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Going Public: Media, Where Do We Go From Here?

Dec 19, 2016
Courtesy of Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck

As we countdown the remaining weeks of 2016, it’s only fitting to do some reflecting on the media. If you’ve been following the latest headlines and what’s been trending on social media, it’s fair to say 2016 has been a rough year for the media. With this new administration coming in, the big question is “where do we go from here?” Recently, KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, an associate professor from the department of Mass Media at Southeast about it.

Going Public: A Conversation on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Dec 6, 2016
Courtesy of Molly Wilhelm

We're talking about domestic violence and sexual assault, with Molly Wilhelm, the Education and Community Impact Coordinator at Safe House for Women. The conversation of sexual assault has started back up on college campuses, as a result of high profile incidents like the Brock Turner case, where the former Stanford swimmer sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Recently, Southeast Missouri State University and KRCU hosted a forum for students and the community to talk more about this issue.

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It’s been nearly a year since the racially charged student led protest at the University of Missouri, which led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe. As a result, universities across the country were left to figure out how to tackle conversations on racial issues. A year ago, I reported on how Southeast started the conversation long before the events at MU. Recently, I sat down Sonia Rucker, the coordinator of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Southeast.

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In recent months, Cape Girardeau Police Officers have been responding to a growing number of mental health calls. And now, thanks to a partnership between the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Community Counseling Center, officers are learning different techniques on how to respond to these incidents  through a crisis intervention training. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair about it.

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Going Public: A Conversation on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Oct 21, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

The Black Lives Matter movement  pushed the conversation of racial injustices with law enforcement against African Americans into the national spotlight. Assistant Professor Dr. Shonta Smith from the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University, is a supporter of the movement. Smith, who teaches courses on diversity joined KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson in the studio to talk about the movement.