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There have been many protests in the United States recently. After Election Day, protests sprung up across the nation, the Black Lives Matter protests have been going on since 2013, and tensions have escalated at the Standing Rock Indian reservation in North Dakota, where protesters stand against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. This hour on River to River , Ben Kieffer hosts a discussion on protesting in America, from past to present. “The whole protest movement has its...

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President Obama says countries across Europe, as well as the United States, are confronting populist movements based on a fear of encroaching global forces. On this politics day edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts who compare the fears in Europe that led to Brexit to those here in the U.S. that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. They also discuss President-Elect Donald Trump's potential cabinet picks and what that list says about how Trump may...

Procrastinators, your deadline is approaching! November 8th is election day. If you haven't voted yet, catch up on our election coverage: We'll hear the final report in our series on Iowa congressional races with a profile of the 4th district campaign, as well as a final bit of analysis of the rarest of voters, those still undecided. Episode 5: 1. Once Again, Control of Iowa Senate Hangs in the Balance Scripted by Joyce Russell and Clay Masters 2. Des Moines Woman Says She Voted Twice For...

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Oct 31, 2016

The spookiest, most chilling story of the year thus far? How about this entire election season? This episode starts with a "horrifying" tale that's too scary for the campfire, but just terrifying enough for the 24-hour news cycle. If you haven't voted yet, catch up on our election coverage: We'll talk the third congressional district race and hear from U.S. Senate Independent Candidate, Michael Luick-Thrams. Episode 4: 1. Iowa Secretary of State: Elections Are Not Rigged Scripted by Sarah...

No more putting it off! How do you take breaks from the constant election newscycle? On this edition of the Procrastinator's Politics, we talk with some folks on the streets of Iowa City about the ways they avoid endless discussions about Trump's twitter feed. We'll also catch you up on the political coverage you need to hear, about the second congressional district race and our interview with the Democrat running for U.S. Senate, Patty Judge. Episode 3: 1. Branstad Standing By Trump Scripted...

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While the unprecedented nature of the 2016 election has given politicos plenty of fodder for conversation, it also could change the script for how our political system moves forward. With many members of the Republican party disavowing their presidential candidate, how the GOP will move forward after this election remains to be seen. An even larger question is how the United States's political process will move forward if Republican nominee Donald Trump follows through on threats to reject...

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Religious voters have become increasingly divided this election season, with a survey this Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute showing White Catholics favoring Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump 46 to 42 percent. Conversely, Evangelicals have stayed steady in their support of Trump: in that same survey there was no significant change in White Evangelical Protestants support for Trump, with 65 percent of them still supporting the Republican nominee. On this River to River segment,...

No more putting it off! The 2016 election is less than a month away, so here is Iowa Public Radio's coverage of these last few moments before the big day. You’ll hear interviews, news stories, and analysis from IPR reporters and talk show guests. Studying last-minute has never been easier. Join us Mondays in October. Episode 1: Trump Visits Iowa Ahead Of Early Voting Reported by Jack Williams Clinton Urges Iowans To Vote Early Reported by Clay Masters Iowa’s Undecided Voters Share Their...

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Just weeks away from the general election, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump returned to Iowa touting his plan to ease the financial burden of childcare for working families. Also this week, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton took a break from campaigning after being diagnosed with pneumonia. That's not controversial, but how and when her campaign disclosed her health status, certainly was. In this week's political conversation, host Ben Kieffer talks with Dave Andersen,...

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Congress returned to the U.S. capitol this week, but prospects for getting much done before the election are dim. In this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Drake Political Science Professor and Chair at Drake University and Flansburg Fellow at the Harkin Institute, Dennis Goldford and Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa, Tim Hagle. In addition to unlikely congressional action, they also discuss the future of Fox News, given the departure of...

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As with most issues, republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton see the U.S. role in the world very differently. In this edition of River to River, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jim McCormick, Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College about the foreign policy challenges likely facing the next President of the United States.

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On this special edition of River to River , presented in conjunction with The Gazette , Ben Kieffer and co-host Jennifer Hemmingsen discuss the latest news from the campaign trail with panelists: Gazette political & investigative reporter James Lynch, along with Gazette columnists Lynda Waddington a nd Todd Dorman . They discuss party unity in the aftermath of the Republican and Democratic conventions, media coverage of the presidential and local elections, as well as the role of fact...

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Former Congressman Jim Leach pointed to Citizens United, and the equation of money to free speech, as a key catalyst for much of the electorate's dissatisfaction with the system. "It is doing enormous damage to the American political process and it's moving us in an oligarchic corporatist direction when we should be moving to a more democratic direction. And by 'more democratic,' I don't mean anything related to a party--I mean, we need to have a system in which the average American knows...

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With the sun setting on a primary season full of surprises, Iowans can expect more of the unexpected as the nominees head towards the party conventions. On this special edition of River to River , co-hosts Ben Kieffer of Iowa Public Radio and Jennifer Hemmingsen of The Gazette sit down in front of a live audience in Cedar Rapids with The Gazette’s investigative reporter James Lynch, and columnists Lynda Waddington and Todd Dorman. They give their thoughts on Iowa races as well as the race for...

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In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, IPR is bringing you interviews and stories about the candidates and the issues. Here is a profile of Democratic candidate Monica Vernon, who’s in the First District Congressional race. Monica Vernon has been here before. She ran for the Democratic nomination in 2014 in a five-way primary and came in second to former Iowa lawmaker Pat Murphy. She and Murphy are back on the ballot this time around. Vernon says she’s ready to pick up where she left...

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Now that the election is well underway, it's prime season for the campaigns to consider their vice president picks. According to presidential historian Tim Walch, there are three things campaigns look for in a candidate. Temperament – "You don’t want somebody who is going to blow up or be difficult with the president," he says. "They have to keep in mind that they are there to assist the president." Competency – "You have to have a set of skills that would make that person ready to become...

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While presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is asked about hair, clothes, and makeup more than her male counterparts, she isn't the only candidate spending time thinking about her appearance. “Most people don’t realize quite how much goes into any politician or candidate's face or clothing,” says beauty consultant Rachel Weingarten . Weingarten regularly provides beauty consultations for politicians, and during this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe talks with her about how each 2016...

Billionaire Donald Trump won seven of the Super Tuesday primary contests to take a commanding lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also claimed victory in seven of the states voting Tuesday, making it all but impossible for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to overtake her in the race for the Democratic nomination. On Tuesday night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz urged candidates who hadn't yet won a contest to drop out and unite behind...

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The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend has ignited a firestorm. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately said the next president, not Barack Obama, should make the nomination. That sentiment was echoed by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Grassley seemed to soften that rhetoric a bit in town hall meetings across Iowa Tuesday. While he still says President Obama should defer and he declined to commit to...

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President Barack Obama gave his eighth and final State of the Union address on Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress. Instead of a traditional speech where the President lays out an agenda for the coming year, the President took more of a long term view. President Obama suggested that Americans need to answer four key questions: How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy? How do we make technology work for us, not against us, especially when it...

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Millennials are projected to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest living generation this year, according to the Pew Research Center . And as they're between the ages of 18 and 34, they'll be eligible to vote in the upcoming caucuses and 2016 election. So, what do these young voters care about? As you might expect when lumping so many people at different points in their lives together, their interests are diverse. This was demonstrated when a Drake University journalism class set out to talk...

More than 120 people are dead in Paris after a string of terrorist attacks late last week, including one American. The attackers have been identified as Muslim extremists, and one of the terrorists is said to have gotten into France by posing as a refugee. Now governors from 27 states, including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, are barring Syrian refugees from entering their states. During this hour of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Jim McCormick...

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Think for a moment about the person with whom you share the least in common, when it comes to your beliefs. Now, imagine having coffee with that person, not just once, but many times over a period of two years. Donna Red Wing is Executive Director of One Iowa, an organization that advocates on behalf of the state's LGBTQ population. Bob Vander Plaats is CEO of The Family Leader, an organization that advocates for, "Christ-like leadership" in the home, church and government. The two have often...

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There's more than a century between the candidacies of William Jennings Bryan and Bernie Sanders, but history is still repeating itself when it comes to the elections of 1900 and 2016. " The Industrial Revolution was creating that same gap that the technological revolution has expanded. There was a sense of dizzying inventions that were being made, that the pace of life was speeding up. People were moving from the farm to the city, so it was a disorienting age much like our own. So that was...

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A top Iowa Republican has harsh words for his party’s representatives in the U.S. House, where the GOP has so far been unable to agree on a new House Speaker to replace the outgoing John Boehner. Opposition from a cadre of conservatives known as the Freedom Caucus helped lead Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to withdraw from the race for the top post. Former Iowa Republican party chair Matt Strawn says it looks like Republicans don’t know how to govern. “We’re looking around at each other...

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The battle over who will become the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is "probably the most important thing happening in politics today." That's according to Dave Andersen, assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. "I think anybody who really is following American politics today is probably better served by putting down the presidential race and picking up the speaker race because that’s really where all the action is going to be happening in the next...

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President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan this week. The plan sets the first-ever EPA standards on power plant emissions and requires a 32% reduction in those emissions over the next 15 years. It also seeks to boost renewable energy sources. 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls reacted negatively to the plan. Florida Senator Marco Rubio called it "catastrophic," while former Florida Governor Jeb Bush described it as "irresponsible and over-reaching." New Jersey Governor Chris Christie...

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Seven candidates and one potential candidate for the Republican nomination for president were on hand at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone on Saturday for a fundraiser hosted by Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst. The expo grounds are also this year’s site for the Iowa GOP’s traditional cattle call for candidates, the Iowa Straw Poll. Ben Barringer, a software engineer, drove down to Boone from Lake Mills in far north Iowa with a couple of potential favorite candidates in mind “I’m very excited...

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Former Vice President Al Gore is in Cedar Rapids this week as part of his Climate Reality Project, a tour meant to teach people how to “take on the climate crisis." Participants in the three day session are encouraged to give press interviews, communicate with government officials, and organize others in the effort against pollution. Gore says he believes this year is a turning point in government action on climate change, and he believes the environment will be a key issue in the 2016...

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As spending on Congressional and Presidential campaigns continues to grow, politicians are starting to voice support for measures to try and get some of that money out of politics. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton voiced her support for a Constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending last week in a speech at Kirkwood Community College, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has also spoken in favor of taking a hard look at how much money is being spent on elections. On this...

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