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.

Renew Missouri

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with James Owen, executive director for Renew Missouri. 

Learn more about how this non-profit organization provides education, advocacy and participates in legislation to explore improving energy options throughout Missouri.


This week on Making Democracy Work host Leslie Carrier speaks with Jason Ray, Executive Director for ths Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG). 

Listen in as they discuss the history of SMCOG, how it works along side Missouri State University, and some of the things they do behind the scenes to work with local governments to impact the lives of southwest Missourians.

For more information regarding SMCOG or the work they do listeners can visit

Providing Safe Drinking Water Is A Big Job

Nov 20, 2017
KSMU/Peter Batemon

This week on Making Democracy Work host Ilga Vise speaks with Fred Schlegel. Schlegel is an Environmental Engineer with the Public Drinking Water branch of the Missouri Department of Natural Recources.

They will discuss when the MDNR was founded, it's mission to maintain and protect our natural resources - in particular our drinking water. 

Moms Demand Action: A Grassroots Gun Safety Group

Nov 13, 2017

This week on Making Democracy Work host Lisa Langley speaks with Judith Peavy and Jean Nap, members of the group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. Moms Demand Action (as they are commonly known) works toward sensible gun reforms and safety laws. 

Listen in as they discuss the history of Moms Demand Action, the goals and missions of the group, and some statistics concerning gun violence.

Moms Demand Action has an upcoming event. Information on this event can be found on their Facebook page.

A Conversation With Ozarks Mental Health Network

Nov 6, 2017
Ozarks Mental Helth Network

This week on Making Democracy Work host Lois Zerrer speaks with Lisa Hall. 

Hall is a representative from the Ozarks Mental Health Network, and organization that aims to bring all area mental health efforts together. Listen in as they discuss the history of the organization, what it's goals are, and an upcoming event.

The event will be held Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 7 pm at the Springfield Art Museum.