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.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

New Studies and Research in Sleep

If you’re having trouble getting shuteye, here’s something else to keep you awake at night - a new study that links common sleeping pills to a higher risk of death.  Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with neurologist and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa, Dr. Eric Dyken.  They’ll also talk about the connections between memory and sleep.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Legislative Monday: Education Reform

Governor Terry Branstad has proposed sweeping reforms to Iowa’s education system and the debate is likely to intensify now that the Republican-controlled Iowa House has approved its reform package.  The measure now goes to the Democratically-controlled Iowa Senate.  Host Joyce Russell discusses topics ranging from third grade retention and online learning to new teacher probation and end of course exams on our next legislative show from the law library at the state capitol.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Encore Edition: Thinking About Time

Setting our clocks ahead in the spring reminds us that keeping track of time is a human invention. But have we changed the way we think about time over tens of thousands of years? In a program that originally aired last November, Ben's talks with astrophysicist and commentator Adam Frank. Frank's book About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang looks at how the human experience of time is braided together with cosmological theories of time.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Consul of Canada and Senator Tom Harkin

They are known as our friendly neighbors to the north- host Dean Borg examines Iowa's relationship with Canada with Mary Lawyer, the new Honorary Consul of Canada in Iowa. She'll discuss her role advising Canadians on policy and trade issues and helping Iowans make business contacts north of the border. Later, Dean talks with Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Senator will discuss prospects for a 2012 Farm Bill and his recent meeting with education officials in Washington.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Politics Day

Earlier this week a U.S. soldier allegedly shot and killed sixteen Afghan civilians. President Barack Obama has called the killings tragic while questions re-emerge about the U.S. strategy. Join guest host Jonathan Ahl as we talk about the way forward in Afghanistan.  Plus we’ll discuss the effect Alabama and Mississippi primaries will have on the race for the GOP Presidential nomination. Our guests are Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Jim McCormick of Iowa State University.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Affirmative Action and Public Schools

Affirmative action and how it relates to college admissions is back on the radar. The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hear an admissions case involving the University of Texas and the ruling could have ramifications at colleges across the nation. Host Dean Borg talks with University of Iowa Law Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig and UI Sociology Professor Mary Campbell about how the court is likely to rule. Later, a look at the changing landscape in Iowa's public schools; including school closings in Cedar Rapids, statewide school consolidations and the trend toward home-schooling.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Legislative Monday: State Support for Local Projects

A flood bill making its way through the legislature would provide a sales tax rebate to communities to prevent future flooding. The bill is still alive despite Cedar Rapids residents, who were expected to benefit most from the legislation, voting down a sales tax extension designated for flood mitigation. Then, new owners of the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville want to build a softball and baseball complex on the property and are seeking state support.  We’ll discuss the project and why there’s some support and opposition to it.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Encore Edition: Personalized Medicine

It started as blood-typing and has advanced to designing cancer treatments specific to the cellular makeup of a tumor. And in the not-so-distant future, it will mean looking at a patient's DNA to determine the best course of treatment for a variety of diseases. In a program that originally aired last November, Ben talks with guests about the technology that allows doctors to use the right medicines for the right patients at the right time, and the ethical and cost considerations of unlocking the secrets that lie on our DNA.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

New Iowa GOP Party Chair and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca

Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with A.J.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Politics Day: Super Tuesday Recap

Who won and lost in the GOP race on Super Tuesday? Iowa State University Political Scientist Steffen Schmidt and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Bruce Gronbeck break down the results of Tuesday's votes. They'll also look at the clash between President Obama and Republicans over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Deadly Weather and State Economic Update

In the past week, scores of people have been killed and injured by tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Ben Kieffer talks with meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki of the University of Northern Iowa about the series of deadly storms and the weather outlook in Iowa as we approach spring. Ben will also talk with the Director of Iowa's Economic Development Authority Debi Durham about growing Iowa's economy and its population.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Deadly Weather and State Economic Update

In the past week, scores of people have been killed and injured by tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Ben Kieffer talks with meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki of the University of Northern Iowa about the series of deadly storms and the weather outlook in Iowa as we approach spring. Ben will also talk with the Director of Iowa's Economic Development Authority Debi Durham about growing Iowa's economy and its population.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

Politics Day: Special Event

On the eve of Super Tuesday, and eight months away from the general election, Ben hosts a political roundtable forum at the University of Northern Iowa. Taped Friday, March 2, panelists discuss the GOP race and examine candidate strategies leading up to November. Ben's guests are political scientists Donna Hoffman, Chris Larimer and Justin Holmes from the University of Northern Iowa and James Q. Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gas Prices and the Economy and Iowa's Water Supply

Gas prices are at record highs for this time of year, and experts predict the rise won't be ending soon. We'll examine what's driving current crude oil prices and what it means for Iowa's economy with the Iowa Department of Agriculture's Harold Hommes and Creighton University Economics Professor Ernie Goss. Later, the Iowa DNR has been surveying groundwater supplies across the state. Results indicate some Iowa cities need to start planning immediately to drill new wells or to pipe in water from new resources.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Internet Privacy and Trudy Huskamp Peterson

You see something funny online, post a link to it on Facebook, friends add their own humorous insights and it’s over right?  Not for an Iowa City Man. Host Ben Kieffer finds out how Amazon made what was meant to be a joke, into an advertisement. Then, he talks with Iowa native and one of the world’s pre-eminent archivists, Trudy Huskamp Peterson. She tells us about how documents in the world’s hot spots can provide justice and closure for victims.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Politics Day

Join host Ben Kieffer as we look at the results of the GOP primaries in Michigan and Arizona.  How much closer does the outcome bring the GOP to a nominee as we march toward Super Tuesday next week?  Our analysts are Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa and Dave Peterson of Iowa State University.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Iowa Civil Rights and Afghan Writers

A recent analysis shows Iowa’s civil rights complaints are being systematically dismissed at an alarming rate.  A study calls the Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the complaints an indication of “a seriously flawed enforcement process.” Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Arnold Woods, the President of the Des Moines chapter of the NAACP and Beth Townsend, the director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  Then, Ben talks with Chris Merrill, the director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.  Merrill recently returned from Afghanistan where he conducted a s

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Legislative Monday: Health Exchanges and K2

States are forming health insurance exchanges in advance of a mandate from the federal government.  Host Joyce Russell talks about the bill to set up Iowa’s exchange.  Then, we talk about efforts to put further restrictions on synthetic marijuana, or K2.  That comes after a death, and several hospitalizations involving Iowa teenagers.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman

Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman.  We’ll hear the story behind his discovery of a type of crystal so unusual at the time that it upended the scientific world and about his reaction to the moment he was given the news of his Nobel Prize.  Dan Shechtman is a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Expanding Safe Haven

Fourteen lives… It’s not often you can quantify the effects of a state law in such concrete terms.  But in Iowa, 14 newborns have been delivered safely to health care facilities, and then successfully adopted to families under the “Safe Haven” law.  Host Ben Kieffer talks about a bill that would expand the law to cover babies up to one year of age, and other approaches to expanding the reach of a well-intentioned law, as well as the concerns raised by any such expansion.  Guests include Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt, Iowa State Representative Mark Smith, Stephen Scott of Prevent Child

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Politics Day

The latest polls show Mitt Romney retaking the lead in Michigan, although the race for the republican presidential nomination is still extremely tight.  Join host Ben Kieffer as we talk about that race and the lead up to Super Tuesday.  We’ll also discuss the controversy over requiring insurance coverage for contraception and now, some prenatal testing, and how it’s impacting the discussion of faith in the campaign.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Online Virtual Education

Open enrollment allows parents to register their children in any Iowa school district.  Join host Ben Kieffer as we talk about how two Iowa school districts are poised to take advantage of open enrollment by offering a solely on-line virtual education.  Ben will talk with the superintendent of one of those school districts and with a state senator who has concerns about virtual schools.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing, New Navy Ships, USS Iowa Update

The U.S. Air Force is recommending eliminating the F-16 fighter squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.  Join guest host Dean Borg as he talks with Wing Commander, Colonel Drew DeHaes about the potential cuts.  Dean will also talk with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus about the naming of two new ships after Midwest cities, the USS Sioux City and USS Omaha.  Finally, we’ll get an update on efforts to restore the historic World War II era battleship, USS Iowa.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Bob Garfield

Media is the lens through which we see the world, and through which the world sees us.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with the man who has made it his job to observe and analyze media for public radio – Bob Garfield co-host of "On The Media."  Garfield is coming to Iowa next week as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Insight Series. Also, a look at the latest trends in television advertising with Jay Newell from Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and Alan Oldfield of Frank Magid Associates in Cedar Rapids.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Financial Aid and the Cost of College

The President’s budget proposal, unveiled this week, includes increases in the maximum award offered to Pell Grant recipients.  Thos grants are used by many students to pay for college.  But a deal struck at the end of last year, limits eligibility for the program.  We’ll talk about a new study that examines how Pell Grants impact enrollment, especially at Community Colleges.  Then, we go inside the State Dinner and other events hosted for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Politics Day

Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping, the man who is expected to become the next leader of China, is in the United States this week.  Included on his visit, is a trip to Muscatine, Iowa, a place he visited in 1985. Xi will also visit Des Moines for an official state dinner.  Join host Ben Kieffer as we take a look at what Xi’s visit means as the Obama administration seeks to shift the emphasis of U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific region.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

National Foreclosure Settlement and Wage Theft

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.  Miller led the recent national foreclosure settlement with major banks on behalf of state attorneys general.  Later, Kim Bobo, author of “Wage Theft: Why Millions of Working Americans are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do about It” joins Ben in advance of her visit to the University of Iowa.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Legislative Monday: Traffic Cameras

Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill to ban traffic cameras. Host Joyce Russell leads a discussion of the bill, which would give the eight Iowa cities now using cameras until July to remove them.  Local officials say cameras improve safety.  Critics say they violate privacy.  Guests include State Representative Walt Rogers, a Republican from Cedar Falls, Captain Steve O'Konek of the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Matt Lindholm a Des Moines attorney and Board Member of the Iowa Association for Justice.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland & Congressman Tom Latham

Host Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Northern Iowa seniors Ian Goldsmith and Scott Connerley about leading thousands of people, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, yesterday in the "Interlude Dance" they created.

The Des Moines Register has the video from yesterday.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Spencer Wells and Lawrence Goldstone

National Geographic explorer-in-residence Spencer Wells has been leading expeditions all over the world to collect DNA samples from different human indigenous populations.  Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Wells about how his Genographic Project hopes to use that DNA to map how humankind populated the planet and find out how your DNA can become part of the project.  Also, author Lawrence Goldstone on his book “Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865 to 1903.”

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