Katherine Perkins http://iowapublicradio.org en Ukraine Crisis Deepens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-crisis-deepens <p>As the Ukrainian crisis deepens, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Donna Hoffman of University of Northern Iowa about U.S. response.&nbsp; Other topics include, the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Washington Post and the Guardian for their coverage of the NSA, a new climate change study, and Stephen Colbert's new Late Night gig.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:59:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39230 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis Deepens Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Texting Bill and Gas Tax http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-hold-out-hope-texting-bill-and-gas-tax <p>The Chairs of the Iowa Senate and House Transportation Committees say they're still hopeful two key proposals can win approval in the final days of the legislative session.&nbsp; A bill approved by the Iowa Senate would've made texting while driving a primary offense.&nbsp; In other words, an officer could stop and ticket a driver for texting while driving, without the driver committing another moving violation.&nbsp; That bill failed to win approval before a funnel deadline in the House, but Senator Tod Bowman, a Maquoketa Democrat, says the bill will likely come up again in future session Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:21:38 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 39116 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Texting Bill and Gas Tax Richard Dawkins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/richard-dawkins <p>Acclaimed evolutionary biologist <a href="http://www.richarddawkins.net">Richard Dawkins</a> returns to Iowa this Saturday.&nbsp; Dawkins will speak at <span class="st">Hoyt Sherman Place</span> in Des Moines at a ticketed event put on by <a href="http://www.secularityusa.org/">SecularityUSA</a>, which advocates for secularism in American government.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:47:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39011 at http://iowapublicradio.org Richard Dawkins No More VEISHEA? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/no-more-veishea <p>On Wednesday, the rest of <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veishea-celebration-iowa-state-canceled">the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended</a> due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.&nbsp; Rioters in the <span class="st">Campustown area of Ames </span>turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:36:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 38991 at http://iowapublicradio.org No More VEISHEA? Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putins-motives-ukraine-hard-decode <p>As protests continue in Eastern Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry says it's clear the chaos is being orchestrated by Russia.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University about Russian President Valdimir Putin's motivations.&nbsp; They also discuss the politics of equal pay, and the recent firing of Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:26:50 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38880 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-children-stuck-mental-health-waiting-list <p>Children with serious mental health issues are waiting as long as two years to receive services in their communities.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Tammy from Iowa City whose son has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.&nbsp; She says services like respite care are essential for families exhausted from caring for a suicidal or angry child.&nbsp; But such services aren't covered by insurance.&nbsp; A children's mental health waiver is designed to cover the gap between what insurance covers and what services ar Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:53:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38748 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List Branstad on Medical Cannabis, Juvenile Home, and Secret Settlements http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-medical-cannabis-juvenile-home-and-secret-settlements <p>Iowa Governor Terry&nbsp;Branstad would support a bill with limited medical uses for cannabis if it looks similar to legislation passed in Utah. &nbsp;Host Clay Masters talks with Branstad&nbsp;about medical marijuana, the juvenile home, secret settlements, and more on this Legislative Day edition of River to River from the Law Library at the Iowa state capitol building.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:30:12 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38737 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad on Medical Cannabis, Juvenile Home, and Secret Settlements Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opening-floodgates-money-politics <p>Four years after the Citizens United ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a landmark decision that frees the nation's wealthiest donors to have greater influence in federal elections. Today on politics day, analysis of the court's decision.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Stephen Schmidt and Timothy Hagle.</p><p>Also, a last-minute enrollment surge enabled the White House to meet its original sign-up target for the Affordable Care Act, a surprising victory for the Obama administration. How does this change the political landscape?</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:18:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38527 at http://iowapublicradio.org Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shifting-views-medical-cannabis-iowa-legislature <p>Views on medical marijuana appear to be shifting in the Iowa Senate and among the GOP.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what this may mean for cannabis in Iowa moving forward.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:48:23 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38376 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature Board of Regents Efficiency Study http://iowapublicradio.org/post/board-regents-efficiency-study <p>The first of three public hearings was held today at the University of Iowa in advance of a <a href="http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140312/NEWS01/140312006/Students-protest-efficiency-study-Board-Regents-meeting">comprehensive efficiency review</a> by the Iowa Board of Regents.&nbsp; The review is expected to generate $15-25 million in savings.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:46:33 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 38275 at http://iowapublicradio.org Board of Regents Efficiency Study News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-cyclones-sweet-16 <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines correspondent <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/rick-fredericksen">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="https://twitter.com/Bryce_A_Miller">Bryce Miller</a> discusses the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, and the <a href="http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140328/NEWS01/140328001/UI-spokesman-Girls-episode-turned-down-protect-university-s-reputation">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 http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 Farmer from Iowa Comment and Castration Ad Focus National Attention on Iowa's Senate Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmer-iowa-comment-and-castration-ad-focus-national-attention-iowas-senate-race <p><a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140325/NEWS09/303250120/Video-captures-Bruce-Braley-criticizing-Chuck-Grassley-farmer-from-Iowa-">Video </a>has surfaced of Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley at a private Texas fundraiser with trial lawyers drawing a stark contrast between a future with him serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a future with GOP Senator Charles Grassley Chairing that committee.&nbsp; In the video, Braley describes Grassley as an "Iowa farmer" who "never went to law school."&nbsp; Slate has called it the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/new Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:01:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38165 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmer from Iowa Comment and Castration Ad Focus National Attention on Iowa's Senate Race 'Farmer...Never Went to Law School' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmernever-went-law-school <p>Iowa Congressman and Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley has apologized for comments he made at a January fundraiser in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p>"If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice ... on the Senate Judiciary Committee," Braley said. "Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee."</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:46:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38153 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Farmer...Never Went to Law School' President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-sits-between-two-ferns <p>The head of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/12/289299072/feinstein-cia-tampered-with-senate-panels-work">U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly accessed computers</a> used by congressional staff.&nbsp; What comes next?</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:16:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37479 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns Bullying Bill Moving Forward, Funding and Cyber-bullying are Sticking Points http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bullying-bill-moving-forward-funding-and-cyber-bullying-are-sticking-points <p>Republican Governor Terry Branstad identified legislation to combat bullying as one of his top priorities for this legislative session.&nbsp; However, a bill has stalled in the Iowa House, bogged down by 17 amendments.&nbsp; Concerns have arisen in the Republican-controlled chamber over whether schools should be responsible for bullying that occurs online or off school grounds.&nbsp; In his weekly news conference Monday, Governor Branstad said he plans to talk with Iowa House members about moving the legislation forward.&nbsp; In the meantime, a bill is advancing in the Democratically-contr Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:26:11 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37343 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bullying Bill Moving Forward, Funding and Cyber-bullying are Sticking Points A Sure Sign of Spring! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sure-sign-spring <p>Horticulture day returns to its weekly schedule, a sure sign of spring!&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis about the likely impact of colder than usual temperatures on Iowa's insect population.&nbsp; The answer:&nbsp; "not much."&nbsp; Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron talks about the timely tasks that need doing in your garden.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:57:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 37224 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Sure Sign of Spring! Putting Global Income Inequality into Context http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putting-global-income-inequality-context <p>How does where someone is born affect how much money they'll earn over a lifetime? What does income inequality indicate about a country's society and basic economic health?</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan">Branko Milanovic</a> tackles these questions as a lead economist in the <a href="http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/0,,menuPK:476823~pagePK:64165236~piPK:64165141~theSitePK:469372,00.html">World Bank's research department</a>, where he works on the topics of income inequality and globalization.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:02:30 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 37173 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putting Global Income Inequality into Context Putin and Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-and-ukraine <p>President Obama says that Russian incursion in Ukraine is against international law and a miscalculation that risks pushing former Soviet-bloc nations further from Moscow. &nbsp;Russian President President Putin has defended his actions and criticized the U.S. response. &nbsp;Listen to this political analysis of the situation.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:34:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37140 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin and Ukraine Learning English in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/learning-english-iowa <p>Iowa schools are becoming more diverse, and English Language Learning services are in greater need. &nbsp;Districts are trying to adapt, and the Iowa legislature has&nbsp;some ideas for addressing the issue. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:13:31 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37018 at http://iowapublicradio.org Learning English in Iowa The Teenaged Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teenaged-brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents. Neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author <a href="http://www.drdansiegel.com/">Dr. Daniel Siegel</a> says that there is a lot of misinformation about this developmental period.</p><p>“There are common myths that we all hear about…that are actually not only wrong, they’re misleading and in some ways they’re disempowering. &nbsp;So by learning the truths you can actually understand things as they actually are and then do something about them.”</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:12:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 36873 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Teenaged Brain Putin Puts Military on Alert While Kerry Urges Caution http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-puts-military-alert-while-kerry-urges-caution <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/combat-ready-putin-orders-military-drill-ukraine-simmers-n38946">put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert</a>, rattling nerves in an already unstable Ukraine.&nbsp; The move along Ukraine's border caused<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/kerry-russia-must-be-very-careful-judgments-ukraine-n39236"> U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:51:53 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36834 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin Puts Military on Alert While Kerry Urges Caution Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/which-bills-survived-funnel-week <p>Last week was "funnel week" at the statehouse.&nbsp; Now bills that couldn't make it through committee stand little chance of becoming law this session as lawmakers shift their focus to legislation that has more momentum to pass this year.&nbsp; However many of these issues might be revived in future legislative sessions.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:13:58 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36713 at http://iowapublicradio.org Which Bills Survived Funnel Week? Ukrainian Violence and Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-violence-and-politics <div>In about two weeks, the first of at least six Republican primaries will feature establishment Senate incumbents versus Tea Party challengers. Host Ben Kieffer and political analysts<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;look at these primaries and the GOP’s bid to retake the U.S. Senate. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, A U.N. panel accuses North Korea of crimes against humanity, and Ukraine erupts again. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:20:34 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Violence and Politics True Stories Told Live http://iowapublicradio.org/post/true-stories-told-live <p>The Moth Radio Hour has captured the hearts of public radio listeners, but before those “true stories told live” make it to the radio they are told on a stage somewhere in the United States. <a href="http://www.englerttemp.info/eventDetail.php?ID=82">This Friday that stage is the Iowa City's Englert Theatre.</a>&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with <a href="http://www.maggiecino.com/the-moth.html">Maggie Cino</a>, director of <a href="http://themoth.org/">The Moth</a>, and the host of Friday’s event <a href="http://themoth.org/posts/stories/me-her-it">Peter Aguero</a>. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 36493 at http://iowapublicradio.org True Stories Told Live Compromise Sought on Juvenile Home http://iowapublicradio.org/post/compromise-sought-juvenile-home <p>As the legal battle over whether Governor Terry Branstad had the authority to close the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo plays out in court, lawmakers are coming to agreement over what changes are needed to establish a place for the state's female juvenile delinquents.&nbsp; A bill in the Iowa Senate provides for a state run facility for girls, much like the one in Eldora that serves boys.&nbsp; But changes to state law are needed to ensure that girls will not again be held indefinitely in isolation cells, without access to education and services.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Jerry Foxhov Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:18:16 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 36413 at http://iowapublicradio.org Compromise Sought on Juvenile Home E-Cigarettes, LIHEAP, Lake Darling and More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e-cigarettes-liheap-lake-darling-and-more <p>In a News Buzz edition of River to River, Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Clay Masters about debate over a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine to minors.&nbsp;</p><p>We hear from Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Liz Mathis about the need for emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.&nbsp; She says one family found it less costly to spend a week in a hotel, rather than heat their home using propane.&nbsp;</p><p>We get local reaction to a new study on the effectiveness of mammograms.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:17:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36296 at http://iowapublicradio.org E-Cigarettes, LIHEAP, Lake Darling and More Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/olympics-dont-ease-us-russian-strain <p>Just outside the spotlight of these Olympic games in Sochi, Russia and the U.S. are navigating a tense point in their relationship.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Tim Hagel, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about the tension and the ongoing cooperation between the U.S and Russia.&nbsp; They also reflect on the U.S. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:02:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain Pipeline Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pipeline-politics <p>A new U.S. State Department report raises no major environmental objections to the possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the report is being treated differently by Democrats and Republicans. &nbsp;That and other political news; analysts for this Politics Day include Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:19:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35847 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pipeline Politics The Big Pressure and Big Business of the Big Game http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-pressure-and-big-business-big-game <p>This Sunday, the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. Today on River to River, how did the football biz get so big? And, what is it like to play or be a referee in a high profile game?</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:03:08 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35572 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Big Pressure and Big Business of the Big Game Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mixed-reviews-2014-state-union <p>President Obama stepped to the podium to deliver his 2014 State of the Union address against a backdrop of low approval ratings, a stagnant Congress and the term “lame duck” increasingly being used to describe his presidency.&nbsp; The State of the Union is often seen as an opportunity to press the reset button.&nbsp; But, an <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/28/267488606/obama-prepared-to-bypass-congress-if-needed">analysis of the list of priorities requiring Congressional action unveiled in 2013 </a>shows only two measures winning approval.&nbsp; This may have been what prompted the Pre Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:13:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35525 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union