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.


Jun 16, 2017

This week on KRCU’s Going Public, the Cape Girardeau City Council recently voted to rename the historic Common Pleas Courthouse Park after a former slave who enlisted as a Union Army soldier during the Civil War. Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history and coordinator of the historic preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University joins us to talk about the life of James Ivers, the significance of renaming the courthouse park, Cape Girardeau’s role during the civil war and the nationwide trend of removing confederate monuments.


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In his 2018 Fiscal Year budget proposal, President Donald Trump wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which would affect library funding and the technological services libraries provide. IMLS, a government agency, disburses funds through the Library Services and Technology Act--or LSTA, which grants money to libraries to improve technology. Cape Girardeau Public Library Director Betty Martin spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson more about this.



Jun 8, 2017

This week on KRCU’s Going Public, a father from Wisconsin is biking all the way to Florida to keep the memory of his late daughter, an organ donor alive. Recently he made a stop in Cape Girardeau and shared his story with KRCU. Then it’s been 25 years since Missourians adopted term limits for legislators. And some say turnover in the House and Senate is making the legislature less willing to compromise. Coming up we’ll explore how term limits affected relationships in the Missouri General Assembly.


Jun 1, 2017

  This week on KRCU’s Going Public, a controversial piece of the Republican health care plan that passed the U-S House of Representatives brings back an old program to cover people with pre-existing conditions: High-risk pools. But patients who used them say they were expensive. What are risk pools, and how do they work? Then hospitals and patients alike say the shortage of mental health professionals in Missouri has reached crisis levels. We’ll hear more on what this all means for Missourians.

The Missouri Hospital Association released its annual workforce report this month finding that staff nurses in Missouri had the highest vacancy rate in the 16 years of the survey’s existence. And in Southeast Missouri, registered nurse vacancies have more than doubled in the last year. Jeannie Fadler, vice president of Patient Care Services at Saint Francis Medical Center explains why these numbers are high and how Saint Francis is tackling the issue.