River to River

Weekdays at 12 p.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 10 p.m. on IPR News
 

River to River is Iowa Public Radio's talk program that focuses on the news, issues and events in our state. This national award-winning program goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems, and fosters conversation. Wednesdays, Ben Kieffer is joined by political analysts from around the state to dissect the week in politics. Clay Masters hosts Mondays during the legislative session looking at statehouse issues.

During the show, contact us at 1-866-780-9100, IPRTalk on Twitter, our Facebook page, or via email rivertoriver@iowapublicradio.org. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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News Buzz
12:22 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Capturing the "Freedom Summer"

Edie Black, a Freedom School teacher from Smith College with two of her students in Mileston, Mississippi, a small community of independent black farmers in the Mississippi Delta. The Freedom School experience changed both teachers and students in ways th
Matt Herron

50 years ago, Matt Herron gathered a team of photographers to capture the tumultuous summer of 1964 in Mississippi. Now he's in Iowa, sharing his photos and his stories. His work will be displayed in the  Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch through September 21.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Herron about how photography interacted with the civil rights movement and how we can use photography today to make history hit home.

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River to River
4:12 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

3rd District Congressional Candidate Staci Appel on Minimum Wage, Jobs and Climate Change

Staci Appel
Courtesy of the Appel for Iowa campaign

Staci Appel, a former State Senator from Ackworth, would be the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress if elected. She says it's time for politicians to start working with, not against each other. 

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Toxic Pesticide That Affects Honeybees Found in Iowa Waterways

Wikimedia Commons

A U. S. Geological Survey study has found widespread concentrations of a toxic pesticide in waterways in Iowa and throughout the upper Midwest.

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Politics Day
3:14 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

2016 Hopefuls Parading Through Iowa

United States Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at a book signing at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia

Seven potential GOP Presidential candidates are making their way to Iowa this week and next.  Host Ben Kieffer sizes up the hopefuls for the 2016 Iowa caucuses with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle, and Donna Hoffman, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Northern Iowa.  We know, the caucuses are still far away, but likely contenders are already here.  And like the holiday shopping season, it seems the Presidential vetting season is coming earlier and earlier.

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River to River
5:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Solar Flare That Nearly Knocked Out Power to Tens of Millions

NASA's "Best-Observed X-Class Flare of All Time" from March 2014
NASA/SDO/AIA

NASA just released news that back in 2012, the Earth came very close to being hit by a solar flare – an event that could have wiped out electrical power for tens of millions of people.

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River to River
5:07 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Small Town of Cherokee Prepares for Tyson Plant Closure

Cherokee is the county seat of Cherokee County, Iowa
J. Stephen Conn

In this segment of River to River, we discuss the situation in the Northwest Iowa town of Cherokee, home to about 5000 Iowans.

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Science
11:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

What Makes Someone a Creative Genius?

University of Iowa researcher Dr. Nancy Andreasen has been trying to answer that question for most of her professional career. She talks with Ben Kieffer today on River to River

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News Buzz
4:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

U of I Cancels Trip to Israel

Building shelled by the Israeli army in Gaza
ISM Palestine Wikimedia Commons

Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa Bob Cargill was supposed to take his students to Tel Azekah in Israel this summer. Thursday morning, rockets landed in the next city over. 

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News Buzz
3:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Understanding Ebola Through an Iowan Lens

Scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions
From "Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa" Wikimedia Commons

With the Ebola outbreak continuing to take lives in Western Africa, Iowans working in the region are feeling the effects. 

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News Buzz
3:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A Wind Turbine Waltz

Bates used Iowa windmills and PVC pipes to fashion his own version of "Blue Danube."
Daniel Arnold Wikimedia Commons

Will Bates doesn’t understand how people dislike the noise of wind turbines. It’s music to his ears—literally.

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Technology
9:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Driverless Cars Okayed in Johnson County, What Now?

Dan McGehee (left) shows Ben Kieffer how the lane correct function works in a level 2 semi-autonomous car.
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Driverless cars could hit the roads in Johnson County within the next few years. 

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Politics Day
3:58 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Politics Day: Latest Developments at Home and Abroad

Barack Obama Flickr

Several Republicans, including Iowa’s Congressman Steve King, have called for President Obama’s impeachment.

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River to River
5:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Regretted Wars: Veterans of Vietnam and Iraq Compare Experiences

Protest sign at United for Peace rally and march on Washington, DC
Jonathon Colman

A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans (71%) now say the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it.” That’s similar to sentiments from the Vietnam era about that conflict.

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Ripple Effects
3:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Carrot or Stick? The Government's Role in Environmental Policy

A sunrise near Decorah
Katherine Perkins IPR

The Clean Air Act was most recently amended in 1990, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Is that kind of sweeping environmental policy possible today? 

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News Buzz
4:59 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report

Iowa State Fair

Last year at the Iowa State Fair, Jason Powell of Des Moines said his free speech rights were violated after security guards ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks. Today on River to River, we find out the status of his lawsuit as well as whether he will be allowed at this year’s fair. We also find out about an Iowa developed vaccine that could cure dust-mite allergies. That and all the week’s Iowa stories on a news buzz edition of River to River.

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River to River: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Depression During College Years

Art major Jordon Deutmeyer stands outside of the University of Northern Iowa Honors Cottage in December 2013
Linh Ta/IowaWatch IowaWatch.org

Accommodations are available for college students struggling with depression, but university counseling centers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Hear about an IowaWatch.org report on the difficulty these students experience including what is often a harsh stigma associated with being depressed.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children

Governor Terry Branstad raised eyebrows and questions last week when he said immigrant children crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally shouldn't be sent to Iowa.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia Commons

More than 52,000 have crossed the southern border since October and US politicians are having trouble finding solutions and the right rhetoric. 

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River to River: From the Archives
1:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Teenage Brain

chandrika221 / flickr

The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence
can take a toll on both teens and their parents.

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Ripple Effects
4:15 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Invisible Air: Regulating Iowa's Air Quality

An ethanol plant near Marcus, Iowa
keeva999 / flickr

The EPA sets regulations for 6 sources of air pollution, but there are hundreds of pollutants known to the EPA that go unregulated.

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News Buzz
3:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

News Buzz: Human Trafficking, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba

According to data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, there has been a steady increase in calls reporting human trafficking in Iowa. 

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News Buzz
3:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

News Buzz: NPR's Don Gonyea Ready for RAGBRAI

Wikimedia Commons

Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley and Brian Naylor, team “No Pie Refused” are ready for RAGBRAI.

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News Buzz
3:26 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

News Buzz: Is Iowa in Idaho? It's Time to End the Mix-Up

Iowa grows corn, not potatoes.
Flickr

Iowa and Idaho are two completely different states. Journalist and author Tim Woodward says its time to set the record straight.

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Courts
11:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

If Someone Gets Hurt on the Sidewalk on Your Property, Are You Liable?

Wikimedia Commons

After Beth Madden fell off her bike as a result of a crack in the sidewalk, she filed a negligence suit. If you're a property owner, keep reading. 

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Politics Day
3:11 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politics Day: From the Gaza Strip to the U.S. Border

Nick Knupffer

Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Today’s that’s changed.

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Statehouse and Politics
5:52 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

3rd District Congressional Candidate David Young on the Minimum Wage, Trust and Immigration

David Young
Young for Iowa

David Young says it’s time for the Government to start working for the people instead of the other way around.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

4th District Congressional Candidate Jim Mowrer on Immigration, Iraq and Health Care

Jim Mowrer

After serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the Iowa National Guard, Jim Mowrer says he's ready to serve his country in a slightly different manner. 

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Ripple Effects
4:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Urban Iowa: "Once you put asphalt over the top of it, there's no reclaiming it"

Just outside of Des Moines, Ankeny's population has gone from 15,000 in 1980 to more than 50,000 in 2014. By 2035, population is expected to reach 90,000.
David Wade Couch

Today we continue our summer series on the environment by taking a look at urban development – what we’re doing right and wrong.

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Medicine
4:27 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

News Buzz: Preventing Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia was previously difficult to detect until late in the pregnancy.
Ken Hammond Wikimedia Commons

Preeclampsia, a cardiovascular condition that affects expecting mothers and often causes premature births, kills 100,000 women worldwide every year. Previously, it’s been difficult to predict or prevent before the late stages of a pregnancy. But a few researchers at the University of Iowa may change that.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted

Indy, or D18, when he first hatched.
Petrarchan47 Wikimedia Commons

A beloved Iowa eagle was found dead earlier this week. Indy, as his fans called him, a young male eaglet whose hatching was witnessed by thousands online earlier this spring was electrocuted by a power pole on Tuesday. The bird had a large following in the state and across the country; more than 500 people have posted condolences on the Raptor Resource Project’s Facebook page. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with their executive director, Bob Anderson, about what happened to the bird and what can be done to protect these eagles in the future.

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Crime
3:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty

Benton Mackenzie, in a wheelchair, and his wife, Loretta, outside the courthouse Wednesday.
Brian Wellner Quad City Times

Last summer, a Long Grove resident was arrested after police found marijuana plants in his home. Benton Mackenzie claims his family grew the plants in order to treat a rare blood-vessel cancer. This past week, the jury reached a guilty verdict for Mackenzie, his wife and child.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Brian Wellner, crime reporter for the Quad City Times, about the circumstances, outcome of the trial and why the jury couldn’t hear his primary defense.

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