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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How much do you really know about where you food comes from? Could you grow enough food to sustain yourself and your family in a garden?

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For years the common wisdom was that kids need to sit still and listen in order to concentrate. New research suggests that's not the case.

For the first year of his life, John Reichard lived in a house where university students cared for him. They called him "Baby Ned."

A persistent pooch named Sissy snuck out of her Cedar Rapids home on Friday morning, in a quest to find her owner.

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Most flowers travel thousands of miles each year  before being sold for Valentine’s Day.

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The book “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus” popularized the idea that men and women are as different as night and day. But Iowa State University Psychologist Zlatan Krizan says we’re a lot more alike than different.

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The groundhog predicted six weeks of winter, and that means six more weeks to plan for spring.

Sally Stein

Cooking can be intimidating, especially in an era of triumphant food photos on Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs.

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Cell phones have undeniably changed the way we communicate with one another.

Darwin Day

Jan 29, 2015
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Charles Darwin has a birthday next month, and science lovers all over the world will take time to celebrate the man who unraveled so many of the mysteries surrounding our origins, and those of our fellow animals.

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Euphemisms can be used for many purposes, but perhaps none more useful than substituting for swear words.

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In his new book, author Robert Waggoner argues that lucid dreaming is not only useful, but also simple to learn.

Just because its January, doesn't mean there aren't flowers in bloom. 

J. Stephen Conn

While many see the Ten Commandments as a simple and powerful set of laws to live by; they are also a lightning rod for controversy in this country.

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When a raindrop falls into the headwaters of the Mississippi River, it spends the next 90 days making its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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A radical home makeover makes for great tv, but the projects on home improvement shows aren’t always what they seem.  

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Janna Graber never considered international travel until she met Iowa native, Melanie Zepeda.

Shortly before Denny Henrich turned 50, he ran his first marathon. 

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Winter is the time we're most tempted to bundle up and stay inside. But sunlight and exercise can be our best natural allies for the winter blues.

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During the first year of his daughter's life, standup comedian Nathan Timmel missed a lot.

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Governor Branstad outlined his priorities for this year’s legislative session in a thirty minute Condition of the State speech Tuesday.

The U.S. Military lost more than 400,000 troops fighting in World War II. Frank Sandoval was one of them.

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When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, finding the right thing to say can feel paralyzing.

During this interview, an Oelwein author talks about her family's fight for survival in Nazi-run Austria during World War II.

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Monarch butterfly numbers have declined dramatically. Now it looks like they may be put on the Endangered Species List.

Set up the lead, stew in yr sugar and flower, and add two spoonfuls of sack. 

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Lillian Darr has stood in picket lines, hugged President Barack Obama and rubbed elbows with stars who were smeared by Hollywood’s Black List in the 1950s. 

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Not too long ago, the call of the Trumpeter Swan was unheard in Iowa; the last nesting pair was seen in 1883. But with concentrated effort from biologists and conservationists, the species has made a comeback in the state.

Do you get nervous on stage? How do you deal with the butterflies? 

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Before the Great Depression there was the farm recession, and times were tough for farm families in Iowa. 

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