Politics Day

Politics Day
3:28 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Presidential Ebb and Flow

President Herbert Hoover saw his popularity plummet after the stock market crash, and has ranked as one of the least popular presidents in history.
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Every presidency ebbs and flows.  President Obama seems to be going through an ebb, as his job approval rating drops to the lowest of his presidency.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with presidential historian Tim Walch, former Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Donna Hoffman, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa, about the ebb and flow of presidencies through history, and what they can tell us about presidential popularity today.

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Politics Day
3:25 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Jim Leach and the State of Politics

Jim Leach speaking in Coralville November 11, 2013
David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Getting “primaried” has become a dreaded verb in politics. Host Ben Kieffer talks  about intraparty rivalry and the partisan rancor in Washington with former U.S. Congressman Jim Leach. Also, analyst Jim McCormick of Iowa State University joins the conversation with a wide array of policy discussion and political philosophy.

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River to River
3:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Politics Day: Phone Tapping OurFriends and ACA

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Amid allegations that the U.S.

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River to River
1:26 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Politics Day

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D.-Iowa) speaks to Iowa veterans at the National World War II Memorial as part of the Oct. 18, 2013 Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
Ben Kieffer Iowa Public Radio

President Obama has vowed to fix the Affordable Care Act's online insurance exchanges after an embarrassing launch, but what of the pending political fallout?

Also, will U.S. Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) have a challenger within the Republican Party for his seat next November and what are U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) prospects for a 2016 presidential run?

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River to River
3:56 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Politics Day

More than two weeks after the start of the government shutdown, a deal finally comes out of the Senate. Today on River To River, it's politics day. IPR reporter Dean Borg guests hosts, joined by political scientists: Drake University's Dennis Goldford and the University of Iowa's Tim Hagle. They discuss the negotiations taking place in Washington, public opinion of Congress, and take your questions and comments.

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River to River
3:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Politics Day: The Partial Shutdown

Early Tuesday morning, without a Congressional agreement on spending, part of the federal government shut down. Today on River to River, we talk about the political implications. Who do you blame? How does a partial government shutdown impact the faith you have in the U.S. government's ability to do its work?

Host Ben Kieffer sits down with political analysts Tim Hagle (University of Iowa) and Wayne Moyer (Grinnell College), and they answer your questions and concerns.

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River to River
2:55 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Politics Day: Syria

Damascus, Syria
Wojtek Ogrodowczyk

How will Iowa’s congressional delegation vote on the question of possible military action in Syria? This show features discussion about the factors that congress will consider, why President Obama chose this path, and how his decision might affect the power of the presidency at home and abroad.

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River to River
2:28 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Politics Day: U.S. Role In Syria Conflict

President Obama is expected to highlight the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior’s economic agenda as he marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer hosts a discussion on how the President can successfully talk about race and class.

And, action against Syria for the use of chemical weapons seems more and more likely. We talk about the options with listeners and guests, Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College.

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River to River
3:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Politics Day

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Family Leadership Summit on Friday, August 9th in Ames.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

President Obama is taking some time off this week and visiting Martha's Vineyard with his family.  Host Ben Kieffer and Thomas Schwartz, director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, discuss the history and politics of vacationing presidents.  Also, 2016 maybe closer than it seems with three potential Republican presidential candidates visiting Iowa 29 months before the Iowa Caucus.

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River to River
2:11 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Politics Day: From a 'Grand Bargain' to Mid-East Peace

eGuide Travel / flickr

The US Treasury Secretary says that the debt ceiling needs to be raised, but can it be done without another partisan showdown? Join host Ben Kieffer to hear about what’s getting done in DC, and what is not likely to get done before politicians are again entrenched in another election cycle.  Also, have a look overseas to updates on mid-east peace talks, Egypt, and China's recent economic slowdown.  Kieffer is joined by Donna Hoffman from University of Northern Iowa and David Skidmore from Drake University.  

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River to River
4:02 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Politics Day: Egypt and the Middle East

The Egyptian flag in Cairo in 2011
Zeinab Mohamed

Massive protests once again in Egypt. Join host Ben Kieffer to talk about the political situation there with Iowa State University's Jim McCormick and long-time Iowa resident Dr. Hani Elkadi, a native of Egypt, who’s just returned from Cairo.  Also, hear about the larger implications of this event for the Middle East.

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River to River
4:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions

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On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.  Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm Bill from Washington D.C.

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River to River
3:38 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Politics Day: Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions

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Between now and the end of June, decisions will be made on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Host Ben Kieffer gets analysis on some of the biggest cases: concerning affirmative action, voting rights, same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act. It's River to River's Politics Wednesday.  

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River to River
4:31 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Politics Day

U.S. senators of both parties are directing outrage at top IRS officials over not being informed earlier about the tax agency’s work to target conservatives, and they’re demanding answers. Today on River to River, it’s politics day. Host Ben Kieffer sits down with our analysts, Tim Hagle, of the University of Iowa, and Chris Larimer, of the University of Northern Iowa, to find out what questions are being asked, why it matters, and how much of what we’re seeing is simply political grandstanding.

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River to River
1:34 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Impacts of Terrorism

Copley Square after the Boston Marathon bombings, April 15, 2013.
Flickr / Vjeran Pavic

Three out of four Americans see occasional terrorism as a part of life in the future. That percentage is up in the wake of last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.  "River to River" examines changing public attitudes toward terrorism and how the Boston bombing is affecting debate over immigration.

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River to River
3:42 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Gender and Politics

Phil Roeder / flickr

President Obama issued an apology after saying that  California Attorney General Kamala Harris was “By far the best looking attorney general in the country.”  On River to River we’ll talk about gender and politics:  Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, and Michelle Obama’s role in a second term, moving beyond the Jimmy Fallon show. 

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River to River
1:06 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Tensions Rise with North Korea

U.S. Army armored vehicle in South Korea, Feb. 2008
Expert Infantry / flickr

The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer to waters off the Korean peninsula. This comes in the wake of ongoing aggressive rhetoric from North Korea. On this Politics Day, we ask Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College to share their political analysis of the situation. We also cover the other international hotspots in the news.

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River to River
3:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Politics Day: The Genetics of Politics

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Political arguments can easily become heated and emotional.  But what if your political rival has a genetic predisposition to view the world differently than you?  On River to River, can politics be explained through biology?  We hear two perspectives in that academic debate.  We also talk with the chairs of the Iowa GOP and the Iowa Democrats about how they came to their beliefs.

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River to River
1:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Politics Day: International Concerns

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As drones proliferate and become more sophisticated, what questions does this raise in the international arena? Do drones present challenges we’ve never faced before?

It's politics day here on the program, and this hour we cast our analysis to the world outside our border. We take a look at how new technology, drones and cyber attacks, are shaping international politics. Also, updates on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Our analysts are Lindsay Cohn, of the University of Northern Iowa, and Jim McCormick, of Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:13 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Politics Day

President Obama broke the Republicans once on taxes – now he’s betting he’ll do it again on the sequester fight. Today it's Politics Day, and we look the strategies each camp is using to win over American public opinion and the possible outcomes. Also, a new Pew poll asks, which party is more out of touch? And, Michelle Obama’s charm offensive draws fire. What’s the role of the first lady anyway?

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River to River
2:34 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Politics Day

It's Politics Day on "River to River". We touch on national and state issues, from the looming sequester to Linn County's casino plans. Political analysts, Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa, join our discussion.

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River to River
1:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Politics Day: Drones & International Politics

US military drone plane in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.
Chris Devers / Flickr

Legal experts have expressed grave reservations about an Obama administration memo concluding that the United States can order the killing of American citizens believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida.On today's River to River we’ll talk about the drone controversy and other international political issues with analysts Jim McCormick of Iowa State University and David Skidmore of Drake University.

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River to River
1:23 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Politics Day

President Obama gave his second inaugural address this week, in which he outlined several goals for his coming term. Ben Keiffer breaks down the speech and talks about which goals are politically possible with Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa.

Then, discussion over the remarks made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Senate committee hearing on Benghazi and the recent House vote to extend the debt limit.


 

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River to River
1:11 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Politics Day

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Chuck Hagel, John Kerry and John Brennan are the first picks for President Obama’s cabinet.  Ben Kieffer, discusses the possible nominees to play key roles in Obama's second term. Political analysts also discuss the ongoing talks about the debt ceiling and gun control.

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River to River
1:16 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Politics Day: Fiscal Negotiations

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Last minute deal making on Capitol Hill may have helped avert the fiscal cliff for now, but many law makers are still divided over the measure. Ben Kieffer talks with political experts Tim Hagle and Bruce Nesmith about the fiscal measure and other recent political events.

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River to River
1:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Politics Day

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“Fiscal cliff” negotiations continue as polls show a majority don’t believe an agreement will be reached, and congressional Republicans are most to blame. Ben Kieffer  talks with political experts Dennis Goldford and Tim Hagle about efforts to avoid going over the cliff.

Then, our experts look ahead to Governor Branstad’s priorities in the coming legislative session, now that it seems likely he’ll seek re-election.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Close Elections in US History

Vintage presidential buttons
Christian Montone / Flickr

We all remember how George Bush defeated Al Gore by 269 votes in 2000, but how about when Grover Cleveland edged out James Blaine in the election of 1884, an ugly campaign that was the beginning of modern mudslinging. In this tight election year we’ll look back at other hard won presidential elections in our history with guests Tim Walch, former director of the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and Cary Covington, a University of Iowa professor of political science.

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River to River
1:18 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Politics Day: Campaign Finance and Polling

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It’s the tail end of election season, meaning many Iowans have received calls, or survey requests online, all to see where political support stands with voters. But how much do we know about these polls, and the organizations that conduct them? Host Ben Kieffer finds out more about what these polls mean, and how much impact they are on voters. Then Megan Took, the executive director and legal counsel for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, discusses campaign spending within the state of Iowa.

River to River
1:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Politics Day: Presidential Debate Analysis

Photos: Clay Masters

There’s a joke going around among journalists: This presidential debate is the most important one since the last one, or until the next one. Host Ben Kieffer talks with analysts Dave Peterson from Iowa State University and Bruce Gronbeck emeritus professor from the University of Iowa, to give their take on the latest face off, and how  it impacts the presidential race.

 

River to River
1:55 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Politics Day: The First Presidential Debate

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The first presidential debate kicks off this evening and many voters across the nation will tune in to hear what President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will discuss. Our political experts talk about the expectations they have for the candidates and listeners say what they want to hear from each candidate.

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