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A trip I'll never forget

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

When the pandemic struck all kinds of trips were canceled — business trips, conferences, school trips, volunteer expeditions and, of course, family vacations.

All kinds of performances were also canceled, including a twice-annual storytelling event put on by Investigate Midwest: The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, but on Nov. 3, the event returned. An adventurer who took a major detour when he set out to hitchhike to Alaska, a journalist who recently got back from Nepal and a couple who expanded their family from 6 to 8 after a trip to Haiti are all among the people who shared stories of their incredible trips.


  • James Stordahl, author, actor and speaker who lives in Ankeny.
  • Erin Jordan, an investigative reporter for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids
  • Amanda and John Rhomberg, of Mt. Vernon Iowa, proprietors of CauseTeam
  • Brian Morelli, head of marketing and communications at the Iowa Technology Institute at the University of Iowa

Investigate Midwest: The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is an underwriter of Iowa Public Radio.

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.