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Black Iowa Lawmakers Reflect On Chauvin Trial, Future Of Racial Justice

ako abdul samad
John Pemble

The testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial is done. Closing arguments are finished and Minneapolis is on edge. The entire nation is anxiously awaiting the outcome of the trial and the verdict, which could come down this week, after the jury of seven women and five men reaches its decision.

On this River to River podcast, host Ben Kieffer speaks with two Black Iowa lawmakers about the Chauvin trial, the future of racial justice, and the 2021 legislative session.


  • Ako Abdul-Samad, State Representative, Des Moines, Democrat
  • Phyllis Thede, State Representative, Davenport, Democrat
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River