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 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.


May 26, 2017

This week on KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about increased staff nurse vacancies in Missouri with Jeannie Fadler, vice president of Patient Care Services at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. We’ll talk about why the vacancy is so high statewide, how these vacancies affect a hospital’s functionality, and what efforts are being made to recruit and retain registered nurses.

And later on in the show, we’ll hear from Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers about the new photo ID law and what you need to know.


Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

United Way of Southeast Missouri recently acquired a grant from the DeltaCorps Regional Authority for the new program Read to Excel, an extension of the Read to Succeed Program in Cape Girardeau Public Schools. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Elizabeth Shelton, the Executive Director of United Way of Southeast Missouri about it.