Dennis Reese

Talk Show Producer

Dennis Reese is the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio.  He is also a producer for the talk shows Talk of Iowa and River to River.  He is based in Iowa City. Dennis began his career in public radio at the University of Iowa’s WSUI in 1981 as its Program Director, after several stints as News Director at a number of commercial radio stations in Iowa and after working his way through college as a disc jockey in formats including Top 40, Easy Listening and country & western.  

Dennis has a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a  B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dennis’ favorite public radio program is Car Talk.

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Talk of Iowa
3:31 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Choosing Gratitude

Per Palmkvist Knudsen

All our lives we are taught to strive for things like success or wealth, but research shows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude daily can change your life.  James Autry and his wife, Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson have co-authored the new book “Choosing Gratitude 365 Days a Year.”  They sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss meditations on gratitude.

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Talk of Iowa
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder'

Derek Gavey

Richard Louv has written that “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.” Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from the man who coined the term “nature deficit disorder” about the importance of connecting with the natural world around us and the movement he helped to start.

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Talk of Iowa
3:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Eating the Midwestern Way

TSelrahc

One thing Midwesterns do better than everyone else (or at least claim to do better than everyone else) is bake pie.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peggy Wolff, editor of the new book Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie about Midwestern cuisine, culture and of course pie.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Jean Seberg

TillyVanilly / flickr

Jean Seberg knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a movie star, and she became one. The documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will premiere at the Jean Seberg International Film Festival in Marshalltown next week.  Join host Charity Nebbe to explore the life of Jean Seberg.

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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
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
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
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
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
1:57 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Iowa Conservationists

Leopold Outdoor Classroom at Aldo Leopold Middle School here in Burlington.
Steve Brower

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” It is partly due to his work that today's children don’t yet face that future.  Today Charity Nebbe continues Iowa Week a discussion on Iowa’s most influential conservationists.  She looks into the lives and work of Earnest Oberholtzer, John Lacey, Ada Hayden, and Louis Pammel.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

"Almost Pioneers: One Couple's Homesteading Adventure in the West"

Laura and Earle Smith
http://almostpioneers.com/

In the fall of 1913, Laura and Earle Smith, a young Iowa couple from Moravia, made the gutsy decision to homestead in Wyoming. After four years of frustration, the Smiths moved back to Iowa and stayed put. Years later Laura wrote a vivid and self-depracating memioir of their time in Wyoming. Scholar John Fry discovered the manuscript, never before published, in the Women's Archives at the University of Iowa. Now, Laura's memoir has been published, titled "Almost Pioneers: One Couple's Homesteading Adventure in the West," edited by Fry.

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Talk of Iowa
4:19 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Menopause

Ryan Lintelman / flickr

Hot flashes, night sweat, insomnia, irritability, anxiety…not all women experience these symptoms when they go through menopause though many do. This hour Charity Nebbe tackles menopause with evolutionary biologist Anne Bronikowski who explains how menopause is unique to the human species. Also Judith Houck, author of Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine and Menopause in Modern America and gynecologist Dr. Susan Johnson join the program.

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Talk of Iowa
1:58 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

'Old Man River'

Mississippi River at Lansing Iowa
Stan Oleson

Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities.  It has served as a source of life and food and a highway from north to south.  It has also gripped imaginations, launched amazing journeys, and inspired music, art and literature.  Paul Schneider is one of the most recent writers to fall under the thrall of the Mississippi.  His latest book is “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History.”

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Talk of Iowa
1:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Losing and Finding Home

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 2153rd Financial Management Detachment return to St. Augustine, Fla., from a nine-month deployment overseas, March 25, 2013.
The National Guard Flickr

To most, the word "home" means more than just a place to sleep and store property. This hour Charity Nebbe talks about what home means as well as what it means to lose one's home and find it again with Sally Ooms, author of Finding Home: How Americans Prevail. In her book Ooms profiles people who have been displaced by family pressures, economic pressures, and natural disasters. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Nature-Inspired Art

Encephalitis earrings
Designed by M.C. Ginsberg’s custom design team in collaboration with the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health

The encephalitis virus can have some ugly consequences, but, it turns out, it can also be shaped into a beautiful pair of earrings. Today on Talk Of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks about infectious art inspired by disease and other artistic endeavors that are inspired by nature.

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Talk of Iowa
1:33 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Iowa African American Hall of Fame Inductees

George Washington Carver was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame in 2005
Robert and Talbot Trudeau / flickr

Since 1995, the Iowa African American Hall of Fame (IAAHF) has been selecting the most influential black Iowans to be recognized for outstanding achievements.  Guest host Dennis Reese talks with the three inductees selected for 2013: Jane G. Burleson, Betty Jean Furgerson, and William B. Hood, Jr.  The IAAHF is housed at the Black Cultural Center at Iowa State University.   Since its inception, more than 50 people have been chosen for this honor, including Iowa State Agricultural College graduate George Washington Carver. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Saving and Spending

jridgewayphotography Flickr

Stores and manufacturers will try almost anything to sell their product and employ a number of techniques to manipulate shoppers.  However, some shoppers like extreme couponer Mary Potter Kenyon, are able to make the system work for them.  Kenyon lives in Manchester, Iowa and writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Words of Summer with the Word Maven

Michael Holler Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and Patricia O'Connor, aka The Word Maven, discuss the words and phrases of summer.  O'Connor reveals the origins of dog days, bikini, lemonade and barbecue.

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Talk of Iowa
2:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jewish Culture's Influence On Comic Books

Gilad Rom Flickr

Today we listen back to a conversation from November on Superman, Spiderman, the X-Men, and many other superheroes have been fighting for truth, justice and the American way for decades. Many of the men who created these characters were Jewish and, in his new book, philosopher Harry Brod explores how Jewish culture is reflected in the lives of our favorite superheroes. Then, comic book artist Phil Hester joins the conversation to talk about his work.

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Curve Of The World

Bottom Dog Press

Iowa Citian Andy Douglas has published his memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga. When he was in his 20s, Douglas turned aside from his minister father’s Christian beliefs and took up a life of yoga and meditation, eventually going on to becoming an Ananda Marga monk, leading the organization’s Seoul office. We hear about his life as a monk and his eventual return to the United States to fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Talk of Iowa
11:55 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Feline-Human Connection

Two of Charity's cats, Cali and Magnum
Charity Nebbe / IPR

Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Peter Trachtenberg, who is teaching this summer at the University of Iowa, about his latest book, Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons.  It explores the fierce and tender bonds of love between people and cats.  Also, we get an update on this summer’s kitten explosion in Iowa, from the directors of two Iowa animal shelters.

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Talk of Iowa
2:55 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Horticulture Day: Gnats and Mosquitoes

Gene Wilburn Flickr

Many Iowans have been battling swarms of gnats for the past few weeks and the dreaded mosquito is soon to come.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with entomologist Donald Lewis about why the gnats keep getting into ears, eyes, nose and hair; he'll also give his prediction of this year's mosquito season.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins the conversation. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:29 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Jim Gaffigan is Fat

Comedian Jim Gaffigan's new book "Dad is Fat" explores the complexities of fatherhood.
Crown Archetype

Comedian Jim Gaffigan started his career discussing life as a single guy in New York.  Now Gaffigan is married and lives with his five kids in a two bedroom, five-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the comic about his new book "Dad is Fat" which explores the complexities of fatherhood as well as the pros and cons of a delicacy known as “Hot Pocket.”  

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals

Two fawns that were rehabilitated last year by Host Charity Nebbe's mother Linda Nebbe of Cedar Falls. The fawns are from different mothers and are meeting for the first time.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

Last summer many wild animals suffered because of a lack of water, this year nests have been washed out and wild babies have been separated from their mothers through floods and storms. Host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how natural disasters affect the boom and bust cycles of Iowa's wildlife populations.

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Talk of Iowa
3:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Writing Lads of Cedar Rapids

From the left mystery writers Rob Cline, Lennox Randon and Dennis Green in Randon's Cedar Rapids home. "The Lads," as Green calls them, were guests on Talk of Iowa to discuss their work and frienship.
Lileah Harris

When Lennox Randon asked his friends Rob Cline and Dennis Green to form a writing group, they were reluctant to devote the time until Randon mentioned his diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer.  Now the three Cedar Rapids residents have been meeting weekly for more than two years to write, read and help each other polish their work.  Their dedication has paid off with three separate publishing contracts.  The men are each mystery writers,

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

The Literary Merit of Horror and Fantasy

Grand Central Publishing

Benjamin Percy's new novel "Red Moon" is a coming of age story, with razor sharp political commentary, an inventive rewriting of human history, the science of animal borne pathogens, and good old fashioned horror.  Host Charity Nebbe and Percy discusses his arduous research process which took him to the veterinary labs of Iowa State University and taxidermy shops.

Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Horticulture Day: Fresh Fish and Veggies

Flickr / Cara Harpole

Fish and fresh veggies make an appealing paring for dinner, but they can also be a great duo in the greenhouse.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses aquaponics, which is the growing of crops with nutrient rich waste water from fish farming.  Iowa State University Extension fisheries specialist Allen Pattillo and horticulturist Richard Jauron join the program.

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