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
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Clare Roth: croth@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @ClareAliceRoth
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Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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River to River
1:44 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Author Hunter Lovins and Bill Nye "The Science Guy"

Bill Nye "The Science Guy"
Ed Schipu / Flickr

Newsweek has named Hunter Lovins a "Green Business Icon" and a "Millennium Hero of the Planet" by TIME Magazine for her work in sustainable development. She is the President of Natural Capitalism Solution, and is also the Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project a non-profit educational team that brings greater depth and scale to sustainability education by delivering advanced modular curricula curated for digital media purposes.

River to River
1:12 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

You Can't Lie To Me

Research shows one out of every five times a person opens his or her mouth -- out comes a lie. Also, 80 percent of all lies go undetected. Host Ben Kieffer talks with deception detection expert Janine Driver tells us how to sharpen our inner lie detector. Her new book is titled, "You Can't Lie to Me: The Revolutionary Program to Supercharge Your Inner Lie Detector and Get to the Truth."

River to River
12:51 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Drought And The Economy

Theresa Wysocki Flickr

What is the economic impact of this year’s drought? When it comes to food prices, agricultural experts and analysts say it means a spike due to soaring corn prices, but consumers may not see higher prices in the grocery store until 2013. Then we look at other economic factors in the Midwest, including how the 2012 Presidential Election could affect crude oil prices.

River to River
4:18 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Scott Cawelti's "Brother's Blood"

This hour we visit a conversation host Ben Kieffer had with author Scott Cawelti, who tells us about the infamous Mark family killings and reflects on the mind of a mass murderer.

On Halloween night in 1975, Jerry Mark murdered his brothers’ entire family…four people, including two young children, in Cedar Falls. Since 1976, Jerry Mark has been held at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison where he is serving four consecutive life sentences.

River to River
1:13 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Politics Day: Iowa Congressional Races

In Iowa there are four congressional districts, which is down from five in the last election.

The November elections feature only four congressional districts in Iowa instead of five… and the districts’ new boundaries offer new challenges for incumbents.


Host Ben Kieffer talks with several political experts about Iowa’s congressional districts including the match-ups, the issues, the polls, and the prospects.

River to River
2:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Environmental Concerns for the EPA

Iowa farmland
University of Maryland Press Releases / Flickr

A committee of scientists led by University of Iowa professor Jerry Schnoor says the Environmental Protection Agency will need to develop novel tools, technologies, and a systems approach to solve environmental problems in the 21st century.

River to River
1:16 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Voyager 1's Journey Into Interstellar Space

Image of Earth and Moon captured by Voyager 1.
NASA

Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 is now the most distant man-made object, more than 11 billion miles from the sun and new evidence shows it’s nearing interstellar space. Host Ben Kieffer, talks with Voyager 1 scientist and University of Iowa space physicist, Don Gurnett, about the next phase of the spacecraft’s journey.

River to River
1:23 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Eboo Patel: Interfaith in America

After 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims spiked. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core. Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims, but a challenge to the very idea of America. Patel also discusses his new book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America.

After 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims spiked.

I’m BK. Next time on RTR, my guest is Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core.

River to River
1:18 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Media Violence

Call of Duty action shot
FireFish45 / Flickr

Ever wonder if consuming media violence makes someone more likely to act out violence in real life? On River to River, we’ll examine a new report by Iowa State psychology professors Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile that says violent images such as scenes in movies, games or pictures in comic books, act as triggers for activating aggressive thoughts and feelings already stored in memory. Also, what can parents do about it?

River to River
1:14 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Politics Day: Democratic National Convention

Four years ago, the first African-American won the presidency. To win the White House in 2012, Barack Obama will once again have to make history. Only Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected with unemployment this high. Today on Politics Day, we'll recap recent political developments including the ongoing Democratic National Convention.

River to River
1:19 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics
Carissa Byers / Flickr

In Iowa, the average amount of tuberculosis (TB) cases is 30-50 a year. In the U.S., TB affects an estimated 10 to 15 million people.

River to River
1:47 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

The Growing Iowa Beer Industry

Daniel Slaughter 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. 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. 

River to River
1:19 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Iowa Delegates & Author Michael Perry

"Visiting Tom" book cover
Michael Perry / Sneezingcow.com

On today's River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa delegates at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida and what challenges their party now faces in the next 10 weeks before the presidential election.

Then, author Michael Perry gives a glimpse of the life of an 82-year old man in rural Wisconsin in his new book, Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway and the Road to Roughneck Grace.

River to River
1:16 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Politics Day: GOP Convention

The next two weeks are a political junkie’s delight with back-to-back party conventions. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the experts to recap happenings in Tampa, look ahead to North Carolina, and talk about President Obama’s return trip to Iowa this week.

River to River
1:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Iowa Film Productions

Frank Meeink
City Year Flickr Account

Frank Meeink became a skinhead when he was just thirteen. He roamed the country as an Aryan leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. Now, he’s a civil rights activist.


Today on River To River we will talk to Meeink and filmmaker Kristian Day who is documenting Meeink’s journey throughout Iowa as he searches for his spirituality.

River to River
1:19 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

UI Instrument On NASA Spacecraft And Media Culture In Turkey

NASA

What does weather in space have to do with us on Earth? A lot it turns out.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Astronomy Professor Craig Kletzing. He talks about the instrument created by University of Iowa researchers that is aboard NASA’s latest mission to study the extremes of space weather and help scientists improve space weather forecasts.

Then, David Perlmutter, Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, talks about his trip this summer with other delegates to experience the culture of media in Turkey.

River to River
2:03 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Exploring the Nature of Terror

In his new book, celebrated poet, essayist, and Director of the University of Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill explores the nature of terror, its place in the post-911 world and how terror unites and galvanizes those in the throes of it. In The Tree of Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War Merrill takes us on his exotic journeys to Malaysia, China, the Dead Sea and war-torn Syria.

River to River
1:19 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The "Rock Island Clean Line" and Wind Energy Tax Credits

Elkton, IA
Jim Hammer / flickr

One of the limitations of the wind energy industry has been connecting it to the power grid. On today's "River to River", we hear about The Rock Island Clean Line, a project to deliver 35-hundred megawatts of wind power from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota to communities in Illinois and states to the East. We also find out what will happen to the effort if wind energy tax credits are eliminated.

River to River
1:16 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Politics and Religion

The U.S. Constitution says "Congress shall make no law, respecting an establishment of Religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," and the true meaning of those words can evoke discord still today.


Host Ben Kieffer talks with Dennis Goldford, author and professor of politics at Drake University, about religion, which he tackles in his new book "The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics and the First Amendment."


Then, we look at religion's role in the 2012 election.

River to River
1:27 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Borlaug-Ruan International Internships and the Creator of Farm Manuals Fast

Tyler Finchum, Creator and Owner of Farm Manuals Fast
Tim Schoon

The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program plays a critical role in inspiring the next generation of young Iowans to pursue education and careers in agriculture and food science. Each year, this World Food Prize internship program sends over 20 high school students on all-expenses-paid, eight-week international internships at research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East where they gain firsthand experience in the field and lab, become familiar with other cultures and learn from renowned experts and mentors.

River to River
11:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Voices of Multiple Sclerosis

It's a disease that effects 2.5 million people worldwide, including hundreds of thousands of Americans. Listen back to a conversation from 2010 with several people whose compelling stories are featured in the book "Voice of Multiple Sclerosis" - essays offering candid, heartfelt, and inspiring testimonials of people who have been impacted by the crippling disease.

River to River
2:13 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Being Southeast Asian in Iowa

All this week, we’ve been hearing what it’s like “Being Southeast Asian in Iowa.”  Our reports from IPR’s Rob Dillard have highlighted why so many Southeast Asians – many of them refugees -- settled in Iowa. Today, we’ll explore the culture of people from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and more --- and the efforts to preserve the culture in Iowa.

River to River
2:43 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Back-to-school: Digital Learning and Bully Prevention

Ngo Quang Minh / flickr

On today’s "River to River", we’re taking a look at  how digital technology is revamping the way today’s students learn. Many districts are renting out laptops to students and doing away with the traditional textbook model of learning. Then, we speak with several experts on how bullying can be prevented in Iowa’s schools and communities.

River to River
2:55 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Politics Day

Gage Skidmore / flickr

Iowa is once again at the center of the race for the White House – President Obama is on a three day bus tour of the state and newly minted Republican V-P pick Representative Paul Ryan was at the Iowa State Fair. This River to River, we’ll talk about Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan and what the effect might be in swing states such as Iowa. Our guests are political analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Tim Dale of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

River to River
12:07 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Hominid Species from Two Million Years Ago

Australopithecus sediba juvenile male skull - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Tim (dctim1) / flickr

We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Lee Berger, American Paleoanthropologist who in 2010 discovered the bones of a new hominid species that lived almost two million years ago.  Later, researchers from UI and ISU discuss the historic find.

River to River
10:32 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Career Criminals And Global Warming's Potential To Spark Violence

Dave Dehetre Flickr

Are career criminals born or made? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, an associate professor of sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University, about how a lifetime of events can impact an individual and has the potential to mold them into a repeat offender. Then, Iowa Sate University Psychologist Craig Anderson discusses a study that shows as the average temperature of earth rises, so does the potential for violent tendencies.

River to River
12:01 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Autism As Diversity

Most view Autism as a devastating disorder- one that needs to be cured—but could it be viewed as a form of diversity? We listen back to Ben Kieffer’s conversation with two Grinnell residents, Emily Thornton Savarese and Ralph James Savarese, parents of an autistic child. They are the editors of a special issue of Disabilities Studies Quarterly entitled "Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity". Then, a Syracuse college student diagnosed with Autism joins the conversation.

River to River
11:21 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Patterns of the Iowa Supreme Court

On today's "River to River", we take look at the inner workings of the Iowa Supreme Court -  including patterns emerging that provide clues as to how individual judges view issues before the court.  Katherine talks with Des Moines attorney Ryan Koopmans who’s analyzed Iowa Supreme Court Decisions over the past year. Later, host Ben Kieffer talks with author and historian Lawrence Goldstone. Goldstone has studied the U.S. Supreme Court and its interpretation of several amendments to the Constitution.

River to River
1:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Politics Day: Iowa Visits

Dave Lawerence Flickr

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wraps up his two-day visit to Des Moines as President Barack Obama gets ready for a three-day stop in Iowa next week. IPR's Dean Borg talks with two political science experts about the heavy candidate presence in Iowa and the issues the candidate's are driving home during their stay.

River to River
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Digital Deception and Solder Patents

Brandon Warren / flickr

When someone is trying to lie to you in  face-to-face exchange, you may be able to tell by their shifting eyes.  But what if that deception comes in text communication or in an email?  We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Joey George, an Iowa State University professor of Management Information Systems.  He’s studied computer mediated deceptive communication and will tell us how we’re learning to lie digitally.  Then, a look at the Ames Laboratory and patents developed there- including a 40-million dollar lead-free solder patent.  In 2011, the patent become the top royalty income gener

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