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 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.

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River to River
1:54 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Robert McChesney: "The Disintegration of the Commercial Model of Journalism"

Luc De Leeuw / flickr

On this segment of River to River, media political economist Robert McChesney has a bleak assessment of our new age of internet journalism.

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River to River
11:04 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream

Picnic in the woods, from 1918
Richard / flickr

What is at the heart of the American dream?

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News Buzz
3:07 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez on Latest Job Numbers

United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
US Department of Labor

United States health officials say they are confident they can prevent the spread of Ebola in the U.S. after the first case was diagnosed in Texas this week.

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Crime
5:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Job Prospects for Iowa Ex-Felons

A shift in law that brought e-cigarette stores under the same code as tobacco stores meant Kelley Page could no longer continue to operate his Des Moines-based store, Great Alternatives.
Mobydoux Wikimedia Commons

Kelley Page saw his e-cigarette store as the new chapter in his life. So it stung that much more when it was taken away because of his past.

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News Buzz
5:19 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Chicago Attorney says Templeton Rye Misled Consumers

Templeton Rye's Heritage Pork Project pigs
El Photography and Design

A lawsuit against Templeton Rye has received approval to proceed by the state attorney general’s office, but Founder Keith Kerkhoff says the allegations of the lawsuit are untrue. 

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Medicine
11:09 am
Thu October 2, 2014

To Test or Not to Test

Kristen Powers discusses genetic testing with her father and her doctor.
Kristen Powers Official Twitch Trailer

If you inherited a deadly, incurable disease, would you want to know?

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Politics
3:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

President Obama as a "War President"

Screen shot from the White House’s official video of President Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014.

This week, Great Britain joined the United States and France in air strikes against ISIS in Iraq. 

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River to River
4:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Engaging in #GamerGate: "There is that fear going into it, as a woman"

Anita Sarkeesian, author of the video blog "Feminist Frequency," has been harassed for her critique of sexism within the industry
Anita Sarkeesian

This month, the video game industry has found itself at the center of a dispute that's led to intense debate under the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Loebsack: Use of Force in Syria Requires Congressional Approval

Dave Loebsack's Official Portrait
U.S. House of Representatives

Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack says the most recent military campaign ordered by President Obama in Syria requires congressional approval. 

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

King: Mowrer Campaign Owes Me an Apology

Steve King at an event in Ames, Iowa in August 2011.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia Commons

Republican Congressman Steve King says Jim Mowrer, a Democrat and Iraq war veteran who is running against him to represent Iowa’s Fourth District, owes him an apology.

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Unexpected Iowa
5:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Iowa the "Bright Radical Star"

The Iowa Constitution
IowaPolitics.com Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Iowa gained attention for the Supreme Court decision overturning a ban on same sex marriage. But the ruling was no surprise given the court's history.

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Unexpected Iowa
4:03 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Butterfly Stroke Invented in Iowa Pool

Ben Kieffer stands with UI Swimming Coach Marc Long at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Iowa.
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Today, there are four recognized strokes in competitive swimming. It wasn't always that way. 

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Unexpected Iowa
4:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Iowa: First In the Nation for 42 Years

Iowa Caucus

Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first significant hurdle for presidential hopefuls from both parties.

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Unexpected Iowa
5:07 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Perfect Score: Iowa and Standardized Testing

Standardized testing has become the norm, not only for college-bound high schoolers but for students K-12. What many people don't know is that the origins standardized testing like the ACT lie in Iowa.
William R. Goodwin Wikimedia Commons

Most of us have filled in those tiny rows of bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. But who creates standardized tests? Who tests them? And why do we have to use a No. 2 pencil in the first place?

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Unexpected Iowa
4:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Iowa's Landscape: Not so Flat After All

rural Johnson County, Iowa
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

In our collective imagination, Iowa is often depicted as nothing but a flatland covered in corn. But is it really?

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News Buzz
4:14 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Jill Pruetz on Chimpanzees and Aggressive Behavior

Jill Pruetz

Not many animals will use lethal aggression towards those in their own species, but two groups do - humans, and chimpanzees.

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News Buzz
3:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Searching for a Piece of Jack Trice

Joshua and Lori Kagavi

"The honor of my race, family & self is at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will."

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Domestic Violence
4:54 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

#WhyIStayed: Perceptions, Protections, and Problems with Domestic Abuse in Iowa

Iowa has both civil and criminal codes to help domestic abuse victims seek justice.
Ben Pollard Wikimedia Commons

Tiffany Allison breathed a sigh of relief when she learned her former attacker was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Politics Day
11:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Scottish Independence Vote Too Close to Call

The Scottish flag
Ian Britton Creative Commons License 3.0

A visiting Professor from Scotland says he's "terrified" about Scotland's vote on independence from the UK September 18th.

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River to River
9:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Edward Snowden's Lawyer: "To be a patriot is to question the government all the time"

Mike Mozart

ACLU attorney Ben Wizner says the history books will be kind to Edward Snowden; he will be remembered well.

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Encore
12:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kristi Ruth Talks About Nearly Losing Her Arm in a Farm Accident

Courtesy of Iowa State University Extension

In 2007, Kristi Ruth nearly lost her arm in a farm accident. It’s just once example of the hazards of agricultural work.

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River to River
5:13 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Binge Drinking: "I black out almost every single time I drink”

Whatsername? / flickr

Iowa ranks as one of the highest binge drinking states in the country.

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River to River
2:39 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

A Conversation with Jazz Legend Al Jarreau

Jasper / flickr

Jazz legend and vocalist Al Jarreau will headline the Iowa City Soul Festival this weekend with a free performance. 

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News Buzz
4:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Legions Expected at Harkin Steak Fry

Tom Harkin poses with an attendee of his annual steak fry in 1990
Harkin Campaign Office

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa this weekend. She and husband, President Bill Clinton, are the headliners at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry.

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News Buzz
3:33 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Compound Could Offer Protection Against Brain Injury

Wellcome Images (Creative Commons)

A new class of compounds has been shown to protect against brain damage caused by traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

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River to River
6:42 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Aging Water Systems May Lead to Next "Water Revolution"

Many Iowa sewer lines were made in the 19th century.
:::Derek::: / flickr

Washington, Ia.'s sewer system was made in the 1870s; and in 2011, repairs cost the city around $20 million.

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Politics Day
4:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

"I think we will be fighting ISIS a year from now"

U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Dore looks for any possible enemy contact in western Baghdad, Iraq. 2007
United States Forces Iraq

In a prime time address on Wednesday, President Obama will announce how the U.S. plans to confront the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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River to River
4:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Joan Becker: It Took A Prison Sentence To Get Mark the Help He Needed

Joan and Dave Becker with their son Mark, who shot Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas to death 5 years ago.
Courtesy of Joan Becker

Five years ago, Mark Becker shot Aplington-Parkersburg head coach Ed Thomas. His mother, Joan, is now an advocate for mental health in Iowa. 

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Sports
12:54 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Changing the Mission of College Athletics

There’s little doubt that college sports are at a crossroads. As money collides with education, Drake University’s Athletic Director says it’s time to make sports “co-curricular” instead of “extra-curricular.”

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Business
10:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Iowa's Glass Ceiling

Molly Clubb, co-owner of Hired Hand, has grown a successful business in two male-dominated fields--agriculture and technology. But is she the norm?
Molly Clubb Hired Hand

CNBC ranks Iowa as the twelfth top state for business. So why are we dead last in economic clout for women-owned businesses according to a March report from American Express?

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