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
11:07 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Gift Giving Books for Christmas

Stacks of books near Christmas tree
bricolagelife / Flickr

Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Wiessmiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City and Harley McIlrath of Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell. We find out about the best new books for giving and receiving this holiday season.

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Talk of Iowa
11:39 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Iowa's Trivia King and UFO Sightings

Jaarsma Bakery in Pella was started in 1898 and one of the oldest bakeries in the state.
Jaarsma Bakery Facebook

In the 1890's Iowans saw some strange things in the sky. Charity Nebbe talks with historian Steven Arts about Iowa’s UFO sightings. Then, if you’re looking for Iowa’s oldest water tower, Iowa’s oldest continuously operating hotel or if you just love Iowa trivia, Fred Stark is your man. Fred shares his extensive wealth of knowledge about the state.

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Talk of Iowa
2:11 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Iowa Thanksgiving Lore

Carmen, Los Angeles / flickr

Thanksgiving traditions may reach back to the Pilgrims, but Thanksgiving didn’t become an official holiday until 1863.  On today's Talk of Iowa, we explore the history of Thanksgiving.  We find out how the holiday was celebrated during the Civil War, how Iowans made it their own and, of course, we’ll talk about food! 

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Talk of Iowa
11:07 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Native American Activist Maria Pearson

Iowa Governor Robert Ray is pictured with Maria Pearson and her husband, John.
Ames Historical Society website

In 1971, a highway crew uncovered the bones of 28 people: Twenty-six were Caucasian. These remains were moved and reburied. Two were Native American. Their bones were sent to the Office of the State Archeologist.

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Talk of Iowa
2:43 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Shopping Local for the Holidays

Plaque from Iowa City's "White Rabbit"
What a Load of Craft / Facebook

In these days of one-click shopping, the idea of local shopping may, as nice as it sounds, be a little overwhelming. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll talk about buying locally grown foods for the holiday table and buying the gifts on your list from Iowa merchants. We’ll also look at the economics of buying close to home.

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Fri November 16, 2012

An Entomologist Thanksgiving

Max Westby Flickr

This time of year many of us take time to think about the things we are thankful for. Entomologist Donald Lewis is no different.Charity Nebbe celebrates an entomologists Thanksgiving with Donald Lewis and Horticulturist Richard Jauron. Lewis talks about why we should all be thankful for the insects we share our planet with.

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Talk of Iowa
11:10 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Farmscape & Spring Awakening

Farmscape
Ben Garland / Flickr

The play "Farmscape" gives us a glimpse into many different aspects of the changing rural environment. Talk of Iowa talks with Mary Swander who wrote "Farmscape" along with a class of MFA students from Iowa State University. And we’ll meet the man, Duncan Sheik, who wrote the music for the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" and find out about the University of Iowa's production.

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Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Jewish Culture's Influence On Comic Books

Gilad Rom Flickr

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
11:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Wildlife Day: Game Birds

Wild turkey
Nano Maus / Flickr

A turkey in the straw, a partridge in a pear tree, and a pheasant in the field. Talk of Iowa's wildlife biologist Jim Pease discusses Iowa’s game birds. The ones we see, like turkeys and pheasants, and the ones that we don’t see much of any more, like rough legged grouse and prairie chickens.

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Talk of Iowa
12:42 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Davy Rothbart

When you see a crumpled up piece of paper on the ground, pick it up and read it because you may just find something wonderful. Davy Rothbart first became well known for sharing notes he discovered in Found Magazine,  and now he’s sharing his romantic misadventures.  Charity Nebbe talks with him about his new book, My Heart is an Idiot.

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Talk of Iowa
11:19 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Protecting Plants Through The Winter

Francesco Scaglioni Flickr

We just spent the summer trying to keep our plants alive through the drought, now it’s time to think about how to keep them alive through the winter. Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturist Richard Jauron and Aaron Stile of Reiman Gardens to talk about protecting your plants from cold and critters and answer your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Veterans' Stories in "Telling: Des Moines"

Veteran Steve Hyde in IPR's Des Moines studio
John Pemble / IPR

For those of us who haven't served in the military, it's hard to imagine what it must be like. A new theatrical performance called, "Telling: Des Moines" gives Iowa veterans and change for them to share their stories and gives the audience and opportunity to understand the experience.

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries is a movement to bring communities together through donating and sharing books. In response, people across the globe have built little repositories to house the books to share with their neighbors.

Charity Nebbe talks with the program’s founder Todd Bol and co-founder Rick Brooks about the growth of the program and the effort being made to establish Little Free Libraries throughout Iowa. Then, two Iowans who have already built the little libraries in their own neighborhoods share how the effort has impacted their community.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Close Elections in US History

Vintage presidential buttons
Christian Montone / Flickr

We all remember how George Bush defeated Al Gore by 269 votes in 2000, but how about when Grover Cleveland edged out James Blaine in the election of 1884, an ugly campaign that was the beginning of modern mudslinging. In this tight election year we’ll look back at other hard won presidential elections in our history with guests Tim Walch, former director of the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and Cary Covington, a University of Iowa professor of political science.

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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

Theresa Wysocki Flickr

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

Elizabeth Thomsen / Flickr

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
Prairie Lights Facebook

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

John Iwanski Flickr

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
Douglas Porter / Flickr

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

Zane Williams Facebook

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

Deb Stgo / Flickr

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

Penn State Flickr

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

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

The Englert Facebook

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
Denis-Carl Robidoux / Flickr

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.

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