Making Democracy Work

City of Springfield

In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Lois Zerrer talks with Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter about the April municipal election.  They also talk about ways citizens can get involved in a variety of issues affecting the city.  According to Cotter, the city has 29 boards and commissions.

To find out more about the City of Springfield and ways to get involved as a citizen, click here.

This week Crystal Brigman Mahaney speaks with Jeff Nene, the National Spokesperson of Convoy of hope about ongoing community efforts in the Ozarks, as well as an upcoming event at the Fairgrounds on Saturday May 7th.

The Convoy of Hope Community event will be taking place at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds beginning at 10am on May 7th. The event will include numerous sponsors from the Ozarks providing community services, family assistance, and mammograms for individuals in need in the Ozarks region.

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Law Day is May 1, and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association has activities planned to celebrate it.  Lisa Langley talks with Crista Hogan, executive director of the association, about what's planned.

Two Local League of Women Voters Members Travel to Cuba

Dec 28, 2015
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The new relations between the U.S. and Cuba have opened up great opportunities for travel.  Two members of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri recently visited Cuba on a “Sisters Across the Straits” tour, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Florida.  Listen in as Ann Elwell and Kay Murnan share their experiences and first impressions of this newly accessible country.

Local Archivist Works to Preserve History

Dec 21, 2015
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In this segment of KSMU's Making Democracy Work series, Ilga Vise talks with Erin Smither, archivist at the Springfield Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri, about the center and what it offers.

The Springfield research center has been in operation since 2014, according to Smithers, and is located on the Missouri State University campus in Meyer Library.  There are other research centers in Missouri--in Kansas City, St. Louis, Rolla and Cape Girardeau. 

Anyone can make requests online for materials to be sent to the Springfield center.