River to River on IPR News and Studio One

Weekdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

River to River is Iowa Public Radio's talk program that focuses on the news, issues and events in our state. This national award-winning program goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems, and fosters conversation. Wednesdays, Ben Kieffer is joined by political analysts from around the state to dissect the week in politics. Joyce Russell hosts Mondays during the legislative session looking at statehouse issues.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Physical Fitness

In Grundy Center this week, national and international representatives will meet to discuss ways to change physical education in schools. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Northern Iowa alumn Shellie Fole who serves as the Executive Director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. We'll also talk with a P.E. teacher at Grundy Center Elementary School and the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Rural Economic Development

The "brain drain" - a rapid exodus of young adults has been a concern in Iowa for decades. Now, small Iowa communities are being proactive in reaching out to native sons and daughters to keep them close to home. We'll talk with economic development representatives and find out how they're working to keep small town Iowa vibrant.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Midwifery in Iowa

There has been a significant increase in midwife attendance at Iowa births. We talk with a midwife, one of her clients and Democratic State Representative Mary Mascher who is supporting a bill to expand the number of midwives certified to practice in Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Job Outlook in Law and Medical Fields

We focus on job prospects as our economy struggles to recover from the worst economic downturn since the 1930’s. Specifically, the job outlook for two careers that parents have often taken as a measure for success in their kids doctors and lawyers. Host Ben Kiffer talks with Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal and Roger Tracy of the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Immigration Overhaul

Arizona's new immigration law is spurring debate about a possible federal immigration overhaul. Host Jeneane Beck talks with members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement who are behind the push for immigration changes on the local and state level. Also joining the conversation is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Waters to Watch

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan has selected Diamond Lake in northwest Iowa as one of the 10 "Waters to Watch" for 2010. The 2010 10 "Waters to Watch" list is a collection of rivers, streams and lakes that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Dickinson County Biologist and a DNR official about efforts to provide a cleaner and healthier habitat for Diamond Lake and other lakes across Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on the Farm Bill in Des Moines April 30th. We'll talk with Bruce Babcock, Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and others who testified in Des Moins, about the changes needed and likely in the 2012 Farm Bill.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Congressmen Bruce Braley and Steve King

Host Ben Kieffer discusses possible Wall Street reforms, changes on the horizon in immigration laws and the President's recent trip to the midwest with Iowa's two congressmen.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

Campus Sexual Assault

We examine the issue of sexual assault on Iowa's college campuses. We talk with representatives from victim advocacy, criminal investigation and the campus disciplinary process to see what policies the Regents Universities have for handling such incidents, and what they're doing to prevent them.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Richard Norton Smith and Teen Driving Safety

A conversation with the American Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith. The former Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum Director is in Iowa this week to discuss why American history should remain part of our daily lives. Later in the hour a University of Iowa researcher discusses efforts to improve Iowa’s dismal record of teen driving safety.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Wellmark Smoking Ban

Smokers need not apply. That’s the message Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has for potential employees in a new policy. But is it a company’s place to dictate employees’ behavior away from work? We'll examine smoking and other health related behavior and ask is it good health policy or overreach?

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

School Food Nutrition

We look at nutrition in Iowa schools. Last week, retired military leaders released a report critical of food in schools. They conclude 27-percent of young adults are ineligible to serve because they are overweight. We'll talk about the report and what schools in Iowa re doing to improve nutrition.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Outgoing State Ombudsman and David Lipsky

After 32 years on the job, state Ombudsman Bill Angrick is retiring. We'll talk with Angrick about his position dealing with complaints about state government and hear what he thinks are the most serious issues facing lawmakers today. Then a conversation with author David Lipsky. His new book is a biography of David Foster Wallace, who gained fame and acclaim for his novel 'Infinite Jest'. Lipsky is coming to the Des Moines Public Library as part of their author series.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Earth Day

We look at how Iowa colleges are staying on the cutting edge of the green revolution- Luther College Sustainability Director Dan Bellrichard discusses energy saving programs at the Decorah school. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Heather Rogers. Her new book 'Green Gone Wrong' explores the concepts of ecopolitics and fear mongering that she argues have infected environmentalism.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Crime Victims Rights Week

As part of National Crime Victims Rights Week, we listen back to a conversation from April of last year and the firsthand accounts of what it’s like to have someone in your family murdered. The shock, the grief, the media coverage, and facing the accused in court. Among the guests- Julie Paulson, the aunt of Katie Hill and Molly Edmundson. The two young women were murdered in Cedar Rapids in 2006. And Tami Stephens, her sister Shelly a single mother of three - was killed in Hiawatha in 2003.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Iowa soldier pens book based on combat tour of Iraq

A conversation with Loras college student Jake Krapfl, whose new book 'Shadows of War' is a fictional account of war's effects on soldiers and families. In 2007, Krapfl contemplated suicide as he struggled with the transition to life on the homefront after two combat tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Changing Face of Media Content

A look at the changes taking place in on-line media. Among the guests, University of Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen Berry who discusses a new collaboration of some of the state and nation's media and education leaders to form a new, non-profit, non-partisan news outlet that will serve the state of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

On the Job Hunt

Are you looking for a job or ready to make a career change? Or a college graduate looking to dive into the job market? We discuss Iowa's employment landscape with Kerry Koonce of Iowa Workforce Development and career counselor Katharine Brooks.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

The Iowa Dream Project, Meteor in the Sky and Emotions associated with memory loss

Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Christian Fong unveils what he calls "The Iowa Dream Project". The effort aims to promote conservative solutions to tackle the challenges in education, economic development and community renewal. Then a conversation with University of Iowa Astronomy Professor Steven Spangler who discusses the meteor that streaked across the sky in parts of Iowa Wednesday night.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Reporters Roundtable and Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer

A discussion of the latest state news stories with several Iowa journalists - the motion for a new trial in the Mark Becker case, the shakeup in Cedar Rapids city government, the Price Lab School scandal in Cedar Falls. And, how the race for governor is shaping up. Then a conversation with Des Moines Register photographer Mary Chind. Chind was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her dramatic photo of a construction worker rescuing a woman from the Des Moines River.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 13, 2010

Changes with new health care law

An avalanche of queries are comig in, aimed at government officials, physicians and nonprofit groups as Americans struggle to understand the complexities of the new health care reform law. We'll look at some of the changes in store for hospitals, patients and small business. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- Grinnell Regional Medical Center President and CEO Todd Linden, University of Iowa Public Policy Director Peter Damiano and Iowa Small Business Administration Director Joseph Folsom.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Laser Technology Identifies Burial Grounds

We learn about a new project from the Iowa State Archeology Department that will use airbourne lasers to survey hundreds of native American burial mounds in Iowa. Also, an interview with Professor of Natural Philosophy Marcelo Gleiser about his new book "A Tear at the Edge of Creation" which examines a radical new vision for life in the universe.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

U.S. Arms Pact with Russia

With President Obama signing the historic nuclear arms reduction pact, we examine U.S.-Russia relations. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- NPR reporter and Russia correspondent David Greene and University of Iowa Political Science Professor William Reisinger.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

The Cost of Higher Education

Tuition and fees continue to rise while tough economic times are making it more difficult for families to pay for a college education. We’ll talk with State Senator Herman Quirmbach about funding for public education and Grinnell College President Russell Osgood about private education and ideas for improving affordability.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Wind Energy interests discuss crucial issues to continued development

Two wind energy conferences in Iowa this week will focus on issues crucial to the continued development of the industry. The American Wind Energy Association says capacity added last year, 9,900 megawatts, was the largest on record, and was 18 percent above the capacity added in 2008. We'll talk about research and development, workforce issues and transmission of Iowa-generated wind energy to areas of the country with the highest demand.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

Career Criminals and Violence associated with climate change

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, Associate Professor of Sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University. De Lisi's new book is "Criminological Theory: A Life Course Approach". Delisi says career criminals aren’t necessarily born that way, but it’s a sequence of events and layering of risk factors over a lifetime that mold someone into a lifelong repeat offender. Later in the hour, a look at how global climate change affects violence.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Broadband Expansion and Emmy Award-winning commercial editor

Why does the FCC think America needs its newly- announced 'National Broadband’ plan and why are Iowa cities scrambling to be Google’s choice for superfast broadband? We examine broadband expansion with former FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson. Then a conversation with television advertising editor Josh Bodnar. The Emmy Award-winner will discuss his craft of high-tech editing with a lecture Monday at the University of Northern Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Same Sex Marriage Anniversary

One year after the Iowa Supreme Court ruling allowing same sex marriage in Iowa, where do we stand? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Kate and Trish Varnum, two of the plaintiffs in the historic case to see how the ruling has impacted their lives. And, pollster and Political Science Professor David Redlawsk analyzes public opinion in Iowa and New Jersey on the issue of marriage equity.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Coffee Culture

It seems everywhere you go these days, you can find - coffee. Host Ben Kieffer examines coffee culture with the author of "Uncommon Grounds," a computer programmer striving to visit every Starbucks in the world, and two Iowans who've integrated coffee into library visits and church services.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Buddhism and the Dalai Lama

With the Dalai Lama visiting the University of Northern Iowa this spring, we examine the fascination with the study of Buddhism with University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor Suzanne Freedman. Freedman looks at the basic concepts of foregiveness in relationships and society. Also on the program is Stephen Asma, author of "Why I Am a Buddhist: Non-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey" and David Gruber, writer and director of the PBS documentary 'The Buddha'.

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