4. Charity Nebbe

“We’re all human.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with the host of IPR’s “Talk of Iowa,” Charity Nebbe. We discuss her approach to her show, the importance of collaboration, and the impacts of the current pandemic at the local and national level. We touch upon Iowa City’s connection to Katherine Applegate’s “Wish Tree.” As proud Iowans and political nerds, we try to make sense of what happened to the Iowa Caucus in February –  what problems were revealed, and what might happen in the future.

In this episode, Charity shares the importance of being present and truly listening to those that you’re interviewing, and synthesizing feedback from mentors, and how context matters and how to make eye contact with your listener, even over the radio. We talk about the power of an authentic voice and personality, and as Charity says “you can’t sell what you won’t buy.”

Thanks to Charity for joining me on The Iowa Idea Podcast, and thank you for taking the time to listen.

I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Charity

From the Iowa Public Radio website.

Charity Nebbe grew up in rural Iowa just outside of Cedar Falls.  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 at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and in 2010 returned to Iowa.

Charity is now the host of Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, heard weekday mornings at 10.  She 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 the chair of the advisory board for Let Me Run Eastern Iowa Corridor, a character development and running program for boys.


Thank you to Charity Nebbe.

Photo Credit Cameron McCoy

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group 9 (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions – https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible.