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Free speech is being weighed against LGBTQ discrimination before the Supreme Court this week

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week on a case that pits a Colorado website designer against the state's Anti Discrimination Act and a North Carolina case that seeks to limit judicial power to overrule voting policies.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with legal experts Todd Pettys and Emily Hughes about these high-profile cases and others being heard this session by the nation's highest court and the Iowa Supreme Court on matters including affirmative action, student loan forgiveness, and the Miranda warning.


  • Todd Pettys, professor and H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Emily Hughes, Edward F. Howrey Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Iowa College of Law
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.