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Why men avoid the doctor

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

This men’s health month, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe is joined by Dr. Sarah Ling to discuss why so many male patients hesitate to seek medical care. Ling addresses the stigma of asking help with mental health, the pandemic’s impact on substance use and how visiting a primary care doctor can help patients prevent chronic conditions.

Later in the hour, Iowa-born pop star Maddie Poppe shares how her look and sound have changed since her 2018 American Idol win. Poppe has several upcoming Iowa stops on her tour, including Cedar Falls, Des Moines, West Union, and Waterloo.


  • Dr. Sarah Ling, primary care physician at MercyOne Waukee Family Medicine
  • Maddie Poppe, musician
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Natalie Dunlap is a rising junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and minoring in gender, women's & sexuality studies. She is from Iowa City and in her free time enjoys getting coffee and reading downtown with friends.