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.

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As Ozarks Public Broadcasting celebrates its 40th anniversary, Lisa Langley talks to Missouri State University political science professor Dr. Brian Calfano about  the history of public broadcasting.

Most historians say the start of public broadcasting was in the late 1960s, according to Calfano.  The idea behind the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, he said, was to provide an opportunity for non-commercial stations to develop their programming and allow for a diversity of viewpoints.

In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Leslie Carrier talks with newspaper reporter, Amos Bridges, about his News-Leader column, The Watchdog Report.

The Watchdog Report has existed for nearly a year.  In it, the News-Leader answers readers' questions about a variety of issues.

Bridges says, in answering them, he "tries to highlight areas where readers can do their own research" and "how they can find public records."

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Allison Cash talks with fellow League of Women Voters members, Ilga Vise and Lisa Langley, about how the public can become informed before the November 4th election.

Upcoming Dates:

Partnering with the Missouri State University’s new Center of Community Engagement

A forum featuring candidates for the 7th Congressional District:

Tuesday, Oct. 14                         

7:00-8:30 p.m.                   

Missouri State University

Plaster Student Union Theatre

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Randy Hoops talks with Jim Anderson, former member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and Jeff Seifried, Springfield City Council member, about how to meet the state's transportation needs after the failure of a transportation tax issue on the August ballot.

Amendment 7 would have imposed a 3/4 cent sales tax for transportation in Missouri, but 59% of voters decided against it. 

Nixa Public Schools

Allison Cash talks with Dr. Kevin Kopp, executive director of elementary education for Nixa Public Schools, about a new standards based grading system in the district.

The grading system is for grades K-6.  According to Kopp, standards are the expectations of what the district hopes students will learn and can do by the time they finish a grade.  They're expectations, he said, that can prepare students for college and a career.