Emily Woodbury

Talk Show Producer

Emily Woodbury started working for Iowa Public Radio in early 2011 as an assistant producer. She was promoted to Talk Show Producer in 2012. Her duties include researching show topics, booking guests, preparing news copy, editing audio, and directing live programming for IPR’s national-award winning shows River to River and Talk of Iowa.

She also serves as President of Student Broadcasters Incorporated, which serves as an advisory board to the students who work at 89.7 FM KRUI, in Iowa City. Prior to joining Iowa Public Radio, Emily worked as News Director for KRUI. She has won awards for her reporting and a couple of her news reports have been featured statewide on Iowa Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Emily has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a minor in political science.

Emily’s favorite public radio programs are Radiolab and Fresh Air.


3:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Iowa's Century Farms

Gene Wiese with several generations of the Wiese family
Wiese & Sons

One family, farming the same land generation after generation - this is a dream many farmers share, but not an easy one to realize.

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Legislative Day
12:57 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Iowa Senator: "Not a single patient has been helped" by cannabis oil policy

Mark / flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Last year's legislation that decriminalized possession of cannabis oil for treatment of chronic epilepsy has not changed much for Iowa patients hoping to use the drug for treatment.

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River to River
4:07 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Iowa Senate Considering Ban on LGBT Conversion Therapy

John Pemble

So-called conversion therapy seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian youth.

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4:23 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

ISU Student Severely Injured After Intervening in Street Harassment

Roberts Residence Hall and Union Drive
Wikimedia Commons

A group of men were harassing a woman in Ames when bystander Cale Truhlsen of West Des Moines stepped in to try and stop it.    

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Politics Day
5:39 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

2016 Contenders Looking to Build Iowa Connections

401(K)2012 / flickr

Political action committees (PACs) for presidential hopefuls are focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire - with some groups channeling up to 95% of their political donations to local politicians in the two states.

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River to River
4:18 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Derailment in Dubuque--A Reminder of the Hazards of Transporting Oil by Rail

DOT-111s make up about 70 percent of the U.S. tank car fleet
Bengt 1955 / flickr

With at least one million gallons of crude oil and ethanol passing through Iowa on a single freight train, derailments like the one last week a few miles from Dubuque are a major concern.

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3:33 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Legacy of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart

Left: Brian Williams (Chung Chu/flickr) Right: Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months. Jon Stewart says he’s leaving The Daily Show.

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6:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Born Between 1957-1972? Check Your Vaccination History

Sanofi Pasteur

Measles is on the rise in the U.S. More than 100 people nationwide have been diagnosed in January alone.

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Talk of Iowa
2:20 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Iowa State's Home Management Houses

"Baby Ned" and his caregivers, from the scrapbook created during his first year, spent on the Iowa State campus in 1938-1939

For the first year of his life, John Reichard lived in a house where university students cared for him. They called him "Baby Ned."

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Talk of Iowa
3:20 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Cedar Rapids Dog Finds Owner at Hospital

A Miniature Schnauzer named Sissy traveled 20 blocks to find her owner at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Pictured: Sissy (left) and Barney (right)

A persistent pooch named Sissy snuck out of her Cedar Rapids home on Friday morning, in a quest to find her owner.

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River to River
4:03 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Jenny Nordberg on "The Underground Girls of Kabul"

A young girl in Herat, Afghanistan
Mohamed Somji

In parts of Afghanistan, some families without sons pick a daughter to dress and live as a boy - a practice known as bacha posh.

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4:05 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Mark Bittman on the Importance of Cooking

Mark Bittman
Sally Stein

Cooking can be intimidating, especially in an era of triumphant food photos on Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs.

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Talk of Iowa
3:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Darwin Day

Statue of Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum in London
CGP Grey / flickr http://www.cgpgrey.com/

Charles Darwin has a birthday next month, and science lovers all over the world will take time to celebrate the man who unraveled so many of the mysteries surrounding our origins, and those of our fellow animals.

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Politics Day
5:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Iowa Freedom Summit "is almost as big as Iowa Caucus night"

Joni Ernst SOTU response word cloud
Emily Woodbury worldle.net

The Koch brothers announced this week that they intend to spend $889 million in the 2016 presidential race, double the amount spent by the Republican National Committee in 2012.

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Legislative Day
3:08 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Narrowing the Skills Gap in Iowa with Specialized Training

Construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, and health services make up 54.6% of Iowa’s middle to high skill job market
Frank Guido

Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers, leaving jobs in some of the most thriving industries unfilled.

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4:20 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Ten Commandments' Prevalence Today

Ten Commandments Monument at Courthouse Square in Mount Vernon, Indiana
J. Stephen Conn

While many see the Ten Commandments as a simple and powerful set of laws to live by; they are also a lightning rod for controversy in this country.

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Arts and Culture
9:41 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Exploring Mississippi River Towns

Iowa Sunrise along the Mississippi River
Gayle Harper

When a raindrop falls into the headwaters of the Mississippi River, it spends the next 90 days making its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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5:19 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Friendship Through World Travel: "All it takes is one person to open your eyes to the world"

Janna Graber and Melanie Zepeda
Courtesy of Janna Graber

Janna Graber never considered international travel until she met Iowa native, Melanie Zepeda.

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News Buzz
4:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Cyber-Vandalism, Cyber-Crime, and other Digital Threats to the U.S.

An online interactive map showing current cyber attacks worldwide
IP Viking - http://map.ipviking.com/

Several U.S. military social media accounts were hacked this week by those claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

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11:58 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Tracey Griesbaum and UI Provide Details on Firing

Photo of Tracey Griesbaum and players during an Iowa vs Indiana field hockey game in 2007
Jon Fravel www.flickr.com/photos/jfravel

Today on River to River, we explore the controversy surrounding the firing of the University of Iowa’s former field hockey coach, Tracey Griesbaum, as well as take a broader look at what the playing field is like for female coaches in both men’s and women’s teams in the U.S.

Griesbaum led the UI field hockey team through 169 wins in 14 seasons. She posted 12 winning seasons and made six appearances in the NCAA tournament.

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Statehouse and Politics
4:54 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Blum May Face Repercussions for Vote Against Speaker

Rod Blum (left) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaking with small business owners at a business roundtable at MobileDemand in Hiawatha.
Gage Skidmore

Though Ohio Republican John Boehner won a third term as Speaker of the House, he does not have a friend in Iowa Congressman Rod Blum of Dubuque.

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11:17 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Epilepsy's Fatal Potential

One in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime
cobalt123 / flickr

Epilepsy affects millions; and yet, the cause of the neurological disorder is in most cases is unknown.

Also unknown are the details of the leading cause of death from epilepsy, what medical professionals call "sudden unexpected death from epilepsy" or SUDEP. Recently, University of Iowa neurologists have been chosen to join only 8 other groups around the world to study SUDEP.

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10:34 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Encore: Rural Iowa Women of the 1920s

Vetra, left, and sister Reva Padget, appear ready for a trip to town, circa 1930.
Courtesy of Leon Wilkinson

Before the Great Depression there was the farm recession, and times were tough for farm families in Iowa. 

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News Buzz
3:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

News Buzz: Stories from Iowa, Cuba, and West Africa

Havana, Cuba
Mauro Heck

This week, Havana erupted in celebration with the announcement of a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States. On this news buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowan Mauro Heck, who has just returned from Cuba.

Heck says that while Cuba is beautiful and the people are inviting, the country is "organized chaos."

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River to River
2:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Deer Hunting in Iowa

Deer in Mount Vernon, IA
Rich Herrmann

It’s deer hunting season. On this edition of River to River, hunting concerns in Iowa, including the problem of poaching.

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River to River
2:53 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Controversial Rolling Stone Article May Discourage Reports of Sexual Assault

Protesters at the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity after the initial release of Rolling Stone's UVA piece
Bob Mical

The controversy over the retracted Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape of a student identified only as "Jackie" at a fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus has sparked many debates. On this segment of River to River - the lessons learned in journalism, ethics, and the way new media impacts how these stories are told and discussed.

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River to River
5:19 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Practices Detailed in Torture Report "not evidence-based"

Truthout.org / flickr

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture contains some very grisly findings, detailing CIA interrogation techniques, like mock execution and sleep deprivation.

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Politics Day
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Implications of the Senate Committee Torture Report

U.S. Senate Committee hearing in 2013
John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

During his administration, George W. Bush said the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects was humane and legal.

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News Buzz
3:58 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Clive Police Officer Sees "No Downside" to Body Cameras

VIEVU is the brand of body camera worn by Clive police officers

President Obama made the announcement this week that, in the aftermath of Ferguson and other cases, the White House would call for $75 million over three years to make 50,000 body cameras available to police departments across the country.

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Talk of Iowa
5:34 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Child Care: Breaking the Bank

Jason Parks

Finding a trustworthy and affordable child care provider is one of the biggest challenges working parents face. At the same time, providers are asked to do demanding and important work for little pay.

Unfortunately, there's no easy answer to that problem, says infant and toddler consultant Beth Walling.

"It's like trying to tackle poverty," she says.

Walling is especially concerned, since studies show there's an achievement gap that exists at 10 months of age.

"A 3-year-old’s vocabulary can predict their third grade reading level."

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