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Talking Politics

Tuesdays 5:20pm, Wednesdays 8:21am

Talking Politics is a weekly program on local politics, hosted by Ryan Famuliner.



Talking Politics
5:59 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Next time it's Tuesday, you'll be voting


Hello and welcome to Talking Politics, I’m Ryan Famuliner.

Less than a week, folks. That’s all the time you have to make sure you’re prepared for election day. KBIA’s been conducting in-depth interviews with political candidates for regional and statewide office in our studios, and we’re airing portions of those in these few days left leading up the election. We’re also posting the full length-interviews here on we’re calling them “candidate conversations.”

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Talking Politics
3:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Montee: A Democrat, but "Conservative in a fiscal way"

Susan Montee in the KBIA studio.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.

We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.

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Talking Politics
4:44 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

MU Presidential debate expert says Wednesday's showdown could have impact

malwack Wikimedia Commons
  • Full interview with University of Missouri professor of Communication Mitchell McKinney.

This week on the show: What to expect during Wednesday’s Presidential debate. Plus, we talk with Republican women in Boone County.

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Talking Politics
6:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin in Senate race for good, more from Senate and Governor debates

Rep. Todd Akin
Andrew Yost KBIA

All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.

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Talking Politics
11:45 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Who would be a better President for farmers?

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (left) and Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns stand in for the presidential candidates in a Presidential Forum on Agriculture in Des Moines in mid-September.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

This week, Harvest Public Media has a report from a surrogate debate, where each side tried to prove their candidate is best for agriculture. Plus, commentator Terry Smith talks about two political-types, one from each party, that could both have a major impact on the presidential race this year.

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Talking Politics
6:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Food stamps making farm bill passage tough

Margo Rush goes to FoodNet in the basement of the Lakeview Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb., to make her budget and SNAP benefits last through the month.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

This week on the show, a report on what’s holding up the farm bill; and regular contributor Terry Smith weighs in on the Democratic National Convention.

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Talking Politics
5:47 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

How college students saw the RNC

Lig Ynnek Flickr

This week on the show, commentator Terry Smith’s take on the Republican National Convention, and a conversation with a man who sat on the Missouri Supreme Court for two decades.

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Talking Politics
6:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The strange history of Truman's Senate seat

The desk Harry Truman sat at while serving as a U.S. Senator

This week on the show: new laws go into effect in Missouri. Plus, a fascinating look at the history of the U.S. Senate seat Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill are running for this fall.

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Talking Politics
11:42 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin seeing what support he can get as deadline approaches

Rep. Todd Akin - KBIA file photo
Kris Husted KBIA

For KBIA’s Talking Politics, Ryan Famuliner sat down with Terry Smith, a regular contributor to the show, to talk about the fallout from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments regarding abortion and rape.

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Talking Politics
1:11 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Talking Politics for May 1, 2012

Missouri legislators face a number of key policy decisions before the end of session in late May.

This week we sit down with Columbia Daily Tribune statehouse reporter Rudy Keller to discuss the big issues facing the General Assembly as the end of the legislative session approaches.

Talking Politics
2:14 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Talking Politics for April 24, 2012

Missouri legislators have until May 11 to deliver a budget to Gov. Jay Nixon.

This week on Talking Politics we speak with Columbia state Senator Kurt Schaefer about the budget-making process.

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Talking Politics
1:34 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Talking Politics for April 17, 2012

Roger Wilson previously served as Missouri governor after the death of Mel Carnahan over a decade ago.

This week on Talking Politics, we look into the indictment of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson--a man many long-time statehouse figures held in high esteem.

Talking Politics
1:11 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Talking Politics for April 10, 2012

Legislation before the General Assembly could lock in the legality of current livestock farming methods.

This week on Talking Politics, KBIA and Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports on ongoing strife between hog farmers and animal rights activists--a battle which could be decided by state legislators.

Talking Politics
1:35 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Talking Politics for April 3, 2012

Controversial issues ranging from health care reform to Pres. Obama's birth certificate have entered into debate in Jefferson City.
j.stephenconn flickr

This week on Talking Politics, we examine "wedge issues"--those hot-button topics lawmakers both nationally and state-wide continually bicker over.

Talking Politics
9:17 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Columbia 6th ward council race gets contentious

The race for a seat on the city council from Columbia's sixth ward has become surprisingly heated.

This week on Talking Politics we investigate the claims and accusations made during a surprisingly contentious race for Columbia's sixth ward city council seat.