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The World Comes to Iowa

Kasper Nybo

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was the most costly natural disaster in the history of the world and killed almost 16,000 people.  Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Daisuke Ogata, a Japanese college student visiting Des Moines for the summer, and Mary McCarthy of Drake University to discuss how this tragic event has changed U.S.-Japan relations.

Also, poet Chris Merrill of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program talks about writers from around the globe converging on Iowa in the coming weeks.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River