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
11:00 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks to us live from a builder's conference at Kirkwood Community College about some new green building ideas. He'll have some home weatherization tips as well. Dave Hade of Iowa Homecrafters joins Bill and IPR's Charity Nebbe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

This month, wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames discusses "Goose Reflections on Iowa's History," including the various species of geese that frequent Iowa Canada, Snow, and White-Fronted, and how their histories reflect our impacts on the landscape. We'll talk about wetlands, streams and rivers, what's happened to them and how that has impacted goose populations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 12, 2010

David Plowden

We welcome back to Iowa Public Radio, renowned photographer and author David Plowden. His new books is a reverent tribute to the steam era, "Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden" (W.W. Norton & Co.).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Culturing Community/Possum Trot

Four new art exhibitions in Grinnell are designed to bring the community into the gallery in more ways that one. We'll talk to three of the people behind "Culturing Community: Projects about Place," Lesley Wright and Lee Emma Running of Grinnell College and Jane Gilmor of Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Later in the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with J. Harley McIlrath of Grinnell, author of the new book, "Possum Trot," stories of the family farm and the small town.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 8, 2010

Hort Friday

This week, we welcome back Iowa State horticulture professor Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. We'll discuss fall garden chores such as over-wintering geraniums, planting spring-flowering bulbs, planting trees and shrubs and harvesting and storing squash.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Technology Day with Jeff Balvanz

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz. From Foursquare to Skype, from BlackBerry to You Tube, we'll have a wide-ranging discussion and of course, take your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Train to Nowhere/Luis Argueta

When the bodies of 11 Central Americans and Mexicans were found inside a boxcar in Denison, the nation took notice. The documentary, "Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation," looks into the 2002 deaths of the eleven undocumented immigrants. We'll talk to the director, Paul Kakert of Davenport and the writer and co-producer, Colleen Krantz of Adel. Later, Charity Nebbe speaks with Guatamalan-born filmmaker Luis Argueta. His new documentary is "Abused: The Postville (Iowa) Raid."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 5, 2010

"It Gets Better" Project

The "It Gets Better" Project is inspired by the suicide of 15-year-old Indiana teenager Billy Lucas, who hanged himself in his family's barn after enduring bullying from his classmates. Writer Dan Savage is reaching out to LGBT teenagers to let them know life may be difficult now, but "it gets better." IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Savage; Ryan Roemerman of the Iowa Pride Network; and Jeremy Youde of the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Agritourism

Turning the farm into a destination, agritoursim is growing in Iowa. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Marsha Laux, who is promoting a five-county region in Southeast Iowa; Malinda Geisler of Geisler Family Farms of Bondurant; and Kathy Hohl, co-owner of Kathy's Pumpkin Patch of Donnellson.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 1, 2010

Iowa Apples on Horticulture Friday

On our "Hort Friday" broadcast, Iowa State University horticulturalists tell us about the fall Iowa apple harvest, the history of apple-growing in the state, and how to best store what you've picked.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Greener Homes for Iowa

We'd all love for our homes to be "green" and have the utility company pay US. But how practical is it for a homeowner to install and pay for solar panels, geothermal systems or even a wind turbine? We'll talk to Keith Kutz of the Iowa Energy Center in Ames; Carole Yates of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa; and Carole's husband Jack Yates, a psychology professor at UNI who has installed two solar systems on their home and had geothermal installed last year.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 29, 2010

Blossom Project/Healthy Foods for Kids

Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Christina Campbell of Iowa State University about her "Blossom Project," an effort to improve the diet and exercise habits of pregnant women so they can give birth to healthier babies. Later, we'll hear from Prof. Irwin Levin of the University of Iowa. His latest research is about parents' tendencies to buy less healthy foods for their kids than for themselves.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Triumph and Tragedy

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Mike Chapman of Newton, author of the new book "Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright (Culture House Books).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, discusses her new novel, "All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost," a portrait of people caught up in the drive to write and of the personal bargains and self-deceptions that such an ambition can entail.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Fall is here and we'll talk about why and how leaves change color, the best places to see fall colors and some ways to get fall colors in your backyard. Guests are Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Mary Helen Stefaniak

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa City writer Mary Helen Stefaniak. Her new novel is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" (W.W. Norton). The story from the heart of 1930s-era Threestep, Georgia, manages to include stop-offs in 1775 Baghdad and 1864 Savannah along the way, loosely following the tradition of The Thousand and One Nights.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 22, 2010

From the Top/Guy Raz

NPR's From the Top, the showcase for young musicians, is presenting two programs in Iowa next month, both featuring 17-year-old Justin Moser, an alto saxophonist from Iowa City. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Moser and his tutor, Jane Williams, of the Jane Williams Saxophone Studio in Coralville. Later on the program, we'll talk to NPR's Guy Raz, the host of Weekend All Things Considered, about the program's popular "Three-Minute Fiction" contest, which will judged in part by students from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 21, 2010

The Complex Dynamics of Alcoholism

For Recovery Month 2010, the Powell Chemical Dependency Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines are presenting the play "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," from StageWest Theatre. The play is the story of the two men, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon. We talk to Dr. David Kaptain, Program Manager of the Center and "Bob," a member of the 12-step community and an AA and Alanon historian.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Alternative Sports in Iowa

Iowa is third in the nation in the number of Frisbee Golf courses. Is Iowa a "frolfing" hotspot? We'll hear from professional disc golfer Tanner Duncan. Iowa State University is said to have the most programs in intramural sports of any university in the nation. Garry Greenlee, associate director of intramural sports at ISU, explains the popularity of curling, broomball and Texas Hold'em. Finally, we hear from Austin Bayliss, the 23-year old owner and ringmaster of the Central Empire Wrestling Academy in Wellman, Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Hort Gang

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension, and Prof. Jeff Iles, head of the Horticulture Dept. at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Bonnie Rough

A graduate of the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, Bonnie Rough's new book is "Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA." Rough is a carrier of a rare genetic condition, hypohidriotic ectodermal dysplasia or HED. The memoir deals with modern medical science and the choices it offers new parents.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Peter Buffett/Scott Simon

The guest for the first part of the program is the son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who talks to IPR's Charity Nebbe about his recent memoir "Life is What You Make It." In the second half-hour, Charity speaks with NPR's Scott Simon. The beloved host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" has a new book: "Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, is Charity Nebbe's guest. This time, it's "Do the Shuffle!" not a new dance, but the annual mass movement of critters each fall.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 13, 2010

American Terroir/A Taste of Heaven

Terroir, a French term usually associated with wine, is what James Beard Award winning author Rowan Jacobsen defines as "foods that are what they are because of where they come from." IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Jacobsen and another food-writer, Madeline Scherb, author of "A Taste of Heaven, a Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns," which includes a section on Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (near Dubuque).

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Dave Minner and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University talk to Charity Nebbe and answer your questions about fall lawn care and other topics.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement guru, answers your questions. Topics include getting ready for frost and frozen ground and what happens if we pressure wash our houses to prep for these last warm painting days.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Ape House: a Novel

Writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of her research for her new novel at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines. Gruen says most of the conversations between the bonobos and humans in Ape House are based on actual conversations with great apes, including Koko, Washoe, Booey, Kanzi, and Panbanisha.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Word Maven

Iowa native Patrica O'Conner, author of "Words Fail Me" and other language books, returns to the program with Charity Nebbe to talk about our use and misuse of the English language. One of the hour's topics will be Midwest colloquialisms.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Kathleen Delate are Charity Nebbe's guests. They'll begin with a discussion of organic and sustainable horticultural practices.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Technology Day

Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz joins IPR's Charity Nebbe for a technology update, and of course, we welcome your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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