Off the Clock http://kbia.org en 'The Green Prince' explores the human relationships behind international espionage http://kbia.org/post/green-prince-explores-human-relationships-behind-international-espionage <p><em>This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.&nbsp; Find the rest of them <a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/truefalse-conversations">here</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-false-conversations-filmmaker/id607158264">download the podcast </a>on iTunes.</em></p><p>The film the <a href="http://redboxfilms.co.uk/films/details/249/the-green-prince"><em>Green Prince</em></a> follows the unlikely journey of Mosab Hassan Yousef. Born in the Palestinian territories to a high-ranking Hamas leader, Mosab does the unthinkable: he spies on his own people for Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency.</p><p>Using candid interviews, archival footage, and dramatic reenactments, director Nadav Schirman follows Mosab’s transformation, and his complicated relationship with his Israeli handler, Gonen Ben Itzhak.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 48710 at http://kbia.org 'The Green Prince' explores the human relationships behind international espionage Misdeeds, misdemeanors, miscommunications: Life lessons from MoJo commentators on KBIA http://kbia.org/post/misdeeds-misdemeanors-miscommunications-life-lessons-mojo-commentators-kbia <p>In this recent series of commentaries for KBIA.org, Missouri student journalists recount a few of life’s confusing lessons. Led by Missouri School of Journalism Professor and storytelling master Berkley Hudson, these 11 student commentators took not only pen to paper but also got in front of the microphone, to talk out these essays that touch on life, relationships, growing up and striking out, among other issues. Enjoy!</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:50:50 +0000 Janet Saidi & Professor Berkley Hudson 45477 at http://kbia.org Misdeeds, misdemeanors, miscommunications: Life lessons from MoJo commentators on KBIA Missouri Symphony Conservatory celebrates the holidays, on KBIA http://kbia.org/post/missouri-symphony-conservatory-celebrates-holidays-kbia <p>Have you ever discovered a new hobby that suddenly and completely consumed you? Whether you meant to do it or not your new hobby demands your time and attention. It requires that you find a teacher or a mentor who can help you take your interest to the next level.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:48:26 +0000 Trevor Harris & Darren Hellwege 44759 at http://kbia.org Missouri Symphony Conservatory celebrates the holidays, on KBIA Off the Clock: Rodeo culture, and a Moberly skate park http://kbia.org/post/clock-rodeo-culture-and-moberly-skate-park <p>This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Meredith Turk hangs out in rodeo culture with this year’s Miss Teen Rodeo queen, and finds out why she’s one of the only rodeo competitors you’ll ever see wearing a helmet … and she wears it well.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:46:10 +0000 Janet Saidi 44229 at http://kbia.org Off the Clock: Rodeo culture, and a Moberly skate park Three MU students step outside their boundaries http://kbia.org/post/three-mu-students-step-outside-their-boundaries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">This week on Off The Clock, Joanna</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent !important; padding-bottom: 0px !important;">Demkiewicz</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent !important; padding-bottom: 0px !important;">Kaylen</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">R<wbr />alph, recent graduates of MU, started their own magazine to empower female journalists. And Josie Herrera is embarking on a gender-queer journey, as a king candidate on this year’s University of Missouri homecoming court.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:46:31 +0000 Janet Saidi 42741 at http://kbia.org Three MU students step outside their boundaries Author details the race around the world http://kbia.org/post/author-details-race-around-world <p>The novel <em>Eighty Days</em> dives into competing journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s pursuit to break the record for fastest journey around the world in 1889. Author Matthew Goodman creates a narrative history on the 28,000 mile quest that got the attention of the nation. KBIA’s Tony Nochim sat down with Matthew Goodman while he was in Columbia.</p><p> <strong>Tony Nochim: </strong>You previously wrote a couple of books that are also well known. Obviously this one’s different because it’s about Nellie Bly and such, but how is it also different in the way you approached it?</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:38:34 +0000 Tony Nochim 42337 at http://kbia.org Author details the race around the world Moberly group is fund-raising to reopen Fourth Street Theatre http://kbia.org/post/moberly-group-fund-raising-reopen-fourth-street-theatre <p>For about the past 10 years citizens of Moberly, Mo. have been working on renovating the Fourth Street Theatre. It is being built completely debt free but is still about $200 thousand away from the goal. Theatre owners plan to open it this spring.</p><p>Joe Snodgrass grew up in Moberly, Mo. and remembers the Fourth Street Theatre being packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Now, he is a board member helping restore the theater and bringing it back to all its glory.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:39:53 +0000 Heather Adams 41014 at http://kbia.org Moberly group is fund-raising to reopen Fourth Street Theatre Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds http://kbia.org/post/film-documenting-poverty-rural-missouri-crowdsources-finishing-funds <p></p><p>For first-cousin filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, the hardest part about <a href="http://richhillfilm.com">filming <em>Rich Hill</em></a>,<em>&nbsp;</em>their upcoming documentary on poverty in rural Missouri, was to stop.</p><p>&ldquo;I just wanted to keep visiting them and visiting them,&rdquo; Tragos said.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we both very much fell in love with all these families,&rdquo; Palermo added. &ldquo;In turn, [they] say they love us like family.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:55:27 +0000 Harum Helmy 40947 at http://kbia.org Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds Columbia One Read author explores geographical and cultural boundaries http://kbia.org/post/columbia-one-read-author-explores-geographical-and-cultural-boundaries <p>What happens when you put together a blue-eyed blonde Texas woman with a handsome Saudi man living in a traditional Saudi culture, and throw in a young secular Arab blogger and a young Muslim man rediscovering his fundamentalist roots? And, specifically, what happens when they’re all in the same family? If that sounds familiar, it's because that family is the Baylani family, whose relationships with each other, their country and their cultures are explored in the novel, <em>The Ruins of Us</em>.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:28:40 +0000 Janet Saidi 40097 at http://kbia.org Columbia One Read author explores geographical and cultural boundaries Stories of struggle, survival converge at Columbia World Refugee Day http://kbia.org/post/stories-struggle-survival-converge-columbia-world-refugee-day <p>Close to 100 refugees filled Broadway Christian Church Saturday, during the Columbia World Refugee Day Festival. &nbsp;The party started out slow, but picked up after someone tossed a few soccer balls onto the field in the back of Broadway Christian Church.&nbsp; Within minutes, dozens of kids and young men swarm the balls, set up goals and begin to play soccer.&nbsp; A few young girls guard the goal, while the rest dribble and shoot in the afternoon heat.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:55:10 +0000 Meredith Turk 37512 at http://kbia.org Stories of struggle, survival converge at Columbia World Refugee Day My Farm Roots: Lessons from the farm crisis http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-lessons-farm-crisis <p>I met Mark Kenney on his family’s farm in Nevada, Iowa, when I was working on a <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/taxing-complications-farmers">story about farmer taxes</a>. He turned out to be perfect for that — a farmer with a keen interest in spreadsheets.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:58:01 +0000 Amy Mayer 36011 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Lessons from the farm crisis MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup http://kbia.org/post/mu-grads-new-music-composition-featured-slso-lineup <p>For the first time in memorable history, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chose to play a recent MU graduate&rsquo;s work during its 2014 season. The symphony&rsquo;s focus on new music is giving Stephanie Berg the chance to hear her music come to life in Powell Hall. An MU program made this possible.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:03:25 +0000 Kate Grumke 35862 at http://kbia.org MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup Growing up in ragtime: musician Johnny Maddox http://kbia.org/post/growing-ragtime-musician-johnny-maddox <p>Famous ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox visited Columbia this week as the guest of honor at the Blind Boone Ragtime Festival.&nbsp; In the height of his career in the 1950s, Maddox performed with names like Patsy Cline and released the first all-piano record to sell over 1 million copies.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With millions of albums sold and more than 60 years working in the music industry, many ragtime fans would call Maddox a legend.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:54:29 +0000 Andrew Nichols 35466 at http://kbia.org Growing up in ragtime: musician Johnny Maddox What does your local VFW have in common with your church? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-your-local-vfw-have-common-your-church <p>One in five Americans now <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx">report having no religious affiliation</a>. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.</p><p>But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:25:55 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 33962 at http://kbia.org What does your local VFW have in common with your church? MU grad finds success in spinning a literary fairy tale http://kbia.org/post/mu-grad-finds-success-spinning-literary-fairy-tale <p></p><p></p><p>Author Gennifer Albin is a self-described “recovering academic” – she got her Master’s in English from MU in 2006, then she and her husband settled down back near family in Kansas, where she was a stay- at home mom with young children. But after an unexpected lay-off she and her husband found themselves struggling to make ends meet.</p><p>Albin’s answer? Write a novel, of course. Albin went from bankruptcy filing, to living the writer’s dream … complete with agents and publishers competing&nbsp; for her first novel, <em>Crewel</em>.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:25:15 +0000 Janet Saidi 31227 at http://kbia.org MU grad finds success in spinning a literary fairy tale Not your grandma's line dancing, in Mexico, Mo. http://kbia.org/post/not-your-grandmas-line-dancing-mexico-mo <p>Every Monday morning in Mexico, Missouri, a group of people pull out their cowboy boots and head to dance lessons.&nbsp; Except in this class, no one is younger than 65.&nbsp; The group is led by state champion line dancers JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley.&nbsp; For these women, you’re never too old to dance.&nbsp;</p><p>At the Garfield Community Center in Mexico, Mo., JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley’s class is standing in straight lines and ready to dance by 9 in the morning.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:07:43 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 31225 at http://kbia.org Not your grandma's line dancing, in Mexico, Mo. You think you know "Blind" Boone? New writings shed light on the music and the man http://kbia.org/post/you-think-you-know-blind-boone-new-writings-shed-light-music-and-man <p>So, you know your Missouri and CoMo history, and you think you know all about “ragtime” musician Blind Boone, yeah? Think again. If you think he was all ragtime, and he was blind, you still might have a lot to learn.</p><p>It turns out John William “Blind” Boone was one of the first musical composers to blend European classical styles with folk music. He took African-American and Afro-Caribbean folk styles such as plantation melodies and minstrel tunes, and put them in classical forms, then performed the pieces in concert halls.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:26:09 +0000 Janet Saidi 28221 at http://kbia.org You think you know "Blind" Boone? New writings shed light on the music and the man From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend http://kbia.org/post/sketches-pitches-startup-weekend <p>Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend. &nbsp;The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours. &nbsp;125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.</p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:06:47 +0000 Scott Pham & Janet Saidi 22345 at http://kbia.org From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend Video games: not just a waste of time http://kbia.org/post/video-games-not-just-waste-time <p>This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans&rsquo; stories and memories of rural life. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:44:31 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 19154 at http://kbia.org Video games: not just a waste of time Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship http://kbia.org/post/finding-my-religion-author-pamay-basseys-year-worship <p>When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of&nbsp; a relationship she embarked on a unique journey &ndash; she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.</p><p>That experience became a book called <em>My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey</em>.</p><p>Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 21:54:27 +0000 Kristin Torres 18718 at http://kbia.org Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship My Farm Roots: Just taking notes http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-just-taking-notes <p>Sometimes farm roots don&rsquo;t blossom into a farm life.</p><p>But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, <a href="http://www.thepacker.com/staff-directory/editorial/121010759.html">well-respected journalist who&rsquo;s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years</a><a href="http://www.thepacker.com/staff-directory/editorial/121010759.html"><strong>.</strong></a></p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:34:36 +0000 Donna Vestal 18702 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Just taking notes My Farm Roots: Making a home, out on the ranch http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-making-home-out-ranch <p>It&rsquo;s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.</p><p>For 20-year-old Nan Arnold, it was a day in 1956 in Ashland, a small, dusty dot on the open range of western Kansas near the Oklahoma border.</p><p>Nan had landed her first job as a music teacher at the Ashland school just a year before. She lived with the store&rsquo;s owner because her parents thought she was too young to live alone. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:32:55 +0000 Peggy Lowe 18326 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Making a home, out on the ranch Paying to do farm chores? It's called agritourism [slideshow] http://kbia.org/post/paying-do-farm-chores-its-called-agritourism-slideshow <p>Picking fruit, tasting wine, petting a goat, roping a cow. When customers pay for the honor of taking on such farm chores ... or delights &hellip; it&rsquo;s called &ldquo;agritourism.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:25:56 +0000 Camille Phillips 18325 at http://kbia.org Paying to do farm chores? It's called agritourism [slideshow] Blue Highways Revisited: Photographer Ed Ailor captures the places and people off the beaten track http://kbia.org/post/blue-highways-revisited-photographer-ed-ailor-captures-places-and-people-beaten-track <p>The call of the open road has long beckoned Americans &hellip; and in 1978, William Least Heat-Moon answered the call and embarked on a drive around the country, taking the roads less travelled. Starting in Columbia, he followed a circular route that totaled nearly 14,000 miles. The result was <em>Blue Highways</em>, a New York Times Bestselling book.<br /> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:57:47 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 17944 at http://kbia.org Blue Highways Revisited: Photographer Ed Ailor captures the places and people off the beaten track My Farm Roots: When you hail from farm country, roots run deep http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-when-you-hail-farm-country-roots-run-deep <p><em>This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s new series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land. </em></p><p>Kate Edwards hasn&rsquo;t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.</p><p>Now, she farms a small one-acre plot near Solon, Iowa. On her small farm, she feeds 30 families through a Community Supported Agriculture project, a CSA. Edwards was drawn back to farming, she says, because of family memories.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:39:25 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 17941 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: When you hail from farm country, roots run deep Staying or going: 'My Life, My Town' in Glasgow http://kbia.org/post/staying-or-going-my-life-my-town-glasgow <p>A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:55:45 +0000 Carah Hart & Lizz Cardwell 17515 at http://kbia.org Staying or going: 'My Life, My Town' in Glasgow Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO. http://kbia.org/post/clock-faith-and-fiestas-mexico-mo <p>On this edition&nbsp;of Off the Clock,&nbsp;we visit Monica Martinez, a teen whose Latin American family is putting down roots in Mexico, Missouri.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:50:32 +0000 Janet Saidi 16803 at http://kbia.org Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO. Croquet in Mexico, gardening in Columbia and 'My Life, My Town' http://kbia.org/post/croquet-mexico-gardening-columbia-and-my-life-my-town <p>On this week&rsquo;s show: It&rsquo;s summer. We&rsquo;ll look at stories about playing croquet in Mexico (Missouri, that is), gardening in Columbia (Missouri, also) and life as a teen in a small town.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:40:55 +0000 Janet Saidi 16383 at http://kbia.org Croquet in Mexico, gardening in Columbia and 'My Life, My Town' Marriage: arranging her own path http://kbia.org/post/marriage-arranging-her-own-path <p>Spring is in full bloom and that means wedding season. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:32:39 +0000 Scarlett Robertson & Alex Smith 15953 at http://kbia.org Marriage: arranging her own path Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis talks music, mash-ups and more http://kbia.org/post/girl-talks-gregg-gillis-talks-music-mash-ups-and-more <p>You might not know who Gregg Gillis is, but chances are you&rsquo;ve heard of his music created under the moniker <a href="http://illegal-art.net/girltalk/">Girl Talk</a>.</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 17:52:01 +0000 Scarlett Robertson 15583 at http://kbia.org Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis talks music, mash-ups and more