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A Look At The Country’s Ambivalent Attitude Toward Immigration

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette about the bills that did, and did not, make it through the second legislative funnel at the Iowa Statehouse.

Also on the program, Iowa State University’s agriculture economist Chad Hart describes the challenges farmers face this planting season and IPR health reporter Natalie Krebs tells us what to expect Monday, April 5, when vaccine appointments in the state become available to all Iowans age 16 and older.

Later, presidential historian Tim Walch compares past shifts in immigration policy with the present.


  • James Lynch, reporter, Cedar Rapids Gazette
  • Chad Hart, professor of economics, crop markets specialist, Extension economist, Iowa State University
  • Natalie Krebs, health reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Tim Walch, presidential historian and retired director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa