River to River

Weekdays at 12 p.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 10 p.m. on IPR News

River to River is Iowa Public Radio's talk program focusing on the news, issues and events in our state. This national award-winning program goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems, and fosters conversation. On Mondays during the legislative session, join in conversations with lawmakers and those impacted by action at the Statehouse.  Wednesdays, political analysts from around the state help you dissect the week in politics.  Fridays we buzz through the week’s big news stories.

River to River is hosted by Ben Kieffer.  It’s produced by Emily Woodbury, @EmilyWoodbury, Lindsey Moon @lindseysmoon and Clare Roth @ClareAliceRoth.  Our Executive Producer is Katherine Perkins.  Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Measles is on the rise in the U.S. More than 100 people nationwide have been diagnosed in January alone.

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Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter denies that there’s a political agenda behind a new proposed funding formula for Iowa's three state universities.

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The Iowa Department of Public Safety has proposed legislation that would make hand-held cell phone calls while driving illegal and would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

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What do you throw away? Do you think about it? Do you care?

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Earlier this week in the midst of a measles outbreak at Disneyland, Rand Paul stated that vaccinations should be voluntary.

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Thomas Frank, a cultural columnist for Salon, says that President Obama’s legacy might be more about what he didn’t do when he was in office.

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In parts of Afghanistan, some families without sons pick a daughter to dress and live as a boy - a practice known as bacha posh.

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Today Governor Terry Branstad announced the details of a bill to toughen penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.

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Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, former NFL place kicker Nate Kaeding talks with Ben Kieffer about how the league is handling the problem of domestic violence.

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While the Seahawks are fighting one showdown this weekend, many across the world have their eyes on a different bird battle: Horned Owls vs. Bald Eagles.

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Research conducted at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City VA Health Care System could one day cure diabetes.

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The Battle of the Bulge ended 70 years ago this month. Iowan George Dane was caught in the middle of it.

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The Koch brothers announced this week that they intend to spend $889 million in the 2016 presidential race, double the amount spent by the Republican National Committee in 2012.

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It's colorless, odorless, and more prevalent in Iowa than any other state. Radon gas is causing 400 deaths in Iowa every year.

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This weekend, pro-Moscow rebels - backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops - restarted the war in Eastern Ukraine. 

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Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers, leaving jobs in some of the most thriving industries unfilled.

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The connections seems simple: the more time you're on Facebook, the more your grades suffer. 

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In her State of the Union response, freshman Senator Joni Ernst repeated an anecdote from her victory speech evoking her "down-home" upbringing.

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When Troy Van Voorhis became a chemistry professor at MIT, he started getting questions from his students: Did science eliminate the need for religion? Did you have to be an atheist to be a good scientist?

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In the budget proposal he released last week, Governor Branstad quietly cut funding for two of Iowa's four mental health institutes.

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Several U.S. military social media accounts were hacked this week by those claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

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Elk Horn Pastor Keith Menter couldn’t let his town go without some sort of news source.

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Sandy Ricklefs announced to her community in Center Junction that the city would not disincorporate earlier this month. 

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President Obama announced a new plan to support community-run broadband in Cedar Falls today.

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The Kepler mission may have lost two of its wheels, but data being mined from the mission has unearthed eight potentially habitable planets.

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Legislative leaders agree a tight budget will sharpen the focus on priorities this session. Identifying those priorities may be the sticking point.

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Twelve people, including four cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, were shot dead Wednesday in an apparent militant Islamist attack.

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Today on River to River, we explore the controversy surrounding the firing of the University of Iowa’s former field hockey coach, Tracey Griesbaum, as well as take a broader look at what the playing field is like for female coaches in both men’s and women’s teams in the U.S.

Griesbaum led the UI field hockey team through 169 wins in 14 seasons. She posted 12 winning seasons and made six appearances in the NCAA tournament.

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Though Ohio Republican John Boehner won a third term as Speaker of the House, he does not have a friend in Iowa Congressman Rod Blum of Dubuque.

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Epilepsy affects millions; and yet, the cause of the neurological disorder is in most cases is unknown.

Also unknown are the details of the leading cause of death from epilepsy, what medical professionals call "sudden unexpected death from epilepsy" or SUDEP. Recently, University of Iowa neurologists have been chosen to join only 8 other groups around the world to study SUDEP.

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