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Under the Golden Dome: Shortfalls and Cuts 2/23/2018

2/23/2018
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During Gov. Kim Reynolds’ weekly press conference, she talks about the shooting in a Florida high school that killed 17 people. She reintroduces a Department of Homeland Security public campaign “If You Something, Say Something” as a result of the murders in Florida. Because the crime was committed with a gun, she is asked questions about what firearm control or expansion she supports in the Iowa legislature. She says she doesn’t want to comment right now on potential bills until they have...

Duration:00:42:02

Over 16 Years of War With Afghanistan

2/23/2018
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For this hour of River to River , host Ben Kieffer is joined for the hour by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll. His latest book is Directorate S. The book examines the CIAs role and America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Coll's account offers a fifteen-year narrative which opens on the eve of September 11, and it takes the story up to the present. Publishers Weekly calls Directorate S "perhaps the most comprehensive work to date on the U.S. War in Afghanistan." Coll says...

Duration:00:45:16

AAU High School Girls State Wrestling Championship Takes Over Wells Fargo This Weekend

2/23/2018
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The Iowa AAU is hosting its first ever high school girls state championship this weekend in Des Moines. During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe sits down with Jason Lloyd, Iowa AAU Women’s Wrestling Director and National AAU Women’s Co-Director for Women’s Wrestling. Lloyd says despite being the largest growing wrestling demographic, g irls may face opposition in pursuing the male-dominated sport. "There are those who don't believe the girls should be on the mat, but...

Duration:00:17:42

Author Dan O'Brien on the Importance of Great Plains Bison

2/23/2018
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Bison once roamed the plains in herds so thick they obscured the land. They were hunted nearly to extinction and now only live in controlled and managed herds. On this hour of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks about the history of the American bison and their relationship with humans with author, conservationist, and bison rancher Dan O'Brien, author of Great Plains Bison . "Their impact on the flora and fauna of the Great Plains is what makes the Great Plains what they are," O'Brien says....

Duration:00:30:40

Consuming Grim News 24/7 and the Importance of Bearing Witness

2/23/2018
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As NPR reporter Sarah McCammon headed to Florida to report on what would be the fourth mass shooting she's covered, she posted this to Twitter: @sarahmccammon - “Just boarded a flight to go cover a mass shooting - for the second time in less than 5 months (and of course there have been so many others in between). And on a day that's about celebrating love (and for Christians, a holy day).” McCammon says that when she sent that tweet, she was thinking about how commonplace these shooting have...

Duration:00:49:22

Democrats call GOP Tax Cut Bill “Catastrophic”

2/22/2018
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Republicans in the Iowa Senate Thursday put a tax cut bill on the fast track which would cost the state treasury a billion dollars a year. Business groups are generally excited about making Iowa’s tax climate more competitive. Democrats question how the state can afford the tax cuts without catastrophic effects on public services including education. Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) has been dreaming about this tax cut bill for a long time. “For 10 years I’ve been in the senate, and 10 years ago...

Duration:00:03:55

Identifying and Preventing Elder Abuse

2/21/2018
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With age and illness, taking care of necessary, day-to-day tasks can become impossible. Many elders who receive help are especially vulnerable to abuse from caretakers. On this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe chats with Celene Gogerty, Polk County Assistant Attorney, about what puts older adults at risk and how to prevent abuse. “Nationalized studies have indicated that 10% of elders will be abused,” Gogerty says. Still, only about 4% of elder abuse is reported. Abusers are motivated by...

Duration:00:48:14

Running As An Independent: Liberating But Tough

2/21/2018
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Northwest Iowa is one of the safest places for Republicans in the country. It's represented in the U.S. Congress by hardliner Steve King, who has a long history of controversial positions and comments. But David Johnson also represents part of northwest Iowa. And while King might look to the White House and see a kindred spirit, Johnson calls Donald Trump's rhetoric "misogynistic," "race-baiting," and "bigoted." David Johnson is a former dairy farmer who's been a senator in the state...

Duration:00:03:57

Iowans React to Trump's Proposed "Harvest Box"

2/20/2018
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One in eight Iowans struggle with hunger. One in six of those Iowans are children, according to the nonprofit organization Feeding Hunger. The Trump Administration has proposed replacing SNAP benefits with blue apron style food boxes, and calls for cutting food assistance for Iowans drastically in his proposed budget. During this hour of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with Ann Keimig of Des Moines about how the supplemental food and nutrition assistance program helped her as a...

Duration:00:45:24

Looking for New Recipes? Take A Peek at the New Cookbook 'The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen'

2/20/2018
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For the last decade Sean Sherman, also known as the Sioux Chef, has been on a mission to educate Midwesterners about indigenous food and the recipes of his ancestors. Sherman is Ogalala Lakota, and his new cookbook is called The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen. During this Talk of Iowa interview, he talks with host Charity Nebbe.

Duration:00:30:58

Darwin Day to Focus on Youth Action toward Climate Change

2/20/2018
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February 12 was the 209th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. To celebrate his contributions to science and humanity, Darwin Day will be recognized in Iowa City February 23-24 with a series of conversations about topics in science, education, and climate change. On this episode of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks to this year’s featured speakers to get a preview of Iowa City’s upcoming Darwin Day events. Joining the conversation are James...

Duration:00:48:40

School Violence Prevention in Iowa

2/19/2018
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The Iowa Senate will take up a bill requiring all school districts to work with local law enforcement and emergency personnel to develop safety plans for an active shooter situation. The bill advanced out of committee the day after a deadly school shooting in Florida last week. Manson Northwest Webster Community School District Superintendent Justin Daggett says his district has a protocol ready. "It is something that we are trained and prepared for and we pray to God that we never have to...

Duration:00:45:15

Theme Nights at the Symphony

2/19/2018
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Many symphony orchestras are branching out in an effort to attract new music fans. Even if someone has never been to a orchestra concert before, they might want to go to Harry Potter Night at the Des Moines Symphony or enjoy an evening of “A Night of Symphonic Rock” as interpreted by Orchestra Iowa. “I think it’s wonderful,” says Des Moines Symphony music director Joseph Giunta. “I think it’s a great way to expand audiences, and I think it’s a great way to stay in touch with your community.”...

Duration:00:30:56

4 Things to Consider Ahead of the Week at the Statehouse

2/19/2018
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Taxes are getting a lot of attention at the statehouse and there were a few controversial bills that fell by the wayside last week and some that are moving forward. IPR's Joyce Russell reports on the week at the capitol. Governor wants to cut income and small business taxes by $1.7 billion by 2023. The governor did not speak about the tax plan before releasing it last week. It would cut personal income tax rates by 23% and the top rate would only apply to those making $160,000 a year. House...

Duration:00:04:54

Long-Time Advocate and Disabled-Rights Fighter Dies

2/16/2018
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A long-time Iowa advocate and fighter for the rights of the disabled, Tom Walz, passed away this week. Walz was the director of the University of Iowa School of Social Work. He was also friend of the late Bill Sackter, and he established Wild Bill’s coffee shop on the UI campus. Sackter then became the proprietor of Wild Bill’s, allowing him to finally be independent, after having spent 44 years confined to the Fairibault MN State School for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. On this news buzz...

Duration:00:46:23

Ambassador Terry Branstad on U.S.-China Relations

2/16/2018
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On the eve of the Lunar New Year, River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad about a range of topics, including sanctions on North Korea, fentanyl regulation, and trade. "Iowa as an agriculture producing state has had significant success marketing our agriculture products in all of Asia, but in China in particular," Branstad says. The former governor of Iowa also discusses South China Sea territorial disputes, cyber security, censorship, and...

Duration:00:46:24

Caring for Orchids

2/16/2018
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Orchids are beautiful, fragile, and extremely popular. As appealing as they are, the idea of growing orchids can be a bit intimidating. Proper watering is key. Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens, recommends against ice cube irrigation. "If ice is always on the plant or if there's a lot of ice on the plant a lot of the time, that medium is never allowed to dry out completely," Steil says. It is important for orchids to get as dry as possible, without becoming bone dry, before...

Duration:00:49:22

Under the Golden Dome: Abortion and Death Penalty 2/16/2018

2/16/2018
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This is the final week for most bills to pass a committee and become eligible for debate in a chamber. It's known as "funnel week." Exceptions are for bills in appropriations, ways and means, government oversight, and administrative rules, which is why most budget bills are approved at the end of a session. On this show, we focus on two bills. One that passed and one that didn't pass through the senate judiciary committee. Both are among the most controversial bills that come before...

Duration:00:37:32

Photographer Mike Weber on the Iowa Music Scene

2/16/2018
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Photographer Mike Weber has been photographing Iowa musicians at live shows for the last eight years. During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks to Weber about his photography, the Iowa music scene, and his upcoming exhibit at Raygun in Cedar Rapids March 1-8. Weber is passionate about providing an accurate representation of Iowa’s music culture through his photography. He wants to see more photographers coming out to local shows. “Photography is like music or any other...

Duration:00:17:42

Nature Vs. Nurture: A Farmer’s Hand In Nutritional Values Hard To Measure

2/16/2018
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No matter how far fruits or vegetables travel, whether they’re grown organically or conventionally, they’re packed with vitamins, minerals and other necessary nutrients. The men and women in the fields try to grow foods with an eye to boosting the health factor, but researchers say it’s hard to measure the precise impact.

Duration:00:03:50

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