Thinking Out Loud

Tuesdays and Fridays 6:30pm-7:00pm, Saturdays, 6:00am-7:00am

Darren Hellwege and Trevor Harris interview people of note in the Columbia community.

On Friday the show broadcasts Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, a radio drama put on by the Maplewood Barn community theater.  On Saturday it tackles the college sports scene.

Shanti Mandir

This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with two members of a Columbia family who are active in their faith community. Sumit Gupta and his family attend Shanthi Mandir in Columbia. During a time when fewer Americans are choosing to regularly attend church, learn what keeps Gupta bringing his family back to Columbia's Hindu temple.


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Columbia's Bullpen Cafe drew patrons in with a menu that included brain sandwiches. The eatery closed over ten years ago and now the building is slated for demolition. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris toured the site of the cafe with its final owner, Jackie Cockrell. Moreau Montessori School Directress Lorie Steele was also a guest on the show in advance of one of her school's major annual fundraisers.

Farm Your Yard: The True Cost of Your Vegetables

Apr 12, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

I got into a conversation with a coworker a few weeks back about how hard it was to be a vegetable farmer here in the US. I think being a farmer of anything anywhere is a tough, round the clock, un-glorified job, but having been a small scale produce farmer for a few years I know firsthand that market farming vegetables is demanding.

KristenWilliamsDesigns.com

Kristen Williams is a Columbia native who graduated from Truman State University. During her time in Kirksville, she headed to Colorado to do an internship with that state's emerging cannabis industry. On a recent episode of Thinking out Loud, Williams was profiled about her work as a designer and as an advocate for responsible cannabis use.

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Not to toot my own horn, but I have a great backyard garden. I really can’t take much of the credit for my backyard garden because I am lucky to have amazing soil in my backyard. Without good, living soil, I wouldn’t be much of a gardener.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Boonville's Meredith Ludwig admits that once she started collecting oral histories of longtime Missouri River valley residents, she didn't want the process to end. Here are excerpts from personal histories of a pair of Missourians that Ludwig talked with back in 2004.

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I think there’s a book out there called Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think that is a great concept, and I think there could be a book written, or at least a saying that goes something like Everything I Really Needed to Know in Life I Learned From Gardening. And today on Farm your Yard, I would like to explain what I mean by that. Let’s talk about what gardening can do for you.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Since 1991, the halls of Northwest Missouri's Tarkio College have been quiet. Classes ended there 25 years ago when the college closed. Now, a group of alumni and allies are working to re-open the school. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited Tarkio College to see the grounds and gather stories from the team that is working hard to welcome a new group of scholars to the campus this fall.

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This Saturday, New York City's The Acting Company bring a pair of new works to MU's Rhynsburger Theater. Marcus Gardley talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris about his work, X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.


Diane Oerly

When she set out to collect the oral histories of longtime Missouri River valley residents, Boonville's Meredith Ludwig never imagined that she would end up with over 70 hours from two dozen men and women. Her histories - collected in 2004 - are archived at the State Historical Society of Missouri. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Ludwig about her oral histories with the late 'Mayor of Overton' Fred Oerly and Lottie Klein.

Darren Hellwege discusses Human Trafficking with Nanette Ward of Stop Human Trafficking Missouri and with Christine McDonald who has just published her second book on her own experiences as a victim of sexual trafficking, titled The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited through Eyes of Grace.

Allison Vaughn

By positioning themselves in the area's best birding areas, Allison Vaughn and Bill Mees were able to spot and count numerous bird species. Along with their fellow Columbia Audubon Society members, the duo took part in the Christmas Bird Count on December 22, 2016. Vaughn and Mees were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud talking with KBIA's Trevor Harris about the annual count and what they saw.


Vellore Gopalaratnam

A nondescript cinder block building on Columbia's north side provides a space for the local Hindu community to come together for prayers, fellowship and celebrations. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with some of those who were active in establishing the Shanthi Mandir community center.

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KBIA recently took the show on the road for a special Thinking Out Loud live from Columbia's Sager Braudis Gallery.

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

I would like to explain a photo that ran on Thanksgiving day in the Columbia Missourian. It was a picture of a group of folks, some adults, and at least one teenager who were steadily working together towards one large, and possibly overwhelming project on a local farm.

State Historical Society of Missouri

The attack on Pearl Harbor was 75 years ago last week. With fewer folks alive each year who personally remember the tragedy of December 7, 1941 now seemed like a good time to listen to some memories of and reactions to The Day of Infamy.


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On last week's Thinking out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris went to Macon, Missouri. He visited with a group of Actors Equity union members there about the challenges and joys of making professional theater in small town Missouri.


Mid-Missouri Peaceworks

The 2016 holiday season is approaching. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked to a pair of Columbians who want you to think about the impact of your gift purchases on the lives of the people who made them.


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From their center on North Seventh Street, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia offers soccer, tutoring and other focused activities to kids who might otherwise go unsupervised after school. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, we talk with the non-profit's participants and staff. We also preview next month's play Street Stories: Glimpses of Homelessness, which is a benefit for local groups that work with unsheltered Columbians.


Nicholas Rodriguez

Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Nicholas Rodriguez, also known as NicDanger, about his new E.P. and his career in hip-hop and rap music. Also, Doug Wilson previews this weekend’s Central Missouri Renaissance Festival in Callaway County.


Trevor Harris / KBIA

Head south down Providence Road until you reach Old Plank Road. Turn left and head all the way down to the Missouri River. That's where you'll find Churchill Clark at work. The woodcarver and descendent of William Clark is working on a pair of dugout canoes. The canoes are available for a trade. Clark explains in a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.


Farm Your Yard: Preserving the Season's Harvest

Oct 9, 2016
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

Carrie Hargrove and her fellow urban farmers are busy putting up the season's harvest. On this installment of Farm Your Yard, she shares her tips for preserving vegetables and lessons learned in six years of the Opportunity Garden program.

University Concert Series / Facebook

Karen Jones Meadows is visiting Columbia this week for a one-woman play and a pair of workshops sponsored by the University Concert Series.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

As the secretary of Jefferson City's Old Munichberg Association, Walter Schroeder would regularly 'spice-up' his meeting minutes. After much encouragement from fellow members of the group, he recently published Southside Sketches, a book of memories from Jefferson City's historic German neighborhood. Schroeder was a recent guest on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud.  

Thinking Out Loud: Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone

Sep 16, 2016
John Farmer de la Torre

The State of Missouri's poet laureate,  Aliki Barnstone, spoke with KBIA's Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Thinking Out Loud: MU Theatre Preview

Sep 9, 2016
Trevor Harris / KBIA

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Death of a Salesman is the first offering from the MU Department of Theatre in their 2016-2017 season. Department professor Suzanne Burgoyne and chair Heather Carver look ahead with KBIA's Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Thinking Out Loud: Sharing The Land

Sep 7, 2016
Trevor Harris / KBIA

On a recent sunny late summer morning, Tony McCauslin led a group across his Macon County property. The quail and rabbit habitat improvements that he did last year got the attention of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The state agency invited him to be the inaugural participant in its new program that grants public access for hunting and fishing onto private property.

Arcadia Publishing

This week on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Mary Barille about her book, Haunted Columbia, Missouri while Trevor Harris meets MU's new leader of Athletic bands and visits with a co-organizer of Kirksville's new all-inclusive playground.


Trevor Harris / KBIA

Converting lawn grasses and turf into native plantings that attract pollinators and desirable wildlife is a process. An upcoming workshop at Powell Gardens is for landowners seeking to convert turf grass.


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For the last seven years, I have spent a lot of time with rotting food. I could tell you some things that would surprise you about the decomposition of different things. For example, avocado skins just don’t break down. Neither do egg shells. Fur really doesn’t go anywhere either. And while it takes a long time to break down, bread from Panera will turn blue as it does- lots of preservatives in that one.

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