Scott Pham

Content Director

Scott Pham got his start in radio at KBOO Portland community radio as a volunteer news producer and anchor.  Since then he's spent time interning at NPR in Washington, DC and making radio in the San Francisco Bay Area for Pacifica Radio.  His news and documentary work has aired on WAMU in DC, KQED in San Francisco and on Pacifica radio nationwide.

As KBIA's content director, Scott's goal is to make the station's considerable news and arts content easily available, easily shared and smartly delivered. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:03 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

A jeweler with cutting edge technology

Robinson shows off his auto-CAD machine. This is a 3D plan for a custom ring he built.
Scott Pham KBIA

Personal technology is getting cheaper, better, smaller.  But have you ever tried to get fixed a broken cell phone or mp3 player?  When I broke my portable USB flash drive, I brought it to a computer repair technician, unsure if he’d simply turn me away or not.  Those little “thumb” drives are just so small.  No moving parts really, they’re all circuitry.  Turns out that getting it fixed wasn’t an impossibility.  I just had to go to some unusual places.

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Under the Microscope
8:19 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Tracking an astronomical mystery

The caiman/puma monster-shaped mound is one of two figures from the 4,000 year old preceramic site of El Paraíso, in the Chilca Valley. The other, a condor, is partly visible in the upper left. The arrow shows the mound’s alignment to the Milky Way.
Photo courtesy of Google Earth Pro

For centuries people have lived and worked in a part of coastal Peru spotted with oddly shaped hills.  Most knew that the mounds were man made, but were they significant?  

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Elections
7:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mid-Mo elections live post and results

Polls just closed in mid Missouri and KBIA is following the results.  We're closely following the two Columbia city council races, two Columbia school board races and two Columbia ballot measures to fund area schools.  Check this live post for regular updates and results.

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The 40/40 Project
12:19 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

KBIA visits Lohman

Small towns, people say, are school and church communities.  Well, drive just 15 minutes into the countryside around Jefferson City and you'll find Lohman, a town too small to have its own school.  As a matter of culture, or default, public life revolves around the local Lutheran church in Lohman.  KBIA's Scott Pham visited that church and found a town with a strong sense of history in the face of major changes to its way of life.

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Agriculture
4:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Photos from Digest This: Farm and food controversies

Harum Helmy KBIA

How do consumers make decisions about what they consume? And, how are the various stakeholders attempting to shape those thoughts about food? Host Reuben Stern spoke with four experts with diverse views about the messages and motives behind these controversies in this special Intersection event, 

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Arts and Culture
11:45 am
Fri March 16, 2012

The 40/40 Project: KBIA visits Lohman

The church bells at the Lutheran bell tower date back to the mid 19th century
Scott Pham KBIA

Small towns, people say, are school and church communities.  Well, drive just 15 minutes into the countryside around Jefferson City and you'll find Lohman, a town too small to have its own school.  As a matter of culture, or default, public life revolves around the local Lutheran church in Lohman.  KBIA's Scott Pham visited that church and found a town with a strong sense of history in the face of major changes to its way of life.

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True/False
9:26 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Some Pics from the March March

We'll be updating our Flickr soon, but for now, click the image for some cool pics from the T/F March March!

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Event
10:14 am
Mon February 27, 2012

News Can Sound Beautiful

Are You a Fan of Radiolab? If so, check out the Third Coast Listening Room: News Can Sound Beautiful

Friday, March 2, 11.30am, Tucker Forum, on MU campus

The Third Coast International Audio Festival curates amazing, sound-rich radio documentary from around the world.  Third Coast's Johanna Zorn and Julie Shapiro will spin some of their favorite audio samples, followed by a panel discussion with journalists and local producers about the intersection of sound art, journalism and audio documentary.

Arts and Culture
4:57 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Audio documentary at True/False: A Q&A with Third Coast Artistic Director, Julie Shapiro

A T/F robot walks the March March parade at 2011's True/False Film Festival
vagabond by nature Flickr

One of the stranger events at T/F this year isn’t even a film. The Third Coast International Audio Festival is bringing seven audio documentaries to Columbia and “screening” them in a darkened theater. It’s called the Third Coast Breakfast Club and it’s playing Saturday at 10am in little Ragtag.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Not just a red state

A screenshot of WNYC's interactive voting map
WNYC

Missouri is by all accounts  a "red state"  but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story.  How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day?  The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways.  Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs."  Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts."   12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.  

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The 40/40 Project
12:11 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

KBIA visits Russelville

The annual Christmas Parade in Russellville, Mo.
Scott Pham KBIA

Russellville is a small town of about 800 people on the rural outskirts of Jefferson City. A bedroom community for some is a vibrant, tight-knit culture for others. As a former railroad town Russellville has struggled to grow and to stay relevant. But it’s still got a strong sense of itself and hope for its future. 

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

A digital tape recorder
kino-eye Flickr

A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

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Sports
11:03 am
Wed December 28, 2011

2012 SEC football schedule announced

Karen Mitchell KBIA

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.

Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Poisoned Places, Neglected Communities

A screenshot of NPR's interactive "Poisoned Places" map. Find your community in the interactive map below.
NPR

Congress strengthened The Clean Air Act over twenty years ago, but air pollution is still a concern in cities and towns all over America.  NPR's special investigation, Poisoned Places looks at some of the factories and power plants that are polluting the air and poisoning communities.

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Off the Clock
9:41 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Pinball wizard

Adam McKinnie/Zed plays pinball in Columbia, Mo.
Jessica Naudziunas

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

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