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.

Courtesy of SEMO Student Veterans Organization

The SEMO Student Veterans Organization also known as the SEMO SVO is in the process of renovating a house for homeless veterans to use as they transition back into civilian life. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cole Schreiner, the president of the SEMO SVO, Mathus Williams, the fundraising chairman for the SEMO SVO and Amanda Woods, the outreach coordinator for the Office of Military and Veterans Services about this.


Mar 31, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re spending the entire show talking with motivational speaker and this year’s Power of Women keynote speaker Janet Perez Eckles on how she celebrates life by conquering fear. We’ll hear about her early days in the states after she and her family immigrated from Bolivia. How losing her sight at the age of 31 changed her outlook on life, and the role her faith played in finding a new purpose. Also, she shares how she found forgiveness and joy during one of the darkest times in her life.


Courtesy of Janet Perez Eckles

Janet Perez Eckles is a woman of many titles. She’s a motivational speaker, author, Southeast Missouri State University alumna and this year’s Power of Women keynote speaker. She travels the world sharing her story of pain, loss, joy and a renewed purpose in life. Perez Eckles spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson about how despite life's obstacles she celebrates life by conquering fear.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

He, she, him and her are commonly used pronouns to identify people who are male or female. But what about those who don’t identify with those binary pronouns? Today we’re exploring that question with Rane Belling, the president of the campus organization PRIDE at Southeast. Belling is transgender non-binary and uses the pronouns “they and them.”

Interview Highlights

On what it means to be transgender



Mar 24, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about gender identity with Rane Belling, the president of the Southeast Missouri State University organization PRIDE. We’ll talk about how pronouns shape the way people see themselves, what it means to be transgender, the complexity of gender identity, and Belling's own story on understanding identity. Then we’ll hear from KSMU’s Jennifer Moore speak with former Governor Jay Nixon about his legacy in office and his thoughts on Missouri becoming a “red” state.