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.

Courtesy of the NRCS

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer continues her conversation with Diana Sheridan, district conservationist for National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Today’s discussion focuses on programs available to farmers through the NRCS, as how these aid in local conservation.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks with Roz Palmer and Meleah Spencer with The Kitchen Inc.

The conversation today focuses on changes in the program over the last 35 years, starting as a shelter model transitioning to the current "housing first" model.

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Courtesy of 911 Emergency Communications

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Zim Schwartze, director of Emergency Communications.

Schwartze expands upon the conversation from last time, speaking to concerns faced daily by dispatchers, and the role of 911 in a healthy community.

Photo Credit: Steve Helms

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney speaks with Representative Steve Helms of the 135th House District in Springfield.

Rep. Helms serves as Chair of the Subcommittee for Short-term Financial Transactions, and will be speaking about proposed measures to reduce the often predatory nature of short term lending.

A Town Hall style meeting about this topic will be Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm at Schweitzer Brentwood Library.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with representatives of the outreach and dual credit programs at Missouri State University.

The discussion explores how programs can make college education more accessible and affordable for families.

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