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 focusing on the news, issues and events in our state. This national award-winning program goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems, and fosters conversation. On Mondays during the legislative session, join in conversations with lawmakers and those impacted by action at the Statehouse.  Wednesdays, political analysts from around the state help you dissect the week in politics.  Fridays we buzz through the week’s big news stories.

River to River is hosted by Ben Kieffer.  It’s produced by Emily Woodbury, @EmilyWoodbury, Lindsey Moon @lindseysmoon and Clare Roth @ClareAliceRoth.  Our Executive Producer is Katherine Perkins.  Our theme music is by The River Monks.

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Last year's legislation that decriminalized possession of cannabis oil for treatment of chronic epilepsy has not changed much for Iowa patients hoping to use the drug for treatment.

John Pemble

So-called conversion therapy seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian youth.

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A group of men were harassing a woman in Ames when bystander Cale Truhlsen of West Des Moines stepped in to try and stop it.    

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The Kepler mission has found thousands of potentially habitable planets. But how can we truly know if they sustain life?

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Iowa’s newest land trust aims to connect young farmers looking for land with farmers looking to retire.

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Political action committees (PACs) for presidential hopefuls are focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire - with some groups channeling up to 95% of their political donations to local politicians in the two states.

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Up until four years ago, Iowa felons were given back voting rights after finishing their prison sentences. 

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There’s a new music festival coming to Des Moines this summer.

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Gov. Branstad today gave his clearest signal to date that he is prepared to sign a gas tax increase into law. 

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With at least one million gallons of crude oil and ethanol passing through Iowa on a single freight train, derailments like the one last week a few miles from Dubuque are a major concern.

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The deadline to sign up for insurance under Iowa’s health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act is Sunday. 

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months. Jon Stewart says he’s leaving The Daily Show.

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Leaders around the globe are meeting in Minsk in an attempt to ease the fighting between pro-Moscow rebels and Ukrainian forces over ground in Eastern Ukraine. 

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Measles is on the rise in the U.S. More than 100 people nationwide have been diagnosed in January alone.

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Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter denies that there’s a political agenda behind a new proposed funding formula for Iowa's three state universities.

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The Iowa Department of Public Safety has proposed legislation that would make hand-held cell phone calls while driving illegal and would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

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What do you throw away? Do you think about it? Do you care?

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Earlier this week in the midst of a measles outbreak at Disneyland, Rand Paul stated that vaccinations should be voluntary.

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Thomas Frank, a cultural columnist for Salon, says that President Obama’s legacy might be more about what he didn’t do when he was in office.

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In parts of Afghanistan, some families without sons pick a daughter to dress and live as a boy - a practice known as bacha posh.

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Today Governor Terry Branstad announced the details of a bill to toughen penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.

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Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, former NFL place kicker Nate Kaeding talks with Ben Kieffer about how the league is handling the problem of domestic violence.

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While the Seahawks are fighting one showdown this weekend, many across the world have their eyes on a different bird battle: Horned Owls vs. Bald Eagles.

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Research conducted at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City VA Health Care System could one day cure diabetes.

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The Battle of the Bulge ended 70 years ago this month. Iowan George Dane was caught in the middle of it.

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The Koch brothers announced this week that they intend to spend $889 million in the 2016 presidential race, double the amount spent by the Republican National Committee in 2012.

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It's colorless, odorless, and more prevalent in Iowa than any other state. Radon gas is causing 400 deaths in Iowa every year.

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This weekend, pro-Moscow rebels - backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops - restarted the war in Eastern Ukraine. 

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Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers, leaving jobs in some of the most thriving industries unfilled.

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The connections seems simple: the more time you're on Facebook, the more your grades suffer. 

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