Siouxland Lawmaker Will Run for US Senate; LGBTQ+ Bills; Unheard Slave Narratives
This week on The Exchange we talk with Siouxland State Senator Jim Carlin. The Republican lawmaker announced this week he is planning to run for the US Senate seat long held by Republican Chuck Grassley. Also, we talk about several bills in the Iowa legislature this year that could affect the LGBTQ+ community with Keenan Crow director of policy and advocacy for the advocacy group One Iowa.
And we talk with Robyn Mills, Public Policy Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter talking about a Senate bill that would increase penalties for anyone who would abuse, steal or commit fraud against older Iowans.
In honor of Black History Month, we talk with Michelle D. Commander, the co-editor of a new book that details some slave narratives and experiences that many of us have never heard before. "Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition" was Edited by Commander and The Schomburg Center in New York.
Also, this Monday was Presidents' Day. In commemoration of all US Presidents, we speak with the author of a new book that focuses on the grit and determination of our first president. David O. Stewart is the author of several history books about the founding fathers, and a set of historical mystery novels.