Intersection

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 kbia.org. 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.

Don't forget to connect with us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what local issues matter to you. 

See the show archives on the Intersection website.

Missouri Task Force One

Missouri Task Force One is an urban search and rescue team that responds to disasters around the country. There are just 28 such units nationwide, and the Missouri force is managed by the Boone County Fire Protection District. A Missouri Task Force One team recently returned to Columbia from Texas after helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

Intersection's Sara Shahriari sat down with two members from the task force, Terry Cassil and Danny Mueller, to hear about their experiences. 


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Lead has played a pivotal role in the history of Missouri. More than 17 million tons of lead have come out of the ground in the state over the last 300 years, and that's left a lasting impact on the state economically, environmentally and culturally. KBIA is exploring that history —and future—in our special series The Legacy of Lead.


Benjamin Hoste

Next week on Intersection, we look at Missouri's legacy of lead. In this preview of our upcoming show, Intersection host Sara Shahriari talks with photographer Benjamin Hoste about his images from Missouri's old lead belt. 

Hoste's photographs from the old lead belt are on display at the Greg Hardwick Gallery at Columbia College through September 27.

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Today, we’re bringing you United and Divided, a series of stories on bridging the urban-rural divide. It's reported by Harvest Public Media.

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election one thing is clear: rural America and urban America see things differently. In this series of profiles, Harvest Public Media reporters introduce us to our fellow Americans and examine the issues that they hold dear. We re-discover the ties that bind us and learn more about the lines that divide us. And through these voices, we come to know Americans just a little bit better.

Reporters from Missouri, Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska explore topics causing rift in the country, and how those differences define the future. They looked at schools, religion, immigration and trade policy. 


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Intersection is marking the new school year with conversations with three MU professors whose work and teaching styles make then stand out. We learn that parts of Missouri were once on the coast of a huge inland sea, how a veterinarian and toxicologist gets to the bottom of mysterious ailments and how students are learning to understand the global market for fabrics. 


Dr. John Dane, left, wears glasses, a dark blue suit and a white and blue-checkered shirt. Gary Harbison, right, has a full beard and wears a dark blue shirt and suit.
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This week on Intersection we bring you a special on oral health from the new KBIA project, Missouri Health Talks. Health reporter Rebecca Smith spoke with Dr. John Dane, the current State Dental Director, and Gary Harbison, the Executive Director for the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health.

They cover the Missouri Oral Health Plan, which runs from 2015 to 2020, advances that have been made in oral health policy and struggles Missourians still face when it comes to accessing quality, affordable dental care.

You will also hear conversations gathered by Smith in June at the 6th Annual MOMOM, or Missouri Mission of Mercy, in Joplin. This yearly, two-day dental clinic put on by the Missouri Dental Association provides free dental care for anyone willing to wait in line. This year approximately 1,200 people were served and more than $800,000 worth of care was provided.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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Central Missouri is on the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse. That means that the sun will completely disappear from view for a few minutes during the middle of the day. Intersection's Sara Shahriari and Harvest Public Media reporter Kris Husted talk with Mizzou Professor and Director of Astronomy Angela Speck about studying animal reactions, citizen data gathering and exactly how the moon and the sun line up to create daytime darkness. 

This week on Intersection we are joined by William Trogdon, who writes under the name William Least Heat-Moon, to discuss his new novel, “Celestial Mechanics.”

 

The novel follows Silas Fortunato, an amateur astronomer, through a serious accident and life-changing relationships with three women. The novel is set in a place inspired by Columbia and Boone County. Heat-Moon is also the author of books including “Blue Highways” and “PrairyErth”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week on Intersection, we continue our look at Columbia's new Unified Development Ordinance. 

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This week on Intersection, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece joins us to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance, which took effect at the end of March. The new zoning code is the biggest comprehensive reform to zoning in Columbia since the 1950s. Treece says some of the changes include strengthening protections for neighborhoods and increasing parking requirements for large residential developments.

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This week on Intersection, representatives from the College Language Association, or CLA, join us to discuss its yearly convention, which was held in Columbia late last week. The CLA was founded in 1937, when black professors and scholars were looking for research and publication opportunities, but weren't welcomed into other professional organizations. The panel discussed the importance of maintaining the organization’s history of diversity and inclusion. Dr. Clément Akassi is the president of the association, Dr. Donna Harper is the vice president. Dr.

Columbia's First Ward City Council candidates joined us to share their priorities. The election is April 4. Candidates discussed their views on housing, infrastructure, community policing and social equity.

 

 


 

Columbia City Council elections for the Fifth and First Wards are April 4. This week, Intersection talked with the Fifth Ward City Council Candidates, Arthur Jago and Matt Pitzer. The candidates discuss issues including safety, policing, development and city growth.

 

 

 

 

 

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This week on Intersection, we talk with KBIA health reporter Bram Sable-Smith about possible changes to healthcare in Missouri. One change could come this Thursday, when the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act. This bill is the GOP’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. We discuss what the changes proposed in the GOP replacement bill could mean for Missouri, especially for people in rural parts of our state. 

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This week on Intersection, we talk about the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital's new patient education center and the hospital's patient-centered approach. Our guests are Communications Specialist Heather Brown, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager Jennifer Schmidt, Public Affairs Officer Stephen Gaither and MOVE! program participant and veteran Kent Lewis.

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This week on Intersection, we listen to the first episode of the new True/False Podcast presented by KBIA. Host Allison Coffelt talks with directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe about their film The Bad Kids and the process of developing character in nonfiction film.

 

 

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This week on Intersection, we speak with the directors of several films in the 2017 True/False Film Festival. This year’s festival marks the thirteenth consecutive gathering of documentary filmmakers in Columbia. Conversations include Hebert Peck of I Am Not Your Negro and Petra and Peter Lataster, directors of Miss Kiet’s Children.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with Clarence Lang, Professor of African and African-American Studies at The University of Kansas. Lang’s book, Grass Roots at the Gateway: Class, Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis from 1936-1975, explores St. Louis as an intersection of culture, economy and civil rights movements.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch about her first session in the Missouri General Assembly. Republican Reisch represents District 44, which includes Northeast Columbia, Hallsville, Sturgeon and Centralia.The seat was formerly occupied by Caleb Rowden, who now occupies the 19th District seat in the Missouri Senate.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with three MU professors about their teaching and research in and outside of the classroom. From the First Amendment and social media to what superheroes can teach us about American history, we're learning from some of our region's fascinating  educators.  

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This week on Intersection we talk with three students from the University of Missouri. Last fall Autumn Gholston, Daniel Litwin, Nora Thiemann and about 20 other students spent the semester exploring how to tell stories using sound in a digital storytelling class.

In this episode we hear audio essays these three students produced about everything from friendship to surviving a tornado, and talk with them about stepping outside their comfort zones, writing in new ways and putting their storytelling skills to work.

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This week on Intersection, we continue exploring what community policing looks like in Columbia, and where ideas about community policing come from. We talk with Daniel Isom, a former chief of police and professor of policing and the community at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and with Clint Sinclair, the Columbia Police Department's LGBT liaison.  We also learn how  Columbia police officers are trained to identify bias when we sit in on an open-to-the-public version of the department's community policing training.

Through our conversations, we learn about the origins of community policing and how it's developing in Columbia. Listen to the full story: 


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This week on Intersection, we talk with Caleb Rowden, the newly elected Missouri State Senator for District 19, which is made up of Boone and Cooper Counties. Rowden will replace two-term District 19 Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer. We talk about Rowden’s tight race again Democrat Stephen Webber, healthcare, the University of Missouri, Planned Parenthood, ethics reform and his goals for the next four years.

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This week on Intersection, we talk with  Sgt. Mike Hestir of the Columbia Police Department's Community Outreach Unit,  and Lorenzo Lawson, the executive director of the Youth Empowerment Zone.

We explore what community policing looks like in Columbia, how the Outreach Unit began and Hestir and Lawson's hopes for the future. 

Listen to the whole show here, and read brief excerpts from our interviews below. 


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Professor of law and journalism at the University of Missouri Richard Reuben discusses Constitutional Amendment 6 in Missouri, which appears on ballots today. KBIA's Molly Olmstead spoke with Reuben about how the proposed amendment could impact identification requirements for future voters, and how it relates to past voter ID laws. 


This week on Intersection, we're looking at the race for Missouri Attorney General. Josh Hawley is the Republican candidate, and Teresa Hensley is the Democratic candidate. Hawley and Hensley have different ideas of what an Attorney General’s primary role should be, and we spoke with both candidates about how they see the job they're campaigning for differently. We also talked with Missouri experts about what an attorney general actually does, and how people can have different ideas about the job.

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This week on Intersection, we’re looking at the Missouri Senate race for District 19, which includes Boone and Cooper counties. Caleb Rowden is the Republican candidate. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. Stephen Webber is the Democratic candidate, and he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008. We spoke with Rudi Keller of The Columbia Daily Tribune to learn about what makes this race so important, and then with both candidates about issues such as voter ID, Medicaid expansion and creating jobs in mid-Missouri.

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Intersection – Missouri Honor Medalists

Oct 21, 2016
Missouri School of Journalism

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
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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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