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
Wed November 24, 2010

Deborah Whaley/Tyler Hakes

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest sorority founded by African- American women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood like any other sorority, but this one was founded by a handful of women one generation out from slavery who wanted to make the most of their education and lives. We'll explore that history and the culture of black sororities today with Deborah Whaley, Prof.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Iowa College Basketball

Last minute buzzer beaters, Cinderella stories and nail-biters: there's all kind of drama on Iowa's basketball courts. We'll talk to three of the coaches, Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State, Ben Jacobson of U.N.I. and Lisa Bluder of the University of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Wicked River: the Mississippi

The Mississippi River has been dredged, shaped and changed. We'll travel back in time to when the river ran wild. Guests are Lee Sandlin author of "Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" (Pantheon Books) and Jerry Enzler, Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Hort Day

It's time to finish putting the garden to bed and try to wake up the Christmas Cactus. It's Horticulture Day, and we'll talk about prepping the garden for winter and taking care of holiday plants. We'll also take your calls. Joining IPR's Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of the Iowa State University Horticulture Department.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, gives us an update on mistakes to avoid in weatherization efforts and how to incorporate recycled materials and "green" methods in your weatherproofing projects.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Iowa Holiday Destinations and Activities

If you're planning a getaway over the holiday, think Iowa. Lori Erickson of Iowa City, author of "Iowa: Off the Beaten Path" (now in its ninth edition) and Shawna Lode of the Iowa Tourism Office share some of their favorite Iowa holiday tourist destinations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Grotesques in Iowa/The Living Nickelodeon

Next time you're walking around Des Moines, look up and you might see something interesting on some old buildings. We'll talk about the stone carvings of faces known as "grotesques" that adorn buildings around the world. The guest is Jan Fleming, author of "Grotesques in Des Moines..Iowa and Abroad." Later, University of Iowa professor Rick Altman will tell us about "The Living Nickelodeon," his presentation that relives the multimedia spectacles that characterized film exhibition during the two decades between the invention of cinema and the rise of feature films.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Wildlife Day

There was a time when it was a rare treat to spot a white tailed deer in Iowa. That treat is no longer rare. IPR's Charity Nebbe will talk with wildlife biologist Rebecca Christoffel of Iowa State University about the history of white tailed deer in our state, their place in the environment and our complicated relationship with them.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Horticulture Day/Christmas Trees

In a few short weeks many of us will participate in an ancient ritual by bringing an entire tree into the house. On this Horticulture day we'll talk about Christmas trees, choosing them and caring for them, and take your questions about the plants in your life. Guests are Mark Vitosh, District Forester at the Iowa DNR and Dr. Richard Jauron of the horticulture department at Iowa State University.

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

New Music

What music has moved you or gotten you moving in the past year?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Karen Stobbe on Caregiving

Karen Stobbe was an actress and director. When her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease she became a caregiver. In learning how to best care for her father, Stobbe's life in theater gave her tools she could use. She now travels the country sharing what she learned with others. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Stobbe, author of "Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh." She also speaks with Prof. Mercedes Bern-Klug, Prof. of Social Work and head of the Aging Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Find more information at www.in-themoment.com.

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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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