Emily Woodbury http://iowapublicradio.org en News Buzz: Preventing Preeclampsia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-preventing-preeclampsia <p>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. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:27:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43615 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Preventing Preeclampsia News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-decorah-eagle-electrocuted <p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:57:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43614 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-mackenzie-found-guilty <p>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. &nbsp;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.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:39:20 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43606 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench http://iowapublicradio.org/post/garbage-meets-its-potential-thousands-plastic-bags-become-park-bench <p>Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years. This hour – an in-depth exploration of recycling in Iowa.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 43344 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/recycling-101-are-you-doing-it-right <p>Recycling can be a tricky process - whether you leave materials curbside or deposit them at a drop-site, it's often hard to know exactly what can or can't be recycled.</p><p>On this <em>Talk of Iowa</em> "short," Joe Hummel of City Carton and Theresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association share how recycling really works, answer common questions, and alleviate recycling myths.</p><p></p><p><strong>DO</strong> <strong>- </strong></p><p><em><strong>Clean out your glass and plastic bottles as much as you can.</strong></em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury 43357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? Decades of Advocacy for Women: Leaders at RVAP and Planned Parenthood Retire http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decades-advocacy-women-leaders-rvap-and-planned-parenthood-retire <p></p><p>Great strides have been made in understanding and combating domestic and sexual violence, but much more needs to be done. In the first half of <em>River to River</em>, Ben Kieffer talks with Karla Miller, who just retired after 22 years as director of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:08:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43211 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decades of Advocacy for Women: Leaders at RVAP and Planned Parenthood Retire The Washington Redskins: “I think it’s very derogatory; native people are not red” http://iowapublicradio.org/post/washington-redskins-i-think-it-s-very-derogatory-native-people-are-not-red <p>The U.S. Patent Office says the Washington Redskins' federal trademarks must be canceled. Today on <em>River to River</em> we ask - what’s in a name?</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:30 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43086 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Washington Redskins: “I think it’s very derogatory; native people are not red” Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-weigh-supreme-court-hobby-lobby-decision <p>Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby can be seen as "narrow" or "broad" - depending on how it's looked at. Today on <em>River to River</em>, we ask a political scientist and a legal expert what implications this ruling has for the future.</p><p>Today's guests include: Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Kende, Professor of Law at Drake and the Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43085 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision Lightning Follows the Path of Least Resistance (Don't let that be you!) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lightning-follows-path-least-resistance-dont-let-be-you <p><em><strong>True or False </strong></em>- If taller things are around you, you're safe from getting hit by lightning.</p><p><em><strong>True or False</strong> </em>- You should determine whether it is safe to be outside based on the amount of seconds between lightning and thunder.</p><p><em><strong>True or False</strong></em> - You can develop tree looking "tattoos" if you survive a lightning strike.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:44:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 42922 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lightning Follows the Path of Least Resistance (Don't let that be you!) Taking Flight This Weekend: Iowa's Air Shows http://iowapublicradio.org/post/taking-flight-weekend-iowas-air-shows <p>Fly Iowa "takes flight" in Iowa City this weekend, for the first time since 2001, showcasing the role of aviation in Iowa.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:26:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 42920 at http://iowapublicradio.org Taking Flight This Weekend: Iowa's Air Shows Former State Official Says Branstad Aides Involved in Secret Settlements http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-state-official-says-branstad-aides-involved-secret-settlements <p>Des Moines Register political columnist, Kathie Obradovich, joins <em>River to River</em> to discuss the ongoing investigation into settlement agreements given to former state employees for their silence upon termination.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:02:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 42919 at http://iowapublicradio.org Former State Official Says Branstad Aides Involved in Secret Settlements Surrogacy: Stories of Love, Pain, and Giving http://iowapublicradio.org/post/surrogacy-stories-love-pain-and-giving <p>Kate Duffus is pregnant for the fourth time, but the little girl she is carrying will not be her little girl.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:51:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 42874 at http://iowapublicradio.org Surrogacy: Stories of Love, Pain, and Giving Conspiracy Theories: Half of Americans Believe in at Least One http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conspiracy-theories-half-americans-believe-least-one <p>Do you believe the moon landing was faked? Do you think the “Great Recession” was orchestrated by a small group of Wall Street bankers?</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:28:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 42731 at http://iowapublicradio.org Conspiracy Theories: Half of Americans Believe in at Least One Flooding Closes State Parks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/flooding-closes-state-parks <p>Earlier this week, a levee broke in Rock Valley, Iowa, flooding several homes and businesses. Yesterday Sioux City residents flew into action sandbagging along the river.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:20:11 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Emily Woodbury 42544 at http://iowapublicradio.org Flooding Closes State Parks Fort Madison Prison Move Delayed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fort-madison-prison-move-delayed <p>In Fort Madison, 550 inmates were scheduled to be transferred to a new $132 million state maximum security&nbsp; prison - that was three months ago.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:18:36 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Lindsey Moon 42509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fort Madison Prison Move Delayed World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend http://iowapublicradio.org/post/world-class-auctioneers-compete-des-moines-weekend <p>If Russele Sleep wins this year’s World Livestock Auctioneering Championships, he says it would be a huge honor. “I used to go to markets with my dad and watch the auctioneers sell calves. I loved it… winning would be like getting my super bowl ring.”</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:47:59 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Emily Woodbury 42537 at http://iowapublicradio.org World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend News Buzz: Sports Edition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-sports-edition-0 <p>The World Cup kicked off yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The USA team is slated to compete with Ghana on Monday (June 16). Here with us to preview the events is Tanya Keith, who has spent the last two decades avidly following the World Cup, quite literally, from country to country, as a super-fan. Tanya is from Des Moines, Iowa.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Tanya Keith, Author of <em>Passionate Soccer Love</em>, soccer fan, writer, Des Moines resident</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:19:22 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 42176 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Sports Edition Paula Poundstone Coming to Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/paula-poundstone-coming-des-moines <p>Standup comedian, author, and <em>Wait Wait Don't Tell M</em>e panelist, Paula Poundstone, will be in Des Moines next Saturday, June 21st at Hoyt Sherman Place. She joins <em>River to River</em> to talk comedy style and 'tweeting' comedy.</p><blockquote><p>"The first time somebody showed me Twitter, I thought it was the stupidest, most ego-centric thing I've ever seen in my life," says Poundstone. "I still think that, it's just that I enjoy it very much."</p></blockquote><p><em>Showtime:&nbsp; 8:00PM / Tickets:&nbsp; $31 - $46 / Call:&nbsp; 515-244-0507</em></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:57:02 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 42177 at http://iowapublicradio.org Paula Poundstone Coming to Des Moines Washington D.C. - Hollywood’s New Wild West? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/washington-dc-hollywood-s-new-wild-west <p>From the idealistic public servants of "The West Wing" to the conniving anti-heroes of "House of Cards," the portrayal of Washington D.C. in popular culture has changed significantly over the last decade.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what shows set in our nation's capital say about our political climate, and what we can and cannot learn from these programs.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:16:25 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 42071 at http://iowapublicradio.org Washington D.C. - Hollywood’s New Wild West? Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fascination-idea-apocalypse <p>Many of this year’s blockbusters, video games, and books are set in post-apocalyptic worlds - a growing trend in the past few years.</p><p>Today on <em>River To River</em>, we take a look at why this is such a common theme. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who are prepared to face an apocalyptic scenario, and he sits down with an Iowa Homeland Security representative, to find out how prepared the state of Iowa is for disaster.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:56:34 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41922 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse" Air Quality Concerns: Are Coal Plants to Blame? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-quality-concerns-are-coal-plants-blame <p>For decades, U.S. climate change policy has amounted to, "Do as I say, not as I do." However, this week President Obama announced its boldest step yet to reduce carbon emissions. The President wants to reduce carbon emission from power plants by 30% by the year 2030.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, what these guidelines mean for Iowa.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:22:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41778 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Quality Concerns: Are Coal Plants to Blame? Analysis on Iowa's Primary Results http://iowapublicradio.org/post/analysis-iowas-primary-results <p>Three open congressional seats from Iowa are up for grabs in this November’s midterm elections – a very rare occurrence in Iowa politics!</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, an analysis of last night's primary results for those races. Joining host Ben Kieffer are guests Kathie Obradovich, of the Des Moines Register, and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa.</p><p>Ben asks them about the candidates’ strengths, possible weaknesses, and he has them ponder campaign strategies each camp is likely to employ leading up to November.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:34:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41729 at http://iowapublicradio.org Analysis on Iowa's Primary Results When Politics and Religion Meet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-politics-and-religion-meet <p>State money is helping to build a new Christian park in Sioux City. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a Satanic statue will be erected outside a courthouse, next to the Ten Commandments.<br /> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41594 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Politics and Religion Meet Self-Driving Cars: No Longer Science Fiction http://iowapublicradio.org/post/self-driving-cars-no-longer-science-fiction <p>Decades ago, researchers dreamed about cars that could park themselves and avoid accidents. And now, it’s no longer science fiction.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, a look at the latest transportation-related news. We look at modern advances to our transportation systems, including self-driving cars, an update on the controversy surrounding traffic cameras in Iowa, the effects of cannabis on a driver, the hazards of all-terrain vehicles, and efforts by the Iowa DNR to crack down on drinking while driving on the water.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:15:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41440 at http://iowapublicradio.org Self-Driving Cars: No Longer Science Fiction Candidate Profile: Gail Boliver http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-gail-boliver <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Gail Boliver. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:54:18 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 41386 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Gail Boliver Candidate Profile: Anesa Kajtazovic http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-anesa-kajtazovic <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Anesa Kajtazovic. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:31:50 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 41385 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Anesa Kajtazovic Virtual Reality for Chickens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/virtual-reality-chickens <p>Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?</p><p>On this <em>River to River</em> segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.</p><p>“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.</p><p><em>Spoiler alert: </em>While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:22:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Virtual Reality for Chickens The Cost of College http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cost-college <p>When they receive their bachelor’s degree, a majority of Iowa graduates are in debt. On average, these students owe $29,000 in college loan debt when they graduate with a bachelor's degree.</p><p>The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, <a href="http://iowawatch.org/" target="_blank">IowaWatch.org</a>, has been <a href="http://iowawatch.org/2014/05/10/college-debt-levels-dictate-post-graduate-debt/" target="_blank">examining students</a> who live in the now while in college, and then face the prospects of paying huge amounts off in debt.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:12:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41045 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Cost of College The Beauty and Future of Iowa's Parks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/beauty-and-future-iowas-parks <p>Iowa is the second most privately owned state in the U.S., so land preserved on its public parks is particularly special. Today on <em>River to River</em> – &nbsp;the future of Iowa’s parks.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:25:53 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40860 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Beauty and Future of Iowa's Parks Frontrunners in Iowa's Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/frontrunners-iowas-republican-nomination-us-senate <p>State Senator Joni Ernst started out relatively unknown in a crowded field for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Is she now the front runner?</p><p>We look at the candidacy of Joni Ernst this week, as she gains the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the NRA. Also on the program, a tea party primary win in Nebraska, the likelihood of immigration reform before November’s election, and looking abroad, the latest crisis in Ukraine and Nigeria.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:33:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40637 at http://iowapublicradio.org Frontrunners in Iowa's Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate