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.


Jan 20, 2017

  This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, thousands of women across the U.S. are coming together on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington. We’ll hear from Dr. Julie Ray, the Department Chair of the College of Education at Southeast, who’s one of many women from southeast Missouri making the trip. We’ll hear more on why she’s going, talk about an open letter she pined on Facebook, and what she hopes this march will achieve. Then, author and civil rights activist Dr. Mary Frances Berry was this year’s keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration dinner.

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Nearly 200,000 people are gearing up to join the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday. The grassroots movement has garnered widespread support from women all over the country to stand in solidarity for women’s rights. Dr. Julie Ray, the Department Chair of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University is one of many women from the Southeast Missouri area making the trip to D.C.

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From talks of a new police station to more businesses coming to the area, 2017 will be another year of add-ons and improvements to the city of Jackson. Mayor Dwain Hahs joined KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson in the studio to talk about it.


Lewis-Thompson:  Infrastructure wise in 2016, it was a pretty big year for Jackson. And one of the main projects that became the center of attention was the roundabout. So how has the traffic flow been since the completion of that roundabout?


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With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, rumblings of right-to-work legislation have surfaced yet again. Now with backing from new Gov. Eric Greitens, Republicans are likely to get it passed this time. State Rep. Kathy Swan spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson to talk about this and much more.


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.