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Is Congress the right entity to investigate the January 6 attack at the Capitol?

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Experts weigh in on the questions still unanswered one year after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

One year after the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, the justice system is pursuing its perpetrators with criminal charges. There is a House committee investigating the riot. And there is legislation aiming to prevent future attempts to subvert democracy in the
United States.

But the issue in states like Iowa has become sorted along partisan lines. On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with two political scientists about the implications of the polarization, when the very investigation of the incident is a matter of stark division.


  • Kedron Bardwell, chair of the political science department at Simpson College
  • Chris Larimer, professor of political science the University of Northern Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa