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.

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The new kid on "media row” and home of the Southeast Arrow was dedicated on Friday. The Rust Center for Media hosted an open house for the public to explore the new facility. But ahead of Friday's festivities, I took a private tour of the new media center with Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, an associate professor from the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University. The center has everything from photo, audio and webcast production spaces to a podcasting room and TV studio. It’s quickly becoming the new innovative face for multimedia journalism at Southeast. Our first stop was the content creation lab. It’s the heartbeat of the media center.

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Passports, hotspots and telescope are some of the newest services to hit the Cape Girardeau Public Library. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cape Girardeau Public Library Director Betty Martin.

Lewis-Thompson: There are a ton of amenities that you all have brought to the Cape Girardeau Public Library. As you mentioned, you have the hotspot. You have the passports available to sign up and do that process, as well as new telescope. So let's start with the hotspots. How did you all come about getting that?

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Standing in a cluster near the runway at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is a small group of World War II veterans. While swapping old war stories from the good old days, they were waiting for the arrival of the iconic B-17 bomber.



 Today on KRCU’s Going Public, we’re debunking the misconceptions of the Islamic faith with Dr. Tahsin Khalid, a professor in the department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast. We’ll hear about the Islamic faith, the cultural differences on how women are treated, and his personal experience with 9/11.

 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.