River to River

Weekdays at 12 p.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 10 p.m. on IPR News
 

River to River is Iowa Public Radio's talk program that focuses on the news, issues and events in our state. This national award-winning program goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems, and fosters conversation. Wednesdays, Ben Kieffer is joined by political analysts from around the state to dissect the week in politics. Clay Masters hosts Mondays during the legislative session looking at statehouse issues.

During the show, contact us at 1-866-780-9100, IPRTalk on Twitter, our Facebook page, or via email rivertoriver@iowapublicradio.org. Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Murphy: Look to Renewables, Not Frac Sand Mining

IPTV.org

Pat Murphy says he’s opposed to opening up counties in Northeast Iowa to silica sand mining.

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Healthcare
3:50 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Residency Opportunities Lacking for Young Doctors

Des Moines University's campus in Des Moines, Iowa
Wikimedia Commons

Medical schools are accepting more applicants into their programs, but training programs for doctors after medical school aren't keeping up. 

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Mental Health
5:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Suicide "Post-vention" Done Right

Robin Williams's death catalyzed a flood of suicide coverage in the media. Beck-Cross explains there are best practices in covering this type of death that news media need to follow.
Milosz Reterski Navy NewsStand

Robin Williams's death has dominated news coverage in the past week. But how much of that coverage has been helpful and how much as been harmful?

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River to River
2:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

IPR’s Rick Fredericksen Remembers a Day with Robin Williams

Courtesy of Rick Fredericksen

Robin Williams' death earlier this week sparked many stories of how he touched the lives of his fans and the people he met.

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River to River
1:52 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The Iowa State Fair: Soap Boxes, Social Media, and News Coverage

A 25-foot tall replica of the figures in Grant Wood's "American Gothic" at the 2014 Iowa State Fair
John Pemble

Today on a "news buzz" edition of River to River - news from the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Miller-Meeks: Troops Should Have Stayed in Iraq

Courtesy of the Miller-Meeks

Republican Candidate for Iowa’s second congressional district Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks says a mishandling of the U.S.’ withdrawal from Iraq is to blame for the current crisis in the region.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Blum: Secure the US/Mexico Border

Republican candidate for Iowa's 1st Congressional District, Rod Blum
Rod Blum for Congress

The Republican candidate for Iowa’s first congressional district, Rod Blum, says we need to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. 

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Politics Day
11:21 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

President Nixon with his first cabinet.
White House photo office Wikimedia Commons

Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them? Former Iowa State University Political Science Professor Jim Hutter and David Yepsen, political reporter for the Des Moines Register for a quarter of a century, join host Ben Kieffer to discuss how Watergate and Nixon's resignation changed our political scene, our media landscape and our nation. 

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Politics
11:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Senator Tom Harkin on Immigration, Health Care

Senator Tom Harkin poses with President Barack Obama after the Affordable Care Act passed Congress.
Pete Souza Official White House Photo

Tom Harkin has served in Congress for nearly 40 years. During this River to River interview, Harkin talks with host Ben Kieffer about immigration, health care and the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of Harkin's landmark pieces of legislation 24 years later. 

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Sports
11:23 am
Tue August 12, 2014

When Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Kinnick Stadium
Wikimedia Commons

After a ruling Friday, the N.C.A.A. has lost the right to restrict colleges from paying student athletes.  Should we pay certain student athletes? 

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River to River
11:21 am
Mon August 11, 2014

From Iowa to Texas: "How to Unmarry Your Wife"

Sarah Viren and her family hiking near Williams Lake
Sarah Viren

Imagine you are married. You have a daughter, and when your spouse gets a job in another state, you plan for everything - including the fact that your new state does not recognize your same-sex marriage.

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News Buzz
3:54 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ebola Vaccines in Ames and Algae Blooms in Lake Red Rock

Blue-green algae is dangerous to drink and to swim in.
Chris Tomlinson Geograph

Ebola and algae scares hit in Western Africa and Toledo respectively this week. The threats may feel far away, but they hit home closer than you think.

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Anne Pham, in charge compliance and enforcement of the drinking water program at the Department of Natural Resources. She explains what made the water in Toledo undrinkable and how we can protect Iowa water.

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News Buzz
3:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Stoned Behind the Wheel

University of Iowa is a smoke-free campus, so NIDA and NADS couldn't use joints like this one, and instead had to use vaporizers.
Public Domain Wik

Stoned drivers have been getting behind the wheel in Iowa City. But they have good reason.

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News Buzz
12:22 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Capturing the "Freedom Summer"

Edie Black, a Freedom School teacher from Smith College with two of her students in Mileston, Mississippi, a small community of independent black farmers in the Mississippi Delta. The Freedom School experience changed both teachers and students in ways th
Matt Herron

50 years ago, Matt Herron gathered a team of photographers to capture the tumultuous summer of 1964 in Mississippi. Now he's in Iowa, sharing his photos and his stories. His work will be displayed in the  Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch through September 21.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Herron about how photography interacted with the civil rights movement and how we can use photography today to make history hit home.

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River to River
4:12 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

3rd District Congressional Candidate Staci Appel on Minimum Wage, Jobs and Climate Change

Staci Appel
Courtesy of the Appel for Iowa campaign

Staci Appel, a former State Senator from Ackworth, would be the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress if elected. She says it's time for politicians to start working with, not against each other. 

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Toxic Pesticide That Affects Honeybees Found in Iowa Waterways

Wikimedia Commons

A U. S. Geological Survey study has found widespread concentrations of a toxic pesticide in waterways in Iowa and throughout the upper Midwest.

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Politics Day
3:14 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

2016 Hopefuls Parading Through Iowa

United States Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at a book signing at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia

Seven potential GOP Presidential candidates are making their way to Iowa this week and next.  Host Ben Kieffer sizes up the hopefuls for the 2016 Iowa caucuses with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle, and Donna Hoffman, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Northern Iowa.  We know, the caucuses are still far away, but likely contenders are already here.  And like the holiday shopping season, it seems the Presidential vetting season is coming earlier and earlier.

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River to River
5:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Solar Flare That Nearly Knocked Out Power to Tens of Millions

NASA's "Best-Observed X-Class Flare of All Time" from March 2014
NASA/SDO/AIA

NASA just released news that back in 2012, the Earth came very close to being hit by a solar flare – an event that could have wiped out electrical power for tens of millions of people.

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River to River
5:07 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Small Town of Cherokee Prepares for Tyson Plant Closure

Cherokee is the county seat of Cherokee County, Iowa
J. Stephen Conn

In this segment of River to River, we discuss the situation in the Northwest Iowa town of Cherokee, home to about 5000 Iowans.

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Science
11:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

What Makes Someone a Creative Genius?

University of Iowa researcher Dr. Nancy Andreasen has been trying to answer that question for most of her professional career. She talks with Ben Kieffer today on River to River

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News Buzz
4:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

U of I Cancels Trip to Israel

Building shelled by the Israeli army in Gaza
ISM Palestine Wikimedia Commons

Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa Bob Cargill was supposed to take his students to Tel Azekah in Israel this summer. Thursday morning, rockets landed in the next city over. 

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News Buzz
3:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Understanding Ebola Through an Iowan Lens

Scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions
From "Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa" Wikimedia Commons

With the Ebola outbreak continuing to take lives in Western Africa, Iowans working in the region are feeling the effects. 

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News Buzz
3:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A Wind Turbine Waltz

Bates used Iowa windmills and PVC pipes to fashion his own version of "Blue Danube."
Daniel Arnold Wikimedia Commons

Will Bates doesn’t understand how people dislike the noise of wind turbines. It’s music to his ears—literally.

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Technology
9:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Driverless Cars Okayed in Johnson County, What Now?

Dan McGehee (left) shows Ben Kieffer how the lane correct function works in a level 2 semi-autonomous car.
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Driverless cars could hit the roads in Johnson County within the next few years. 

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Politics Day
3:58 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Politics Day: Latest Developments at Home and Abroad

Barack Obama Flickr

Several Republicans, including Iowa’s Congressman Steve King, have called for President Obama’s impeachment.

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River to River
5:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Regretted Wars: Veterans of Vietnam and Iraq Compare Experiences

Protest sign at United for Peace rally and march on Washington, DC
Jonathon Colman

A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans (71%) now say the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it.” That’s similar to sentiments from the Vietnam era about that conflict.

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Ripple Effects
3:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Carrot or Stick? The Government's Role in Environmental Policy

A sunrise near Decorah
Katherine Perkins IPR

The Clean Air Act was most recently amended in 1990, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Is that kind of sweeping environmental policy possible today? 

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News Buzz
4:59 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report

Iowa State Fair

Last year at the Iowa State Fair, Jason Powell of Des Moines said his free speech rights were violated after security guards ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks. Today on River to River, we find out the status of his lawsuit as well as whether he will be allowed at this year’s fair. We also find out about an Iowa developed vaccine that could cure dust-mite allergies. That and all the week’s Iowa stories on a news buzz edition of River to River.

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River to River: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Depression During College Years

Art major Jordon Deutmeyer stands outside of the University of Northern Iowa Honors Cottage in December 2013
Linh Ta/IowaWatch IowaWatch.org

Accommodations are available for college students struggling with depression, but university counseling centers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Hear about an IowaWatch.org report on the difficulty these students experience including what is often a harsh stigma associated with being depressed.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children

Governor Terry Branstad raised eyebrows and questions last week when he said immigrant children crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally shouldn't be sent to Iowa.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia Commons

More than 52,000 have crossed the southern border since October and US politicians are having trouble finding solutions and the right rhetoric. 

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