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What's gender got to do with today's politics?

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Discussions around gender and women's rights have had a large uptick in state legislatures and among the nation's leaders.

On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks one-on-one with political scientist Karen Kedrowski about how gender is working its way into political debates on local, state and national levels.

We also talk about the ongoing debate on the federal budget and debt ceiling between President Joe Biden, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the House Freedom Caucus, and recent divisions within the GOP regarding the nation's support for Ukraine.


  • Karen Kedrowski, professor of politics, director of Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.