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The First African-American Woman in Space Visits with 4H at the Iowa State Fair

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Dr. Mae Jemison at the Iowa State Fair

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman admitted into NASA's astronaut training program, and the first African-American woman in space. She visited the Iowa State Fair earlier this week. He also checks in with astrophysicist Jasper Halekas, co-investigator of the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA, about the mission's spacecraft that is flying around the sun.

In the second half of this episode, Kieffer talks with Dr. Georgina Aldridge, an associate staff member and reserach fellow at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Joel Geerling, an assistant professor of neurology at the UIHC, about new research on dementia.

An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and someone develops the disease every 65 seconds. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River