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.


Apr 28, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public we’ll hear from Dr. Adam Criblez, the director of the Center for Regional History and author of the new book “Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete and the Birth of the Modern NBA. We’ll talk about about the awkward years of the NBA during the 1970s, its numerous controversies, the influence of three of the NBA’s top tier players, and the reason behind those short shorts. Then Gov. Eric Greitens is increasingly at odds with Rob Schaaf, a Republican state senator from St. Joseph who is skilled at killing legislation.

For years the NBA crafted some of basketball's greatest icons like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird all of whom heavily influenced the trajectory of professional basketball during the 80s and 90s. Out of it came sold-out arenas, multi-million dollar contracts and lucrative endorsement deals, which can still be seen today. However, it wasn't always that way. The new book “Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr.

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An ongoing battle between Cairo residents living in rapidly deteriorating, bug and rodent infested public housing and the Alexander County Housing Authority accused of mismanaging federal funds and alleged civil rights violations came to a head last week.


Apr 21, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public we’re talking about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent decision to remove 185 families from two public housing complexes in Cairo, Illinois with Molly Parker, an investigative reporter at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale.

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Good food and fellowship go hand in hand. Now a group of area faith leaders are taking that to the next level for what some say is the first of its kind in Cape Girardeau. On April 21 an interfaith dinner will be held at Christ Episcopal Church bringing together the religious and non religious communities. Three faith leaders who are taking part in this are Rev. Edie Bird of Christ Episcopal Church, Pastor Tyler Tankersley of First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau and Dr. Tahsin Khalid who is a muslim and worships at the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau.