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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Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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Politics Day
4:16 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

2014 Iowa Caucuses and Renewable Fuel Standard

A caucus at Washington Elementary in Davenport, Iowa 2008
Ann Althouse flickr

Iowans gathered for caucuses Tuesday night, not to determine who will win nominations for President, but to determine who will control the parties.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle, and Drake University Professor of Politics, Dennis Goldford about how the midterm caucus results may impact the higher profile Presidential caucuses in two years.  They also discuss Iowa's political leverage to reverse an EPA decision reducing the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Social Issues
5:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Nell Irvin Painter on "The History of White People"

Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with two guests. First, he sits down with stef shuster, a Ph.D. candidate who specializes in medical sociology and gender. As part of the University of Iowa’s annual MLK Celebration of Human Rights, stef is giving a talk on “Building Positive Care Relationships Between Health Care Workers and Transgender Patients.”

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River to River
2:27 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

The Passage of the 13th Amendment

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, in1863.
Alexander Gardner Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

In this encore edition of River to River, listen back to host Ben Kieffer's conversation with Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum director Tom Schwartz.  Schwartz explains the story behind the passage of the 13th Amendment which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude.

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News Buzz
2:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Shaping Our Galaxy: What the Milky Way Really Looks Like

Spiral galaxy M81, which is similar in shape to our Milky Way
Hubble Heritage

Today we bring you four stories. First, the Iowa legislative session kicks off this week. IPR's Joyce Russell brings us inside the statehouse to give us an idea of what will and won't be worked on this year.

An otherwise healthy young boy died from the influenza virus. Patricia Quinlisk talks to host Ben Kieffer about why this flu season is different than previous years and how to limit spread of the virus.

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Health
6:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Iowa Smoking Rate Declines, but E-Cigarettes Worry Health Officials

Gonzalo Merat

In the 50 years since the U.S. government released its first report on the hazards of cigarettes, smoking rates have dropped by half. Yet, about a fifth of Iowans smoke today.

And while the smoking rate of young adults continues to decrease, about 2,600 Iowa minors become new daily smokers each year.

“Most people who use tobacco products start at a very early age,” said Dr. Karl Thomas, Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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Politics Day
3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Political Leadership in the Spotlight

U.S. Speaker of the House Representative John Boehner
Creative Commons

"When we talk about leadership, we often think that it's entirely under control of the individual," says Hans Hassell, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cornell College.  But in reality, "It's not necessarily Boehner's leadership style that's causing the problems, it's the political environment."  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Hassell, David Andersen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University.  Recent stories about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as well as revelations

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River to River
4:53 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Art of Prescribing Antidepressants

Amanda Hatfield

Today's River to River examines the diagnosis of depression, treatment options, and the possibility of prescribing anti-depressants to people with mild symptoms of depression or even merely sadness. Guests also evaluate how depression in farmers is treated and viewed differently than others.

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Statehouse and Politics
4:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase and Income Tax Cuts hoped for in 2014 Session

The Iowa State Capitol
John Pemble IPR

Host Clay Masters sits down with legislative leaders on opening day of the 2014 session, to discuss priorities.  Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, leads the only democratically-controlled chamber in Iowa's divided state government.  Representative Linda Upmeyer is Majority Leader in the republican-controlled House.  Each said lawmakers are not likely to tackle major issues this session, but also left open the possibility of taking up some big ideas.  We've listed those ideas below.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs

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News Buzz
2:15 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish

Thiago Pompeu

For this News Buzz show, Ben Kieffer talks with a variety of guests about new jobs numbers, the 51% four-year graduation rate at the University of Iowa, Matt Schultz running for congress, the Director of Iowa's Public Health Department resigning, new rules for teen drivers, concerns about ice on the Missouri River, an ice fishing update, and the remarkable beginning for ISU Cyclone men's and women's basketball.

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Food
4:10 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

Emily Woodbury

The battle surrounding meat and livestock production ranks among the longest-waged and hardest fought in American history. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with historian and author, Maureen Ogle. Her new book is titled In Meat We Trust.

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Politics Day
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Counter-Terrorism, Agreement with Iran, and a Basketball Birthday with Kim Jong-Un

J. Gabás Esteban

Iran, Syria, Japan, and China are just a few of the places where an evolving political situation will likely have implications beyond their borders.  Join Ben Kieffer as he talks with political experts about where in the world we should be watching for changes in U.S. foreign policy as we move through 2014. 

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Population
5:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Iowa Population Trends

Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fair

Every 8 seconds another person is born in the U.S., adding to a world population that already totals more than 7 billion people.

Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with population experts here in Iowa to learn about our state’s trends, and what they tell us about our economy and the future of our communities. Global population expert William Ryerson also joins the conversation to talk about the connection between local and global population growth.

Today's guests include:

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Travel
12:42 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Iowa Adventurers: Vagabonding Under Sail

"The Maluhia" at sea
Denise Stejskal

Today on River to River, we catch up with Denise and Grant Stejskal. Native Iowans from North Liberty, they pitched their lives overboard a year ago to sail the Pacific Ocean. We sit down with them to find out what it's like to trade your house for a sailboat, what fish you should avoid eating, what to do when your boat is in the coordinates of a live missile practice, and what it's like to live on the sea with your significant other.

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Obits 2013
10:24 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Many Newsmaking Iowans Die in 2013

Pauline Phillips, aka "Dear Abby" died January 16, 2013 at the age of 94
public domain

We lost many Iowa newsmakers in 2013.  Host Ben Kieffer remembers them in our annual obituary show.

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Year in Review
2:58 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

2013 Iowa News Stories

Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio. Derivative work of Anthony Godinho

As 2013 closes out, what are the most memorable, important, or significant events in Iowa from the last year? Some were joyful for many Iowans like the reinstating of wrestling to the Olympic games, some set the stage for a change in Iowa politics like the retirement announcements from US Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Tom Latham. And some were painful like the kidnapping and murder of Kathlynn Shepard. 

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Year in Review
2:24 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013

2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.

Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:

January 10 - Undocumented Immigrants at University

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River to River
2:25 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Space and Dinosaurs

Neil deGrasse Tyson in Austin, TX, with Steve Kawaler (ISU) and Jacklyn R. Green (JPL.)

A listen back to two of the most riveting science conversation of the year  First, astrophysicist and science advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with host Ben Kieffer on capturing asteroids and the future of human space exploration.  Then later, University of Iowa geologist Chris Brochu discusses recent research on the death of the dinosaurs.

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River to River
1:39 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Revisiting the Best and Worst Jobs of 2013

Roughnecks working on a drilling rig in Greeley, Colorado in 2008.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

For 25 years CareerCast.com has ranked the best and worst jobs. Their rating is based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. 

Host Ben Kieffer revisits conversations with a biomedical engineer and an audiologist, two jobs that made the best list.  He also speaks to an oil rig worker and a newspaper reporter, two jobs on the worst list.

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News
1:21 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales One

Dinner Series

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, are all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives in “Tinsel Tales.”

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.  Lynn Neary hosts.

Health
2:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Gut Check: The Hidden Impact of Microbes

Jeremy Brooks

As we prepare to feast over the holidays and give our digestive systems a workout, there are millions of bacteria at work inside our bodies. Today on River to River, we talk about gut health and the bacteria and parasites that can reside in our digestive system.

In the first half, host Ben Kieffer checks in with Iowa State University's Tim Day, who is researching ways to alter a parasite that infects hundreds of millions of people in developing nations.

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News Buzz
1:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Icy Roads, Bad Signing, Dogs, Odd Animals, and 99 Marathons

Evan Long

In this News Buzz show we talk with state maintenance engineer for the Iowa DOT Bob Younie about the winter driving conditions for today and the weekend, State Certified Sign Language Interpreter Lindsey Kang about what makes for good sign language, Captain Jim Steffen from the Iowa City Police Department about protecting police dogs, Dennis Lee and Daren Schumaker from Team 99 Counties, and The Des Moines Register's Kyle Munson about his coverage of odd stories about animals this year.

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IPR Insight Series
1:42 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Politics and a Pint with Don Gonyea

Don Gonyea and Ben Kieffer at "Politics and a Pint" in downtown Des Moines
John Pemble

Taped on Tuesday 12/17/13 as part of the IPR Insight Series, this is a special edition of River to River with NPR’s Don Gonyea, recorded before a live audience in Des Moines. Host Ben Kieffer asks Gonyea about the 2013 political year, his career, and his connection to Iowa. IPR also tests Gonyea’s Iowa knowledge with a bit of trivia.

Top five moments and quotes from the night:

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Politics Day
4:22 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Moments and Movements That Defined 2013 Politics

Newfrontiers

Host Ben Kieffer is joined by Drake University's Dennis Goldford for a look at the political topics that held the attention of the country this year: immigration reform, gun laws, Edward Snowden and the NSA, a government shutdown, the Obamacare rollout, and big changes develop for the future of the Iowa political landscape.

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Neuroscience
12:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

Stephen Hampshire

The criminal brain has always held a fascination for neuroscientist James Fallon.  A few years ago, he inadvertently discovered his brain scan perfectly matched a pattern that he’d found in the brains of serial killers. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Fallon.

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River to River
3:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Stalking, An Invisible Crime

Pasi Pitkänen

River to River revisits the important subject of criminal stalking.

Though stalking became a crime in the state of Iowa in 1994, it’s a difficult charge since in many ways stalking is an “invisible" crime.  Often, victims of stalking have a hard time proving they are being terrorized.

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News Buzz
2:22 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Cameras, Compromise, 'Codone, 'The Catch,' and Cold

A snow angel
Alan Light

In this 'News Buzz' edition of River to River, hear about new rules for traffic cameras in Iowa, a stopgap farm bill passed in the U.S. House, a new hydrocodone-related drug which is meeting opposition from Iowa's Attorney General, the Hawkeyes will meet LSU, and what's with the early bout of cold weather?

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Iowa History
3:08 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

1933: Prohibition Ends, Bonnie and Clyde Visit Iowa

Bonnie and Clyde
Photo courtesy of Rod Stanley

This holiday season, you may be celebrating with champagne, wine, or beer. It’s hard to believe, but it was just 80 years ago when Prohibition was repealed, and drinking alcohol became legal again. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer sits down with historian Tim Walch to find out what it was like to live in Iowa during the Prohibition era.

In the second half of the program - A Bonnie and Clyde miniseries appeared on television this week. Did you know that in 1933, there was a famous shootout involving the famous duo? Historian Rod Stanley shares the details.

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Politics Day
2:26 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Politics Day

Bipartisan congressional negotiators have unveiled a long-awaited budget framework to fund the government past mid-January and stabilize the government's finances into the near future. But does it have enough support to pass?

Host Ben Kieffer asks our analysts, Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa, what they think of it. Also, the world salutes the passing of Nelson Mandela, and takes note of a handshake between President Obama and the Cuban President.

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Transportation
3:03 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Legislative Priorities and Roundabouts

Washington State Deptartment of Transportation

This program includes  hearing from one Iowa community that has incorporated new roundabouts aimed at easing traffic flow, and state lawmakers talk about what projects might be in store for the state, and how they might want to fund those projects. A House Republican and a Senate Democrat find agreement on one aspect of the issue: the gas tax.

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Climate Science
3:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Extreme Weather in the Midwest

Durrie Bouscaren / IPR

In the period between 2008 and 2012, Iowa experienced a record amount of flooding and variability in rainfall, leading to damage that cost the state billions. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer asks how climate change is impacting extreme weather patterns, the economic impact, and, how we in Iowa can best prepare for the years to come.

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