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
Tue November 9, 2010

Ape House: a Novel

In an archive program, writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of the 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
Mon November 8, 2010

Russell Valentino/Kee Malesky

Today, we hear about a University of Iowa professor's quest to save a rare and dying Romance language, Rovignese, spoken by a dwindling number of people in a part of Croatia. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Russell Valentino and later with NPR's librarian Kee Malesky. Her first book is just out, "All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Hort Day/Green Roofs

A roof can be so much more than tarpaper and shingles. This hour, we'll look at green roof technology, discuss the benefits of such a roof and find out how you build one. Plus, we'll take your questions about the plants in your life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Grant Wood: A Life

Much about Grant Wood's patriotism and masculinity has been read into "American Gothic," with its pitchfork-holding farmer and his dour companion standing in front of an Eldon, Iowa farmhouse. R. Tripp Evans, an art historian at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, argues that even more has been misread, overshadowing Wood's rich and varied artistic career. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Evans, author of the new book, "Grant Wood: A Life." (Knopf)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Fall Books

'Tis the season for great new books.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Anniversary of the 150th Start of the Civil War

Seven score, 10 years and one day ago our forefathers declared war. We mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War with a conversation about the days leading up to the outbreak of war, the role that Iowans played in the war and the politics surrounding it. Guests are historians Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni and Adam Goodheart of Washington College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Reclaim Your Holidays

The holiday season is on its way. If your holidays revolve around frantic trips to the mall instead of time spent with family and friends this Talk of Iowa is for you. Charity Nebbe will talk about ways to "Reclaim Your Holidays" make them more meaningful, easier on you and easier on the environment. Guests include Carol Yates of the Univ. of Northern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Sarah Vowell/Carl Klaus

Sarah Vowell has been entertaining public radio listeners since 1996. Through her books she's taken readers on bizarre and enlightening journeys through history. IPR's Charity Nebbe will talk to Vowell, who will be speaking in Des Moines on Nov. 1. Later, Charity speaks with Univ. of Iowa emeritus English Professor Carl Klaus, author of the new book "The Made Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay." (Univ. of Iowa Press)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Organic Farming/Sustainability Program/Gene Logsdon

This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe takes a look at the upcoming 10th Annual Organic Conference at Iowa State University. We'll hear from Kathleen Delate, a professor of Agronomy and Horticulture and Extension Organic Specialist at Iowa State. Later, we'll speak with Linda Barnes, the coordinator for the Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Agriculture program at Marshalltown Community College about how the program helps introduce new farmers to the organic farming process. Finally, Charity will interview Gene Logsdon, author of "Holy S**t: Managing Manure to Save Mankind."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Driftless/Growing Up Country

This hour, we talk to Danny Wilcox Frazier, an Iowa freelance photographer about his documentary "Driftless," which investigates the death of family farming in Iowa. Later, Charity Nebbe speaks with Carol Bodensteiner of Des Moines, author of "Growing Up Country."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Life After Cancer

When surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments have ended, cancer survivors must live with the possibility of the disease returning. We'll discuss diet and lifestyle changes and the emotional toll of living with the fear of recurrence. Guests from the St. Luke's Cancer Wellness Program in Cedar Rapids include Amy Ganske, Emi Chapman and Matt Schmitz.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 25, 2010

History of Dissent in Iowa

A number of political theorists have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent. We'll look at two eras in Iowa's history where dissenters have flourished: the Civil War and the Vietnam War.University of Northern Iowa History Professor Wallace Hettle will look at the abolitionists and the Copperheads or Peace Democrats of the mid-19th century; and John Johnson, also a UNI History Professor, will discuss examples of dissent to the Vietnam War and the importance of the Supreme Court decision in the case "Tinker v. Des Moines."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Hort Friday

We welcome Dr. Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and Dr. Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist. A major topic will be the "creepy-crawlies" that try to make their way indoors as the weather turns colder.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Word Maven

We welcome "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner to the program. Should people who love English get all hot and bothered when the language changes? O'Conner, author of a number of best-selling language books, will discuss how English changes and why and she'll have lots of examples.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Dewey's Nine Lives

For 19 years Dewey the cat made friends, warmed hearts and changed lives at the Spencer public library. Even after his death, Dewey’s story has touched hundreds of thousands of people. In her new book Vicki Myron tells two new stories about Dewey and the tales of many other remarkable cats. We'll talk to Myron and Carol Griglione, cat behavior expert and President of the Board of the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Iowa's Hiking and Water Trails

Before it gets too cold, it might be a great time to explore Iowa's great outdoors. We'll find out about exploring Iowa on land and water and hear about the best places to hike and canoe or kayak. Guests include Elizabeth Hill, author of "Hiking Iowa" and Todd Robertson, Outreach Coordinator for River Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Gordon Grice

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Wisconsin author Gordon Grice, author of the new book "Deadly Kingdom," a compendium of animal predation.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowans feed the world, but 85% of the food that Iowans eat comes from outside the state. It’s Horticulture Day and we’re going to talk about growing horticultural crops in the state and the demand for local food. Guests are Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve from Iowa State University.

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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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