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Arts and Culture
2:32 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

True False co-founder documents the stories behind the music of Branson, Mo.

Credit Missouri Division of Tourism

After an award-winning festival run, the film "We Always Lie to Strangers" will air at Ragtag for a week-long run. 

David Wilson, local filmmaker and co-founder of the True False Film Festival, collaborated with MU grads AJ Schnack and Nathan Truesdell to create his first feature film. The film takes place over five years and follows four families who work in the entertainment industry in Branson, Missouri.

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True/False Conversations
3:18 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

'The Green Prince' explores the human relationships behind international espionage

Credit Red Box Films

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

The film the Green Prince follows the unlikely journey of Mosab Hassan Yousef. Born in the Palestinian territories to a high-ranking Hamas leader, Mosab does the unthinkable: he spies on his own people for Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency.

Using candid interviews, archival footage, and dramatic reenactments, director Nadav Schirman follows Mosab’s transformation, and his complicated relationship with his Israeli handler, Gonen Ben Itzhak.

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Arts and Culture
9:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Misdeeds, misdemeanors, miscommunications: Life lessons from MoJo commentators on KBIA

Credit KBIA

In this recent series of commentaries for KBIA.org, Missouri student journalists recount a few of life’s confusing lessons. Led by Missouri School of Journalism Professor and storytelling master Berkley Hudson, these 11 student commentators took not only pen to paper but also got in front of the microphone, to talk out these essays that touch on life, relationships, growing up and striking out, among other issues. Enjoy!

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Arts and Culture
2:48 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Missouri Symphony Conservatory celebrates the holidays, on KBIA

The Missouri Symphony's Conservatory 2012 holiday concert, conducted by Maestro Kirk Trevor.
Credit Courtesy of MOSS

Have you ever discovered a new hobby that suddenly and completely consumed you? Whether you meant to do it or not your new hobby demands your time and attention. It requires that you find a teacher or a mentor who can help you take your interest to the next level.

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Arts and Culture
2:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Off the Clock: Rodeo culture, and a Moberly skate park

Christy and her closest friends show the bling on their boots in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in Kingdom City, Missouri in May 2013. They decided to skip their high school prom and have a “Cowgirl Prom” at the KC Country Dance Hall in Kingdom City.
Credit Roxana Pop / KBIA

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Meredith Turk hangs out in rodeo culture with this year’s Miss Teen Rodeo queen, and finds out why she’s one of the only rodeo competitors you’ll ever see wearing a helmet … and she wears it well.

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arts and culture
4:46 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Three MU students step outside their boundaries

Joanna Demkiewicz & Kaylen Ralph started The Riveter, "a magazine that celebrates narratives and longform journalism by women."
Credit www.therivetermagazine.com

This week on Off The Clock, Joanna Demkiewicz and Kaylen Ralph, recent graduates of MU, started their own magazine to empower female journalists. And Josie Herrera is embarking on a gender-queer journey, as a king candidate on this year’s University of Missouri homecoming court.

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Arts and Culture
11:38 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Author details the race around the world

The novel Eighty Days dives into competing journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s pursuit to break the record for fastest journey around the world in 1889. Author Matthew Goodman creates a narrative history on the 28,000 mile quest that got the attention of the nation. KBIA’s Tony Nochim sat down with Matthew Goodman while he was in Columbia.

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Arts and Culture
8:39 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Moberly group is fund-raising to reopen Fourth Street Theatre

Moberly organizers are working to revitalize the city's Fourth Street Theatre.
Credit KBIA

For about the past 10 years citizens of Moberly, Mo. have been working on renovating the Fourth Street Theatre. It is being built completely debt free but is still about $200 thousand away from the goal. Theatre owners plan to open it this spring.

Joe Snodgrass grew up in Moberly, Mo. and remembers the Fourth Street Theatre being packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Now, he is a board member helping restore the theater and bringing it back to all its glory.

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Arts and Culture
12:55 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/RichHillUSA

For first-cousin filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, the hardest part about filming Rich Hill, their upcoming documentary on poverty in rural Missouri, was to stop.

“I just wanted to keep visiting them and visiting them,” Tragos said.

“I think we both very much fell in love with all these families,” Palermo added. “In turn, [they] say they love us like family.”

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Arts and Culture
3:28 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Columbia One Read author explores geographical and cultural boundaries

Credit Shane Epping

What happens when you put together a blue-eyed blonde Texas woman with a handsome Saudi man living in a traditional Saudi culture, and throw in a young secular Arab blogger and a young Muslim man rediscovering his fundamentalist roots? And, specifically, what happens when they’re all in the same family? If that sounds familiar, it's because that family is the Baylani family, whose relationships with each other, their country and their cultures are explored in the novel, The Ruins of Us.

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Arts and Culture
2:55 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Stories of struggle, survival converge at Columbia World Refugee Day

Shalamo has his face painted like a tiger at Columbia World Refugee Day. Shalamo was most recently in Thailand before coming to Columbia.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Close to 100 refugees filled Broadway Christian Church Saturday, during the Columbia World Refugee Day Festival.  The party started out slow, but picked up after someone tossed a few soccer balls onto the field in the back of Broadway Christian Church.  Within minutes, dozens of kids and young men swarm the balls, set up goals and begin to play soccer.  A few young girls guard the goal, while the rest dribble and shoot in the afternoon heat.

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Arts and Culture
8:58 am
Tue June 25, 2013

My Farm Roots: Lessons from the farm crisis

Farmer Mark Kenney
Credit Harvest Public media

I met Mark Kenney on his family’s farm in Nevada, Iowa, when I was working on a story about farmer taxes. He turned out to be perfect for that — a farmer with a keen interest in spreadsheets.

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Arts and Culture
2:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup

CraigCloutier Flickr

For the first time in memorable history, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chose to play a recent MU graduate’s work during its 2014 season. The symphony’s focus on new music is giving Stephanie Berg the chance to hear her music come to life in Powell Hall. An MU program made this possible.

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Arts and Culture
2:54 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Growing up in ragtime: musician Johnny Maddox

Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Famous ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox visited Columbia this week as the guest of honor at the Blind Boone Ragtime Festival.  In the height of his career in the 1950s, Maddox performed with names like Patsy Cline and released the first all-piano record to sell over 1 million copies.    With millions of albums sold and more than 60 years working in the music industry, many ragtime fans would call Maddox a legend.   

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Faith/Religion
4:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

What does your local VFW have in common with your church?

Commander Don Briggs chats with Ray Williams, a Vietnam War Veteran, at the Boone County VFW at a weekly dinner on April 24, 2013.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA/Project 573

One in five Americans now report having no religious affiliation. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.

But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.

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Arts and Culture
5:25 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

MU grad finds success in spinning a literary fairy tale

Credit www.genniferalbin.com

Author Gennifer Albin is a self-described “recovering academic” – she got her Master’s in English from MU in 2006, then she and her husband settled down back near family in Kansas, where she was a stay- at home mom with young children. But after an unexpected lay-off she and her husband found themselves struggling to make ends meet.

Albin’s answer? Write a novel, of course. Albin went from bankruptcy filing, to living the writer’s dream … complete with agents and publishers competing  for her first novel, Crewel.

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Arts and Culture
5:07 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Not your grandma's line dancing, in Mexico, Mo.

Bridgit Bowden KBIA

Every Monday morning in Mexico, Missouri, a group of people pull out their cowboy boots and head to dance lessons.  Except in this class, no one is younger than 65.  The group is led by state champion line dancers JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley.  For these women, you’re never too old to dance. 

At the Garfield Community Center in Mexico, Mo., JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley’s class is standing in straight lines and ready to dance by 9 in the morning. 

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Arts and Culture
4:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

You think you know "Blind" Boone? New writings shed light on the music and the man

John William "Blind" Boone, pictured with his wife, Eugenia.
Credit Blind Boone Heritage Foundation

So, you know your Missouri and CoMo history, and you think you know all about “ragtime” musician Blind Boone, yeah? Think again. If you think he was all ragtime, and he was blind, you still might have a lot to learn.

It turns out John William “Blind” Boone was one of the first musical composers to blend European classical styles with folk music. He took African-American and Afro-Caribbean folk styles such as plantation melodies and minstrel tunes, and put them in classical forms, then performed the pieces in concert halls. 

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Off The Clock
1:06 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend

Water bottles at Startup Weekend
Cale Sears

Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend.  The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours.  125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.

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Arts and Culture
11:44 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Video games: not just a waste of time

Students work on their computers in the video game club at Benton Elementary in Columbia, MO
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.

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Faith/Religion
4:54 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship

Pamay Bassey is the author of "My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey."

When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of  a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.

That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.

Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.

Arts and Culture
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

My Farm Roots: Just taking notes

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life.

But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

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Agriculture
1:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

My Farm Roots: Making a home, out on the ranch

Nan Gardiner (front) with her husband Henry in Ashland, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

It’s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.

For 20-year-old Nan Arnold, it was a day in 1956 in Ashland, a small, dusty dot on the open range of western Kansas near the Oklahoma border.

Nan had landed her first job as a music teacher at the Ashland school just a year before. She lived with the store’s owner because her parents thought she was too young to live alone.  

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Agriculture
1:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Paying to do farm chores? It's called agritourism [slideshow]

Agritourism businesses in the Midwest come in many forms, everything from pick-your-own berry fields to animal barns.
Camille Philips Harvest Public Media

Picking fruit, tasting wine, petting a goat, roping a cow. When customers pay for the honor of taking on such farm chores ... or delights … it’s called “agritourism.”

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Arts and Culture
3:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Blue Highways Revisited: Photographer Ed Ailor captures the places and people off the beaten track

The book "Blue Highways Revisited" retraces the path of the original best-selling book.
Edgar Ailor III Iniversity of Missouri Press

The call of the open road has long beckoned Americans … and in 1978, William Least Heat-Moon answered the call and embarked on a drive around the country, taking the roads less travelled. Starting in Columbia, he followed a circular route that totaled nearly 14,000 miles. The result was Blue Highways, a New York Times Bestselling book.

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Agriculture
3:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

My Farm Roots: When you hail from farm country, roots run deep

Kate Edwards grew up helping her grandfather on his farm. Those memories are part of what spurred her to start her own farm.
Andrea Silenzi Harvest Public Media

This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s new series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Kate Edwards hasn’t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.

Now, she farms a small one-acre plot near Solon, Iowa. On her small farm, she feeds 30 families through a Community Supported Agriculture project, a CSA. Edwards was drawn back to farming, she says, because of family memories.

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Off The Clock
12:55 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Staying or going: 'My Life, My Town' in Glasgow

Madelyne and Landon Brand, from Glasgow, Mo: Only time will tell whether they stay in the town they love, or make a life in a new place.
Lizz Cardwell KBIA/Columbia Missourian

A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.

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Arts and Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO.

For Mexico teen Monica Martinez, life is a balance between faith, family and her own dreams.
Lydia Mulvaney and Andrew Schriver KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this edition of Off the Clock, we visit Monica Martinez, a teen whose Latin American family is putting down roots in Mexico, Missouri.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives – some of the teens where a pink triangle, some of them camouflage or a tiara. Over the next few weeks, we’ll hear the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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Off the Clock
4:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Croquet in Mexico, gardening in Columbia and 'My Life, My Town'

"Bored in Lawson" is a multimedia portrait featured in this week's "Off the Clock" on KBIA. To view more portraits, go to www.mylifemytown.org.
Katie Currid KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this week’s show: It’s summer. We’ll look at stories about playing croquet in Mexico (Missouri, that is), gardening in Columbia (Missouri, also) and life as a teen in a small town.

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Off the Clock
12:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Marriage: arranging her own path

Spring is in full bloom and that means wedding season.

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