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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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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Courtesy of Riders in the Sky

Riders in the sky are a cowboy quartet that sing classic Westerns. But the group is best known for lending their vocal stylings to two beloved children's classics: Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc., which state earned two Grammys for. Tonight they'll be singing at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast's River Campus. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Ranger Doug the group's lead singer before tonight's performance.



Jan 27, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, hospitals may be an unlikely target for a new Missouri state law that cuts Medicaid reimbursements to organizations that perform abortions. We’ll hear more on how abortions in hospitals often happen under dire circumstances. Then, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We’ll hear about what challenges it could present for people in rural Missouri. And later on in the show, we’ll hear from a vocal group widely known for their songs being in kids classics like Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc.