Ben Kieffer 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 Red Cross Recongizes Iowa Heroes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/red-cross-recongizes-iowa-heroes <p>Heroes of the Heartland are recognized for acts of heroism &nbsp;or community service by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa.&nbsp; This year’s recipients include fourth-grader Josh Little who saved a classmate from choking, and Baxter Police Officer Joe Bartello, who rescued a semi-truck driver by swimming through the vehicle’s broken windshield after it crashed and submerged in flood water.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with these impressive individuals.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39275 at http://iowapublicradio.org Red Cross Recongizes Iowa Heroes Java Blend Special Event With Jen Chapin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/java-blend-special-event-jen-chapin <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In this special episode of&nbsp;IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," recorded at <a href="http://www.rivermusicexperience.org/">The Redstone Room</a>&nbsp;in downtown Davenport, host,&nbsp;<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/ben-kieffer" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Ben Kieffer</a>&nbsp;will chat with Brooklyn, NY artist,&nbsp;<a href="http://jen Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 36061 at http://iowapublicradio.org Java Blend Special Event With Jen Chapin Ukraine Crisis Deepens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-crisis-deepens <p>As the Ukrainian crisis deepens, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Donna Hoffman of University of Northern Iowa about U.S. response.&nbsp; Other topics include, the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Washington Post and the Guardian for their coverage of the NSA, a new climate change study, and Stephen Colbert's new Late Night gig.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:59:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39230 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis Deepens 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 Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Crankshaft http://iowapublicradio.org/post/java-blend-exclusive-hour-crankshaft <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">On Friday, April 18,&nbsp; at 2 PM at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thejavahouse.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Iowa City's downtown Java House,</a>&nbsp;IPR Studio One's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iowapublicradio.org/people/ben-kieffer" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:11:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 37990 at http://iowapublicradio.org Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Crankshaft Richard Dawkins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/richard-dawkins <p>Acclaimed evolutionary biologist <a href="http://www.richarddawkins.net">Richard Dawkins</a> returns to Iowa this Saturday.&nbsp; Dawkins will speak at <span class="st">Hoyt Sherman Place</span> in Des Moines at a ticketed event put on by <a href="http://www.secularityusa.org/">SecularityUSA</a>, which advocates for secularism in American government.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:47:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39011 at http://iowapublicradio.org Richard Dawkins The End of Session and Soil Conditions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/end-session-and-soil-conditions <p>Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/joyce-russell">Joyce Russell</a> about developments surrounding the confidential settlements within Governor Branstad's administration and the end of the legislative session.</p><p>Also, planting season is right around the corner. Iowa State University agronomist and ISU Extension climatologist <a href="http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/faculty/taylor.html">Elwynn Taylor</a> discusses soil conditions throughout Iowa.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:24:47 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39009 at http://iowapublicradio.org The End of Session and Soil Conditions No More VEISHEA? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-more-veishea <p>On Wednesday, the rest of <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veishea-celebration-iowa-state-canceled">the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended</a> due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.&nbsp; Rioters in the <span class="st">Campustown area of Ames </span>turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:36:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 38991 at http://iowapublicradio.org No More VEISHEA? 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" Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putins-motives-ukraine-hard-decode <p>As protests continue in Eastern Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry says it's clear the chaos is being orchestrated by Russia.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University about Russian President Valdimir Putin's motivations.&nbsp; They also discuss the politics of equal pay, and the recent firing of Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:26:50 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38880 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Rebecca Rego http://iowapublicradio.org/post/java-blend-exclusive-hour-rebecca-rego <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In this encore episode of&nbsp;IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host,&nbsp;<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/ben-kieffer" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Ben Kieffer</a>&nbsp;will chat with <a href="http://regorego.com/">Rebecca Rego</a>.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 38263 at http://iowapublicradio.org Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Rebecca Rego Understanding the Crimean Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/understanding-crimean-crisis <p>Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.&nbsp; This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.</p><p><a href="http://romanskaskiw.com/blog/">Roman Skaskiw</a> is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.&nbsp; He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Understanding the Crimean Crisis 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/night-falls-its-time-david-skorton <p>David Skorton used to open his Iowa Public Radio jazz show like this, "As night falls over the river city and all of eastern Iowa, it's time for jazz."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:08:59 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38643 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton This Helmet Has a Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/helmet-has-brain <p>The brain on this helmet is designed with the idea of protecting <em>your </em>brain from a concussion. Built into it is what amounts to a small computer. &nbsp;It was designed and programmed by an Iowa student. &nbsp;</p><p>Different LEDs light up depending on how hard the helmet is getting jostled. This project is one of many that students might get involved in through The Big Ideas Group, which is an optional education program through the Cedar Rapids School&nbsp;District.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:06:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38630 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Helmet Has a Brain Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Jason Carl http://iowapublicradio.org/post/java-blend-exclusive-hour-jason-carl <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;In this episode of&nbsp;IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host,&nbsp;<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/ben-kieffer" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Ben Kieffer</a>&nbsp;will chat with Davenport rockers,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/jasoncarlband" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Jason Carl and the Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:23:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer 36058 at http://iowapublicradio.org Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Jason Carl 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 Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opening-floodgates-money-politics <p>Four years after the Citizens United ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a landmark decision that frees the nation's wealthiest donors to have greater influence in federal elections. Today on politics day, analysis of the court's decision.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Stephen Schmidt and Timothy Hagle.</p><p>Also, a last-minute enrollment surge enabled the White House to meet its original sign-up target for the Affordable Care Act, a surprising victory for the Obama administration. How does this change the political landscape?</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:18:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38527 at http://iowapublicradio.org Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics Technology and Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/technology-and-health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1852609">new study</a> published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/dgentile/">Doug Gentile</a>, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38452 at http://iowapublicradio.org Technology and Health Board of Regents Efficiency Study http://iowapublicradio.org/post/board-regents-efficiency-study <p>The first of three public hearings was held today at the University of Iowa in advance of a <a href="http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140312/NEWS01/140312006/Students-protest-efficiency-study-Board-Regents-meeting">comprehensive efficiency review</a> by the Iowa Board of Regents.&nbsp; The review is expected to generate $15-25 million in savings.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:46:33 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 38275 at http://iowapublicradio.org Board of Regents Efficiency Study Iowa City's Oculus Rift http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-citys-oculus-rift <p><a href="http://www.fabfoundation.org/fab-labs/">Fab Labs</a>, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, <a href="http://www.thesteamroom.org/">The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab</a>, will open on the eastside of Iowa City.&nbsp; S.T.E.A.M Room Director of Operations Kirk Cheyeny says visitors will have access, "To any tool you need to build anything that you want."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38271 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa City's Oculus Rift News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-cyclones-sweet-16 <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/rick-fredericksen">Rick Fredricksen</a> about how lobotomies became common practice for curing PTSD in Iowa veterans after WWII.&nbsp; Also, the Des Moines Register's <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryce_A_Miller">Bryce Miller</a> discusses the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, and the <a href="http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140328/NEWS01/140328001/UI-spokesman-Girls-episode-turned-down-protect-university-s-reputation">University of Iowa turns down</a> HBO's <a href="http://www. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 38270 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 Java Blend Exclusive Hour With The PBJs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/java-blend-exclusive-hour-pbjs <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In this episode of&nbsp;IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host,&nbsp;<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/ben-kieffer" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Ben Kieffer</a>&nbsp;will chat with southeast Iowa indie folk-rockers,&nbsp;<a href="http://thepbjs.bandcamp.com/" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">The&nbsp;PBJs</a>.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:57:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer 36486 at http://iowapublicradio.org Java Blend Exclusive Hour With The PBJs Farmer from Iowa Comment and Castration Ad Focus National Attention on Iowa's Senate Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmer-iowa-comment-and-castration-ad-focus-national-attention-iowas-senate-race <p><a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140325/NEWS09/303250120/Video-captures-Bruce-Braley-criticizing-Chuck-Grassley-farmer-from-Iowa-">Video </a>has surfaced of Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley at a private Texas fundraiser with trial lawyers drawing a stark contrast between a future with him serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a future with GOP Senator Charles Grassley Chairing that committee.&nbsp; In the video, Braley describes Grassley as an "Iowa farmer" who "never went to law school."&nbsp; Slate has called it the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/new Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:01:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38165 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmer from Iowa Comment and Castration Ad Focus National Attention on Iowa's Senate Race 'Farmer...Never Went to Law School' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmernever-went-law-school <p>Iowa Congressman and Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley has apologized for comments he made at a January fundraiser in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p>"If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice ... on the Senate Judiciary Committee," Braley said. "Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee."</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:46:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38153 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Farmer...Never Went to Law School' Honoring Veterans in Hospice http://iowapublicradio.org/post/honoring-veterans-hospice <p>Serving in the military changes one's perspective on life, but often it also alters the way they face death.&nbsp; Ben Kieffer speaks with Deborah Grassman, the CEO and co-founder of <a href="http://opuspeace.org/">Opus Peace</a>.&nbsp; Opus Peace&nbsp; is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people work through trauma.</p><p>Prior to Opus Peace, Grassman worked as a nurse practitioner for three decades at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was also the director of the VA's hospice program and personally took care of over 10,000 dying veterans.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38097 at http://iowapublicradio.org Honoring Veterans in Hospice 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 Java Blend Exclusive Hour with Tiff Jimber http://iowapublicradio.org/post/java-blend-exclusive-hour-tiff-jimber <p>In this episode of&nbsp;IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/ben-kieffer">Ben Kieffer</a> will chat with Santa Monica based pop-rocker, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.tiffjimber.com/news/">Tiff Jimber</a>.</p><p>Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about her and her recent U.S. tour.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 35839 at http://iowapublicradio.org Java Blend Exclusive Hour with Tiff Jimber CSI: Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/csi-iowa <p>Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine for crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37738 at http://iowapublicradio.org CSI: Iowa Murky Waters and Pi Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/murky-waters-and-pi-day <p>Is winter almost over?&nbsp; And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?&nbsp; Also, the latest Quinnipiac <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/iowa/release-detail?ReleaseID=2019">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/shri/pubs/pdf/Cancer_2014.pdf">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="http://thegazette.com/2014/03/10/iowa-launches-new-tourism-ad-campaign/">ad campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.piday.org/">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="http://www.sciowa.org/">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at http://iowapublicradio.org Murky Waters and Pi Day