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What if when we talked about kids going “back to school” we considered their actual backs and their spinal health?

September 20 is Backpack Awareness Day.

Photo credit: Dialysis Technician Salary

When it comes to cancer treatment, one size does not fit all. KRCU's To Your Health host Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs recently sat down with Dr. Ryan Fields, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine and the Siteman Cancer Center to discuss individualized cancer treatments, like the one that recently worked so well for President Jimmy Carter.



Tells us more about how each person's DNA can be taken into account when determining the best cancer treatment

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Thousands of school kids decked out in custom made eclipse shirts and countless people from all over the region filled the bleachers at a packed Houck Stadium on Monday to see the celestial event of the year. Some students came from as far as Risco, Mo. to see the total solar eclipse in Cape Girardeau.

With hours to go before the main event, two high-altitude weather balloons were launched into the stratosphere from the field. The balloons were part of a collaboration between the university and Space Center Houston-Manned Space Flight Education Foundation.

Courtesy of Eric Cunningham

Eric Cunningham is the city attorney for Cape Girardeau. But not too long ago, he spent his spare time trekking the globe as an eclipse chaser. It’s a journey that started nearly 40 years ago in 1979 as a student at the University of Missouri. He didn’t get a chance to see the eclipse, but it didn’t stop him from spending countless hours and years tracking others down. Although his days of chasing eclipses are somewhat behind him, come Monday Cunningham won’t have to go too far to see another one.

Interview Highlights


Aug 20, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, Eric Cunningham, the City Attorney for Cape Girardeau, joins us to talk about his experience as an eclipse chaser. We’ll hear about the very first time he saw an eclipse in Bolivia, why planning is key, and the time he took his family along on one of his adventures. Then we’ll learn about what exactly is happening to the moon during the moments leading up to the eclipse.