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.

Want to share an idea for a future show? Contact one of our producers:
Ben Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
Lindsey Moon: lmoon@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @lindseysmoon

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
518277dae1c88c51b3133b4d|518277d6e1c88c51b3133b4c

Pages

River to River
1:50 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Cultural and Educational Pushes in the Middle East

World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Two years after the Arab Spring, those living in the Middle East are still striving towards democratic governance. Our guest this hour tells us why education and cultural understanding are key to this development.

Read more
River to River
1:59 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Campaign Finance

John Pemble

Remember those television ads that you just couldn’t escape during the last year’s election?  The majority of them were paid for by outside spending. Now here in Iowa some lawmakers are calling for independent groups to disclose their top donors. 

Read more
River to River
2:49 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Being a Caregiver in Iowa

Lisa Davis with the resident cat at Trinity Center.
Credit IPR

All this week, IPR’s Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be a caregiver in Iowa.

We wrap up the series by having a discussion with a number of caregivers in our state about the challenges of care giving and their hopes for the future.

Read more
River to River
5:22 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Franco-German Relations & Neanderthals

French ambassador for the United States, François Delattre
François Delattre / Official website

50 years ago the French and Germans signed the Élysée Treaty, which  ended centuries of hostile rivalry between the two nations, ushering in a new era of cooperation and friendship. Host Ben Kieffer discuss Franco-German relations in the 21st Century with French Ambassador to the United States François M. Delattre and German Ambassador to the United States Peter Ammon.

Read more
River to River
1:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Politics Day: Drones & International Politics

US military drone plane in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.
Chris Devers / Flickr

Legal experts have expressed grave reservations about an Obama administration memo concluding that the United States can order the killing of American citizens believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida.On today's River to River we’ll talk about the drone controversy and other international political issues with analysts Jim McCormick of Iowa State University and David Skidmore of Drake University.

Read more
River to River
12:14 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Zach Wahls on the Boy Scouts of America

Zach Wahls in his BSA uniform, speaking to reporters.
Zach Wahls / Facebook

Just last year BSA reaffirmed its policy that gay members and gay or lesbian leaders are prohibited from participation. However, now the BSA is considering revising that policy so that each local chapter can individually decide its policy on gay membership. Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, who is one of the national leaders encouraging the Boy Scouts to be more inclusive.

Read more
River to River
1:10 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Education Reform from Teachers & Administrators

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble / IPR

Governor Branstad has laid out his plan for paying and promoting the state’s teachers. Last week we heard the Branstad administration’s pitch for the plan. This week, we’ll talk with school administrators and teacher representatives for their view. Our conversation legislative show is live from the state Capitol Law Library.


Read more
River to River
12:40 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Monetary Fraud & Science Books

Author Margaret Wertheim
Margaret Wertheim

Last July the president of Peregrine Financial Group, Russell Wasendorf Sr., admitted to stealing millions of dollars from his firm. On the first half of today's River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks about the Wasendorf case and discovers the personal, financial, and societal impact of this type of monetary fraud.

Read more
River to River
1:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Modern Extinct Animals

Giant sloth at the Museum of Natural History, University of Iowa
Susan Groppi / Flickr

We know great herds of bison once roamed Iowa. But did you know much farther back in time there were wholly mammoths, mastodons, and even giant sloths? Host Ben Kieffer talks with ISU's Bill Clark, who'll tell us about animals that disappeared from our state with the arrival of European settlers and how some species of bears, bobcats, and cougars are coming back.

Read more
River to River
1:05 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Politics Day: Iowa's Open Senate Seat

Iowa state capitol
Tony Fischer / Flickr

The last time politicians had an open race for a Senate seat in Iowa, Paul McCartney & Wings were topping the charts with "Band on the Run" in 1974. On today's River to River we talk about the likely contenders for retiring Senator Tom Harkin's seat.

Read more
River to River
1:14 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Adaptations of Iowa's Republicans: Grassley and King

Senator Chuck Grassley
Senator Chuck Grassley Official Website

Newly re-elected chair of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus says his party will have to adapt to “an era of permanent politics.” Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Steve King of Iowa’s 4th District.We ask about their stance on the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform as well as their goals as Republicans and as our elected representatives, at the start of President Obama's second presidential term. 

Read more
River to River
1:07 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Education Reform from the Statehouse

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble

Education reform is front and center at the statehouse. Iowa Public Radio's statehouse correspondent, Joyce Russell, talks with Governor Terry Branstad's Special Assistant on Education, Linda Fandel, in the first half of this session of River to River about the governor's plans for Iowa's schools this year.

Read more
River to River
1:41 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Major Supreme Court Cases for 2013

Katie Harbath Flickr

Recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke in court for the first time in almost seven years.

Ben Kieffers talks with  Todd Pettys and Song Richardson, two faculty members from the University Of Iowa College of Law. They discuss key cases before nation’s highest court this year including the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, which bans same-sex marriage, and DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act.

Read more
River to River
11:46 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Sense of Adventure: Sailing on the Pacific

Grant and Denise Stejskal
Grant and Denise Stejskal

This week Hy-Vee's retired chairman and CEO, Ric Jurgens, was honored by the Food Marketing Institute. On the first half of this River to River show, host Ben Kieffer listens back to his 2012 interview with Jurgens about the evolution of food shopping.

Read more
River to River
1:23 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Politics Day

President Obama gave his second inaugural address this week, in which he outlined several goals for his coming term. Ben Keiffer breaks down the speech and talks about which goals are politically possible with Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa.

Then, discussion over the remarks made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Senate committee hearing on Benghazi and the recent House vote to extend the debt limit.


 

Read more
River to River
1:08 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Mental Illness & Media Violence

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Center for American Progress / Flickr

Host Ben Kieffer talks with UI psychiatrist and professor of medicine Donald Black about his views on proposed changes in mental health policy as a potential remedy for reducing gun violence. Dr. Black is well known for studying various personality disorders. Also psychologist Craig Anderson of ISU tells us about research on the connections between virtual media violence and real life violence.

Read more
River to River
1:21 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Reagan Presidency and Chip Duncan

President Ronald Reagan is one of the nation’s more influential presidents. He served as president during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Ben Kieffer talks with film maker and Iowa native Chip Duncan. He has a new public television documentary series on the Reagan presidency premiering in February. We discuss the successes, failures and influential decisions made by President Reagan during his eight years in office.

Read more
River to River
1:06 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Iowa's "Food Deserts"

Deep fried, greasy food.
Christian Cable / Flickr

Here in Iowa, we live in one of the top food producers in the nation. Yet, some Iowans still have trouble accessing healthy foods. Host Ben Kieffer talks with experts across the state about people who live in areas with low access to healthy food…areas often referred to as “food deserts”. We find out why people in these areas have trouble accessing healthy food, and what efforts are being done to help these residents.

Read more
River to River
1:34 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Politics Day

NASA HQ Flickr

President Obama’s second inauguration is less than a week away.

On this Politics Day, Ben Kieffer gets a preview of the event and expectations for Obama’s second term from political scientists Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College, and Chris Larimer of the University of Northern Iowa.  Rachel Caufield of Drake University is in D.C. with several students for the inauguration and are documenting their experiences.

Also, the debt limit stand-off and the unveiling of the White House’s gun violence proposals.

Read more
River to River
1:14 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Flu Season in Iowa

3D flu virus.
Wellcome Images / Flickr

Cold and flu season is upon us and the strain of flu going around this year seems to be particularly nasty. Host Ben Kieffer discusses how the flu is impacting Iowans this year with State Epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. We also hear about how to prevent and treat the flu for children with pediatrician Dr. Jody Murph and we’ll learn about how certain diseases jump from animals to humans with emerging infectious disease specialist Tara Smith. 

Read more
River to River
1:16 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

The Start Of Iowa's 2013 Legislative Session

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble

It’s opening day for the 2013 legislative session as all of the state’s law makers assemble at the capitol. Clay Masters speaks with House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, live at the Statehouse. They discuss gun laws, the state's surplus, and other issues that may unfold during the upcoming session.

Read more
River to River
1:22 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Gun Laws In Iowa

Jessica Quinn Flickr

This week Vice President Biden’s gun violence task force continues to meet to discuss a set of proposals about gun violence. Ben Kieffer talks about discussions on the federal and state level about gun control.

Read more
River to River
1:28 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ballot Access in Iowa

Iowa is one of only ten states in the U.S. where people can register to vote on the same day they cast their ballot. Iowa is also one of the most difficult states in the nation for former felons to regain their voting rights. Host Ben Kieffer discusses ballot access in Iowa - we look at our state's changing policies on voting as well as the integrity of our election system.

Read more
River to River
1:11 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Politics Day

KP Tripathi Flickr

Chuck Hagel, John Kerry and John Brennan are the first picks for President Obama’s cabinet.  Ben Kieffer, discusses the possible nominees to play key roles in Obama's second term. Political analysts also discuss the ongoing talks about the debt ceiling and gun control.

Read more
River to River
1:09 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Immigrants Living in Iowa

Nations' flags outside the United Nations building in New York.
United Nations Photo / Flickr

Reports say that the White House plans to start a push towards comprehensive immigration reform this month. Ben Kieffer speaks with immigrants who have come to our state about the challenges they faced moving to Iowa from another country - finding work, a new life, putting down new roots in Iowa's communities, and the Immigrant Voices Project.

Read more
River to River
1:21 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Preventing Rape In A Rape Culture

Eric Hancock Flickr

Ben Kieffer talks with rape victim advocates about how to prevent rape in Iowa. We’ll examine the attitudes and opinions that need to change so that Iowa is a safer place for everyone.

Then,  the creator of a new personal safety smart phone app  talks about how he hopes the app will help prevent kidnappings and assaults.

Read more
River to River
2:41 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Gambling In Iowa

Limconcon Flickr

Forget about riverboats, online gaming is the new frontier when it comes to gambling in Iowa. Ben Kieffer discusses the future of gambling in Iowa and how the evolving regulation of online gaming may help or hinder the state’s gaming industry.

Then a University of Iowa researcher shares his new study that suggests more casinos do not necessarily equate more gamblers.

Read more
River to River
1:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

The Sleep Doctor: Sleep Apnea

A man using a sleep apnea machine.
A. Strakey / Flickr account

Abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep may be a symptom of a common disorder called sleep apnea.

Neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken, the director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the UIHC, answers your questions about sleep apnea and seasonal affective disorder as well as the warning signs and what treatments are available.

Read more
River to River
1:16 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Politics Day: Fiscal Negotiations

KP Tripathi Flickr

Last minute deal making on Capitol Hill may have helped avert the fiscal cliff for now, but many law makers are still divided over the measure. Ben Kieffer talks with political experts Tim Hagle and Bruce Nesmith about the fiscal measure and other recent political events.

Read more
River to River
12:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday

Though 2012 is gone, relive the most memorable political moments with comedy group Capitol Steps. In their one-hour year-in-review special, awards will be distributed to the great political gaffes and mishaps of the past year.

Pages