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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In recent months, the topic of health care and the legislation surrounding it have been a hot button issue. But in rural communities where social and economic disparities create barriers for families, access to quality health care becomes even more of a challenge. So today we’re taking a step back and assessing what the health needs for Southeast Missourians are. To do that, I’m joined by KRCU’s “Vital Signs” panelists: Dr. Gloria Green who is the chairperson for the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr.


Feb 24, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, with an unending cycle of poverty and unemployment, access to quality health care is a challenge in rural communities. KRCU’s “Vital Signs” panel is with us today to breakdown what the health needs are in Southeast Missouri, the economic and social factors that play a role in assessing health care, the lack of access to health resources, building trust among physicians and their patients, and much more.

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Missouri became the 28 right-to-work state when Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law earlier this month. The legislation prohibits employers and labor unions from requiring employees to shell out dues. But the new law hasn’t been without opposition from unions statewide. Mark Baker who is a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is against the new law and says it’s an attempt to drive down wages.

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On why he's opposed to the legislation


Feb 3, 2017

Last weekend President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries. The end result was chaos and confusion. Especially for those who weren’t refugees. We’ll hear from Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas on how the university is addressing the ban for its international students. Then Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to right to work Thursday, capping off a long battle between organized labor and business-friendly legislators. Unions are wondering what’s next. Also, the state budget. We’ll get into that too.

 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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