Emily Woodbury http://iowapublicradio.org en After 40 Years, Rasberry Williams and his Daughter Reconnect http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-40-years-rasberry-williams-and-his-daughter-reconnect <p>Happy Friday! It's a "news buzz" edition of <em>River to River</em>, bringing you several Iowa news stories of the week.</p><p>Charletta Sudduth was eight years old when her father was incarcerated for shooting and killing a man outside a Waterloo pool hall, a crime he has maintained was in self-defense. Now her father, Rasberry Williams, will be released on parole to an assisted living facility, after serving nearly 40 years of a life sentence. We hear from her:</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:01:17 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 39342 at http://iowapublicradio.org After 40 Years, Rasberry Williams and his Daughter Reconnect The Political Gap: Campaigning and Serving as a Woman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/political-gap-campaigning-and-serving-woman <p>Women currently make up 18.5 percent of the U.S. Congress. Yet Iowa is one of only two states that has never elected a woman to Congress nor had a female governor.</p><p>This hour, a look at the gender gap in politics – Why do women run for office less than their male counterparts? When they are in office, how do they govern?</p><p><em>Some highlights from today's guests:</em></p><p><strong>Three reasons for the gender gap in political ambition:</strong> from Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women &amp; Politics Institute and Professor of Government at American University</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:48 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 39166 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Political Gap: Campaigning and Serving as a Woman Delivering Better and More Affordable Care to Emergency Room "Super-Users" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/delivering-better-and-more-affordable-care-emergency-room-super-users <p>Some Iowans visit hospital emergency rooms more than 15 times a year. They’re known as “frequent-flyers” or super-users of the ER. Today on <em>River to River</em>, how our system handles them.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:52:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 38928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Delivering Better and More Affordable Care to Emergency Room "Super-Users" Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/far-tree-parents-children-and-search-identity <p>What do dwarfs, prodigies, and deaf people have in common?</p><p>"In a curious way, differences that seem so isolating are actually what unites us and the thing we have most in common."</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:36:34 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 38916 at http://iowapublicradio.org Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-leads-nation-trend-toward-same-sex-marriage <p>In 2009, the Varnum decision made Iowa the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry.</p><p>Fast forward five years later, and 17 states now sanction same-sex marriage, several others allow civil unions, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled a federal same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at how public and political attitudes on same-sex marriage have shifted, as well as acknowledging the groups that have remained steadfast in their position.</p><p></p><p>The guests on today's program include:</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:54:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 38559 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage The Prankster's Role in Social and Political Change http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pranksters-role-social-and-political-change <p>False death reports, spaghetti growing on trees, and more than one discovery of evidence that proves that a mythical creature is real… we’ve all learned to be a little skeptical on April 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>Today on April Fool's day - the art of the prank.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:47:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 38445 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Prankster's Role in Social and Political Change Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/behind-numbers-your-hospital-bill <p>In the emergency room, the last thing you want to think about is what your bill is going to look like. But, weeks later you will receive a bill in the mail; and you might experience some sticker shock.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we seek to answer your hospital billing questions. Questions like: why does an aspirin cost upwards of $15, when I can get a generic bottle at the drug store at 2 cents a pop?</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:07:27 +0000 Emily Woodbury 38233 at http://iowapublicradio.org Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-regulation-drones-iowa <p>"Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a huge increase in the sale of really simple UAV systems," says Rory Paul, CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, based in Chesterfield, Missouri.</p><p>With their ability to take high definition photo and video footage, UAVs (known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" or drones) bring up a number of security concerns, and they also have the potential to be put to good use. The Iowa legislature is currently considering ways to regulate these vehicles; so today on <em>River to River</em>, we analyze this legislation.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:36:10 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38043 at http://iowapublicradio.org Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa Iowa Statehouse Considers Legalizing Fireworks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-statehouse-considers-legalizing-fireworks <p>On the Fourth of July, Iowans may hear fireworks going off in their neighborhoods, but it is still illegal to buy and light large aerial fireworks in the state.</p><p>This legislative session, lawmakers at the Iowa Statehouse are considering whether to lift the ban on the sale and use of fireworks. State Representative Matt Windschitl and Al Esch, of the Iowa Firefighters Association, sound off with their opinions on the matter, along with <em>River to River</em> listeners.</p><p>------</p><p><strong>Do you feel strongly about whether fireworks should be legal in Iowa?</strong></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:14:21 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38035 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Statehouse Considers Legalizing Fireworks Vinyl's Comeback & the Rise of Music Streaming http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vinyls-comeback-rise-music-streaming-0 <p>Today on River to River, we explore the continuing changes in the music industry...including the fact that more and more users are listening from large online libraries of music – like Rhapsody, Spotify, or Pandora – rather than purchasing individual songs or albums. We also discuss why vinyl records are making a comeback.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:28:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37838 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vinyl's Comeback & the Rise of Music Streaming Successful Kidney Donation Between Incompatible Donor-Recipient Pairs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/successful-kidney-donation-between-incompatible-donor-recipient-pairs <p>Today on <em>Talk of Iowa</em> we listen back to a conversation from last year, where in a three day period, five people received kidney transplants thanks to something called a kidney paired transplant chain.</p><p>We find out about this life saving chain of generosity and talk to a transplant surgeon, donors and recipients of kidney transplants. Also, we learn about an organization called <a href="http://myangelfoundation.org/">My Angel Foundation</a>, a non-profit focused on inspiring Iowans to become registered organ, eye and tissue donors.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:32:36 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37783 at http://iowapublicradio.org Successful Kidney Donation Between Incompatible Donor-Recipient Pairs Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-house-and-senate-consider-changes-hiv-law <p>In the last decade, society's understanding of HIV transmission has increased and medical technology has advanced; but in the 1990s, HIV was still a scary concept, and an Iowa law reflects that fear.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:52:49 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 37700 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law Iowa's Coal Mining Communities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-coal-mining-communities <p>The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation with historian Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder and Kristin Redenius, a coal miner’s daughter. They explain what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how the mines shaped communities.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:03:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37683 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Coal Mining Communities Surviving and Thriving After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/surviving-and-thriving-after-multiple-sclerosis-diagnosis <p>She was a marathoner and a mountain climber, but when <a href="http://terrywahls.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Terry Wahls</a> was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she faced a bedridden life.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:07:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37514 at http://iowapublicradio.org Surviving and Thriving After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream http://iowapublicradio.org/post/free-time-forgotten-american-dream-1 <p>What is at the heart of the American dream? Bigger houses, fancier clothes, faster cars... or is it about having time for family, friends and community?</p><p>For decades University of Iowa Associate Professor Benjamin Hunnicutt has studied why we work as hard as we do, why we’re work obsessed, and how attitudes about work and leisure in our culture have changed over time. His is also the author of <em>Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream</em>.</p><p></p><p><strong>On economic progress - </strong></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:25:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37397 at http://iowapublicradio.org Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jane-goodall-her-life-work-and-legacy <p></p><p></p><p>Jane Goodall is famous for her groundbreaking observation of wild chimpanzees; but for the last 30 years, she’s devoted most of her time to traveling the world, telling her stories, and trying to fan the flames of an environmental movement that could save her beloved chimpanzees and so many other species from extinction.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:54:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37167 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jill-pruetz-empathy-among-primates <p>Increasingly recognized as "the next Jane Goodall" in primatology circles, Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz brings incredible research and stories back to Iowa from Senegal in western Africa, where she studies the lives of savanna chimpanzees.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37168 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates College Depression http://iowapublicradio.org/post/college-depression <div>Accommodations are available for college students struggling with depression, but university counseling centers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:28:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37074 at http://iowapublicradio.org College Depression Wildlife Populations Down This Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-populations-down-winter <p>Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.</p><p>First, University of Iowa President Sally Mason meets with the Board of Regents for a special meeting this afternoon to discuss her remarks on how the university handles sexual assault allegations. Iowa Public Radio correspondent Dean Borg tells host Ben Kieffer what to expect out of the meeting.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:25:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Populations Down This Winter How Education Fits Into the Poverty Trap http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-education-fits-poverty-trap <p>The poverty rate of black Iowans is more than three times that of whites. For Hispanics, it is more than twice the poverty rate of whites.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:36:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36768 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Education Fits Into the Poverty Trap Predicting the Limit of Our Population http://iowapublicradio.org/post/predicting-limit-our-population <p>How many people can the Earth sustain? According to author and journalist Alan Weisman, "the planet just seems to be bursting at its seams."</p><p>Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe interviews <a href="http://www.worldwithoutus.com/about_author.html" target="_blank">Weisman</a>, who tackles that question in his new book, <em>Countdown: Our Last, Best hope for a Future on Earth?</em> She talks with him about what he learned by traveling the globe and studying different cultures and his vision of the future.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:03:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 36709 at http://iowapublicradio.org Predicting the Limit of Our Population News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-funnel-week-and-northwood-evacuation <p>Residents of Northwood are back in their homes after being asked to evacuate yesterday due to an explosion and fire at the city's municipal airport.&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio statehouse <span class="st">correspondent </span>Joyce Russell discusses which bills in the legislature might become laws in 2014.&nbsp; The Blank Park Zoo's Amur tiger has died, and what Iowa City is doing about a recent rash of sexual assaults in taxicabs.&nbsp; Also, an Olympics update from the Des Moines Register's sports columnist Bryce Miller in Sochi.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:11:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden, Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 36610 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation Ethical Questions Surrounding Brain Death http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethical-questions-surrounding-brain-death <p>This winter, two stories gained national attention regarding brain-dead pregnant women and their unborn children. One husband kept his wife on life support until the baby was born, while the other husband fought to take his wife off life support.</p><p>Today on River to River, we discuss ethical questions in the emergency room. Host Ben Kieffer looks at these cases with medical professionals and with Iowans who have been through similar situations here in Iowa.</p><p>Today's guests include:</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:38:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36549 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethical Questions Surrounding Brain Death Restoring Ex-Convicts' Right to Vote http://iowapublicradio.org/post/restoring-ex-convicts-right-vote <div class="msg 1st"><p>A bill backed by Democrats in the Iowa Senate will make it easier for felons who have completed their sentences to have their voting rights restored. The bill passed a divided Senate subcommittee last week.</p><p>As the law stands, people who commit felonies must serve their sentences and pay all court-ordered compensation to victims before they can apply to the governor to restore their voting rights. The policy comes from an executive order signed by Governor Branstad in 2011.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:27:23 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 36086 at http://iowapublicradio.org Restoring Ex-Convicts' Right to Vote Plans to Provide Affordable Broadband Access to all Iowans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/plans-provide-affordable-broadband-access-all-iowans <p>A large majority of Iowa households have broadband access, but less than half of Iowans have access to speeds at 50 Mbps or greater. This creates disparity among certain demographics and can be exceedingly expensive for the increasing number of people who work online from home.</p><p>Two proposals, from Governor Branstad and the Iowa Senate, aim to lower these gaps and provide affordable broadband access to all Iowans. Today on River to River, host Clay Masters sits down with representatives to find out more about rural broadband expansion plans being considered at the Iowa Capitol.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:52:12 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 36069 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plans to Provide Affordable Broadband Access to all Iowans Greyhound Racing's Uncertain Future in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/greyhound-racings-uncertain-future-iowa <p>Iowa is the only Midwestern state where commercial dog racing remains legal and active. But that may soon change, as state lawmakers look at proposals to end greyhound racing at the only tracks left in Iowa: The Mystique in Dubuque and Bluffs Run in Council Bluffs.<br /><br />Today on River to River, we take a look at greyhound racing’s history in the state, its impact in communities with tracks, how these tracks are subsidized, and what the future of greyhound racing may hold.</p><p><strong><em>Today's guests include:</em></strong></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:43:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 35897 at http://iowapublicradio.org Greyhound Racing's Uncertain Future in Iowa Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports http://iowapublicradio.org/post/children-and-parents-feel-pressure-specialize-sports <p>The Winter Olympics begin tomorrow, which got us thinking about the young athletes who will be watching the games... who may one day compete at state, national , or international levels.</p><p>Now more than ever, children and their parents are faced with the decision of whether or not to specialize in a sport at an early age – some children being only a few years old. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the concept of specializing children in sports.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:16:09 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 35842 at http://iowapublicradio.org Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-lawmakers-disagree-flexible-funding-education <p>The state cost per student in Iowa’s K-12 public schools is over six thousand dollars per year - increasing steadily over the past couple decades.</p><p>The Iowa legislature is supposed to set the amount of state aid for K-12 school budgets more than a year in advance. Schools say they need the budget in advance so they can plan teacher salaries, but republican law makers are hesitant to plan the budget too far ahead.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:54:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Clay Masters 35739 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Lawmakers Disagree on Flexible Funding for Education Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reaching-life-longevity-healthy-habits <p>Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.</p><p>Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:34:40 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 35454 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits A Rush of Home Invasions and Shootings in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rush-home-invasions-and-shootings-des-moines <p>So far this year, Des Moines has reported eight home invasions; the number coming very close to the eleven home invasions reported over the course of the entire previous year (2013).</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:20:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 35280 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Rush of Home Invasions and Shootings in Des Moines