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John Pemble


John Pemble is a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and host of the Iowa legislative podcast Under the Golden Dome.

He produces many live events for News and Talk and records music performances for IPR Classical and Studio One. During the leadup to the 2020 Iowa caucuses, John was a co-producer for the podcast Caucus Land.

John began his career at Iowa Public Radio in 1989 as a program host for jazz, classical, and contemporary instrumental music programs. For a decade he was also an adjunct professor for Iowa Central Community College’s broadcasting department. He transferred to the news department in 2008. You can contact John at jpemble@iowapublicradio.org.

  • The final episode of this eight part series features remarks from Iowa politician Minnette Doderer on two seperate occasions: once in 1970 and the other in 1982. In both instances she is forthright with reporters about how women, particularly political candidates, don’t receive the same news coverage as men.
  • A conversation on beekeeping and an excerpt from the latest episode of IPR's From the Archives.
  • In the 1970s, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment. Debates about the merits of the amendment raged across the country, including one in Iowa City in 1979. Phyllis Schlafly, the leader of the Stop ERA movement, debated the issue with Karen DeCrow, the former president of the National Organization for Women.
  • There are many origins to the Black Power Movement, but political scientist Charles V. Hamilton and his colleague Stockley Carmichael elevated it with their 1967 book Black Power: the Politics of Liberation in America. Hamilton says Black Power can organize Black people’s rage and force answers to hard questions.
  • On the fifth episode of From the Archives, a member of the Kerner Commission discusses the findings of the report at Grinnell College during a memorial symposium honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In October 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Grinnell College, six months before his assassination. King encourages people implores the audience to "remain awake during the revolution."
  • World heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali was at the top of his game in the 1960s. After Ali refused to serve in the Vietnam War for religious reasons, he was arrested and convicted of draft evasion, facing five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His boxing license was suspended, and he was barred from leaving the country. With his boxing career on hold and his future uncertain, the champ began speaking at college campuses around the country, including in Iowa City.
  • Almost a year after President Herbert Hoover’s death, former Vice President Richard Nixon visits the library on what would be Hoover’s 91st birthday. Four years later, Nixon would be elected President of the United States.
  • The 2022 Iowa legislative session ends after many weeks of little to no activity in the House or Senate. During a busy two days, final budget bills are approved. Most come revised from the Senate including the education appropriation that funds the public universities. Also a number of policy bills are eligible for the governor to consider, including one changing Iowa’s four decade old can and bottle redemption law. One of the final bills, known as the “standings bill” includes a section that removes the open enrollment deadline for Iowa’s public schools.
  • The 31st U.S. President, Herbert Hoover, returns to his hometown of West Branch, Iowa on his 88th birthday for the dedication of his presidential library. During his speech, he cautions against allowing the spread of communism across the world.