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
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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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 1, 2010

Movie Day

Film critics Loring Silet and Tom Beell of Iowa State University join IPR's Rob Dillard to look at the summer movie season.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Horticulture Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Teacher of the Year/Letters About Literature/Beth Brown

This hour, we talk to Iowa's second national Teacher of the Year winner, Don Dye of the Belmond Klemme High School. Also on the program, Austin Helmink, a freshman at Spencer High School, talks about his national award in the Letters About Literature contest. Finally, one of Iowa's great "birders," Beth Brown of Osceola, gives us an update on what birds she's seeing this spring.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 26, 2010

Politics Wednesday

This week, IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl speaks with Bruce Gronbeck, an expert in political communication at the University of Iowa and Arnie Arnesen, political pundit from New Hampshire.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Fishing Map/Rain Barrels/Credit Cards

Three topics on this hour's program: We'll find out about the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources' new interactive web site that shows where the fish are biting; then Jan Aiels of the Indian Creek Nature Center talks about the many advantages of collecting rainwater with a "Moby" rain barrel; and then Dr. Tahira Hira of Iowa State University explains the new web site "Money Sense," which she has developed with the New York Stock Exchange, there's advice for consumers on how to manage credit card usage.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Hort Gang Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Radon/Dog Bites/Iowa Youth Diaries

An interview with University of Iowa environmental health expert Dr. R. William Field begins this eclectic hour. Dr. Field discusses a recent report from the President's Cancer Panel that says radon is an underestimated cancer risk that needs to be better addressed. Next we hear from Mick McAuliffe of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa about the increasing number of reported dog bite cases. In segment three, Kathrine Moermond and University of Iowa student assistant Molly Moser talk about the "Iowa Youth Diaries" exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl hosts a political update with analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arneson of New Hampshire.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Concurrent Sexual Partnerships/The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Univ. of Iowa Sociology Professor Anthony Paik about his recent study on the potential dangers of "hooking up" with a stranger or acquaintance. Later, we hear about the nation's newest "teaching" hotel about to open in Cedar Rapids. "The Hotel at Kirkwood Center" will be one of only seven such facilities in the nation, designed to train students in Hospitality Arts programs. We hear from Lee Belfield, Melanie Ewalt and Jean Rogers.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Eleanor Catton/Iowa Ballooning

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Eleanor Catton. The 2010 University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate has a highly-acclaimed debut novel, "The Rehearsal." Later we hear from Becky Wigeland and Dennis Nicholson, co-authors of the new book, "Indianola: Ballooning Capital of Iowa."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 14, 2010

"Hort" Friday

Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University's Horticulture staff are on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge is back in our studio to answer your home repair and remodeling questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's our weekly political hour, joining IPR's Jonathan Ahl are Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Dr. Jim Pease, emeritus professor at Iowa State, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about "Hairy Wetland Critters," otters, mink, beaver and muskrats and their roles in Iowa's wetlands. Of course we're live and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Blue Waters/Blank Park Zoo/Bonnie Koloc

An eclectic hour: IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Prof. Monica Lamm of Iowa State University as she gets set to use the world's fastest computer called "Blue Waters," and Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, as they try to find a name for their baby dromedary camel. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with legendary singer/songwriter Bonnie Koloc. Koloc grew up in Waterloo and has a new album, "Beginnings," from recently discovered tapes recorded in 1969.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Two members of the Iowa State University "Hort Gang," Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve speak with IPR's Julie Englander and take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Tech Day

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz, and we'll take your calls. Why the E-Waste industry loves the iPad, is there really a cyberwar?, and Apple, the App Store and antitrust, are some of the topics we'll discuss.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Political pundits Arnie Arneson and Steffen Schmidt with IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 4, 2010

"Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner

Language expert and Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Origins of the Specious" and other word books, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about more language myths and misconceptions. And we'll welcome your questions and comments.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling/Yogi Reppmann

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher from Johnston, who last week was named the National Teacher of the Year. Later, a conversation with historian "Yogi" Reppmann, author of the new book, "Triumph of Will: Printer's Boy to Publisher: the Remarkable Story of German Immigrant Henry Finnern" (Hesperian Press)

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State University "Hort Gang" members Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis (entomologist) speak with listeners, hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 29, 2010

Kathryn Stockett/Robert Bluestone

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling "The Help," a debut novel woven around compelling stories about black maids raising white children set in Jackson, MS in the early 1960s. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with Robert Bluestone, creativity expert and co-founder with his wife of "Woven Harmony."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Iowa State University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen join IPR's Jonathan Ahl. It's live and they'll take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Lucid Dreams: Illness and Cure

Since the time of Hippocrates, dreams have been valued for their ability to warn of an impending illness, prescribe cures and sometimes help heal the disease. We talk to Robert Waggoner of Des Moines, author of "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Spring Books

We'll hear about what books people are buying and our listeners are invited to call-in and tell us what they are reading. Guests will be Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines and Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Joel Best/Douglas Wood

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to renowned sociologist Joel Best, author of "Damned Lies and Statistics." Best is addressing the Iowa Sociological Association's annual meeting this week. Later, we hear from Minnesota's "renaissance man" Douglas Wood, an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, who is speaking and singing in Iowa this week as a guest of the Iowa Wildlife Center.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

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