Arts and Culture

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.

But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success. Helped by heavy machinery, a crew found some of the games today, in a dig that inspired the Twitter hashtag #DiggingET.

Radio play: Meredith Nicholson's 'The Madness of May' (Part 2)

Apr 25, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio theatre. In keeping with our tradition of bringing you classic stories in an audio format, this presentation is based on a wonderful short story by Meredith Nicholson entitled, "The Madness of May."

This episode is part two of this story of mystery, comedy and larking about. To hear part one, click here. 

The players

  Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, talk about the recent "blood moon" and the latest changes to the planetarium at Rock Bridge High School!

Farmers and Artisans Market & School of Metaphysics

Apr 24, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper visits with HALEY SCHWARZ ahead of this season's Farmer's and Artisan's Market, opening this Sunday! [3:14] Also, WALTER HRYJAC and STANLEY HUDSON, from the School of Metaphysics, talk about the 26th Annual National Dream Hotline and the Dream Catchers Meetup Group, happening this weekend!


Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary opens to city

Apr 23, 2014
Stephanie Kawula / KBIA

Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary officially opened to the public Tuesday—just in time to celebrate Earth Day.

Located in the middle of the city, just five miles west of downtown, this park is designed to create a new experience for residents. Its paved paths accommodate large numbers of visitors while the prairies provide the open sanctuary feel.

Mike Griggs, Director of Parks and Recreation, said that having the nature sanctuary dedication on Earth Day was a perfect fit.

Credit: GMD Three, Tyler Boye, Laura Watilo Blake, Lilian Finckel, Ken Blaze

This week on KBIA we're featuring music from the new release by guitarist Jason Vieaux, Play. You can hear tracks from the Azica Recrods release Play this week on KBIA. On this his thirteenth recording, Vieaux offers up a set of seventeen shorter pieces from guitarist-composers including Antonio Lauro and Andres Segovia.

Today Paul Pepper chats with DIANA MOXON about the Columbia Art League's latest show titled "Elemental", featuring Lee Expressive Arts School 5th graders artwork! [3:33] Plus, meet the cast and crew of Hickman High School's "Our Town", opening tomorrow!

Credit: Janet Moreland

On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we meet a woman who took a historic kayak ride from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico. In this week's first segment Janet Moreland shares the story of her ambitious summer 2013 trip. Plus, in this week's second segment, we hear about the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy and that group's May 2 fundraiser.

Today Paul Pepper talks to STEPHANIE GILLIAM about the 5th Annual Freedom Walk fundraiser, happening this Sunday at Stephens Lake Park. [3:37] Also, WALLY PFEFFER and CHERELLE WASHINGTON are here representing the Missouri College Advising Corps.


Old Missouri State Penitentiary

The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours.

cindyt7070 / Flickr

While jeans may be worn by students around MU's campus most days of the year, they will have a different meaning on Thursday.

Rally kicks off Sustainability Week at MU

Apr 21, 2014
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File Photo / KBIA

Just in time for Earth Day, the University of Missouri kicked off its third annual Sustainability Week.

Adoption Triad Connection & League of Women Voters

Apr 21, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDY BOCK, Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri, about a showing of the film, "A Girl Like Her", this Sunday. [3:29] Also, May is Mental Health Month, and the League of Women Voters is getting the word out with two events in which you're invited!

Credit: Gene Royer/MU School of Music

This summer as in the past several summers, a festival comes to Mid-Missouri that brings contemporary classical composers, performers and fans together from around the world.

Radio play: Meredith Nicholson's 'The Madness of May' (Part 1)

Apr 18, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In keeping with our tradition of bringing you classic stories in an audio format, this week's presentation is based on a wonderful short story by Meredith Nicholson entitled, "The Madness of May." 

It is a story of mystery and comedy, and general larking about -- a story of how spring can bring out a little bit of crazy in all of us. But we're going to keep you in suspense; this episode is only part one. You'll have to come back next week to hear the rest of the tale. 

The players

In search of Missouri's German legacy

Apr 18, 2014

It’s well known that some of Missouri’s earliest European settlers were French, founding cities like St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Genevieve in the eastern part of the state. But it was the Germans who settled along the Missouri River Valley and into northern Missouri. They started to arrive in the early 1800s. They had their own dialect of German, their own newspapers, and were known for their wine, which they made it what is called the Missouri Rhineland. For many, German was their first language and the language they spoke at home.  

Radio play: Anton Chekhov's 'The Safety Match'

Apr 18, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a tale by the famous Russian author Anton Chekhov. While Chekhov wrote many plays, this Maplewood Barn audio presentation is based on a short story called "The Safety Match." 

Although it is a mystery, there are overtones of comedy throughout the story, which is typical of Chekhov's writing. 

The players

Singer Larry Brown

Apr 18, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN, who performs Tom Chapin's "Common Ground" on the guitar [2:10].


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!