weather http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 E-Cigarettes, LIHEAP, Lake Darling and More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e-cigarettes-liheap-lake-darling-and-more <p>In a News Buzz edition of River to River, Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Clay Masters about debate over a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine to minors.&nbsp;</p><p>We hear from Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Liz Mathis about the need for emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.&nbsp; She says one family found it less costly to spend a week in a hotel, rather than heat their home using propane.&nbsp;</p><p>We get local reaction to a new study on the effectiveness of mammograms.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:17:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36296 at http://iowapublicradio.org E-Cigarettes, LIHEAP, Lake Darling and More An Iowan in Sochi and Other Stories http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowan-sochi-and-other-stories <p>In this News Buzz program, hear six short interviews about: the Iowa Juvenile Home, the Olympics in Russia, an embarrassing phone conversation involving the U.S. State Department, a cyber-security competition, a deadly snowmobile accident and safety concerns, and the analysis of flood prediction.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:51:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35968 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Iowan in Sochi and Other Stories The 'Core' of Iowa Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/core-iowa-education <p>In the first half of this program, host Ben Kieffer talks with two members of the new Iowa Department of Education&nbsp;commission&nbsp;charged with strengthening the core curriculum. &nbsp;Guests are D.T. Magee, the&nbsp;Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, and&nbsp;Tom Downs, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of School Boards.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the second half, hear about new attention given to sexual assault, doubling of propane prices, and what is behind the latest cold weather.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:34:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35232 at http://iowapublicradio.org The 'Core' of Iowa Education Icy Roads, Bad Signing, Dogs, Odd Animals, and 99 Marathons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/icy-roads-bad-signing-dogs-odd-animals-and-99-marathons <p>In this News Buzz show we talk with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">state maintenance engineer for the Iowa DOT Bob</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Younie about the winter driving conditions for today and the weekend,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Certified Sign Language Interpreter&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">L</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">indsey Kang about what makes for good sign language,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Captain Jim Steffen from the Iowa City Police Department about protecting police dogs, D</span><span Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:34:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 33832 at http://iowapublicradio.org Icy Roads, Bad Signing, Dogs, Odd Animals, and 99 Marathons Cameras, Compromise, 'Codone, 'The Catch,' and Cold http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cameras-compromise-codone-catch-and-cold <p>In this 'News Buzz' edition of River to River, hear about new rules for traffic cameras in Iowa, a stopgap farm bill passed in the U.S. House, a new hydrocodone-related drug which is meeting opposition from Iowa's Attorney General, the Hawkeyes will meet LSU, and what's with the early bout of cold weather?</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:22:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 33493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cameras, Compromise, 'Codone, 'The Catch,' and Cold Extreme Weather in the Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/extreme-weather-midwest <p>In the period between 2008 and 2012, Iowa experienced a record amount of flooding and variability in rainfall, leading to damage that cost the state billions. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer asks how climate change is impacting extreme weather patterns, the economic impact, and, how we in Iowa can best prepare for the years to come.</p><p></p><p>Want more information?</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:40:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 33270 at http://iowapublicradio.org Extreme Weather in the Midwest How Humans Tolerate Cold Weather http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-humans-tolerate-cold-weather <p>Humans developed in warm climates, but eventually our ancestors made their way into colder and more inhospitable regions.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with physiologist <a href="http://clas.uiowa.edu/hhp/people/kevin-kregel">Kevin Kregel</a> and anthropologist <a href="http://clas.uiowa.edu/anthropology/people/robert-g-franciscus">Robert Franciscus</a> of the University of Iowa about how humans have acclimated to cold and challenging environments.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:51:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 32939 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Humans Tolerate Cold Weather News Buzz: Guns, Allergies, Cheapskates, and 'Cyence' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-guns-allergies-cheapskates-and-cyence <p>This River to River includes discussion about gun laws in Iowa, high pollen counts and allergies, an Iowan who was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities, ISU has a new very fast computer, hot weather, a holiday weekend State Park preview, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Des Moines and Cedar&nbsp;Rapids are supposedly good places for frugal living.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:10:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 28356 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Guns, Allergies, Cheapskates, and 'Cyence' News Grab-Bag: Vandalized Butter-Cow, Corn Prices, Crackdown on "Montana" RVs, & Digitized Cemetery http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-grab-bag-vandalized-butter-cow-corn-prices-crackdown-montana-rvs-digitized-cemetery <p>Farmers may harvest nearly 14 billion bushels of corn this year – that’s a record and 29% more than last year. However, as a result corn prices have dropped to their lowest since 2010.</p><p>Today on River To River, we explore this topic and much more! We travel to the Iowa State Fair, talk weather and corn price predictions, find out what a digitized cemetery is, and explore a new law cracking down on Iowans who register RVs in Montana to avoid paying the 5 percent Iowa registration fee and annual registration fees.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:05:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury & Sarah Boden 27412 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Grab-Bag: Vandalized Butter-Cow, Corn Prices, Crackdown on "Montana" RVs, & Digitized Cemetery Invasive Species: Air and Water http://iowapublicradio.org/post/invasive-species-air-and-water <p>The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa. &nbsp;It has now been found in Burlington. &nbsp;Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it. &nbsp;New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals.</p><p>Also, in the second half of the program, we talk about a Cuban baseball player that defected to the U.S. while in Des Moines. &nbsp;And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:04:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 24236 at http://iowapublicradio.org Invasive Species: Air and Water Flood Review and Outlook http://iowapublicradio.org/post/flood-review-and-outlook <p>Iowans&nbsp;have been evacuating homes, filling sandbags, and praying to avoid a disastrous summer as rivers, creeks, and waterways surge out of their banks. Join host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;to hear&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">stories from communities affected by this the wettest spring on record. &nbsp;You also</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;get a big picture look at what’s happening across the state and what’s to come from Iowa flood experts.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:51:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 21825 at http://iowapublicradio.org Flood Review and Outlook Spring Precipitation And Flooding In Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-precipitation-and-flooding-iowa <p>After all the rain this week, we get a drought and flood update to find out how our soil is fairing. Ben Kieffer talks with state climatologist, Harry Hillaker, and National Weather Service hydrologist, Marin Stofler.</p><p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:15:17 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 19081 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring Precipitation And Flooding In Iowa When Severe Weather Strikes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-severe-weather-strikes <p>In May of 2011, Joplin Missouri was hit by the deadliest single tornado since record keeping began in 1950.&nbsp; After that disaster, the National Weather Service evaluated their warning system and public response to it.&nbsp; That led to a more specific warning system that went into effect in Iowa on April 1.&nbsp; Today we hear from two Iowa National Weather Service meteorologists about the new “impact-based” warning system. We also listen back to our conversation last year with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski and his firsthand account of the Joplin tornado.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:41:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18601 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Severe Weather Strikes Winter Weather & Callie Crossley On Talking Openly About Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/winter-weather-callie-crossley-talking-openly-about-race-0 <p>Even though Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, don’t bet old man winter is done with us just yet. Today on River to River, we talk about the winter storms we’ve had this year… and if there’s been progress towards drought recovery. Also, journalist Callie Crossley joins our conversation to talk about race relations in the U.S. and where there’s room for improvement.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:57:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer 17227 at http://iowapublicradio.org Winter Weather & Callie Crossley On Talking Openly About Race A year after flood, Hamburg hopes to keep levee http://iowapublicradio.org/post/year-after-flood-hamburg-hopes-keep-levee <p>Last summer, Iowa and Nebraska were in the grips of major flooding along the Missouri River. Now, a small southwest Iowa community hopes to make permanent a levee that protected them from the river.&nbsp;</p><p>To find out more about the levee project, click <a href="http://hamburglevee.com">here</a>.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:31:43 +0000 Deborah Newcombe 5905 at http://iowapublicradio.org A year after flood, Hamburg hopes to keep levee Severe Weather: Tornadoes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/severe-weather-tornadoes <p>Severe weather experts from throughout the country will be at an annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Ankeny later this week.&nbsp; Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski who will give his firsthand account of last year&rsquo;s massive tornado in Joplin, Missouri.&nbsp; Ben also talks with Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa about his experience broadcasting severe weather coverage during a violent outbreak of storms in April of last year.&nbsp; Finally, Ben talks with National Weather Service meteorolog Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:00:17 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18 at http://iowapublicradio.org Severe Weather: Tornadoes Severe Weather: Tornadoes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/severe-weather-tornadoes-0 <p>Severe weather experts from throughout the country will be at an annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Ankeny later this week.&nbsp; Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski who will give his firsthand account of last year&rsquo;s massive tornado in Joplin, Missouri.&nbsp; Ben also talks with Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa about his experience broadcasting severe weather coverage during a violent outbreak of storms in April of last year.&nbsp; Finally, Ben talks with National Weather Service meteorolog Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 465 at http://iowapublicradio.org Deadly Weather and State Economic Update http://iowapublicradio.org/post/deadly-weather-and-state-economic-update <p>In the past week, scores of people have been killed and injured by tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Ben Kieffer talks with meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki of the University of Northern Iowa about the series of deadly storms and the weather outlook in Iowa as we approach spring.&nbsp;Ben will&nbsp;also talk with the Director of Iowa&#39;s Economic Development Authority Debi Durham about growing Iowa&#39;s economy and its population.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Changing Weather and Homeland Security Priorities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/changing-weather-and-homeland-security-priorities <p>The shovels and snow blowers remain locked in the garage and golf courses are open for business- not the typical January in Iowa. Ben talks with Craig Cogil of the National Weather Service about changing Midwest weather patterns and State Climatologist Harry Hillaker checks in with his 2011 weather summary. Later, the new head of Iowa&#39;s Homeland Security Department, Mark Schouten, lays out his priorities for the coming year.</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 146 at http://iowapublicradio.org