Arts and Culture

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.

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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.

Nina Totenberg
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Edward Snowden, contraception and health care were all topics brought up in Columbia College’s annual Ethics in Society lecture. This year’s lecture, called “The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," was delivered Wednesday by veteran NPR correspondent, Nina Totenberg.

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Rare violins, finding a balance, and revisiting a Baroque masterpiece filled this week's Thinking Out Loud. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers about her new release featuring Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

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COLUMBIA -- About 42,500 tickets were sold for the 2014 True/False Film Festival, representing a slight decrease from the record set in 2013, according to organizer Paul Sturtz.

Still, the 2014 tally is the second-highest ever. The graphic below shows the estimated number of tickets sold at each festival since its 2004 inception.

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The True/False Film Festival has consistently offered volunteer positions for students since it started in 2004.  Along with access to all of the documentaries showcased at the festival, students can meet with directors, ask questions about the filmmaking process and participate in other activities throughout the weekend. 

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Every year, Columbia’s downtown area comes alive during the weekend of the True/False Film Festival. Many of this weekend’s festival-goers stopped by the box office to pick up passes or look through the True/False merchandise available.

Runners brave cold for fourth annual True Life Run

Mar 1, 2014
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People were up and running early Saturday morning for the fourth annual True Life Run as a part of this weekend’s True/False Film Fest.

People gathered around Flat Branch Park, where participants signed in and received their official T-shirts for the race. The entry fee was $25 for the race, the T-shirts and breakfast at the conclusion of the race.

Runners huddled with friends and drank coffee prior to the race in temperatures hovering around the 20s. Despite the cold temperatures, people were upbeat and excited for the True/False festivities.

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Hundreds of people dressed in all sorts of attire as a part of the True/False Film Fest “March March” Parade Friday.

The general theme was “magic realism” according to parade director Ron Ribiat, a genre in which magic is considered to be a part of every day life. Parade goers took the opportunity to dress as magicians and wizards, several of which donned Harry Potter’s lightning bolt scar.

Radio play: Vera Jelihovsky's 'The General's Will'

Feb 28, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio. This week's show is based on a short story by Vera Jelihovsky called "The General's Will." 

A Russian author from the nineteenth century, Ms. Jelihovsky is most famous for her children's stories -- but "The General's Will" is not one of them. This story was published in England posthumously, in 1909, some 13 years after her death. 

This is the tale of a famous general, Yuri Paylovitch Nasimoff, an aristocrat and millionaire who is on his death bed ... 

The players:

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The True/False Film Fest adorns downtown Columbia with art by local and out-of-state artists every year for five days in February and March. This year, the lineup includes new and returning pieces that cover the festival’s venues and Columbia’s streets alike. The Missouri Theatre features a kinetic sculpture called “Juniper and Fyn.” The piece is the result of a collaboration between Iowa artist Taylor Ross and Columbia’s Dan Goldstein. Almost exclusively made from wood, the sculpture is of a fox that “runs” as someone cranks the gears, all of which are carved from wood.

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The True/False Film Festival will run from today until Sunday, and will showcase more than 40 films, dozens of works of art and many musical guests. Volunteers spent most of Thursday preparing for the rush of film-goers from all over the country. Kelsey Oerly says she is excited to finally contribute to the festival.

Joe Callander, Life After Death

Series explanation: This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

The film “Life After Death” follows Kwasa , an orphan in Rwanda, as he struggles for social opportunities in a land plagued by genocide. Kwasa battles with how to overcome his childhood experiences and become a better man through the help of his friend, Christian philanthropists, and two donors from Dallas, Texas, with whom he communicates through Facebook.

The Notorious Mr. Bout

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

For more than a decade, Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout was widely thought of as the brilliant, elusive figure at the head of a global arms trade.  By the time he was brought down by an elaborate sting operation in 2008, Bout’s reputation in the media was that of a super villain. But in their film "The Notorious Mr. Bout," Maxim Pozdorovkin and Tony Gerber examine Bout’s life in the arms trade through a slightly different lens – his own. Before he became known as the “Merchant of Death,” Bout was to some simply a businessman, a travel enthusiast, and an amateur filmmaker.

Robert Greene, Actress

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Robert Greene is no virgin to True/False. Three of his feature films have shown in Columbia over the years. In fact, he says he owes a lot of his career to the festival.

In his latest film “Actress,” Greene follows Brandy Burre – who fans of HBO’s “The Wire” may recognize as cutthroat campaign consultant Theresa D’Agostino – as she steps back into the thespian game after a reprieve to start a family.

Greene blends melodramatic, staged interludes with cinema verite scenes as the audience is guided through Burre’s dance among the roles of mother, partner, friend, businesswoman and actress. Greene tells the story strictly through Burre’s point of view, as her asides demonstrate the piercing self-awareness of an honest woman in the midst of the growing pains of change. Ultimately, the film poses the question to the audience: At what cost does reclaiming your dreams come at?

Dora Garcia Lopez

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Literature lovers, get ready: This year, the True/False Film Fest will take you to a James Joyce reading group.

Radio play: Raymond Lester's "Oh, Fanny"

Feb 21, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

In this episode, we bring you another classic story first published in the "All-Story Weekly" on November 16, 1919. The tale is called "Oh, Fanny," by Raymond Lester, and it begins on a fall afternoon in New York. 



The players:

Sen. Blunt proposes bill to honor "Monuments Men"

Feb 21, 2014
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt spoke at the State Historical Society on the University of Missouri campus Thursday about a bill he is sponsoring to honor the real-life "Monuments Men."

Blunt introduced the bipartisan bill in December.

The bill would award the Congressional Gold Medal to the three-hundred forty-five men and women who rescued and protected millions of artworks and cultural artifacts during World War II. Blunt said the Monuments Men retrieved several well-known art pieces.

Free taillights for Columbia bicyclists

Feb 17, 2014
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Flyers attached to bikes all over the city have the potential to get free taillights for cyclists in Columbia.

KBIA's CD of the Week this week is the new release from cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The January 2014 Decca issue pairs Weilerstein with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of works written by Czech Antonin Dvorak during a period the composer spent in the United States.

"Mrs. Bindle's Discovery," by Herbert Jenkins

Feb 15, 2014
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  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

This week, we bring another quirky, little-known piece by Herbert Jenkins called "Mrs. Bindle's Discovery." It was first published in 1924 by Mr. Jenkins' private publishing firm.

His best-known character is Mr. Joseph Bindle, a furniture mover who lives humbly yet respectably with his wife, Elizabeth. She is a devoutly religious woman, but Mr. Bindle smokes, cusses, and enjoys a sip from the bottle now and then. They make a beautiful couple, in a kind of warped way. 

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Recently, former MU football player and alumni Michael Sam announced he was gay. KBIA, ESPN and other media outlets continue to thoroughly cover this story. On this weeks' Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege looks at how MU's sports administration reacted to Sam's announcement.

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The Ronald McDonald House in Columbia received a donation of food from the Missouri Farm Bureau on Friday, February 7.

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Blues guitarist and singer Keb'Mo' brings his Delta blues-influenced style to Columbia's Jesse Auditorium next Tuesday. In a web exclusive, here is a segment of KBIA's Darren Hellwege recent phone interview with Keb' Mo'.

"Winsome Winnie," by Stephen Leacock

Feb 9, 2014
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.

In this episode, you'll hear the story "Winsome Winnie, or Trial and Temptation," by Stephen Leacock. The tale was first published in 1921, in Leacock's book, "Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels."

Spooky stories: "Ring Once for Death" and "How it Happened"

Feb 9, 2014
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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. Each week, we bring you another  dramatization of a classic story, and this episode is no exception. 

Our chilling tale for this episode is taken from a short story called "Ring Once for Death," by Robert Arthur. It was first published in 1954, in a magazine called "Amazing Stories."

As a bonus, you'll also get to hear our rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "How it Happened."

The players:

"Ring once for Death"

"Mr. Clackworthy's Pipe Dream," by Christopher B. Booth

Feb 9, 2014, Wildside Press.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a suspenseful thriller called "Mr. Clackworthy's Pipe Dream,"  by Christopher B. Booth. It was first published in the March 1922 issue of "Detective Story" magazine. 


The players:

  • Mr. Clackworthy: Michael Tuley
  • Early Bird: Joe Bogue
  • Plunkett: Jason Christian
  • Sachs: Ian Buchanan
  • Narrator: Byron Scott


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Organizers released the full list of films Wednesday and will announce the full schedule of events on Friday. A documentary about Pennsylvania State University will headline this year’s True/False Film Fest.

So Percussion

This Sunday, February 9 the chamber ensemble So Percussion brings their creative classical performance to Columbia's Missouri Theatre. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently asked So Percussion member Adam Sliwinski about the band's history, their repertoire and their commitment to teaching their craft to a new generation of percussion-oriented classical music students.