Katelyn Harrop

Talk Show Producer

Katelyn Harrop joined Iowa Public Radio as a talk show producer in 2018, where she works on IPR’s national-award winning programs River to River and Talk of Iowa.

Before heading to Iowa, Katelyn was the News Director at WRFI Community Radio in Ithaca, New York where she produced a daily news magazine program, designed and directed the station’s original morning talk show, and co-founded a hyperlocal investigative news exchange. She has also worked as a freelance reporter covering public policy and social movements for digital publications including Vice and ATTN.

Katelyn is a proud Oregonian, and when she’s not in the office you can probably find her scoping out the Midwest’s best live music acts or hiking in Iowa’s Driftless Area.


When a well-known and influential writer, actor, or filmmaker gets accused of inappropriate or even illegal behavior, what happens to their body of work? Has the art that was created lost its value? How should people who loved and were influenced by that art respond?

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Talking to kids about sex has long been a challenge for parents, and these conversations often focus solely on the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.


#MeToo continues to be a powerful conversation starter about power dynamics and gender roles, and phrases like "toxic masculinity" are becoming mainstream.

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, we hear from Bryant Smith, author of Manhood: The Missing Manual and talk about "the man box" and how to get outside of it. 


In July of 2018, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn, Iowa went out for a run and never came home. More than a month later, her body was found in a cornfield.

The murder suspect, a 24-year-old man, allegedly followed Mollie on her run, and when his sexual advances were rejected, he murdered her. 

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More than one high-profile politician, or worried mother, has voiced the concern that "it's a scary time to be a young man in America," post #MeToo. And it's true that the movement has left young men and women with a giant mess of ever-changing expectations to navigate when it comes to dating and negotiating sex. 

In this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo: how conversations between men are changing. 

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Since #MeToo went viral, there's been a growing conversation surrounding consent, and we see "yes means yes" winning over "no means no," as a way to ask about having sex. 

As interviewers, we know that asking yes or no questions doesn't always lead to the greatest conversation, so we wanted to talk about introducing a more open ended question like "what do you like?" 

Whether it brings you into a specific place, period, or just articulates that inexplicable feeling of home, a good book has a special ability to illicit the spirit and energy of a place unlike any other medium.

On this hour of Talk of Iowa, a look at books that evoke Iowa as a place and culture.

Host Charity Nebbe is joined by Adult Services Coordinator at Iowa City Public Library Maeve Clark, Adult Services Librarian at as Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque Mike May, and Professor of Librarianship at Drake University Bruce Gilbert.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, which includes the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. The trail stretches 3,700 miles from Wood River, Illinois to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and stands as  one of only two national historic trails that passes through Iowa.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Neal Bedlan, Chief of Interpretation of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Keith Bystrom, an Iowan who traveled the trail for 55 days after retiring  from Iowa State. 


Barriers to employment can be hard to overcome for the more than 368,000 Iowans who have a disability, but organizations like Disability Rights Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College are working to change that.

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Christine Hà, Winner of MasterChef season three, about her experience as a blind chef.

Hà lost her vision as an adult, and explains how adding certain accommodations to kitchens makes working in the food industry an option for everyone.

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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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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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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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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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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is locked in a tight race against businessman Fred Hubbell. Who will come out on top?

On this Politics Day edition of River to River, a look into Iowa’s dead heat race for the governor’s seat. Host Ben Kieffer is joined by Dave Andersen of Iowa State University and Rene Rocha of the University of Iowa, each offering their own analysis.

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Nine instances of anti-semitism were reported in Iowa in 2017, up from zero reports the year before, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit.


During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer reflects on the murder of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last weekend and checks in with Iowa’s Jewish community.


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Democratic State Representative Abby Finkenauer from Dubuque is running against incumbent Rod Blum in Iowa’s first congressional district. If elected, she could be the youngest woman in Congress. Iowa Public Radio’s Ben Kieffer spoke with her in advance of Tuesday's mid-term election.

During the interview, they talk about her priorities, medicare, her relationship with the media, and how she'll represent older voters in her district. 




Nicholas Johnson is a native Iowan and retired University of Iowa law professor who served two appointed positions under the Johnson administration, including a seven-year term as the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commissioner between in the late 60s and early 70s.


Johnson is also an accomplished editorial writer. In this segment of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Johnson about his latest collection of editorial writings called "Columns of Democracy."


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The Trump administration is considering redefining the definition of gender under some civil rights laws in a move that could rollback protections for transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people. This move threatens to legally invalidate their existence by narrowly defining gender as based on sex assignment at birth.




As a Grinnell English professor, Ralph Savarese has been connecting with students through literature for many years. As a father, he also discovered that literature and poetry was a way to connect with his son, David James Savarese, who is a poet and essayist. His son is also autistic and non-speaking.

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When should you start talking to kids about sexuality, consent, and safe relationships?


“Birth,” says professor Alison Oliver, who teaches courses on human sexuality in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa.

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This week, British economist Lawrence Haddad and physician David Nabarro received the World Food Prize at a ceremony in the Iowa State Capitol.


The Des Moines-based prize honors the pair’s use of research to show political and business leaders that improving pregnant mother and child nutrition is critical to economic health. This work has been credited with reducing the number of stunted children globally by 10 million between 2012 and 2017.


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In the new book Reagan: An American Journey, New York Times best-selling author Bob Spitz explores the life and legacy of President Ronald Reagan, from his early days as an Iowa-based sports broadcaster, to his years in the White House.

Spitz is an award-winning author of many works including bestselling biographies, Dearies: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child and The Beatles: The Biography.


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On this segment of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Dr. Chris Peters, a Coralville-based surgeon and Republican running to represent Iowa's 2nd congressional distrct.

Dr. Peters says the healthcare debate should focus on rising healthcare costs as opposed to issues with healthcare coverage. He also talks about where he agrees and disagrees with President Trump and defends his political credentials.

Also during this half hour, Dr. Peters defends his views on trade, tariffs, and immigration, and takes questions from callers.


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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 the upcoming miderm elections and the latest in the Reynolds-Hubbell gubernatorial race.

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

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President Trump used the bitter Kavanaugh battle to boost enthusiasm during his visit to Council Bluffs earlier this week, but which voters will actually be energized to turn out?


On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer discusses President Trump’s visit to Iowa with Iowa Public Radio reporter Clay Matters.


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Whether it’s a cocktail under city lights or a beer and darts in your local watering hole, it’s Friday night, and Talk of Iowa is ready to hit the town.

On this special Iowa After Dark episode of Talk of Iowa, we’re taking a look at nightlife across Iowa. We start in Des Moines' oldest gay bar, The Blazing Saddle, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this weekend, before hitting downtown Iowa City with the nation’s first Nighttime Mayor, Angela Winnike.


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Feel like braving the dark? Those who head outside after nightfall are sure to be rewarded with natural sights and sounds unlike anything available during daylight hours.


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With the changing leaves and the cooling temperatures, it’s time to start harvesting late season produce.

It can be difficult to know when to harvest crops like sweet potatoes and winter squash, but Iowa State University Horticulturist Ajay Nair recommends paying close attention to the recommended harvest dates when you plant. He also says it’s very important to prepare your produce for storage.

Red Earth Running Company


Red Earth Running Company is an athletic outfitter, local race sponsor, and Iowa-based company. But more than that, Red Earth Running Company may very well be the first business of its kind geared at supporting indigenous runners.

Dirk Whitebreast, a member of the Meskwaki Nation, created Red Earth Running Company after noticing a distinct lack of representation for indigenous identity in the national running community and in the outfitting and advertising materials that support the sport.

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People often choose to group up with others they relate to in gender, race, and other demographics; but research shows that increasing diversity and inclusion in workplace and educational settings can lead to more creative, productive outcomes.