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Last October, the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry. Almost overnight, social media exploded with people sharing their stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment. During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, we hear from Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement. 

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A professor and alumna of Iowa Wesleyan University is donating half a million dollars to help keep the school open. The potentially transformational gift comes a little over a week after school leaders announced they're considering closing the school due to "significant financial challenges."

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 It’s early November and winter weather has arrived!

On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulture specialists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about preparing your yard and garden for winter. They talk covering the strawberries, prepping the roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry bunnies. Later in the hour, Jauron and Haynes answer listener questions.

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Ben Kieffer co-hosts this "Pints and Politics" edition of River to River with Gazette investigative reporter Erin Jordan. They ask panelists to discuss the latest in national and state politics, including analysis of the post-Midterm landscape, Trump's battle with the press, and a look at the Republican agenda in the Iowa legislature.

Panelists joining the discussion include Gazette columnists Todd Dorman, Lynda Waddington, Adam Sullivan, and Gazette reporter James Lynch.

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The Des Moines Symphony brings it all together with their 2018 “Yankee Doodle Pops” concert.

Iowa’s own internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Simon Estes thrills the crowd with musical favorites.

Governor Kim Reynolds narrates the Armed Forces Salute and the Oh Say, Can You Sing contest winner, Jennifer Senne, kicks off the show singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Join Iowa Public Radio as we honor the brave men and women who are serving or who have served and fought for our country.

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Farmers started forming co-ops nearly a century ago, primarily to get better prices for their crops. They pooled their resources, put up storage bins and gained leverage with buyers.


Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George won a Pulitzer Prize and 10 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. Brainchild James Lapine wrote the book.

Seurat’s masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte lays the groundwork for Sondheim’s musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Seurat’s new painting style and the simplicity of a Parisian Sunday afternoon magnified its popularity.

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91.7 KICG is off the air for tower maintenance today. It will likely be down for most of the day. This transmitter serves the Perry/Boone/Ames area. 

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On this special edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and producer Emily Woodbury join a hundred veterans living in eastern Iowa as they take a tour of our nation's capital as part of an honor flight trip.

Honor flights are conducted by non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting as many U.S. military veterans as possible to see war memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans. 

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Polls are closed, watch parties have ended, and "I Voted" stickers have been worn and discarded. But candidates in some Iowa legislative races are still waiting for final results in races that have turned out to be too close to call. Final ballot counts may not come in until next week.

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Just two years after gaining major party status for the first time, Iowa Libertarians have lost that status after failing to win at least 2 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s gubernatorial race.

Libertarian candidate Jake Porter received 1.6 percent of the vote.  He was polling at more than 6 percent a few weeks ago.

“And it just dropped down at the very end as people saw the race tightening between [Fred] Hubbell and [Kim] Reynolds,” he said.

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Former congressional candidate J.D. Scholten says he’s not sure what the future holds after he was beaten by Republican Congressman Steve King to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

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This year’s midterm election closed out a competitive campaign season with three women making history in Iowa.


On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer breaks down last night’s midterm results with University of Northern Iowa political science professors Donna Hoffman and Chris Larimer.


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Kevin "B.F." Burt, one of Iowa's favorite blues musicians, won the International Blues Challenge last year Since then, he's toured all across the country and has just released a new album featuring some heavy hitters from the nation's blues scene.

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When the new Congress convenes in January, the Democratic-controlled House could make big changes to the next farm bill. But farmers may have to wait a while for it.

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Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has been elected to her first full term in the job last night. She narrowly defeated Democrat Fred Hubbell by three percentage points. In the state legislature, Republicans retained control of both the Senate and the House. But Democrats had some highlights Tuesday night.  The party now holds three out of four U-S House districts in the state. IPR’s Clay Masters speaks with University of Northern Iowa Political Science Professor Chris Larimer about what the results might indicate about Iowa.

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Two of Iowa’s congressional incumbents won reelection Tuesday, though one of them ended up in a closer-than-usual race.  In the 4th District in northwest and north-central Iowa, Republican Steve King beat out Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten, 50 to 47 percent.  Libertarian Charles Aldrich got 2 percent of the vote. In his previous eight wins, King never received less than 53 percent of the vote.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds fended off a vigorous challenge from Democrat Fred Hubbell Tuesday to win her first election to the state’s highest office.   

Iowans generally elect their governors by wide margins.  Not so this year, with Reynolds defeating Fred Hubbell roughly 50 to 47 percent.  Hubbell was able to keep the race close by running up big vote totals in Iowa’s urban centers.  Reynolds won 88 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

In a raucous victory speech to supporters in Des Moines seconds after midnight, Reynolds said she’s proud to be Iowa’s first female governor.

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Democrat Cindy Axne joined a record-breaking number of women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night with her victory over two-term Republican Congressman David Young in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.

She told supporters in Des Moines she entered the race because she was frustrated with decisions being made in Washington D.C..

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Democrat Abby Finkenauer will be one of Iowa’s first two female representative in the U.S. House, beating out two-term incumbent Rod Blum in the 1st Congressional District that covers 20 counties in the state’s northeast corner.

80 years ago on November 9th and 10th in Germany, Nazis raided, torched, and vandalized Jewish synagogues, homes, businesses, and schools. The result was the death of over 100 Jews and over 30,000 Jewish men arrested and sent to concentration camps. While the Nazis had been oppressing the Jews for years, “The night of broken glass” or “Kristallnacht” marks the beginning of the violent oppression.

The 2018 elections could see the highest turnout for a midterm since the mid-1960s.  Like today, the mid-1960’s was a time of cultural and social upheaval.

In this edition of "River to River," host Ben Kieffer helps listeners travel back to historic midterms in American history with guests Presidential historian Tim Walch and University of Iowa political scientist Cary Covington.

They discuss why midterms have come to represent a referendum on the sitting president, and how midterms have shaped US presidents and their legacies.

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The Iowa secretary of state’s office says voter turnout has been robust so far today, and it’s possible Iowa could top its record of 1.13 million votes cast in a midterm election, set in 2014.  The state did set an early voting record for a midterm election: 529,000 votes cast. That’s about 57,000 more than in the 2014 midterm.  Secretary of State Paul Pate, who is running for reelection against Democrat Deidre DeJear, says both Republicans and Democrats had more early votes this year than in 2014.

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Iowa Wesleyan University may be closing its doors after 176 years due to "significant financial challenges". Without an immediate infusion of cash, this may be the small liberal arts college's last semester, leaving students, faculty and staff wondering: What’s next?

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Singer-songwriter Courtney Krause brought her ethereal sound and heartfelts songs to Studio One Underground in November. Backed by an all-star band of Des Moines musicians, and performing before an enthusiastic crowd at the Des Moines Social Club, we were treated to two amazing sets of songs from both of Courtney's albums. We also had a lot fun talking between songs, and our conversation touched on numerous subjects, including the first time Courtney heard one of her songs on IPR and a humorous incident at the 2016 80/35 Music Festival.

In early 2018, more than 150 women tentisifed at the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team physician who abused patients for more than 20 years. 

How did he get away with it for so long? And when did adults start taking his victims seriously? The new podcast "Believed" from Michigan Radio and NPR asks these very questions.

During this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with Kate Wells, co-host and producer of the podcast. Wells has been following Nassar's legal proceedings and the crimes he committed since 2016. 

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Illinois is poised to become the most expensive gubernatorial race in U.S. history, and controversial incumbent Governor Scott Walker could be on the outs in Wisconsin.


In this segment of River to River, we take a look at two races for the governor in our neighboring states. Host Ben Kieffer is joined by Brian Mackey, Statehouse Reporter for NPR Illinois and Shawn Johnson, Capitol Bureau Chief at Wisconsin Public Radio.


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A lawyer for at least one victim of an Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually exploited hundreds of players said Monday he wants a new class-action lawsuit to be a wake-up call for youth sports organizations.

The lawsuit alleges Barnstormers Basketball of Iowa and the overarching Amateur Athletic Union of the United States failed to protect young athletes. Former coach Greg Stephen recently pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting 400 boys over 12 years.

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Many people in western Iowa are among those throughout the state taking advantage of the last few days of early voting before Election Day.