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When School Resumes, Iowa Won't Require Face Masks

On this 'Newsbuzz' edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer gets a look at the guidelines just released by state education officials for school reopenings, followed by a conversation with an infectious disease specialist about the spread of the novel coronavirus and how the public can continue to protect themselves and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Also on the program, details of a lawsuit to block Iowa’s new 24-hour abortion waiting period, claims that Des Moines police violated protesters' free speech rights Monday night, a new study showing increasing nitrate levels in Iowa’s drinking water; and we meet IPR’s newest reporter and learn about her focus on Iowa’s booming Latino population. 


  • Dr. Rosanna Rosa, infectious disease specialist at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
  • Grant Gerlock, Iowa Public Radio reporter
  • Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio agriculture reporter
  • Katarina Sostaric, Iowa Public Radio state government reporter
  • Kassidy Arena, Iowa Public Radio’s Report for America reporter
  • Mark Simmet, Studio One host, Iowa Public Radio   

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