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This week's show, the last of the year, is about friendship. Which seems appropriate--now's generally the time people reflect on their accomplishments, their regrets and the people who've been around for both.
In this edition of Under the Microscope: the future of nanotechnology ... and political maneuvers mess with Missouri's efforts for a state health insurance exchange. Featuring reporting by St. Louis Public Radio's Veronique LaCapra and KCUR's Elana Gordon.
This week: Rootworm is causing a headache for some farmers who thought they already had a fix for that problem. Plus, a university of Missouri study takes a look at the impact economic strains have on middle class families.
The schedule for the University of Missouri's first season with the South Eastern Conference was announced Wednesday morning. The first official SEC game begins Sept. 8 with Mizzou hosting the Georgia Bulldogs. The last time Missouri met Georgia was in the 1960 Orange Bowl, where Georgia won 14-0. SEC play wraps up on Nov. 24, when Missouri plays at Texas A&M. Missouri was previously contracted to play its rivals at Kansas City that day. But Kansas officials have indicated no interest in playing Missouri in a non conference game.
Each year, the United Health Foundation ranks states' health. And almost every year, Missouri drops in the rankings. This year, the Show Me State fell from the 39th spot, to 40th. In this week's Health & Wealth update, why we're getting less healthy and what we can do about it. I speak with Thomas McAuliffe, policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health.