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IPR’s Charity Nebbe lecture Oct. 17 at Clarke

By Clarke News  |  September 28, 2018
Charity Nebbe
Charity Nebbe

Charity Nebbe, host of Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, will give a Mackin-Mailander lecture on Wednesday, October 17, on the campus of Clarke University.

The 2018-2019 academic year will be filled with festivities and special events marking the 175th anniversary of Clarke. The arts and lecture offerings for the year will pay tribute to this milestone with a series of events designed to highlight the theme of Home. Nebbe’s lecture will address this theme.

Nebbe will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center at Clarke. General admission tickets are $10 and are available online at or by phone at (563) 588-6377. Doors open at 7:00p.m. for the event.

“We are so excited to have Charity at Clarke. She is a familiar voice to many Iowans, and her commitment to her home state is obvious through her work on public radio and TV,” said Michael Knock, chair of the Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series committee and Associate Professor of History.

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. Nebbe has been working in public radio ever since and is a 23-year veteran of public broadcasting.

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. This program was carried nationally by over 50 stations for two seasons. Nebbe also spent ten years at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and served as the local host of All Things Considered.

Nebbe returned to Iowa in 2010 and is now the host of Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, heard weekday mornings at 10 a.m. 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. Nebbe serves as chair of the advisory board for Let Me Run Eastern Iowa Corridor, a character development and running program for boys.

She is a proud Iowan and is grateful for the opportunity to develop a sense of community by exploring the state of Iowa and sharing stories of Iowans through her radio program.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established through the generosity of two Clarke alumnae, Mary C. Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery Mailander ’20.