Special Edition of “Backtracks” to Feature Lawmakers’ Requests

Mar 13, 2015

Have you ever wondered which songs your state representative puts on repeat?

Iowa Public Radio’s Bob Dorr asked himself that question after State Representative Scott Ourth from Warren County reached out to him through social media.

“I am friends with a lot of people on Facebook, and I got a message from Rep. Ourth saying that he was a big fan of the show. It got me thinking about doing an hour of Backtracks picked out by state representatives. I’m giving Scott production credit, and he’s going to put the word out to all 100 representatives.”

Dorr describes the show as “anti-politics.” He’s hoping to show that we all have at least one thing in common: music.

For the record, Dorr describes Ourth’s musical tastes as “really hip.” In the past, he's requested "Mercenary Territory" by Little Feat and "Mainline Florida" by Eric Clapton.

A special legislative edition of Backtracks will air April 11 on Iowa Public Radio. 


Also a part of this hour on River to River: host Ben Kieffer talks with Dr. George Weiner of the University of Iowa's Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center about the 2015 Cancer in Iowa Report, then talks with BJ Franklin, who has worked with the family of Evelyn Miller since her murder 10 years ago. Martin Conrad, a fisheries biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, give us an update on the over harvesting of turtles in Iowa, and IPR's Clay Masters talks about Des Moines Water Work's decision to sue three Northwestern Iowa counties for the level of nitrates in the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers.