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RAGBRAI 2020 Canceled, Iowa's Economic Forecast And Working From Home Security Concerns

Simon Connellan
This year’s RAGBRAI has been called off due to coronavirus concerns, but the route and host towns will carry over for the 2021 race.";

The rash of coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking plants across the country is causing alarm. On this edition of River to River, IPR’s Amy Mayer explains Iowa’s meat packing challenges. 

Also in the program, host Ben Kieffer and guests discuss the latest economic data and what it means for the state, the digital security risks of working from home, canceling RAGBRAI for the first time in history and a new series of conversations tracking Iowans through this crisis. Today we meet Isha Kalia, a senior at Linn Mar High School.  


  • Amy Mayer, IPR reporter
  • Isha Kalia, Linn Mar High School senior
  • Dave Swenson, ISU associate scientist in economics
  • Dieter Drake, director of RAGBRAI
  • Matt Sieren, digital producer, IT manager  

Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River