Tonight, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider the question, â€śDo witnesses in criminal trials need to testify in person? Or is remote, two-way video testimony just as affective?
The state of Iowa claims two-way remote video testimony is just as effective as in-person testimony. Additionally, video testimony is less expensive and less time consuming, and therefore there is large incentive to use remote video testimony more extensively.
A listen back to a riveting River to River from the 2012 election season.Â
The U.S. Constitution says "Congress shall make no law, respecting an establishment of Religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," and the trueÂ meaning of those words can evoke discord still today.
The passage of the 13th Amendment which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude almost didnâ€™t pass.Â Host Ben Kieffer speaks with historian Thomas Schwartz, one of the foremost experts on the Abraham Lincoln.
This week people across Iowa are recognizing the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution duringÂ this yearâ€™s national observance of â€śConstitution Weekâ€ť. Historian David Wendell talks with Ben Kieffer about constitutional issues 225 years ago and their prevalence today. Then, the mayor of Hampton, Iowa, discussesÂ his effortsÂ in organizingÂ â€śLibertyfestâ€ť, a week long celebration of the constitution and the founding fathers who established it.
On today's "River to River", we take look at the inner workings of the Iowa Supreme Court -Â including patterns emerging that provide clues as to how individual judges view issues before the court.Â Katherine talks with Des Moines attorney Ryan Koopmans whoâ€™s analyzed Iowa Supreme Court Decisions over the past year. Later, host Ben Kieffer talks with author and historian Lawrence Goldstone. Goldstone has studied the U.S. Supreme Court and its interpretation of several amendments to the Constitution.