Opinion Writing with the Resources of a Newsroom Behind It

May 12, 2014

Nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. says extremist Islam is afraid of little girls.  More specifically, he writes, they're afraid of the women they will become.  The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary talks with Host Ben Kieffer about some of his recent writings, including his latest novel, Freeman and why opinion writing is still important.

Then, Kieffer talks with Iowa opinion writers.  Rekha Basu of the Des Moines Register tells him about an ongoing series examining the erosion of the separation of church and state.  Kyle Munson also of the Des Moines Register talks about covering the "unbeat."  And editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy discusses why he spends more time, and space,  educating readers before he can make his point.