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
1:00 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

Newt Gingrich & Senator Charles Grassley

A conversation with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich who previews his upcoming trip to visit Polk County Republicans and discusses what Iowa GOP candidates must do to win in November's General Elections. Later in the hour U.S. Senator Charles Grassley provides an update on oil spill in the Gulf.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Reporters Roundtable

Des Moines Register Columnist Kathie Obradovich and Cedar Rapids Gazette Political Reporter James Lynch join Ben Kieffer to discuss the recent visit by the Dalai Lama, the last gubernatorial debate before the primary and Vice-President Joe Biden's trip to Iowa to endorse Governor Culver.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Cashless Society

Debit card usage has climbed fourfold since 1999 and the Payments Council predicts that banknotes and coins will be used for fewer than half of all transactions in the next five years. We examine the prospects of a cashless society with a University of Iowa Finance Professor and the leader of a Des Moines business offering a web-based technology for transferring money.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Iowa Refugees

Since 1975 more than 30-thousand refugees have come to Iowa to find a home. It began with Governor Robert Ray as Vietnamese families fled war and persecution. Now 35 years later, two of Iowa's three refugee resettlement agencies are suspending their programs. What does it mean for the state and the refugees currently living in Iowa? Host Jeneane Beck talks with Governor Robert Ray and the Bureau Chief of the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

American-Chinese Connection

In the past few years the number of Chinese students seeking an American education has seen a considerable increase. Even American prep schools have been busy recruiting China's best and brighest. We examine the great U.S.-China student exchange with Chinese students in Iowa and Iowa students seeking an education overseas. Plus, an interview with NPR Shanghai correspondent Louisa Lim.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Human Origins

A conversation with Lee Berger, the American paleoanthropologist who last month discovered the bones of a new hominid species. Australopithecus sediba lived almost two-million years ago during a mysterious period spanning the emergence of the human family. Then, two Iowa paleoanthropologists discuss the questions raised and answered by this discovery.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Long Term Care for Seniors

A look at the challenges that lie ahead for the baby boomer generation when it comes to care for their aging parents. What are the best options when it comes to long-term care? Ben Kieffer talks with Ingrid Wensel of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Gail Sheehy. Her new book "Passages in Caregiving" examines her role as a caregiver after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Medical Marijuana Research

We discuss medical marijuana research, now that two Iowa organizations (Iowa Board of Pharmacy and the Iowa Medical Society) have endorsed the idea of reclassifying marijuana to allow for more clinical study. Guests include the co-director of the only facility in the U.S. currently doing clinical trials, an Iowa physician and State Senator Joe Bolkcom.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Religious Cults

We examine religious cults with Iowa State University Asscoiate Professor Nikki Bado. Then a conversation with author Carolyn Jessop who is in Iowa to promote her book "Triumph". The book chronicles her life after escaping an extremist Mormon sect.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Physical Fitness

In Grundy Center this week, national and international representatives will meet to discuss ways to change physical education in schools. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Northern Iowa alumn Shellie Fole who serves as the Executive Director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. We'll also talk with a P.E. teacher at Grundy Center Elementary School and the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Rural Economic Development

The "brain drain" - a rapid exodus of young adults has been a concern in Iowa for decades. Now, small Iowa communities are being proactive in reaching out to native sons and daughters to keep them close to home. We'll talk with economic development representatives and find out how they're working to keep small town Iowa vibrant.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Midwifery in Iowa

There has been a significant increase in midwife attendance at Iowa births. We talk with a midwife, one of her clients and Democratic State Representative Mary Mascher who is supporting a bill to expand the number of midwives certified to practice in Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Job Outlook in Law and Medical Fields

We focus on job prospects as our economy struggles to recover from the worst economic downturn since the 1930’s. Specifically, the job outlook for two careers that parents have often taken as a measure for success in their kids doctors and lawyers. Host Ben Kiffer talks with Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal and Roger Tracy of the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Immigration Overhaul

Arizona's new immigration law is spurring debate about a possible federal immigration overhaul. Host Jeneane Beck talks with members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement who are behind the push for immigration changes on the local and state level. Also joining the conversation is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Waters to Watch

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan has selected Diamond Lake in northwest Iowa as one of the 10 "Waters to Watch" for 2010. The 2010 10 "Waters to Watch" list is a collection of rivers, streams and lakes that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Dickinson County Biologist and a DNR official about efforts to provide a cleaner and healthier habitat for Diamond Lake and other lakes across Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on the Farm Bill in Des Moines April 30th. We'll talk with Bruce Babcock, Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and others who testified in Des Moins, about the changes needed and likely in the 2012 Farm Bill.

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

Congressmen Bruce Braley and Steve King

Host Ben Kieffer discusses possible Wall Street reforms, changes on the horizon in immigration laws and the President's recent trip to the midwest with Iowa's two congressmen.

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

Campus Sexual Assault

We examine the issue of sexual assault on Iowa's college campuses. We talk with representatives from victim advocacy, criminal investigation and the campus disciplinary process to see what policies the Regents Universities have for handling such incidents, and what they're doing to prevent them.

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

Richard Norton Smith and Teen Driving Safety

A conversation with the American Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith. The former Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum Director is in Iowa this week to discuss why American history should remain part of our daily lives. Later in the hour a University of Iowa researcher discusses efforts to improve Iowa’s dismal record of teen driving safety.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Wellmark Smoking Ban

Smokers need not apply. That’s the message Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has for potential employees in a new policy. But is it a company’s place to dictate employees’ behavior away from work? We'll examine smoking and other health related behavior and ask is it good health policy or overreach?

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

School Food Nutrition

We look at nutrition in Iowa schools. Last week, retired military leaders released a report critical of food in schools. They conclude 27-percent of young adults are ineligible to serve because they are overweight. We'll talk about the report and what schools in Iowa re doing to improve nutrition.

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

Outgoing State Ombudsman and David Lipsky

After 32 years on the job, state Ombudsman Bill Angrick is retiring. We'll talk with Angrick about his position dealing with complaints about state government and hear what he thinks are the most serious issues facing lawmakers today. Then a conversation with author David Lipsky. His new book is a biography of David Foster Wallace, who gained fame and acclaim for his novel 'Infinite Jest'. Lipsky is coming to the Des Moines Public Library as part of their author series.

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

Earth Day

We look at how Iowa colleges are staying on the cutting edge of the green revolution- Luther College Sustainability Director Dan Bellrichard discusses energy saving programs at the Decorah school. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Heather Rogers. Her new book 'Green Gone Wrong' explores the concepts of ecopolitics and fear mongering that she argues have infected environmentalism.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Crime Victims Rights Week

As part of National Crime Victims Rights Week, we listen back to a conversation from April of last year and the firsthand accounts of what it’s like to have someone in your family murdered. The shock, the grief, the media coverage, and facing the accused in court. Among the guests- Julie Paulson, the aunt of Katie Hill and Molly Edmundson. The two young women were murdered in Cedar Rapids in 2006. And Tami Stephens, her sister Shelly a single mother of three - was killed in Hiawatha in 2003.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Iowa soldier pens book based on combat tour of Iraq

A conversation with Loras college student Jake Krapfl, whose new book 'Shadows of War' is a fictional account of war's effects on soldiers and families. In 2007, Krapfl contemplated suicide as he struggled with the transition to life on the homefront after two combat tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Changing Face of Media Content

A look at the changes taking place in on-line media. Among the guests, University of Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen Berry who discusses a new collaboration of some of the state and nation's media and education leaders to form a new, non-profit, non-partisan news outlet that will serve the state of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

On the Job Hunt

Are you looking for a job or ready to make a career change? Or a college graduate looking to dive into the job market? We discuss Iowa's employment landscape with Kerry Koonce of Iowa Workforce Development and career counselor Katharine Brooks.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

The Iowa Dream Project, Meteor in the Sky and Emotions associated with memory loss

Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Christian Fong unveils what he calls "The Iowa Dream Project". The effort aims to promote conservative solutions to tackle the challenges in education, economic development and community renewal. Then a conversation with University of Iowa Astronomy Professor Steven Spangler who discusses the meteor that streaked across the sky in parts of Iowa Wednesday night.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Reporters Roundtable and Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer

A discussion of the latest state news stories with several Iowa journalists - the motion for a new trial in the Mark Becker case, the shakeup in Cedar Rapids city government, the Price Lab School scandal in Cedar Falls. And, how the race for governor is shaping up. Then a conversation with Des Moines Register photographer Mary Chind. Chind was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her dramatic photo of a construction worker rescuing a woman from the Des Moines River.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 13, 2010

Changes with new health care law

An avalanche of queries are comig in, aimed at government officials, physicians and nonprofit groups as Americans struggle to understand the complexities of the new health care reform law. We'll look at some of the changes in store for hospitals, patients and small business. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- Grinnell Regional Medical Center President and CEO Todd Linden, University of Iowa Public Policy Director Peter Damiano and Iowa Small Business Administration Director Joseph Folsom.

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