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
1:13 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

The Recruitment of Teaching & Science Education

Employees of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and U.S. Army Research Laboratory discuss science experiments for children and parents at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School
Research Development and Engineering Command / Flickr

Earlier this year, the director of the Iowa Department of Education unveiled 13 recommendations from the state’s Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation. The goal - to improve education in part through getting better teachers. This hour we talk with several people about how to improve education in the state, including Linda Fandel, a special assistant for education to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. We’ll also hear from two faculty members at Iowa State’s School of Education about their national recognition for preparing science teachers.

Read more
River to River
2:36 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Child Safety and Bystander Psychology

Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins

In the wake of the terrible discovery of the bodies of two missing Iowa cousins, new questions are arising about child safety. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Nancy McBride from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about making your child feel safe. Then, he delves into bystander psychology with Iowa State University's Craig Anderson to find out why we might or might not intervene to prevent a tragedy.

Read more
River to River
9:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Holiday Special: Hanukkah Lights 2012

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

River to River
3:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

History of Santa Claus and the "Angel of Albia"

keepps / flickr

St. Nicholas Day takes place on December 6th.  It’s a day when the aforementioned saint brings gifts to good girls and boys.  Americans have a similar tradition, but instead of St. Nicholas a character named Santa Claus delivers the presents on Christmas Eve. Today on River to River, we speak with historian Bruce David Forbes of Morningside College and author of Christmas: A Candid History. We discuss how St. Nicholas crossed the Atlantic to become Santa Claus.  Also, we talk to a modern day Santa Claus of sorts, Mary Sauter, the “Angel of Albia.”

Read more
River to River
1:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Politics Day

Wally Gobetz Flickr

“Fiscal cliff” negotiations continue as polls show a majority don’t believe an agreement will be reached, and congressional Republicans are most to blame. Ben Kieffer  talks with political experts Dennis Goldford and Tim Hagle about efforts to avoid going over the cliff.

Then, our experts look ahead to Governor Branstad’s priorities in the coming legislative session, now that it seems likely he’ll seek re-election.

Read more
River to River
1:22 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

The Historical Accuracy of Spielberg's "Lincoln"

Official movie poster for the film, "Lincoln."
Touchstone Pictures

The passage of the 13th Amendment which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude almost didn’t pass. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with historian Thomas Schwartz, one of the foremost experts on the Abraham Lincoln.

Read more
River to River
1:14 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Future Of The Iowa Caucuses and Eyewitness Testimony

A crowded precinct location in Coralville for the 2008 Iowa caucuses
Stephen Cummings Flickr

Iowa holds the coveted first in the nation contest to decide who will be nominated for President. But, how secure is the future of the Iowa caucuses? Ben Kieffer talks with David Yepsen of the Paul Simon Institute and JoDee Winterhof, who helped lead Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, about how Iowa can keep its leadoff spot. Then, an Iowa State University researcher is causing courts to rethink eyewitness testimony in criminal cases.

Read more
River to River
1:01 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Iowa Blue Zones and Adele Diamond

Tulane Public Relations Flickr

How strong is the link between physical activity and success? Ben Kieffer talks with Adele Diamond, one of the world's leading researchers on the brain's cognitive functions, as she gives her answer. Diamond talks about the real difference exercise can make in how you think, feel and interact with others.

Also, several members from Iowa’s Blue Zones project talk about the project's current endeavors.

Read more
River to River
1:07 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Human Trafficking in Iowa

Human trafficking statistics for the United States from the U.S. Departmetn of State, CASTLA, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
INHERTIANCE magazine / Flickr

Even though slavery was outlawed almost 150 years ago, people are still imprisoned and exploited daily in the United States.

Human traffickers prey on the vulnerable and isolated. Often these individuals are children or teenagers hoping to escape a difficult home life, but instead are captured by predators who sell them for sex.

Host Ben Kieffer talks about the prevalence of and how to stop human trafficking in Iowa and nationwide.

Read more
River to River
1:26 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Politics Day

Gov. Mitt Romney supporters hold signs at the 2011 Ames Straw Poll
Iowa Politics Flickr

The recent discussions on the fate of the Iowa Straw Poll among GOP leaders has sparked further questioning on the effectiveness of the annual event and other political gatherings. Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Steffen Schmidt and Wayne Moyer about the week’s political events including the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations and GOP discussions with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice.

Read more
River to River
1:08 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Chronic Wasting Disease and Deer Hunting in Iowa

Heard of deer in Iowa
Gene5335 / Flickr

Deer hunting in Iowa is a $214 million industry. The big question leading into this weekend’s shotgun season is, how will the discovery of chronic wasting disease in captive Iowa deer impact the industry? Host Ben Kieffer, talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease and Iowa state Senator and hunting enthusiast Dick Dearden about what they think should be done to protect Iowa's wild deer population.

Read more
River to River
1:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Cyberbullying And Children On The Internet

Pete Prodoehl Flickr

While parents still worry about who their children are interacting with online, parents are focusing their concern now on how their children are represented online. Ben Kieffer talks with experts about the way children perceive the Internet and how their posts could affect their academic or professional future. Then Iowa school officials discuss efforts to prevent cyber bullying in Iowa.

Read more
River to River
2:12 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Iowa's Reddest and Bluest Counties

Des Moines Register

We talk about blue and red states during elections… but what about blue and red counties?  Chris Larimer of the University of Northern Iowa analyzed some of Iowa’s most democratic and republican counties, and tells us what might influence those voting patterns. Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College join in our conversation about the political news of the day.

Read more
River to River
1:08 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Muscatine Delegation in China

Chinese flag
Yew Kwang / Flickr

When thinking of U.S. – China relations, small town Iowa rarely comes to mind. But a few Muscatine residents are working to change that, by building stronger cultural, educational, and corporate relations between the two countries. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with four Muscatine residents who recently returned from a trip to China.

Read more
River to River
3:01 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Iowa Children Living in Poverty

Children featured in Frontline documentary, "Poor Kids"
Frontline

The number of Iowa children living in high-poverty neighborhoods is growing at a much faster rate compared to results nationwide. On today's River to River, we’ll find out what it’s like for Iowa’s children to grow up poor, and we’ll talk to people across the state working to end childhood poverty in Iowa.

River to River
1:16 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Dust Bowl and Will Allen

Arthur Rothstein

Urban areas in the Midwest are often referred to as “food deserts”, lacking in affordable, local fresh greens and produce. Many people living in these areas are suffering from poor diet and subsequent disease. Ben Kieffer speaks with Will Allen, an urban farmer who is working to eliminate the fresh food shortage is these neighborhoods. Then Iowa State historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg  discusses a time when a large portion of the country was considered a desert, the 1930s Dust Bowl.

Read more
River to River
1:15 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Healthcare in Rural Iowa

Iowa Rural Health Assocation logo
Iowa Rural Health Assocation website

At times, people living in rural Iowa struggle for access to medical specialists. The nearest pediatrician or cardiologist may be hours from a patient's home. River to River examines the state of rural health care in Iowa and now that health care is the law of the land, how will health care change in Iowa?

Read more
River to River
1:09 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Politics Day

League of Women Voters of California Flickr

After many in the GOP forecast a big win for Mitt Romney, it turns out he received fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008. Ben Kieffer talks with political experts, using  a week of hindsight to tackle some of the biggest questions in the aftermath of the 2012 election.

Read more
River to River
11:01 am
Tue November 13, 2012

The Accordion Family by Katherine Newman

The Accordion Family book cover
Katherine Newman / Beacon Press

In sociologist Katherine Newman's new book, The Accordion Family, she argues that globalization and weak economies have caused households to expand and incorporate grandparents, parents and children under one roof.

Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Newman about the challenges of loved ones living together to make ends meet. We'll also hear from an Ames family whose two adult daughters have moved back home in an effort to save money.

Read more
River to River
1:08 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Notable Iowa Veterans and Michael Merzenich

Dan Grinstead
Pat Blank

William Schaefer, professor emeritus of photography talks about his exhibit showcasing some of Iowa’s notable veterans, which is currently on display at the Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Iowa. Then, Captain Dan Grinstead of the Iowa Army National Guard is one of the veterans featured in the exhibit and he shares his story of his decision to enlist later in his life.

Doctor Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Francisco, talks about the human brain how it works and how it can recover from injury.

Read more
River to River
1:35 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Hospital Acquired Infections

Dean Borg / IPR

How many times a day do you wash your hands? Most people don’t keep track, but researchers at the University of Iowa are studying how well and how often hospital workers hand-wash. Ben Kieffer speaks with several researchers who are studying how infections spread in hospitals. But first, we discuss the impact of a drug-resistant bacteria discovered in some wildlife species in the state.

Read more
River to River
11:49 am
Thu November 8, 2012

2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman

Dan Shechtman
Dan Shechtman headshot

In 1982, Dan Shechtman of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory discovered a type of crystal so strange, so unusual it upended the scientific world.

Read more
River to River
2:09 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Politics Day: Post Election Analysis

Bill Roehl Flickr

After months of campaigning, it’s all over. Ben Kieffer talks with political experts Christ Larimer from the University of Northern Iowa, and Dennis Goldford of Drake University, to analyze the election results for Iowa’s Congressional, legislative, and judicial races.

Read more
River to River
1:05 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Inside the Mind of a Candidate & Iowans Aid Sandy Disaster

Iowa state house - square crop
Jason Mrachina / Flickr

Most people will have the experience of voting in an election but few of us will ever know what it is like to be on the ballot. We talk with two former Iowa congressmen - Democrat Dave Nagle (1987-1993) and Republican Jim Ross Lightfoot (1985-1997) to find out what election day is like from the candidates' perspective.

Read more
River to River
1:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Early Voting Turnout And How Kids See The Election

Eagle.Dawg Flickr

Analysts are saying the outcome of this election hinges on one factor – turnout. Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa party officials across the state to find out what the major parties are doing to get out the vote.Then, Greg Hamot a University of Iowa College of Education professor, and Rachel Willis, executive director at Kids Voting USA, talk about how kids perceive the candidates and the discussions parents can have with them about the election.

Read more
River to River
1:29 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tom Latham and Robin Wright

Credit Gage Skidmore / flickr

Award-winning journalist and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright is visiting Iowa this week. She’s spent decades exploring new trends in the Islamic world. We get her take on the major policy challenges for the United States and the West. Also, a conversation with incumbent Republican Tom Latham who is facing another incumbent Leonard Boswell for Iowa’s new 3rd district.

Read more
River to River
1:09 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Judicial Retention

Iowa judicial building
Shane Vander Hart / Flickr

As it was two years ago during the midterm election, judicial retention is again a contentious issue in Iowa. Ben Kieffer talks with members of the Iowa State Bar Association to help lay out all the facts and arguments pertaining to the retention of Justice Wiggins, as well as the different opinions on what makes a judicial system political.

Read more
River to River
1:20 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Politics Day: The Final Week

Clay Masters

Iowa has been in the center of the presidential campaign since mid-2011. In less than a week campaigning will end, and governing will begin. It’s the last politics day before the election. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa asses where things stand.

Read more
River to River
12:44 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

2nd Congressional District - Loebsack and Archer

Area of 2nd congressional district in Iowa
Legislative Services Agency website

We hear from the two candidates vying to represent Iowa's new 2nd congressional district, which covers the southeast corner of the state. Incumbent Democrat from Iowa City, Dave Lobesack, will defend his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives against challenger John Archer, a Republican and corporate attorney from Bettendorf, who tells us why he thinks he would be better for the people of Iowa in the second district.

Read more
River to River
1:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Christie Vilsack and Leonard Boswell

Congressman Leonard Boswell and congressional candidate Christie Vilsack shake hands at an Iowa Democratic event.
Iowa Democratic Party Flickr

This election season we’ve invited all of the Republican and Democratic candidates vying to represent Iowa four new congressional districts to share their views. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Christie Vilsack, who is challenging Republican Congressman Steve King in Iowa’s new 4th district.


Then Ben talks with incumbent Democrat Leonard Boswell who is facing Tom Latham in Iowa’s new 3rd district.

Read more

Pages