Ben Stanton en 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton <p>David Skorton used to open his Iowa Public Radio jazz show like this, "As night falls over the river city and all of eastern Iowa, it's time for jazz."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:08:59 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38643 at 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton This Helmet Has a Brain <p>The brain on this helmet is designed with the idea of protecting <em>your </em>brain from a concussion. Built into it is what amounts to a small computer. &nbsp;It was designed and programmed by an Iowa student. &nbsp;</p><p>Different LEDs light up depending on how hard the helmet is getting jostled. This project is one of many that students might get involved in through The Big Ideas Group, which is an optional education program through the Cedar Rapids School&nbsp;District.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:06:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38630 at This Helmet Has a Brain Breastfeeding U.S.A. <p>Thirty-five years ago, Iowa City Firefighter Linda Eaton continued to breastfeed her child at work against orders from her supervisor, and a b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">reastfeeding discussion was launched locally and gained national attention. Today, breastfeeding is treated a little differently, but it is also very different than other cultures. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 38516 at Breastfeeding U.S.A. News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines correspondent <a href="">Rick Fredricksen</a> about how lobotomies became common practice for curing PTSD in Iowa veterans after WWII.&nbsp; Also, the Des Moines Register's <a href="">Bryce Miller</a> discusses the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, and the <a href="">University of Iowa turns down</a> HBO's <a href="http://www. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 38270 at News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 The Aging Challenge <p>People are living longer, but are they living better, more healthy, more active lives? &nbsp;Colin Milner is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, and is visiting Iowa to talk about opportunities for governments, organizations, and individuals to take advantage to the changes that are ahead for people and communities. &nbsp;Also on the program is Iowa State University Assistant Professor Sarah Francis, who also oversees ISU&nbsp;Extension's program Living Well Through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:57:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 38096 at The Aging Challenge News Buzz: Sports Edition <p>March Madness has returned and several Iowa teams are doing well.&nbsp; Des Moines Register sports columnist <a href="">Bryce Miller</a> discusses this year's tournament.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:29:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37935 at News Buzz: Sports Edition News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones <p>Today on News Buzz Ben Stanton fills in as host.&nbsp; He tackles Iowa's All-Vet designation, farm accident fatalities and the use of drones in agriculture.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:45:34 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37909 at News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions <p>Dean Borg guest hosts this politics day edition of 'River to River.' &nbsp;Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich, University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer, and Drake University's David Skidmore are political analysts for this program that includes Iowa, U.S., and international politics.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Dean Borg & Ben Stanton 37806 at Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset <div>Hear the remarkable story of a the man behind paperback publisher Grove Press, and how he and the books he published fit into the culture of the 1960s. &nbsp;Dennis Reese hosts this talk with Loren Glass about<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde.</em></div><div><p></p></div><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Dennis Reese & Ben Stanton 37739 at Counterculture: The Grove Press and Barney Rosset CSI: Iowa <p>Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine for crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37738 at CSI: Iowa Murky Waters and Pi Day <p>Is winter almost over?&nbsp; And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?&nbsp; Also, the latest Quinnipiac <a href="">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="">ad campaign</a> and <a href="">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at Murky Waters and Pi Day Time to Get Serious About Fruit Tree Pruning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the early season lawn and garden tasks is to prune fruit trees. &nbsp;Iowa State University&nbsp;Extension Field Specialist Patrick O'Malley is a guest on the show, here's some of the advice he imparts during the program:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1. Did you have a big crop last year? Then it might be lighter this year. That means you should consider less pruning this year.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:10:07 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37563 at Time to Get Serious About Fruit Tree Pruning A Wife's Suicide, a Husband's Multiple Sclerosis <p>After Vern Beachy lost his wife to suicide, he began writing about what he was going through. &nbsp;Not just about the difficulty of the loss but also his struggles with M.S. and his fight to get out of a wheelchair. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:04:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37518 at A Wife's Suicide, a Husband's Multiple Sclerosis 'If You See Someone Without a Smile, Give Them One of Yours' <p>Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey clown Felix Adler from Clinton, Iowa was known to say "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." &nbsp;He spent 20 years clowning across the country and around the world. &nbsp;Hear about his time as the 'King of Clowns' and hear why he was also called the 'White House Clown.' Host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;talks with Adler's niece.</p><p>We also hear from two Iowa clowns, 'Silly Sally' (Sally DuBois&nbsp;from Ames) and 'Bandana the Clown' (Gary Murphy from Washington, Iowa) about what they do and why they love it.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:27:10 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37455 at 'If You See Someone Without a Smile, Give Them One of Yours' Backyard Ecosystems <div>Join Talk of Iowa for a talk with Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He says&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We need to change the way we interact with nature; it should not be segregated,” and that living with nature can be very rewarding.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tallamy says that Americans use plants that are&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mostly from Asia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">as decorations. &nbsp;The result is a reduced biodiversity in the places we live, work, and farm. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:20:16 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37346 at Backyard Ecosystems Fireworks, Finding Exo-Planets, and More <p>On this News Buzz edition of the program, hear about a legislative shouting match, legalizing fireworks, the ACLU lawsuit against the Iowa Secretary of State, a survey of Iowans' thoughts on gay marriage, the Kepler mission, and a push to increase studying abroad.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative shouting match and and other legislative fireworks:</span></p><p>ACLU lawsuit:</p><p>Same-sex marriage opinions:</p><p>Finding exoplanets:</p><p>Studying abroad:</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:18:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 37225 at Fireworks, Finding Exo-Planets, and More 'Strangers Will Choose My Grave' - Ukrainian Events, Family, and Music <p>‘Strangers Will Choose My Grave’ is part of the lyrics to a folk song that can bring a Iowan Ukrainian-American to tears. &nbsp;A video of that song appears below.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:36:57 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 37189 at 'Strangers Will Choose My Grave' - Ukrainian Events, Family, and Music Noonan: The Most Common Medical Syndrome You've Never Heard Of <p>Noonan syndrome is a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">genetic condition. &nbsp;The characteristic facial features include&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">low set ears, widely spaced-eyes, bright blue or blue-green eyes, a low hairline at the back of the head, and multiple congenital problems like heart defects and an unusually shaped chest. </span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:18:51 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36870 at Noonan: The Most Common Medical Syndrome You've Never Heard Of Retiring: 'Time to Make the Donuts' <div><p>Forget the IRA for a minute. &nbsp;How’s your portfolio for spending your&nbsp;<em>time&nbsp;</em>after retiring? Here’s a little advice and thoughts explored in this ‘Talk of Iowa’ program:</p><p><strong>Make a plan</strong>. About a year before the retirement day, decide how you will be spending your time. Have a list of things to do: volunteering, learning a new skill, maintaining friendships and social networks, and develop ideas about how pieces of those goals can be accomplished every day.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:15:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Dennis Reese & Ben Stanton 36850 at Retiring: 'Time to Make the Donuts' News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation <p>Residents of Northwood are back in their homes after being asked to evacuate yesterday due to an explosion and fire at the city's municipal airport.&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio statehouse <span class="st">correspondent </span>Joyce Russell discusses which bills in the legislature might become laws in 2014.&nbsp; The Blank Park Zoo's Amur tiger has died, and what Iowa City is doing about a recent rash of sexual assaults in taxicabs.&nbsp; Also, an Olympics update from the Des Moines Register's sports columnist Bryce Miller in Sochi.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:11:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden, Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 36610 at News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation 'It Felt Like Freedom' <p>Nick Bassett from Boone Iowa was born with a spinal tumor, and scoliosis was diagnosed&nbsp;when he was an infant. &nbsp;In high school, the condition worsened and he was confined to a wheelchair. &nbsp;Bassett joined wheelchair track and field, &nbsp;and a world was opened up to him.</p><p>"It felt like freedom. &nbsp;I've been bound to my disability for a lot of my life...when I got out there on the track and was able to compete against other athletes, it was the greatest feeling in the world."</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:17:47 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36440 at 'It Felt Like Freedom' The 'Colbert Bump' for an Iowan <p>Lake Street Dive bassist and native Iowan&nbsp;Bridget Kearney appeared with her band on the 'Colbert Report' this week. &nbsp;She says that the bump in attention after the appearance was immediate and significant. 'River to River' host Ben Kieffer talks with Kearney in this final segment of a 'News Buzz' edition of the program.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And here is the video of their appearance on the Colbert Report:</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:16:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 36290 at The 'Colbert Bump' for an Iowan Religion in the Digital Age <p>The internet has changed how we find information, get news, connect with friends, and for many people it also has changed the experience with faith and religion. &nbsp;Guests include Elizabeth Drescher from Santa Clara University, L. Edward Philips from Emory University, and author, editor, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36249 at Religion in the Digital Age Race and Identity in Media and Society <p>On this River to River program, host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;talks with NPR host and special correspondent Michele&nbsp;Norris who will discuss her <a href="">Race Card Project</a> and how it has become much broader in scope since she launched it. Norris will be speaking Wednesday at Coe College.<br /><br />Then, a conversation with award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien about race and identity as reflected in the media.&nbsp;Her parents had to leave Maryland in 1958 to get married due to that state’s laws against interracial marriage.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:28:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 36131 at Race and Identity in Media and Society Bittersweet and Funny: Kevin Kling <p>Everyone is at some point a storyteller. &nbsp;</p><p>Kevin&nbsp;Kling&nbsp;is&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">known for telling stories that are weird and wonderful. &nbsp;He makes audiences laugh until they cry and he makes them cry until they laugh again. &nbsp;In this 'Talk of Iowa,'&nbsp;</span>Kling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talks about storytelling, his</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> upcoming residency at Central College in Pella, and his latest book&nbsp;<em>On Stage with Kevin&nbsp;Kling</em>. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:20:32 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36074 at Bittersweet and Funny: Kevin Kling An Iowan in Sochi and Other Stories <p>In this News Buzz program, hear six short interviews about: the Iowa Juvenile Home, the Olympics in Russia, an embarrassing phone conversation involving the U.S. State Department, a cyber-security competition, a deadly snowmobile accident and safety concerns, and the analysis of flood prediction.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:51:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35968 at An Iowan in Sochi and Other Stories Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz <p>When you think of jazz you might think of New Orleans or New York City. &nbsp;But in the 20s, 30s, and 40s musicians in Iowa and the surrounding states kept Iowans dancing in ballrooms, hotel dining rooms, high school gymnasiums, and by playing on local radio. Join host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;for this hour of jazz in Iowa from the hot jazz of the 20s to the big band sound of the 30s and 40s. Hear from Jim Oatts, leader of the Des Moines Big Band, Josh Duffee, music director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, and John Benoit professor of music at Simpson College.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:27:44 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 35788 at Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz You Have Neanderthal Genes <p>For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new &nbsp;smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:06:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35620 at You Have Neanderthal Genes Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits <p>Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.</p><p>Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:34:40 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 35454 at Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits The 'Core' of Iowa Education <p>In the first half of this program, host Ben Kieffer talks with two members of the new Iowa Department of Education&nbsp;commission&nbsp;charged with strengthening the core curriculum. &nbsp;Guests are D.T. Magee, the&nbsp;Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, and&nbsp;Tom Downs, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of School Boards.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the second half, hear about new attention given to sexual assault, doubling of propane prices, and what is behind the latest cold weather.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:34:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35232 at The 'Core' of Iowa Education