civil rights http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-leads-nation-trend-toward-same-sex-marriage <p>In 2009, the Varnum decision made Iowa the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry.</p><p>Fast forward five years later, and 17 states now sanction same-sex marriage, several others allow civil unions, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled a federal same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at how public and political attitudes on same-sex marriage have shifted, as well as acknowledging the groups that have remained steadfast in their position.</p><p></p><p>The guests on today's program include:</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:54:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 38559 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage Fighting for Education Equality http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fighting-education-equality <p>Knowledge is power and throughout history groups with power have denied it to others by limiting their access to education.&nbsp; Even in Iowa, always a free state, the barriers to education for African-Americans were high.</p><p>Host Charity Nebbe speaks with <a href="http://www.uwlax.edu/ethnicstudies/Meet-Our-Faculty-and-Staff.htm">Richard Breaux</a> of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and <a href="http://www.grinnell.edu/users/scottk1">Kesho Scott</a> of Grinnell College about the history of African-American students at Iowa's universities and colleges.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:40:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36924 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fighting for Education Equality Suing for Freedom http://iowapublicradio.org/post/suing-freedom <p>In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in <a href="http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/DredScott.html"><em>Dred Scott v. Sandford</em></a> that a slave could not sue for his freedom. Many call this ruling the worst Supreme Court decision of all time.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:29:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 35562 at http://iowapublicradio.org Suing for Freedom Listening Back to "The Maid Narratives" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/listening-back-maid-narratives <p>Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, <a href="http://kathrynstockett.com/">"The Help."</a></p><p>Listen back to host Charity Nebbe's conversation with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, <a href="http://www.uni.edu/vanworme/books.html">"The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South,"</a> which tells the true stories of people who lived that reality.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:00:12 +0000 Sarah Boden 35509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Listening Back to "The Maid Narratives" Shelton Stromquist: Civil Rights http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shelton-stromquist-civil-rights <p>In the summer of 1964, the Civil Rights Movement included many people with various backgrounds working together for a cause. University of Iowa Emeritus Professor of History Shelton Stromquist was one who put his life on the line to help the movement in Mississippi. &nbsp;He joins host Charity Nebbe to talk&nbsp;about his experiences.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:40:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Sarah Boden & Dennis Reese 35130 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shelton Stromquist: Civil Rights 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington http://iowapublicradio.org/post/50th-anniversary-march-washington <p><span class="st">Thursday, August 28</span><sup>, </sup><span class="st">marks the </span>50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the <a href="http://50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com/">March on Washington</a>.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer looks back on this historic day with<a href="http://www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/members/"> Rev. Milton Cole-Duvall</a> who attended the March when he was a 19-year-old college student and former Iowa state <a href="http://www.waynefordassoc.com/bio.html">Rep. Wayne Ford</a> who was an 11-year-old boy living in Washington, D.C. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:57:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 28129 at http://iowapublicradio.org 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-supreme-court-decisions <p>On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. &nbsp;Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and&nbsp;Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa. &nbsp;Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm&nbsp;Bill from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:37:31 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 23070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions Words of Wisdom, 2013 Commencement Speakers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/words-wisdom-2013-commencement-speakers <div id="content"><div class="chat in"><div class="msg 1st">Many college students in Iowa have been and will be walking across stages to pick up their diplomas this month. Talk of Iowa speaks with two remarkable women who have been asked to send some of them off with words of wisdom.<br> Thu, 16 May 2013 17:28:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 20882 at http://iowapublicradio.org Words of Wisdom, 2013 Commencement Speakers Iowa Civil Rights and Afghan Writers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-civil-rights-and-afghan-writers <p>A recent analysis shows Iowa&rsquo;s civil rights complaints are being systematically dismissed at an alarming rate.&nbsp; A study calls the Iowa Civil Rights Commission&rsquo;s handling of the complaints an indication of &ldquo;a seriously flawed enforcement process.&rdquo; Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Arnold Woods, the President of the Des Moines chapter of the NAACP and Beth Townsend, the director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.&nbsp; Then, Ben talks with Chris Merrill, the director of the University of Iowa&rsquo;s International Writing Program.&nbsp; Merrill recently ret Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 195 at http://iowapublicradio.org