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9:58 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Readers tell us about their mothers for Mother's Day

Kim Hutcherson's mother Marianne Hollenbeck
Credit KBIA

What one word best describes your mom?

In preparation for Mother's Day, the Missourian, KBIA and KOMU asked that question of their audiences. Some people shared just the one word, and some chose to tell us about a moment or situation that explains why they chose it.

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Global Journalist
6:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Editorial cartoonists resist censorship

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat works in his office in Damascus. Syrian security forces attacked Ferzat in Damascus and left him bleeding along the side of a road, according to human rights activists.
Credit Muzaffar Salman / Associated Press

The editorial cartoon is a dependable measure of press freedom in a given country. As advocates point out, a cartoonist cannot work when there is no freedom of speech and opinion. Two cases illustrate the point.

In the early months of the Syrian revolution, editorial cartoonist Ali Ferzat was threatened and eventually attacked for drawing cartoons making fun of President Bashar Al-Assad. The thugs broke both of his hands. But crackdowns on the free expression of editorial cartoonists don’t just happen in dictatorships.

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Arts and Culture
8:37 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Veteran set to receive Mexico High School diploma

Mexico native Frank Kramer, 86, will receive his high school diploma from Mexico High School on May 20.

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Arts and Culture
2:49 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

A whole new Rite of Spring seen in animated video

Igor Stravinsky composed Rite of Spring 100 years ago this year.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Classical music fans who like a little visual to go with their orchestra may enjoy this video featuring an animated graphical score of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Part 1: Adoration of the Earth.

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Arts and Culture
5:41 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Columbia performance series presents classical music of the Show-Me State

Odyssey Artistic Director Ayako Tsurata

  Missouri culture might be better known for glittering Branson shows, down home fiddle music and hip-hop from our state’s urban centers, but a local performance organization aims to add classical music to the list of artistic creations born in the Show-Me State.

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Arts and Culture
2:45 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Classical and folk blend in new album, Night

Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt collaborated on their newest album Night
Credit www.simonedinnerstein.com

Making music from the classical repertoire is standard fare for Simone Dinnerstein.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:26 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Postcard from a cowboy poetry festival

About a dozen cowboy poets performed at the 15th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poet and Music Festival in Mountain View, Mo.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA News

Listen to an audio postcard featuring two cowboy poets who performed at the 15th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poet and Music Festival.

This week on the show, we're hearing from Francine Robison and D.J. Fry, two out of the more than 20 cowboy poets and musicians who performed at the 15th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. 

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Arts and Culture
11:18 am
Mon April 29, 2013

From Dissections To Depositions, Poets' Second Jobs

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Monica Youn, who joined NPR as a NewsPoet last year, works as a lawyer. She says that poetry appears in law more often than you might think — but nobody calls it poetry.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:00 pm

"No man but a blockhead," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "ever wrote, except for money." This is tough news for poets, since the writing they do is often less immediately profitable than a second-grader's math homework (the kid gets a cookie or a hug; the poet gets a rejection letter from The Kenyon Review). Poetry itself is tremendously valuable, of course, but that value is often realized many years after a poem's composition, and sometimes long after the end of its author's life.

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Arts and Culture
6:32 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Missouri runners join race for Boston, in 'Boston Strong Como' event

randy Clark runs the Boston Strong CoMo 5K course at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Brandy, an Army veteran has participated in multiple 5K's over her years in service, but at three months pregnant, she ran this race for two.
Brittany Crocker KBIA

Runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters gathered in the rain at Stephens Lake Park Saturday morning for the 118th Boston Strong 5K run. The race began at 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence, where participants raised their hands in a number-one sign to signify their support for Boston.

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Arts and Culture
8:07 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Missouri runners support Boston, in planned Boston Strong 5K race

The Boston Strong 5K run in Columbia is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 27, at Stephens Lake Park. Shown here: Runners in the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Credit Christopher S. Penn / flickr

Columbia is scheduled host the Boston Strong 5K run Saturday morning at Stephens Lake Park.

Pavementrunner.com created the race to show support for Boston marathon bombing victims and their families, with events worldwide. The website says Boston Strong runs give runners a chance to unite, and run for those who were unable to finish, and those who may never run again.

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Arts and Culture
11:44 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Local hackers win boat race fundraiser [video]

The winning boat in the "Float Your Boat" fundraiser on Saturday
Credit danielegoldstein / Flickr

  Last Saturday was the second annual "Float Your Boat" fundraising event for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. It's a wacky event where teams build real boats out of cardboard and duct tape and then race them at the lake behind the Bass Pro Shop in Columbia.

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Arts and Culture
8:51 am
Tue April 23, 2013

With 'No More Trash Bash' MoDOT stresses roadway cleanup efforts

MoDOT design engineer for the central district Nicole Kolb Hood looks for more litter along Route 94 in Callaway County Monday afternoon.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

For Earth Day,  the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted its 11th annual “No MOre Trash! Bash. Department employees volunteered to pick up litter and debris along a stretch of Route 94 in Callaway "County.  This year nine people showed up to spend a few off-the-clock hours taking care of Missouri’s roads. 

The event is a way for MoDOT to highlight their Adopt-a-Highway program, where anyone can volunteer to maintain a stretch of roadway. District engineer David Silvester says he hopes raising awareness of the program will also get more volunteers.

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Arts and Culture
9:06 am
Mon April 22, 2013

'Angels in America' playwright Kushner at MU

Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner comes to the University of Missouri this week as part of a conference on gays and lesbians in the theater.

Kushner's play "Angels in America" chronicles the early AIDS crisis in New York City and won both a Tony and Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

Theater professor David Crespy will interview Kushner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the university's Rhynsberger Theatre.

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Arts and Culture
8:23 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Westminster College student gets funding to empower women, children in Nepal

A Westminster College student is one of only nine students in the country to receive funding for the Clinton Global Initiative.

When Sahadev Yangmali Rai visited Bhojpur, a town in his home country of Nepal, he knew he had to do something.

“They don’t have electricity," Rai said. "They don’t have phone service. They don’t have a toilet, they don’t have drinking water. Literally, they don’t have anything.”

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Arts and Culture
10:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

MU sororities 'bake for Boston'

Credit Christopher S Penn / Flickr

Sororities and community members across MU’s campus are gathering efforts today to prepare for a bake sale fundraiser to benefit Massachusetts General Hospital, which treated victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.

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Arts and Culture
2:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

KBIA takes home four regional Murrow Awards

This year KBIA won four Murrow Awards from the RTDNA
Credit www.rtdna.org

  The Edward R. Murrow award is a yearly recognition presented by the Radio and Television Digital News Association for "outstanding achievements in electronic journalism."

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Arts and Culture
8:53 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Donations collected to honor Columbia disability advocate

A fundraising group in Columbia is accepting donations to fund improvements at Stephens Lake Park in honor of a deceased local activist. Friends and relatives of Christy Welliver have started the Welliver memorial project with the goal of enhancing the park's main entrance.

Welliver was an advocate for people with disabilities until her death in 2011. The group’s spokesperson Chip Cooper said Welliver deserves such recognition, and Stephens Lake Park is an ideal place to praise her work.

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Arts and Culture
12:20 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

"Tigers on The Prowl" fundraiser kicks off

Aaron Crews (left), stands with his father Chuck Crews (right), and one of his unpainted fiberglass tigers on display at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Columbia, Mo.
Credit Brittany Crocker / KBIA

  Columbia Philanthropist Chuck Crews has selected ten local artists to work with ten sponsors and ten charities to paint fiberglass tigers, similar to the CowParade art project that has been featured in cities around the world.

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Arts and Culture
11:57 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Web documentary asks: How does a city reinvent itself?

The Reinvention Stories project highlights seven residents of Dayton, Ohio and their stories of reinvention after the shutdown of the GM plant.
Credit Reinventionstories.org

Hostess. Nordyne. Fuqua Building Systems. AP Green.

The shutdown of all these plants signaled the loss of hundreds of Missouri jobs. Now imagine if it was just one powerhouse plant that helped define a city – a city known for its innovation and production.

“Dayton, Ohio has a big legacy of invention,” filmmaker Steve Bognar says. “From the car starter, to the step ladder, to the pop top can, to the cash register [having been] invented here.”

But imagine that plant closes. How does a city of inventors reinvent itself in this new time?

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Arts and Culture
3:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Roots N Blues N BBQ announces initial 2013 lineup

Credit rootsnbluesnbbq.com

The Roots N Blues N BBQ festival announced part of its lineup for the 2013 festival.

Mavis Staples, Steve Earle and John Hiatt top the list for the festival, which is moving to Stephens Lake Park this year.

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Under the Microscope
5:45 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Addressing death through a greeting card

Photo of Regina Holliday and her husband prior to 2009. Frederick Allen Holliday II died in June of 2009.
Photo courtesy of Regina Holliday

When Regina Holliday’s husband, Frederick Allen Holliday II, went to the hospital in 2009, he was already at the end stages of kidney cancer.

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Arts and Culture
5:25 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

MU grad finds success in spinning a literary fairy tale

Credit www.genniferalbin.com

Author Gennifer Albin is a self-described “recovering academic” – she got her Master’s in English from MU in 2006, then she and her husband settled down back near family in Kansas, where she was a stay- at home mom with young children. But after an unexpected lay-off she and her husband found themselves struggling to make ends meet.

Albin’s answer? Write a novel, of course. Albin went from bankruptcy filing, to living the writer’s dream … complete with agents and publishers competing  for her first novel, Crewel.

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Arts and Culture
5:07 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Not your grandma's line dancing, in Mexico, Mo.

Bridgit Bowden KBIA

Every Monday morning in Mexico, Missouri, a group of people pull out their cowboy boots and head to dance lessons.  Except in this class, no one is younger than 65.  The group is led by state champion line dancers JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley.  For these women, you’re never too old to dance. 

At the Garfield Community Center in Mexico, Mo., JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley’s class is standing in straight lines and ready to dance by 9 in the morning. 

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Arts and Culture
10:17 am
Fri March 29, 2013

'Talk Of The Nation' To End 21-Year Run In June

(via NPR/Antony Nagelmann 2001)

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 2:49 pm

The afternoon call-in show "Talk of the Nation" will end its 21-year run on NPR June 30.

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Global Journalist
6:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

How some filmmakers evade censorship in former Soviet states

"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" was one of the films discussed during a True/False panel discussion about filming in former Soviet republics.
Credit Courtesy of Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

During the True/False Documentary Film Festival in Columbia, directors from around the world gather to screen their films and talk about their craft.

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Intersection
5:27 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Preserving folk music in mid-Missouri

Dave Para and Cathy Barton are co-founders of the Big Muddy Folk Festival.
Credit KBIA

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.


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Arts and Culture
4:19 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

This is what a photosphere of the MU quad looks like

Francis Quadrangle as a "photosphere"
Credit MU_Photospheres / Reddit

"Photospheres" are like panoramic photos that show all of the space around you--even above, below and behind you.  Android's latest operating system (4.2 Jellybean) has a cool camera setting that stitches these photos together automatically on your cell phone.

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Arts and Culture
11:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Period instruments take center stage for Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

Buchbinder.net

If a classical musician wishes to replicate a sound from a specific period then the musician needs a period instrument. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Vienna-based pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

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Arts and Culture
5:53 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

UM Press report calls for clearer faculty consultation

Stakeholders discuss the UM Press at a recent meeting.
Janet Saidi KBIA

The University of Missouri Press was nearly shut down last year, before being moved to the Columbia campus. Yesterday, a committee charged with analyzing that string of decisions released its report at an MU Faculty Council meeting.

Describing the decision-making process as “clumsy and opaque,” the report called on university administration and faculty to reach agreement on what should be expected from “faculty consultation,” and when it should be sought.

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Arts and Culture
4:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Kroenke makes bid for Outdoor Network

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to buy Outdoor Network
St. Louis Rams

Columbia businessman and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is looking to add the Outdoor Network to his sports empire.

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