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Ban on gender-affirming care heads to Gov. Reynolds' desk

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Bills that target transgender youth and the governor's 1,500-page government reorganization billmoved forward at the Statehouse this week.

On this Newsbuzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter Robin Opsahl to discuss the latest updates from the Legislature, including a ban on all gender-afforming medical care passed by lawmakers.

Also, the Des Moines Register's chief politics reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel talks about the latest Iowa Poll which shows former President Donald Trump's grasp on Iowa Republicans slipping and The Gazette's Vanessa Miller shares her reporting on a University of Iowa discrimination suit which ended in a $4.2 million settlement.

To finish up the hour, "What Dennis Found in the Basement" is back with audio from a 1960s interview of famed Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut from when he lived in Iowa City, and Studio One host Mark Simmet helps listeners groove into the weekend.


  • Robin Opsahl, legislative and politics reporter, Iowa Capital Dispatch
  • Brianne Pfannenstiel, chief politics reporter, The Des Moines Register
  • Vanessa Miller, high education reporter, The Gazette
  • Dennis Reese, retired midday host, Iowa Public Radio
  • Tim Walch, director emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  • Mark Simmet, IPR Studio One host
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.