Rehman Tungekar


Rehman Tungekar is a former producer for KBIA, who left at the beginning of 2014. 

Rehman Tungekar joined KBIA in September 2011. Previously, he has worked with WNYC’s Radiolab, Chicago Public Media’s and WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight. A Chicago native, he started out his professional career in science, but soon traded in a microscope for a microphone and hasn’t looked back since. Rehman is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where he focused on radio.

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Missouri has put two people to death since last November, with another execution scheduled for late January. St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel and Véronique LaCapra have been looking into the state's secretive and controversial lethal injection process. They've discovered the state may be ignoring its own laws in carrying out the death penalty.


Regional news coverage from the KBAI newsroom, including:

    •  Lawmakers mull changes to governor's budget power

    • Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion in 2014
    • Habitat for Humanity promotes energy-efficient home in Columbia

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    After nearly 50 years of military rule, the country officially known as Myanmar has slowly emerged from its near-lifetime of isolation and repression. Since 2011, the country has opened up to the international community and instituted a number of political reforms, including the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2012 the government ended its policy of media censorship.

    News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

    • Matthes says he won't reinstate former police officer Rob Sanders
    • It's Back! Flu Spreads (Again) In St. Louis
    • Mo. Department of Conservation adds about 200 acres to wildlife area 

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    There’s a certain allure to crime scene forensics. What else could explain the immense popularity of the CSI television franchise.

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    Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes announced he will not reinstate former officer Rob Sanders to the Columbia Police Department.

    Sanders was fired in 2011 for use of excessive force on an inmate. Surveillance video released by the police department shows Sanders shoving the inmate into a wall in a holding cell. 

    News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

    • Mo. to start screening newborns for heart disease
    • Nixon Makes Christmas Eve 'Gift' By Releasing $40 Million For Spending
    • Farmers prepare for another year without a farm bill

    News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

    • Mo. School for the Deaf superintendent leaving
    • Nixon Releases $40 Million For Spending
    • Firms agree to $1.4 million settlement 

    Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

    • Federal health insurance enrollment deadline nears
    • Drought map in Missouri looks better this year
    • Police find no wrongdoing in Mo. cyclist's death
    • Company to bring 600 jobs to KCI maintenance base

    Eraldo Peres / Associated Press

    November 15 is a big day for Brazil. It’s celebrated as the Proclamation of the Republic, when Brazilian army officers overthrew Emperor Dom Pedro and the monarchy came to an end. So it seems fitting that on Nov. 15 this year, on Brazil’s independence day, the country’s biggest corruption case came to an end.

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    Consumers who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have until Monday to enroll in a plan that would start on Jan. 1. But still has kinks that frustrate many consumers and navigators. KBIA’s Harum Helmy followed one Columbia resident’s journey with the website. 

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website. 

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    This week, we’ll hear from a Missouri-based photojournalist about his experience documenting climate change in the Norwegian Arctic, and learn how new technology is being used in Columbia's public schools.

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    For decades, investigative journalists have worked tirelessly to unearth stories on government wrongdoing, corporate malfeasance, and other issues that provide a better understanding of the world around us, and hopefully, spark change. 

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website. 

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    China has dramatically increased its economic influence in Latin America. The United States is still the region’s largest investor, but China is now in second place and gaining a larger market share. In 2009, for example, China loaned a Brazilian oil company $10 billion and built a cellphone factory in Venezuela. The next year, China signed a $10 billion deal for the construction of railroads in Argentina. And in March, Ecuador agreed to auction off one-third of the country's Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies.

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    This week, we'll hear how scientists are using microbes to increase crop yields, and learn about a new wetland in Columbia.

    News coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

    • Missouri lawmaker wants to ban retailers from opening on Thanksgiving
    • Gas pipeline ruptures, explodes in Pettis County
    • USDA awards more than $300K for Mo. projects

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    This week, we'll revisit two of our favorite interviews from the past year.

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website. 

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    Zambia is one of the world’s richest nations, as long as you measure wealth by natural resources. 

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.  

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    Chile’s presidential election takes place on Sunday. The two leading candidates are both daughters of generals who were once friends in the Chilean Air Force. But the similarities end there. 

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.  

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    On this week's show, we'll hear about a program that funds pork research, and hear about the opening of a new Ronald McDonald house.

    Every time a hog is sold, farmers contribute to the National Pork Check-off. The program each year raises tens of millions of dollars that goes to the National Pork Board, which is charged with improving the $20 billion dollar industry. Some of that money funds scientific research. But as Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, though all producers contribute, they aren't all satisfied with the research.

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    Hundreds of desperate refugees from North Africa drowned this month after their overcrowded boats sank in the Mediterranean. This past weekend there was another close call. More than 700 migrants traveling in five boats were rescued off the coast of Sicily by the Italian navy and coastguard. The European Union’s border agency says about 30,000 migrants have arrived in Italy from Africa during the first nine months of this year. That’s three times higher than the migration for all 12 months of 2012.

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.  

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    Foreign countries were generally puzzled by the U.S. government’s partial shutdown and its flirtation with the debt ceiling. With the debt authorization deadline fast approaching, the newspaper Le Monde’s front-page story had this headline, referring to France’s favorite founding father: “Jefferson, wake up, they’ve gone crazy.” 

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    On this week's show, we'll hear about efforts to construct wind turbines across the Midwest, and learn why Columbia's "Big Tree" is getting some much needed TLC.

    Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.