Trevor Harris


Trevor serves as KBIA’s weekday morning host for classical music. He has been involved with local radio since 1990, when he began volunteering as a music and news programmer at KOPN, Columbia's community radio station. Before joining KBIA, Trevor studied social work at Mizzou and earned a masters degree in geography at the University of Alabama. He has worked in community development and in urban and bicycle/pedestrian planning, and recently served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia with his wife, Lisa Groshong. An avid bicycle commuter and jazz fan, Trevor has cycled as far as Colorado and pawed through record bins in three continents.

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What William Clark did on a 1798 trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers is the focus of this episode of Thinking Out Loud. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviews Columbia author Jo Ann Trogdon about her new book from the University of Missouri Press, The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark.

Dr. Cinnamon Brown / Westminster College

An 1862 Civil War battle in Callaway County resulted in the deaths of 70 Confederate and Union soldiers. A recent search of that site resulted in finds that illuminate the guerilla warfare that was often seen in Missouri during the War Between The States.

Farm Your Yard: There's Always Next Year

Oct 1, 2015
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

If you are a backyard gardener you are well aware that we are about to turn the last curve into the homestretch of the 2015 gardening season. If you are really on top of things, you already have all or most of your fall greens and roots planted, and if you are really on top of things, those fall veggies are already peeping out of the ground. But don’t worry, if you aren’t quite there, you still have a little time to get outside and plant your last crop of lettuce and radishes for the season. While it might seem a bit premature, let’s stop and take a fond look back at the 2015 gardening season.

The Deutschheim Verein

If the sounds emanating from Columbia's Stephens Lake Park at this weekend's Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival are a touch too modern for your ears, head West to Hermann for an educational and entertaining homage to the German-born founder of the University of Missouri's School of Music.

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Trainees headed for service in the US Peace Corps train in their country of service. It's been that way for years. For two years in the late 1960s, however, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture hosted trainees on campus and at land that is now Three Creeks Conservation Area. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we hear memories from a group of men who trained for the US Peace Corps right here in Boone County.


Mack Rhoades talks about funding, facilities and why athletics matters so much to the University of Missouri and to Columbia. Rhoades replaced longtime MU Athletic  Director Mike Alden in April 2015.

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Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren visits with Anna Duff and Vanessa Leitza of the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy about the 10th annual EcoArtFest happening Sept. 12th and 13th at Cooper’s Landing in southern Boone County.

Listen to new episodes of Thinking Out Loud each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on 91.3FM KBIA.

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Some gardeners go it alone finding that digging in the dirt is good medicine best taken in solitude.

For other gardeners, growing food with friends and neighbors makes everything taste sweeter.

On this installment of Farm Your Yard, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove talked to local community gardeners Chris Murakami and Ellis Cole about how they came to be part of a community garden on St. James Street. 

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For over ten years, Thinking Out Loud has been a staple heard at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on KBIA. On this week's episode, producer Darren Hellwege shares selections from a decade of music and poetry performance as heard on Thinking Out Loud.

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After years of declining membership, a Columbia church recently started a new ministry that is reconnecting that congregation to its North Central Columbia neighborhood. Hear the story of the outreach program recently taken on by the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church.

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How do you celebrate 40-years in operation as a non-profit providing services to those with disabilities? If you are Columbia's Alternative Community Training then you host a roller derby match.

Rose Nolen passed away this past January. I got to meet her only a few times and was impressed with her candor and wit. In this week's Thinking Out Loud, Rose Nolen's son and friends discuss her life in Sedalia before, during and after the desegregation era.

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How does one become Missouri's Poet Laureate? Darren finds out and hears some recent works from Boone County writer Walter Bargen.

Thinking Out Loud: Local Youth Make Waves

Jun 29, 2015
Kelsey Kupferer

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of recent graduates from Columbia's Rock Bridge High School. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we hear a trio of young women's stories that explore how their identity was formed and who they want to be.

David Sapp

The Booneslick Trail was a pathway for westward migration in the years before Missouri statehood. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with local historian David Sapp about the origins of the trail, how it helped form a boomtown and the local effort to keep the vestiges of the Booneslick Trail from disappearing under the plow or from being developed.

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Almost every gardener has a tomato plant or two. This week on Farm Your Yard, Carrie Hargrove from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture takes us on tour of the tomato through time.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Over the past three years, a group of residents in the Missouri River town of Glasgow have gathered on numerous Saturdays. Their labor is saving a historic black church in town. On this episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud we hear from preservation advocates about what it means when Missouri's historic buildings remain visible on the landscape.

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Singer-songwriter Lee Ruth arrived in Columbia in 1962. In this week's Thinking Out Loud, self-described 'old guy' Lee Ruth discusses his musical influences, former students of whom he is especially proud and and what makes the Mid-Missouri music scene special. 

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It was in his native Isreal that Avi Avital first fell in love with the mandolin. A role in a local youth orchestra introduced him to classical music. From there his career path was set. You can hear tracks from Avital's new release of mandolin works on KBIA. He was recently interviewed by KBIA's Trevor Harris.

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

This spring, KBIA's Thinking Out Loud visits some colleges and universities in our area that you may not know as much about as, say, the University of Missouri. This week, Darren Hellwege headed north from Columbia to check in with leaders at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

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Founded after the Civil War by black veterans, Lincoln University has - for now over 140 years - served students of all races and backgrounds from across the globe. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visits with members of the Lincoln University community about the school's present strengths and future aspirations. 

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

As warmer temperatures set in and the days grow longer, Carrie Hargrove is thinking about building new beds. What's the process? Find out on this week's Farm Your Yard.

Stephens College

On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege interviews Stephens College President Dianne Lynch and others about what's going on at the college.

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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.

Thinking Out Loud is a thrice weekly show in which Darren Hellwege and Trevor Harris interview people of note in the Columbia community.  this is a compilation of some of the best work on the show in 2014.

Portland Cello Project

Most working cellists play in classical ensembles that perform in concert halls and music theaters. Tonight, Columbia's Rose Music Hall features a different take on the instrument. The Portland Cello Project is an ensemble interested in testing the boundaries of what you expect from the cello.

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

Synesthesia is a phenomenon where the stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to an automatic, involuntary experience in a second sensory pathway.  Research suggests that 1 in 2,000 people have some type of synesthesia. While few are born with this innate condition, Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff wants to cultivate your ability to process two mediums simultaneously. Merging fine art and song this Friday, Mehrhoff - the Academic Coordinatorfor the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology - aims to create the conditions for synesthesia. The Missouri Theatre show will pair five paintings from the museum with choral works performed by MU's Ars Nova Singers.


On this week's Thinking Out Loud, hear part two of Darren Hellwege's conversation with the Reverend C.W. Dawson. The conversation touches on the role of Martin Luther King and others in re-energizing the black churches' engagement in the civil rights movement, weaving black history into the broader telling of history and why we need to better monitor election fraud in America.

Vandalia Leader

This week on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talked with the Reverend C.W. Dawson about work Dawson is doing to bring together the area's African American clergy for activism, education and fellowship.

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With a little work you can eat homegrown spinach, salad greens and carrots earlier than ever before with a low-cost cold frame. The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Carrie Hargrove tells us how on this episode of Farm Your Yard.