RAGBRAI Shocker And The Trade War With China

Oct 18, 2019

On Tuesday, four officials of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – that’s the entire RAGBRAI staff - announced their resignations from RAGBRAI, and announced they’re starting a new ride called Iowa’s Ride. This bike tour will take place the same week RAGBRAI is scheduled in the summer of 2020.

The move stems from a rift over the Des Moines Register’s handling of the Carson King story. It was the Register's article about Carson King sending racially insensitive tweets as a teenager, and the Register was widely criticized for its handling of that situation. RAGBRAI officials who resigned said after getting criticism on the Carson King affair they wanted to show they were not connected to the decision to run the Register’s story, but were not allowed to.

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer asked Kyle Munson, former Iowa Columnist for the Des Moines Register, to weigh in on this week’s RAGBRAI shocker.  

*Kyle Munson is no longer employed by the Register*

In the agriculture sector, the trade war with China and ethanol production have been making news in recent days. Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer joins the conversation to let us know the latest developments.

Guests include:

Kyle Munson, former Iowa columnist for the Des Moines Register

Amy Mayer, agriculture reporter for Iowa Public Radio

Gabriela Roman, Iowa Writer's Program