international relations en Politics Day: International Developments <p>The Obama administration is asking for #3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to address the flood of unaccompanied children coming illegally into the U.S.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we talk about the politics behind this latest chapter in the immigration debate. Also, our guests analyze the latest developments in the Middle East, Ukraine and the disputed presidential election in Afghanistan.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:21:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43485 at Politics Day: International Developments Iowans Comment on Nuclear Deal with Iran <p>After western powers reached a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, what’s next? Today on River to River, guest host Ben Stanton sits down with political science experts Tim Hagle, of the University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, of Grinnell College. They talk about the deal and why it’s being met with skepticism by Israel, and some in Congress. They also discuss what happens after one party in the U.S. Senate uses a so-called nuclear option.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:46:21 +0000 Ben Stanton & Katherine Perkins 32746 at Iowans Comment on Nuclear Deal with Iran The World Comes to Iowa <p>The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was the most costly natural disaster in the history of the world and killed almost 16,000 people.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer sits down with <a href="">Daisuke Ogata</a>, a Japanese college student visiting Des Moines for the summer, and <a href="">Mary McCarthy</a> of Drake University to discuss how this tragic event has changed U.S.-Japan relations.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:39:42 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 27690 at The World Comes to Iowa Iowa's New Sister-State, Kosovo <p>Governor Branstad just announced Iowa’s ninth sister-state relationship with Kosovo, a state Iowa has maintained a unique partnership with over the years. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa national-guard members who have spent time in the region. He also explores Iowa's other sister city relations, from the Hebei province in China to Yucatan, Mexico.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 22597 at Iowa's New Sister-State, Kosovo Madeleine Albright visits Cedar Rapids <p></p><p>As she led reporters around displays of the pins she wore during her career, it was as if Madeleine Albright were introducing old friends at a family reunion.</p><p>With each pin came a memory for the former Secretary of State; crucial diplomatic decisions, casual moments in the White House, and tense meetings with international heads of state… including Kim Jong-Il.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 May 2013 12:33:31 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 20978 at Madeleine Albright visits Cedar Rapids Muscatine Delegation in China <div>When thinking of U.S. – China relations, small town Iowa rarely comes to mind. But a few <a href="" target="_blank">Muscatine residents</a> are working to change that, by building stronger cultural, educational, and corporate relations between the two countries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Host Ben Kieffer speaks with four Muscatine residents who recently returned from a trip to China. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:08:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11019 at Muscatine Delegation in China