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The Cloakroom: The Future of Medical Marijuana in Iowa

The Cloakroom: The Future of Medical Marijuana in Iowa

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

March 11, 2020

In this week's episode of The Cloakroom, Daily Iowan assistant politics editor Caleb McCullough sits down to talk about the medical marijuana program in Iowa. Caleb's article this week, titled Patients face roadblocks in medical marijuana program, highlights the ups and downs of patients trying to ge...

The Cloakroom: Media ownership and conglomerates – impacting local journalism

The Cloakroom: Media ownership and conglomerates - impacting local journalism

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

February 25, 2020

In this episode of The Cloakroom, Jerry Gallagher, a former local news anchor who has worked in Wisconsin and Iowa, talks with our host about his experiences working in local media. Jerry talks first-hand about what his career has been like in print news and broadcast journalism. From working for family-run...

The Cloakroom: Iowa caucuses 2020 – “A little bit hectic”

The Cloakroom: Iowa caucuses 2020 -

February 10, 2020

In this week's episode of The Cloakroom, Jake Nemmers and Max Kinstler report their encounters and experiences covering the 2020 Iowa caucuses in Iowa City, Iowa. Visiting three local precincts-— one Republican, two Democratic — Jake and Max interviewed many caucusgoers about why the...

The Cloakroom: Caucus Q&A

The Cloakroom: Caucus Q&A

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

February 2, 2020

As the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses quickly approach, many people still have questions surrounding that state's famed political process. With unfamiliarities around rule changes, etiquette, and requirements, University of Iowa students and staff members wrote in to the Daily Iowan to a...

The Cloakroom: Connecting candidates to campus

The Cloakroom: Connecting candidates to campus

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

December 10, 2019

In Iowa, campaign field organizers are in heavy demand — personal connections are king when persuading Iowans to turn out and stand in a Democratic presidential candidate’s corner on caucus night. Several University of Iowa students are volunteering for campaigns, and graduates have returned to ...

The Cloakroom: From UI to DC, distinguished UI graduate Barry Jackson’s career in Washington

The Cloakroom: From UI to DC, distinguished UI graduate Barry Jackson's career in Washington

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

November 6, 2019

In this episode of The Cloakroom, Daily Iowan Assistant Politics Editor Julia Shanahan discusses her interview with distinguished UI graduate Barry Jackson. Jackson is a graduate of the University of Iowa's School of Journalism, and has had a long career serving behind the scenes in high-positioned roles in...

The Cloakroom: A competitive 2nd Congressional District

The Cloakroom: A competitive 2nd Congressional District

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

October 23, 2019

In this episode of The Cloakroom, our host sits down with Daily Iowan reporter Caleb McCullough to talk to him about the solidifying primary fields for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District race. With three candidates running, eyes are on this district during the 2020 election cycle as it is on...

The Cloakroom: an interview with Cory Booker

The Cloakroom: an interview with Cory Booker

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

October 8, 2019

In this episode of The Cloakroom, host Jake Nemmers, along with Daily Iowan reporter and Assistant Politics Editor Julia Shanahan, sat down for an interview with U. S. Senator from New Jersey and Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker at his campaign event at the University of Iowa. Booker stopped...

The Cloakroom interviews some of the youngest activists at the climate strike with Greta Thunberg

The Cloakroom interviews some of the youngest activists at the climate strike with Greta Thunberg

Sarah Watson

October 6, 2019

In this special edition episode of The Cloakroom, podcast host Jake Nemmers and politics editor Sarah Watson attended the Iowa City climate strike with Greta Thunberg on Friday, and spoke with some of the youngest and oldest activists at the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue that day. The city...

The Cloakroom: Caucus Culture part 1: history and purpose

The Cloakroom: Caucus Culture part 1: history and purpose

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

September 25, 2019

What exactly is a caucus? And why is Iowa's first? For this episode of The Cloakroom, The Daily Iowan sat down with Professor David Redlawsk to discuss how Iowa's caucuses began and why the Hawkeye State keeps up this quirky political tradition. Redlawsk currently chairs the Political Science and Inte...

The Cloakroom: Episode 4: How one Iowa group aims to heal partisan politics locally

The Cloakroom: Episode 4: How one Iowa group aims to heal partisan politics locally

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

September 11, 2019

A majority of Americans have negative views of political polarization in America, and one Iowa group is trying to change that. According to 2018 research data from the Pew Research Center, just a quarter of Americans surveyed believe the tone of political leaders is respectful, but over 60 percent said...

The Cloakroom: Episode 3: The middleman between candidates and campus

The Cloakroom: Episode 3: The middleman between candidates and campus

May 8, 2019

As 21 or more national Democrats vie for their party's presidential nomination, many are visiting college campuses across Iowa, including the University of Iowa. College Democratic chapters are acting as key go-betweens between presidential hopefuls and campus. The host of The Cloakroom, Jake Nemmers...