C.J. Janovy / KCUR

The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is like an art museum unto itself, with its famous murals by Thomas Hart Benton and dramatic bronze statues everywhere. But when it comes to public funding for the arts, that’s at the bottom of lawmakers’ priority list.

Last Wednesday, more than a hundred arts advocates from all over the state went to Jefferson City to try to change that. Here's a run-down of how it went.


Kristofor Husted


Driving across the middle of the country, you see billboards everywhere, for things like diners, casinos and adult bookstores. The sign advertising industry is actually worth $7 billion dollars nationwide.

Missouri averages three billboards per mile – more than any of its neighboring states. But when you get to Hatton, Missouri, there’s one sign that’s not like the others. It’s sandwiched between an ad for a strip club and an ad for more billboards in the middle of a muddy soybean field.

Arzak Khan

Pakistani refugees have been sending messages to Americans for years, woven into the rugs that lie under our feet in flea markets and homes across the country. But we didn't fully understand what they meant until this week, when a listener in western Pakistan decided to help us figure it out.  

(This piece was produced through a collaboration between The World’s digital producer, David Conrad, in Boston and listener-contributor Arzak Khan in Quetta, Pakistan.)

Today Paul Pepper and JEFF CHINN talk about AARP's annual free state and federal tax service (for personal returns) at the Columbia Public Library. Watch for details! At [4:06] "Love, Loss and What I Wore" director, BILL BAER, and "guest-actress," KAREN GEOTZ, tell us about this latest production - with a twist! - from Columbia Entertainment Company. February 19, 2015

The America that most Americans never see

Feb 19, 2015
Photo courtesy of Michael Bonocore (@michaelbonocore)/US Interior Dept.

Often vacationing foreigners outnumber Americans in visiting some of the most stunning parts of the US. And many are rarely visited. They make up a big share of the 20 most popular images from the US Interior Department’s wonderful Instagram feed, which updates daily.

Yosemite National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Sequoia National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Zion National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced in a press release Thursday morning that he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. If he wins the Democratic nomination, he would likely face incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt.

Nearly 700 nurses and nursing students attended the 29th Nurse Advocacy Day.

The Missouri Nurses Association has sponsored the event since 1986 in order to bring voices to the forefront of public policy.

Jefferson City in the snow
Jeanine Anderson / KBIA

The Missouri House again is pushing this year to require photo identification at the polls.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and bill that would require voters show photo ID before casting a ballot.

Jefferson City Announces new High School Principal

Feb 19, 2015
Jefferson City Public Schools

Jefferson City Public School’s announced Tuesday that Robert James will be the new principal of Jefferson City High School effective July 1st, 2015.