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Charity Nebbe

Host: Talk of Iowa

Charity Nebbe became the host of Talk of Iowa in 2010. It was a homecoming for her as she moved back to her native state. 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 as a host and producer at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor.

In addition to her award winning radio work Charity is also the host of Iowa Ingredient on Iowa Public Television and the author of the children's book “Our Walk in the Woods,” published in 2008. Charity is co-founder of Let Me Run Eastern Iowa Corridor, a character development and running program for boys.

Contact Charity at cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org.

  • 2020 was a record year for liquor sales across the state, even with people spending less time at bars and restaurants.
  • An increased emphasis on outdoor activities has been a rare silver lining to an otherwise difficult year dominated by the pandemic. But as the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, it’s easy to retreat inside and shelve outdoor activities until spring returns. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, four winter enthusiasts challenge you to put on your boots, grab your wooly hat and embrace winter for all it has to offer
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Little Heathens" with historians Pamela Riney Kehrberg, of Iowa State University, Lindsey Smith of Living History Farms and Trisha Hicks of the State Library of Iowa.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Crossing to Safety" with author and academic Dean Bakopoulos of Grinnell College, Michael Knock, a historian who teaches at Clarke University in Dubuque and retired broadcaster Karen Bryan.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "The Mothers" with Shanna Benjamin, an independent scholar with a specialization in Black women writers; Roslin Thompson, library director at Knoxville Public Library and poet Emily Spencer.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Storm Lake" with author Art Cullen, anthropologist and journalist Robert Leonard and political scientist Rene Rocha.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Birchbark House" with Brent Criswell, an elementary school teacher, Sarah Uthoff, a Laura Ingalls Wilder expert and Christine Nobiss, an indigenous rights activist.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Delights and Shadows" with three Iowa poets, including Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart, Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey, and Paul Brooke.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Eligible" with author Curtis Sittenfeld and expert reader Jan Weissmiller of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "A Sand County Almanac" with Leopold biographer Curt Meine, environmental economist Silvia Secchi and wildlife biologist Jim Pease.