Tim Fitch, former St. Louis County Police Chief returns to KDHX for his fourth interview since 2010, this time looking at the ongoing turmoil in North County. Back in 2010 on Collateral Damage Fitch discussed how the multiplicity of police departments and small municipalities in the county led to strained citizen-police relations due to underpaid police writing tickets to bolster municipal budgets.
Jeff Rainford, chief of staff for Mayor Francis Slay for the last 14 years, visits KDHX to talk about race, crime, schools, a new stadium, downtown, the recent suicide of State Auditor Tom Schweich, what the city and region need to do, and what he plans to do now that he's left City Hall. Rainford was a guest on the first Collateral Damage in July 2001.
Jay Swoboda started What's Up, a publication sold by the homeless, he runs EcoUrban homes and does recycling "audits" for companies. His biggest venture recently is being CEO of Dabble, an on-line marketplace for connecting people with classes in the community. Swoboda explains how he's invested a $50,000 Arch Grant into Dabble and how well it's doing.
Britini Gray is a community organizer for Metropolitan Congregations United, a multi-denominational church-based organization dedicated to advocating for the disadvantaged through various lobbying efforts and awareness raising activities. Its social justice causes include Medicaid expansion, better resources and support for public schools, and limitations on payday loan outlets.
John Payne of Show-Me Cannabis discusses the apparent success of marijuana legalization in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon and decriminalization in the District of Columbia. Plans are on track for a 2016 ballot proposal to legalize marijuana in Missouri, and Payne says polling remains around 50-50 for approval. He thinks as more young voters turn 18 by November 2016, votes in favor of legalization will increase.
Veteran journalist C.D. Stelzer gives an update on recent projects, including his work on a documentary film about the disposal of radioactive waste in the St. Louis area.
Steve Potter has been on-air at St. Louis Public Radio for the last 10 years, as the host of Cityscape on Fridays and as a fill-in host on other shows. Potter, from Granite City, also has a television talk show on the city's public access channel. He discusses how "coming out" as a gay man surfaced on KWMU.
Nick Pistor, a native of Milstadt, covers city hall for the Post-Dispatch. In this interview he discusses his work covering the turmoil of Ferguson, as well as the the changing face of the Slay administration in City Hall.
Steve Patterson, writer for urbanreviewstl.com, discusses the Larry Rice homeless shelter, further developments with the Edward Jones Dome and the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.