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.

Ozark Greenways: Connecting Springfield With Nature

May 23, 2016
Ozark Greenways

Ozark Greenways celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a series of special events to showcase the various trails in and around Springfield, including a special National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 4 to link up two existing trails, a first for this trail system!


Drury University

This week join host Ilga Vise in a discussion about the  L.E Meador Center at Drury University with its Director, Dr. Dan Ponder.

We will examine the history of the center, as well as the many scholarships and services it provides for students and the local community.

We also examine the history and legacy of the individual the center was named after, Lewis E. Meador.

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

In this weeks episode of Making Democracy Work join Allison Cash in a conversation with Robert Palmer, President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, and Presiding Judge of the 31st Judicial Circuit Tom Mountjoy.

The importance of jurors in the legal system is discussed, as well as how this compares to the legal systems in other countries, and how the expierience of serving on a jury often affects people during their first court case. / KSMU Archives

In this week’s episode of Making Democracy Work Lois Zerrer speaks with Rod Hackathorn, the District Defender with the Springfield Public Defenders Office.

The purpose and services provided by the Public Defender’s Office are outlined, including the wide number of counties that the Springfield office services. Also discussed, is the publics ability to make use of the office, as well as the effect that population growth in the Ozarks has had on workload.

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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.