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
Charity Nebbe: cnebbe@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @CharityNebbe
Dennis Reese: dreese@iowapublicradio.org
Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
Katherine Perkins: kperkins@iowapublicradio.org
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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer will be joined by Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake University, and Cary Covington, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. They'll dissect President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Tuesday. Also, the Iowa GOP has announced that Sarah Palin is coming to the state for the party's annual Ronald Reagan dinner later this month. The appearance is fueling speculation that Palin will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

The Mother Mosque of America & Pulitzer-prize winning and University of Iowa author Marilynne

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Imam Taha Tawil, the Imam for the Mother Mosque of America, which has been in Cedar Rapids since 1934. Then, we'll have a conversation with Pulitzer-prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In her new book, "Absence of Mind," she takes up the religion vs. science debate, challenging those who crusade against religion under the banner of science.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Harvest Public Media, Annie's Project & the 2010 Farm Progress Show

We'll meet Kathleen Masterson, the new agriculture reporter for IPR and hear more about the CPB grant that funds her position. Then, the founder of Annie's Project talks about efforts to empower more women to be part of the decision making process on their farms. Finally, we get a preview of the 2010 Farm Progress Show from Frank Holdmeyer, a former Farm Progress Show manager.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Iraqi Education Initiative & Flooding in Pakistan

The first students to be part of the Iraq Education Initiative at the University of Iowa have arrived on campus. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Scott King, Assistant Dean of International Programs at University of Iowa, who will tell us more about the effort. We'll also have a conversation with Rauf Arif, a University of Iowa graduate student from Pakistan. As the tremendous flooding in Pakistan continues we'll talk about how Pakistanis in the U.S. are keeping tabs on what's happening back home and how they think the U.S. media is doing at covering the catastrophe.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Hostile Takeover Attempt of Casey's General Stores & Business Philanthropy

Host Ben Kieffer talks about a Canadian company's hostile takeover attempt of Casey's General Stores. Casey's is based in Ankeny and operates more than fifteen hundred convenience stores. We'll discuss what Casey's is doing to defend itself and how the Canadian company is fighting back. Later in the hour, a conversation about business philanthropy and how businesses decide what to sponsor.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Bruce Gronbeck. Among the topics discussed- a Republican official from Iowa questioning the authenticity of President Obama's faith and Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Terry Branstad's plan to scrap the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Comedy Central's Aasif Mandvi & Congressman Bruce Braley

Actor and Writer Aasif Mandvi has been a regular on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2007. Known as the shows "Senior Islamic Correspondent", Mandvi often appears in segments satirizing and commenting on Islam and India-related issues. Ben Kieffer talks with Mandvi about his work and his lecture this week at The University of Iowa. Later in the hour, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley joins the program. He'll discuss the egg recall, the future of the Lake Delhi Dam recreation area, and his U.S. manufacturing tour.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Books and a Paperless Society

Students across Iowa are returning to school this week. College students are purchasing books at university bookstores, but some are bypassing the process and seeking other alternatives. Amazon.com is selling more electronic books than printed ones. Are we moving toward a paperless book society? Ben Kieffer's guests are Nancy Simpson-Brice, founder of The Book Vault in Oskaloosa and Gary Frost, Book Conservator for the University of Iowa Main Library.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Iowa Egg Recall & Consumer Behavior

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has recalled more than 350 million eggs nationwide and there are suspected outbreaks of salmonella poisoning in more than ten states. Friday on "The Exchange" we'll talk about the recall and what you can do to protect yourself from getting sick. We'll also explore how grocery stores are affected by mass recalls and how consumer behavior changes.Guests Include: Dr.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

Katherine Perkins and John Pemble take listeners to the Iowa State Fair. We'll hear the true stories of Iowa heroes, melt aluminum with Project AWARE, and talk with Jason Brown about the life of a fulltime country music singer and part-time truck driver.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Political Science professors Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College. Among the topics of discussion- the verdict in the Rod Blagojevich trial, Mike Huckabee with the lead in the Iowa polls among GOP contenders and former Senator John Culver's campaign for his son, Governor Chet Culver.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Encore: The Elder Generation

Tuesday on The Exchange, we listen to back to a conversation host Ben Kieffer had with Theodore Roszak. In 1969, Roszak wrote the award-winning social commentary "The Making of a Counter Culture." His most recent work is a call to arms for the same generation called "The Making of an Elder Culture." In the book, Roszak suggests ways in which baby boomers can uniquely transform our society by picking up on the ideals they formed in the 60's.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

A New Look at the Floods of 2008

Host Ben Kieffer takes a looks back at the floods of 2008 through the eyes of author Stephen Lyons. Lyons' new book "The 1,000-Year Flood" looks back on the epic events of two years ago and how the city of Cedar Rapids has attempted to rebound from the devastation. We'll also get an update on the small southeast Iowa town of Oakville and its efforts to recover after major flooding in '08 nearly wiped out the entire town.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Colonel Ben Corell & Chaplain Martha Kester

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Army National Guard Colonel Ben Corell. Col. Corell will lead 2,800 Iowa soldiers into Afghanistan in a mission to work with Afghan troops in stablizing the war-torn country. Then a conversation with Iowa National Guard Chaplain Martha Kester. Kester is the first female Iowa chaplain and is part of the Afghanistan deployment.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

World Tri Update & Overcoming Disability

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack about his ten-thousand mile World Triathlon adventure. Wittmack just finished swimming the English Channel and will next embark on a biking trek from France to India before attempting a climb of Mount Everest. Wittmack's trip will cover 13 nations in just under one year. Later, Ben talks with photographer Kevin Connolly. Connolly was born without legs and writes about his experiences traveling the world on a skateboard. His memoir recounts the stories of how people have tried to understand his disability.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Politics Day

We discuss the campaign launched by former republican gubernatorial candidate Bob VanderPlaats to oust three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who are up for retention in November, along with other political issues. Guests include political scientists Tim Hagle from University of Iowa and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Nuclear Workers Compensation

Laboratory workers from the Cold War era and before were exposed to various toxics and radiation at the Ames Laboratory. Now that they have cancer or are suffering from an ailment associated with their work, they are regularly denied compensation. During this hour, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Ethelwyn Fellinger, the widow of the late Michael Fellinger, an Ames Laboratory worker who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and received a letter denying his compensation claim on his death bed. Why is it so hard for these workers to receive compensation? We speak with Dr.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Beauty is Pain

An Iowa State University study has found that the wearing of high heeled shoes can lead to knee degeneration and osteoarthritis in women. This hour we speak with one of the researchers who conducted the study along with a participant. Why do women do the things they do to be beautiful? Now that the participant knows that wearing high heeled shoes can be harmful, will she continue to wear them? What other things do women do for beauty that are proven to be harmful, and what motivates them to do it?

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Long-Term Care Options

By 2020, twelve million elderly Americans will need long-term care. It's anticipated that most will be cared for at home. What are the best options for seniors? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Di Findley, Executive Director of the Iowa Care Givers Association and Dana Petrowsky, Presdient and CEO of the Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Iowa and GMO's

Iowa has much at stake in the debate over GMO's. We'll look at the role GMO's are playing in Iowa agriculture. Guests include the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate, Director of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University and two producers with experience "on the ground."

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1:00 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Genentically Modified Organisms Pro and Con

GMO's have generally been regarded as "frankenfoods" and portrayed in the media as environmentally dangerous. Some scientists, however, say many fears have no basis and are proven to be unfounded. This hour, we speak with James McWilliams, the author of "Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly" about his argument in favor of GMO's and how he thinks they could actually benefit the environment. Are our fears in "frankenfoods" unfounded? Should GMO's be clearly labeled?

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

The Iowa Lottery & Iowa Documentary Getting National Attention

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Lottery Vice President Mary Neubauer. Iowa Lottery players won a record $150.5 million dollars in the just ened fiscal year and figures show record sales for the lottery. Neubauer talks about the fiscal health of the lottery as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Later, producers of the Iowa documentary "A Little Salsa on the Prairie" discuss renewed popularity for the 2007 film that depicts a growing immigrant population in the central Iowa town of Perry.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Freaks of Nature

In an archived edition of our program, Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Iowa neuro-scientist Mark Blumberg about his book "Freaks of Nature." The book turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can help explain some of the deepest complexities of biology.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Hunting Decline

The number of hunters in Iowa is declining. The reasons are many and complicated. Fewer pheasants in the state, for instance, have meant fewer pheasant hunters. But, the overall result is less revenue for the state, declining funding for wildlife programs and, some say, a weaker connection to the land and nature. We talk about what's driving the trend and what it all means for the future. Guests include, Willie Suchy from the Iowa DNR, John Linquist with Pheasants Forever, John Quintas, Ventura Fire Chief and Andy Long from JAX Outdoor Gear in Ames.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

John Carlson & Kyle Munson

A view of the world through the eyes of the newspaper columnist. First up, an interview from last December with retiring Des Moines Register Columnist John Carlson. Carlson discusses his 31 years at the paper and how his best training ground for a career in journalism was time spent as a child at his father's filling station. Then a conversation with Kyle Munson who succeeded Carlson as the Des Moines Register columnist.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Archeological Dig Site Near Oakville & Paper-making

This hour we have an archive edition of our show. First, a conversation from last July about a new archeological dig site in southeast Iowa near Oakville. More than 100,000 artifacts have been uncovered there and they give clues about how people lived 1,700 years ago. Then, a conversation from last September with Timothy Barrett of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. We discuss the history of paper-making 1,300 years ago and how advances in the field landed Barrett a 2009 McArthur Fellowship award.

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1:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines has had the largest single year increase in recycling intake thanks to their Curb It! Program. This hour we take a look at efforts to recycle and manage waste around the state. Guest host Dean Borg speaks with one of the organizers for the 3rd annual 20 ton rummage sale held in Iowa City.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Iowa's prison population

The latest figures show that Iowa's prison population has grown over the past year, after three years of declines. Statistics also show that a significant percentage (16%) of inmates in Iowa prisons have a serious mental illness. And, the population of women inmates is growing. What does all of this mean for those inside Iowa's prisons, both the employees and the inmates? We'll talk with Corrections Director John Baldwin, State Senator Bob Dvorsky, a correctional officer and a former inmate to find out.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Iowa's biodiversity

Iowa is one of the most transformed landscapes in the country. We talk about what that transformation has meant for the state's biodiversity. We'll hear about efforts to preserve the varied genetic material in both domesticated and wild, plant and animal species. Guests include Shanyn Siegel and Tom Wahlberg from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Bruce Ehrsman from the Iowa DNR and Tom Rosburg from Drake University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Iowa's Environment

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the newly appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 which includes Iowa. Then the Director of Iowa's Department of Natural Resources, Rich Leopold joins us. We'll talk about a recent state audit which shows the agency is not enforcing more than a dozen state laws.

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