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Iowa candidates spar on debate stage month before election

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The bombing of a bridge that connects Russia to Crimea led to an escalation of Russian aggression, including a barrage of missile assaults in civilian areas.

On this politics day, River to River host Ben Kieffer discusses the current state of the war in Ukraine with Iowa State University political science Professor Jonathan Hassid and University of Northern Iowa political science Professor Donna Hoffman. A month ahead of the 2022 midterm election, they also discuss Iowa candidates, a number of whom have appeared in recent debates.


  • Donna Hoffman, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jonathan Hassid, associate 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.