Going Public

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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.

 Earlier this year, Dr. Debra Lee-DiStefano, a professor of Spanish at Southeast, contributed to the book Imagining Asia in the Americas, which takes a look at the many contributions from Asians in the Americas. Recently, she joined KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson in the studio to talk more about those contributions and what it means to be Asian in America.

Courtesy of Alton Wang

 A 2012 census bureau report showed Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the nation. But with election season in full swing, Asian American voices are largely being left out of the political conversation. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Alton Wang, a Communications and Development Associate from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote--or APIAVote to explain why this is.

Lewis-Thompson: Why are we missing out or just not hearing from Asian American voices this political season?

Courtesy of John Link

Random drug testing is starting to catch wind in school districts across the country. And one of them is the Jackson R-2 school district. The new policy is directed towards students involved in extracurricular activities. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Jackson R-2 school district superintendent Dr. John Link.

Lewis-Thompson: Recently, you all implemented the random drug testing policy in the Jackson R-2 school district. Why now?

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Have you ever thought about drinking wine from a can? Well, a new study shows some millennials are not opposed to unconventional methods of wine packaging. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with the study’s author Dr. Nicholas Johnston, an assistant professor of hospitality at Southeast Missouri State University.

Lewis-Thompson: So tell me what did you find out. What do you millennials like? Is it can? Is it in a bottle? Does it matter? Does it taste different? Tell me what did you find?

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Reading can be a challenge at any age. With the school year in full swing, many parents are trying to find programs to help their children improve their reading skills. Read to Succeed Plus Reading Academy, a program at Southeast Missouri State University is doing just that. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with two of the programs facilitators Dr. Debra Porter and Dr. Dixie McCollum from the department of Elementary, Early and Special Education.

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