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Long-Time Advocate and Disabled-Rights Fighter Dies


Ben Kieffer talks about Walz's life and contributions to Iowa City with Iowa City real estate broker Jeff Edberg. Edberg was chair of the Board for the Extend the Dream Foundation, the organization Walz started after he retired. "He was one of the few ...


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Listen Listening.. / 46:23 Listen to the entire show - River to River A long-time Iowa advocate and fighter for the rights of the disabled, Tom Walz, passed away this weekWalz was the director of the University of Iowa School of Social WorkHe was also friend of the late Bill Sackter, and he established Wild Bill’s coffee shop on the UI campus.  Sackter then became the proprietor of Wild Bill’s, allowing him to finally be independent, after having spent 44 years confined to the Fairibault MN State School for the Feeble-Minded and EpilepticOn this news buzz edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks about Walz's life and contributions to Iowa City with Iowa City real estate broker Jeff EdbergEdberg was chair of the Board for the Extend the Dream Foundation, the organization Walz started after he retired"He was one of the few people I've met that truly cared about the disabled populationHe worked tirelessly, hands-on, for this population," says Edberg"He wasn't looking for fame or glory, or accoladesHe was looking to help people, and help people he did." During the hour, Kieffer also talks with Iowa Public Radio correspondent Joyce Russell and reporter Katarina Sostaric about what happened at the Iowa Statehouse this week; University of Iowa students Hannah Gulick and Josh Larson about their venture to a Norwegian "rocket school" program; Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart about his visit to Washington D.Cto talk infrastructure needs; and Trevor DeForest, who recently won a national competition for grocery baggingTags: River to RiverNews BuzzTweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Ambassador Terry Branstad on U.S.-China Relations By Emily Woodbury, Ben Kieffer & Natalia Reyes • Feb 16, 2018 Gage Skidmore On the eve of the Lunar New Year, River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad about a range of topics, including sanctions on North Korea, fentanyl regulation, and trade"Iowa as an agriculture producing state has had significant success marketing our agriculture products in all of Asia, but in China in particular," Branstad saysThe former governor of Iowa also discusses South China Sea territorial disputes, cyber security, censorship, and human rights Accident Reconstructionist on Winter Driving: "Slow down, pay attention, and don't follow too close" By Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer • Feb 12, 2018 Iowa Department of Transportation This week, 70 vehicles crashed within seconds of each other near Ames during a snowstormOn this edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with accident reconstruction coordinator, SgtChris Starrett of the Iowa State Patrol, about the work of investigating a pile up Former Coal Miner Seeks to Break Stereotypes of Appalachia By Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer • Feb 9, 2018 Philippe Roos National politics have put coal in the spotlightOn this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with former coal miner, Nick Mullins, about his work and the misconceptions about coal countryThey also discuss the dichotomy between jobs and the environment and the political motivations of mining communities Mullins is the author of the blog "The Thoughtful Coal Miner." He will speak at Iowa State University at 8 p.mMonday, Feb19His talk is titled, “Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash.”

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