Special programs presented at Osher@Mizzou

Post-Election Discussion, 2016

  • David Leuthold, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri
  • Nov. 10, 2016

This podcast is the final installation of an eight-week course entitled The November 8th Elections. Leuthold’s class was designed to focus on candidates, issues, policies and procedures involved in this year’s political campaigns and elections. The course considered not only the presidential elections, but senatorial, congressional, statewide and Boone County elections.

This final session took place two days after the general election. Leuthold explains the results of the election, and what we might expect from a Trump administration. He also discusses the results of the statewide and congressional elections as well as local and statewide ballot issues.



What’s Up with Ferguson

  • Pamela Merritt, communications director for Progress Missouri
  • Feb. 24, 2015.

Merritt addresses not only some of the conditions that led to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, but also discusses the implications for all Missouri communities — urban, suburban and rural, as well as possible strategies for individuals and families to create a more positive future for themselves.

The presentation is offered in four segments, each about 30 minutes in length. During the first segment, Merritt presents a short video documentary, Crossing a St Louis street that divides communities.

Podcast segments

Why Cops Pull the Trigger

  • Wayne Anderson, PhD, is an MU professor emeritus of psychology and an adjunct professor in Columbia College’s criminal justice program
  • Feb. 26, 2015

In his presentation Anderson discusses how focusing on one officer’s behavior tells us little about why the shooting in Ferguson occurred. He covers:

  • Officer training
  • Stress factors in officers
  • Community attitudes toward perpetrators
  • Offender personalities
  • Court system enforcement of the law

Podcast segments