River to River on IPR News and Studio One 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 The Political Gap: Campaigning and Serving as a Woman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/political-gap-campaigning-and-serving-woman <p>Women currently make up 18.5 percent of the U.S. Congress. Yet Iowa is one of only two states that has never elected a woman to Congress nor had a female governor.</p><p>This hour, a look at the gender gap in politics – Why do women run for office less than their male counterparts? When they are in office, how do they govern?</p><p><em>Some highlights from today's guests:</em></p><p><strong>Three reasons for the gender gap in political ambition:</strong> from Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women &amp; Politics Institute and Professor of Government at American University</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:48 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 39166 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Political Gap: Campaigning and Serving as a Woman 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 Delivering Better and More Affordable Care to Emergency Room "Super-Users" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/delivering-better-and-more-affordable-care-emergency-room-super-users <p>Some Iowans visit hospital emergency rooms more than 15 times a year. They’re known as “frequent-flyers” or super-users of the ER. Today on <em>River to River</em>, how our system handles them.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:52:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 38928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Delivering Better and More Affordable Care to Emergency Room "Super-Users" 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 Understanding the Crimean Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/understanding-crimean-crisis <p>Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.&nbsp; This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.</p><p><a href="http://romanskaskiw.com/blog/">Roman Skaskiw</a> is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.&nbsp; He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Understanding the Crimean Crisis 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 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/night-falls-its-time-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 http://iowapublicradio.org 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton This Helmet Has a Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/helmet-has-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 http://iowapublicradio.org This Helmet Has a Brain Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-leads-nation-trend-toward-same-sex-marriage <p>In 2009, the Varnum decision made Iowa the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry.</p><p>Fast forward five years later, and 17 states now sanction same-sex marriage, several others allow civil unions, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled a federal same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at how public and political attitudes on same-sex marriage have shifted, as well as acknowledging the groups that have remained steadfast in their position.</p><p></p><p>The guests on today's program include:</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:54:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 38559 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage 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 Technology and Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/technology-and-health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1852609">new study</a> published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/dgentile/">Doug Gentile</a>, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38452 at http://iowapublicradio.org Technology and Health 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 Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/behind-numbers-your-hospital-bill <p>In the emergency room, the last thing you want to think about is what your bill is going to look like. But, weeks later you will receive a bill in the mail; and you might experience some sticker shock.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we seek to answer your hospital billing questions. Questions like: why does an aspirin cost upwards of $15, when I can get a generic bottle at the drug store at 2 cents a pop?</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:07:27 +0000 Emily Woodbury 38233 at http://iowapublicradio.org Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill 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' Honoring Veterans in Hospice http://iowapublicradio.org/post/honoring-veterans-hospice <p>Serving in the military changes one's perspective on life, but often it also alters the way they face death.&nbsp; Ben Kieffer speaks with Deborah Grassman, the CEO and co-founder of <a href="http://opuspeace.org/">Opus Peace</a>.&nbsp; Opus Peace&nbsp; is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people work through trauma.</p><p>Prior to Opus Peace, Grassman worked as a nurse practitioner for three decades at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was also the director of the VA's hospice program and personally took care of over 10,000 dying veterans.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38097 at http://iowapublicradio.org Honoring Veterans in Hospice Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-regulation-drones-iowa <p>"Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a huge increase in the sale of really simple UAV systems," says Rory Paul, CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, based in Chesterfield, Missouri.</p><p>With their ability to take high definition photo and video footage, UAVs (known as "unmanned aerial vehicles" or drones) bring up a number of security concerns, and they also have the potential to be put to good use. The Iowa legislature is currently considering ways to regulate these vehicles; so today on <em>River to River</em>, we analyze this legislation.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:36:10 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38043 at http://iowapublicradio.org Future Regulation of Drones in Iowa Iowa Statehouse Considers Legalizing Fireworks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-statehouse-considers-legalizing-fireworks <p>On the Fourth of July, Iowans may hear fireworks going off in their neighborhoods, but it is still illegal to buy and light large aerial fireworks in the state.</p><p>This legislative session, lawmakers at the Iowa Statehouse are considering whether to lift the ban on the sale and use of fireworks. State Representative Matt Windschitl and Al Esch, of the Iowa Firefighters Association, sound off with their opinions on the matter, along with <em>River to River</em> listeners.</p><p>------</p><p><strong>Do you feel strongly about whether fireworks should be legal in Iowa?</strong></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:14:21 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 38035 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Statehouse Considers Legalizing Fireworks News Buzz: Sports Edition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-sports-edition <p>March Madness has returned and several Iowa teams are doing well.&nbsp; Des Moines Register sports columnist <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryce_A_Miller">Bryce Miller</a> discusses this year's tournament.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:29:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37935 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Sports Edition News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones http://iowapublicradio.org/post/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 http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones Vinyl's Comeback & the Rise of Music Streaming http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vinyls-comeback-rise-music-streaming-0 <p>Today on River to River, we explore the continuing changes in the music industry...including the fact that more and more users are listening from large online libraries of music – like Rhapsody, Spotify, or Pandora – rather than purchasing individual songs or albums. We also discuss why vinyl records are making a comeback.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:28:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37838 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vinyl's Comeback & the Rise of Music Streaming Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/secrets-deals-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 http://iowapublicradio.org Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions CSI: Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/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 http://iowapublicradio.org CSI: Iowa Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-house-and-senate-consider-changes-hiv-law <p>In the last decade, society's understanding of HIV transmission has increased and medical technology has advanced; but in the 1990s, HIV was still a scary concept, and an Iowa law reflects that fear.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:52:49 +0000 Clay Masters & Emily Woodbury 37700 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law Murky Waters and Pi Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/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="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/iowa/release-detail?ReleaseID=2019">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/shri/pubs/pdf/Cancer_2014.pdf">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="http://thegazette.com/2014/03/10/iowa-launches-new-tourism-ad-campaign/">ad campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.piday.org/">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="http://www.sciowa.org/">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at http://iowapublicradio.org Murky Waters and Pi Day