President http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowans in the White House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-white-house <p>During the American Revolution future first lady Abigail Adams melted down the family pewter to make bullets.&nbsp; The bullet mold she used will be on display at the <a href="http://www.hoover.archives.gov/">Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum</a> from <span class="introsm">April 19-Oct. 26, 2014, as part of the </span>museum's new exhibit, America’s First Ladies.<span class="introsm"> </span></p><p><span class="introsm">Host </span>Charity Nebbe, gets a preview of the exhibit with curator Melanie Weir and historian Elizabeth Dinschel.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39270 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans in the White House President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-sits-between-two-ferns <p>The head of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/12/289299072/feinstein-cia-tampered-with-senate-panels-work">U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly accessed computers</a> used by congressional staff.&nbsp; What comes next?</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:16:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37479 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns The Passage of the 13th Amendment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/passage-13th-amendment <p>In this encore edition of River to River, listen back to host Ben Kieffer's conversation with <a href="http://www.hoover.archives.gov/">Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum </a>director Tom Schwartz. &nbsp;Schwartz explains the story behind the passage of the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/13thamendment.html">13<sup>th</sup> Amendment</a> which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:27:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35091 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Passage of the 13th Amendment Presidential Ebb and Flow http://iowapublicradio.org/post/presidential-ebb-and-flow <p>Every presidency ebbs and flows.&nbsp; President Obama seems to be going through an ebb, as his job approval rating drops to the lowest of his presidency.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with presidential historian Tim Walch, former Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Donna Hoffman, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa, about the ebb and flow of presidencies through history, and what they can tell us about presidential popularity today.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:28:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 32422 at http://iowapublicradio.org Presidential Ebb and Flow Close Elections in US History http://iowapublicradio.org/post/close-elections-us-history <p>We all remember how George Bush defeated Al Gore by 269 votes in 2000, but how about when Grover Cleveland edged out James Blaine in the election of 1884, an ugly campaign that was the beginning of modern mudslinging. In this tight election year we’ll look back at other hard won presidential elections in our history with guests Tim Walch, former director of the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and Cary Covington, a University of Iowa professor of political science.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:08:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10340 at http://iowapublicradio.org Close Elections in US History Obama, Romney Descend on Dubuque http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-romney-descend-dubuque <p></p><p>Both President Obama and Mitt Romney descended on Dubuque Saturday in the final days of their campaigns. Both candidates were promoting their own brand of change.</p><p>GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney flew into the Dubuque airport and greeted a crowd of more than 2,000 people in a hangar behind a sign that read “REAL CHANGE ON DAY ONE”.</p><p>Appearing with Romney was his wife Ann and NASCAR legend Richard Petty… who offered a race car driver’s perspective on the economy.</p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 05:13:42 +0000 Clay Masters 10243 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama, Romney Descend on Dubuque Obama, Romney Push Job Numbers in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-romney-push-job-numbers-iowa <p></p><p>Both the Republican and Democratic national conventions are over. And both presidential candidates were in Iowa yesterday. &nbsp;Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were using new jobs numbers to sway voters.</p><p>More than 8,000 people crowded outside Jessup Hall at the University of Iowa. A late afternoon rain soaked the crowd… many dressed in Hawkeye yellow and black as well as ponchos. &nbsp;But the sky cleared up for Vice President Joe Biden to introduce the president.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 04:40:13 +0000 Clay Masters 7624 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama, Romney Push Job Numbers in Iowa Who are Iowa's Swing Voters, and What are They Saying? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/who-are-iowas-swing-voters-and-what-are-they-saying <p>If you were hoping the political ads would go away after the Iowa caucuses…well, no luck. As you’re probably well aware, Iowa is a swing state in this presidential election.&nbsp; Both President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are fighting hard for our six electoral votes in what's looking like a very tight race.</p><p>Reporter Anna Sale of WNYC (<a href="http://www.wnyc.org/">http://www.wnyc.org/</a>) in New York is also a writer for the political blog, “It’s a Free Country.”&nbsp; She's been spending the week in Iowa as part of a tour of key swing states.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:54:09 +0000 Sarah McCammon 4986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Who are Iowa's Swing Voters, and What are They Saying? Obama takes on Romney's private-sector record, rallies supporters, in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-takes-romneys-private-sector-record-rallies-supporters-des-moines <p><br>President Obama is becoming a familiar face in Iowa again. Yesterday, he made his third visit to the state this year, which he won in 2008.<br>Mr. Obama discussed renewable energy at a manufacturing plant in Newton before rallying about 2500 supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.</p><p>If Mr. Obama’s job four years ago was to woo voters, this time the message is more like “I Still Need You.”</p><p>"This election’s gonna be even closer than the last one. And by the way the last one was close. People don’t remember, it was close," he says.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 11:54:24 +0000 Sarah McCammon 2178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama takes on Romney's private-sector record, rallies supporters, in Des Moines Romney visits Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-visits-iowa <p>Iowa supporters of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney showed up at a hotel in downtown Des Moines to get a firsthand look at the presidential candidate. Romney spent the majority of his speech talking economic issues.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 1798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney visits Iowa