When you ask people what is important to eat, they'll tell you vegetables. When you quietly watch, they'll mostly eat candy. It turns out the same is true of news. The launching board for our conversation is a new study showing that while people consistently rank news coverage of international news, business and politics as being most important to their lives, an analysis of their online behavior tells a different story. The study sparked this recent article in
Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowans to discuss the news items of the week. He talks with teacher and administrator at Grundy Center Community Schools, Ann Lebo, about the education reform signed by Governor Branstad.
Iowa American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director, Ben Stone, joins the conversation to talk about the NSA phone record collection, the drone ban by Iowa City Council Members, and a recent ACLU report on racial disparity in marijuana arrests.
People who have problems they can’t solve often turn to Lee Rood. She has written The Readers’ Watchdog column for the Des Moines Register for over the past year. Charity Nebbe talks with her about the problems she’s helped solve and the lessons she’s learned. Then, Brian Morelli, associate regional editor for Iowa Patch, shares the weird Iowa news he’s collected.