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Lessons from Beth Howard's trip around the world, spreading peace through pie

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Author and pie enthusiast Beth Howard set out on a journey around the world in 2014 to spread peace through pie during a time of transition in her life.

She'd left the American Gothic House, where she was a resident for the prior four years, but upon returning to Los Angeles, she realized "Iowa ruined her." No other place felt like home, and she decided it was time to take a trip around the world. That trip is the subject of her latest book, World Piece: A Pie Baker's Global Quest for Peace, Love, and Understanding.

She joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to share how her lofty goal of world peace didn't go as planned and the lessons she learned along the way.

Later, award-winning children's book author and illustrator Michelle Edwards discusses her latest book, Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love. The book depicts a boy determined to learn how to sew, as his somewhat bossy older sister watches over his shoulder.

This podcast was originally produced Nov. 17, 2022.


  • Beth Howard, author, former resident of the American Gothic House
  • Michelle Edwards, author and illustrator
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.
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk