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An octopus in a parking garage and the case for climate resilience

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

From fire to flood, heat waves to melting glaciers, and even sea life stranded in parking garages, Americans are seeing the face of climate breakdown – and must learn how to manage this breakdown.

Best-selling author and climate law expert Rob Verchick examines the impact of climate change and makes the case for "climate resilience" in his new book The Octopus in the Parking Garage. Verchick is a leading climate law scholar who designed and implemented climate-resilience policies in the Obama administration. He will speak as a part of the University of Iowa Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative on Feb. 23.

Then, we revisit a conversation with Betsy Mayotte. Mayotte joins the program to discuss different options for student loan repayment and forgiveness.

The third segment of this program was originally produced in July 2023.


  • Rob Verchick, author and Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans
  • Betsy Mayotte, president, founder, The Institute of Student Loan Advisors
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.
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio