Under the Microscope

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Richard Freese
Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldn’t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.

Todd Post / Bread for the World

Livestock producers are watching their feed costs rise with corn prices and taking their concerns to Washington D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency is under pressure from livestock groups and some rural lawmakers to curb corn prices and ease livestock producer worries by suspending the federal ethanol mandate.

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This week, we’ll see if there’s a connection between genetically modified food and allergies.

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This week, we'll hear about human test subjects, and talk about gender differences in math performance.

Tracking an astronomical mystery

Aug 9, 2012
Photo courtesy of Google Earth Pro

For centuries people have lived and worked in a part of coastal Peru spotted with oddly shaped hills.  Most knew that the mounds were man made, but were they significant?  

Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

This week, we'll hear a report about taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, and find out how a guano harvest could help some penguins.

Kris Husted / KBIA

Former astronaut Sally Ride passed away on Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

On cancer

Jul 19, 2012
Andres Pérez / Flickr

On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.

On starting a startup

Jul 12, 2012
Photo courtesy of Listener Approved

This week, we’ll hear from the creator of a new start-up that aims to connect people with free music.

Sharon Drummond / Flickr

On this week's show, we’ll revisit a story about iPad technology at Benton elementary school, and hear about a study that links childhood obesity to poor math skills in school.

Clay Masters / Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear about efforts to manage the Missouri River.

On mid-sized farms

Jun 21, 2012
Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear the final installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the Future series.

Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the fourth installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and hear about the bacteria that live in and on our bodies.

Jessica Naudziunas / Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the third installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and revisit a conversation with author Michael Pollan.

On robots and farms

May 31, 2012
Jeremy Bernfeld / Harvest Public Media

On this week’s show, we’ll learn how robots could be used to assist farmers, and hear about an upcoming astronomical event involving Venus and the sun.

Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about how immigrant populations are filling a gap in agricultural labor.

Angela Case / Project 573

The mental health care system is faced with diminishing resources, making it harder for people with psychiatric illnesses to find help. From police officers to school counselors, people outside of the system are working to fill the gaps. Project 573’s Angela Case explains how community hospitals are dealing with the problem, and takes you inside two units that provide this much-needed care.

How to be happy

May 10, 2012
Scott Pham / KBIA

On today’s show, we’ll hear about an unlikely place to get small electronics repaired, and learn more about the key to being happy.

Taking a closer look at the bacon trend

May 3, 2012
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On this week's show, we’ll hear from a pioneer in the field of sociobiology, and take a closer look at an emerging food trend.

Marie French / KBIA

On this week's show, we’ll debunk some myths about forensic science and learn how a rural doctor shortage affects some patients.

Matt Veto / KBIA

This week, we'll take a look at games. We'll hear how one MU project is trying to engage young people through a futuristic competition. And stay tuned to the end of the show for a discussion of the science behind baseball.

Tracking an astronomical mystery

Apr 12, 2012
Photo courtesy of Google Earth Pro

For centuries people have lived and worked in a part of coastal Peru spotted with oddly shaped hills.  Most knew that the mounds were man made, but were they significant?  

Kenn Wilson / Flickr

This week, we’ll hear from one MU researcher about the risk factors for alcohol dependence, and hear about cancer prevention. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service / Flickr

This week, we’ll hear about a devastating disease afflicting bat populations across the country, and learn about the hazards of ignoring the issue. 

On early planting

Mar 22, 2012
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On this week’s show, we’ll hear why farmers and gardeners should hold off on planting early this year, and find out why MU is hiring fewer international scholars.

The science of food

Mar 16, 2012
Vanderbilt University / Flickr

Food Sense: The 8th Annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium takes place this week at MU. 

Brad Flickinger / Flickr

On this week’s show, we’ll talk about about exercise programs for minority populations, and hear about tablet technology in classrooms.

Sylvia Maria Gross / Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll explore how some towns are dealing with poor access to affordable food. Plus, an interview with President Obama's principal environmental advisor.

Discovering a comet

Feb 23, 2012
Kevin Dooley / Flickr

If you go stargazing tonight, you just might see a faint little speck with a Missouri connection.

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On this week’s show, we’ll explore what's in our food, and hear from the director of a documentary that looks at the difficult choices involved with legalized, physician assisted suicide.

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