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Both Kayla and Libby Casavant were working in Liberia when the worst known outbreak of Ebola hit West Africa. 

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Football season is officially underway this weekend, and this season, there’s extra emphasis on the effects of concussions.

University of Iowa Professor Kembrew McLeod is organizing what he calls a "Million Robot March Against Pink Locker Rooms" in protest of the university's painted pink locker room for visiting football teams.

The school year has begun once again, and students heading back to Iowa’s largest school district may notice a difference in the way they are graded.

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On this News Buzz edition of River to River, guest host Ben Stanton talks with Joyce Russell about the odd legal path of the telemed abortion case and with Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness about certain Iowa counties refusal to honor ICE 'detainers.' Also on the program, we remember Iowa historian Dorothy Schwieder, talk to an Iowan about his world-class Ironman win and learn what exactly a beer cave is from the Gazette's Brian Morelli.

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A year ago this time, the national ALS Association raised nearly 2 million dollars. This year, in the same time period, they've raised 40 times that. What changed?

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Wallace Winkie taught generations of Belle Plaine teenagers how to drive. Now, his wife, Bev Winkie, has collected their stories in the book "Park It!" How much has changed in driving education since Winkie's heyday in the 50s?

Larry Johnson, coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools' driving education, says one answer is the amount of time they're trained. Where driving education used to be taught over several months, now, some students can finish their instruction in as little as 4 weeks. 

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When Pamela Crouch, a writer, underwent cancer treatments, she developed aphasia--the inability to remember the names of things. So she decided to create in a different way--painting birdhouses for other newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

"I was always taught that if you do something for someone else, you can't really feel sorry for yourself, it takes that pain away and you think outward."

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Robin Williams's death has dominated news coverage in the past week. But how much of that coverage has been helpful and how much as been harmful?

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Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them? Former Iowa State University Political Science Professor Jim Hutter and David Yepsen, political reporter for the Des Moines Register for a quarter of a century, join host Ben Kieffer to discuss how Watergate and Nixon's resignation changed our political scene, our media landscape and our nation. 

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So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Today on Talk of Iowa, he shares his experience.

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When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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Ebola and algae scares hit in Western Africa and Toledo respectively this week. The threats may feel far away, but they hit home closer than you think.

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Anne Pham, in charge compliance and enforcement of the drinking water program at the Department of Natural Resources. She explains what made the water in Toledo undrinkable and how we can protect Iowa water.

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Stoned drivers have been getting behind the wheel in Iowa City. But they have good reason.

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50 years ago, Matt Herron gathered a team of photographers to capture the tumultuous summer of 1964 in Mississippi. Now he's in Iowa, sharing his photos and his stories. His work will be displayed in the  Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch through September 21.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Herron about how photography interacted with the civil rights movement and how we can use photography today to make history hit home.

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Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa Bob Cargill was supposed to take his students to Tel Azekah in Israel this summer. Thursday morning, rockets landed in the next city over. 

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With the Ebola outbreak continuing to take lives in Western Africa, Iowans working in the region are feeling the effects. 

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Will Bates doesn’t understand how people dislike the noise of wind turbines. It’s music to his ears—literally.

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All kids need some guidance when it comes to appropriately interacting with others. But for kids with autism, learning social skills could be the key to becoming independent adults.

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Daring trapeze artists have been wowing audiences for 150 years, but today's aerial artists are taking things to  a whole new level and a lot more people are getting in on the act. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa's Felicia Coe, the creator of the National Aerial Expo & Competition on today's Talk of Iowa. 

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