Arts and Culture

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Joe Dillard, "A Full Cup of Joe"

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the author of "A Full Cup of Joe", JOE DILLARD, who shares more humorous stories from his book.

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Diana Moxon, Art in the Park

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the ever-lovely DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League's mastermind behind Art in the Park. Find out all about this weekend's festivities happening at Stephens Lake Park.

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Ellis Fischel 'Mammathon' & Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Today Paul Pepper chats with KRISTEN FRITSCHIE, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, about their upcoming "Mammathon", which hopes to raise awareness about early detection. Get the date, time and place! Also, KAREN GRUNDY, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, talks about "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", an original production featuring the music of Tom Andes! Opens this weekend at Jesse Auditorium.

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Mark Palmer, Woodhaven & Cooking Class for Kids

  Today Paul Pepper discovers why Woodhaven is so important to the Columbia community. Did you know it is one of the largest employers in town? MARK PALMER has more, and invites you to a red carpet gala at Stephens College. Also, BECKY MARTIN and MORGAN ASHER, Central Missouri Dietetic Association, invites just the kids (as young as five!) to a cooking class. 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Illusionist Jeff Copeland, Art in the Park

Today Paul Pepper says goodbye to local magician JEFF COPELAND, but not before talking about his appearance this weekend at Columbia's "Art in the Park". 

Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Joplin Chamber delivers first fund installment to Moore, Okla.

Credit Twitter

Officials of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce have presented the first installment of a special fund for the town of Moore, Okla., following last week’s EF5 tornado that devastated the city.

The Joplin Globe reports the $20,000-dollars in donations delivered Saturday are intended to help the Moore Chamber of Commerce start its own business recovery fund.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Lucille Salerno, Osher Lifelong Learning

  Happy Memorial Day! Today Paul Pepper welcomes LUCILLE SALERNO, Osher Lifelong Learning (a.k.a. Osher at Mizzou), who shares a handful of courses that you're welcome to attend! Subjects include the Civil War and UFO's. Lucille also talks about the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, happening in two weeks. 

Global Journalist
11:12 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Security concerns loom in North Caucasus ahead of 2014 Winter Olympics

A Russian Special Forces officer aims his weapon during a security raid at a village outside Makhachkala, the regional capital of Russia's province of Dagestan.
Credit Associated Press

The deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon and security concerns about the upcoming winter Olympics in Russia have a common link: the North Caucasus. This rugged region between the Caspian and Black Seas is beset by a violent Islamic insurgency.
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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Dancearts & Missouri Cures

  Today Paul Pepper is joined by MARIE ROBERTSON, who is promoting Dancearts' annual "Spring Dance" recital this weekend at Jesse Hall. In our second interview, MARGARET TOLLERTON talks about what's happening with Missouri Cures, a non-profit organization that promotes and protects medical research. 

Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Daniel Boone Regional Library & Missouri Symphony Society

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SARAH HOWARD, Daniel Boone Regional Library, who wants you to "Dig Into Reading" this summer! And when you're not reading, attend the Missouri Symphony Society's 'Hot Summer Nights' program! CHRIS CAMPBELL joins us with more. 

Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, who is joined by AMANDA COSGROVE, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking, and they talk about Missouri's risk-of-sex-trafficking profile.

Arts and Culture
5:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Classical pianist turned jazz virtuoso Don Shirley dead at 86

The jazz and classical pianist Don Shirley seen on the cover of his Cadence LP "Pianist Extraordinary"
Credit Cadence Records

When the jazz pianist Don Shirley died on April 6, his passing was not widely reported.

A New York Times obituary noted that the Jamaican born virtuoso pianist was trained in the classical repertoire. Later, the impresario Sol Hurok advised Shirley “to pursue a career in popular music and jazz.” Hurok warned Shirley that “American audiences were not willing to accept a ‘colored’ pianist on the concert stage.”

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Intersection
5:13 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Symphony orchestras struggle to court a younger audience

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

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Arts and Culture
2:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Rachel Barton Pine's Violin Lullabies finds new niche for classical violin

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs 25 'cradle songs' with pianist Matthew Hagle on their new Cedille Records release Violin Lullabies.
Credit Cedille Records

After her daughter was born, the classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine started looking into the range of Berceuse or lullabies written for violin.

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Arts and Culture
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

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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