River to River

Weekdays at 12 p.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 10 p.m. on IPR News

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. Clay Masters hosts Mondays during the legislative session looking at statehouse issues.

During the show, contact us at 1-866-780-9100, IPRTalk on Twitter, our Facebook page, or via email rivertoriver@iowapublicradio.org. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Clare Roth: croth@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @ClareAliceRoth
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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3:43 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Iowa's Dangerously High Radon Risk

A radon testing kit
Megan Khines Flickr

It's colorless, odorless, and more prevalent in Iowa than any other state. Radon gas is causing 400 deaths in Iowa every year.

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International News
4:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

A Personalist Regime: Putin's Hold on Russia

UI Political Science Professor Bill Reisinger says Putin's personalist regime is less stable and less effective than other types of authoritarian regimes.
World Economic Forum Flickr

This weekend, pro-Moscow rebels - backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops - restarted the war in Eastern Ukraine. 

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Legislative Day
3:08 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Narrowing the Skills Gap in Iowa with Specialized Training

Construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, and health services make up 54.6% of Iowa’s middle to high skill job market
Frank Guido

Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers, leaving jobs in some of the most thriving industries unfilled.

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News Buzz
2:15 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

How Facebook Hurts Grades

A new study from ISU suggests Facebook takes up cognitive function needed to focus on studying.
Dimitris Kalogeropoylos Flickr

The connections seems simple: the more time you're on Facebook, the more your grades suffer. 

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News Buzz
5:04 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bread Bags--Iowa's New Cultural Icon?

Grocery leftovers or fashionable footwear?
SV Johnson Flickr

In her State of the Union response, freshman Senator Joni Ernst repeated an anecdote from her victory speech evoking her "down-home" upbringing.

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Religion and Science
5:18 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Are Religion and Science like Oil and Water?

Some believe science and religion can't coexist. Troy Van Voorhis disagrees.
fusky Flickr

When Troy Van Voorhis became a chemistry professor at MIT, he started getting questions from his students: Did science eliminate the need for religion? Did you have to be an atheist to be a good scientist?

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Mental Health Services
6:51 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What Mental Health Institutes Closures Mean for Southern Iowa

The mental health institution in Independence, Iowa.
kc7fys Flickr

In the budget proposal he released last week, Governor Branstad quietly cut funding for two of Iowa's four mental health institutes.

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News Buzz
4:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Cyber-Vandalism, Cyber-Crime, and other Digital Threats to the U.S.

An online interactive map showing current cyber attacks worldwide
IP Viking - http://map.ipviking.com/

Several U.S. military social media accounts were hacked this week by those claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

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4:54 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Changing Landscape for Rural Iowa Newspapers

Ellk Horn, Iowa is home to the Danish Immigrant Museum
Wikimedia Commons

Elk Horn Pastor Keith Menter couldn’t let his town go without some sort of news source.

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4:42 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

To Disincorporate a Town or Not to Disincorporate a Town?

Center Junction Iowa voted not to disincorporate earlier this month.
Screen Shot

Sandy Ricklefs announced to her community in Center Junction that the city would not disincorporate earlier this month. 

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Politics Day
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Cedar Falls Takes Center Stage as Internet Leader

A harvested cornfield outside of Cedar Falls. Getting reliable rural internet service is one of the struggles both Obama and Branstad are trying to tackle.
Parshotam Lal Tandon Flickr

President Obama announced a new plan to support community-run broadband in Cedar Falls today.

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5:10 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Another Earth in the Cosmos?

The Kepler vehicle backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space
NASA NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

The Kepler mission may have lost two of its wheels, but data being mined from the mission has unearthed eight potentially habitable planets.

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2015 Session
11:14 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Gas Tax and Increased Funding for Water Quality Possible

Iowa Capitol on the opening day of the 2015 legislative session.
John Pemble IPR

Legislative leaders agree a tight budget will sharpen the focus on priorities this session. Identifying those priorities may be the sticking point.

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5:41 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

How Controversial Cartoons Become a Reason for Killing

A spread of Charlie Hebdo covers.
Gongashan Flickr

Twelve people, including four cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, were shot dead Wednesday in an apparent militant Islamist attack.

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11:58 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Tracey Griesbaum and UI Provide Details on Firing

Photo of Tracey Griesbaum and players during an Iowa vs Indiana field hockey game in 2007
Jon Fravel www.flickr.com/photos/jfravel

Today on River to River, we explore the controversy surrounding the firing of the University of Iowa’s former field hockey coach, Tracey Griesbaum, as well as take a broader look at what the playing field is like for female coaches in both men’s and women’s teams in the U.S.

Griesbaum led the UI field hockey team through 169 wins in 14 seasons. She posted 12 winning seasons and made six appearances in the NCAA tournament.

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Statehouse and Politics
4:54 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Blum May Face Repercussions for Vote Against Speaker

Rod Blum (left) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaking with small business owners at a business roundtable at MobileDemand in Hiawatha.
Gage Skidmore

Though Ohio Republican John Boehner won a third term as Speaker of the House, he does not have a friend in Iowa Congressman Rod Blum of Dubuque.

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11:17 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Epilepsy's Fatal Potential

One in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime
cobalt123 / flickr

Epilepsy affects millions; and yet, the cause of the neurological disorder is in most cases is unknown.

Also unknown are the details of the leading cause of death from epilepsy, what medical professionals call "sudden unexpected death from epilepsy" or SUDEP. Recently, University of Iowa neurologists have been chosen to join only 8 other groups around the world to study SUDEP.

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Year in Review
3:39 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

2014: The Year in Politics

John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

In 2014, Gov. Terry Branstad won an unprecedented sixth term as Governor of Iowa, and Iowans elected the state’s first woman to Congress when Republican Joni Ernst won her seat in the U.S. Senate. 

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Year In Review
3:35 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Remembering Those We Lost: 2014 Obituary Show

Cemetery in Nevada, Iowa
Carl Wycoff Creative Commons License

Iowa lost many notable citizens and natives in 2014. As we wrap up the year, we remember a few as a tribute to all.

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2014 in Review
3:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

IPR's Top Stories of 2014

Iowa Statehouse
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Data centers, legislative scuffles, and national park scandals: this year was big for Iowa news.

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4:46 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Owl, Lark, or Somewhere In-between?

Ed Yourdon Flickr

Most people consider themselves either a night person or a morning person. What if you're sleepy all day long?

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News Buzz
3:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

News Buzz: Stories from Iowa, Cuba, and West Africa

Havana, Cuba
Mauro Heck

This week, Havana erupted in celebration with the announcement of a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States. On this news buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowan Mauro Heck, who has just returned from Cuba.

Heck says that while Cuba is beautiful and the people are inviting, the country is "organized chaos."

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River to River
2:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Deer Hunting in Iowa

Deer in Mount Vernon, IA
Rich Herrmann

It’s deer hunting season. On this edition of River to River, hunting concerns in Iowa, including the problem of poaching.

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Politics Day
5:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Politics Day: Congressmen Legacies and the Invisible Primary

Jeb Bush announced this week he's "actively exploring" a presidential run.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Flickr

The invisible primary has ramped up with Jeb Bush's declaration that he is "exploring" a presidential run.

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River to River
2:53 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Controversial Rolling Stone Article May Discourage Reports of Sexual Assault

Protesters at the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity after the initial release of Rolling Stone's UVA piece
Bob Mical

The controversy over the retracted Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape of a student identified only as "Jackie" at a fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus has sparked many debates. On this segment of River to River - the lessons learned in journalism, ethics, and the way new media impacts how these stories are told and discussed.

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River to River
5:19 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Practices Detailed in Torture Report "not evidence-based"

Truthout.org / flickr

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture contains some very grisly findings, detailing CIA interrogation techniques, like mock execution and sleep deprivation.

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6:04 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UI Student Claims 'Excessive Force' in Police Incident

Grayson Scogin

The refrain can be heard more than 20 times. "My hands are behind my head."

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4:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Encore Edition: Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

Nixon, pictured with Leonid Brezhnev.
That Hartford Guy Flickr

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?

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Politics Day
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Implications of the Senate Committee Torture Report

U.S. Senate Committee hearing in 2013
John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

During his administration, George W. Bush said the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects was humane and legal.

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River to River
2:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Are We Still One Nation Under God, and Does It Matter?

The Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason billboard
Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason

Our country is very much identified as "one nation under God," however, the number of non-religious Americans has risen dramatically.

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