Arts and Culture

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. 

Afraid of the stock market, but want to invest for the long run? Alex says the first thing to do is define a "long run." The number of years your investment needs in order to grow (before you withdraw it as income) should factor into your risk tolerance. Great tips, insights and more from today's guest, LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LABRUNERIE. April 25, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, rock bass build nests for the spawning season. 

 

Closely related to shadow bass and Ozark bass, and collectively referred to as ‘goggle eye,’ none of these fish are true bass. 

 

Their greenish-olive to brassy color patterns with dark mottling and large mouths are reminiscent of bass, but goggle eye are all heavy-bodied sunfish species. 

 

DR. DAVID CRESPY tells us about "The Rimers of Eldritch," opening tomorrow night at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. David says that each performance will, in some way, celebrate the life of its writer, Lanford Wilson! Plus, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the final days of the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia. The works of art featured were brought over from Cuba by Hannah and her team! (4:29) April 24, 2018

Hickman High School Theatre opens 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this Thursday! Actors ELIZABETH CURRAN and BRETT WILSON (Helena and Demetrius, respectively) talk about their classic characters and how you can get tickets. Plus, MU graduate student MEL BOEYER tells us about her upcoming presentation, 'The Adolescent Growth Spurt (Rated M for Mature)'. She is one-half of the Science on Tap CoMo presenters taking the stage this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia. The other half of the evening will feature Anup Mishra talking about the AI revolution. Guest MIKE VIERLING explains. (4:12) April 23, 2018

A Conversation With Local Author Julija Šukys

Apr 20, 2018
Shane Epping

The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia runs from April 19 to April 21 and features several local authors. Julija Šukys is a local creative nonfiction author. We talked about her book Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning.


Local author/singer ED VARNUM talks about his new book, "In Pursuit of Something Better," and at [5:00] performs his song, "God Is Love." April 20, 2018

Untapped Shores is a U.S.-based non-profit that hopes to solve the clean water crisis in third-world countries. Its co-founder, Patrick Shores, developed a small, solar-based filtration system that turns salt water into clean water. His device can provide up to 2,000 gallons of drinkable water every day. Guest: KATHY McDOUGAL April 19, 2018

Today on Intersection, we’re sharing interviews with local authors coming to the Unbound Book Festival this weekend, and also exploring concerns about diversity and expression at the festival. Unbound is a three-day event that brings authors from all over the world to Columbia to talk and share insight on their work. The event runs from April 19 to the 21, and will be held in venues across Columbia, including The Missouri Theatre and Stephens College. This year's headline speaker is author Zadie Smith.

As we put together this show, we learned of people voicing concerns over diversity and inclusion at the Unbound Book Festival, particularly on several panels with all white participants. 

Ibtisam Barakat, a Palestinian-American author, posted a statement to Facebook about a week ago saying she was encouraged by these discussions to reveal racism experienced while participating in an Unbound panel last year. Barakat talked with producer Abby Ivory-Ganja about her experience. Sara Shahriari spoke with festival organizer Alex George about what will change for the festival going forward.  


Art in the Park turns 60 this year! The Columbia Art League's LOUISE SARVER says that this year's diamond jubilee celebration will be "big." Also, actor SETH COMARA and assistant director ENOLA WHITE invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Ain't Misbehavin'," opening tomorrow night in Columbia! This musical revue features over 30 songs from early-20th century America. [3:20] April 18, 2018

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