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106
July 8 – 10
Removing the Stigma Revisited, Part 2 — The second in a series of programs on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalists and the stories they told that added to our state’s history. This program is part two of a two-part series, remembering a ground-breaking series that helped removed the stigma from rape.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Jane Schorer Meisner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Nancy Ziegenmeier Ludwig, assault survivor
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
105
July 1 – 3
Removing the Stigma Revisited, Part 1 — The first in a series of programs on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalists and the stories they told that added to our state’s history. This program is part one of a two-part series, remembering a ground-breaking series that helped removed the stigma from rape.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Jane Schorer Meisner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
104
June 24 – 26
Heroin in the Heartland — Forty-four people die everyday in the U.S. from overdose of prescription pain killers, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Annually those overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle or firearms deaths. Iowa communities are working to address addiction issues, but for some those efforts are too late.
Categories: Health and Environment, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Lori Peter, mother/Cascade, Iowa
  • Al Fear, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative/Cedar Rapids
  • Lee Hermiston, reporter, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Kevin Techau, U.S. Attorney For Northern District Of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
92
April 1 – 3
Removing the Stigma, Part 2 — The second in a series of programs on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalists and the stories they told that added to our state’s history. This program is part two of a two-part series, remembering a ground-breaking series that helped removed the stigma from rape.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Jane Schorer Meisner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Nancy Ziegenmeier Ludwig, assault survivor
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
91
March 25 – 27
Removing the Stigma, Part 1 — The first in a series of programs on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalists and the stories they told that added to our state’s history. This program is part one of a two-part series, remembering a ground-breaking series that helped removed the stigma from rape.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Jane Schorer Meisner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
90
March 18 – 20
The Fight Against Opioid Addiction — Iowa is one of seven states that has not expanded access to a life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses of heroin and certain pain medications. Previous attempts failed in part due to concerns about consequences to law enforcement.
Categories: Government and Politics, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines
  • Kim Brown, registered nurse and mother/Davenport
  • Steven Lukan, director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy/Des Moines
  • Patrick Reinert, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
86
Feb. 19-21
Criminal Justice Reform, Part 2 — Some are advocating major changes in how we handle crime and criminals. But is that being soft on crime, or smart on crime?
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Bernard Kerik, co-founder, American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Roxann Ryan, Iowa Department of Public Safety commissioner
  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
85
Feb. 12 – 14
Criminal Justice Reform, Part 1 Revisited — Some are advocating major changes in how we handle crime and criminals. But is that being soft on crime, or smart on crime?
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Van Jones, CNN contributor/San Francisco
  • Mark Holden, senior vice president, Koch Industries/Wichita
  • Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Dr. Joe Gorton, criminology professor, UNI/Cedar Falls
81
Jan. 15 – 17
The Fight Against Opioid Addiction — Iowa is one of seven states that have not expanded access to a life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses of heroin and certain pain medications. Previous attempts failed in part due to concerns about consequences to law enforcement.
Categories: Government and Politics, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines
  • Kim Brown, registered nurse and mother/Davenport
  • Steven Lukan, director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy/Des Moines
  • Patrick Reinert, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
80
Jan. 8 – 10
Gun Violence in Iowa Revisited — The number of shootings in Iowa’s major cities is increasing, but law enforcement says it’s due to a small number of people.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Dan Trelka, public safety director and police chief/Waterloo
  • Wayne Jerman, police chief/Cedar Rapids
  • Dr. Roxann Ryan, commissioner, Iowa Department of Public Safety/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
71
Nov. 6 – 8
Cold Cases — The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism helped the Iowa Newspaper Association, the Des Moines Register and other participating newspapers with one story for a statewide project focusing on various murder “cold cases” in Iowa. This is the story about one northeast Iowa murder that remains unsolved, involving two young cousins and a small town that is committed to preserving their memory.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Heather Collins, mother of murder victim/Evansdale
  • Jeff Jensen, police chief/Evansdale
  • Tom Nichols, father of murder victim/Evansdale
  • Chris Mudge, executive director, Iowa Newspaper Association/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
69
Oct. 23-25
Criminal Justice Reform, Part 2 — Some are advocating major changes in how we handle crime and criminals. But is that being soft on crime, or smart on crime?
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Bernard Kerik, co-founder, American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Roxann Ryan, Iowa Department of Public Safety commissioner
  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
68
Oct. 16-18
Criminal Justice Reform — Some are advocating major changes in how we handle crime and criminals. But is that being soft on crime, or smart on crime?
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Van Jones, CNN contributor/San Francisco
  • Mark Holden, senior vice president, Koch Industries/Wichita
  • Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Dr. Joe Gorton, criminology professor, UNI/Cedar Falls
66
Oct. 2-4
Gun Violence in Iowa — The number of shootings in Iowa’s major cities is increasing, but law enforcement says it’s due to a small number of people.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Dan Trelka, public safety director and police chief/Waterloo
  • Wayne Jerman, police chief/Cedar Rapids
  • Dr. Roxann Ryan, commissioner, Iowa Department of Public Safety/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
59
August 14-16
Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland — Examining the impact methamphetamine has on children raised in a home with a parent addicted to the drug, from an IowaWatch documentary on the topic. We’ll hear from recovering addicts, prosecutors, and care professionals about their efforts to address the problem.
Categories: Criminal Justice, Health
Guests:

  • Kasey Earl Wadding, Bremer County Attorney/Waverly
  • Kristin Huisenga, Gateway ImpACT Coalition/Clinton
  • Glennis Guerrero, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs
  • Lesa Rios, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs
  • Ralynn Francisco, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs
  • Scott Nicholson, Assistant Jasper County Attorney/Newton
  • Katie Kuntz, IowaWatch
57
July 31-August 2
Cold Cases — The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism helped the Iowa Newspaper Association, the Des Moines Register and other participating newspapers with one story for a statewide project focusing on various murder “cold cases” in Iowa. This is the story about one northeast Iowa murder that remains unsolved, involving two young cousins and a small town that is committed to preserving their memory.
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Heather Collins, mother of murder victim/Evansdale
  • Jeff Jensen, police chief/Evansdale
  • Tom Nichols, father of murder victim/Evansdale
  • Chris Mudge, executive director, Iowa Newspaper Association/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
50
June 12-14
Graffiti and Street Art — Is graffiti a form of vandalism…a form of art…or both at the same time? Graffiti has been transformed from simply writing a name on a wall, to a cultural phenomenon with competitive aspects.
Categories:
Guests:

  • Betty Dobratz, Iowa State University sociology professor/Ames
  • Kembrew McLeod, University of Iowa communication studies professor/Iowa City
  • Todd Thelen, business owner/Iowa City
  • Danielle Wilde, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
43
April 24-26
Sentencing Disparities Revisited — African Americans are just 3.3 percent of Iowa’s population, but they make up 26 percent of the state’s prison population. What’s behind criminal sentencing discrepancies, and what might be done about it?
Categories: Government, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady, Iowa Supreme Court/Des Moines
  • John Shors, attorney/Des Moines
  • Matt DeLisi, professor of criminal justice studies, Iowa State University/Ames
  • Stephen Gruber-Miller, IowaWatch/Grinnell College

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