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River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Experts weigh in on the latest political headlines, including mass shootings, abortion regulation and the Jan. 6 hearings.

Following the mass shooting at a Fourth of July Parade in Highland Park, IL, host Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Chris Larimer and Karen Kedrowski about how gun violence is impacting gun legislation in the United States.

They also unpack the far-reaching impacts of Roe v. Wade’s reversal. The Iowa Supreme Court recently denied Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds's request to revisit the 24-hour abortion waiting period. Plus, analysis of the Jan. 6 hearing and whether testimony about the attack will influence supporters of Donald Trump.


  • Chris Larimer, professor of Political Science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Karen Kedrowski, professor of Political Science, Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Natalie Dunlap is an award-winning digital producer and writer for Iowa Public Radio. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. Since 2024, Dunlap has worked with IPR's talk team to bring news and features to IPR's digital audience.