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Collateral Damage is a 30-minute news and chat show 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 St. Louis. Regular guests include members of the mainstream media as well as bloggers, politicians and activists

Collateral Damage is a 30-minute news and chat show 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 St. Louis. Regular guests include members of the mainstream media as well as bloggers, politicians and activists
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Collateral Damage is a 30-minute news and chat show 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 St. Louis. Regular guests include members of the mainstream media as well as bloggers, politicians and activists




122: Guest Host Hank Thompson with Virvus Jones

This week's guest host, according to DJ Wilson, "has the best voice in radio." Hank Thompson usually hosts the weekly show "Voices," Sunday evenings at 6pm on 88.7 WSIE, but this week he's also recording at the KDHX studios with guest Virvus Jones. Jones, a frequent guest on Collateral Damage, and Thompson have known each other for years. This week's podcast is a front row seat for a lively conversation between two wise men who have been living and breathing St Louis history, politics, and...

Duration: 00:52:45

121: Mothers in Charge - Responding to Violence in Our Community

In 2014, Valerie Dent lost her two youngest sons, ages 24 and 31, to gun violence. That same weekend, Edith Williams lost her great nephew. A few months later, her pastor asked her to help start a local chapter of Mothers in Charge. Nationally, this organization is known as "a violence prevention, education and intervention-based organization, which advocates and supports youth, young adults, families and community organizations affected by violence." Locally, Williams and Dent help...

Duration: 00:40:04

120: Tony Messenger from The St.Louis Post Dispatch on Stockley and the city.

Here is a rough breakdown of how the conversation went. Stockley Trial= 3:00-35:00 Amazon in St.Louis? = 36:35-42:00 Scottrade renovations= 42:01-45:00 Metro Link Crime= 45:22-49:22

Duration: 00:49:21

119: Remembering WGNU's "The Wakeup Call" host, Lizz Brown, with Public Information Specialist Adella Jones

For 15 years, four hours every morning, Lizz Brown woke up the St Louis region with her WGNU show, "The Wakeup Call." The title of her talk radio program was more than a witty double entendre, it was a way of life for the firebrand host who wasn't afraid to declare that she was "liberal and lovin' it." Adella Jones is a public information specialist who worked for the St. Louis Police Department and sometimes went toe to toe with the radio host while Brown was in her prime with "The...

Duration: 00:54:19

118: Former State Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford Puts the POW in Empower Missouri

Jeanette Mott Oxford is the executive director of Empower Missouri, an organization that "envisions Missouri becoming a more just, equitable and democratic society that assures every person’s health, safety, security, independence, human rights, dignity and the opportunity to reach full potential." DJ and Jeanette's conversation follows Mott Oxford's career in politics, the work of Empower Missouri, and, of course, our state and nation's political climate. Here's a look at how the...

Duration: 00:49:36

117: Dj reflects on the life of Dick Gregory

With the passing of a St. Louis leader and icon, Dj ponders the life and death of Dick Gregory, while reading some passages from Gregory's autobiography "nigger".

Duration: 00:25:20

116: Glenn McGowan talks St. Louis Soccer, and the search for a North Side pitch

What follows is a rough breakdown of how the conversation went down. What inspired you to stat this academy? (3:00-8:00) Soccer in STL (9:00-10:30) The Field (10:40-13:00) Youth Soccer in STL (14:00-17:30) How to get a coach (17:45-19:00) Why Soccer? (19:30-30:00) Challenges of soccer (36:15-42:00) Fifa Fair Play (42:10-47:00) Popularity of the sport (47:00-49:30 How to get this field (49:45-66:00)

Duration: 01:06:22

115: 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley Talks Realistic Change

If the name Bosley rings a bell, that's because the new 3rd Ward alderman is the son of Freeman Bosley Sr. who served the third for 39 years. Brandon's brother served as the city's first black mayor from 1993 to 1997. The young alderman was narrowly elected in April of 2017, inspired by the mobilization in Ferguson that showed Bosley that his community is ready for change. He wants to help find realistic ways to make that change happen. Here's a look at how the conversation...

Duration: 00:48:31

114: Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

Kathleen Henry and Bruce Morrison from the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center join D.J. in the KDHX studios to discuss a variety of federal, state, and local environmental issues and what they mean to us here in the St. Louis region. Here's a glance at how the conversation goes: 1:30-8:15 - What does the GRELC do and why? 8:15-21:00 - What does the Trump administration mean for the environment in St. Louis? Streamlining the development process isn't very good for Missouri and...

Duration: 00:47:10

113: John Ammann, Catherine Frizell on law suit to protect foster children

John Amman, SLU law professor, and Catherine Frizell, staff attorney for Children's Rights, discuss the federal class action suit against Missouri to stop the over-prescription of psychotropic drugs to the state's foster children.

Duration: 00:49:15

112: Virvus Jones on electric cars, the Fourth of July, and the new St. Louis city budget

Virvus Jones stopped by to speak with DJ about many issues facing the city of St. Louis, and many other topics effecting the entire country on this episode of Collateral Damage. 4th of July : 3:00 VP Fair : 5:20 Gina Scott : 8:40 Veteran Life : 14:00 Housing : 20:00 Green Housing : 22:00 Universal Basic Income : 25:38 Crime : 33:30 City Budget : 36:55 Confederate memorial removal : 57:00

Duration: 01:15:02

111: Daniel Durchholz on Music Reviews, Concert Etiquette, and the Guns N Roses Riot of 1991

Daniel Durchholz from the St. Louis Post Dispatch stopped by the studio to share stories of what it is like to review music, how he believes people should behave at a concert, and many stories from his history of reviews. The River Front Times (3:50) Reviewing Music (4:35) How to Prepare (11:30) Note taking (13:00) Set Lists (16:00) Deadlines (17:25) How to choose a concert to review (22:18) Tom Petty (23:42) Concert Etiquette (24:50) Neil Young (34:10) B.B. King...

Duration: 01:13:22

110: The Online News Association with Andrew Nguyen and Kelly Moffitt

DJ speaks with the conveners of the local chapter of the Online News Association. Nguyen is the Newsroom Developer at the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Moffitt is an Online Producer with St Louis Public Radio. Here's a rough summary of how the conversation went: 1:00-5:00 - What is the Online News Association? (It's the largest group of digital journalists in the world!) 5:15-13:00 - Why can't DJ find that article from his print edition of the Post online? What are the differences between...

Duration: 00:57:14

109: Professor Todd Swanstrom Discusses Middle Neighborhoods

Swanstrom joins DJ Wilson to talk professorially about the idea of middle neighborhoods and how approaching community development with a public health lens -- as opposed to that of an ICU -- can be a better model for sustaining diverse neighborhoods. This sweeping conversation seamlessly covers an awful lot of ground, but here's a rough outline of how it went: 1:30-24:00 - What is a Middle Neighborhood? Swanstrom discusses housing policy, race, economic diversity, and why focusing on...

Duration: 00:56:08

108: Scottrade Center Upgrades with Alderwoman Cara Spencer

Alderwoman Cara Spencer joined DJ in the studio following his conversation with Coalition Against Public Funding for Stadiums' Fred Lindecke to discuss her opposition to the city authorizing spending $67.5 million for renovations to the Scottrade Center. Here's a rough glance at how the conversation went: 1:30-7:15 - How things are going in Spencer's 20th Ward 7:15-21:45 - Background on the $67.5 million allocated for renovations to the Scottrade Center. "This was never meant to be a...

Duration: 00:44:23

107: Former Post-Dispatch Writer Fred Lindecke Talks Stadium Financing

This week, DJ talks to a retiree from the Post-Dispatch, Fred Lindecke, who played a big roll in getting referendums passed requiring public votes to approve financing Coalition Against Public Funding of Stadiums. Lindecke appeared on Collateral Damage in 2015 and returns to discuss the aftermath of the Rams leaving town, the proposed soccer stadium, and the city funding upgrades to the Scottrade Center, where the Blues play. Here's a rough breakdown of how the conversation...

Duration: 00:27:34

106: Special Assistant to Mayor Slay for Economic Policy, Nahuel Fefer

A 2015 graduate of Washington University, Nahuel Fefer met with DJ Wilson at the end of his undergraduate career. The Collateral Damage host encouraged the bright young man to get a look at how policy is made in the sausage factory of City Hall rather than going straight to graduate school. After two years of following DJ's advice, Fefer is headed to Law School at NYU. DJ and Nahuel talk about the minimum wage, public transportation, the mayoral election, economic policy, and...

Duration: 00:43:48

105: Doug Moore From the Post Dispatch

Doug Moore has spent 17 years with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Moore recently interviewed the new St. Louis City mayor, Lyda Krewson, in an article titled, "New St. Louis mayor on her to-do list, political foes and getting 'remarried' to the county." Here's a quick, approximate breakdown of the interview if you'd like to skip around: 2:30-8:00 - Regional Flooding: The newsroom's responsibility 8:10-25:00 - New Mayor Lyda Krewson: The race, her team, and her prospects 25:00-33:30 -...

Duration: 00:51:02

104 - Jenna Bauer - Teaching the Color Wheel Analogy

Jenna Bauer is an artist, arts educator, and breath of fresh air in St Louis. She talks this week about her work with the Colorbridge Arts Collective, a "grassroots arts collective dedicated to providing inspired thematic curricula and studio art education opportunities for individuals, schools, families and community groups." Colorbridge Arts is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Colorbridge Studio at 5832 Macklind Ave, 63109. Jenna helped found SCOSaG, now known as...

Duration: 00:51:51

103: Annual Conversation with our French Bureau

Former SLU Urban Affairs Professor George Otte along with his wife, Françoise Otte, who worked in St Louis City Hall before joining Southwestern Bell and then IBM, return for their annual conversation with Collateral Damage to discuss the recent French presidential elections, the present state of Europe, and how Trump is viewed abroad.

Duration: 00:56:32

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