Arts and Culture

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

This spring, KBIA's Thinking Out Loud visits some colleges and universities in our area that you may not know as much about as, say, the University of Missouri. This week, Darren Hellwege headed north from Columbia to check in with leaders at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Torie Ross / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map


Today Paul Pepper and UFO enthusiast, BILL WICKERSHAM, talk about more evidence, more possibilities, more sightings and even more skeptics of the UFO phenomenon. Bill touches on recent tweet made by John Podesta, former Clinton and Obama staffer, that listed his disappointments over the past two years; topping the list was not getting UFO disclosure from the Obama administration. April 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes PAT RILEY, Moberly Area Community College, and MACC student, STEPHANIE HERMAN. If you're a high school junior or senior, a job-seeker, or in need of a new career in mid-Missouri, you won't want to miss this job expo happening Wednesday, April 8th. Did I mention free pizza and door prizes? Watch for details! March 31, 2015

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This year is the 25th anniversary year of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On this Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege visits with Chuck Graham of the Great Plains ADA Center about the history of the Act and the current status of disability rights in the US and Missouri. They also discuss the ADA Legacy Project, which is in Mid-Missouri this week as part of a nationwide tour.


Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER STEWART, Services for Independent Living, and CHUCK GRAHAM, Great Plains ADA, about two events happening today (3/30/15), and one tomorrow at the State Capitol! Our discussion also touches on what the ADA has done for those who need it. As Chuck says: "it's changed our world." March 30, 2015

Columbia-based novelist Keija Parssinen’s first book, The Ruins of Us, was a Columbia One Read selection in 2013. The novel centered is around a crumbling marriage between an American expat and her Saudi billionaire husband. Parssinen’s new novel, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, is set closer to home: it takes place in a small Texas refinery town that grows increasingly zealous in its attempts to control its population of teenage girls. The town’s paranoia builds toward an outbreak of mass hysteria and a modern-day witch trial. Parssinen spoke with KBIA about the research behind her new book; she began by comparing the Saudi Arabia of her first book with the Texas town she describes in her new novel.


Off the Clock: New Ownership, New Changes at Columbia's Blue Note

Mar 27, 2015
Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

Other than the Missouri Theatre — the Blue Note and Rose Music Hall, formerly known as Mojo’s — are two of the most established concert venues in not only Columbia, but in Mid-Missouri.

For the past 34 years, the venues grew up and flourished under the supervision of one person — Richard King. However, at the tail end of last year, King sold the spaces to the owners of the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. While the sale wasn’t necessarily unexpected, it did prompt many venue-goers to wonder what would happen to the cherished institution — mostly — what changes, if any, would be visible.


Today Paul Pepper visits with DINA McPHERSON, Mizzou Therapy Services, and MOLLY DEIMEKE. Dina and Molly both have first-hand knowledge of brain injuries - hear their stories and find out what they're doing to raise awareness! March 27, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with Columbia Art League's DIANA MOXON about their summer camp for children - it's a little different this year, so pay attention! Diana also touches on the popular Art in the Park event that happens every June; it'll be here before we know it! At [4:06] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Director at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to two different book talk events: the first features food author NINA FURSTENAU; and the second features NYT best-selling author Lisa McMann ("The Unwanteds"). March 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ADAM BECKETT, Global First Responder, and first-time guest MATT FORD, who made his first trip with GFR to Haiti in 2013 as a carpenter. Hear his story and about their efforts to recruit other doctors to join the mission! March 25, 2015

Torie Ross / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map


Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT, from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about whole grains! If you find yourself not getting enough, CMAND is holding a class about cooking with whole grains at the Columbia Public Library in early April. At [4:35] Expert Vein Care's CHARLENE ADKINS talks about varicose veins. Did you know that 25% of the population has varicose veins? Find out what causes them and more - watch! March 24, 2015

A 33-yer-old man from Richwoods, Missouri has broken the state record for the largest fish ever caught.

Andy Belobraydic, III’s family has been celebrating March 21stfor about 35 years—it’s his parents’ wedding anniversary.

On Saturday, while angling on Table Rock Lake, he snagged a 140 pound, 9 ounce, Paddlefish. The fish, which was caught on the James River arm of the lake in Stone County, measured 56 ¾ inches in length and had a girth of 43 ¾ inches.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JESSICA HILL, Missouri River Communities Network, about a special fundraiser for the Local Food AmeriCorps Project happening March 31st at Lucky's Market in Columbia! At [3:48] ANDREW ZUMWALT tells us about a free tax service for those whose income is $53,000 or less. Find out when and where! March 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA about the 24th Big Muddy Folk Festival, which will grace the stage in Boonville's Thespian Hall on April 10th and 11th! They perform "The Dill Pickle Rag" on guitar and hammered dulcimer at [2:03]. March 20, 2015

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Founded after the Civil War by black veterans, Lincoln University has - for now over 140 years - served students of all races and backgrounds from across the globe. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visits with members of the Lincoln University community about the school's present strengths and future aspirations. 

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

As warmer temperatures set in and the days grow longer, Carrie Hargrove is thinking about building new beds. What's the process? Find out on this week's Farm Your Yard.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY SMITH, River City Habitat For Humanity, about their 2nd annual 'Family Fun Run for Homes' fundraiser, happening April 11th! Before we get to Kelly, we want you to know about another fundraiser, this one for the PET Project, happening TOMORROW at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia! March 19, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and retired University of Missouri economics professor MEL ZELENAK talk about your credit report and financial planning. Good information if you've got several credit cards and/or you're looking to invest! March 18, 2015

Paul Pepper: Singer Larry Brown, "Garryowen"

Mar 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper celebrates St. Patrick's Day with singer LARRY BROWN, who sings the traditional Irish drinking song, "Garryowen," and then shares a bit about its history. Watch! March 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with DR. ROBERT ZITSCH, MU Health Care, about tips you can use to stay one step ahead of the allergy season. At [5:04] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, tells us about two forums - the first being tomorrow night at the Columbia Public Library - to help you prepare for the April 7th election! March 16, 2015

Stephens College

On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege interviews Stephens College President Dianne Lynch and others about what's going on at the college.

Today Paul Pepper and KIT FREUDENBERG talk about "We March Together," an exhibit that 'celebrates 70 years of victory in Europe,' opening April 6th at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton. At [4:06] TOM ANDES and STEPHEN BROTEBECK tell us about "Color Blind," an original production by Andes that opens TONIGHT at Stephens College in Columbia. Watch for details and the story of how it all came together! March 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium Director, MELANIE KNOCKE, and DR. CASEY HOLLIDAY, about this Saturday's (kid-friendly) "Dinosaurs, Caveman and Our Changing Planet" event at Rock Bridge High School. Watch for details! March 12, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director at Maples Repertory Theatre, about their upcoming season of shows. "The Curious Savage" and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" are up first, followed by many more. It's definitely worth the short drive to Macon - watch! March 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Show-Me Opera director CHRISTINE SEITZ. Her company is putting on two, one-act Puccini operas, "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi," back-to-back this weekend at the Missouri Theatre! CASSANDRA GAL, ANDREW FLANIGAN and SAMUEL WRIGHT perform 'O mio babbino caro' at [3:28]. March 10, 2015

For almost a century, explorers have searched the jungles of Honduras for a legendary lost city known as the White City, or the City of the Monkey God.

A team of explorers — including archaeologists and a documentary filmmaker — have just returned from an expedition in person, after using a new technology to search for evidence of ruins by plane.

Michaela Tucker

True/False festivalgoers headed home after the close of the four-day event on Sunday night. The 12th annual documentary festival featured old favorites like the March March parade and original music alongside a new selection of over 40 films. This year, the festival adjusted to the temporary loss of Jesse Hall and screened films in smaller venues across the University of Missouri’s campus and to digital projection for all the films. 

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True/False

After the True/False 2015 film festival came to a close, KBIA’s Jason Hoffman spoke with one of the brains behind the operation, David Wilson.  


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