Under the Microscope http://kbia.org en Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out? http://kbia.org/post/illinois-expanded-its-medicaid-program-missouri-didn-t-how-are-those-choices-working-out <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.</span></p><p>Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.</p><p>But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.</p><p>Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.</p><p>We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:11:04 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 50750 at http://kbia.org Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out? Under the Microscope: Farm drones, Bill Nye at MU http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-farm-drones-bill-nye-mu <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Missouri invited Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, to speak to students and local Columbia residents earlier last week.&nbsp; The lecture was hosted by the MU Truman School of Public Affairs as the Monroe-Paine annual lecture event.&nbsp; Friedman’s lecture focused on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the future possibility of a single payer healthcare system.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:39:26 +0000 Kristofor Husted 49972 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Farm drones, Bill Nye at MU Under the Microscope: hog virus, frac sand mine threats http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-hog-virus-frac-sand-mine-threats <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For nearly a year now, hog farmers have been battling a virus. It’s deadly to newly born piglets and farmers are scrambling to protect their herds. With fewer pigs comes less pork. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:22:11 +0000 Kristofor Husted 49587 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: hog virus, frac sand mine threats Under the Microscope: Invasive weeds, MU prof on USDA council http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-invasive-weeds-mu-prof-usda-council <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now. Scientists say it’ll be warmer, and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. To what degree is still unclear. But even small fluctuations in climate throw farmland ecosystems out of whack. A new study shows certain invasive plant species will not only be able to withstand climate change, but thrive. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.</span></p><p>Shibu Jose is the director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri Columbia.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:31:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 49172 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Invasive weeds, MU prof on USDA council Pastor gives refuge to oil workers in 'The Overnighters' http://kbia.org/post/pastor-gives-refuge-oil-workers-overnighters <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.&nbsp; Find the rest of them&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/truefalse-conversations" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">here</em></a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-false-conversations-filmmaker/id607158264" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">download the podcast</em></a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;on iTunes</em></p><p>The fracking boom in much of the U.S. has opened up a new path for people searching for work, of course, but also for redemption and reinvention.&nbsp; In the film “<a href="http://www.overnightersmovie.com/">The Overnighters</a>,” filmmaker Jesse Moss travels to Williston, N.D., to tell the story of Lutheran Pastor Jay Reinke and the workers he houses in his church and home. Reinke invites newcomers to sleep in extra rooms at the church and to sleep in their cars in the parking lot while they look for jobs and more permanent housing. Some of the men even live in the pastor’s home with his family.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:02:03 +0000 Kristofor Husted 48900 at http://kbia.org Pastor gives refuge to oil workers in 'The Overnighters' 'Particle Fever' follows scientists' search for 'God particle' http://kbia.org/post/particle-fever-follows-scientists-search-god-particle <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.&nbsp; Find the rest of them&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/truefalse-conversations" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>here</em></a><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-false-conversations-filmmaker/id607158264" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>download the podcast</em></a><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on iTunes.</em></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:28:37 +0000 Katie Hiler 48893 at http://kbia.org 'Particle Fever' follows scientists' search for 'God particle' Farmers worry about sharing 'Big Data'; Fracking debate ignites in rural Illinois county http://kbia.org/post/farmers-worry-about-sharing-big-data-fracking-debate-ignites-rural-illinois-county <p></p><p>Many people struggle to protect their data online, whether it’s what to share on Facebook or how to react to targeted google ads. Farmers are worried about some of the same issues.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to water to fertilizer. That farm data could help drive new levels of productivity. But as Harvest Public Media’s Grant </span>Gerlock<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, farmers also have to decide just how much they want to share.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:56:06 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 48474 at http://kbia.org Farmers worry about sharing 'Big Data'; Fracking debate ignites in rural Illinois county Virus continues to rip through hog farms; tracking trumpeter swans http://kbia.org/post/virus-continues-rip-through-hog-farms-tracking-trumpeter-swans <p></p><p>This week, we'll track a virus that's spreading through hog farms, and hear a flock of migrating trumpeter swans. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:43:40 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 47131 at http://kbia.org Virus continues to rip through hog farms; tracking trumpeter swans MU professor leads research dating the origin of human dexterity http://kbia.org/post/mu-professor-leads-research-dating-origin-human-dexterity <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our hand, the one we use to scroll down this page, is a feature that helps distinguishes us as a species. Carol Ward, professor at the MU Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, puts it this way:</span></p><p>“What we can do with our hands, the way we manipulate objects and use tools and technology, shape all of who we are as a species and how we adapt to the world.”</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:09:29 +0000 Harum Helmy 46440 at http://kbia.org MU professor leads research dating the origin of human dexterity Missouri's Execution drug source raises legal, ethical questions in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/missouris-execution-drug-source-raises-legal-ethical-questions-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri has put two people to death since last November, with another execution scheduled for late January.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel and Véronique LaCapra have been looking into the state's secretive and controversial lethal injection process.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They've discovered the state may be ignoring its own laws in carrying out the death penalty.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:19:51 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 46113 at http://kbia.org Missouri's Execution drug source raises legal, ethical questions in Missouri How accurate are shows such as 'CSI'? http://kbia.org/post/how-accurate-are-shows-such-csi-0 <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a certain allure to crime scene forensics. What else could explain the immense popularity of the CSI television franchise.</span></p></div><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 46114 at http://kbia.org How accurate are shows such as 'CSI'? With deadline looming, patients sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov http://kbia.org/post/deadline-looming-patients-sign-insurance-through-healthcaregov <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consumers who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have until Monday to enroll in a plan that would start on Jan. 1. But HealthCare.gov still has kinks that frustrate many consumers and navigators. </span>KBIA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Harum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Helmy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> followed one Columbia resident’s journey with the website.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 46117 at http://kbia.org With deadline looming, patients sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov Columbia schools use new technology; photojournalist documents climate change http://kbia.org/post/columbia-schools-use-new-technology-photojournalist-documents-climate-change <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, we’ll hear from a Missouri-based photojournalist about his experience documenting climate change in the Norwegian Arctic, and learn how new technology is being used in Columbia's public schools.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:19:33 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 45362 at http://kbia.org Columbia schools use new technology; photojournalist documents climate change Columbia public schools use new technology in classrooms http://kbia.org/post/columbia-public-schools-use-new-technology-classrooms <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grants for laptops and </span>iPads<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in recent years have put more technology in the hands of Columbia Public Schools students .</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:10:16 +0000 George Varney 45233 at http://kbia.org Columbia public schools use new technology in classrooms Photojournalist goes under the ice to document Arctic climate change http://kbia.org/post/photojournalist-goes-under-ice-document-arctic-climate-change <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Randall </span>Hyman<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> is a St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer. For more than three decades, he has traveled the globe covering cultural and environmental issues.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:59:14 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 45229 at http://kbia.org Photojournalist goes under the ice to document Arctic climate change