CoMo Explained

Wednesday mornings

CoMo Explained is a podcast that breaks down the big news and explains how Columbia works.  Scott Pham and Ryan Famuliner host the show each week.  Download it right here every Wednesday.  And find our home on the iTunes store.



2:05 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

The crucial zoning law that determine's downtown Columbia's future [rebroadcast]

Credit KBIA

This week CoMo Explained shows how something called the C-2 zoning ordinance determines how Columbia is built. 

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11:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What happens in CoMo when the twisters come

This scene is totally from the movie Twister please don't think this is real I'll feel bad

 In this week's CoMo Explained we breakdown tornado prediction, the siren system and explain how 'Tornado Alley' works.

They're quiet unobtrusive until they're not:tornado sirens. About 80 of them dot Boone County with the majority of them in a few mile radius of downtown. This week we wondered--how do those sirens get turned on?

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4:18 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Propofol explained: Why Missouri is in hot water for its execution protocols

Propofol, an anesthetic the state of Missouri planned to use as its sole lethal injection drug
Credit Nottingham Vet School / Flickr

This week on CoMo Explained we explain what all the fuss about Propofol is and how it's got Missouri in the national eye again.

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11:50 am
Fri November 8, 2013

7 things you might have wrong about the Ryan Ferguson ruling

Just a little mid-week pleasure reading. Like you do.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

This week: what's next for Ryan Ferguson and what exactly is in that appeals court ruling?

Update: This article was written the week before Ryan Ferguson's release. The 30-day timeline we outline below is based on state prosecutors taking no action at all, allowing legal deadlines to stretch out and pass. For coverage of Ryan Ferguson's release, read our latest story.

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10:57 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Where your recycling goes when it leaves the curb

Next year I'm going as Mr. Bag-it for Halloween
Credit City of Columbia

This week, it's a story you might have heard before, but with the answers you never got: Where, exactly, does your recycling go when it leaves the curb? 

A plucky listener asked us to figure out what exactly happens to our recycling here in Columbia and if we could break it down resource by resource.

We are nothing, if not helpful, so without further ado, here’s how it works: 

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11:22 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The spookiest spots in Missouri

The entrance to Ravenswood, a haunted mansion in Boonville.
Credit Clyde Bentley / Flickr

This week, CoMo Explained tells you where the most haunted places in Missouri are.

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5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Why are there so many roundabouts in Missouri?[Rebroadcast]

A roundabout in Washington State
Credit WSDOT / Flickr

  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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12:50 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Why are there so many billboards in Missouri?

At least you can still see the trees.
Credit plainsart / Flickr

This week CoMo Explained tries to answer that question all your out-of-state friends keep asking you: "What's with all the billboards around here?"

Ryan Famuliner knows the experience well: a friend drives into town to hang out for the weekend and the first thing he says is "hey, what's with the billboards advertising sex shops and strip clubs?"

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2:49 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange?

A lot of users saw this instead of the sign-up page for

  This week on CoMo Explained we look at how Missouri is implementing Obamacare and ask whether it'll be successful or not.

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1:28 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Everything you wanted to know about roadkill

Too bad it's closed.
Credit Atelier Teee / Flickr

  This week we answer all your burning questions about roadkill.

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12:30 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

How the employers of the future get their start in Columbia

Macbooks are the unofficial required equipment of Startup Weekend
Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

  This week the Como Explained team goes to Startup Weekend, the premier event for Columbia's booming (really!) tech scene:

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2:38 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Why can't Missouri pronounce its towns right?

Versailles. But which one is it?!?! Scientifically, there's no way to know for sure.
Credit Moyan Brenn / Flickr

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

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2:02 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

This is why crime was the number one story this summer

Where does all that all that caution tape go? That's just one of many questions we will not address on this week's show.
Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

  This week we take a quick look back to explain how crime quickly rose to become the number one story in Columbia:

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10:18 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Why there are so many roundabouts in Columbia

Around you go!
Credit herrolm / Flickr

  This week we answer a pretty common CoMo question: what's with all the roundabouts in Columbia? 

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11:17 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Why are there so many hot air balloons in Columbia?

We're trying out some ideas for the official CoMo Explained hot air balloon
Credit matias Garbedian / Flickr

  Columbia was once a hot-spot of  hot air ballooning.  But you can still see a lot of balloonists flying over downtown on a clear afternoon.

On the CoMo Explained podcast we explain why there are so many hot air balloons in CoMo.

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