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Care Waves

InsideOUT radio hosts support peers and each other

Published Feb. 24, 2015
Story and photos by Derek Poore

Theo Tushaus

MU senior Theo Tushaus co-hosts a weekly talk radio show "InsideOUT" on KCOU 88.1 FM, at the MU Student Center Dec. 09, 2014.

MU seniors Joel Dalton and Theo Tushaus have co-hosted the InsideOUT radio show on KCOU-FM for nearly two years. Along with co-host Struby Struble, coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center, the show has discussed topics including LGBTQ issues, eating disorders, African-American history, sexual violence and ongoing social justice issues.

“We try to keep it current,” said Dalton, an English major from St. Louis. “And our personal experience helps people who are dealing with coming out, gender identity and expression.”

InsideOUT airs every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. on 88.1 FM, Mizzou’s student-run campus radio station broadcast from the MU Student Center. It has grown into a discussion forum that includes audience interaction via social networking and call-ins.

Tushaus, a women’s and gender studies major from St. Joseph, Missouri, said the show is pretty relaxed, and that its wide array of topics keeps things interesting while serving as a kind of therapy session, not only for the listeners but also the hosts.

“Most shows end with ‘advice to our former self,’ ” Tushaus said. “It could be last week, a few hours ago or advice to myself right now.”

Struby Struble

Struby Struble, left, coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center, serves as a co-host and adviser to the student hosts of "InsideOUT" radio show.

Dalton added that the on-air time “is good therapy. We are learning from each other while educating each other.”

“I’m always learning from Struby and Joel,” Tushaus said.

One goal of the show is to be available to anyone anywhere. An online archive of podcasts allow listeners to hear the show on the go, and interaction is made possible by Twitter, Facebook and calls.

“People tweet at us with a lot more frequency than anything else,” Tushaus said.

The show continues to gain in popularity and is used as an extension of the outreach offered by the LGBTQ Resource Center.

For the near future, the show’s hosts want to make the podcast more accessible by getting it onto the iTunes Podcast Store, earn funding to transcribe sessions for the hearing-impaired community and expand the show to two hours so they can cover more social justice events on campus.

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