The Man who is ‘Almost There’

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

83-year-old artist Peter Anton was only known in his community of East Chicago before filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden stumbled into his life. The film “Almost There” follows Anton as the filmmakers become his caretakers and advocates for his art exhibit, which quickly becomes controversial.


Our focus this week is on China and the restrictions it places on the media inside the country, and how it affects not only journalists but Internet users. From the Great Firewall to denying visas to critical foreign journalists, what is the future of freedom of expression in the world’s most populous country?

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This week on Off the Clock, we’re featuring a conversation about the film (T)ERROR, a selection for this year’s True/False Film Festival.

The film dives into the world of F.B.I confidential informants and counterterrorism efforts. KBIA’s Austin Federa spoke with Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, co-directors of the film (T)ERROR.

Based on a True Story Guests Speak about Ferguson

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Events in Ferguson, Missouri played a big role at the fourth annual Based on a True Story conference on Thursday, March 5. The Based on a True Story conference is a series of panels discussing various topics involving the intersection of documentary film and journalism. Thursday morning’s panel took place at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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  Missouri House members voted 141-7 today to send a proposal to the Senate that would waive penalties for those who agree to pay overdue Missouri taxes.

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay their bills between July 1 and Sept. 30 to qualify.

Legislative researchers estimate the measure would bring in nearly $20 million in additional general revenues next fiscal year.

But similar tax amnesty proposals have stalled in previous years in the Senate.

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The Missouri House or Senate will not consider any new bills to address concerns by the U.S. Justice Department over the operations of the Ferguson Police Department.  That’s because it’s now too late to file any new legislation this year.  Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey says a few already-filed Ferguson-related bills are being worked on.

“You’ll see some debate on the floor and some other issues associated with the aftermath of Ferguson,” Dempsey said.

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A popular New Year’s resolution for many people is to get in better shape by exercising and eating healthier. At the Boonslick Heartland YMCA, Assistant Director Vanessa Dorman wanted to bring those looking to lose weight together.

“I can’t tell you how I thought of it,” Dorman said. “But people are always concerned about their fitness in January, so I decided to make a program to make it official.”

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, used a personal email during her time at the State Department. The New York Times broke the story on March 2. Missouri School of Journalism professors Judd Slivka, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

McKean said he hopes the media doesn't cast this as another political debate, the right versus the left.

Climbing and Filming The Shark's Fin in 'Meru'

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The Shark’s Fin route of Meru Peak in the Himalayas is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world. The ascent to the almost 21,000 foot summit has defeated dozens of professional mountain climbers. Meru, one of the films at this weekend’s True False Film Festival, documents three climbers’ trip to the top of the peak where so many others have failed.

University of Missouri-Kansas City students say they're ultimately satisfied with answers over questions regarding the college's business school, which an audit found it knowingly submitted false data in applying for rankings and awards. 

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A measure that would waive penalties if Missourians agree to pay back taxes has initial approval from the state House. 

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The Missouri House is moving forward with a measure to limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. 

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The next time you’re in the grocery store meat aisle, look at the small print. You’ll see labels that say where your meat is from. That one piece of information is at the center of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media has the story.

A New Projector Benefits Columbia Businesses

Mar 4, 2015
Missouri Theatre

The True/False film festival has become a household name over the last 12 years in Columbia. This year, the Missouri Theater installed a new projector to show films in better quality. David Wilson the co-conspirator of True/False film festival. Wilson said the new projector will benefit more than just True/False.

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A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson are disproportionately subjected to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops, and citations for petty infractions -- like walking down the middle of the street.

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Investigations are ongoing after a double homicide and car chase left one man in the hospital and three others dead. Late Saturday evening Boone County Sheriffs were called to Santa Anna Drive by witnesses who heard several gunshots fired. The suspect was 28 year old Cornelius Parker, who was seen fleeing the scene where he headed west down Highway WW when deputies spotted him and began a chase.


Michael Brown's uncle says a Department of Justice decision not to charge the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot his nephew is deflating.

  What’s the appropriate way for the news media to cover a suicide? Last week, when Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, it was front-page news. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a voicemail Schweich left for Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger moments before firing the shot. Was publishing a violation of Shweich’s privacy or in the best interest of the public?  Also, Hillary Clinton’s private email address, and update on new allegations against Bill O’Reilly, unmasking ‘Jihadi John’ and how BuzzFeed nearly broke the internet with #TheDress. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Judd Slivka: Views of the News.

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning, etc. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map

A Human Thought Experiment in 'The Visit'

Mar 4, 2015
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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Director Michael Madsen is working on a trilogy of films that he calls “a trilogy on mankind.” The first film, Into Eternity: A Film for the Future, was about the building of a final repository for nuclear waste. He now presents the second in this series, called The Visit, which chronicles the events and conversations that unfold once intelligent, extraterrestrial life has landed on Earth and made contact with mankind.

MU Rec Center

A big weekend is ahead in Columbia. The True/False Film Fest takes over downtown Columbia starting Thursday. Also rolling into action Thursday is the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at MU's Rec Center. Both events are previewed on this week's Thinking Out Loud on KBIA.

Today Paul Pepper chats with JACK SCHULTZ, Bond Life Sciences Center, about epigenetics, or "the higher level of organization" to our genes. Did you know that the amount of DNA in every one of our cells is almost 7ft in length? (...I know, right?!) We pack a lot in 8 minutes - watch! March 4, 2015

Jefferson City hears from Mayoral Candidates

Mar 4, 2015

Lincoln University held a public forum Tuesday night in Jefferson City to allow community members to learn more about the people running for mayor.

New Boundary Plans for Columbia Elementary Schools

Mar 4, 2015
Columbia Public Schools

Plans to change the boundaries of seven elementary schools in Columbia have received a lot of feedback. This change coincides with the opening of Beulah Ralph Elementary School, which also addresses the concern of overcrowding in Columbia schools.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court.

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State of Missouri

Missouri House members are honoring Auditor Tom Schweich, who fatally shot himself in what police say was an apparent suicide.

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My longest job ever was just under four years. It's hard for me to fathom working in the same place for ten years. It is a rarity these days to find someone who has stayed in the same job for more than a decade. This week's guest on Thinking Out Loud has worked for 53 years in the mid-Missouri television market. Forty-seven of those years he has spent with one organization. This week on Thinking Out Loud, we talk with KRCG Anchor and News Producer Dick Preston.