Under the Microscope http://kbia.org en Under the Microscope: Columbia's sewer system and cooking with marijuana in Colorado http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-columbias-sewer-system-and-cooking-marijuana-colorado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Columbia's sewer system is aging and deteriorating. The city council took steps to address the problem, but not without controversy.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:29 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 58383 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Columbia's sewer system and cooking with marijuana in Colorado Smart911 assists first responders in Boone County http://kbia.org/post/smart911-assists-first-responders-boone-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boone County emergency officials receive 210 emergency calls per day, on average. Some of those calls come from people who are in compromising situations and can't speak for themselves.</span></p><p></p><p>Often, 911 operators can have a challenging time informing first responders of the callers information, including name, location, and allergies.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:59:03 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 58060 at http://kbia.org Smart911 assists first responders in Boone County Under the Microscope: Smart911 and Railways to Trails http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-smart911-and-railways-trails <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On this week's Under the Microscope, we take a look at Smart 911, an emergency service allowing 911 operators to obtain vital information for callers, and Missouri's plans to make old railways into trails.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:52:28 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 58059 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Smart911 and Railways to Trails Under the Microscope: the price of a tomato and exploring history through archaeology http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-price-tomato-and-exploring-history-through-archaeology <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. And whether you’re shopping at the grocery store, a discount&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">chain or your local farmer’s market, you’ll find the price varies for a plump, juicy tomato.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:40:34 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 57718 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: the price of a tomato and exploring history through archaeology Under the Microscope: Barging coal, autism in adults http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-barging-coal-autism-adults <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule in June to cut carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030. Since the announcement, a question has come up. How will the rule impact coal-fired power plants and coal-related industries?</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:20:11 +0000 Kristofor Husted 55612 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Barging coal, autism in adults Under the Microscope: Drought, PED vaccines http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-drought-ped-vaccines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom </span>Vilsack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recently announced $3.9 million in funding toward developing a vaccine for a disease crushing hog farms.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:41:07 +0000 Kristofor Husted 55188 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Drought, PED vaccines Under the Microscope: Drought moves cattle, pig stem cells http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-drought-moves-cattle-pig-stem-cells <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For a long time, Texas was the center of cattle country. But drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving their herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska by the thousands. They’re seeking refuge from dry weather and, as Harvest Public Media’s Grant </span>Gerlock<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 54832 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Drought moves cattle, pig stem cells Under the Microscope: Innovative pavement, big data in ag http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-innovative-pavement-big-data-ag <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coming up we’ll take a look and how big data and agriculture are finding themselves intertwined with questions about privacy.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 54026 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Innovative pavement, big data in ag Under the Microscope: Honeybees, net-zero housing http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-honeybees-net-zero-housing-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Honeybee colonies have been dying off at alarming rates in recent years. In the Midwest, some people wonder if planting row after row of corn and soybeans may be part of the problem. Researchers in Iowa are trying to find out. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports on one factor that may contribute to the grim situation for pollinators in the corn belt.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:51:12 +0000 Kristofor Husted 53388 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Honeybees, net-zero housing Under The Microscope: Sonic signals as a traffic alert http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-sonic-signals-traffic-alert <p></p><p></p><p>Farmers can expect more challenges, thanks to climate change. That’s according to a recent report released by the White House.</p><p>Iowa State University professor Gene Takle co-authored the chapter on agriculture in the 2014 National Climate Assessment. He says expected changes in humidity, precipitation and temperature may produce more extreme weather events.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:26:11 +0000 Kristofor Husted 52994 at http://kbia.org Under The Microscope: Sonic signals as a traffic alert Under the Microscope: Climate change, food security and turtles http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-climate-change-food-security-and-turtles <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House released a new climate change report Tuesday. It predicts threats to agriculture including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:00:43 +0000 Kristofor Husted 52645 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Climate change, food security and turtles Under the Microscope: Asian carp, monarch migration http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-asian-carp-monarch-migration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Water experts in the Midwest are worried about Asian carp. They say the invasive fish are taking over U.S. waterways -- the Mississippi River and its tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out compete native fish.</p><p>But as Jacob McCleland reports for Harvest Public Media, river watchers at their wits end have found new hope. And it lies on dinner tables in China.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 51904 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Asian carp, monarch migration Under the Microscope: Secret life of plants; changing dominant hands http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-secret-life-plants-changing-dominant-hands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.</span></p><p>KBIA’s Marissanne&nbsp;Lewis-Thompson checked in with a monthly science conversation series in Columbia. This month’s topic: the secret lives of plants.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 51511 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Secret life of plants; changing dominant hands 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 State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration http://kbia.org/post/state-audit-faults-conservation-dept-overspending-elk-restoration <p>A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-restoration-plan-comes-under-fire-state-auditor">a 2011 audit</a> found it was way over budget.</p><p>The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.</p><p>But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:56:11 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 44970 at http://kbia.org State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration Scientists look for ways microbes can help farmers http://kbia.org/post/scientists-look-ways-microbes-can-help-farmers <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. Often, they work to fight plant diseases—warding off infectious viruses and damaging fungi, for example. But now some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields and diminishing their dependence on chemical inputs.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:24:01 +0000 Amy Mayer 44844 at http://kbia.org Scientists look for ways microbes can help farmers