news buzz http://iowapublicradio.org en News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-iowa-state-fair-news-and-iowa-rankings-national-childrens-report <p>Last year at the Iowa State Fair, Jason Powell of Des Moines said his free speech rights were violated after security guards ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks. Today on <em>River to River</em>, we find out the status of his lawsuit as well as whether he will be allowed at this year’s fair. We also find out about an Iowa developed vaccine that could cure dust-mite allergies. That and all the week’s Iowa stories on a news buzz edition of <em>River to River</em>.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:59:59 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 44313 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-decorah-eagle-electrocuted <p>A beloved Iowa eagle was found dead earlier this week. Indy, as his fans called him, a young male eaglet whose hatching was witnessed by thousands online earlier this spring was electrocuted by a power pole on Tuesday. The bird had a large following in the state and across the country; more than 500 people have posted condolences on the Raptor Resource Project’s Facebook page. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with their executive director, Bob Anderson, about what happened to the bird and what can be done to protect these eagles in the future.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:57:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43614 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-mackenzie-found-guilty <p>Last summer, a Long Grove resident was arrested after police found marijuana plants in his home. Benton Mackenzie claims his family grew the plants in order to treat a rare blood-vessel cancer. This past week, the jury reached a guilty verdict for Mackenzie, his wife and child.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Brian Wellner, crime reporter for the Quad City Times, about the circumstances, outcome of the trial and why the jury couldn’t hear his primary defense.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:39:20 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43606 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty Lightning Follows the Path of Least Resistance (Don't let that be you!) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lightning-follows-path-least-resistance-dont-let-be-you <p><em><strong>True or False </strong></em>- If taller things are around you, you're safe from getting hit by lightning.</p><p><em><strong>True or False</strong> </em>- You should determine whether it is safe to be outside based on the amount of seconds between lightning and thunder.</p><p><em><strong>True or False</strong></em> - You can develop tree looking "tattoos" if you survive a lightning strike.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:44:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 42922 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lightning Follows the Path of Least Resistance (Don't let that be you!) Taking Flight This Weekend: Iowa's Air Shows http://iowapublicradio.org/post/taking-flight-weekend-iowas-air-shows <p>Fly Iowa "takes flight" in Iowa City this weekend, for the first time since 2001, showcasing the role of aviation in Iowa.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:26:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 42920 at http://iowapublicradio.org Taking Flight This Weekend: Iowa's Air Shows Former State Official Says Branstad Aides Involved in Secret Settlements http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-state-official-says-branstad-aides-involved-secret-settlements <p>Des Moines Register political columnist, Kathie Obradovich, joins <em>River to River</em> to discuss the ongoing investigation into settlement agreements given to former state employees for their silence upon termination.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:02:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 42919 at http://iowapublicradio.org Former State Official Says Branstad Aides Involved in Secret Settlements Fort Madison Prison Move Delayed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fort-madison-prison-move-delayed <p>In Fort Madison, 550 inmates were scheduled to be transferred to a new $132 million state maximum security&nbsp; prison - that was three months ago.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:18:36 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Lindsey Moon 42509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fort Madison Prison Move Delayed News Buzz: Sports Edition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-sports-edition-0 <p>The World Cup kicked off yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The USA team is slated to compete with Ghana on Monday (June 16). Here with us to preview the events is Tanya Keith, who has spent the last two decades avidly following the World Cup, quite literally, from country to country, as a super-fan. Tanya is from Des Moines, Iowa.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Tanya Keith, Author of <em>Passionate Soccer Love</em>, soccer fan, writer, Des Moines resident</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:19:22 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 42176 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Sports Edition Paula Poundstone Coming to Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/paula-poundstone-coming-des-moines <p>Standup comedian, author, and <em>Wait Wait Don't Tell M</em>e panelist, Paula Poundstone, will be in Des Moines next Saturday, June 21st at Hoyt Sherman Place. She joins <em>River to River</em> to talk comedy style and 'tweeting' comedy.</p><blockquote><p>"The first time somebody showed me Twitter, I thought it was the stupidest, most ego-centric thing I've ever seen in my life," says Poundstone. "I still think that, it's just that I enjoy it very much."</p></blockquote><p><em>Showtime:&nbsp; 8:00PM / Tickets:&nbsp; $31 - $46 / Call:&nbsp; 515-244-0507</em></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:57:02 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 42177 at http://iowapublicradio.org Paula Poundstone Coming to Des Moines Virtual Reality for Chickens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/virtual-reality-chickens <p>Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?</p><p>On this <em>River to River</em> segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.</p><p>“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.</p><p><em>Spoiler alert: </em>While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:22:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Virtual Reality for Chickens Ames 5th Grader to Represent Iowa in National Geographic Bee http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ames-5th-grader-represent-iowa-national-geographic-bee <p>Shirlin Kingston, a 5th grader from Ames, will represent Iowa at the 26th annual&nbsp;National&nbsp;Geographic&nbsp;Bee&nbsp;in&nbsp;Washington, D.C. She leaves Sunday for the East coast and&nbsp; says the fact that she is homeschooled and gets to spend more time on what interests her has helped her succeed in the competition so far.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:49:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 40741 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ames 5th Grader to Represent Iowa in National Geographic Bee A Look at this Year's Legislative Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/look-years-legislative-session <p>Happy Friday! Here's your news buzz wrap-up for the week...</p><p>Joyce Russell, IPR’s Statehouse Correspondent, recaps the 2014 Iowa legislative session:</p><p>Paul Sleeper, Fisheries Biologist for Iowa DNR, explains that fishy smell near your lakes and ponds:</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:43:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40077 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Look at this Year's Legislative Session 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 Fireworks, Finding Exo-Planets, and More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fireworks-finding-exo-planets-and-more <p>On this News Buzz edition of the program, hear about a legislative shouting match, legalizing fireworks, the ACLU lawsuit against the Iowa Secretary of State, a survey of Iowans' thoughts on gay marriage, the Kepler mission, and a push to increase studying abroad.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative shouting match and and other legislative fireworks:</span></p><p>ACLU lawsuit:</p><p>Same-sex marriage opinions:</p><p>Finding exoplanets:</p><p>Studying abroad:</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:18:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 37225 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fireworks, Finding Exo-Planets, and More Wildlife Populations Down This Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-populations-down-winter <p>Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.</p><p>First, University of Iowa President Sally Mason meets with the Board of Regents for a special meeting this afternoon to discuss her remarks on how the university handles sexual assault allegations. Iowa Public Radio correspondent Dean Borg tells host Ben Kieffer what to expect out of the meeting.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:25:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Populations Down This Winter The 'Colbert Bump' for an Iowan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/colbert-bump-iowan <p>Lake Street Dive bassist and native Iowan&nbsp;Bridget Kearney appeared with her band on the 'Colbert Report' this week. &nbsp;She says that the bump in attention after the appearance was immediate and significant. 'River to River' host Ben Kieffer talks with Kearney in this final segment of a 'News Buzz' edition of the program.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And here is the video of their appearance on the Colbert Report:</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:16:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 36290 at http://iowapublicradio.org The 'Colbert Bump' for an Iowan 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 You Have Neanderthal Genes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/you-have-neanderthal-genes <p>For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new &nbsp;smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:06:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35620 at http://iowapublicradio.org You Have Neanderthal Genes Shaping Our Galaxy: What the Milky Way Really Looks Like http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shaping-our-galaxy-what-milky-way-really-looks <p>Today we bring you four stories. First, the Iowa legislative session kicks off this week. IPR's Joyce Russell brings us inside the statehouse to give us an idea of what will and won't be worked on this year.</p><p>An otherwise healthy young boy died from the influenza virus. Patricia Quinlisk talks to host Ben Kieffer about why this flu season is different than previous years and how to limit spread of the virus.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:22:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 34998 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shaping Our Galaxy: What the Milky Way Really Looks Like Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teen-drivers-51-ice-river-ice-over-fish <p>For this News Buzz show, Ben Kieffer talks with a variety of guests about new jobs numbers, the 51% four-year graduation rate at the University of Iowa, Matt Schultz running for congress, the Director of Iowa's Public Health Department resigning, new rules for teen drivers, concerns about ice on the Missouri River, an ice fishing update, and the remarkable beginning for ISU Cyclone men's and women's basketball.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 34694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish 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 News Buzz: Copper Theft and the Iowa State Patrol's GPS Projectile http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-copper-theft-and-iowa-state-patrols-gps-projectile <p>Copper theft is quickly spreading throughout the state, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Today on River To River, we take a look at the top Iowa news of the week. We look to Iowa City as the town debates the success of the 21-ordinance prior to the election. We also check in with the Iowa State Patrol to find out why they may switch from sedans to SUVs, and their new GPS projectile technology to assist in car chases.</p><p></p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 01:11:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 31514 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Copper Theft and the Iowa State Patrol's GPS Projectile News Buzz: Voter Fraud, DOT Cameras, Transgender Homecoming, and Space Exploration http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-voter-fraud-dot-cameras-transgender-homecoming-and-space-exploration <p>NASA&#39;s Juno spacecraft passed within about 350 miles of Earth&#39;s surface this week, before slingshotting off into space on a historic exploration of Jupiter.</p><p>On this news buzz version of River to River, hear from a University of Iowa research engineer about Juno, and from the president of the University of Iowa Amateur Radio<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Club about why they waved to Juno electronically, as it whizzed by.</span></p><p>That, and many other items in our news worth buzzing about.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:49:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 30460 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Voter Fraud, DOT Cameras, Transgender Homecoming, and Space Exploration News Buzz: A Lawsuit, a Resignation, a (Possible) Fumble, and a Lot of Birds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-lawsuit-resignation-possible-fumble-and-lot-birds <p>In this &quot;News Buzz&quot; show, hear about a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the resignation of Senator Kent Sorenson, a passionate response to a football official&#39;s decision, and Iowa&rsquo;s first Globally Important Bird Area.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:22:20 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 30115 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: A Lawsuit, a Resignation, a (Possible) Fumble, and a Lot of Birds