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Major Changes Coming to Iowa Caucuses in 2020

12/12/2017
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The so-called “Unity Commission” formed by the Democratic National Committee is recommending historic changes in the way Democrats conduct the Iowa Caucuses. The state party would be required to let people who cannot attend the neighborhood meetings on Caucus Night cast their presidential preference vote. "We've got to figure out what that process is," says Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. "Our goal is to make sure that with the changes we make to this we don't lose the spirit of our...

Duration: 00:03:43


Reza Aslan Talks About His New Book "God: A Human History"

12/8/2017
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UI Writer's Workshop graduate Reza Aslan has been writing and talking about God for most of his career. His newest book God: A Human History follows his last title Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth . "If we can learn to stop hoisting our own emotions upon God, I think we can pave the path for a much more peaceful religiosity," he says. During this Talk of Iowa conversation, he talks with host Charity Nebbe about why humans of all walks of life have developed their own...

Duration: 00:37:36


Iowa 1 of 13 States to Challenge California Egg Law

12/8/2017
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Iowa and 12 other states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that restricts eggs sold in the Golden State to come from hens that have room to extend their limbs. Missouri’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of the 13 states, including Iowa, which is the largest egg-producing state in the country. It’s the latest challenge to the California regulations. On this new buzz edition of River to River , Ben Kieffer talks about the lawsuit with Neil...

Duration: 00:38:12


Free Family Portraits Bring Joy to Iowans in Need

12/8/2017
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Cameras and smiles were flashing at a Cedar Rapids church Saturday as more than a thousand people filed in to get their photos taken. Parents and assistants were snapping, clapping, waving squeaky toys and stuffed animals, and talking about farts—anything to get stubborn kids to crack a smile. Valerie Jedlicka’s family was trying to wrangle two toddlers in matching red and black plaid. After her family’s photo session in a church classroom-turned-portrait studio, Jedlicka says she’s thankful...

Duration: 00:03:02


Should Cedar Rapids Remove Mural with Swastika from City Hall?

12/7/2017
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During the 1930s, there was a mural commissioned by a depression-era arts program in what was then a district courthouse. Today, that mural has been restored and is now on display in Cedar Rapids' city hall . During a recent city council election, that mural became the center of a conversation about what kinds of art are appropriate to display. Ashley Vanorny, who is city councilwoman–elect in Cedar Rapids, noticed a swastika hidden in that mural and mentioned that she thought it should be...

Duration: 00:37:23


Analysts Discuss Effects of President's Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

12/7/2017
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Today, President Trump announces his formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On this edition of River to River , Ben Kieffer asks political analysts about the president reversing nearly seven decades of resisting such policy. Joining the conversation: Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Dave Andersen of Iowa State University. They also talk about the tax overhaul, the possibility of a government shutdown, and the accusations of sexual harassment and assault involving...

Duration: 00:45:23


Everyday Virtues: Rethinking Classic Fairy Tales

12/6/2017
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Twenty years ago, Rick Autry was looking for fables to read with his young children. He wanted stories that taught lessons but without all the violence and sexism found in centuries old fairy tales. When he couldn't find what he was looking for he approached his father, author Jim Autry. The result is "Everyday Virtues: Classic Tales to Read with Kids." Over the twenty years since the idea first took hold, much has changed in childrens' lives. The Autrys have concerns about how much time...

Duration: 00:30:53


Is it a Family Heirloom or Clutter? Getting Things and Getting Rid of Them

12/5/2017
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Holiday season is about giving, but it also involves getting more things. Some people already feel overwhelmed with too many possessions. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with guests about decluttering, and about how to navigate the process of handing down heirlooms and other collections. We also cover the generational differences that might mean it's getting tougher for older adults downsizing to pass on their collections to their children. Associate Professor in...

Duration: 00:48:23


China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics

12/5/2017
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Russia’s relationship with China has strengthened in recent years following Moscow’s escalating tensions with the West after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. On this edition of River to River , Ben Kieffer talks with geopolitical scholar Sharyl Cross about the changing world order. "Both Moscow and Beijing share the position that they oppose what they perceive as U.S. hegemony in the international system. They believe that the United States needs to have a counterweight in terms of influencing...

Duration: 00:46:24


The Best Children's Books to Give in 2017

12/4/2017
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Finding just the right book for a child in your life and can be wonderful and challenging! Talk of Iowa is here to help. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Barb Stein of Prairie Lights Books and Sue Davis of River Lights Bookstore about the best new books to give children and teens this year. POETRY I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense by Chris Harris - A new collection of hilarious poetry. “Put this on the kitchen table. Start the day with a rhyme. If you like Shel Silverstein this...

Duration: 00:48:28


Iowan Peggy Whitson On Living in Space

12/4/2017
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On September 3, Iowan Peggy Whitson returned from her most recent mission to the International Space Station. She has spent a total of 665 days in space during three separate missions. That's more than any other woman worldwide and more than any other American. Whitson grew up in Beaconsfield where her parents farm, and she says she's still proud to be an Iowan. During this River to River conversation, she talks with host Ben Kieffer. She says during her most recent stay on the space...

Duration: 00:45:26


Pints and Politics: On Sexual Harrassment and Tax Reform

12/1/2017
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During this hour of River to River , it's a special Pints and Politics edition of the program, recorded before a live audience at CSPS in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, November 30. Todd Dorman, Lynda Waddington, James Lynch and Adam Sullivan of the Cedar Rapids Gazette join Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer and Erin Jordan, a reporter for the Gazette. With so many allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in the news, the panel discusses who should pay settlements with victims, how to hold...

Duration: 00:45:17


Combined Efforts Theatre Debuts New Production "Shellshocked"

12/1/2017
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The medical and mental health communities are doing their best to learn about and treat post traumatic stress disorder more effectively. Historically, the term "shell shocked" immediately comes to mind, and a new play by Combined Efforts Theatre in Iowa City raises some questions about the kinds of trauma that soldiers who fought in World War I experienced when the term was first introduced. Janet Schlapkohl is the founder of Combined Efforts Theatre and she is the writer and director of the...

Duration: 00:17:44


Caring for Christmas Trees and Holiday Plants

12/1/2017
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With the holiday season just around the corner, many living rooms will soon be filled with towering Christmas trees and holiday plants like poinsettias. Many Iowans have questions about how to care for these plants, and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh has advice for those who would like to keep their trees properly hydrated indoors. "Get it in water right away, even if you're not going to put it up," Vitosh says. "What I always tell people is if you put it up Sunday afternoon, before you...

Duration: 00:49:27


A Quick Crash Course Over Iowa Medicaid Developments

12/1/2017
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This week Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’s not backing down from yet another big change to Iowa’s privatized Medicaid. “I’ve never said it was perfect," Gov. Reynolds said on Tuesday. "I’m willing to put the time and the effort into making sure that Iowans get the care that they deserve in a managed and coordinated and more modern delivery system.” She says she’s “not going back” on how Iowa’s Medicaid is managed. Former Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad privatized Medicaid in...

Duration: 00:04:48


Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To

12/1/2017
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There are 2.2 billion Christians in the world, and there's a whole lot of diversity under the umbrella of that religion. Pastor Lillian Daniel, who lives in Dubuque and is senior pastor at First Congregational Church, is frustrated by the stereotypes that have developed about Christians and other people who attend church. "When you're an open minded and tolerant person, your worst fear is that you'll come off as intolerant," she says. "I find myself cringing when other members of the...

Duration: 00:30:57


Judge Vacancies Filling Up; Who Are the Judges and What Do They Do?

11/30/2017
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President Trump is rapidly reshaping the judiciary. On this River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with guests about how Republicans are systematically filling vacancies in the federal court system with young, conservative judges. Joining the conversation is former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa Kevin Techau and Todd Pettys of the University of Iowa College of Law. One reason these jobs are important is that once the judges are confirmed, they are lifetime appointments....

Duration: 00:45:21


Sexual Assault and Harassment in Politics

11/30/2017
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Should taxpayer-funded settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against members of Congress be made public? On this politics day edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Rachel Caulfield of Drake University and Tracy Osborn of the University of Iowa. Osborn says what's happening now is an indication of new attitudes. "It shows a cultural change," Osborn says. Osborn grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor. She says that...

Duration: 00:45:23


Rose Frantzen's "In the Face of Illusion" Raises Questions about How We See Ourselves & Others

11/29/2017
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Artist Rose Frantzen grew up in Maquoketa and started painting portraits when she was in high school. Since then, she’s gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings. She lives and works with her husband, Chuck Morris, an acclaimed artist of his own right. Iowa seems like an unlikely destination for two very successful artists who met in New York City’s Central Park, but Rose Frantzen and Chuck Morris have made Maquoketa their home, their workplace, and an artistic...

Duration: 00:49:24


Instead of Canned Goods, You Might Donate Cash to Your Local Food Bank

11/28/2017
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Around the holidays, there are a lot of organizations hosting food drives, collecting canned and non-perishable foods to send to food banks and pantries across the state. That's a worthy effort, and those donations are appreciated by food banks. But food banks want people to also consider that they have more purchasing power for a dollar than you do. During this segment of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Michelle Book, who is CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa. Book says her...

Duration: 00:17:43

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