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
3:33 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Photographing the Heartland

David Plowden's new book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie" captures the Midwestern landscape.
David Plowden

For more than 50 years photographer David Plowden has been capturing images of American and the land he loves most is here in the Midwest. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Plowden about his latest book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie." 

Also, Dennis Chamberlin of Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication discusses how the field of photojournalism is changing.  

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Talk of Iowa
1:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

A Community of True Inspiration

The mill race in Main Amana.
Carl Wycoff

The Amana Colonies, also known as the Community of True Inspiration, was founded in the 1850s and residents lived communally in Amana's seven village until the "Great Change" of 1932. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:09 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Foreign Language Learning in Elementary School

Miguel Vaca

Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about out how foreign languages are being taught in some elementary schools in Iowa and about the benefits of introducing a new language early in life.  Guests include administrators and teachers of foreign language in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
4:04 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Horticulture Day: Stinkbugs and Beetles

brown marmorated stink bug
e_monk / flickr

Join Host Charity Nebbe for a talk about insects with Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist.  He and Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
2:57 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Publishing in Iowa

Self-publishing Des Moines-based author Michael Wellman's third book "Versus the Demons" was released this year.
Michael Wellman

The world of publishing has changed dramatically in the past decade.  Charity Nebbe discusses Iowa's commercial publishing industry through the lens of a university press, a small press and a self-publishing author

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Amy Tan's Latest Novel, The Valley of Amazement

Author Amy Tan
Ronald van Holst

In her best-selling novels, Amy Tan has explored mother-daughter relationships that resonate across all cultures. In her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, she does it again. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tan about her latest novel, the photo that inspired it, and writing her very first sex scenes.

Amy Tan is part of this year's AViD Author Series, sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. She will be in Des Moines on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 PM at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Words and College Words: Patricia O'Conner

marya / flickr

Thanks to a very public performance a few weeks ago, most of us now know what it means to 'twerk.'  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with English language expert Patricia O’Conner.  Hear about some of the newest words in our lexicon such as 'twerk,' 'selfie,' and 'squee.' They also explore the list of words college students are most likely to look up. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Mike Pace: Media Personality and Poet

Mike Pace
mikepaceenterprises.com

Mike Pace is probably best known as the former emcee for the Powerball drawings.  He also has been the host of the Iowa Realty Sunday Home Show in central Iowa, and he has a weekly radio show on KRNT.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Mike Pace about his new collection of poetry, Dreams and Detours: Reflecting on the Souvenirs of a Lifetime.

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Talk of Iowa
12:16 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Horticulture Day: The Iowa Organic Conference

Iowa Organic Conference

Organic practices in gardening and farming are getting to be more common every year in Iowa. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Organic specialist Kathleen Delate will be here to give us a preview of the 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference. She and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Thu October 24, 2013

How We Die Now

Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson's new book "How We Die Now" looks at how dying has changed since the 1980s.
Temple University Press

As our population grows older more people are engaging in the important work of helping individuals cross the threshold from life to death. Host Charity Nebbe looks at the lives of those who care for people in the final stages before death with Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson, author of "How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying." Rev.

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Talk of Iowa
1:04 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson
John Irving

Iowa native son Johnny Carson was the king of late night television and hosted the Tonight Show on NBC for three decades.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Carson's attorney, advisor, and friend Henry Bushkin, who has written a book about Carson's life.

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Talk of Iowa
3:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Creative Communities

Downtown Des Moines's residential vacancy rate is at an 18-year low of less than 3 percent. The area has seen a renaissance in the last 15 years thanks to community investments in the arts and culture.
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created serious problems for the state.  It has also created opportunities for reinvention and creativity.

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Talk of Iowa
3:12 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Turn Here Sweet Corn

Univeristy of Minnesota

Through high winds and hail, dry years and wet, and through the pressures of development and corporate interests Atina Diffley and her husband Martin ran one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Diffley has written about her farm and her life in the book, "Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works."

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Talk of Iowa
1:08 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Fall Planting for Flowering Bulbs

Fall is the perfect time to plant flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocuses because then the plants can establish a root system during the winter.
Tejvan Pettinger

The rich yellows, oranges and reds of fall are dominant in the current October landscape, but it’s time to start thinking about the pinks, purples, and whites of Spring. 

Host Charity Nebbe sits down with  Iowa State University horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Denny Schrock. They discuss planning for planting bulbs of spring flower gardens, as fall is the perfect time to plant tulips and daffodils.

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Talk of Iowa
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Revisiting the Past To Share a Mother's Untold Story

Richard and Peggy Snyder on their wedding day in November 1949
Courtesy of Snyder family

Don Snyder never got to know his mother. She died just sixteen days after he and his twin brother were born in 1950. The truth about her death remained a secret for decades. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Don about discovering his mother’s secret and what he hopes to accomplish by telling her story.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Feeding the World

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Today is World Food Day.  Observed every year since 1981, it focuses on the problem of hunger around the globe.  Also, this week is the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines and some of the most innovative thinkers in the fight against hunger have come to Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
2:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

How Americans Eat with Tracie McMillan

I-5 Design & Manufacture

Recent movements addressing the obesity epidemic or industrial agriculture's dominance attempt to change how Americans eat.  Tracie McMillan sets out to understand the American food system from the bottom-up in  her book, “The American Way of Eating: Undercover at WalMart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.”  Host Charity Nebbe asks McMillan where our food comes from and how we can eat healthier. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

That Tree: Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak

Mark Hirsch

"That Tree" is a lonely Bur oak standing in the middle of a cornfield in Southwest Wisconsin. That Tree is a tree that sparked the imagination of photographer Mark Hirsch. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Hirsch about what drew him to That Tree and his year long odyssey, taking a picture of the tree every day for a year… and the stunning results.

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Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Horticulture Day: Getting Kids to the Garden

Samuel Mann

For a lot of us there is a disconnect between what we eat and where it comes from. Kids who spend time in the garden are lot more likely to make the connection. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Linda Naeve, of Iowa State University Extension, and Reiman Gardens' Aaron Steil will be here. Host Charity Nebbe talks with them about get kids involved in gardening, and they answer listener questions.

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Talk of Iowa
12:46 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Raising Girls

Joe Lencioni

From Cinderella to Miley Cyrus our girls grow up in an environment rich in images of femininity.  Host Charity Nebbe gets insight into the challenges and dangers girls face as they grow and how the media influences their development.

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Talk of Iowa
11:46 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Raising Boys

Skinned knees
Jessica Lucia

Join host Charity Nebbe for the first of a two-part show about how children grow up.  Today, the focus is on boys.  How do they develop, what are their challenges and risks, and hear one perspective on how changes in education have affected how boys perform in the classroom.

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Talk of Iowa
11:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: The Fall Shuffle

asterix611 / flickr

The chill in the air and the color on the trees are sure signs of fall, but so are the large number of raccoons and possums you see along the roadsides. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease.  They discuss why so many critters are on the move this time of year. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Quality of Life for Iowa Seniors

Host Charity Nebbe and author Evelyn Birkby at the Iowa City Book Festival.
Evelyn Birkby

Iowa's fastest growing demographic is comprised of individuals over the age of 85 and according to the U.S. census, Iowa is the fifth oldest state in the nation.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses how Iowa's oldest residents can maintain a good quality of life in their 80s, 90s and beyond with gerontologist Peter Martin, whose research specializes in centenarians.

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Talk of Iowa
12:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Horticulture Day: Fall Color Predictions

Fall leaves

It has already begun.  We can see a little bit of orange, some yellows and even some burgundies... and it's just going to get better.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the conditions that lead to a vibrant fall and what our chances are this year.  They also discuss when to expect peak color and how to track the peak across the state.  ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins in to answer questions.

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Talk of Iowa
12:42 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

"Blue Plate Special" with Kate Christensen

According to Kate Christensen, she has spent much of her life as, “a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability.”  In her new memoir “Blue Plate Special" she writes about her life and the food she turned to for comfort as well as sustenance.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Christensen about her memoir and life as a writer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Getting Ready for Winter

A couple of weeks ago air conditioners were running full blast, but a couple of weeks from now our furnaces will be doing all the work. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe sits down with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally. They talk about changing filters and making sure your furnace is ready for the winter months.  Bill also answers your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
1:48 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Preserving Iowa’s Freshwater Ecosystems

Iowa River
Alan Light Flickr

Since its beginning, the conservation movement has been focused on preserving the natural places we still have, but Joe Whitworth, president of the Freshwater Trust, says that is not good enough.  Host Charity Nebbe talks to Whitworth about his work restoring freshwater ecosystems, how he believes that clean water can co-exist with profitable agriculture, and the future of conservation.  

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Iowa's Horticultural Heritage

Horticulture Gardens at Iowa State University 1922
Credit Iowa State University

Iowa’s rich soil has made it an ideal place to grow plants, it has also made our state an ideal place to grow and train horticulturists.  Host Charity Nebbe, wraps up Iowa week with profiles of some of the most gifted and influential horticulturists in Iowa history.  Their lasting contributions include apples, roses, peanuts and the formation of Iowa State Agricultural College.

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Talk of Iowa
2:11 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Fictional Iowans

Riverside is the future birthplace of “Star Trek’s” James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise.
Peter Zillmann / HPZ Flickr

Iowa is home to a baseball fan who sees ghosts, one spunky librarian who owns all the books in River City's library and a cat with presidential aspirations.  It is also the future birthplace of legendary starship commander Capt. James T.

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Talk of Iowa
12:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Musicians

François Péladeau

Meredith Willson left his home state of Iowa behind when he was 18 years old, but later as his career soared, he brought Iowa to Broadway and Hollywood with “The Music Man.”  Join host Charity Nebbe as Iowa Week continues to hear the stories of some of Iowa’s most famous musicians.  

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