Jack Howard

Health Reporter

Jack Howard is a reporter for the Health & Wealth Desk. He's worked in radio for Vocalo 90.5 Chicago, KCOU 88.1 Columbia, Radio America, National Review Online, and Pitch. Jack developed an app to fund public radio so he gets paid. He's a junior journalism student. 

Ways to Connect

Courtesy of Silas Hansen

Julija Šukys talks to Silas Hansen about writing essays, hermit crabs, and what it means to go through the world as a transgender man.

Hansen’s work has appeared in The Normal SchoolThe Colorado Review, and has been anthologized in The Writer’s Presence. You can learn more about him at silashansen.net.  

Shane Epping

Writer and radio producer Jonathan Goldstein talks about starting out in radio, working at This American Life, and blurring the line between fact & fiction on the long-running show Wiretap. The interview took place in front a live audience in Columbia, Missouri (September 2015). Interviewer: Andrew Leland

You can hear Jonathan Goldstein’s work for This American Life here: (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/jonathan-goldstein)

 You can hear Wiretap here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/wiretap/pastepisodes Jonathan Goldstein’s new show will appear at https://gimletmedia.com sometime in 2016.

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The Veterans Health Administration has reported it found PTSD in almost one in three soldiers since 2001. Examining the disorder in veterans and how it is treated was the subject of 'Of Men and War,' a film shown at this year's True/False Film Festival. 

Lt. David Wells, a Columbia native, is one of the soldiers profiled in the film. He spoke with KBIA's Jack Howard about how an innovate treatment center in California helped him and how others with PTSD can find help. 

 


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Missouri is home to two of the nation’s least accessible cities - St. Louis and Springfield. A group named WalletHub gathered information to compile this list of accessible cities. And one criteria it used was how easily people with disabilities can move around. Or, in the case of these cities, can’t.

But a new accessibility app called Compeer is currently being beta tested and may soon be able to help those with disabilities navigate cities more easily.

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After the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, electronic health records were put into effect in 2012 and were intended to reduce paperwork and increase the quality of care.

 

But when it came to nursing homes, the New York Times reported in August 2014 that staffing records used to rate nursing homes were mostly self-reported and possibly skewed. According to federal documents, a series of improvements including a more regulated, electronic system of staff recording, similar to that adopted under the ACA, were proposed to improve the care for nursing home patients.

 


Courtesy of Aaron Banks

Aaron Banks, a Columbia native, spent more than a year investigating crimes by listening to phone calls from prison inmates to their friends, family and children. He said the conversations with children really struck a nerve with him. 

“They would be asking when am I going to see you again? why aren’t you at home? And that kind of stuff. It was just heartbreaking to hear that sort of thing," he said.

Banks said these overheard conversations began to affect his relationship with own children, so he began to spend more time at home and this made his craft beer hobby more difficult.


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Megan Oberg had a rough time after her first two deliveries. One moment she'd be happy, in another, not really. And she said that's pretty typical.

 

“Most women who have given birth can tell you some time during the first two weeks you tend to have some ups and downs as far as mood swings, as the hormones leave the system,” Oberg said.

 

For her third pregnancy she decided she wanted to try something new.

 


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Prescription drug abuse can start with a routine problem, like lower back pain. A doctor will prescribe medication for the patient, but the pain doesn't go away. So the patient takes more medicine. 

And this behavior could lead to an addiction, said Len Paulozzi, an epidemiologist for the CDC. He finds patterns of drug abuse. 

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This week the EPA will make a final decision on a proposed new rule for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, called CCRs, or coal ash.


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We've all been there. Driving downtown during a high traffic time. Maybe on 9th Street. Listening to KBIA. 

And then--stopped. There's a semi truck stopped in the lane up ahead. 

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One way CoMO Explained chooses topics for our episodes is from listener questions. Way back in our first iteration of the show a listener posted on Reddit and asked us why KBIA, an NPR station, plays so much classical music.

This episode is for that Reddit listener.


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Missouri is known for its agricultural interest in cash crops, but some farmers are beginning to invest in something other than soybeans, corn and hogs. Missouri Business Alert’s Matt Zuzolo reports on niche specialty crops that are turning heads and making money for farmers.

Wendy Brumbaugh

Not so long ago, Charles Sharpe said God told him to build a Christian communal society in Shelby County. More than one hundred fifty years before, Wilhelm Keil said he came to the same place the same way.

Walter Kamphoefner said that conviction is why Kiel’s colony survived when other organized communities failed. He studies 19th century German colonization of the West at Texas A&M.

“I mean there were a couple of organized groups that came in the 1830's but they ended up not being very successful, giving up their group organization very quickly. In fact, almost before arriving.”

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If you’re a student at Mizzou, you were probably hooked to this story just by mentioning MizzouWireless. But if you’re not, then what you may need a little filling in.

Note: We received several requests for a more technical explanation of what may be causing the issues users experience. Please see the bottom of this story for an update.

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On this week's Under the Microscope, we are looking into cancer research and a new hunting technology. 

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You may need a camo case for your smart phone now. Last week, the Missouri Department of Conservation released a hunting app. It lets hunters report their yield right from their phone. 

Columbia Daily Tribune

Sales tax. Not a great opening line for journalists trying to educate people about how a city functions. The moment sales tax is mentioned eyes glaze over, something else suddenly becomes important, and we all casually scroll through twitter on our phones.

But sales tax is actually a really fascinating topic, especially right now in our city and country’s history. To learn why, we have to go back…way back, to 1970.

MU Archives

Peace Park is that grassy little knoll along the north edge of MU’s campus. It’s at the corner of 8th and Elm, a stone’s throw away from the columns. There’s a creek (or drainage ditch) that saunters through it, creating a calm and tranquil vibe for the meditators and hammock dwellers.    

    

KBIA's Hope Kirwan sits down to talk with Nadege Uwase to talk about what it was like growing up in Rwanda during the genocide and what the international community has learned from this tragedy.

And later on the program, a bill proposed in the state House to begin discussion on the Missouri state flag’s design has some historians worried. One flag expert, though, says the state’s a long way from a redesign process. ­Jack Howard reports.   

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First, KBIA's Hope Kirwan takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but 4th graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.

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  This week the CoMo Explained team tries to answer why there are so many roundabouts in Columbia compared to other cities:


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  This week we answer all your burning questions about roadkill.


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  This week CoMo Explained explores some of the more "alternative" pronunciations in Missouri place names.