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
11:28 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Detailing Trauma

UI Press

The human body can be subjected to a variety of physical and spiritual inflictions and yet it often finds resilience to continue to love in spite of the pain. Charity Nebbe talks with author Arianne Zwartjes about her reflections in her new book Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy.

  

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Talk of Iowa
12:28 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Downy Mildew on Horticulture Day

Credit Palm Beach County Extension

A new disease is appearing in Iowa.  Downy mildew is taking its toll on the state's impatiens, and may have gardeners rethinking their landscapes.  This and other plant disease and insect concerns are the topic of Horticulture Day.  Guests include Laura Jesse, Entomologist and Erika Saalau-Rojas, Plant Pathologist of the ISU Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostic Clinic and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Thu November 1, 2012

New Bo Market & Paramount Theatre Open in CR

Interior of the newly restored Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Cliff Jette / The Gazette

Seattle has Pike Place Market, Detroit has Eastern Market and Los Angeles has Grand Central, now Cedar Rapids has New Bo City  Market. On the first half of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with organizers of the New Bo City Market and in the second half, she speaks with individuals responsible for the comeback of the newly restored Paramount Theater that was damaged by the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Wed October 31, 2012

A Study on Crop Rotation

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A lot of Iowa farmers use a two-year rotation of corn one year and soybeans the next. But what if a longer rotation could yield better crops and was good for the soil? Host Charity Nebbe talks with researchers from Iowa State University whose research found longer crop rotations improved the crops and reduced fertilizer runoff.

  

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Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Home Improvement: Winterizing Your Home

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The windows are shut and the furnace has been running. It’s time to make sure your home is ready for winter. Our home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about winterizing your home and how to get the best value if you need to make a big investment in a new furnace or insulation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:41 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Christopher Merrill and Marvin Bell

(Top) Marvin Bell (Bottom) Christopher Merrill
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Marvin Bell, a former Iowa Poet Laureate, and Christopher Merrill, author and director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, are both men with many fascinating things to say. Together, the two friends talk with Charity Nebbe about the issues they explored of life, love, and memory through a correspondence in poetry, which they compiled into the book, "Everything At Once."

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Talk of Iowa
1:12 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Horticulture Day: State Forest Trees

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On Horticulture Day we spend a lot of time talking about the trees in your yard, this week we talk about the trees in Iowa’s state forests. Host Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh, who has been traveling around to our state forests lately and tells us about what he has seen. Then horticulturist Richard Jauron joins the conversation to answer listener questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:13 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Landauer Publishes New Cat and Dog Books with the Animal Rescue League

ARL Strut Your Mutt Walk
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When you adopt a puppy or a kitten, a dog or a cat, from an animal shelter the goals are not only to find a good home for that pet but to make sure that pet is a good fit for you and that the home is forever. Charity Nebbe talks with representatives of the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines who co-authored two new books to help families with the adoption process and to help owners solve issues that may provoke them to turn in their pets to a shelter.

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Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Wed October 24, 2012

44 Plays For 44 Presidents And The Landlocked Film Festival

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If you need to brush up on your presidential knowledge, one theater company production pays tribute to all 44, each with their own short 2-minute play. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Adam Moeller, the production's director, about the dynamic show and how it captures each president's time in the Oval Office.

Then, President of the Landlocked Film Festival Mary Blackwood, talks about the upcoming festival and several participants share the films they've submitted.

Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Word Maven: Echoic Words

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Boom, shimmy, giggle, squeak… these words are called echoic words, words whose sound echo what they stand for. Host Charity Nebbe talks with English language expert Patricia O’Conner about these and other onomatopes that belong to the English language.

Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Celebrating The Life And Work Of "Ding" Darling

America's Darling: The Story of Jay N. "Ding" Darling Facebook

Ding Darling wielded a mighty pen. He started out as a political cartoonist for the Sioux City Journal and moved on to the Des Moines Register and later to the New York Globe. Though he won two Pulitzer Prizes,  it is his work in conservation that endures. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Sam Koltinsky, the producer of a new documentary exploring the life and work of Ding Darling. Then, Darling's grandson, Christopher Koss, shares his childhood memories of growing up with the artist.

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Horticulture Day: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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We spent the summer battling Japanese Beetles. We’re keeping a watchful eye out for the Emerald Ash Borer, and now there's a new invasive insect to deal with, the brown marmorated stink bug. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Entomologist Donald Lewis about this new pest and the recent reports of it located in Scott County.

Talk of Iowa
10:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Oxfam America and Chef José Andrés

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Approximately one out eight people in the world go hungry every day. The odds are good that you are not one of those people, but what you choose to put on your table can impact people everywhere. Talk of Iowa explores Oxfam America's GROW Method - 5 simple changes to how we buy, store and prepare our food that can improve food security around the world.

Talk of Iowa
11:30 am
Wed October 17, 2012

The Englert Centennial And An Unexpected Murder Mystery

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When the Englert Theater in Iowa City was built in 1912 it cost 60,000 dollars. The complete restoration of the theater, completed in 2004, cost 5 million dollars. Now at 100 many believe the Englert is priceless. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Englert Director Andre Perry to celebrate the centennial of the Englert Theatre. Then she explores the intersection where art and life collide with University of Iowa theater professor Eric Forsythe.

Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Wildlife Day: Owls

Barred owl
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If you go out for a walk on a crisp fall night you might hear an owl hooting in the darkness. The barred owl, great horned and screech owls are the three most common kinds of owls found in Iowa.

Charity Nebbe talks and hoots with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about the owls of Iowa from the common breeds to the more uncommon owl sightings.

Talk of Iowa
10:06 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mindless Eating

Why do you eat what you eat? You may think the decisions you make about what food you put in your mouth is entirely yours but Brian Wansink says you’re wrong and he can prove it. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wansink, a professor and director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University about eating habits. His research reveals how people’s diets can be influenced everyday on a variety of factors and how to use that information to eat less.

Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Horticulture Day: Organic Gardening

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The drought was hard on everyone this year and on today's Horticulture Day  Kathleen Delate, a horticulture professor at Iowa State University, talks about how organic crops fared. Then, she discusses the diversity of organic produce in the state and how producers are responding to a growing demand for locally grown food.

Talk of Iowa
10:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

"Janeane from Des Moines"

Jane Edith Wilson and Grace Lee
John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

Janeane from Des Moines follows the story of one Iowa voter as she tries to decide who she will support in the caucuses. This movie is not a documentary, Janeane is played by an actress but the candidates are real and there are moments in the film where the drama crosses the line from fiction into fact.

Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Midwest: God's Gift To Planet Earth

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Mike Draper discovered numerous misconceptions people held about Iowa when lived in New York. Now, the owner of Raygun talks about his new book “The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth.” The book explores the Midwest and the cultural contributions made by people from the region.

Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Farm Bill 2012

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The Farm Bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government. The comprehensive bill is passed every five years in Congress. Recently, Congress decided to postpone action on the new bill until after the November elections.

Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Autumn Harvest Round Up

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The dry, scorching summer has led to a cool and beautiful fall full of color, however, rain remains infrequent. Host Charity Nebbe talks with State Climatologist Harry Hillaker about the future impact weather conditions may have for future harvests.  Then, farmers from across the state share what their harvesting season has been like and what they hope for the next season.

Talk of Iowa
11:16 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Horticulture Day: Cover Crops

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This year’s harvest is nearly complete, but some gardeners and farmers are planting right now. Horticulturist Ajay Nair talks about cover crops, how to plant them, and what they can do for your soil. Then, Richard Jauron joins the conversation and he and Ajay answer listener questions.

Talk of Iowa
12:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Found Footage Festival and Carter Lake

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Thrift stores everywhere are brimming with dusty, old abandoned VHS tapes. Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are on a mission to rescue those relics. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the men behind the Found Footage Festival. Later in the hour, Carter Lake is an Iowa town located west of the Missouri River. We’ll find out how that happened.

Talk of Iowa
11:28 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Author Jim Autry

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All our lives we are taught to strive. For success, for wealth, for happiness… in his writings James Autry shows us that we may already have more than we think. Talk of Iowa talks about gratitude with Autry and his latest book, Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have.

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Healthy Changes For School Lunches

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This year school lunches got healthier. Host Charity Nebbe talks about the changes to the school lunch program and finds out how those changes have been received in the lunch room. Then, Jan Temple  talks about the  “Pick a Better Snack” program, an effort to give kids the knowledge they need to make better choices.

Talk of Iowa
11:19 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Horticulture Day: Autumn Color Season

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Spring came early this year, summer arrived and hit us hard, and now autumn is doing its thing. It's Horticulture Day and Forester Mark Vitosh will be here. He talks about how the long, hot dry summer has affected trees and how the fall color season is shaping up.

Talk of Iowa
11:33 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Rural Iowa Literature and Scott Siepker

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Ferner Nuhn, Ruth Suckow, Bess Streader Aldridge... the names of Iowa authors whose books have long gone out of print. A new website, Rural Lit RALLY is doing its best to make sure that they are not forgotten. Talk of Iowa rediscovers some works of literature from rural Iowa.

Also, "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker discusses his two new Iowa videos - "Cyclone Nice" and "Hawkeye Nice" with Charity Nebbe.

Talk of Iowa
11:12 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Stew And The Negro Problem

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Over a year ago the band “Stew and the Negro Problem” visited Iowa City to learn about the town and write songs based on their observations. Now they’re back in town and are going to perform the songs they've created. Host Charity Nebbe talks with band member Mark Stewart, "Stew", about his songs which were inspired by the black angel, flooding, and a local book shop.

Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Quilting in Iowa

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Since the early days of settlement Iowa women have demonstrated their skill, expressed their creativity, and kept their families warm through making quilts. Talk of Iowa explores the history of quilting and talks with representatives of the Iowa Quilter's Guild and the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum and what their parts are in keeping the art of quilting alive.

Talk of Iowa
11:37 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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More than 14,000 women in the United States die from Ovarian cancer every year. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jodie Kavensky, from Davenport, who lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer. Kavensky is now dedicating her life to raising awareness about this deadly disease through the NormaLeah Foundation. Then, two Ovarian cancer survivors, Kerri Stevens and Laura Shawver, share their personal stories.

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