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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Has the U.S. Supreme Court become a partisan institution? According to polls, many Americans think so.

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The Republican and Democratic parties dominate politics in our state and our country.

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One of the nation's best-known climate scientists is joining a lawsuit against the government to pressure for policies to address global warming.

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Would you fly in a plane without a pilot? How comfortable would you be with a plane remote-controlled from the ground?

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180 scientists from  38 Iowa colleges and universities signed this year’s Iowa Climate Statement 2014. Co-author Peter Thorne says this year’s report focuses on climate change’s effect on Iowans’ health.

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Government officials in Iran are sending one of their top food scientists to the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines next week. 

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Chief Flight Attendant Jan Brown remembers the approximately 40 minutes between engine failure and crash-landing with crystal clarity.

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take up any of the cases before them involving same-sex marriage.

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NPR political correspondent Don Gonyea has spent many years in Iowa, covering political races and the Iowa caucuses; but can he reach the status of "honorary Iowan?"

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On this segment of River to River, media political economist Robert McChesney has a bleak assessment of our new age of internet journalism.

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What is at the heart of the American dream?

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United States health officials say they are confident they can prevent the spread of Ebola in the U.S. after the first case was diagnosed in Texas this week.

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Kelley Page saw his e-cigarette store as the new chapter in his life. So it stung that much more when it was taken away because of his past.

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A lawsuit against Templeton Rye has received approval to proceed by the state attorney general’s office, but Founder Keith Kerkhoff says the allegations of the lawsuit are untrue. 

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If you inherited a deadly, incurable disease, would you want to know?

This week, Great Britain joined the United States and France in air strikes against ISIS in Iraq. 

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This month, the video game industry has found itself at the center of a dispute that's led to intense debate under the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate.

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Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack says the most recent military campaign ordered by President Obama in Syria requires congressional approval. 

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Republican Congressman Steve King says Jim Mowrer, a Democrat and Iraq war veteran who is running against him to represent Iowa’s Fourth District, owes him an apology.

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Iowa gained attention for the Supreme Court decision overturning a ban on same sex marriage. But the ruling was no surprise given the court's history.

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Today, there are four recognized strokes in competitive swimming. It wasn't always that way. 

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Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first significant hurdle for presidential hopefuls from both parties.

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Most of us have filled in those tiny rows of bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. But who creates standardized tests? Who tests them? And why do we have to use a No. 2 pencil in the first place?

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In our collective imagination, Iowa is often depicted as nothing but a flatland covered in corn. But is it really?

Jill Pruetz

Not many animals will use lethal aggression towards those in their own species, but two groups do - humans, and chimpanzees.

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"The honor of my race, family & self is at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will."

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Tiffany Allison breathed a sigh of relief when she learned her former attacker was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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A visiting Professor from Scotland says he's "terrified" about Scotland's vote on independence from the UK September 18th.

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ACLU attorney Ben Wizner says the history books will be kind to Edward Snowden; he will be remembered well.

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In 2007, Kristi Ruth nearly lost her arm in a farm accident. It’s just once example of the hazards of agricultural work.

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