Going Public


Whether it's education and politics or arts and culture, nothing is off limits on KRCU's Going Public. Join KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson every Friday at 6:00 P.M.

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An ongoing battle between Cairo residents living in rapidly deteriorating, bug and rodent infested public housing and the Alexander County Housing Authority accused of mismanaging federal funds and alleged civil rights violations came to a head last week.


Apr 21, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public we’re talking about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent decision to remove 185 families from two public housing complexes in Cairo, Illinois with Molly Parker, an investigative reporter at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale.

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Good food and fellowship go hand in hand. Now a group of area faith leaders are taking that to the next level for what some say is the first of its kind in Cape Girardeau. On April 21 an interfaith dinner will be held at Christ Episcopal Church bringing together the religious and non religious communities. Three faith leaders who are taking part in this are Rev. Edie Bird of Christ Episcopal Church, Pastor Tyler Tankersley of First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau and Dr. Tahsin Khalid who is a muslim and worships at the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau.


Apr 13, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public Cape Girardeau’s religious and non religious communities are coming together for an interfaith dinner. We’ll hear the reason behind the dinner from Reverend Edie Bird, Pastor Tyler Tankersley and Dr. Tahsin Khalid. We'll also hear more on why this conversation is needed in the Cape Girardeau community. Then more on some of the misconceptions in both the Christian and Muslim faiths. And also more on why there’s a division within the Christian community.

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Not too long ago, I visited local artist Dave Carter at his home studio. He’s sifting through countless photos of mills he’s taken in the last nine months. Some of the mills look like they came from a Brothers Grimm Fairytale, and others more like a deteriorated shell of its former self. Carter is documenting many of southern Missouri’s remaining mills and turning them into paintings.

Follow Dave Carter's mill project here.