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
Tue February 1, 2011

Iowa Department of Education Director & Former Labor Secretary

In the first half-hour host Ben Kieffer talks with new Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass. Glass, an Ohio education consultant, is a former teacher and administrator who has a reputation as a school reformer. Later, a conversation with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. During his tenure, he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act and successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act. Reich was scheduled to lecture in Iowa this week, but was forced to postpone his appearances due to illness.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Healthy Kids Act and school dress codes

A recent survey of Iowa 3rd graders shows 30-percent are overweight, but lawmakers are debating whether to repeal tougher nutritional guidelines and physical education requirements for schools. We'll talk about the Healthy Kids Act and a bill that would give school districts more discretion in mandating what students can wear. That comes on the heels of controversy in the Waterloo school district over a strict dress code.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Iowa Connections to Protests in Tunisia

Earlier this month the President of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ali, fled the country amid popular protests. Tunisians are upset about repression, unemployment, and corruption. Host Ben Kieffer explores Iowa connections to the ongoing protests. We'll check in with people in Tunisia about what's going on and with a Tunisian Fulbright exchange student at the University of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

New Conversations About Civiliy

The shootings in Tucson have sparked new conversations about civility, or the lack of it, in our political discourse. One of the nation's experts in civility is coming to Des Moines as part of an ongoing discussion series. Host Ben Kieffer talks with P.M. Forni, Professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of "Choosing Civility," and "The Civility Solution," about whether we've actually seen a decline in civility and what can be done to reverse the trend.

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Politics Day
11:00 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Politics Day

Host Jonathan Ahl gets analysis of President Obama's State of the Union address, as well as the republican response. Guests include Donna Hoffman, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.

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Reducing Binge Drinking on College...
1:00 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Reducing Binge Drinking on College Campuses

Seventy percent of University of Iowa students have engaged in high-risk drinking in the past two weeks and have had almost eight drinks per drinking occasion, according to the University of Iowa. The UI aims to decrease this to 55% and four drinks within the next three years. This hour, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at the UI's new Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan. We speak with Vice-President for Student Services, Tom Rocklin, and Susan Assouline, chairwoman of the planning committee for the reduction plan.

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University Sabbaticals & Expanding...
11:00 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

University Sabbaticals & Expanding Passenger Rail

Republicans in the Iowa House, last week, approved a budget cutting bill which among other things would cut funding for sabbaticals at the state's public universities. The bill would also eliminate state funding to expand passenger rail service from Chicago to Iowa City. Host Jeneane Beck from the Law Library at the State Capitol talks with lawmakers who support the proposal and with those who are against it.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

U.S. - China Relations

"China's peaceful rise is good for the world, and it's good for America." Those are President Obama's words during this week's formal state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Host Ben Kieffer explores facets of U.S. - China relations with several guests including Iowa State University political science professor Dick Mansbach. Chad Hart from ISU will also join us to talk about agricultural exports to China and Kent Statler of Rockwell Collins to talk about that company's expansion in the country.

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Evolution and Women in Science
1:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Evolution and Women in Science

“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” So, said Robert Frost. Next time on The Exchange, we examine two less traveled paths. A prominent female paleontologist tells us how she navigates her faith and reconciles its stories of creation with her study of evolution. And we learn about a program, which seeks to encourage more young women to follow career paths into science and technology. Guests include Dr.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Politics Day

As the US House plans a vote on repealing the new health care law, Americans are split on the issue and President Obama's popularity is on the rise. Host Ben Kieffer talks about these stories and other political news with Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics and Rachel Caufield Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the American Judicature Society at Drake University.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Disease in Iowa

Iowa is seeing a resurgence of pertussis or whooping cough. Mumps is also making a comeback. Just a few years ago, there was a measles outbreak in the state. And every year, thousands are hospitalized due to influenza. These are diseases commonly covered by immunizations. So, why the resurgence? Host Dean Borg talks with Dr. Luis Castagnini at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, state epidemiologist with Iowa Department of Public Health.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Iowa's New "Shall Issue" Gun Law

Iowa's new "Shall Issue" weapons law went into effect at the beginning of this month. Among other things, the law makes it more difficult for county sheriffs to deny permits. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Ross Loder of the Iowa Department of Public Safety about all the changes under the new law. Then, in our second half hour, we'll have two opposing views on whether it's good for Iowa. Lonny Pulkrabek, the Sheriff of Johnson County, opposes the new gun law. Sean McClanahan, President of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, supports it.

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Outgoing Governor Chet Culver & New...
1:00 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Outgoing Governor Chet Culver & New State Department Leaders

Host Ben Kieffer talks with outgoing governor Chet Culver. We'll follow-up on his condition of the state address earlier this week and about what he sees as his accomplishments over the last four years. Then, a conversation with two incoming state department leaders. We'll talk with Chuck Palmer who takes control of the Department of Human Services and Debi Durham of the Department of Economic Development.

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Politics Day
1:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Politics Day

The shootings in Arizona have focused attention on the rhetoric of our politics. Has it gotten so heated that it sparked the violence in Arizona? A new poll shows most Americans reject that argument, but it hasn’t stopped federal lawmakers from proposing legislation to turn down the heat. Host Ben Kieffer, talks about politics and rhetoric with our guests, Bruce Gronbeck from the University of Iowa and Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University.

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Practical Wisdom
1:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Practical Wisdom

Aristotle called it “practical wisdom…” the judgment people use in their everyday lives to do the right thing — make the right decision in a particular circumstance. Perhaps your grandmother called it “common sense.” Host Ben Kieffer talks with one of the authors of a new book that argues much of our dissatisfaction with institutions today, stems from the fact that people within the system aren’t allowed to use their practical wisdom. The guest is Kenneth Sharpe, co-author of "Practical Wisdom," and Professor of Political Science and Swarthmore College.

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The Exchange - Session 2011
1:00 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

The Exchange - Session 2011

In the first weekly legislative show of the 2011 session from the law library at the state capitol, host Jeneane Beck talks with incoming lawmakers. Several freshmen come into office with tea party ties. How will that affect their priorities in Des Moines? She'll also speak with a former lawmaker who's returning to the statehouse about how her previous experience is shaping expecations for the new session. Then, we turn attention to the Taxpayers First Act.

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Senator Tom Harkin
1:00 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Senator Tom Harkin

The 112th Congress convened earlier this week in Washington D.C. with a House controlled by the GOP and a slimmer Democratic majority in the Senate. This hour, host Ben Kieffer talks with U.S. Senator, Democrat Tom Harkin. Harkin is calling for an end to the way filibusters are used and a change in the way for-profit colleges do business. He's also fighting back Republican efforts to repeal the new health care law.

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Until it Hurts: Sports Injuries and...
1:00 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Until it Hurts: Sports Injuries and Youth Sports

Teen girls are 6 to 7 times more likely to injure an ACL than boys their same age and the number of knee surgeries performed to correct an anterior cruciate ligament tear has risen sharply over the past decade. In a re-broadcast program, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Paul Pursley, a physical therapist with University of Iowa Sports Medicine about a new program that will be offered to female basketball players with hopes of teaching young girls how to avoid injuries. We also hear from a Western Iowa teen about her two ACL reconstructions before she turned 18.

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Politics Day
1:00 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Politics Day

Many states are facing painful austerity cuts. For this week's political discussion Host Ben Kieffer asks how Iowa’s fiscal problems compare to those in other states. Also, the House GOP has unveiled its answer to president Obama's health insurance reform. Our guests are political scientist Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arneson.

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Climate Change Impacts on Iowa
1:00 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Climate Change Impacts on Iowa

A new report compiled by researchers at Iowa's Public Universities details the effects of climate change on the state. The report is in response to a directive set forth by the Iowa Legislature to review climate change impacts and policies in Iowa. Ben Kieffer talks with Jerry Schnoor, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, Gene Takle, Director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University and Biology Professor Laura Jackson from the University of Northern Iowa.

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The Science of Fear
1:00 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

The Science of Fear

This hour, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Daniel Tranel, a University of Iowa Professor of neurology and psychology about his new study that has pinpointed the part of the brain that causes fear. We discuss the study and the implications of identifying the source of fear in addition to speaking about how Tranel foresees this discovery affecting treatment of patients with post traumatic stress disorder. In the second half of the program, we speak with author Jeff Wise about his book, Extreme Fear: the Science of Your Brian in Danger.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Top News Stories of 2010

A lot of news happened in Iowa this past year, from the ousting of three state Supreme Court justices to the re-election of Iowa's longest serving governor. To an Iowa native receiving the Medal of Honor to the largest troop deployment for the Iowa National Guard since World War Two. In a rebroadcast program, Ben Kieffer talks with journalists about the top 10 Iowa news stories of 2010 as determined by Iowa Public Radio's news staff. He'll be joined by IPR statehouse reporter Jeneane Beck, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman, and Doug Burns of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Politics Day

Iowans oust three justices from the state Supreme Court... And vote to return Iowa's longest serving governor to Terrace Hill... And oh what a year for heated debate and legislation in Washington! We'll take a look back at the year's top political stories both state and national - with our analysts Bruce Gronbeck and Tim Hagle. And a look ahead at what's to come in 2011. Join host Ben Kieffer for politics day Wednesdays at noon.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Obesity in Iowa - rebroadcast

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese Iowans increased in 2009. Now 25-29% of Iowans report being significantly overweight or obese. In this rebroadcast, we listen back to a conversation about the obesity epidemic as it pertains to Iowa and what is being done to combat it with programs such as Live Healthy Iowa, Iowans Fit for Life and the Iowa Sports Foundation's Go the Distance Program.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Missing in America Project and Lieutenant Dan Choi

Thousands of U.S. war veterans' cremains remain unidentified and on the shelves in hundreds of funeral homes across the country. The Missing in America Project is working to change this. Over 9,000 urns of unidentfied cremains have been found and about 1,000 of them have been identified as forgotten veterans. For the first half of the hour, we speak with Fred Salanti, a retired U.S. Army major and the founder of the project about its mission and goals. We also hear from Bill Lauchlan, Iowa's coordinator for the project.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Politics Day

It's official... Iowa will lose a Congressional seat. And, those who led efforts to remove three Iowa Supreme Court Justices in November are moving to impeach the remaining four, and challenging in court Iowa's process for selecting justices . Fallout from the state high court's decision which cleared the way for same sex marriage in Iowa, is set against Congress' vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Host Jonathan Ahl discusses these and other issues with Rachel Caufield from Drake University and Chris Larimer from the University of Northern Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

An Iowa soldier in Iraq & The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of Media Event

"The Iowa Precinct Caucuses, the Making of a Media Event," is now in its Third Edition. This latest edition adds results from 2000 (which saw the first winner of the Iowa caucuses to reach the White House since 1976), 2004 (and the roller-coaster fortunes of Howard Dean and John Kerry) and 2008 caucuses (and the unlikely emergence of Barack Obama as a presidential contender.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Year in Review - Top Ten Iowa News Stories of 2010

A lot of news happened in Iowa this past year, from the ousting of three state Supreme Court justices to the re-election of Iowa's longest serving governor. To an Iowa native receiving the Medal of Honor to the largest troop deployment for the Iowa National Guard since World War Two. Host Ben Kieffer talks with journalists about the top 10 Iowa news stories of 2010 as determined by Iowa Public Radio's news staff. He'll be joined by IPR statehouse reporter Jeneane Beck, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman, and Doug Burns of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

New Federal School Nutrition Law & Shortened Lunches

We know that more Iowa students qualify for free and reduced lunch, making meals served at school more important than ever. The recently approved federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, should help more kids get healthy food but schools are giving students less time to eat. Is that healthy? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Wells about her recent coverage of these issues and to Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack who is a strong advocate of the new law.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Scammed by Statistics & Net Neutrality

Ben Kieffer talks with Dubuque author Edward Zaccaro about his new book 'Scammed by Statistics'. The book examines the persuasive power of statistics to bolster weak arguments. Zacarro says in any field of discussion, we can be lied to, cheated and manipulated by statistics. Later, a conversation with Iowa State University's Jeff Blevins. The Associate Professor of the Greenlee School of Journalism looks at the FCC's options on regulating internet access.

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