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Chasten Buttigieg has a message for young adults questioning their sexuality

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Chasten Buttigieg grew up in rural Michigan and struggled to come out to his parents. His memoir, I Have To Tell You Something was adapted to target a young adult audience.

Iowans became familiar with Chasten Buttigieg as he campaigned through Iowa with his husband Pete Buttigieg who was seeking the Democratic nomination for President. Chasten will join State Sen. Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, in conversation to discuss his memoir I Have To Tell You Something on July 15 in Des Moines.

Chasten adapted his memoir to relate to younger readers and provide support to individuals who, like Chasten, may be coming to terms with their sexuality.

Then, the Behrends family made ninja obstacle competitions not just their hobby, but their lives, with patriarch Scott co-owning Ninja U obstacle training gyms in Cedar Falls and Ankeny.

Fourteen Ninja U athletes have so far competed on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, including Scott and his teenage son Ben, who will next appear in the semi-final round July 31st on NBC.


  • Chasten Buttigieg, author
  • Scott Behrends, co-owner, Ninja U
  • Ben Behrends, Cedar Falls resident
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.