River to River

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

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.

Want to share an idea for a future show? Contact one of our producers:
Ben Kieffer: bkieffer@iowapublicradio.org
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Emily Woodbury: ewoodbury@iowapublicradio.org Twitter: @EmilyWoodbury
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River to River
3:24 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Budget Cuts and Mandatory Infant Screening

R. Love / flickr

Today, we speak with a mother whose tragic firsthand experience led her to push for a certain type of mandatory screening for newborns. We'll also talk with a pediatric cardiologist and a state senator pushing a bill requiring the screening.

And, as the sequester deadline arrives, we touch in with various agencies across the state to find out how budget cuts may affect them.

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River to River
2:54 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Climate Change's Effect On Animal Reproduction

ninadangelo / flickr

We know that climate change is dramatically and adversely affecting habitats of many endangered species, but it is also skewing the male-to-female ratio of certain animals. Today on River to River, we talk with two Iowa State researchers who study how climate change may halt the sexual reproduction of turtles, lizards and fish due to a lack of males.

Also, we sit down with Chris Brochu, an Associate Professor of Geology at University of Iowa to discuss recent research on the death of the dinosaurs that is making waves in paleontology.

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River to River
1:13 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Politics Day

President Obama broke the Republicans once on taxes – now he’s betting he’ll do it again on the sequester fight. Today it's Politics Day, and we look the strategies each camp is using to win over American public opinion and the possible outcomes. Also, a new Pew poll asks, which party is more out of touch? And, Michelle Obama’s charm offensive draws fire. What’s the role of the first lady anyway?

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River to River
11:31 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Searching For Life On Other Planets

A comparison of the Kepler-37 system's planets, to our moon and the planets in our solar system
NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

We now have evidence of hundreds of planets orbiting other stars – and that’s just in our little corner of the Milky Way. But are any of these planets Earth-like? Could they be …habitable?

Today on River to River, a conversation with astrophysicist Steve Kawaler of ISU.  He’s working with NASA’s Kepler Mission. We’ll talk about the mission’s amazing discoveries.

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River to River
2:36 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Prescription Drug Monitoring and Distracted Driving

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble

Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing substance abuse problems in the state. What are preventive measures doctors can take to keep these drugs from getting into the wrong hands? A bill that would mandate physicians check a database before prescribing certain medication to their patients is being discussed at the statehouse. Today on River to River, we talk about ways this could possibly help or get in the way of the patient/doctor relationship.

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River to River
2:50 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Team Rubicon and Regional EPA administrator Karl Brooks

Karl Brooks, the Environmental Protection Agency region 7’s administrator. Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations. Brooks says while the EPA can track carbon emissions, it’s difficult to measure how energy conversatio
John Pemble / IPR

When Veterans return from active duty, transitioning back to civilian life is challenging. Team Rubicon puts veterans back on the front lines, responding to disaster, and renewing their sense of purpose.

Today on "River to River" we speak with the founders of Team Rubicon, Jacob Wood and William McNulty. They will be at Grinnell College next week to receive the $100,000 Grinnell Prize.

We'll also talk to Regional EPA administrator Karl Brooks. We'll ask him about the President's renewed focus on climate change in his recent State of the Union address.
 

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River to River
2:38 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

The Future of Olympic Wrestling

simononly / flickr

The International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling as one of the core sports form the 2020 Games.  However, wrestling still has a chance; now the sport must apply for special inclusion, competing against several other events.

"River to River" speaks with wrestlers and coaches from around the state about what Olympic exclusion means for the sport, and the state of Iowa, which has a strong wrestling tradition.

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River to River
2:34 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Politics Day

It's Politics Day on "River to River". We touch on national and state issues, from the looming sequester to Linn County's casino plans. Political analysts, Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa, join our discussion.

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River to River
2:26 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

The Connection Between Narcissism And Envy

tschundler / flickr

Recently cyclist Lance Armstrong, the seven-time victor of the Tour de France, was stripped of his titles when he admitted to illegal doping. Today on River to River, we talk to organizations around Iowa who are partnered with Livestrong, a cancer foundation that Lance Armstrong founded. We ask them what comes next and whether Livestrong will continue to live strong in Iowa.

In the second half, we talk with Zlatan Krizan, an assistant professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, about his new research exploring the connection between narcissism and envy.

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River to River
2:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Medicaid Expansion

Michael Bousselot, Governor Terry Branstad’s advisor on health care law issues, at the Capitol's law library.
John Pemble

Putting more Iowans on Medicaid is the center of much conversation between the governor and key legislators right now.  But is it the best option?

Today on “River to River” we’ll discuss the state’s Medicaid system and explore the virtues and future of IowaCares—a limited Medicaid benefit program that’s set to expire this year.  We’ll also hear about a bill the will expand the state’s Medicaid program.

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River to River
2:18 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Boy Scouts Of America's Delayed Ruling & Fear And The Human Brain

USAG-Humphreys / flickr

Last week Zach Wahls was on River to River, praising the Boy Scouts' consideration of a policy that would allow gay scouts and scout leaders to join the organization....a decision that has since been delayed by the organization. Continuing our coverage of this issue, Patriots for Christ president, Craig Bergman, sits down with host Ben Kieffer to provide opposition to Wahls' argument.

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River to River
2:09 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

The End of the World

Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society Blogger / flickr

How will the world end and what can we do to prevent it? "River to River" talks with Paul Wapner, an expert in global environmental politics about the human suffering extreme climate change continues to cause.

Also University of Iowa astrophysicist Steve Spangler joins us to discuss the asteroid that will be whizzing by Earth—at a distance a bit too close for comfort—on Friday.  We’ll ask Spangler about the possibility of a massive asteroid destroying our planet in the near future.

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River to River
1:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Politics Day: State of the Union

DonkeyHotey / flickr

President Obama laid out a vision for the country in his State of the Union address last night.  River to River analyzes that vision and the political obstacles in the president's way.  Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa and Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University join the conversation.

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River to River
1:50 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Cultural and Educational Pushes in the Middle East

World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Two years after the Arab Spring, those living in the Middle East are still striving towards democratic governance. Our guest this hour tells us why education and cultural understanding are key to this development.

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River to River
1:59 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Campaign Finance

John Pemble

Remember those television ads that you just couldn’t escape during the last year’s election?  The majority of them were paid for by outside spending. Now here in Iowa some lawmakers are calling for independent groups to disclose their top donors. 

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River to River
2:49 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Being a Caregiver in Iowa

Lisa Davis with the resident cat at Trinity Center.
Credit IPR

All this week, IPR’s Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be a caregiver in Iowa.

We wrap up the series by having a discussion with a number of caregivers in our state about the challenges of care giving and their hopes for the future.

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River to River
5:22 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Franco-German Relations & Neanderthals

French ambassador for the United States, François Delattre
François Delattre / Official website

50 years ago the French and Germans signed the Élysée Treaty, which  ended centuries of hostile rivalry between the two nations, ushering in a new era of cooperation and friendship. Host Ben Kieffer discuss Franco-German relations in the 21st Century with French Ambassador to the United States François M. Delattre and German Ambassador to the United States Peter Ammon.

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River to River
1:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Politics Day: Drones & International Politics

US military drone plane in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.
Chris Devers / Flickr

Legal experts have expressed grave reservations about an Obama administration memo concluding that the United States can order the killing of American citizens believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida.On today's River to River we’ll talk about the drone controversy and other international political issues with analysts Jim McCormick of Iowa State University and David Skidmore of Drake University.

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River to River
12:14 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Zach Wahls on the Boy Scouts of America

Zach Wahls in his BSA uniform, speaking to reporters.
Zach Wahls / Facebook

Just last year BSA reaffirmed its policy that gay members and gay or lesbian leaders are prohibited from participation. However, now the BSA is considering revising that policy so that each local chapter can individually decide its policy on gay membership. Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, who is one of the national leaders encouraging the Boy Scouts to be more inclusive.

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River to River
1:10 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Education Reform from Teachers & Administrators

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble / IPR

Governor Branstad has laid out his plan for paying and promoting the state’s teachers. Last week we heard the Branstad administration’s pitch for the plan. This week, we’ll talk with school administrators and teacher representatives for their view. Our conversation legislative show is live from the state Capitol Law Library.


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River to River
12:40 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Monetary Fraud & Science Books

Author Margaret Wertheim
Margaret Wertheim

Last July the president of Peregrine Financial Group, Russell Wasendorf Sr., admitted to stealing millions of dollars from his firm. On the first half of today's River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks about the Wasendorf case and discovers the personal, financial, and societal impact of this type of monetary fraud.

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River to River
1:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Modern Extinct Animals

Giant sloth at the Museum of Natural History, University of Iowa
Susan Groppi / Flickr

We know great herds of bison once roamed Iowa. But did you know much farther back in time there were wholly mammoths, mastodons, and even giant sloths? Host Ben Kieffer talks with ISU's Bill Clark, who'll tell us about animals that disappeared from our state with the arrival of European settlers and how some species of bears, bobcats, and cougars are coming back.

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River to River
1:05 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Politics Day: Iowa's Open Senate Seat

Iowa state capitol
Tony Fischer / Flickr

The last time politicians had an open race for a Senate seat in Iowa, Paul McCartney & Wings were topping the charts with "Band on the Run" in 1974. On today's River to River we talk about the likely contenders for retiring Senator Tom Harkin's seat.

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River to River
1:14 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Adaptations of Iowa's Republicans: Grassley and King

Senator Chuck Grassley
Senator Chuck Grassley Official Website

Newly re-elected chair of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus says his party will have to adapt to “an era of permanent politics.” Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Steve King of Iowa’s 4th District.We ask about their stance on the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform as well as their goals as Republicans and as our elected representatives, at the start of President Obama's second presidential term. 

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River to River
1:07 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Education Reform from the Statehouse

Iowa's Capitol
John Pemble

Education reform is front and center at the statehouse. Iowa Public Radio's statehouse correspondent, Joyce Russell, talks with Governor Terry Branstad's Special Assistant on Education, Linda Fandel, in the first half of this session of River to River about the governor's plans for Iowa's schools this year.

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River to River
1:41 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Major Supreme Court Cases for 2013

Katie Harbath Flickr

Recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke in court for the first time in almost seven years.

Ben Kieffers talks with  Todd Pettys and Song Richardson, two faculty members from the University Of Iowa College of Law. They discuss key cases before nation’s highest court this year including the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, which bans same-sex marriage, and DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act.

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River to River
11:46 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Sense of Adventure: Sailing on the Pacific

Grant and Denise Stejskal
Grant and Denise Stejskal

This week Hy-Vee's retired chairman and CEO, Ric Jurgens, was honored by the Food Marketing Institute. On the first half of this River to River show, host Ben Kieffer listens back to his 2012 interview with Jurgens about the evolution of food shopping.

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River to River
1:23 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Politics Day

President Obama gave his second inaugural address this week, in which he outlined several goals for his coming term. Ben Keiffer breaks down the speech and talks about which goals are politically possible with Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa.

Then, discussion over the remarks made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Senate committee hearing on Benghazi and the recent House vote to extend the debt limit.


 

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River to River
1:08 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Mental Illness & Media Violence

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Center for American Progress / Flickr

Host Ben Kieffer talks with UI psychiatrist and professor of medicine Donald Black about his views on proposed changes in mental health policy as a potential remedy for reducing gun violence. Dr. Black is well known for studying various personality disorders. Also psychologist Craig Anderson of ISU tells us about research on the connections between virtual media violence and real life violence.

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River to River
1:21 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Reagan Presidency and Chip Duncan

President Ronald Reagan is one of the nation’s more influential presidents. He served as president during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Ben Kieffer talks with film maker and Iowa native Chip Duncan. He has a new public television documentary series on the Reagan presidency premiering in February. We discuss the successes, failures and influential decisions made by President Reagan during his eight years in office.

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