Theresa Bettman

News Producer, Announcer, Host

Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at Missouri State University, as well as her  Master's degree in Social Work at MSU. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to continue to use her experiences, combined with her pursuit of education, to foster a sense of empowerment and social awareness in the community. Theresa loves working with KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.

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For this afternoon’s Sense of Community series on Opportunities for Veterans, we’re in the municipal courtroom of Carthage, Missouri.  It has the typical judge’s bench, two tables for legal counsel, wooden pews for the public, and a bailiff. But this is no ordinary courtroom. It’s a veteran treatment court.

It begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

As each person’s name is called—all veterans—Judge John Nicholas rises to shake each person’s hand, smile, and look them in the eye.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise talks with executive director of OACAC, Carl Rosenkranz.

Today’s discussion explores the history of OACAC, and services available to help give people in poverty to have a “hand up.”

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney talks with one of the founding physicians with Equality Health Care, Dr. Shelby Smith. 

Today’s discussion provides an overview direct primary care, and its role in the broader health care conversation.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney continues her conversation with Representative Steve Helms of Missouri’s 135th House District in Springfield. 

Today’s discussion talks about healthcare and explores an overview of a proposed Missouri health care plan.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Leslie Forrester, executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.   

Today’s conversation explores the findings of a recent study examining the financial contribution the arts bring to Springfield and surrounding communities.

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