Engage ICT

KMUW has put together a series of virtual events—Distance Socials—to help our community stay connected while safely at home.

Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap will join this effort over the coming days and weeks. It's the same community conversations with expert panelists you're used to, but convened virtually on Zoom. You can join us live by clicking the link below during the event time, or come back later to watch the recorded discussion. Either way, your questions are important to us! Submit them in advance by emailing info@kmuw.org.

The next Digital Democracy On Tap is:

5 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2
Topic: Emergency Homeschooling

Click here to join on Zoom. Meeting ID: 214 843 201

Panelists:

For monthly updates regarding upcoming Engage ICT events and related news coverage from KMUW and NPR, subscribe to the Engage ICT e-newsletter.

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KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap presents monthly community conversations on topics that touch our daily lives. Since January of 2016, we've covered such topics as healthcare, sustainability and climate change, education and public safety. Engage ICT partnered with Wichita Eagle and Society of Professional Journalists to host a mayoral candidate debate, as well as with 1A Across America to present a discussion on local women in politics that was broadcast nationally by NPR's 1A.

Vanessa Segura / KMUW

On Tuesday, March 10, Democracy on Tap convened with a panel of experts at Roxy's Downtown to address your questions and concerns about coronavirus. Our panelists were: 

Here is the video of the conversation that we streamed live via Facebook:

Ascha Lee / KMUW

About ten years ago, downtown Wichita felt like a ghost town. Now, it's hopping. When it comes to quality of life, things have changed a lot in the Wichita area, and there's more change on the way. Our panel of experts discussed Wichita's quality of life at Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap on Tuesday, February 11, at Roxy's Downtown. 

Panelists:

Here is the video that aired on Facebook Live:

The topic for the first Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap of 2020 on January 14 was 2020 Vision. We’ve wrapped up the twenty-teens, and now it’s time for a shiny new decade…but what’s in store for the Wichita area? We discussed new tech and medical advancements, social and business trends, arts and culture, and possibilities for the Air Capital of the World diversifying into some other industries.

Our panelists were:

Here is the video that aired on Facebook Live:

The holidays are a wonderful time, but with them also come health risks due to stress and seasonal depression. Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap convened on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Roxy's Downtown to discuss warning signs, risks, and ways to mitigate stress.

Our panelists were:

  • Eric Litwiller, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
  • Telecia Lyons, Emerge Skin & Body Spa
  • Annie Montgomery, Counselor and Spiritual Leader
  • Constance Porazka, Retreat to Joy

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

The Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap on Tuesday, November 5, focused on mental health. The intersections between mental health and other aspects of our community are endless, from law enforcement to homelessness, medical responders to nonprofit support.

Our panelists were:

  • Jeff Easter, Sedgwick County Sheriff
  • Mary Jones, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
  • Gordon Ramsay, Wichita Police Department Chief of Police
  • Joan Tammany, COMCARE of Sedgwick County 

Things have changed a lot for women over the last hundred years, from winning the right to vote to holding more seats in Congress than ever before. Democratic women swept the 2018 midterms, and now a record number of Republican women are planning to run for office in 2020.

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

KMUW partnered with 1A Across America to present a special edition of Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap. This event, focused on women in politics and the GOP, was guest hosted by 1A's Joshua Johnson on  October 8 at the Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita, Kansas.

Things have changed a lot for women over the last hundred years, from winning the right to vote to holding more seats in Congress than ever before. Democratic women swept the 2018 midterms, and now a record number of Republican women are planning to run for office in 2020. We heard from two women in politics on why they ran, how they serve, and why they chose the party they did.

The conversation is scheduled to air Thursday, October 24, at 10 a.m. CT on 1A. The full video, produced by Digital Brand, is available here:

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

KMUW hosted a mayoral debate on Tuesday, Sept. 10, as part of Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap in partnership with the Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Candidates Jeff Longwell and Brandon Whipple answered questions submitted by KMUW listeners, readers of the Wichita Eagle, and SPJ members.

The debate was broadcast live on KMUW 89.1-FM and streamed via Facebook Live. Watch the video here:

Torin Andersen / KMUW

The topic for Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap on August 13, 2019, was the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan. Wichita community organizations are developing a comprehensive vision and master plan for future development on the east bank of the Arkansas River, with a focus on the area south of Douglas Avenue to Kellogg and east to Main Street. We discussed what a Riverfront Legacy Master Plan could mean for surrounding communities and Wichita's future generations, and how community members can share their input.

Panelists:

Torin Andersen / KMUW

The topic for July's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap was vaccinations, and not just measles and the flu. There are a lot more vaccines than you may realize, for people of all ages. Our panel of experts shared information about those various vaccines, and why so many children in public school don't have all their shots.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Gretchen Homan – KU School of Medicine Wichita
  • Dr. Sheri Tubach - Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kimber Kasitz, BSN, RN – USD 259

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