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.


Jul 17, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about the latest efforts to block Missouri’s right to work law  from going into effect in August with Mark Baker, a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Cameron Redd, who works for United Steelworkers International. We’ll talk about why union members are signing a petition to get the legislation back on the 2018 ballot, how this legislation could affect unions in rural communities, and what the future holds for labor unions.



Jul 7, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking with Sara Moore, director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri about what you can expect from Cape Girardeau’s art scene. Then the individual health insurance market in rural Missouri is in trouble. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is out, and Anthem could still leave the market. That means dozens of Missouri counties may have zero options to buy coverage on Healthcare.gov.And later on in the show, we’re sharing your stories about life in Southeast Missouri from our community project Dear Heartland.

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Our world is filled with endless curiosities that can’t always be explained. However, they can be explored. Artists nationwide explored their curiosities for sci-fi, fantasy and the surreal in the Flights of Fantasy exhibit at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. Sara Moore, director for the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri joined KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson in the studio to talk about this and what people can look forward to from the art community.



Jun 30, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking with Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Carlos Vargas about a recently released report on sexual assault at the university. Then, a Missouri House subcommittee released a list of recommendations to address a proven culture of harassment and intimidation at the Department of Corrections. We’ll hear how some corrections officers think it’s not enough. Then Cape Girardeau City Manager Scott Meyer joins us to talk about the recent increase in utility fees in Cape Girardeau.

City of Cape Girardeau


On June 5th, the Cape Girardeau city council voted to raise utility fees for water, sewer, and trash throughout the city. After a few tense public hearings and some pushback from south Cape Girardeau residents, a memorandum was made to help some residents more easily pay their water bill. KRCU’s Lindsey Grojean spoke with city manager, Scott Meyer on why the utility fee increase was necessary, and to clear up what decisions were made in June’s city council meeting regarding utility rates.


Hello, Scott.