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.

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A new mural is in the works in downtown Columbia. You'd be forgiven if you have not seen it in the works. Madeleine LeMieux and her team of student artists are putting the finishing touches on the opus that is coming into view along the MKT Trail where it passes under Providence Road.

The State Historical Society of Missouri

History nerds are gearing up for the 2019 opening of The Center for Missouri Studies, a new home for The State Historical Society of Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, the society's Senior Associate Director Gerald Hirsch laid out plans for the four-floor, 76,000 square foot center, which will be built between Sixth and Seventh on Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

Farm Your Yard: Planning the Fall Garden

Jul 18, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

It’s the middle of summer and the garden is bumping. It’s hot and I am busy trying to keep everything watered and fighting off the inevitable disease and fungus problems that plague all tomatoes grown in our humid climate.

Angie Bennett

A group of Mid-Missouri veterans recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. They were participants in the Central Missouri Honor Flight #47. The group's vice-president, Steve Paulsell, was recently a guest on Thinking Out Loud. He visited with Darren Hellwege about how the local group recognizes those who served their country.


Trevor Harris / KBIA

It took over two years for word of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach slaves in Texas. Over 150 years, residents of Boonville have annually celebrated the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 executive order that freed America's conscripted blacks.

Sarah Nordin

Opera singers Jonathan Ray and Sarah Nordin are in Columbia for this summer's Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. They were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud in advance of Sunday's Mostly Mozart concert, their final performance in the series. 

Farm Your Yard: When a Weed is Not a Weed

Jun 21, 2017
Carrie Hargrove / Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Daily life is comprised of a series of tasks that depending upon your natural outlook on life, could be considered tedious, or rewarding. For example, say you love to bake, and making a cheesecake for your loved ones is your definition of a good time.

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Scott Charton, who reported on Missouri politics for many years with the Associated Press, was a recent guest on Thinking Out Loud. Charton discussed his years covering several administrations through a series changing political tides. He also recalled his early years as a journalist including his interview with then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton.

LyceumTheatre.org

In two weeks, the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre kicks off its 57th season. The theatre's Artistic Director Quin Gresham previewed the upcoming season with Darren Hellwege. Also on the show, we look ahead to a Memorial Day event that finds famous, late Columbians being re-enacted at their gravesites.

City of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

Next Tuesday, the City of Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission hosts its bi-annual Most Notable Properties event. Among the four properties being honored as notable is the long-time home of former Columbia mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife, Axie. The Hindmans and Historic Preservation Commission chairperson Pat Fowler were guests on this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I am a Missouri native. Not only am I a Missouri native, but I was born and raised in here in Columbia. I can see the high school I attended from my backyard. During a football game, it is so loud that my backyard garden might as well be inside Hickman’s stadium.

EllieGraceArts.com

Mid-Missouri native Ellie Grace grew up on stage. She still regularly performs with her sister Leela. She returns to Columbia for a show this Friday with song-writing partner Brian Claflin. Grace was Darren Hellwege's guest on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

Aaron Hay / KBIA

Ten years ago Lonnie Kessler started having headaches. A trip to the doctor and subsequent MRI determined that the Moberly resident had a brain tumor. After two surgeries to remove tumors, Kessler was left disabled and suffering from epilepsy. When traditional medicines have failed to ease his pain, Kessler turned to medical marijuana available in Colorado. He advocates now to make cannabis legal in his home state of Missouri.

Amelia Beamish

On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Dr. Cat Gleason from the MU Department of Theatre about the upcoming performance of 'The Laramie Project.'

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.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

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.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

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.

Drew Piester Photography / Facebook

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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