River to River

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An update on the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa releases first proposal for new political boundaries and a look at which Iowa school districts have re-imposed mask mandates.
River to River host Ben Kieffer speaks with four Iowa journalists about the struggle to access public records and how city council meetings have changed during the pandemic.
An analysis of state and national news from political scientists Sara Mitchell of the University of Iowa and Jonathan Hassid of Iowa State University.
Ben Kieffer starts off the show with IPR's Grant Gerlock to give the latest news from a federal judge who decided to put the state's mask mandate ban on hold. Later, Dr. Eric Dyken discusses the latest news and research on sleep disorders.
The longtime host of Iowa Press talks about his work as Iowa's moderator and his tenuous position looking for both sides of the issues.
John Paluska had just arrived in New York City to start his freshman year of college in September, 2001. Soon after watching the World Trade Centers collapse, Paluska volunteered to search for survivors, clear debris and recover human remains.
There's a lot to win and a lot to lose this weekend in Ames as the Hawkeyes take on the Cyclones.
Host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Donna Hoffman and Chris Larimer of the University of Northern Iowa to talk about the top political stories from around the country.
Joel Bolger, a Coon Rapids native and University of Iowa College of Law graduate, recently retired as Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Bolger about his Iowa roots, his life as a judge and the logistics of
An update on the COVID-19 pandemic, the sentencing of the man convicted of killing Mollie Tibbetts and a new Waterloo literacy program from Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Ben Kieffer and his guests examine how flooding has impacted parts of northeastern Iowa and a conversation with Afghanistan veteran Major Justin Foote of Council Bluffs.
Republicans hit Biden hard over withdrawal from Afghanistan.
With the Cedar Rapids Gazette selling off its own printer, we sat down with the leaders of newspapers in Iowa Falls and Carroll to learn about how they are paving the way for Iowa journalism's future.
Tests show Des Moines' sewage is carrying twice as much coronavirus as it did two weeks ago and COVID-19 infections are up, schools are open and many Iowa parents want mask mandates.
The University of Northern Iowa President on the challenges of starting a new school year while COVID-19 infections are on the rise. Then how two Des Moines non-profit organizations prepare for Afghan refugees inbound for Iowa.
Host Ben Kieffer speaks with political scientists Rachel Caufield of Drake University and Jim McCormick of Iowa State University about the collapse of Afghanistan, and the U.S. House passing a $3.5 trillion budget plan.
Drug overdoses have soared during the pandemic to become the worst overdose crisis in U.S. history. Host Ben Kieffer hears personal stories of addiction and talks with representatives of organizations trying to prevent overdoses.
Ben Kieffer speaks to retired U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Franken and retired Army officer and military aviator Brian O’Keefe of Des Moines, IA.
COVID-19 Booster Shots. Another protester found not guilty. And the controversy surrounding an abortion sign funded by a left-wing super PAC.
Human-induced climate change is posing an ever-greater threat to our future. So what are we going to do about it?
Host Ben Kieffer speaks with political scientists Sara Mitchell of the University of Iowa and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College about the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban seizing control of the capital city of Kabul.
While the white, Hispanic population is in decline, non-white Hispanics made up a significant amount of new population growth.
Ben Kieffer speaks with specialists and pork producers regarding the state of California's Proposition 12 law that goes into affect on January 1. Then Iowan Shawn Vodenik shares his experiences from his deployment in the Middle East as part of
Back to school in the pandemic. New eviction moratorium in effect. The Field of Dreams: Buckle up for your Newsbuzz.
Human influence beginning in the 20th Century on to the present "unequivocally" warmed our planet. Without action, severe weather and increased temperature will only continue, according to the report.
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