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Here's How Week One Of Expanded Vaccine Eligibility Went In Iowa

At the start of this week, all Iowans 16 and older became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Host Ben Kieffer checks in with the Gazette's Michaela Ramm to see how things have been going with this new vaccine rollout.

Also, we're entering the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session. The Des Moines Register's Stephen Gruber-Miller discusses broadband, the state budget and a constitutional amendment that would add language to the Iowa constitution that does not guarantee rights to an abortion.

Jason Clayworth of Axios Des Moines talks about potential changes being made to the Des Moines City Council. These changes may include enhanced security measures when meetings return in-person as well as how the public can participate in meetings. Clayworth's reporting featured an interview with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

Later on, Kieffer checks in with Kayla Kovarna and Michele Williams to talk about returning to activities that have become foreign during the pandemic: air travel and going to the office.


  • Michaela Ramm, health care reporter, The Gazette
  • Stephen Gruber-Miller, statehouse reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Jason Clayworth, reporter, Axios Des Moines
  • Kayla Kovarna, communications, marketing, and air service development manager, Des Moines International Airport
  • Michele Williams, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the John L. Miclot Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business
  • Tony Dehner, host, IPR Studio One
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River