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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Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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River to River
1:16 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Changing Media Landcsape and Taking a Media Diet

We all realize the media landscape is changing very quickly. But where are we headed? And have you ever considered putting yourself on a media diet?  We’d originally scheduled Governor Branstad to join us live today. However, late this morning, the Governor’s office let us know that he now has a scheduling conflict. We’ll try to reschedule that conversation for a future date.

Instead today, we’ll listen back to conversation about changes in the media with Executive Director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association Jeff Stein.

River to River
9:23 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The Politics of Foreign Policy

Dave Lawerence Flickr

This week Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wrapped up a three-nation international trip – to England, Israel and Poland. Some of his comments abroad sure put him in the media limelight, but will it help or hurt his campaign? Host Ben Kieffer talks with political science professors  Lindsay Cohn from the University of Northern Iowa and Jim McCormick from Iowa State University about the politics of foreign policy in this presidential election year.

Business/Economy
7:59 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa's Population Growth

While Iowa's total population grew by 2.8 percent over the past nine years, the 2010 Census Report shows that the growth has occurred in the state's largest cities and their suburbs, while the rural areas are losing residents.

River to River
11:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Comedian Nathan Timmel and Remembering Lauren Reece Flaum

Iowa comedian and author Nathan Timmel's new book.
Nathan Timmel

One Iowa comedian says he turns to his uncommon experiences growing up for his profession. Host Ben Kieffer talks with comedian and author, Nathan Timmel, about his memoir “I Was a White Knight…Once.”

Then, listen back to excerpts from Ben’s conversation with Lauren Reece Flaum, who died this month after living with breast cancer for 17 years. In 2008, Redbook magazine asked its readers to submit their stories about living with breast cancer and Flaum beat out thousands of entries to win the contest.

River to River
9:14 am
Fri July 27, 2012

A Runner Without a Country and Champion Debaters

Former Iowa State University runner Guor Marial from South Sudan. Marial will compete in the Olympic marathon under the Olympic flag.
Iowa State University

He’s been dubbed the ‘runner without a country’ – Guor Marial is a 28-year-old marathon runner and refugee from the newly independent African nation of South Sudan. After Marial escaped Sudan as a child, he came to the United States and competed in cross country at Iowa State University. Though he’s a U.S. resident, he’s not a citizen and South Sudan does not yet have a national Olympic body, but after months of consideration, the International Olympic Committee ruled Marial could compete under the Olympic flag – joining three others who will do the same during the London games.

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River to River
2:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Checking in with Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College

Upper Iowa University has 10,000 students worldwide, but only 1,000 of them study at northeast Iowa town of Fayette where it’s based. As part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents, host Ben Kieffer talks with Upper Iowa’s President Alan Walker about his university’s global reach. Also, a conversation with Wartburg College President Darrel Colson.

River to River
9:08 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Politics Day: Swing Votes

League of Women Voters of California Flickr

If you’re like many Americans, you’ve become increasingly frustrated with a lack of bipartisan cooperation in congress and the disappearance of centrist politicians willing to work together to solve the nation’s problems. Host Ben Kieffer talks with columnist and Woodrow Wilson Center Scholar, Linda Killian, about her new book The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents. Also, Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Bruce Gronbeck from the University of Iowa analyze political events from the past week.

River to River
2:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Summer Series: Prison Communities

Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison
Alex Heuer

The Iowa Department of Corrections operates nine institutions throughout the state, and together, they employ more than 3,000 people to supervise more than 8,000 adult inmates. On today's "River to River" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns with a look at how prisons, or correctional facilities, shape the communities where they are located.

River to River
10:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Innovative Iowa Businesses

Mark Ginsberg next to his 3D printer. He's holding a printed wrench and bicycle chain / Ben Kieffer

Our area is home to a host of unique and innovative entrepreneurs. Ben talks with Mark Ginsberg, owner of M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers in Iowa City, about how he is utilizing 3D printing technology in his jewelry business and in other areas of the city.

Later, Chad Dutler, owner of Shrimp 59 in Holstein, talks about what made him embark on the shrimp farming business. 

River to River
9:51 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Cold Cases

Early one morning in 1995, anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit didn’t show up for work at her Mason City TV station.

Her disappearance is one of Iowa’s most discussed unsolved cases. Listen back to host, Ben Kieffer’s, discussion with Beth Bednar about her book on the case called Dead Air.

Then, a look into how state law enforcement goes about investigating dozens of cold cases.

River to River
1:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Summer Drought

Clint Alley / flickr

Most of Iowa is now experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions… along with more than half the country.  On today's "River to River' we hear from farmers, business owners and cities about how they’re being affected.  We talk with Elwynn Taylor about the prospects for turning the dry weather around.  And Harry Hillaker tells us how this drought compares with others in the state’s history. 

River to River
11:35 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Politics Day

Recent political ads from both presidential parties have caused hand-wringing on both sides of the isle. This Politics Day we talk with political experts Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Dennis Goldford, professor of politics at Drake University, about the latest developments on the political stage.

River to River
11:59 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Summer Series: Manufacturing Communities

Cedar Rapids 2012
Christopher Dilts [Barack Obama / flickr]

Iowa ranks in the top 10 states most dependent on manufacturing, and the more than six-thousand manufacturing firms located in the state represent almost 11-percent of all employment.  We continue our summer series on Iowa towns with a look at how manufacturing has shaped the history, economy and education of Iowa communities.

River to River
1:24 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Solar Energy

A new state tax credit is encouraging homeowners to invest in solar energy and people throughout Iowa are already using the renewable resource.  Ben Kieffer talks with homeowner, Steve Peterson, who has a solar system in his home, along with Dennis Pottratz, whose renewable energy company installed Steve’s solar system. Energy Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council, Nathaniel Baer, discusses the tax breaks.

River to River
9:31 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Sustainable Businesses

In 1974, Elliot Hoffman founded the successful business Just Desserts in San Francisco. Now he’s working to spread a message of sustainability across the country.

Listen back to a conversation from April of last year between host Ben Kieffer and Elliot Hoffman. Hoffman’s new venture is called New Voice of Business. He visited Iowa last year – talking about how businesses can benefit the bottom line by adopting sustainable practices.

Iowa business owners and managers also talk about their struggles and successes with sustainability.

River to River
12:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Mistaken Eyewitness Identification

Kevin Dooley / flickr

Of the 273 exonerations granted to convicted criminals since 1989, more than 75-percent can be attributed to mistaken eyewitness identification. That's according to the Innocence Project. Today on "River to River", we talk with ISU Psychology professor Gary Wells, who says he's developed a procedure to substantially reduce mistaken identifications in photo lineups.

River to River
1:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Politics Day: Obama's Iowa Visit and the Middle Class

President Obama addressed tax cuts for the middle class at his stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. On this Politics Day, IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists Tim Hagle from the University of Iowa and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa about the President’s visit as both Obama and Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, make their appeals to the middle class.

River to River
1:41 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Summer Series: Border Towns

Pete Zarria / flickr
IPR

Our summer series continues into the noon hour on "River to River". We are examining communities along our state’s border and the challenges businesses face in these areas. On today's "River to River", we take a look at the challenges businesses in the Quad Cities and Sioux City face in economic development when competing with Illinois and South Dakota tax structures.

River to River
1:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Iowa University Presidents: ISU and UNI

Iowa public universities continue to face difficult decisions such as financial backing and enrollment. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with Iowa State University President Steven Leath and President Ben Allen from the University of Northern Iowa about challenges they face including program closings, financial backing, and future plans for their schools.

River to River
11:38 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Willpower

The average person spends four hours of their day battling… temptation. We listen back to Ben Kieffer's conversation with New York Times science writer John Tierney. His book Willpower looks at the latest research on self-control and how you can strengthen it. Then, Jennifer Margrett of Iowa State University talks about her study on how social partners can help extend memory.

River to River
1:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New Laws Take Effect & Swimming Tragedy

Iowa State Capitol

The Iowa legislative session ended in May but many of the new laws took effect earlier this week. To begin the hour, we listen back to a conversation IPR’s Joyce Russell had with Senate Majority Leader Democrat Mike Gronstal and House Assistant Majority Leader Republican Steve Lukan. Speaking soon after the legislature adjourned, they talk about the accomplishments of the session, what didn’t get passed, and what legislative issues might be on tap for next year. Then, host Ben Kieffer talks with guests about other new laws including changes in liquor regulations and rules of the road.

River to River
2:07 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Iowa Citizen Diplomacy and Ambassador Dan Mozena

We start the program with a conversation with Dan Mozena, member of the United States Foreign Service, currently U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh – a post he has held since November of last year. Mozena was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in northeast Iowa near Dubuque.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in political science and history. Dan Mozena has served in many other countries –in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan, and Angola.  Later, what is it about Iowa that has spawned so many U.S.

River to River
9:21 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Violent Crime: One Victim’s Story

Jonna Williams

Host Ben Kieffer’s recent conversations with offenders inside the Iowa State Penitentiary prompted this look at the victim’s perspective on violent crime. This hour, Ben talks with Jonna Williams of Waterloo, the victim of a kidnapping and rape in 1994, when she was just 13 years old. Also joining the conversation are Black Hawk County Prosecutor Tom Ferguson and Mary Roche, Director of Victim Programs with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Contact Jonna about victim’s advocacy through her Facebook page

River to River
12:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" and Grinnell College President, Raynard Kington

Today's "River to River" features noted space historian, Andrew Chaikin. Chaikin is author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon and several other books about space. He’ll be visiting Iowa to talk about the search for life in the solar system. Then, Grinnell College President Raynard Kington as part of our summer series talking with Iowa university and college presidents.

River to River
1:51 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Law Reaction and President David Maxwell of Drake University

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the health care mandate proposed by President Obama. Today on "River to River", we hear what Iowans have to say about the decision. We also speak with political science professor, Dennis Goldford, on how the ruling may affect Iowa voters. Later in the program, Drake University President David Maxwell joins us as part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents. We’ll talk about what private universities can do to be attractive and affordable during a challenging economy.

Politics
12:53 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Political Road Trip

If you avoid discussing politics in mixed company, imagine road-tripping across the country with someone from the opposing party.  Republican Meghan McCain and Democrat Michael Ian Black join Ben Kieffer to discuss their travels across the country in their new book, "America You Sexy Bitch".  They traveled through red and blue parts of the country talking with voters and each other.  

 

 

River to River
2:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Mammoth Bones and Iowa's Barefoot Runner

An Iowa man and his sons made a huge discovery on their Oskaloosa farm recently. Now scientists are in the process of excavating a mammoth skeleton.  We’ll hear what they hope to learn from the find. Then, 18-year-old Rae Heim of Carroll is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. She has reached Iowa – raising money for an organization called souls4soles – a Christian organization which supplies shoes to needy kids.  Rae talks with River to River's Ben Kieffer about her journey.

River to River
1:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Secret Intelligence in the FBI

Sometimes we tend to think of the FBI as America’s police force, but the bureau’s primary mission is actually secret intelligence. Host Ben Kieffer talks about the history of the FBI with award-winning author Tim Weiner and his new book Enemies: A History of the FBI. Later, Ben talks with Jim McMillan, a special agent stationed in the Quad Cities, about the facts and fiction behind being an agent.

River to River
1:15 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Western Iowa Flood Recovery

It’s been a year since the Missouri River flooded homes, farmland and businesses, and people in Western Iowa and Nebraska are still recovering and waiting for disaster aid. Host Clay Masters talks with soil expert Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, and farmer Scott Olson about efforts to get the soil back to a functional state. Later, Clay talks with groups involved in flood recovery efforts who share their ideas on how to best manage the river for the future.

River to River
11:41 am
Thu June 21, 2012

University President Sally Mason and Rural Attorneys

Receiving basic legal services such as drafting a contract or selling a house is becoming more difficult in some rural Iowa communities. Rural attorneys are retiring and many are not being replaced. I’m Ben Kieffer, and next time on River to River we’ll talk about a new collaboration between the Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa law programs encouraging young attorneys to practice in small towns. And, a conversation with University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

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