River to River http://iowapublicradio.org en Launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes Delayed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/launch-radiation-belt-storm-probes-delayed <p>NASA's launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes developed, in part, by University of Iowa Professor of Physics and Astronomy Craig Kletzing has been delayed.&nbsp; The Atlas rocket is now scheduled to lift off on Thursday.&nbsp; River to River's Ben Kieffer speaks with Kletzing about the delay, and the project's eventual goals.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:38:34 +0000 Katherine Perkins 7012 at http://iowapublicradio.org Launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes Delayed University President Sally Mason and Rural Attorneys http://iowapublicradio.org/post/university-president-sally-mason-and-rural-attorneys <p><span class="normalchar1"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Receiving basic legal services such as drafting a contract or selling a house is becoming more difficult in some rural Iowa communities. Rural attorneys are retiring and many are not being replaced. I&rsquo;m Ben Kieffer, and next time on River to River we&rsquo;ll talk about a new collaboration between the Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa law programs encouraging young attorneys to practice in small towns. And, a conversation with University of Iowa President Sally Mason.</span></span></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:41:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3554 at http://iowapublicradio.org University President Sally Mason and Rural Attorneys Politics Day: Voter Fraud http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-voter-fraud <p>The general election is just over four months away and some may already know how and when they&rsquo;re voting. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle and&nbsp;Associate Professor and author Doug Jones about the attempts made to improve the voting process and if the U.S. elections have gotten better. Later, Ben talks with Bill Schickel, Co-Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa and Caucus Review Committee Chairman about lessons learned from the GOP caucus counting mix-up.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:30:01 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3500 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Voter Fraud Sleep Doctor Eric Dyken http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sleep-doctor-eric-dyken <p>What keeps you awake at night? This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with&nbsp;neurologist Dr.&nbsp;Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa&nbsp;Sleep Disorder Center. We&#39;ll hear about a new&nbsp;study on restless leg syndrome being&nbsp;conducted at the University of Iowa, a study linking&nbsp;sleep apnea to cancer and new research showing that&nbsp;most managers sleep with their&nbsp;smartphones.&nbsp;Dyken also tells us&nbsp;about how sleeping with a spouse can be beneficial.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:22:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3365 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sleep Doctor Eric Dyken Being in Iowa: Learning Disabled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-learning-disabled <p>In a weeklong series IPR reporter Rob Dillard connected with Iowans to share how their learning disability&nbsp;impacted their life. Host Ben Kieffer talks with doctors and people&nbsp;featured in the series&nbsp;about&nbsp;learning disabilities&nbsp;and how their lives have changed.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:38:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3254 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Learning Disabled Retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens & Health and Wellness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/retired-hy-vee-ceo-ric-jurgens-health-and-wellness <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Earlier this month Ric Jurgens retired as CEO and Chairman of Hy-Vee after 43 years with the company. The Iowa-based supermarket chain operates 235 stores in eight states.&nbsp;This hour on&nbsp;River to River,&nbsp;Ben Kieffer talks with Ric Jurgens about the evolution of Hy-Vee and trends in the grocery business. During the second half of the&nbsp;hour, we&#39;ll talk&nbsp;with two dieticians about healthy eating and changes to school lunch menus which take effect this year. </font></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:18:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3183 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens & Health and Wellness Politics Day: Political Gaffes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-political-gaffes <p>On Politics Day, IPR&rsquo;s Dean&nbsp;Borg talks with two political scientists, Bruce Nesmith from Coe College and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa, about the current strategies of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney including the recent political gaffes and how the incidents may impact the candidates. Later on, Dean talks about the potential influence Ron Paul could have in Iowa&rsquo;s Republican party in light of the coming GOP state convention.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:07:36 +0000 Dean Borg 3070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Political Gaffes 2012 World Food Prize Laureate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2012-world-food-prize-laureate <p>The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate is Daniel Hillel. Hillel is a pioneer in water irrigation systems, and his work transformed farming in dry desert areas in the Middle East through a trickle irrigation method. We&rsquo;ll talk with Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to find out more about Hillel and the award that is increasingly called, the &ldquo;Nobel Prize of Food.&rdquo;&nbsp; And, we&rsquo;ll listen back to past interviews with the 2009 and 2010 Laureates.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:44:16 +0000 Katherine Perkins 3052 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2012 World Food Prize Laureate Practical Wisdom http://iowapublicradio.org/post/practical-wisdom <p>Greek philosopher Aristotle called it practical wisdom; we know it as common sense. Is there a lack of it in our society? In an encore show, listen back to when host Ben Kieffer spoke with Political Science Professor Kenneth Sharpe who, along with Barry Schwartz, wrote a book that argues much dissatisfaction with institutions comes from people within the system being unable to use their practical wisdom &ndash; or common sense. Also listen to callers who share personal stories of instances where practical wisdom was abundant, or abundantly lacking.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:35:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2998 at http://iowapublicradio.org Practical Wisdom Villisca Axe Murder 100th Anniversary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/villisca-axe-murder-100th-anniversary <p>One hundred years ago, an entire family was wiped out by an axe wielding killer in the southwestern Iowa town of Villisca, a crime that remains unsolved to this day. Host Ben Kieffer re-examines Iowa&rsquo;s worst mass homicide with award-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle who made a documentary about the incident. Ben also talks with historian Edgar Epperly.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:34:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Villisca Axe Murder 100th Anniversary Iowa City Landfill Fire Update and Homeless Animals http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-city-landfill-fire-update-and-homeless-animals <p>This hour on River to River, we get an update on the Iowa City Landfill fire which currently&nbsp;covers 7 acres of land and is producing a toxic, tar-like liquid that is highly flammable. In the second half of the hour, we&#39;ll talk about the record number of&nbsp;animals&nbsp;in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and what can be done about the problem.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 18:23:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2845 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa City Landfill Fire Update and Homeless Animals Politics Day - Wisconsin Recall Results http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-wisconsin-recall-results <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Tuesday&rsquo;s Wisconsin recall election revealed Scott Walker will retain his seat as governor. IPR&rsquo;s Dean Borg talks with political scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa about what&nbsp;Scott Walker&rsquo;s success in overcoming a recall election means&nbsp;for Democrats and Republicans. Later, Dean also analyzes the races in Iowa&rsquo;s Congressional districts now that the general election ballot is set.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:48:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2777 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day - Wisconsin Recall Results Mount Everest Overcrowding and World Record Juggling in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mount-everest-overcrowding-and-world-record-juggling-iowa <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A&nbsp;recent photo by Outside Magazine shows a line of 300 climbers on Mt. Everest creating a bottleneck which contributed to the deaths of four people. On this River, program, guest host Alex Heuer talks with the first Iowan to summit Mount Everest,&nbsp;<font size="5">&nbsp;Charlie Wittmack , and Iowa City physician and mountain climber Chuck Huss. They’ll talk about the increasing popularity of climbing the world’s tallest peak and the implications. Then, Alex talks with the world’s fastest juggler, Iowan Mark Hanson of Kanawha. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:57:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2705 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mount Everest Overcrowding and World Record Juggling in Iowa Iowans in the NBA http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-nba <p>We&rsquo;ve reached the final&nbsp;four in the National Basketball Association Playoffs.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll get insights and analysis from two Iowans who are pro-basketball lifers- Fort Madison native Ryan Bowen, an eleven-year NBA veteran who&nbsp;works on the Denver Nuggets coaching staff.&nbsp; And&nbsp;West Des Moines&rsquo; Matt Bullard, who played 12 NBA seasons, and works as the color commentator on Houston Rockets broadcasts.&nbsp;&nbsp;We&rsquo;ll also hear&nbsp; how they&rsquo;re Iowa roots have helped them on the professional basketball stage.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2632 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans in the NBA Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary - Part 2 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inside-fort-madison-state-penitentiary-part-2 <p>Host Ben Kieffer continues the second hour of the special, two-part program featuring conversations he had on a recent trip to the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison. The current building dates back to 1839 but a new prison is under construction.&nbsp;Ben talks with two inmates serving life sentences to find out about their lives now and how that may change at the new facility. Ben later talks with Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections John Baldwin.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:02:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2523 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary - Part 2 Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inside-fort-madison-state-penitentiary <p>Have you ever wondered what life is like behind bars? On River to River today, we aired the first of a special two-part program from <a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.444467025564714.108771.158021610875925&amp;type=1" target="_blank">inside </a>the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison, the oldest prison west of the Mississippi still in use. During this hour, we hear from Warden Nick Ludwick, a counselor who was taken hostage during a prison riot in the 1980’s and from offenders serving life sentences.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 18:21:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2465 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary Politics Day - Primary Preview http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-primary-preview <p>All eyes are&nbsp;on Texas, but attention&nbsp;will soon turn to Iowa&#39;s&nbsp;primary elections and the efforts&nbsp;to recall a&nbsp;sitting Governor in Wisconsin.&nbsp;&nbsp;Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;will analyze results&nbsp;and look ahead&nbsp;for signs of what&#39;s to come with&nbsp;Drake University&nbsp;Political Scientist Dennis Goldford and&nbsp;University of&nbsp;Iowa&nbsp;Professor&nbsp;Emeritus of&nbsp;Communications&nbsp;Bruce Gronbeck.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 13:47:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2380 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day - Primary Preview Animal Tool Behavior http://iowapublicradio.org/post/animal-tool-behavior <p>Tools are not only used by humans-&nbsp;ground squirrels kick sand in the faces of venomous snakes,&nbsp;mice set out markers to find their way home and apes do all kinds of things with tools - crack open nuts, apply herbal medications, open locks and doors, stir liquids, saw wood and even dig with a shovel.&nbsp;In a program that originally aired&nbsp;last June, Ben talks&nbsp;with the authors of the&nbsp;revision of the seminal book <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Animal_Tool_Behavior.html?id=Dx7slq__udwC"><em>Animal Tool Behavior</em></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; We ask if tool use is e Tue, 29 May 2012 15:26:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2324 at http://iowapublicradio.org Animal Tool Behavior Wind Energy in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wind-energy-iowa <p>Following President Obama&rsquo;s stop at an Iowa wind turbine blade manufacturer to warn of the pending loss of wind energy tax credits, host Ben Kieffer talks with wind energy businessman Rob Hoch from Alta who sat down with the President this week. Also, David Kreutzer, a senior policy analyst from the Heritage Foundation talks about the potential problems with wind energy. Later, Ben talks with author Philip Warburg whose new book, &ldquo;Harvest the Wind&rdquo;, looks at the hope and promise wind energy could bring to declining rural communities.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 18:51:55 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2202 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wind Energy in Iowa Polk County Sheriff Visits Israel & Life of Secret Service Agent http://iowapublicradio.org/post/polk-county-sheriff-visits-israel-life-secret-service-agent <p>Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy has just returned from Israel,&nbsp;chosen by the National Sheriff&#39;s Association&nbsp;to learn about&nbsp;homeland security measures. McCarthy&nbsp;talks about&nbsp;the experience, including&nbsp;learning about the mindset&nbsp;of suicide bombers and&nbsp;new security&nbsp;technologies.&nbsp;Later, members&nbsp;of the U.S. Secret Service are in the state,&nbsp;providing security for President&nbsp;Obama&#39;s central Iowa campaign stop. Wed, 23 May 2012 21:12:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2098 at http://iowapublicradio.org Polk County Sheriff Visits Israel & Life of Secret Service Agent Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-9 <p>President Obama is back in the state this week, visiting&nbsp;a wind turbine manufacturer in Newton.&nbsp;We&#39;ll look at&nbsp;how the pending loss&nbsp;of two wind&nbsp;energy tax&nbsp;credits could affect Iowa&#39;s economy.&nbsp;Also, a&nbsp;new poll shows&nbsp;the President and&nbsp;Mitt Romney locked&nbsp;in a dead heat over who could fix the economy.&nbsp; Ben&#39;s guests are University of Northern Iowa Political Science Chair Donna Hoffman and University of Iowa&nbsp;Associate&nbsp;Political Science Professor&nbsp;Tim Hagle.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&nbsp;Chief Correspondent&nbsp;Dea Wed, 23 May 2012 14:16:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2060 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Boating Safety on Iowa Waterways & Rescue at Maquoketa Caves State Park http://iowapublicradio.org/post/boating-safety-iowa-waterways-rescue-maquoketa-caves-state-park <p>This week is National Safe Boating Week, which comes after an unfortunate boating accident over the weekend on the Mississippi River which claimed the lives of four boaters and injured eight others. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Susan Stocker, Boating Safety Coordinator for the Iowa DNR and Robert Edwards, of the Maquoketa Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Edwards was one of the first rescuers on the scene of where a couple of spelunkers were trapped in a cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park &ndash; one for more than 20 hours. Tue, 22 May 2012 19:31:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer 2016 at http://iowapublicradio.org Boating Safety on Iowa Waterways & Rescue at Maquoketa Caves State Park Joplin Anniversary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/joplin-anniversary <p>One year after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Joplin, Missouri,&nbsp;host Ben Kieffer takes us on trip to Joplin to talk with survivors of the disaster.</p><p>We hear from Martha Goldman and Ian Coday,&nbsp;the young couple&nbsp;who survived in their closet as the house around them was ripped away. Also,&nbsp;76-yr old Carolyn Pendergraft talks about surviving in her basement while above her half century-old donut shop was destroyed.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 20:07:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1788 at http://iowapublicradio.org Joplin Anniversary Technology Free Getaways http://iowapublicradio.org/post/technology-free-getaways <p>Cell phones, computers, televisions &ndash; they seem to be everywhere we go. Join host Ben Kieffer as we explore an effort by the <a href="http://www.365regionalnetwork.com/tourism.aspx" target="_blank">Tri-State Tourism Council</a> promoting technology-free getaways in eastern Iowa, southwest Wisconsin, and northwest Illinois. Fri, 18 May 2012 16:44:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1764 at http://iowapublicradio.org Technology Free Getaways Dee Dee Myers & Speedo's Fastskin 3 Racing System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dee-dee-myers-speedos-fastskin-3-racing-system <p>Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who served during President Bill Clinton&rsquo;s first term. Myers is the author of the 2008 <em>New York Times</em> best-selling book &ldquo;Why Women Should Rule the World.&rdquo;&nbsp; She, along with former presidential advisor Karl Rove, will share insights on the presidential election Thursday evening, May 17th at Cornell College. Thu, 17 May 2012 17:08:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1696 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dee Dee Myers & Speedo's Fastskin 3 Racing System Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-8 <p>Mitt Romney returned to Iowa for the first time since becoming his party&#39;s presumptive nominee, and likened President Obama&#39;s economic leadership to a &quot;prairie fire&quot; looming on the horizon.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at ISU, and Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at UNI.&nbsp; They discuss Romney&#39;s visit, Obama&#39;s talking points on JP Morgan Chase, Iowa&#39;s congressional races and Ron Paul&#39;s delegate strategy.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 20:11:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1645 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Agricultural Reporters Roundtable http://iowapublicradio.org/post/agricultural-reporters-roundtable <p>Dow Chemical&rsquo;s so-called &ldquo;Agent Orange Corn&rdquo; is being criticized by some in the agriculture community but is being praised by others as weed resistance plagues farmers. Tue, 15 May 2012 18:10:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1561 at http://iowapublicradio.org Agricultural Reporters Roundtable Legislative Wrap-up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-wrap <p>Iowa lawmakers have adjourned for the year&hellip; and now they&rsquo;ll be hitting the campaign trail armed with accomplishments.&nbsp; Host Joyce Russell talks with legislative leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Assistant Majority Leader in the House Steven Lukan, about what they&rsquo;ll highlight in legislative races.&nbsp; Then, statehouse reporters, James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Jason Clayworth of the Des Moines Register, offer their takes on what did and did NOT get done.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 18:35:47 +0000 Joyce Russell 1499 at http://iowapublicradio.org Marketing of Mom and Dave Isay http://iowapublicradio.org/post/marketing-mom-and-dave-isay <p>Mother&rsquo;s day is this weekend.&nbsp; StoryCorps founder David Isay&rsquo;s book, &ldquo;Mom&rdquo; is based on interviews from around the country -- people talking to, and about, their mothers.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Isay.&nbsp; And, he takes a look at the marketing of mom.&nbsp; Many companies run ads around mother&#39;s day aimed at moms, and seeking to attach positive memories to their products.&nbsp; How successful are their efforts?</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 18:12:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1384 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amusement Park Attendance & Life-Saving Story http://iowapublicradio.org/post/amusement-park-attendance-life-saving-story <p>Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Tom Schrier of Iowa State University about his work studying how new attractions influence attendance rates at amusement parks.&nbsp; Then, on July 9, 2011, Joe Gantner of Cedar Rapids set-off on a 100-mile training ride for RAGBRAI. About four miles into the trip his heart stopped and he lost consciousness.&nbsp; Ben talks with Joe Gatner about the remarkable story of how he survived the ordeal and is now preparing for this year&rsquo;s bicycle ride across Iowa. RAGBRAI director T.J. Thu, 10 May 2012 18:30:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1327 at http://iowapublicradio.org