Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

 Dr. Mary Frances Berry a highly regarded author and civil rights activist was this year's keynote speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Berry's activism in the early 80s was spent fighting against the apartheid in South Africa. She was even arrested a few times for her efforts. But her call to activism started with another civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and that's where our conversation begins.


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You know what they say, comedy is tragedy plus 6 minutes of Father John Misty singing about it. 

Pure Comedy is the name of Father John Misty's forthcoming album, due out on April 7th. He's also released this short film that previews some of the other tracks to be on it. 

Courtesy of Riders in the Sky

Riders in the sky are a cowboy quartet that sing classic Westerns. But the group is best known for lending their vocal stylings to two beloved children's classics: Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc., which state earned two Grammys for. Tonight they'll be singing at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast's River Campus. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Ranger Doug the group's lead singer before tonight's performance.


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This week we're playing new music from Emel Mathlouthi. In 2008 her music was banned in her native Tunisia and she has since lived in Paris and New York City. In fact, during the Tunisian Revolution of 2011 her song "Kelmti Horra" became known as the anthem for the Arab Spring. Her new album is titled Ensen, which means “human,” this song is called “Ensen Dhaif (Ensen),”which means “human, helpless human.” 


Jan 20, 2017

  This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, thousands of women across the U.S. are coming together on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington. We’ll hear from Dr. Julie Ray, the Department Chair of the College of Education at Southeast, who’s one of many women from southeast Missouri making the trip. We’ll hear more on why she’s going, talk about an open letter she pined on Facebook, and what she hopes this march will achieve. Then, author and civil rights activist Dr. Mary Frances Berry was this year’s keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration dinner.