the running for first place as a "distinctive destination" for 2010 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Word Maven, live!

Feb 12, 2010

Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Woe is I, the Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English," takes your calls for the hour.

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