Each week, our host Sara Shahriari sits down with community members to discuss issues concerning mid-Missourians. From politics, to local art to social issues, anything that generates good conversations and affects our community is on the table.

To hear the conversations, simply tune in to KBIA 91.3 FM on Mondays between 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. You can hear the show on the radio or through the live stream on If you miss an episode, you can always catch up with the conversations here, or subscribe to our show through iTunes or any podcast app.

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Intersection – Missouri Honor Medalists

Oct 21, 2016

This week on Intersection, we're featuring conversations with Missouri Honor Medal recipients from the Missouri School of Journalism. Every year, the school's faculty awards medals to journalists on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Winston Churchill, and Gloria Steinem. 

Jim Flink, professor of strategic communication, sat down with this year's medalists to talk about excellence in journalism and media.

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Intersection - Transom Radio Workshop

Oct 13, 2016

This week on Intersection we're taking a closer look at how great radio is made. We talked with people who took the Transom Traveling Radio Workshop in Columbia this summer about what they learned. We also talked with Rob Rosenthal, a radio producer who taught the workshop.

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This week on Intersection we're exploring how agriculture affects rivers throughout the Midwest and all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. We talk with Grant Gerlock, a Harvest Public Media reporter in Nebraska, and hear stories from Harvest Public Media reporters across the region. 

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This week on Intersection we talked with Clyde Ruffin, president of the John William "Blind" Boone Foundation, about the renovation of the Blind Boone Home. The house is located in downtown Columbia, and opened this month after years of work. It stands next to The Second Baptist Church on 4th Street. Ruffin also led two of our producers through a tour of the house.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece about issues including downtown development, transportation and expanding the police force. Listen to the full episode and check out selected clips from the interview below. 

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School is back in session, and this week on Intersection we talk with three MU professors about their work in the classroom and beyond.

Our guests include:

  • Lisa Sattenspiel, an anthropology professor who researches infectious disease.
  • Robert Greene of the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. His film Kate Plays Christine premiered in early September.
  • Joseph Erb, professor of digital storytelling and animation, who talks about preserving the Cherokee language.

 This week on Intersection, we're talking about the growing issue of homelessness in Columbia with guests Nick Foster, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, Pastor Meg Hegemann of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church and the Turning Point program, and Sid and Patricia Howard, who volunteer at Turning Point. 

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This week, we’re talking about homelessness in Columbia with guests Randy Cole, who is the housing program supervisor with the City of Columbia, and Katie Burnham Wilkins, who is the homeless program coordinator at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital here in Columbia.  Homelessness has been on the rise in Columbia in recent years, so we’re talking about what the city and other organizations are doing to get people housed. This will be a two-part series, and the second show will air May 23.

Micah Walker

  This week on Intersection, we take a look at the Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts to reintroduce elk into Missouri, and we discuss the poaching of a bull elk in December. Our guests this week are resource scientist for the MU Department of Conservation Barbara Keller, State Wildlife Veterinarian for the MDC Kelly Straka, MDC agent Brad Hadley and elk program manager for the MDC David Hasenbeck . Listen to the full story or check out clips from selected interviews below.

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 This week on Intersection, we’re talking about a book called Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference, which is published by the University of Missouri press. It’s an anthology of journalism and essays written by Mizzou grads, mostly from the journalism school. There are also a bunch of presentations going on this week, where students and members of the public can talk with writers about – what else – writing. There’s information about those sessions at the Words Matter website.

Today on our show we’ll talk with magazine journalist, professor emerita and an editor of this book Mary Kay Blakely about how and why she took on this monumental task. We’ll also talk with Lois Raimondo and Shane Epping, two extraordinary journalists who contributed their writing, and with student Ginger Hervey, who has been working on this collection since her freshman year.

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  Brian Treece was elected Columbia's new mayor in the April 5 municipal election. As part of our election coverage, Intersection brings you a longer sample of our interview with Treece last week, and an election roundup from the region. 


 This week we are talking about the April 5 Columbia municipal election with mayoral candidates Brian Treece and Skip Walther, and Columbia Missourian Public Life editor Scott Swafford . Listen to our entire show to learn more, or read portions of our interviews below.


  On this week's Intersection, we are talking about autism spectrum disorder and the Autism Mentor Program at MU. Our guests are UM student Chris Brown and licensed psychologist and creator of the Autism Mentor Program Colton Miller. To learn more, listen to our entire show, or read and listen to portions of our interviews below.








Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John is the story of children trying to discover who there father really was. Intersection talked with Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John director Chelsea McMullen about the film after it showed at the 2016 True/False Film Fest.


Intersection's host, Sara Shahriari, spoke with Manu Gerosa, the director of "Between Sisters," a film about Italian sisters and their struggle to share a long-held secret. The documentary is about Gerosa's aunt and mother, and showed to full houses during the True/False Film Fest.

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  This week we're exploring African American history in Missouri, with a special emphasis on Columbia. Our guests are University of Missouri-Kansas City professor and historian Diane Mutti Burke, and MU doctoral student in history Mary Beth Brown. To learn more, listen to our entire show, or read and listen to portions of our interviews below. 

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As recently as the late 1950s, downtown Columbia looked very different. Here MU doctoral student in history Mary Beth Brown talks about the former African American neighborhood of Cemetery Hill, which was torn down to make way for parking lots and businesses.

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Simon Tatum

This week we're talking with MU student artists. These young people create with paint and fabric and even barbed wire. And for them making art is really serious work and as well as a passion. We learned about our guests through the University's Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase, which took place for the first time on campus in January. To learn more, listen to our entire show, or read and listen to portions of our interviews below. 

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This week we’re talking about the new low intervention delivery suites at the University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital. Our guests are mother Jill Markijohn, who was the first person to use the suites when they opened in November, Doctor Courtney Barnes, the medical director of the low intervention birth program, and certified nurse midwife Lori Anderson who works at Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  To learn more, listen to our entire show, or read and listen to portions of our interviews below.

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  This week on Intersection, we're talking with two local legislators about  major issues at play in the Missouri General Assembly's 2016 session.Our guests are District 45 Democratic Rep. Kip Kendrick, and District 44 Republican Rep. Caleb Rowden. Our conversations with Kendrick and Rowden touch on issues including ethics reform,  healthcare, highways, UM funding and college loan debt. To learn more, listen to our entire show, or read and  listen to portions of our interviews after the jump.

This week on Intersection, we’re continuing the conversation about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri. This is the second in a two-part series, and we start with Diversity Peer Educator and Coordinator Rivu Dasgupta. We’re also talking with Alanna Diggs, who is co-chair of Four Front, a council for minoritized student groups and student voices. She's also a diversity peer educator. Here's a sample of our conversation with Rivu. To hear the whole show, click the arrow.

Today on Intersection, we’re talking about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri with UM System Interim President Mike Middleton. We’re also talking with Angela Speck, who is a professor of physics and astronomy, director of the astronomy program and chair of the faculty council diversity enhancement committee at MU. This is a special two-part show, and next week we will continue the conversation on diversity and inclusivity with students.


 This week on Intersection, the focus is on meat. We're talking about shifts in meat consumption and why they happen, meat production right here in Missouri, and consumer interest in grass-fed beef and sustainable agriculture. This week's guests are KBIA and Harvest Public Media reporter Kristofor Husted, MU professor of rural sociology Mary Hendrickson, and author and rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman, whose most recent book is "Defending Beef, the Case for Sustainable Meat Production."

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  On this week's Intersection, the focus is on women and film. Did you know that just a small percentage of the movies you see in theaters are directed by women? Today on Intersection, we’re talking about why with Kerri Yost, the Director of Programming for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, which comes to Columbia each year to highlight movies directed by women. We also talk with director Mo Scarpelli, an MU grad whose film Frame by Frame was shown at this year’s festival in October. 

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, a major move in a school year defined by a level of activism and student mobilization that is not often seen at Mizzou. Later the same day MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from his position, and transferring to a research focused role.

Every story is a long story with a deep history and many layers, but this chapter began on October 10. A group of 11 African American students calling themselves Concerned Student 1950 blocked the homecoming parade, linking arms and forming a line in front of Wolfe’s car. They were protesting racism and discrimination at the university. 

Over the course of the next month protests, walkouts and a hunger strike dominated campus news. On Monday, as major changes were underway, Intersection reporters fanned out across campus to bring you these voices and stories from people including Michael Sam, Jonathan Butler, Tim Wolfe and Mary Ratliff, among many others.  

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On this week's Intersection, we're touring the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North with museum Director Alex Barker. We also visit Stephens College's Reel to Real exhibit, which is on display through December 13. Join host Sara Shahriari and reporter Guimel Sibingo as they explore these two venues. 


 This week on Intersection, we're talking about graduate students at the University of Missouri here in Columbia. So what’s going on in this part of the university world? That’s what we’re exploring today with our guests, who are Kristofferson Culmer of the Forum on Graduate Rights, Rebecca Smith of KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk, Matt McCune of the Graduate Professional Council, Professor Earnest Perry of the Missouri School of Journalism and Eric Scott of the Coalition of Graduate Workers.

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On this week's Intersection, the focus is on native plants and our environment – with a special emphasis on the relationship between milkweed and monarch butterflies. Host Sara Shahriari explores efforts to preserve and create native plant habitats in our own backyards, and beyond. Our guests are Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, Carol Davit of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Pete Millier of the Mizzou Botanic Garden and Mervin Wallace of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. 

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 In this week's show, our host Sara Shahriari explores the complicated situation around  access to affordable dental care in Missouri. Featured guests include Gary Harbison, executive director for the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health. Here is a sample of their conversation. 

Q&A: The Dental Care Landscape in Missouri

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On this week’s edition of Intersection, we delve into the rich history, sweet sounds and savory flavors of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Our host Sara Shariari talks with Aarik Danielsen, features editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and learns about the stories behind the blues with musicians Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen, Albert White, Big Ron Hunter, Ardie Dean, Lil' Joe Burton and Nashid Abdul, who perform with the Music Maker Blues Revue. Segments on some of the event’s food vendors and  festival-goers round out the show.