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Checking in on Iowa's neighbors on the eve of the election

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

There is just one day before the 2022 midterm election that could reshape our nation’s politics.

On this episode of River to River, journalists from around the Midwest discuss how their concerns may be different than those of Iowa voters, which party is likely to hold power in those states, and how all that fits into national trends. In addition, Daniel Wheaton from The Midwest Newsroom discusses the odd 2022 debate participation in parts of the Midwest.


  • Daniel Wheaton | The Midwest Newsroom’sdata journalist based in Lincoln
  • Brian Bakst | political reporter with Minnesota Public Radio News
  • Shawn Johnson | Capitol bureau chief at Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Herb Trix | news director with WVIK in the Quad Cities NPR
  • Jason Rosenbaum | politics correspondent with St. Louis Public Radio

The Midwest Newsroom is an investigative journalism collaboration including IPRKCUR 89.3Nebraska Public Media NewsSt. Louis Public Radio and NPR.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
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.