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
Mon July 19, 2010

Amish Life in Iowa

Today, we hear from two Iowans, one who left the Amish community when he married in 1986 but still farms nearby; and the second an "outsider" who lives in a old schoolhouse in the middle of Amish country south of Iowa City. Charity Nebbe's guests are farmer Wayne Ropp and Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Hort Friday

Horticulture gang members Richard Jauron and Jennifer Bousselot of Iowa State University take your phone and e-mail questions. IPR's Charity Nebbe hosts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home Improvement Guru Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe and takes your calls. From concerns about drafty old windows to leaky basements during this wet summer, Bill will share his wisdom with IPR listeners.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Politics Wednesday

An hour of political chat, covering both Iowa and national issues. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen; Dianne Bystrom of Iowa State University and Todd Dorman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Second Annual Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, hosts its second annual Book Festival July 16-18. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to event co-director Kristi Bontrager; Jeanette Pilak, executive director, UNESCO City of Literature; and John Coy, 2010 Resident Author at the Iowa City Public Library.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Brain Drain in Iowa

Iowa is losing its young people. Young professionals in the state look elsewhere for opportunity and excitement. IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with guests about the problem of brain drain and what can and is being done to attract and retain young professionals in the state. Guests include: Bill Menner, State Director of Rural Development, Rachel Judisch, former chair of the Generation Iowa Commission and blogger Pete Jones, creator of desmoinesisnotboring.com.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 9, 2010

Horticulture Friday

IPR's Julie Englander hosts the program with Richard Jauron of the horticulture faculty at Iowa State University and Mark Vitosh of Iowa City, DNR District Forester.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 8, 2010

Roman Religion and the Cult of Diana/William Golding

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Carin and Peter Green, professors of Classics at the University of Iowa. Carin's new book is: "Roman Religion and the Cult of Diana at Aricia." Later, Peter Green will discuss his New Republic review of a new book about the life of author William Golding. The author of "Lord of the Flies" was a close friend of Green.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Politics Day

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen and Jason Clayworth, statehouse reporter for the Des Moines Register.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, gives us a refresher course on Iowa's herons, part of the "Colonial Waterbird Group." Also, we hear about this fall's referendum on the Iowa Constitutional Amendment called "IWiLL," the Iowa Water and Land Legacy.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander host Horticulture Friday with Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Technology Day with Jeff Balvanz

It's our monthly tech update with Jeff Balvanz, computer consultant at Iowa State University. The discussion will include the latest security issues, Iowa's new interactive broadband availability website and looking ahead to Windows 8, and lots more.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jeneane Beck takes up the wide world of politics with political pundit Arnie Arnesen and Drake University Professor Rachel Caufield.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Team PrISUm/Sen. Dennis Black, "Profiles of Valor"

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Pat Sanderson, an mechanical engineering major at Iowa State and Project Director of Team PrISUm. The group of students built "Anthelion," Iowa State's entry in the American Solar Challenge. Later, we hear from State Senator Dennis Black of Lynnville, his new book, "Profiles of Valor," tells the story of 56 men and one woman from Iowa who served in the Civil War. Sen. Black also tells us about his discovery of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence in the Iowa Historical Building.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Breathless: Jean Seberg

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Iowa author Garry McGee about his new biography of the late actress and Marshalltown native, Jean Seberg, who had roles in 37 films in the United States and Europe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Horticulture Day

Julie Englander hosts ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Extension Plant Pathologist Laura Jesse to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Film, Character and Gem Sweaters

Jonathan Ahl talks to Tanna Frederick one the founders of Clear Lake’s Annual Iowa Film Festival. The fourth festival happens July 16-18th. Then Amy Smit of Character Counts in Iowa tells us about the annual awards that honor Iowas who uphold the six pillars of character. In the second half, John Pemble talks to Ames artist Leslie Hall about her Des Moines Art Center exhibit featuring flamboyant gem sweaters, profile pictures and videos of her hip hop songs about crafting.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Politics Day

New Hampshire political analyst, Arnie Arnesen, and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Iowa, Bruce Gronbeck, join host Jeneane Beck for a discussion of the week's political news.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Dreams and Lucid Dreams of the Departed

Anthropologists have discovered that "visitation dreams" or dreams about the departed are part of almost every culture. While modern dream researchers find that visitation dreams represent less than one percent of dream reports, they note that dreams of the deceased can be unusually intense, vivid and emotionally meaningful. We talk with author, Robert Waggoner, about this curious, yet common phenomenon, of dreams and lucid dreams of the departed.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Hort Gang

Host Julie Englander talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and Extension Horticulturalist Richard Jauron. They'll examine the threat of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles plus take your comments and questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Keepers of the Trees

Host Julie Englander talks with author Ann Linnea. In her new book "Keepers of the Trees", Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests. Also joining the program is President and CEO of Marion-based Trees Forever Shannon Ramsay.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Host Jonathan Ahl breaks down President Obama's speech to the nation on the oil spill in the Gulf with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson, Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor of Political Communication Bruce Gronbeck.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Hort and Tree Friday

Mark Vitosh, D.N.R. District Forester and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University take your calls. IPR's Julie Englander hosts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Home Improvement Day with Bill McAnally

Home repair guru Bill McAnally speaks with IPR's Dennis Reese about fences and back-yard projects, and of course, we'll take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this day after the June primary election, IPR's Jonathan Ahl and Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen discuss the results.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

"Wild Parenting" is our topic for the hour with Iowa State University Emeritus Professor, Dr. Jim Pease. The parenting styles of our wild critters may surprise us, we'll have some tips about understanding and living with them.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Antique Roadshow/American Pickers

This hour, we hear about our fascination with antiquing. IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko about the show's upcoming visit to Iowa. Later, we hear from Mike Wolfe of LeClaire and his experiences as one of the History Channel's "American Pickers."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Hort Gang Friday

Things are growing like crazy, we'll hear about it from Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of the Iowa State University Horticulture staff.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Tech Day with Jeff Balvanz

It's technology day with Jeff Balvanz, computer consultant at Iowa State University. We'll hear more about the latest security issues including Facebook privacy concerns, iPad sales and overheating problems, and home internet speeds.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Politics Day

Iowa politics dominates the discussion with the June primary less that a week away. IRR's Jeneane Beck speaks with Rachel Caufield, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University and Arnie Arnesen, political commentator from New Hamphsire.

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