Ben Stanton en Iraq: "A Situation where there are Some Really Bad Choices" <p>The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, has made major advances and taken control of portions of Iraq where U.S. soldiers once fought.&nbsp; Three years after the U.S. military's role ended in Iraq, following a decade of conflict, Iraq has devolved into a sectarian conflict.&nbsp; Host Ben Stanton talks with Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College about how the U.S. should respond to the Iraqi crisis.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:40:42 +0000 Ben Stanton & Katherine Perkins 42425 at Iraq: "A Situation where there are Some Really Bad Choices" Growing Old and Dying in Prison <p>Today we listen back to a show, part of Iowa Public Radio's <a href="" target="_blank">corrections series</a> last summer, about what it is like to grow old and die in prison.</p><p>We hear from an offender who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars. Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old. We also tour a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:13:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Ben Stanton 42353 at Growing Old and Dying in Prison News Buzz: Sports Edition <p>The World Cup kicked off yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The USA team is slated to compete with Ghana on Monday (June 16). Here with us to preview the events is Tanya Keith, who has spent the last two decades avidly following the World Cup, quite literally, from country to country, as a super-fan. Tanya is from Des Moines, Iowa.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Tanya Keith, Author of <em>Passionate Soccer Love</em>, soccer fan, writer, Des Moines resident</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:19:22 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 42176 at News Buzz: Sports Edition Paula Poundstone Coming to Des Moines <p>Standup comedian, author, and <em>Wait Wait Don't Tell M</em>e panelist, Paula Poundstone, will be in Des Moines next Saturday, June 21st at Hoyt Sherman Place. She joins <em>River to River</em> to talk comedy style and 'tweeting' comedy.</p><blockquote><p>"The first time somebody showed me Twitter, I thought it was the stupidest, most ego-centric thing I've ever seen in my life," says Poundstone. "I still think that, it's just that I enjoy it very much."</p></blockquote><p><em>Showtime:&nbsp; 8:00PM / Tickets:&nbsp; $31 - $46 / Call:&nbsp; 515-244-0507</em></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:57:02 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 42177 at Paula Poundstone Coming to Des Moines Cheese Makers: FDA's Comments About Wooden Boards No Gouda <p>Earlier this week, <a href="" target="_blank">there was confusion about whether or not the FDA </a>would ban the practice of aging cheese on wooden boards. Cheesemakers were outraged at the claim that aging cheese on wood could be unsafe due to the bacteria that could grow on the porous wood.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:25:24 +0000 Ben Stanton & Lindsey Moon 42162 at Cheese Makers: FDA's Comments About Wooden Boards No Gouda Iowa Teacher's Invention Could Save Lives <p>Since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been <a href="" target="_blank">more than 70 shootings </a>in schools around the country. Just this week, there was another at Reynolds High School in Oregon. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:06:48 +0000 Ben Stanton & Lindsey Moon 42161 at Iowa Teacher's Invention Could Save Lives '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