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Former Congressman Jim Leach Reflects On A Time Of Crisis

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Jim Leach represented Iowa in Congress for 30 years and also headed the National Endowment for the Humanities under the Obama Administration.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by former congressman Jim Leach, best known for his 30 years representing Iowa in Washington. Leach, who is also on faculty at the University of Iowa, offers his reflections on the COVID-19 crisis in the context of his latest course, titled “What is Precedented and Unprecedented in Contemporary Politics.”


  • Jim Leach – Former U.S. Congressman, Iowa.
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River