Convictions

River to River
4:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Joan Becker: It Took A Prison Sentence To Get Mark the Help He Needed

Joan and Dave Becker with their son Mark, who shot Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas to death 5 years ago.
Courtesy of Joan Becker

Five years ago, Mark Becker shot Aplington-Parkersburg head coach Ed Thomas. His mother, Joan, is now an advocate for mental health in Iowa. 

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Sports
12:54 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Changing the Mission of College Athletics

There’s little doubt that college sports are at a crossroads. As money collides with education, Drake University’s Athletic Director says it’s time to make sports “co-curricular” instead of “extra-curricular.”

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River to River
2:44 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Efforts to Curb Human Trafficking in the Midwest

Imagens Evangélicas

Up to two million women and children worldwide are victimized by traffickers each year.

It’s often thought to be a problem outside our border, but the majority of sex trafficking victims in this country are U.S. citizens. And, some of these victims are right here in the Midwest.

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River to River
2:23 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Juvenile Sentencing

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Bills making their way through the legislative process would set sentencing options for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.  The debate comes after a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled juvenile offenders can not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  But, how much time is enough?  40, 50 or even 60 years?  Today on River to River, we talk about the legislation and how the courts have ruled on the treatment of juvenile offenders.

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Politics
6:44 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Legislative Preview: 02/18/13

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IPR's Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell for a look at the week ahead at the Iowa Legislature.

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Politics
10:41 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Ethics Complaint Against Iowa Sen. Sorenson Dismissed, At Least For Now

Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson (R-Milo)
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An Iowa Senate committee has dismissed an ethics complaint for now against State Sen. Kent Sorenson (R-Milo), who was accused of taking money from Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential campaign.

Sorenson was the state chairman of Bachmann’s campaign in Iowa.  State Sen. Sandra Greiner (R-Washington) says the committee needs more information. 

“We cannot cite anybody for an ethics violation unless we have clear cut proof. So it’s on the complainant’s shoulders to provide us with the proof," Greiner says. "Sen. Sorenson is innocent until proven guilty.”

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River to River
4:18 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Scott Cawelti's "Brother's Blood"

This hour we visit a conversation host Ben Kieffer had with author Scott Cawelti, who tells us about the infamous Mark family killings and reflects on the mind of a mass murderer.

On Halloween night in 1975, Jerry Mark murdered his brothers’ entire family…four people, including two young children, in Cedar Falls. Since 1976, Jerry Mark has been held at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison where he is serving four consecutive life sentences.