Making Democracy Work

Monday, 9:30 a.m.

The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri brings you this weekly program, which covers a variety of topics related to the Ozarks and democracy.

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This week, host Lisa Langley speaks with Tim Rosenbury, director of the Quality of Place Initiative with the City of Springfield.

Today’s discussion talks about the concept of “place making” with a focus on the proposed Grant Avenue Parkway project.

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This week, host Hue Ping Chin speaks with Andrea Bishop, Licensed Professional Counselor and Executive Director of the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center, a nonprofit United Way affiliate offering mental health services regardless of the client's ability to pay.

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This week, host Linda Regan speaks with Dr. Tom Ringenberg, assistant professor of political science at the College of Business, Influence and Information Analysis  at Rockhurst University.

Today’s discussion was recorded the day before the General Election last week, and is not specifically commenting on those results.  Instead, the converstation unpacks the overall historic process of certifying elections, including the role of the Electoral College.

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Making Democracy Work continues to focus on voter education and information for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 3.

This week, host Erika Brame speaks with Dr. Kevin Pybas, associate professor of political science at Missouri State University.

As voters head to the polls, Dr. Pybas talks about the ballot counting process and keeping votes secure.

Making Democracy Work continues to focus on voter education and information for the upcoming General Election next week.

This week, host Debbie Good speaks with guests Ann Elwell, former president of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri, and Crista Hogan, executive director of Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Greene County Clerk Discusses Early Voting Options

Oct 19, 2020
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Making Democracy Work continues the focus on voter education and information looking ahead to the upcoming General Election November 3rd.

This week, host Lisa Langley speaks with Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller.

Today’s discussion explores the differences between mail-in and absentee ballots, and overviews important information for voting procedures.  The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is this Wednesday, October 21st.

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With the General Election only a few weeks away, Making Democracy Work continues to focus on voter education and information.

This week, host HuePing Chin speaks with Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship at Drury University. 

Candidate and Ballot Issue Forums Begin this Week

Oct 5, 2020
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Making Democracy Work returns to the airwaves today and we may sound a little different.  In an effort to maintain safety, we are using web conferencing technology.

With the General Election only 29 days away, Making Democracy Work focuses on important voter information. Today's discussion explores ballot and issue forums that begin tomorrow.

Host Linda Regan speaks with Lisa Langley, Chair of Candidate Forum Coalition and longtime member of League of Women Voters.  

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A coalition of well-known community organizations will host a series of candidate and ballot issue forums ahead of the November 3 election. Candidates in selected races in the Springfield region have been invited to participate. 

Each organization will host or co-host a forum. All events are virtual and open to the public; registration may be limited. KSMU plans to broadcast some of the forums at later dates. 

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This morning, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Cara Erwin, community wellness coordinator with Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Today’s discussion explores the ongoing risks and continued popularity of vaping for today’s youth.  Erwin shares the health risks and ongoing challenges related to reducing this phenomenon.

 

Springfield Expert Discusses Common Recycling Myths

Mar 23, 2020
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League of Women Voter’s host Lynn Howerton speaks with Angie Snyder, planner with Ozarks Headwaters Recycling and Materials management District,

Today’s discussion explores the common myths and recommendations related to recycling.

 

Greene County Seniors Helping Seniors

Mar 16, 2020
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This morning, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Cara Erwin, community wellness coordinator with Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Today’s discussion explores the Senior Peer Support program.  The volunteer program combines senior volunteers and many local agencies to address depression, mental health and isolation experienced by many as they grow older.

 

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This morning, host Maggie Castrey speaks with Paige Oxendine, program coordinator with the MSU E-Factory, and founder of the volunteer group called “Rosie.”

Today we talk about the “Rosie” program launched in 2016 to empower and increase women’s civic engagement.

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This week, host Debbie Good speaks with Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer with Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Today’s discussion talks about this recently elevated position to cabinet level reporting directly to the superintendent, and explores SPS non-discrimination policy.

 

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For the final installment on Making Democracy Work’s February 2020 Census series, we focus on privacy and security that protect against concerns of invasion of privacy.

Today’s discussion explores how Census information is kept anonymous, what protections are in place to ensure confidentiality, and how the system is protected from potential hacking.

Host Leslie Carrier speaks with returning guest Jason Ray, Executive Director of Southwest Missouri Council of Governments.

 

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