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
10:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mourning in the Digital Age

Graveyard
Emily Woodbury

Former Paullina, Iowa resident Kenneth Weishuhn committed suicide earlier this year after being bullied as a result of his sexuality. Brynn Bilou, a 12-year-old from Canada, created a memorial page without ever knowing Kenneth.

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Traveling Across Iowa's 99 Counties

Connie and Carson Ode
Iowa Library Services

In 2008, Carson and Connie Ode traveled the state of Iowa county by county. In 2010 and 2011 they went to as many Iowa celebrations and festivals as they could.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with the Des Moines couple about their two books on their travels through Iowa called, IOWA—Spaces, Places, Faces and Celebrate IOWA.

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Talk of Iowa
9:31 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Kenny Salwey: The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, d. 1981
Kenny Salwey

On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll listen back to host Charity Nebbe's interview with the "last river rat" Kenny Salwey, who lives along the upper Mississippi River.

He hunts, fishes, traps, and writes; while he lives off the land in a cabin he built with his own two hands. He talks about the river he’s built his life around, and his latest book, "Muskrat for Supper."

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Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Remembering "Dear Abby"

Pauline Phillips, advice columnist for "Dear Abby", was best known to all of her readers as Abagail VanBuren.

Before the age of confessional interviews and reality television the newspaper columns of twin sisters from Sioux City, Iowa gave readers a glimpse behind closed doors and some sound advice. Charity Nebbe talks with several from Sioux City to remember the sisters who were known to all as Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers.

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Talk of Iowa
1:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Middle Childhood

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Middle childhood is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. It’s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Fern Kupfer: Leaving Long Island

Fern Kupfer’s latest book is a memoir that transports readers to Long Island in the 1950s. Charity Nebbe talks with the Ames author as she reflects on past experiences in her life, including the period she discovered she was BRCA positive, a genetic marker for cancer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Conserving Iowa's Wild Lands

Pine Lake state park in Eldora, IA.
josquin2000 / Flickr

Iowa is not known for its wild places, only one state in the nation has a smaller percentage of public land than we do. Members from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Nature Conservancy and Iowa DNR join host Charity Nebbe to discuss what work is being done by conservation organizations in Iowa to preserve our wild places and to create new ones.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Horticulture Day

Daniel X. O'Neil Flickr

Super Bowl 47 is coming up on February 3 and on game day a horticulture student from Iowa State University will be on the sidelines. Charity Nebbe talks with Kevin Hansen about his turf management internship at the Super Bowl. Then, Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

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Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North American English Dialects

Dialects of English in the United States.
Jeff McNeill / Flickr

Here in Iowa we like to believe that we don’t have an accent, but Iowans do have a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe talks about regional dialects with academic Aaron Dinkin and folk historian Tom Morain. We find out how we came to speak the way we do, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Training to Run

Johannes Ouendag Flickr

Charity Nebbe talks with runners from across the state as they share their tips on how to train for any race, whether it's a 5k or a marathon. They'll also talk about how to prevent injury and the trend in minimalist running.

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Talk of Iowa
1:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Condition of the State Address

Governor Terry Branstad giving his Condition of the State address
John Pemble

Governor Terry Branstad gives his condition of the state address which is analyzed by IPR's Joyce Russell, live from the law library at the capitol in Des Moines, and Iowa State University's David Peterson, who is also the head of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy and professor of political science.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Mon January 14, 2013

The Power Of Compliments

Franco Flickr

Everyone can appreciate a sincere compliment and a few high school students in Iowa City are embracing that truth. Charity Nebbe talks with the West High Bros about their efforts to make their school a better place. Then we explore the power of kindness and positive thinking.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Fri January 11, 2013

The Readers' Watchdog and Weird Iowa News

John S Flickr

People who have problems they can’t solve often turn to Lee Rood. She has written The Readers’ Watchdog column for the Des Moines Register for over the past year. Charity Nebbe talks  with her about the problems she’s helped solve and the lessons she’s learned.
Then,  Brian Morelli, associate regional editor for Iowa Patch, shares the weird Iowa news he’s collected.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Using Vacation Days to Combat Stress

A stressed out women.
College Degrees 360 / Flickr

Our bodies tell us when we’re stressed. Shoulder tension, eye twitch, insomnia... and for some of us the physical effects of stress can be downright dangerous. Host Charity Nebbe talks about our cultural reluctance to take time out or time off, and we’ll find out about the importance of listening to our bodies and using our vacation days.

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Talk of Iowa
11:27 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Budding Biologist: Science Books For Kids

Tim Pierce Flickr

Have you ever been snuggled up with a kid, reading a cute book and run across a glaring factual error? It was just that experience that inspired  two moms to create scientifically accurate books for kids. Charity Nebbe talks with the women behind the “Budding Biologist” series, and about fact checking books for kids.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow

Rabbit in the snow.
Conrad Kuiper / Flickr

When snow covers the ground the world looks as if it is sleeping under a blanket of white, but life does go on. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow and  how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals. 

Pease also discusses how snow is an insulator and a boon to wildlife for keeping warm and how even some amphibians benefit from the snow.

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Baby Names

Michael Sarver Flickr

What does your name say about you? What does the name you give you child mean for them?  Charity Nebbe talks about names with Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of babynames.com and English Language expert Patricia O’Connor. Then, listeners share the stories behind their names.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Horticulture Day: Garden Resolutions

Alexandre Dulaunoy Flickr

It's the first Horticulture Day of the new year and Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis share their garden resolutions for the coming year. Listeners also weigh in on what they look forward to planting in their yards and gardens this spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Home Improvement: New Year's Resolutions

A home space cleanly organized.
Efren Rodriguez / Flickr

Lose weight, save money, get organized...how about jazzing up your list of New Year's resolutions with some resolutions for your house?  On today's  home improvement day, expert Bill McAnally has made a list of home improvement resolutions he thinks you should consider this new year!

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Same-Sex Couples In Iowa

Jeff Belmonte Flickr

When same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa the state became a wedding destination, but some same-sex couples wanted more than just a marriage license. Charity Nebbe talks with couples who moved to Iowa in their search for marriage equality.

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Talk of Iowa
10:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Season's Griot

This annual one-hour special captures the spirit of Kwanzaa and the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s program is hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Llyod Wilson and features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original poems. Storyteller Linda Goss entertains with plenty of music, and poet laureate Beverly Fields Burnette reads from her own work.

Talk of Iowa
9:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Evelyn Birkby: Always Put In A Recipe

Evelyn and Charity at the Iowa City Book Festival

In 1949 Evelyn Birkby began writing a weekly column for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel.  Her editor told her to include a recipe every week in her columns -- and she did -- even though she couldn’t cook. Listen back to Charity Nebbe's conversation with Evelyn Birkby about her life and her book, “Always Put in a Recipe.”

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Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Janiva Magness: Stronger For It

Emily Woodbury / IPR

Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues.  Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, "Stronger For It". Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation host Charity Nebbe had with Magness, about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

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Talk of Iowa
12:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

How do Iowans use meditation?

There are several recent studies showing how meditation can help fight cancer, PTSD, learning disabilities, as well as everyday physical and mental ailments. Host Charity Nebbe talks with meditators across the state to find out how the practice of meditation impacts their lives. Charity also talks with Dr. Luke Hansen about how stress affects the body and why meditation is an effective method to fight pain.

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Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup

A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages.

Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Doug Brown Reads"A Christmas Carol"

Doug Brown, Iowa Public Radio’s beloved voice for 37 years, reads a rendition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Talk of Iowa
11:10 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Heartwarming Stories of Life-changing Relationships

Darwin Bell Flickr

Sometimes an action by one person can have a profound and wonderful effect on the life of another. Charity Nebbe talks with four people who share their stories of how someone else changed their life. They share stories of supportive and inventive mother, an inspiring artist, an organ donor and a loving husband.

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Talk of Iowa
9:40 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Nancy Sprowell Geise & John Forssman

'The Eighth Sea' book cover
Nancy Sprowell Geise

As a child growing up in Ames Nancy Sprowell Geise struggled with severe dyslexia...she was even held back a year in school. Now, she's published her first novel. The novel is called, "The Eighth Sea." It's a sweeping historical romance with twists and turns, but the story of how the novel came to be is equally as compelling.

After years of discouragement in school, in 1978 Geise found herself in the high school English class of John Forssman. Charity Nebbe talks with them both about how Mr. Forssman changed Geise's life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Wolves of Isle Royale and Wolf 832

Dennis Matheson Flickr

Wolf 832, one of the most recognized and beloved wolves in Yellowstone, was recently shot and killed legally by a hunter. Charity Nebbe talks with Rolf Peterson, a scientist on Isle Royale, about his research and the wolf population on Isle Royale in Michigan. He talks about the future for the species and human induced population control.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Holidays and the Dysfunctional Family

'The Home for the Friendless' book cover
Betty Auchard

The holidays bring families together, that's a good thing. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Charity Nebbe celebrates the holiday's dysfunctional family style with a survivor of a dysfunctional family, author Betty Auchard, and family therapist Volker Thomas.

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