This month, folks around town will be discussing this year’s One Read
selection, the Ruins of Us
by Keija Parssinen. Set in Saudi Arabia in 2005, the novel tells the story of Rosalie March, an American expat married to a wealthy Saudi businessman. Their happy union starts to crumble after she discovers her husband’s secret second marriage. The book examines the emotional toll the revelation takes on Rosalie, her husband, her son and daughter and a family friend.
This week on Intersection, we’ll talk about the novel with the book’s author. In the second half of the show, we’ll chat with other local authors about what it’s like writing in Columbia.
Over the next few weeks, civic leaders will continue to pore over the details of City Manager Mike Matthes’ proposed annual budget, in advance of an expected vote by city council in September.
The $414 million budget for 2014, which was unveiled in July, reflects Matthes’ insistence on ending deficit spending from the city’s general fund. Some of the changes announced in the budget include hiring three additional police staff, retooling the city’s public transit system, and cutting funding to CAT-TV. This also comes as city leaders discuss whether the police department needs to add new officers, and how to find money to pay for them.
This week on Intersection, we’ll take a closer look at the proposed budget, find out what it could mean for Columbia if approved, and talk about some of the other issues facing the city.
It’s that time of year again, when students across Columbia sharpen their pencils, pack their book bags, and prepare for the start of yet another school year. Tuesday is the first full day of classes for CPS, and it marks the start of a number of changes for the district, including new school start times, new school bus routes, and a new comprehensive high school.
This week on Intersection, we’ll explore some of the changes this year, and get a preview of what's to come.
Started in 1901, the Missouri State Fair has since become an annual tradition, and is a yearly celebration of Missouri’s agriculture, fine art, and food, among other things. This year, however, the festival reached national attention after video surfaced showing a rodeo clown at the fair dressed as President Obama. On the video, an announcer is seen asking the audience if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull." The stunt has been heavily criticized, with some calling it racist.
This week on Intersection, broadcast live from the festival, we'll speak to the fair's director about the rodeo incident. We'll also talk about the state fair in general, hear from young farmers, and got an insider’s view of some of the competitions. Throughout the show, we’ll also present some sights and sounds of the festival, which runs through Aug. 18th.
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1st segment panelists:
Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Fair Director
David Dick, livestock superintendent
On Monday, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced his six-point plan to tackle violent crime in the city. Among the ideas is a 20 cent property tax increase to hire 35 additional officers. The mayor also announced the members of a task force charged with investigating Columbia’s crime problem, which the city council can vote to approve at its meeting Monday.
The announcement comes weeks after a number of high profile incidents, including the shooting death of teenager Tre’Veon Marshall, a homicide in a Conley Road shopping center in what’s believed to be a drug deal gone bad, and shots fired in Columbia’s downtown district. This week
on Intersection, we’ll talk to the mayor about his proposals, and find out what could be done to reduce violent crime in the city. Useful links:
-A summary of crime in Columbia over the past 20 years
-Breakdown of violent crime in Columbia involving a firearm -How violent crime in Columbia compares with other Midwestern cities
| | Panelists: Bob McDavid
, mayor of Columbia Dale Roberts
, executive director of the Columbia Police Officers' Association Laura Nauser
, council member for Columbia's Fifth Ward Tyree Byndom
, community leader and talk show host
On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department announced its plans to take legal action to force the state of Texas to seek federal approval before making changes to its election laws. The move comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requiring some Southern states and jurisdictions to obtain such permission from the federal government.
While Missouri isn’t included in that provision of the Voting Rights Act, it still got us thinking: Are there any modern barriers to voting in our state? Today on Intersection, we’ll explore that question and talk about ways to make voting more accessible.
Last week, President Obama became the latest public official to question expanded self-defense laws such as Florida’s stand your ground statute. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the president challenged the law, asking if it really contributed to “the kind of peace and security and order that we'd like to see.”
Opponents say that stand your ground laws promote vigilantism and undermine public safety, while supporters say they empower law abiding citizens. So which is it? This week on Intersection, we’ll take a closer look at expanded self-defense laws.
| | Panelists: Frank Bowman
, Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law, MU School of Law Dale Roberts
, attorney Ben Trachtenberg
, Associate Professor of Law, MU School of Law (joining by Skype)
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. The 5-4 decision effectively means that federal benefits afforded to married couples will also apply to same-sex couples married in the states that allow it. So, how does the supreme court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act affect places like Missouri? What might change for same-sex couples in our state? And will the ruling have any effect on businesses, taxing authorities and the like?
This week on Intersection, we’ll work through what is and is not changing with regard to marriage benefits in Missouri, and we’ll look a bit more into the legal context that led to the supreme court’s ruling.
| | Panelists: Justin Dyer
, assistant professor, MU Department of Political Science Michelle Cecil
, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor, MU School of Law A.J. Bockelman
, executive director, PROMO
The US ranks as one of the most religious nations among industrialized countries, but that may be changing. A Pew survey released last October showed that one-fifth of American adults say they don’t identify with any religion. Among young people under 30, nearly a third say they are religiously unaffiliated. And, these numbers appear to be on the rise.
Is this evidence that America is becoming a secular nation, or is this simply a temporary trend? This week on Intersection, we’ll take a look at the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.
Debra Mason, director, of the Center on Religion & the Professions
Richard “Chip” Callahan, chair, MU Department of Religious Studies
Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia
Kimberly Winston, national correspondent, Religion News Service (joining by phone)
The state of Missouri is getting less than stellar ratings on its infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave the state a C minus grade overall for its roads, bridges and dams. According to that report released last month, 31% of the state’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and nearly 14% of its bridges are functionally obsolete.
So what could be done to raise money for roads? How will the state repair its aging infrastructure in the future? And how long do we have before we begin to feel the effects? This week on Intersection, we’ll take a closer look at the infrastructure needs of the state, and talk about some ways to pay for it.
Roberta Broeker, chief financial officer, Missouri Dept. of Transportation
Bill McKenna, spokesperson, Missouri Transportation Alliance
Sen. John Lamping, R-St. Louis, 24th Senate District (joining by phone)