Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage is a news and chat show produced by KDHX Community Media in St. Louis, MO dealing with local and state politics, how national issues affect the region and what role the media plays in determining how reality is perceived in Metro Saint Louis. Veteran journalist D.J. Wilson is your host and guests include members of the mainstream media as well as bloggers, politicians and activists.
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Collateral Damage is a news and chat show produced by KDHX Community Media in St. Louis, MO dealing with local and state politics, how national issues affect the region and what role the media plays in determining how reality is perceived in Metro Saint Louis. Veteran journalist D.J. Wilson is your host and guests include members of the mainstream media as well as bloggers, politicians and activists.

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Aug 16, 2016

Bruce Franks Jr., candidate for State Representative for the 78th district, joins DJ in studio to talk about the close results of his recent primary race against Penny Hubbard. He discusses the possibility of a recount or revote of the ballots and the reasons he believes there were voter irregularities. He also talks about why he is running, his work in the community, and the importance of involving the disenfranchised voters of his district. (recorded Aug. 15)

Aug 9, 2016

Virvus Jones stops by Collateral Damage to break down the national, state, and local elections results from Aug. 2. the former city comptroller and alderman also discusses next March's mayoral primary where his daughter Tishaura Jones, the city treasurer, is a likely candidate. Virvus says he wants her to run, but that it's up to Tishaura. 

Aug 2, 2016

Reverend Susan Sneed and Jim Sahaida from Metropolitan Congregations United, Yaphett El-Amin of MOKAN, and Aldophus Pruitt, local NAACP President, discuss what they see as the failure of the Metropolitan Sewer District to follow their Community Benefits Agreement as it relates to minority contracts.

Jul 26, 2016

Matthew Carroll-Schmidt joins DJ in studio to talk about his bid for Committeeman in the 6th Ward. He also discusses how the August 2 vote is the election for Democrats, and how grassroots dissatisfaction with the party has led to a more contested primary. Also, near the end, he tells how he protested the appearance of a speaker at an Archon science fiction-fantasy confab, due to the speaker's racist views. 

Jul 19, 2016

Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio joins DJ Wilson to talk about upcoming primaries in Missouri, how national conventions are no longer impactful, the possibility of a Dubie vs. Blunt race, and why Michael Jordan is not worthy of adulation.

Jul 12, 2016

D.L. Thornton, former Vice President of the Federal Reserve bank of St. Louis, joins DJ in studio to talk about the role of the Federal Reserve, cronyism in the U.S. tax code, and how change in our economic system is unlikely. Thornton, who continues his research on his own website, points to the and housing bubbles as warnings for the future, as some of the same conditions persist. 

Jun 28, 2016

William Powell, outgoing Senior Editor for St. Louis Magazine, sits down with DJ to talk about his departure from St. Louis for New Haven, Connecticut to attend Yale Law School. He talks about his move from rural Pennsylvania to the New York Times and Esquire, to city magazines. Powell also goes over his past work with St. Louis Magazine , which includes covering competitive eating in the sports section, Bob Costas, Larry Rice, and his final article with the magazine: a look at the shootings of Vonderrit Meyers and Kajieme Powell. 

Jun 21, 2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch City Hall reporter Nick Pistor joins DJ in studio to talk about the upcoming mayor's race and possible candidates. He also discusses crime in downtown and St. Louis's struggle with regionalism.

Jun 7, 2016

DJ is joined in studio by Jim Nesbitt, author and former editor of the Riverfront Times. Jim talks about his new book, The Last Second Chance, his leap from journalism to fiction, nights of poker with St. Louis politicians, and his tumultuous time at the Riverfront Times.

May 31, 2016

George Otte, who grew up in south city, taught Urban Affairs at St. Louis University before moving to France more than 30 years ago with his wife Francoise, who is a native of France. The Ottes return to St. Louis about once a year and visit Collateral Damage to give their account of life in Europe and the view of America (and Trump) they get from their homes in Orleans and Paris. 

May 24, 2016

Elisa Crouch, reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, joins DJ in studio to talk about her newest piece, looking into racial disparities in AP classes in the area. She also discusses the lack of opportunity and access to educational resources as well as the structural barriers to getting ahead when you're already behind.

May 17, 2016

Sean Thomas joins DJ in the KDHX studio to talk about his time with Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. He talks about the great progress the neighborhood has seen since he joined in 2003, what attracted him to the area, and how he thinks other St. Louis neighborhoods can replicate their success

May 10, 2016

DJ is joined in the KDHX studio by Thomas Crone. RFT contributor and co-owner of the Tick Tock Tavern, Thomas talks about his recent work, including a piece on the former owner of the Broadway Oyster Bar, and his look into graffiti artists in St. Louis. Also discussed — the chemical indifference between Natty Light and Bud Light as well as the meaning behind a certain graffiti tag we probably can’t say here.

May 3, 2016

Stephen Houldsworth joins DJ Wilson in the KDHX studio to talk about the St. Louis music scene, as well as his own work on stage,most recently with the spoken word piece Protests and Punk Shows: Musings of a Grumpy Old Gay Man. He also talks about changing the narrative of what success looks like in our society, how protest movements lose their radical side, perfecting the literary form of the Facebook post, and why basements are the best place to catch local music.

Apr 12, 2016

Tonight, DJ is joined by Josh Wiese, Senior Staff Member for Mayor Slay. John talks about Slay’s recent announcement that he wouldn’t be running in the next election, growing up in a political, and musical, family, and finding out the ugly truth behind how city government runs. He also talks about his own past running neighborhood associations, musical endeavors, and tattoos.

Apr 5, 2016

Adam Frick, of Webster University and 'splains pod casts for us: what they are, why they're growing in popularity, who does them, and where you can find local versions (at his stlvernacular website). Frick breaks down their appeal and what works, and what doesn't.

Mar 30, 2016

Megan Ellyia Green (Ald.15th Ward), joins D.J. in studio to talk about her recent dust-up at the Trump rally at the Opera House, reflections on the failed stadium deal, and her ideals as an elected official in the city. Topics include Trump's rhetoric, what she overheard at the rally, her arrest for her protest, the static and slurs during the stadium controversy, and her hopes for participatory budgeting and transparency in government. 

Mar 22, 2016

Lana Stein, Chairman Emeritus of Political Science at UMSL, and author of St. Louis Politics: The Triumph of Tradition, drops by the KDHX studio to discuss the national presidential race, her surprise at Sanders' close results in Missouri, how voting can be illogical, and local ballot measures.

Mar 8, 2016

Lyda Krewson has been the alderwoman for the 28th Ward since 1997. During her visit to KDHX, she talks about recent development in her Central West End ward, and discusses the importance of the continuation of the city's earnings tax, which is a ballot issue on April 5th.  Krewson has no plans for retiring and hopes to continue on the board when it is reformulated to just 14 aldermen after the 2020 census. 

Mar 1, 2016

Dylan Hassinger drops by the KDHX studio to talk about his newly announced candidacy for the 5th District State Senate Seat against Jamilah Nasheed. He talks about his work on previous campaigns and activism in St. Louis, his belief in the 50-state strategy, and how he intends to reach across the aisle to get bipartisan work done in Jefferson City.

Feb 23, 2016

Long-time Collateral Damage guest, and member of the State Board of Education, joins DJ to exchange sports analogies about St. Louis public schools, how businessmen and civics do not mix, and the civic purpose and meaning behind sports, particularly in regards to the recent departure of the Rams. 

Feb 16, 2016

Ken Warren, SLU Political Science professor and pollster, talks about the survey he and a colleague conducted, collecting citizen feedback on how people in the system view the St. Louis County Municipal Court system. It doesn't get good reviews. Warren also discusses the current state of the presidential primaries.

Feb 9, 2016

Jack Gardetti joins DJ in studio to discuss New Approach Missouri's efforts in changing the Missouri Constitution to make marijuana legal for medical purposes. Gardetti talks about their May deadline to gather 167,000 signatures, Missourians' support for medical marijuana, and how the measure would support veterans' causes in the state.

Feb 3, 2016

Former City Comptroller and Alderman Virvus Jones explains why he's backing Bernie Sanders, why the Rams leaving town is no big deal, how St. Louis County is more fractured than ever, and what needs to be done to address the problem of poverty, crime, troubled schools, and a growing number disadvantaged people.

Jan 26, 2016

Veteran Collateral Damage guest, Bill Haas, joins DJ to talk about his new book “Pink Collar Blue,” a story about love and politics. He also talks about his past and future political aspirations in St. Louis, money in politics, education, and the lifelong pursuit to achieve your dreams.

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