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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Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

Katherine Perkins and John Pemble take listeners to the Iowa State Fair. We'll hear the true stories of Iowa heroes, melt aluminum with Project AWARE, and talk with Jason Brown about the life of a fulltime country music singer and part-time truck driver.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Political Science professors Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College. Among the topics of discussion- the verdict in the Rod Blagojevich trial, Mike Huckabee with the lead in the Iowa polls among GOP contenders and former Senator John Culver's campaign for his son, Governor Chet Culver.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Encore: The Elder Generation

Tuesday on The Exchange, we listen to back to a conversation host Ben Kieffer had with Theodore Roszak. In 1969, Roszak wrote the award-winning social commentary "The Making of a Counter Culture." His most recent work is a call to arms for the same generation called "The Making of an Elder Culture." In the book, Roszak suggests ways in which baby boomers can uniquely transform our society by picking up on the ideals they formed in the 60's.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

A New Look at the Floods of 2008

Host Ben Kieffer takes a looks back at the floods of 2008 through the eyes of author Stephen Lyons. Lyons' new book "The 1,000-Year Flood" looks back on the epic events of two years ago and how the city of Cedar Rapids has attempted to rebound from the devastation. We'll also get an update on the small southeast Iowa town of Oakville and its efforts to recover after major flooding in '08 nearly wiped out the entire town.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Colonel Ben Corell & Chaplain Martha Kester

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Army National Guard Colonel Ben Corell. Col. Corell will lead 2,800 Iowa soldiers into Afghanistan in a mission to work with Afghan troops in stablizing the war-torn country. Then a conversation with Iowa National Guard Chaplain Martha Kester. Kester is the first female Iowa chaplain and is part of the Afghanistan deployment.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

World Tri Update & Overcoming Disability

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack about his ten-thousand mile World Triathlon adventure. Wittmack just finished swimming the English Channel and will next embark on a biking trek from France to India before attempting a climb of Mount Everest. Wittmack's trip will cover 13 nations in just under one year. Later, Ben talks with photographer Kevin Connolly. Connolly was born without legs and writes about his experiences traveling the world on a skateboard. His memoir recounts the stories of how people have tried to understand his disability.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Politics Day

We discuss the campaign launched by former republican gubernatorial candidate Bob VanderPlaats to oust three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who are up for retention in November, along with other political issues. Guests include political scientists Tim Hagle from University of Iowa and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Nuclear Workers Compensation

Laboratory workers from the Cold War era and before were exposed to various toxics and radiation at the Ames Laboratory. Now that they have cancer or are suffering from an ailment associated with their work, they are regularly denied compensation. During this hour, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Ethelwyn Fellinger, the widow of the late Michael Fellinger, an Ames Laboratory worker who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and received a letter denying his compensation claim on his death bed. Why is it so hard for these workers to receive compensation? We speak with Dr.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Beauty is Pain

An Iowa State University study has found that the wearing of high heeled shoes can lead to knee degeneration and osteoarthritis in women. This hour we speak with one of the researchers who conducted the study along with a participant. Why do women do the things they do to be beautiful? Now that the participant knows that wearing high heeled shoes can be harmful, will she continue to wear them? What other things do women do for beauty that are proven to be harmful, and what motivates them to do it?

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Long-Term Care Options

By 2020, twelve million elderly Americans will need long-term care. It's anticipated that most will be cared for at home. What are the best options for seniors? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Di Findley, Executive Director of the Iowa Care Givers Association and Dana Petrowsky, Presdient and CEO of the Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Iowa and GMO's

Iowa has much at stake in the debate over GMO's. We'll look at the role GMO's are playing in Iowa agriculture. Guests include the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate, Director of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University and two producers with experience "on the ground."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Genentically Modified Organisms Pro and Con

GMO's have generally been regarded as "frankenfoods" and portrayed in the media as environmentally dangerous. Some scientists, however, say many fears have no basis and are proven to be unfounded. This hour, we speak with James McWilliams, the author of "Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly" about his argument in favor of GMO's and how he thinks they could actually benefit the environment. Are our fears in "frankenfoods" unfounded? Should GMO's be clearly labeled?

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

The Iowa Lottery & Iowa Documentary Getting National Attention

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Lottery Vice President Mary Neubauer. Iowa Lottery players won a record $150.5 million dollars in the just ened fiscal year and figures show record sales for the lottery. Neubauer talks about the fiscal health of the lottery as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Later, producers of the Iowa documentary "A Little Salsa on the Prairie" discuss renewed popularity for the 2007 film that depicts a growing immigrant population in the central Iowa town of Perry.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Freaks of Nature

In an archived edition of our program, Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Iowa neuro-scientist Mark Blumberg about his book "Freaks of Nature." The book turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can help explain some of the deepest complexities of biology.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Hunting Decline

The number of hunters in Iowa is declining. The reasons are many and complicated. Fewer pheasants in the state, for instance, have meant fewer pheasant hunters. But, the overall result is less revenue for the state, declining funding for wildlife programs and, some say, a weaker connection to the land and nature. We talk about what's driving the trend and what it all means for the future. Guests include, Willie Suchy from the Iowa DNR, John Linquist with Pheasants Forever, John Quintas, Ventura Fire Chief and Andy Long from JAX Outdoor Gear in Ames.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

John Carlson & Kyle Munson

A view of the world through the eyes of the newspaper columnist. First up, an interview from last December with retiring Des Moines Register Columnist John Carlson. Carlson discusses his 31 years at the paper and how his best training ground for a career in journalism was time spent as a child at his father's filling station. Then a conversation with Kyle Munson who succeeded Carlson as the Des Moines Register columnist.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Archeological Dig Site Near Oakville & Paper-making

This hour we have an archive edition of our show. First, a conversation from last July about a new archeological dig site in southeast Iowa near Oakville. More than 100,000 artifacts have been uncovered there and they give clues about how people lived 1,700 years ago. Then, a conversation from last September with Timothy Barrett of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. We discuss the history of paper-making 1,300 years ago and how advances in the field landed Barrett a 2009 McArthur Fellowship award.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines has had the largest single year increase in recycling intake thanks to their Curb It! Program. This hour we take a look at efforts to recycle and manage waste around the state. Guest host Dean Borg speaks with one of the organizers for the 3rd annual 20 ton rummage sale held in Iowa City.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Iowa's prison population

The latest figures show that Iowa's prison population has grown over the past year, after three years of declines. Statistics also show that a significant percentage (16%) of inmates in Iowa prisons have a serious mental illness. And, the population of women inmates is growing. What does all of this mean for those inside Iowa's prisons, both the employees and the inmates? We'll talk with Corrections Director John Baldwin, State Senator Bob Dvorsky, a correctional officer and a former inmate to find out.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Iowa's biodiversity

Iowa is one of the most transformed landscapes in the country. We talk about what that transformation has meant for the state's biodiversity. We'll hear about efforts to preserve the varied genetic material in both domesticated and wild, plant and animal species. Guests include Shanyn Siegel and Tom Wahlberg from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Bruce Ehrsman from the Iowa DNR and Tom Rosburg from Drake University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Iowa's Environment

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the newly appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 which includes Iowa. Then the Director of Iowa's Department of Natural Resources, Rich Leopold joins us. We'll talk about a recent state audit which shows the agency is not enforcing more than a dozen state laws.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Guest host Jeff Schmidt discusses the minor leauge baseball atmosphere in Iowa with Iowa Cubs owner Michael Gartner and Cedar Rapids Kernels General Manager Jack Roeder.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Health Care Overhaul and Changes for the Banking Industry

Host Ben Kieffer examines the latest overhaul efforts passed by Congress on the health care and financial fronts and what it means for Iowa. Ben talks with the AARP's State Governmental Relations Representative JoAnn Lamphere who is in Iowa to discuss health care changes. Later, Iowa Bankers Association President and CEO John Sorenson discusses his concerns with the just-passed Financial Regulatory Reform Bill.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Juvenile Lifers

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional to put juveniles in prison for life - without the possibility of parole for crimes other than murder. Seven Iowa cases will potentially be impacted by that decision. We’ll talk about what happens to these seven inmates… how the court ruling could change sentencing in Iowa… and whether minors should be treated differently than adult offenders. Guests include Kevin Cmelik from the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Brenda Bash a counselor/advocate for Polk County Crisis and Advocacy and Randall Wilson from the ACLU of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Arne Duncan and Russell Osgood

Guest host Alex Heuer interviews U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a discussion about teacher jobs, Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind. Then, a conversation with the retiring President of Grinnell College, Russell Osgood. What has changed on Grinnell's campus since 1998? This plus tuition affordability and financial aid reform.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

CopShock & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made it easier for veterans to receive benefits after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But who else is affected by PTSD? We speak with Allen Kates, author of "CopShock, Surviving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" during a discussion about how the disorder affects more than just military servicemen and women and investigate how it affects policemen and women and emergency first responders.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Technology on the Brain

A recent Iowa State University study suggests that some kinds of technology contribute to attention problems in children, specifically television and video games. What is technology doing to our brains? Is the internet changing how we process information? Does it affect how well we pay attention? We speak with Iowa State University Associate Professor Douglas Gentile about his findings along with Nicholas Carr, author of "The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Proclaiming Disaster

With a third of Iowa's counties proclaimed disaster areas after being ravaged by severe storms and rain, we take a look at state disaster proclamations. What do they mean and how do they effect the populous living in them? Guest host Alex Heuer speaks with Iowa's Administrator of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Coordinator from Warren county. Then, a discussion of price-gouging in the wake of severe weather.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Homeless in Iowa

Last year there was a 38 percent increase in Iowa's homeless population bringing the state to over 23,000 people without shelter. We hear the story of one young man fighting to get back on his feet and speak with representatives from the YMCA of Greater Des Moines to talk about plans for a $243,000 grant to help Iowa’s homeless.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Drugs, Inc.

We investigate the most abused drugs in our society - cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin and how they affect the lives of their abusers. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Dr. Greg Scott who will be featured in an upcoming National Geographic Channel mini-series, Drugs, Inc. and Gary Kendell from the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy.

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