Nonprofits

Today is the fifth annual Giving Tuesday. This day, which always follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, promotes charitable donations with a heavy emphasis on social media. 

Brianne Fitzgerald of Volunteer Iowa says nonprofits can leverage the impact of Giving Tuesday by encouraging people to post the reason they donated to the organization on social media.     

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Two mental health workers from Ankeny have been in Louisiana since Thursday, helping people affected by severe flooding in the region. Carolyn Newkirk and her husband Richard are among the hundreds of American Red Cross volunteers who have been deployed to the southern U.S..

The flooding has forced thousands to evacuate. Newkirk says some people won’t be able to return home. 

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For nonprofit organizations in Iowa and around the country, today is “Giving Tuesday,” a day marking the unofficial start of the charitable-giving season. But before you give, it’s wise to checkout a charity’s credentials.

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Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

A Polk County judge today ruled in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine on so-called telemed abortions, which involve administering medical abortions without a doctor present.   The judge upheld the Board’s ban on the procedure.

Great strides have been made in understanding and combating domestic and sexual violence, but much more needs to be done. In the first half of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Karla Miller, who just retired after 22 years as director of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City.

Heroes of the Heartland are recognized for acts of heroism  or community service by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa.  This year’s recipients include fourth-grader Josh Little who saved a classmate from choking, and Baxter Police Officer Joe Bartello, who rescued a semi-truck driver by swimming through the vehicle’s broken windshield after it crashed and submerged in flood water.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with these impressive individuals.

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In a procedural vote, the Iowa House turned down a million dollar appropriation to match private donations to Iowa’s food banks.   The legislature passed a similar measure last year, but Governor Branstad vetoed it.   One House Democrat spoke with unusual authority.   Representative Ako Abdul-Samaad  of Des Moines runs a soup kitchen as part of the Creative Visions social service agency he heads.  Here are some of his remarks.

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Is winter almost over?  And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?  Also, the latest Quinnipiac poll, 2014's Cancer in Iowa report, Iowa's new tourism ad campaign and Pi Day at the Science Center of Iowa.

Charity Nebbe

Host Charity Nebbe celebrates acts of kindness by interviewing the people whose lives have been positively affected by others.

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The holiday season is always a busy time for Iowa food pantries, but federal cuts have led to an increased need this year. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, they’re expecting even harder times ahead.

As workers pack a van destined for a food pantry in North Liberty, food reservoir director Amanda Pieper walks the aisles of the distribution center that supplies 89 food pantries in Eastern Iowa.

"You see a lot of empty shelves… It's a good problem and a bad problem to have. It's good that it’s moving, bad that it’s not coming in."

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Nearly all gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent of ethanol—a corn-based liquid often added to gasoline. As a renewable fuel ethanol reduces the amount of petroleum-based gasoline on the market and many farmers receive subsidies to grow corn for the biofuel. But now the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a reduction in the required amount of ethanol for the country's gasoline supply.  Harvest Public Media's Ames-based reporter Amy Mayer and host Ben Kieffer discuss the future of ethanol in the U.S.

In this "News Buzz" show, hear about a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the resignation of Senator Kent Sorenson, a passionate response to a football official's decision, and Iowa’s first Globally Important Bird Area.

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The eastern black rhinoceros is an endangered species, but two eastern black rhinos--Ayana and Kiano--are safe and sound at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  Host Charity Nebbe visits with Ayana, Kiano and the staff of the Blank P

Everyday Heroes

Apr 12, 2013
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What's your definition of a hero? Someone who puts themselves in harm's way?  Someone who acts selflessly?  Today on "River to River" we speak with four Iowans who have done something extraordinary and are being honored by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa as "Heroes of the Heartland."

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Recently cyclist Lance Armstrong, the seven-time victor of the Tour de France, was stripped of his titles when he admitted to illegal doping. Today on River to River, we talk to organizations around Iowa who are partnered with Livestrong, a cancer foundation that Lance Armstrong founded. We ask them what comes next and whether Livestrong will continue to live strong in Iowa.

In the second half, we talk with Zlatan Krizan, an assistant professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, about his new research exploring the connection between narcissism and envy.

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Last week Zach Wahls was on River to River, praising the Boy Scouts' consideration of a policy that would allow gay scouts and scout leaders to join the organization....a decision that has since been delayed by the organization. Continuing our coverage of this issue, Patriots for Christ president, Craig Bergman, sits down with host Ben Kieffer to provide opposition to Wahls' argument.

Two years after the Arab Spring, those living in the Middle East are still striving towards democratic governance. Our guest this hour tells us why education and cultural understanding are key to this development.

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Just last year BSA reaffirmed its policy that gay members and gay or lesbian leaders are prohibited from participation. However, now the BSA is considering revising that policy so that each local chapter can individually decide its policy on gay membership. Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, who is one of the national leaders encouraging the Boy Scouts to be more inclusive.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And in cities across the country, crowds dressed in pink have been running and walking in the Race for the Cure. But some participants – and their dollars – have been missing from these fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation this year.

After a public outcry over a decision early this year to stop funding Planned Parenthood, the organization quickly reversed its position.

As Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah McCammon reports, Komen officials say participation is slowly coming back.

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Approximately one out eight people in the world go hungry every day. The odds are good that you are not one of those people, but what you choose to put on your table can impact people everywhere. Talk of Iowa explores Oxfam America's GROW Method - 5 simple changes to how we buy, store and prepare our food that can improve food security around the world.

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clinic, staffed by two primary care physicians Dr. Nicole Nisly and Dr. Katie Imborek, will focus on comprehensive primary care for adult LGBT patients delivered by providers and staff with expertise in the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. 

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Early voting begins tomorrow in Iowa and many county auditors have said they've seen an increase interest in absentee ballot requests. It's six weeks from Election Day, and on today's Politics Day we talk with our political experts about recent events and IPR's Sarah McCammon gives an update of the presidential candidates' ground game throughout the state.

Then, one Urbandale newlywed shares how his nuptials where thrown for a curve when the president showed up.

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More than 14,000 women in the United States die from Ovarian cancer every year. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jodie Kavensky, from Davenport, who lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer. Kavensky is now dedicating her life to raising awareness about this deadly disease through the NormaLeah Foundation. Then, two Ovarian cancer survivors, Kerri Stevens and Laura Shawver, share their personal stories.

My Farm Roots: Ryan Brady

Aug 15, 2012
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This is the sixth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

An Iowa man and his sons made a huge discovery on their Oskaloosa farm recently. Now scientists are in the process of excavating a mammoth skeleton.  We’ll hear what they hope to learn from the find. Then, 18-year-old Rae Heim of Carroll is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. She has reached Iowa – raising money for an organization called souls4soles – a Christian organization which supplies shoes to needy kids.  Rae talks with River to River's Ben Kieffer about her journey.

18 year old Rae Heim of Carroll is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. She has reached Iowa – raising money for an organization called souls4soles – a Christian organization which supplies shoes to needy kids.  Rae talks with River to River's Ben Kieffer about her journey.

 

Jerry Twedt’s great grandparents, Ole and Helena Branjord, settled on the Iowa frontier in the late 1860s. He has researched his family’s history and turned it into a novel. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jerry about his novel “Land of Promise, Land of Tears”, and the fictional world he built around his family’s true story. Later, Charity talks with Teresa White from Usher’s Ferry History Village in Cedar Rapids and Dan Jones from Living History Farms in Des Moines about camp opportunities for young people to live history this summer.

The Triple A’s average price for a gallon of regular gas this week is three dollars and ninety cents a gallon. That has a lot of people thinking about how much and where they drive. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports, it’s also taking a bite out of some volunteer programs like Meals on Wheels.

Host Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Northern Iowa seniors Ian Goldsmith and Scott Connerley about leading thousands of people, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, yesterday in the "Interlude Dance" they created.

The Des Moines Register has the video from yesterday.

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