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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Interracial Marriage in the US

Alice Rhinelander's lawyer forced his client to bare her breasts and legs to the all-white, all-male jury in order to prove that her mixed background was obvious in the 1925 divorce case “Rhineland v. Rhineland.”
New York Evening Graphic
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Education
5:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Examining the Bar

Wikimedia Commons

The Iowa Bar Association has recommended to the Iowa State Supreme Court that Iowa’s law schools should institute a “diploma privilege” for graduates of Iowa's law schools, meaning that graduates wouldn’t have to take the bar exam to practice law in the state.

Is allowing lawyers who haven’t passed a bar exam to practice a good idea? President of the Iowa State Bar Association Guy Cook says it’s an overdue change, “Iowa’s bar exam doesn’t test knowledge of Iowa law. This proposal wouldn’t work everywhere, but in Iowa, it could.”

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Talk of Iowa
2:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Suing for Freedom

Above, these 51 Xs—some of which are repeated—are the signatures of the slaves upon their petitions for freedom filed in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Lea VanderVelde

In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that a slave could not sue for his freedom. Many call this ruling the worst Supreme Court decision of all time. 

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River to River
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

News Buzz: Military Contracts

Technician Chrys Strauss works on a circuit board in the J-Tec lab.
Durrie Bouscaren

Host Ben Kieffer covers a number of topics in a roundup of the week's news including a conversation with Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Rapids reporter Durrie Bouscaren on how Iowa military contractors have been affected by the s

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River to River
4:07 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

HIV and AIDS: Laws, Treatment, and Public Health

National Institutes of Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health estimates that 500 Iowans are infected with HIV, but don’t know it.  On this River to River, hear about efforts to get every Iowan tested for HIV, what prevention measures are being used today, treatment, and what it means to have HIV and AIDS today.  And we’ll hear about Iowa’s HIV transmission law and the case of a gay Iowan man living with HIV who was charged with criminal transmission of HIV.

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River to River
2:05 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Transparency at the Iowa Supreme Court and Post-9/11 Muslim America

Since three justices lost their seats in the 2010 retention election, the Iowa Supreme Court has worked to increase transparency and public outreach.
Phil Roeder Flickr

In 2010 three Iowa Supreme Court Justices lost their election for retention.  The defeat sparked major changes which increased transparency and public outreach at the state’s highest court.  Today Sarah Boden fills in for Ben Kieffer and discusses this new era of transparency with Todd Pettys of the University of Iowa's College of Law.

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River to River
1:55 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The Supreme Court of Iowa: 2012-13 Session Wrap Up

Iowa's State Law Library located in the state capitol, which is located less than a mile from the Supreme Court Building.
RSKent Flickr
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River to River
2:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Jury Duty: The role of a juror

In Iowa for serious trials—such as those for murder or rape—the number of jurors will be 12. This number varies from state to state, in Florida the number is of jurors is the constitutional minimum of six.
elycefeliz Flickr

With George Zimmerman recently acquitted of murder in the death Trayvon Martin host Ben Kieffer looks at the role juries play in the U.S. justice system.  What are the origins of the jury and how have juries evolved over the centuries.  Also, what does the recent flourish of media attention aimed at the jurors for the Zimmerman trial reveal and distort about jury duty?

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River to River
2:06 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Postville, Five Years Later

Flickr / zamburak

On May 12, 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, IA.  The raid resulted in the deportation of over 300 individuals—the largest immigration raid in Iowa’s history.  River to River looks back on the raid to examine how its affected the community of Postville and the families who were torn apart five years ago.  Also, what can be learned from Postville that can inform understanding on comprehensive immigration reform?

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Interracial Marriage in the US

Alice Rhinelander's lawyer forced his client to bare her breasts and legs to the all-white, all-male jury in order to prove that her mixed background was obvious in the 1925 divorce case “Rhineland v. Rhineland.”
New York Evening Graphic
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River to River
1:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

State of Iowa's Unions

Union supporters on the Iowa Capital building steps in Des Moines
Mark Davitt / Flickr

Michigan is now a so-called right-to-work state, signing into law a bill that prevents unions from requiring employees to pay dues, even in unionized workplaces. It’s being called a political defeat for unions. Will the effects ripple into Iowa?

Ben Kieffer and guests examine the state of Iowa’s unions. Ben talks with leaders of three of the state’s unions, a labor historian, and a state lawmaker.

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