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.

Photo Credit: Steve Helms

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.

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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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.