Arts and Culture

Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

When you think about the Civil War in Missouri what comes to mind? If Stefan Freund has anything to do with it you'll soon be more familiar with the sounds and images that the 1861-65 conflict produced. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Freund, an MU School of Music faculty member about his new Civil War Oratorio that will have its premiere April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

Apr 17, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, with the City of Columbia Water and Light Department, talk about saving money with water-efficient plants.


Vera Massey, University of Missouri Extension

Apr 16, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, talk about the importance of being happy and optimistic! 

Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

Native or new-comer? No matter how long you and your family have called the Great State of Missouri home you can't claim a longer continuous lineage here than the paddlefish. This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talks to anglers and conservationists about the fish that has called central Missouri's Osage River home for more than 300 million years.

A disappearing German dialect still spoken in Missouri

Apr 15, 2014

KBIA producer Ryan Schuessler visited with Terry Loehnig, a Missouri native who runs a farm outside McKittrick, Mo. Loehnig's parents and grandparents were born in or near Hermann, Mo., and he grew up learning a regional dialect of German at home called Hermanndeutsch. It's a mixture of Low and High German, and English.

These days, it's hard to find anyone who speaks Hermanndeutsch, and the dialect is quickly becoming a distant memory.

Second Chance & Talking Horse Productions

Apr 15, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper visits with VALERIE CHAFFIN and "Julia" from Second Chance, about becoming a foster parent - it's easy! [4:12] Plus, Talking Horse Productions opens "The Sudden Glide", an original script by local playwright David Crespy. ED HANSON explains.


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A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine will be inducted this week into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol.

Mapping Missouri's second languages

Apr 14, 2014

Missouri is a land of many languages. English is most common, but there are significant populations of Bosnian-speakers in St. Louis, as well as an historical Francophone community in the eastern part of the state.

Local mural on historic building set to be finished

Apr 14, 2014
Mark Collins / KBIA

A local art teacher is planning to use her skills to help finish an incomplete mural on a historic Columbia building. Jessie Starbuck, an art teacher at Southern Boone Primary School, is also on the board of the North Central Neighborhood Association in Columbia. Starbuck said she first heard about the project when she moved to the neighborhood and joined the board.

Paul Tatum, MU Health Care

Apr 14, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PAUL TATUM, Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, who talks about a few events coming up, including the "death cafe".

Today Paul Pepper and KELLY SMITH talk about this Saturday's "Family Fun Run for Homes" fundraiser for River City Habitat for Humanity! [3:31] Plus, Capital City Players open "Lend Me A Tenor" opens April 23rd - meet co-director STEVE NELSON.

Joan Stack, Missouri State Historical Society

Apr 2, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Missouri State Historical Society, talk about a 'birthday bash' celebrating the 125th birthday of Thomas Hart Benton. Fun for all ages!

Radio play: "The Revolutionary Room"

Apr 1, 2014
By Auntie P, via Flickr

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. Rather than the classic stories we normally bring you on this program, tonight we present an original script by Brad Buchanan, called "The Revolutionary Room." It involves a young lady, with all the detective prowess of Sherlock Holmes, but who is much more pleasant to the eye. We hope you enjoy the premiere of this original story. 

The players:

Diana Moxon, Columbia Art League

Apr 1, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, about all things art! Watch for what's now, what's next, and what's after that - including June's Art in the Park!

Radio play: 'Said the Spider to the Fly'

Mar 31, 2014

Welcome to another episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you an old-fashioned yarn, meant to caution unwary young ladies against the dangers of the big city. 

"Said the Spider to the Fly" was adapted for radio by Dave Collins from a Suzanne Buck story that originally appeared in the September 15, 1917 issue of the "All Story Weekly."

The players:

Today Paul Pepper chats with PAT RILEY TWADDLE about the "big career expo" at Moberly Area Community College. [3:14] Also, ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI and RHIAN McLEAN talk about "Three Sisters", the latest production from GreenHouse Theatre Project opening this Wednesday!

Today Paul Pepper visits with KAREN GRINDLER about Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. Summer volunteers needed!

It has the makings of a great mystery: artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn't fiction; it's a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to Baltimore.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Maplewood Barn's BYRON SCOTT about the upcoming season and the kick-off gala happening April 5th! [4:23] Also, SCOTT GORDON, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, invites you to attend Float Your Boat April 12! 

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT talk about the League of Women Voters' annual meeting and all-things-April-elections! [4:54] Also, KRISTEN EIFFERT joins us from the newly-minted Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month is almost over!

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, Lincoln University, about a native plants class you're welcome to attend! Also, author LIZ SCHULTE makes her first appearance on our show talking about her book, "The Ninth Floor".


Boone County Foster Parent Support Group

Mar 26, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with NATHAN SCHUETZE and KAREN ANDERSON from the Boone County Foster Parent Support Group.

State Historical Society of Missouri

Roxanne Foster preserved some of Columbia's historical memory last year. In pursuit of her Masters Degree in News Reporting and Writing from MU's School of Journalism, Foster interviewed and recorded the stories of ten black and white Columbians who lived here during the desegregation era. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with Foster about her subjects, their common themes and more. The State Historical Society of Missouri's Oral Historian Jeff Corrigan was Foster's advisor. Together, they recorded, transcribed and archived stories unique to Columbia in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s.

Janet Macoska

Concert alert: Jim Brickman is coming to Columbia's Jesse Auditorium Monday, March 31. The adult contemporary star talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris recently about Brickman's training, his career and his genre-spanning collaborations.

Old Missouri State Penitentiary

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that tours in limited areas of the Missouri State Penitentiary are scheduled to resume April 21.

Public tours were stopped last fall after high levels of mold were discovered. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that full walkthroughs of the facility would begin July 1.

Last year, the city agreed to split with the state the estimated $2 million in repair costs and mold remediation at the former prison.

File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Lottery officials say one Powerball ticket sold in Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $96.5 million jackpot.

The lottery said in a release Sunday that another ticket also matched five white-ball numbers to win $1 million in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58, and the Powerball number was 15.

The Lottery says the Missouri winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.

Radio play: Pedro de Alarcon's 'The Nail'

Mar 18, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a classic tale of suspense, written by an obscure Spanish author named Pedre de Alarcon. The story is simply called, "The Nail." 

The first English publication of the tale was translated for a series called "Mystery and Detective Stories," edited by Julian Hawthorne, published in 1907. 


The players:

Radio play: John Kendricks Bang's 'Breakfast Conversations with The Idiot'

Mar 18, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. This episode is based on a book entitled "The Idiot," by John Kendrick Bangs. It was first published in 1895. 

The Idiot was one of Mr. Bangs' most beloved characters, and there are several volumes of his adventures. We have renamed our audio adaptation, "Breakfast Conversatoins with The Idiot," which more accurately captures our version of the story. 





The players:

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You: The BeyHive

Mar 17, 2014

Now that she is back on the road, now that the Internet is again awash in pictures of her sweating on stage in Glasgow, running through sold-out crowds in London in costume, it seems as good a time as any to talk about what for many young women was the most important big live show of the past two years — Beyoncé's "The Mrs.

Facebook/Odyssey Chamber Music Series

Settle in to listen to an hour of classical music on the radio and you'll mostly hear the works of male composers. It isn't that women do not compose in the classical genre, so why don't we hear them more often? KBIA's Ariel Morrision recently asked two local women what's behind the gender imbalance in classical compositions.