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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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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 StlVernacular.com '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.

Jan 20, 2016

Tony Messenger, columnist from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, joins DJ in studio to talk about his recent move within the paper, and developing a voice among his readers. He also discusses how the NGA is not as “sexy” as the stadium, but has a bigger potential for growth in the region, the area’s failed river policy as it pertains to recent flooding, and his optimistic outlook on the future of journalism.

Jan 19, 2016

Globalization is no longer a vague concept on the horizon. It's here. As St. Louis copes with the global market, its effect on racial equity is the topic of a discussion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the Central Library, Downtown, at 13th and Olive streets. John Robertson of Employment Connection and John Posey of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments discuss the effects of globalization on racial disparity in St. Louis. 

Jan 5, 2016

Todd Swanstrom, the Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at UMSL, describes how private and public institutions continue to oppress the poor through predatory lending, predatory policing and an oppressive court system. Swanstrom contends that North County suburban lives are increasingly brittle and difficult, but those lives could improve through stronger and better government. 

Dec 29, 2015

Photographer, Writer, Blogger, and Musician Toby Weiss joins DJ Wilson for a review of 2015, looking back in angst not in anger at their likes and dislikes of 2015 in politics, media, urban affairs, and culture.  

Toby's blog B.E.L.T. Built Environment in Laymen's Terms, recently marked a 10th anniversary with B.E.L.T.  

Dec 23, 2015

Journalist and longtime Collateral Damage guest Byron Kerman returns to break down quotes by and about everyone from Willie Nelson to Noam Chomsky. 

Dec 15, 2015

Susan Sneed, community organizer with Metropolitan Congregations United, comes by the KDHX studio to talk with DJ about MCU’s efforts in faith based community action. She discusses St. Louis public officials who have, and have not, responded to MCU’s invitations to their public meetings, and how this organization of churches and congregations aim to to do more than simply fill food pantries.

Dec 8, 2015

Regular panelist on Donnybrook and original co-host of Collateral Damage, Alvin Reid, drops in studio to talk with DJ Wilson about the failed downtown music festival, the intersection of activism and football at Mizzou, and issues with the Ferguson Commission. Reid talks bluntly about race, and calls the Ferguson Report “Vanilla” and wishes it had been more “Rocky Road,” inferring it needed more substance and defined goals.

Dec 2, 2015

Kevin Killeen drops by the KDHX studio to talk about his new novel, “Snow Globes and Hand Grenades.” Dealing with youth and live munitions, Killeen paints a reminiscent portrait of Catholic school with the cunning young character, Mimi Maloney. He also has the chance to talk about telling unique stories at KMOX, ranging from a destructive Grateful Dead fan, to our own host assisting a stranger’s birth in a car.

Nov 24, 2015

Virvus Jones, former Comptroller of the City of St. Louis, visits Collateral Damage to talk about Donald Trump feeding American fears, the mistakes leading up to Timothy Wolfe’s resignation from Mizzou, and how the stadium deal could have changing conditions once the team comes to the table.

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