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October 14, 2019
President Trump announced that the United States will be pulling troops from Syria and plans to impose sanctions on Turkey this week in response to the nation's military actions against neighboring Syria. On this segment of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by University of Northern Iowa Assistant Professor Evan Renfro, to examine what lead to this conflict and offers analysis on the United States' responses.
October 14, 2019
Providing permanent, stable housing without requirements such as sobriety or employment has become a growing priority for organizations working with individuals struggling with addiction. This philosophy, known broadly as "housing first" functions on the idea that housing is a human right, and it's growing in popularity here in Iowa. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with housing and harm reduction experts to get a better idea of how housing first projects can support
October 11, 2019
In Waterloo, many employers, including the city, will soon be barred from asking job applicants about their criminal records until the end of the hiring process. This comes after a “ban the box” hiring ordinance won narrow approval from Wateroo’s City Council earlier this week.
October 9, 2019
This program originally aired on April 18, 2019 On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer looks back on past conversations with presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Then, we hear highlights from a Q&A session with Kearns Goodwin at Hancher Auditorium after her Spring 2019 Levitt lecture about leadership in turbulent times. KIEFFER: What can you tell us about the leadership qualities that Iowans should be looking for during this caucus
October 8, 2019
This program originally aired on April 02, 2019. In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down a unanimous ruling in the case of Varnum v. Brien, making Iowa the third state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. On this episode of River to River , a look back at the historic decision 10 years later. Guests: Camilla Taylor, director of constitutional litigation for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal Sharon Melheiro, founder of One Iowa Matt McCoy, former Iowa State Senator Iowa
October 7, 2019
This program originally aired on March 19, 2019. As the country prepares to celebrate the c entennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which set the stage for women gaining the right to vote, s cholar Sally Roesch Wagner is marking the anniversary by editing "The Women's Suffragette Movement." The anthology highlights the work of women who led the national campaign for voting rights. Wagner joins River to River host Ben Kieffer to discuss the collection of writings and the
September 27, 2019
Carson King, 24, has raised over $1 million for charity and a wave of controversy after going viral with a sign requesting beer money at the Cyclone-Hawkeye game on Sept. 14. Media Ethicist and Iowa State University Professor Michael Bugega joins this 'News Buzz' edition of River to River to give his perspective on the investigation of Carson's past tweets by The Des Moines Register and the following backlash. Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford of Drake University talks with host Ben
September 26, 2019
Trade tariffs on imported goods are impacting the bottom lines of many Iowa businesses, and may even drive some to change their ticket prices and the products they offer.
September 25, 2019
In this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Rachel Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University and Chris Larimer, professor of political science at University of Northern Iowa about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The move comes after a whistleblower reported concerns about a phone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. They also discuss Greta
September 24, 2019
In this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer speaks with Anthony Gaughan, professor of Law at Drake University and Paul Gowder, professor of Law at the University of Iowa, about the most significant civil and criminal cases before our nation’s highest court. The major themes in cases to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for the fall term are sex discrimination, 2nd amendment gun rights, the separation of church and state and much more. The new term begins October 7, 2019. GUESTS:
September 23, 2019
Untreated sleep apnea can be devastating for health over a long period of time, according to Neurologist and Director of the University of Iowa Sleep Disorders Center Eric Dyken. Dyken joins host Ben Kieffer to give advice to people experiencing sleep problems and explain both the potential dangers of and treatments for sleep apnea. Susan Zollo shares the story of her son, Mark, who died at age 51 last year of a massive cardiovascular event. Zollo says obstructive sleep apnea was a significant
September 17, 2019
River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.
September 17, 2019
River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.
September 17, 2019
River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.
September 17, 2019
This program originally aired on 2-6-18 In two out the past five presidential elections, the candidate who became president was not the one most Americans voted for. In this River to River program, host Ben Kieffer explores why our founding fathers created the Electoral College to elect presidents instead of relying on the popular vote. Guests are presidential historian Tim Walch and University of Iowa political scientist Cary Covington. They examine the historical rationale behind the Electoral
September 16, 2019
China will exclude U.S. soybeans and pork from its latest round of tariffs, yet many Iowa farmers are concerned as the trade dispute continues to impact their bottom lines. David Differding and his wife Susan own Timeless Prairie Orchard, a small apple farm in Winthrop, Iowa. He says his business has lost tens of thousands of dollars as rising tariffs lead large-scale apple producers in Washington to flood the market with the lower priced produce they're unable to export. Differding says farmers
September 13, 2019
The Iowa National Guard has been added to a congressional investigation involving President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort. Des Moines Register investigative reporter, Jason Clayworth reports that "It's one of at least four seperate military stays at the resort that are being investigated by the House Oversight Committee to determine whether Trump improperly gained from U.S. military lodging at his properties." You can read Clayworth's full story here . Also on this News Buzz edition of River
September 12, 2019
On Tuesday September 10, Van Jones spoke at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City. Jones is a news commentator, an advocate for social justice and New York Times bestselling author. He also served as President Barack Obama's special advisor for green jobs. Jones is also the President and Founder of Dream Corp., a justice incubator with the overarching goal of closing prison doors and opening doors of opportunity. His talk at Hancher was sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law as part of the
September 11, 2019
On this Politics Day edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer speaks with Dennis Goldford, professor of Political Science at Drake University, and Sara Mitchel, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, about the latest national and interantional news in politics. Topics nclude reactions to North Carolina's special election, the resignation of former National Security Advisor John Bolton, the failed Taliban summit at Camp David and reflections on the changes
September 10, 2019
Iowa State University has been undergoing several changes this fall, including the development of new mobile app safety technology. "One of our new tools that we have in place is something called the ISU Guardian App," said Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen. "It's an app that provides a full contact list of emergency and non-emergency personal and push notifications about campus activity and crime. And certainly there is a button that links the student directly to a nine eleven
September 10, 2019
Following the resignation of former National Security Advisor John Bolton, experts on foreign policy found themselves recounting President Donald Trump's foreign policy record. "There has always been an essential tension between the person of Donald Trump, his instincts on foreign policy and the Washington environment and the Republican party environment." Said Nikolas Gvosdev, Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. "The President ran as a candidate against many
September 9, 2019
A community college in western Iowa is reaching out to countries around the world and bringing international students to the area. Terry Murrell is the president of Western Iowa Tech Community College. He says the school is the only one in North America where South Korea sends students. "We’re kind of the Harvard of South Korea, if you will, so if you go to any of the schools in South Korea, the hardest shirt to get is a Western Iowa Tech shirt over Harvard and some of the other schools." This
September 9, 2019
Satisfaction with your home can depend on its size compared to your neighbors' homes, according to new Iowa State University research. Dan Kuhlmann, assistant professor of community and regional planning, found that people are more likely to be dissatisfied with their house if it is smaller than their neighbors'. "If you live in a relatively small house, controlling for, again, all the other things that we might expect effect satisfaction, that seems to increase the likelyhood that you're
September 6, 2019
As Hurricane Dorian rages over North Carolina's coast today after tearing through the Caribbean, a University of Iowa researcher is dedicated to finding the most efficient methods of transporting relief supplies to areas in need. Ann Campbell, University of Iowa professor of management sciences, has focused her research on transportation logistics in the hopes of more effectively distributing humanitarian aid during times of natural disaster. Later on this edition of 'news buzz', a range of
September 5, 2019
House Democrats passed gun background legislation in February and are expected to vote on more bills next week when members of Congress return to Washington after a six-week recess. On this "Politics Day" edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Cary Covington and Jeff Taylor about President Trump's response to Hurricane Dorian and changes to the democratic caucus as well as other top political headlines of the week. Also, we continue our “ Home State View ”
September 5, 2019
Since the late 1970s, the Iowa Labor History Oral Project has been collecting interviews from the working class across Iowa. They are collecting history from the ground up, as opposed to leaders or people with power. "We have access to new kinds of sources, including those of the Iowa Labor History Oral Project, that enable us to get at the experience of ordinary people, of everyday working people," said Shelton Stromquist, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Iowa, "whose work
September 3, 2019
This program originally aired on 7-9-14. Chief Flight Attendant Jan Brown remembers the approximately forty minutes between engine failure and crash-landing with crystal clarity.
August 30, 2019
The Democratic National Committee is planning to reject Iowa's proposal of a virtual caucus over fear of potential hacking. Iowa's original plan for a virtual caucus would allow voters to caucus online instead of in person. "The offical decision hasn't been made so the DNC officials are recommending this." IPR Reporter Katarina Sosatric says. "It's likely that the virtual caucus plan as it stands is not going to happen." On this "news buzz" edition of River to River, a range of guests join host
August 30, 2019
A historic number of women are running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination. On this episode of River to River , Karen Kedrowski, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics at Iowa State University, joins Ben Kieffer to talk about how female candidates are working to stand out from the crowd. And as the presidential race kicks off, so has the race for Congress. Gazette Politics Reporter James Lynch and University of Northern Iowa politics professor Christopher
August 28, 2019
The G7 Summit brought together some of the world’s most powerful leaders to discuss the trade war in China, concerns over Iranian relations and climate change, creating ripples across the two-day affair in Biarritz, France.
August 27, 2019
On this edition of River to River, listeners will learn how a pair of Iowa brick-and-mortar retailers have been adjusting to the rise of e-commerce. These retailers are looking to emphasize services that online shopping cannot provide, such as experiences, entertainment options and advice on products. The latter portion of the show features a conversation with Economist Dave Swenson to help explain how the retail market is fairing from a numbers standpoint and what the future could look like for
August 26, 2019
Sudan has experienced widespread violence, economic collapse and protests for political change in recent months. As the political future of Sudan shifts, so does life for Iowa's large Sudanese population. This hour, host Ben Kieffer talks with Arab Americans about Sudan's path to civilian rule. Iowa City Councilwoman and Sudanese American Mazahir Salih experienced the conflict firsthand while visiting her home country this summer. She talks through the timeline of escalating events this summer,
August 26, 2019
Fifteen presidential candidates expressed their support for organized labor at a union leader conference this past week in Altoona. Iowa Public Radio state government reporter Katrina Sostaric says the Democratic presidential hopefuls are trying to regain ground with union member voters after Hillary Clinton won union households in 2016 by the smallest margin in the past three decades.
August 23, 2019
The University of Northern Iowa has been facing a series of challenges, including a decline in enrollment, freezing tuition costs and re-branding. On this segment of River to River , host Ben Kieffer spoke with UNI President Mark Nook about these challenges as well as the new renovations on the Cedar Falls campus and what he's most looking forward to for the 2019-20 academic year. Guest: Mark Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa
August 22, 2019
President Donald Trump expressed support for background checks in the days following two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and then appeared to walk back those statements this week. Did a meeting with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre change his mind? The President says no, clarifying that he still wants to "close loopholes," in the background check system. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science at Iowa State University and Rachel Caufield, professor of
August 21, 2019
River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen. Kieffer talks with Sally Mauk, host of Campaign Beat on Montana Public Radio about Bullock's rise in Montana politics, and changes she's seen in him now that he's on a
August 19, 2019
Two weeks after a mass shooting shook the nation, members of Iowa's Latino community share their reactions to the hate-fueled violence. The shooter, who killed 22 people in El Paso on August 3rd, told police he was specifically targeting Mexicans. Now, Latino Iowans are questioning their own safety. Father Guillermo Trevino lives in West Liberty, which is a majority Latino town in southeast Iowa. The day of the shootings, he was baptizizng a child with family in El Paso. He says he's witnessed
August 16, 2019
The Gazette's newest columnist, Lyz Lenz makes her Pints and Politics debut on the heels of releasing her book, God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss and Renewal in Middle America. In the discussion at Millstream Brewing in Amana, hosted by Gazette investigative reporter Erin Jordan, panelists take up topics ranging from the likelihood of meaningful gun control legislation to overtime pay for nurses at UIHC. Guests: Todd Dorman, editorial page editor for The Gazette Lyz Lenz, columnist for The
August 13, 2019
This program origionally aired 2-12-19. With social networks at our fingertips, it’s easy to feel like we’re more connected than ever before, but your constant scrolling, liking, and app downloading may actually decrease your quality of life. That’s according to “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World”, a new book by Georgetown computer scientist and author Cal Newport. In the book, Newport explores a new philosophy for technology use -- one where you focus your online time
August 13, 2019
This program origionally aired 3-4-19. The Iowa Cancer Registry's 2019 report shows new cases of most types of cancer are holding steady. Investigator Mary Charlton says the exception is cancers caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. “The report shows clearly that they’re all increasing at a fairly rapid rate, with the exception of cervical cancer. That’s only one that’s declining. And that’s because there’s a PAP test available. That’s a test that females can have that will detect the
August 9, 2019
On this "news buzz" edition of River to River , Donnelle Eller of the Des Moines Register offers an update on the impact of the China trade war on agriculture and farmers, Peggy Huppert of NAMI Iowa speaks about the stigma surrounding mass shootings and mental illness and IPR's Western Iowa Reporter Katie Peikes speaks about JD Scholten's announcement to run for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat. During the latter portion of the show, you'll hear from Quartz Reporter Jenni Avins give a
August 8, 2019
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission recently approved the final rules for betting on professional, college and fantasy sports contests. On Aug. 15 at noon, legal sports wagering will be allowed in-person and through a moblie app. On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with Wes Ehrecke, president and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association , and Jeff Lamberti, Commissioner of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commisson , to discuss what sports betting is, how it will work next week and
August 7, 2019
In 2018, Democrat J.D. Scholten came close to unseating long-time Republican Congressman Steve King in Iowa’s 4 th District. Now, Scholten says, he’ll try again in 2020. On this politics day edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Sara Mitchell of the University of Iowa about this race, the politics of gun violence, China's exit from the US Agriculture sector and other political headlines. Guests Include: Dennis
August 7, 2019
River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.
August 6, 2019
Vacation season is in full swing, and with that, we get a refresher on the most common misconceptions when traveling by plane. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with a variety of guests about upcoming changes in the world of traveling via airplane Specifically, what to do when going through Transportation Security Administration security, and how you can schedule your flight itinerary better. You'll also learn about the upcoming Real ID Policy , tips for navigating the
August 2, 2019
The former Iowa Department of Human Services Director, Jerry Foxhoven, is now filing a whistleblower claim against Gov. Kim Reynolds and the state of Iowa after being asked to resign this June. On this "news buzz" edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by IPR Central Iowa Reporter Grant Gerlock to weigh in on the proceedings. Gerlock says Foxhoven is saying that the governor's office was asking him to spend DHS money to pay the governor's deputy chief of staff. Foxhoven says he
July 31, 2019
River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.
July 30, 2019
Volunteer fire and EMT services in the state, specifically in Iowa's rural areas, are struggling. Emergency specialists are aging out and retiring and there are not enough people to replace them. In some areas, the call response time is 30 minutes, long enough for a home to burn down. Although there are private ambulance services in Iowa, there are some places where these services are no longer available because it isn't financially viable.
July 29, 2019
After a week-long journey from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River, Host Ben Kieffer ends his first-hand narration of the 2019 RAGBRAI bike tour. The final day of RAGBRAI led Kieffer 65 miles to Keokuk, concluding with a tire dip in the river.
July 29, 2019
The sixth day of the annual RAGBRAI bike ride takes host Ben Kieffer 71 miles from Fairfield through Salem to Burlington. As part of our limited-run Bike Shorts podcast series, He walks us through the details that make RAGBRAI unique, stopping to taste-test a dill pickle and pickle juice from a roadside vendor. Chad Ferris sells around a thousand pickles during RAGBRAI, which he says helps prevent and alleviate cramping thanks to the electrolytes in the juice. Along the trail, Kieffer also chats
July 26, 2019
Host Ben Kieffer continues his trek across Iowa on RAGBRAI. Thursday's ride took bikers 68 miles from Centerville to Fairfield. On this episode of the limited-run Bike Shorts podcast, Kieffer interviews several people about how adversity inspired their participation in the ride. Sisters Abbie Buscher and Ellie Larsen talk about biking to honor and remember their late mother. Larry Jewell shares how his goal to ride RAGBRAI got him through treatment for stage 4 cancer. We also meet a unicyclist
July 25, 2019
Host Ben Kieffer caputures day four of RAGBRAI as thousands of riders travel from Indianola to Centerville, which is the longest ride of the week. Kieffer also reflects on Tuesday afternoon, when two bikers crashed into each other coming down a steep hill into Indianola. Both riders were flown out to hospitals and were reported to be in critical condition. Kieffer talks with former Des Moines Register columnist, Kyle Munson, about past RAGBRAI accidents and the importance of understanding safe
July 24, 2019
Host Ben Kieffer takes us through his experiences on day three of RAGBRAI starting in Winterset, traveling through South Central Iowa, crossing over Interstate 35 to the eastern side of the state and finishing in Indianola.
July 24, 2019
This program originally aired on 04-04-19. During an extended stay in the intensive care unit of a hospital, it’s common for patients to experience delirium. They may begin to see or hear things that aren’t there, experience delusions, or suffer from extreme confusion. “It can be very distressing to family members and loved ones because it’s an acute and drastic change from someone’s normal cognitive baseline,” says Dr. Nick Butler, a geriatrician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
July 23, 2019
Host Ben Kieffer captures sounds and experiences on day two of RAGBRAI starting in Atlantic, passing hundreds of wind turbines along the Iowa countryside and finished with a pie-eating contest in Winterset. The fourth annual "Rhubarb Rumble" pie eating relay pits Team NPR (No Pie Refused) against the Des Moines Register . You'll hear from IPR's own Clay Masters, Kyle Munson and Courtney Crowder of the Des Moines Register , and of course, Scott Horsely (aka Fork Guy) of Team NPR.
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