River to River

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

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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River to River
2:42 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Sex Offender Parole Sentencing

John Pemble / IPR

The Iowa sex offender registry includes people within a wide range of offenses, and some lobbyists here at the capitol are asking the question: Should all sex offenders be put under lifetime parole sentences?

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River to River
12:11 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Everyday Heroes

Coordinator of the Adult Literacy Center at Drake University Anne Murr, center, with Fred Dake, left, and volunteer tutor Jerry Walker, right.
John Wood, Drake School of Educaiton

What's your definition of a hero? Someone who puts themselves in harm's way?  Someone who acts selflessly?  Today on "River to River" we speak with four Iowans who have done something extraordinary and are being honored by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa as "Heroes of the Heartland."

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River to River
2:29 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

All Things Cosmic, With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson in Austin, TX, with Steve Kawaler (ISU) and Jacklyn R. Green (JPL)

Asteroids, galaxies, aliens, and space travel...we cover it all on this edition of River to River. Renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, joins us to weigh in on all things cosmic.

He will be in Iowa on Monday, April 15, for a lecture at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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River to River
2:15 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Spring Precipitation And Flooding In Iowa

Cedar Rapids Flooding
Durrie Bouscaren / IPR

After all the rain this week, we get a drought and flood update to find out how our soil is fairing. Ben Kieffer talks with state climatologist, Harry Hillaker, and National Weather Service hydrologist, Marin Stofler.

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River to River
3:42 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Gender and Politics

Phil Roeder / flickr

President Obama issued an apology after saying that  California Attorney General Kamala Harris was “By far the best looking attorney general in the country.”  On River to River we’ll talk about gender and politics:  Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, and Michelle Obama’s role in a second term, moving beyond the Jimmy Fallon show. 

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River to River
1:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Emergency Care and "The Waiting Room"

Certified Nurse Assistant Cynthia Y. Johnson at Highland Hospital in "The Waiting Room"
"The Waiting Room" film

The Waiting Room is an award-winning documentary about an emergency department in Oakland California.  We talk with the director and producer of the film Peter Nicks who is visiting Iowa.  We’ll also explore the challenges in Iowa’s ERs, and how The Affordable Care Act will change emergency care. 

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River to River
1:17 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Legislative Leaders and Radon

View of the Iowa Capitol 4-8-13
Credit John Pemble / IPR

Bills awaiting approval during the 2013 legislative session faced another funnel deadline last week.  Host Clay Masters talks with Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Speaker Kraig Paulsen about the proposals still standing.  And, a plan to require schools to test for, and mitigate against, radon exposure stalled in a House subcommittee last week despite overwhelming support in the Iowa Senate.  We hear from Des Moines Senator Matt McCoy, Gail Orcutt a radon-induced lung cancer survivor and Gaylen Howsare from the Iowa Association of School Boards about the possibility of comprom

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River to River
9:37 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Ira Flatow and Dark Matter

Flickr / NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Science Friday Host Ira Flatow discusses the art of science journalism.  Flatow will be in Des Moines next week as part of Iowa Public Radio's Insight Series

Also, astrophysicist Philip Kaaret from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University astronomer Steven Kawaler explain dark matter.

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River to River
12:40 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Above the Din of War

Journalist Peter Eichstaedt with his police escort in Marja, Helmand Province, a province in southern Afghanistan, in April 2011.
Peter Eichstaedt

"River to River" sits down with journalist Peter Eichstaedt to talk about his new book "Above the Din of War" which examines the results of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of the Afghan people.

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River to River
1:06 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Tensions Rise with North Korea

U.S. Army armored vehicle in South Korea, Feb. 2008
Expert Infantry / flickr

The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer to waters off the Korean peninsula. This comes in the wake of ongoing aggressive rhetoric from North Korea. On this Politics Day, we ask Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College to share their political analysis of the situation. We also cover the other international hotspots in the news.

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River to River
1:41 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

When Severe Weather Strikes

Empty lot in Joplin, where house once stood.
Liam Kieffer

In May of 2011, Joplin Missouri was hit by the deadliest single tornado since record keeping began in 1950.  After that disaster, the National Weather Service evaluated their warning system and public response to it.  That led to a more specific warning system that went into effect in Iowa on April 1.  Today we hear from two Iowa National Weather Service meteorologists about the new “impact-based” warning system. We also listen back to our conversation last year with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski and his firsthand account of the Joplin tornado.

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River to River
4:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Commercial Property Tax Reform

The Iowa Capitol 4/1/13
Credit John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

It's spring, at the Iowa Statehouse and lawmakers are turning attention to one of the big priorities of the session - reforming commercial property taxes.  Host Joyce Russell runs down the details of the competing plans, and talks with businesspeople, city leaders and taxpayers' rights representatives about how the differing bills would impact them, their businesses and their constituents.

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River to River
2:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

American Winter

TJ, one of the parents whose story is featured in "American Winter," praying with his little boy
Credit http://www.americanwinterfilm.com/

Though the Great Recession ended in 2009, families that were once considered middle-class still struggle to get by.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with filmmaker and University of Iowa graduate Devon Terrill about her new documentary “An American Winter,” which profiles eight families who fell out of the middle class during the Great Recession.  IPR's Sandhya Dirks tells us about the push to get an Iowa inmate's sentence commuted.  And is your NCAA pool legal?  Geoff Greenwood from the Iowa Attorney General's Office outlines the regulations governing social gambling.

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River to River
1:28 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Supreme Court of Iowa

John Pemble

As our nation's Supreme Court considers two major cases concerning same-sex marriage this week, the Iowa Supreme Court is also grappling with major issues that will affect how Iowans live, love and work.  Today on "River to River" we'll talk about four high-profile cases this session before Iowa's Supreme Court with University of Iowa Law School professors Song Richardson and Todd Pettys as well as legal blogger and litigator Ryan Koopmans.

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River to River
3:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Politics Day: The Genetics of Politics

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Political arguments can easily become heated and emotional.  But what if your political rival has a genetic predisposition to view the world differently than you?  On River to River, can politics be explained through biology?  We hear two perspectives in that academic debate.  We also talk with the chairs of the Iowa GOP and the Iowa Democrats about how they came to their beliefs.

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River to River
1:27 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

National Security Analyst Brian Katulis on the Middle East

Flickr / The U.S. Army

More than 60,000 US troops are still in Afghanistan. What hurdles does the US face as that international military operation winds down? Today on "River to River" National Security Analyst Brian Katulis from the Center for American Progress will talk about US withdraw from Afghanistan.  He'll also comment on the status of Iraq, ten years after the start of the Iraq War.

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River to River
3:18 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Instructional Hours and Regents Nominees

A blanket of snow on the capitol lawn, one week after the beginning of Spring.
Credit John Pemble

There were some fireworks last week at the State Capitol as two of Governor Terry Branstad’s nominees to serve on the Iowa Board of Regents came before the Senate Education Committee.  Host Clay Masters talks with Senator Herman Quirmbach, Chair of the Senate Education Committee about lawmakers’ concerns.  And a discussion of whether the time students spend in school should be counted in days or hours.  A proposal making its way through the legislature would count instructional time in hours.

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River to River
12:24 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

The Growing Iowa Beer Industry

geekgirl24 / flickr

Nearly one new brewery opens every day in the United States and a new Gallup poll shows Americans prefer beer over wine, with craft beer enjoying a double-digit growth in popularity. In an encore presentation of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks about the growth of Iowa breweries and their impact on the state’s economy with several members of the Iowa brew industry. 

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River to River
3:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Combat veterans helped by service dogs

Nicole Shumate

Thousands of veterans have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Nightmares or flashbacks, angry outbursts, and hyper vigilance are common symptoms. In addition, many veterans also have to learn to live with physical injuries. A Des Moines-based not-for-profit called Paws & Effect is helping some Iowa veterans live better lives by training and placing psychiatric service and mobility dogs.

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River to River
3:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Politics Day

KP Tripathi / flickr

Future presidential candidates in Iowa, Board of Regents, Iowa state legislature, the search for a replacement for Senator Tom Harkin, and the self-reflection of the Republican Party. Guests are Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics at Drake University and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.

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River to River
2:43 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Flickr / QinetiQ group

Often when we hear about unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, it pertains to military strikes and surveillance.  However unmanned aerial vehicle technology is bringing UAVs into our everyday lives right here in Iowa.   Today on "River to River" we explore the domestic uses of UAVs.

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River to River
2:09 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Quality Healthcare & Workforce Development

Iowa Capitol
John Pemble / IPR

Every Iowan should be able to get quality healthcare and find a job, but getting there is the battle. Today on River to River, Governor Branstad and the Democratic controlled Iowa Senate are sparring over how best to insure Iowans. We talk with the Governor’s top healthcare policy advisor about the governor’s recently unveiled Healthy Iowa plan. In the second half we talk with an economist about job creation in Iowa and hear from a Republican and Democratic lawmaker on bills that could create more jobs.

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River to River
1:22 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

A.J. Jacobs On Experimenting Your Way To Perfection

Benjamin Thomas / flickr

He read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica. He outsourced his life to India. After that he lived for one year according to all the moral codes expressed in the Bible. Today on River to River, a conversation with author A.J. Jacobs. We’ll find out about his year of living biblically and his latest lifestyle experiment - exploring different ways to reach peak health.

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River to River
1:46 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

College Towns

Flickr / Sarah Cady

Recently Ames was ranked as the second best college town in the US by the American Institute of Economic Research's 2013 College Destination Index.   Iowa City came in close behind at fourth place.   What goes into making a great college town?  On "River to River" we talk about the attributes and special challenges of these communities.

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River to River
1:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Politics Day: International Concerns

assortedstuff / flickr

As drones proliferate and become more sophisticated, what questions does this raise in the international arena? Do drones present challenges we’ve never faced before?

It's politics day here on the program, and this hour we cast our analysis to the world outside our border. We take a look at how new technology, drones and cyber attacks, are shaping international politics. Also, updates on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Our analysts are Lindsay Cohn, of the University of Northern Iowa, and Jim McCormick, of Iowa State University.

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River to River
2:20 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Legislative Check-In: Rep. Dave Loebsack & Rep. Burce Braley

Jonathon Colman / flickr

Sequestration, immigration, drones, gun legislation…

Today on River to River, we continue our discussions with Iowa’s elected representatives in Washington. First, a conversation with Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s second district. Then, we’ll be joined by Congressman Bruce Braley of the first district.

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River to River
2:23 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Juvenile Sentencing

Paul "710928003" / flickr

Bills making their way through the legislative process would set sentencing options for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.  The debate comes after a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled juvenile offenders can not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  But, how much time is enough?  40, 50 or even 60 years?  Today on River to River, we talk about the legislation and how the courts have ruled on the treatment of juvenile offenders.

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River to River
1:29 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Violent Incident Training in Iowa's Schools

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, schools are changing their intruder response procedure from a stay put and hide method, to a fight or flight response. Today on River to River, we talk with violent incident trainers and educators who are changing the way our schools and our children prepare for the worst case scenario, and how these changes are empowering teachers and students in order to keep them safe.

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River to River
3:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Eric Dyken Talks Naptime

Flickr / Luciana Christante

Is National Napping Day on your calendar? Neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken--"The Sleep Doctor"--returns to "River to River" to talk discuss napping.  He'll also give some sleep advice as we go into daylight saving time this weekend.

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River to River
3:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Politics Day

Donna Hoffman, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa

The President’s approval rating fell over the weekend and his disapproval rating climbed to its highest level since November.  The tumble comes as the President and Congress failed to reach a deal preventing sequestration.  We examine the political impacts of the sequester and look ahead to the next big budget fight with Donna Hoffman from University of Northern Iowa and Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College.

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