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The Check-In: Protests, COVID Testing And Elections

KBIA host Janet Saidi is ready to take calls.

Citizens in Columbia and across the country have spilled on to the streets to call for justice for George Floyd.

After the recent killings of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and after a decade of killings of unarmed black citizens often at the hands of police, many people are saying: Enough is enough.

While many are questioning what’s happening and what we do now, we can't forget that this latest crisis arises from an original crisis. Indeed, the global coronavirus pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on African-American and Hispanic communities.

In this episdoe, we check in with three guests today to try to address some of these issues and figure out a way forward.

Our guests:

Mary Ratliff, the president of the NAACP’s Columbia chapter. Ms. Ratliff has spent decades working for change in Columbia and has spent a lot of time talking with city leaders and police leaders about how to enact change in our systems.

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Deptartment of Health and Senior Services. He's leading the effort as Boone County embarks on two full days of COVID-19 testing at Hickman High School.

Brianna Lennon, Boone County Clerk. Election Day is Tuesday in mid-Missouri. We’re deciding on a school board seat, a city council seat and a school bond issue. And if you are wondering how things can and should change in our country, one good place to start, is voting. 

To hear the live show, tune in weekdays at noon. Also, you can leave us a voicemail at 877-532-0971 about how you are handling the current crises our region is facing and any questions you have.

Kristofor left KBIA in fall of 2021
Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
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