Matthew Alvarez

Talk Show Producer
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On Tuesday, four officials of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – that’s the entire RAGBRAI staff - announced their resignations from RAGBRAI, and announced they’re starting a new ride called Iowa’s Ride. This bike tour will take place the same week RAGBRAI is scheduled in the summer of 2020.

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In this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer breaks down Tuesday's fourth presidential  debate with Jim McCormick, professor of political science at Iowa State University. The long debate consisted of Sen. Elizabeth Warren being the target of attacks from her opponents on issues like paying for healthcare, as well as standout moments from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Julian Castro.

They also discussed the impeachment inquiry, and the unfolding situation in the Middle East.  


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In this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer examines the historical roots of Latinos living in the heart of the country. Kieffer is joined by Rene Rocha, professor of political science at the University of Iowa,  to discuss migration and the Abolish ICE movement. 

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Bonded by their love for literature, both Wini and Sharelle Byars Moranville are related by marriage and they have two separate books being released during the month of October. 

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Wini Moranville and Sharelle Byars Moranville about their book and the stories of how these books came to be. 

Food writer Wini Moranville has studied the role of food, and how it plays in the lives of the March family in the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Wini says Little Women has been a beloved novel since it was first published in 1868 and she has now combined her passion for food, reading, and writing to publish The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family.

The idea for Wini’s book came about from watching, re-watching, and re-reading the novel throughout her life. Researching many Civil War cookbooks, Wini discovered old recipes of the Little Women era and updated them for today’s taste in food. 

One of the unique recipes from this era were pickled limes – a snack popular among the girls in the Little Women novel. Wini, however, did not include this popular treat in her cookbook.

“I could not make [pickled limes] taste good,” said Wini. “I did a playful take. I did pickle lime sugar cookies.” 

Sharelle Byars Moranville, has published her seventh novel: Surprise Lily. This book is written for middle-grade readers that explores the relationships between sisters, mother, daughters and secrets. Reflecting on her own childhood, Surprise Lily tells the story of modern farm kids. Sharelle felt that farm kids were underepresented in books, and she wanted to show young readers they're capable of anything no matter their background. 

Sharelle also speaks on her experience as a young scholar, her path to writing and overcoming the hardship to get her first novel published.


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With each passing day, it feels like we are learning more about the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events are increasingly common. These catastrophic events are also having a dramatic impact on our ecosystem and wildlife. 

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The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has now been documenting and preserving artifacts significant to Iowa's history for 60 years.

The OSA, which is based at the University of Iowa, employs 23 full-time archaeologists and historic preservation specialists in addition to many students and volunteers.

During an open house  in celebration of their 60th anniversay last Friday, IPR Producer Matt Alvarez stopped in for a tour from State Archaeologist John Doershuk. 

he honor was to mark King’s plans to donate more than $1 million to charity after his decision to display a hand-written sign before the Sept. 14 Iowa State-Iowa football game seeking money for beer prompted an overwhelming number of donations.
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Carson King, 24, has raised over $1 million for charity and a wave of controversy after going viral with a sign requesting beer money at the Cyclone-Hawkeye game on Sept. 14. Media Ethicist and Iowa State University Professor Michael Bugega joins this 'News Buzz' edition of River to River to give his perspective on the investigation of Carson's past tweets by The Des Moines Register and the following backlash. 

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Sometimes it feels like Iowa is the country’s best kept secret. Iowans tend to be pretty happy with the quality of life, and yet there are still only 3.1 million of us.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe explores the economic and social reasons that people decide on to move to Iowa. Liesl Eathington, an assistant scientist and Iowa Community Indicators Program Coordinator at Iowa State University, joins Charity for part four of our “Iowa Week: Is This Home?” series.

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In this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Anthony Gaughan, professor of Law at Drake University and Paul Gowder, professor of Law at the University of Iowa, about the most significant civil and criminal cases before our nation’s highest court.

The major themes in cases to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for the fall term are sex discrimination, 2nd amendment gun rights, the separation of church and state and much more.

The new term begins October 7, 2019.


Patterns of Migration In Iowa

Sep 23, 2019
Matthew Alvarez


Iowa is home to over 180 languages, and residents from across the world as a result of a range of migration waves. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, we explore the factors that draw people to Iowa as well as the challenges they may face here as part one of our "Iowa Week: Is This Home?" series.

Visit a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens with IPR Producer Matthew Alvarez, and hear the thoughts of new citizens about their ties to Iowa and thoughts about the state. Then, learn more about why we have the population in the state that we do. 

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A big dream is coming true for film lovers in Downtown Iowa City this week. For the last three years, people have watched the construction of the Chauncey building. This fifteen-story building will have a mixture of commercial and residential space, but what is on the first floor has film lovers excited. On Sept. 20, the new space for FilmScene, a non-profit cinema, and cultural organization will open its doors to the public. 

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What isn't being said about the lives of women in rural Kentucky?

Fueled by intuition, and inspired by time she spent filming present day life in rural Appalachia, pianist and composer Rachel Grimes set out to answer that question.