Arts and Culture

Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN is fresh off a trip from western Kenya, where he and his team distributed three-wheeled, all-terrain, hand-operated carts to immobile individuals. Made right here in Columbia, Jeff says people traveled from as far aways as 500 miles to get one the carts. And speaking of moving, things are moving in the right direction at Youth Empowerment Zone. LORETTA SCHOUTEN takes us on a tour of their new, low-cost child care center in northeast Columbia! May 25, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

In addition to honoring the sacrifice of soldiers, Memorial Day weekend often marks the unofficial beginning to summer – which, for many, means spending time on Missouri’s lakes and rivers.

 

  But there’s a tiny invasive species that threatens the health of our state’s waters, and boats, motors, and trailers pose a great risk for spreading them. 

 

This week on Discover Nature, learn how Missouri boaters can help slow the spread of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha). 

 

History will come alive for the second time in as many years this Monday at the historic Columbia Cemetery. Relive days gone by from actors portraying local Columbians like James L. Stephens, Richard Jesse, Mary Paxton Keeley and many, many more. Guests: CINDY MUSTARD and MARY SHAW May 24, 2018

Actors CHARLIE WILKERSON and AMY DRTINA say you can't take it with you, but that's probably because they're in Maplewood Barn Theatre's aptly titled production, "You Can't Take It With You!" Also, it just wouldn't be spring without Dancearts of Columbia's yearly recital. MARIE ROBERTSON is here with what to expect from this weekend's performance! (4:38) May 23, 2018

May is Stroke Awareness Month. MU Health Care's DR. ADNAN QURESHI says that close to one million people will suffer from a stroke-like symptom each year. Find out what the warning signs are and what you can do to minimize the effects! Also, BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability at the City of Columbia, invites everyone to a community workshop TONIGHT to discuss how climate change will affect our community. (4:26) May 22, 2018

Have you ever wondered how dandelions reproduce or how certain surgeries affect your vocal cords? If so, and you know who you are, come to the next Science on Tap CoMo this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia! Guests: MEGAN HANEY and AUSTIN LYNN | Also, KATE GRAY and the folks at the Boone County History and Cultural Center want to answer the question: what does art do? They hope that a new exhibit - and you - will help them find the answer! (4:29) May 21, 2018

MELANIE DIXON says the Ronald McDonald House Charities should be the "charity of choice" because you never know when you might need it. As you might guess, Melanie speaks from personal experience. Hear her story and find out how you can get involved! Plus, KRISTIN BOWEN and CATEY TERRY want you to #WearOrange in support of Gun Violence Awareness Day. A local celebration will be held at Douglass Park on June 1st. Watch for details! (5:00) May 18, 2018

Over 100 years ago, people weren't taught communication or leadership skills. Enter Toastmasters! Guests EVELYN PEARMAN and TOM TRABUE say it's more than just about public speaking, it's about personal development and gaining confidence in yourself. May 17, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week in Missouri’s woods, a native, thorny, locust tree displays clusters of fragrant white flowers.

 

The black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) grows in dry or rocky upland woods, along streams, and in pastures, and thickets. 

 

A pioneer tree species, black locust easily invades disturbed sites, and some consider it a nuisance species. 

 

The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra will present an evening of "modernist works" from composers such as Debussy, Copeland, Stravinsky, and even a piece by our guest (and SPO conductor), PATRICK CLARK, this Friday in Jefferson City! Plus, don't miss the "best performers in the world" at this year's Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival May 30 - June 2 in Sedalia. Guest: BOB WALTERS. (4:23) May 16, 2018

Find out who BILL CLARK and the Friends of Rocheport have deemed important enough to become the first inductees into the newly-created Rocheport Hall of Fame on May 20th! Also, what's in a name? JANE WHITESIDES and members of The Missouri Symphony have dropped the word 'society' from their title after almost 50 years. This, as they're gearing up for the start of the annual Hot Summer Nights series in early June! (5:31) May 15, 2018

The topic for tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' (at the Hy-Vee on Conley in Columbia) is "A Thing Called Race." Hear from Rev. C.W. Dawson, who has just written a book on the topic. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters. Plus, ERIC LYON and COURTNEY WATERS invite everyone to take part in Missouri River Regional Library's summer reading program. The theme this year is 'Libraries Rock!' Watch for details. (4:58) May 14, 2018

"In lots of cultures, 'mother' is often a designation for the earth. Many cultures, many religions have a goddess, or a characterization of nature's processes, that is often feminine, and this is one of them." -- storyteller LARRY BROWN. May 11, 2018

Five shows in six weeks. Welcome to TRENT RASH's (and a group of dedicated students') world now through the end of June at the Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College. Each production is free and open to the public! May 10, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spring storms bring the threat of damaging wind, hail, flooding, and erosion, but they also restore life to the landscape – providing nutrients to plants and soil, habitat and drinking-water for wildlife and humans.

Wetlands are areas that hold these heavy rains and make the benefits of spring storms last. 

This week, on Discover Nature, we celebrate May as American Wetlands Month. 

Columbia Rotary South's JOE WESTON tells us that "there is just a huge need for donated organs. People, by the thousands, are dying everyday because they aren't available." KEVIN ALLEN, from the Midwest Transplant Network in Kansas, shares the story of a 7 month-old saving the life of a 3 month-old who needed a heart. May 9, 2018

If 'fast food from the garden' sounds like a tasty idea to you, don't miss dietitian JENNIFER BEAN's ideas to "build a better bowl." Also, LAURIE MATTHEWS stops by to tell us how easy it is to participate in this Saturday's annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive! (You should have received a paper sack in the mail by now.) (4:50) May 8, 2018

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Longtime volunteer NANETTE WARD tells us how it started (credit goes to a small group of MU students); and where it's going (Missouri's attorney general has since set up a human trafficking task force). More volunteers are needed, though; watch for details! May 7, 2018

Self-screening for various forms of skin cancer is as easy as A-B-C-D-E. DR. KARA BRAUDIS, MU Health Care, takes us through the process step-by-step. If you'd rather have a professional do it (for free!), stop by Ellis Fischel Cancer Center next Thursday afternoon. Watch for details! Also, KBIA Health and Wealth Desk reporter REBECCA SMITH tells us how she's empowering rural Missourians to tell their own health-related stories, both the good and the bad, and the impact it's having on the medical community. (4:41) May 4, 2018

TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites everyone to come see "Seussical Jr." this weekend only at The Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! "Seussical Jr." is the abridged version of "Seussical the Musical." Also, meet local entrepreneur DUSTIN STANTON. He, along with his brother Austin, operate Stanton Brothers Eggs in Centralia. Hear how their small business caught the eye of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg! May 3, 2018

You don't have to know the difference between Monet and Manet to take part in the Columbia Art League's summer camp programs for children age 5-16. LOUISE SARVER highlights a few of the offerings for 2018! Also, high school junior ABIGAIL CHAPDELAINE will be spending her senior year abroad thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange. Find out what she's looking forward to the most! Plus, MARILYN UPTON tells us how the Elizabeth J. Upton Foundation continues to support youths who wish to study abroad but can't afford it. (3:20) May 2, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

Slow and steady wins the race… but when it comes to crossing roads turtles often lose. This week, as you’re driving down the highway or backroads, keep your eyes peeled for turtles in your path. 

Spring rains and warm weather trigger turtles to start wandering in search of food and mates, and they often need to cross roads that pass through their home areas. 

 

Box turtles commonly live to thirty years old, and can live as along as humans. They spend their quiet lives eating plants, earthworms and insects. 

 

We're almost halfway through Annual Acts of Kindness Week! Help Children's Grove fulfill its wish for Columbia and Boone County to be the kindness capital of the world by taking part in one of the many planned activities this week. Guests MARY JO HERDE and PETE MILLIER tell us more! Also, HEATHER HARLAN, from Phoenix Health Programs, shares some good news and some bad news about the ongoing opioid epidemic in our community. (4:57) May 1, 2018

Married couple Kristen & Andrew Camp break down their song "I'd Rather Hide." They discuss how having four kids & experiencing some traumatic moments of self-reflection led to a strained marriage, and how that led them to finding passion and love for each other in creating music.

Escape from life's troubles at tomorrow evening's 'Harp and Healing' session at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. This final session of the season will feature St. Louis artist Vesna Delevska live painting to harpist MARIA TREVOR's music. Enjoy two soothing performances on today's show! April 30, 2018

St. Louis rapper/producer duo pinkcaravan! & Namesake. break down their song "pop, lock & lemon drops," and how they create a unique sad-happy vibe with unorthodox flow, Fanta-like synths and a commitment to originality.

Get your planners out! Local artist FRED SCHOLLMEYER takes us through a whole list of events sponsored by the Jefferson City Art Club that are happening this spring! Plus, ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY are back to talk about the annual Kitchens in Bloom fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Check out some before and after photos from this year's project courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! (4:15) April 27, 2018

Help ten veterans take part in the Central Missouri Honor Flight AND enjoy strawberry pie, jam, wine, shortcake - you name it - at the Strawberry Festival June 9th in Millersburg. CHERIE RUTTER tells us all about it! Plus, CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ invites everyone to take part in the Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run Spring 5K next Saturday in Columbia. Volunteers are needed! (4:39) April 26, 2018

Nathan Lawrence, KBIA

Following our live Thinking Out Loud broadcast, we had a conversation with the audience and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery about Cuban Contemporary Exhibit. 

  

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

In this special KBIA event, Darren Hellwege and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery discuss the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at the gallery before a live audience. 

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