energy en Air Quality Concerns: Are Coal Plants to Blame? <p>For decades, U.S. climate change policy has amounted to, "Do as I say, not as I do." However, this week President Obama announced its boldest step yet to reduce carbon emissions. The President wants to reduce carbon emission from power plants by 30% by the year 2030.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, what these guidelines mean for Iowa.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:22:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41778 at Air Quality Concerns: Are Coal Plants to Blame? Propane Prices Hit Rural Towns Hardest <p>Low propane supplies in the Midwest have driven up the cost of the fuel used by many rural families to heat their homes and businesses—to the point where Senator Chuck Grassley has requested an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.</p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren traveled to an area in Central Iowa that depends on propane, and came back with this story.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 35595 at Propane Prices Hit Rural Towns Hardest The 'Core' of Iowa Education <p>In the first half of this program, host Ben Kieffer talks with two members of the new Iowa Department of Education&nbsp;commission&nbsp;charged with strengthening the core curriculum. &nbsp;Guests are D.T. Magee, the&nbsp;Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, and&nbsp;Tom Downs, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of School Boards.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the second half, hear about new attention given to sexual assault, doubling of propane prices, and what is behind the latest cold weather.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:34:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35232 at The 'Core' of Iowa Education E85 Popularity up in Iowa. <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iowa’s ultra-high ethonal, E-85, fuel pumps are increasingly popular.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:53:12 +0000 Dean Borg 28056 at E85 Popularity up in Iowa. Iowa Business Beat: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Energy Markets Heat Up <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">This week Clay and Sarah discuss the state's unemployment rate which is largely unchanged for June. They also discuss an issue Sarah is reporting on regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline and its impact on the country if its built or not.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:41:33 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 24394 at Iowa Business Beat: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Energy Markets Heat Up Politics Day <p>U.S. senators of both parties are directing outrage at top IRS officials over not being informed earlier about the tax agency’s work to target conservatives, and they’re demanding answers. Today on River to River, it’s politics day. Host Ben Kieffer sits down with our analysts, Tim Hagle, of the University of Iowa, and Chris Larimer, of the University of Northern Iowa, to find out what questions are being asked, why it matters, and how much of what we’re seeing is simply political grandstanding.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:31:43 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 21196 at Politics Day Nuclear Energy Expansion in Iowa <p>A controversial bill to clear the way for a new nuclear power plant passed the Iowa House last year and might be considered in the Iowa Senate. Join host Joyce Russell as she talks with the President of Mid-American Energy, key state lawmakers, and representatives of interest groups who oppose the bill.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 169 at