Arts and Culture

True/False
1:18 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Computer Chess" shows the dawn of the digital age

Credit Courtesy of Computer Chess LLC

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.

In 1997, a computer beat a human at chess for the first time.  Gary Kasparov was reputedly the best chess player of his time but an IBM program named Deep Blue wore him down. It was a landmark moment for technology and is one of the seminal moments of the digital age. Director Andrew Bujalski, most famous for inaugurating the “Mumblecore” genre in the 1990s—wanted to find the root of that moment, and it took him to the obscure nerd culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Intersection
6:49 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

How True/False has evolved over the years

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True/False
1:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

'The Expedition to the End of the World' explores life's meaning through art and science

This three mast schooner housed a documentary film crew, artists and scientists all studying life in some form.
Credit Courtesy of The Expedition to the End of the World

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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.

For three weeks, Danish filmmaker Daniel Dencik and his film crew drifted on an old wooden schooner through the remote arctic waters of Greenland. Also on board, a group of artists and scientists studied the changing landscape of northeastern Greenland and used it to answer questions for scientific research and existential definition. Dencik’s job was to capture this age-old tradition of artists and scientists searching for truth and meaning in a rarely navigated locale. (Think Columbus and other early explorers.)

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Arts and Culture
1:33 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass

Adele performs the theme song to "Skyfall."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:36 pm

If you like Argo (which won Best Picture), the movie Chicago (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.

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True/False
2:57 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

'I Am Breathing' highlights the human aspects of dying

Credit Courtesy of I Am Breathing Film

Listen to KBIA's conversation with 'I Am Breathing' co-director Emma Davie.

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.

Eight months after doctors diagnosed him with a disease that attacked his nerve cells, successful British architect Neil Platt became paralyzed from the neck down.  As the down-to-earth, often humorous Neil struggled to figure out his legacy for his young son, filmmakers Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon gained intimate access to the Platt family in Neil's last months. 

The film, I Am Breathing, will get its North American premiere at this year's True/False Film Festival. Neil described the film as "a tale of fun and laughs with a smattering of upset and devastation." 

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Arts and Culture
2:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Art in Missouri: undocumented and underappreciated

A painting by Thomas Hart Benton, one of Missouri's most famous painters.
Credit Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Missouri artists might be suffering from an identity crisis -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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True/False: Conversations
1:50 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

'Twenty Feet from Stardom' brings background singers to the forefront

Courtesy of Tremolo Productions

Listen to KBIA's interview with director Morgan Neville.

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.

What happens when you end up in the background of someone else’s accomplished dreams? That’s the central question in documentarian Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet from Stardom. The film will be screened at the True/False Film Festival

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True/False: Conversations
12:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

'The Moo Man' casts light on challenges facing small dairies

A still from 'The Moo Man,' showing Steve Hook and some of the Holstein-Friesian cows in his herd.
Credit Courtesy of Trufflepig Films

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.

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Intersection
5:44 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Art in the Midwest and its place in America

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Arts and Culture
9:03 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Civil War dig planned in central Missouri

An archeological survey is planned for a Civil War battleground site in central Missouri.

A survey is planned next month at the site where the Battle of Moore's Mill occurred in July 1862 in Callaway County, near what is now known as Calwood.

The Fulton Sun reports that the excavation is being funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

Arts and Culture
6:19 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Homeless advocates call for improved transitional options

Ed Yourdon Flickr

Following the recent cleanup of several homeless camps in Columbia, advocates say there is a shortage of effective transitional housing in the city.

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Arts and Culture
3:21 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Giving a song for Valentine's Day

CenturyLink employee Misty Brown tears up at hearing the Chordbusters’ performance.
Casey Morell KBIA

Valentine’s Day is a time for celebrating romance. Some receive flowers; some get a box of chocolates. But a few mid-Missourians received something a bit more … a singing valentine, courtesy of the Booneslick Chordbusters. Members of the group split into quartets and traveled across mid-Missouri to serenade sweethearts for the holiday. KBIA’s Casey Morell tagged along with one quartet, and you can click on the player above to hear his audio postcard.

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Arts and Culture
9:01 am
Wed February 13, 2013

NE Mo. bakery makes millionth doughnut

Though just in business since 2006, a small doughnut shop in northeast Missouri has already topped the 1 million sold mark.

The Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig reports that Daybreak Donuts and Diner in Louisiana, Mo., recently reached the milestone. Owner Shaun Ross knows because he keeps detailed records on how many doughnuts he cuts each day on a coffee-stained spiral notebook.

Arts and Culture
8:43 am
Wed February 13, 2013

United Way of Randolph County misses 2012 fundraising goal

images_of_money Flickr

The United Way of Randolph County ended its 2012 campaign Thursday short of its $310,000 goal having raised about $282,000. Executive Director Gina Fowler said there were some unexpected obstacles to raising the money.

“We had one business that actually relocated to another city in Missouri, so we lost a pretty large employer,” Fowler said.  “We felt that that our campaign, considering that and some other things going on in our community like the economy, did very well.”

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Arts and Culture
9:35 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Columbia native helps Kansas City Chorale earn two Grammy Awards

Lindsey Lang, singer with the Kansas City Chorale, is Columbia’s latest claim to fame. The chorale left the pre-telecast of the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony with awards for the 'Best Engineered Classical Album" and "Best Choral Performance".

Lang was a soloist on the winning album “Life and Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen.” She said it was made during her first year as part of the Kansas City Chorale.

“It was very stressful having it be my first season with the group and making a CD because it was a very intense process," Lang said.

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Arts and Culture
8:23 am
Fri February 8, 2013

St. Louis 'flying saucer' gets preservation award

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:35 pm

The building in Midtown which has become commonly known as the "Flying Saucer" will receive an award for its much-publicized transformation.

The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation will recognize the effort at their Preservation Honor Awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

A Starbucks moved into the former gas station and Del Taco restaurant in Sep. 2012 and a Chipotle restaurant is expected to inhabit the other side of the building in the coming weeks. 

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12:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Uncovering the lost albums of Lena Hughes, Missouri musical legend

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We'll admit that we've never heard of it till this NPR story came along: parlor music. It's a genre of music popular in the late 19th century--before recorded music gave people something to listen to in the parlor. Lena Hughes was never famous outside of Missouri but she was a master of the genre. Now, more than a decade after her death, one of her superfans is reissuing the only recording she ever made.
  • Source: Kbia
  • | Via: Ariel Morrison
Sometime in the mid-1960s - no one's really sure when - Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she
Arts and Culture
3:19 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The 'Ancient Vibration' Of Parlor Music, Revived By Two Generations

Lena Hughes recorded one album of Southern parlor music before her death in 1998.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:29 am

Sometime in the mid-1960s — no one's really sure when — Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she recorded 11 tunes on the guitar.

"It's kind of like listening to 1880," folklorist Howard Marshall says. "You kind of get a wonderful, ancient vibration."

Marshall wrote a book about traditional music in Missouri, called Play Me Something Quick and Devilish.

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Arts and Culture
8:20 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Orlando to end Branson Christmas shows

Singer Tony Orlando says this year's Christmas shows will be his last holiday season in Branson.

Orlando has been performing in the southwest Missouri entertainment resort for 20 years.

The Welk Resort Theatre says in a release that the 2013 "Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas" will be Orlando's last Christmas season as a Branson performer. The seasonal show will run from Nov. 5 to Nov. 30.

Arts and Culture
4:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

You think you know "Blind" Boone? New writings shed light on the music and the man

John William "Blind" Boone, pictured with his wife, Eugenia.
Credit Blind Boone Heritage Foundation

So, you know your Missouri and CoMo history, and you think you know all about “ragtime” musician Blind Boone, yeah? Think again. If you think he was all ragtime, and he was blind, you still might have a lot to learn.

It turns out John William “Blind” Boone was one of the first musical composers to blend European classical styles with folk music. He took African-American and Afro-Caribbean folk styles such as plantation melodies and minstrel tunes, and put them in classical forms, then performed the pieces in concert halls. 

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Arts and Culture
5:29 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In St. Louis, King Day speakers call for a new dream

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:30 pm

Local dignitaries and politicians filled the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Monday for the city's 44th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The city's celebration is the second-oldest in the country, behind only Atlanta. In addition to celebrating the slain civil rights leader, who would have been 83 on January 15th, most speakers also rejoiced in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, who took the oath of office in Washington, DC  as the proceedings took place.

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Global Journalist
5:17 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A conversation with columnist Mona Eltahawy

Last year, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

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Intersection
5:32 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Year in review: a look back at the news from 2012

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Global Journalist
6:32 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Journalists visit MU as part of cultural exchange program (rebroadcast)

Global Journalist was joined by four mid-career journalists from four vastly different countries: Kenya, Pakistan, Malaysia and South Africa.

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Arts and Culture
8:52 am
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis soul singer Fontella Bass dies

Credit PopandCo

A popular soul singer of the 1960s from St. Louis has died, according to KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Fontella Bass started singing on showboats in the St. Louis area and her early records were produced by Ike Turner. She started off with popularity only in the region, but her recording "Rescue Me" became a smash hit, reaching number one on the billboard charts for four weeks in October of 1965.

Bass later recorded with  jazz outfit "the Art Ensemble of Chicago" and was married to jazz legend Lester Bowie. She was a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame, with a star on Delmar Boulevard.

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4040 Project
2:31 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

KBIA Visits St. Louis, Missouri

Trevor Harris KBIA

St. Louis' northernmost neighborhood is Baden. First settled by German immigrants and African-Americans near the turn of the last century, Baden today is populated by fewer people than in recent years. This depopulation is due to a complex mix of forces that include disinvestment, modest housing sizes, supply and demand. Those who remain in Baden are dug in and consider it a diamond in the rough. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited the St. Louis neighborhood of Baden for the 40-40 Project and filed this report.

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Arts and Culture
1:23 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Audio postcard: carolers lobby with song

Carolers with Grass Roots Organizing
Jon Ingram KBIA

Grass Roots Organizing and the Community, Faith, and Labor Groups of Mid-Missouri added a political twist to holiday caroling in Columbia Monday. Together they caroled outside the headquarters of several Missouri politicians urging them to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as well as raise taxes for the wealthy. Listen to this audio postcard to hear the carolers lobbying with song.

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Intersection
7:28 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

The benefits and challenges of giving

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Arts and Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Holiday assistance programs report increase of families in need

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season.  And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.

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Global Journalist
5:49 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Filmmaking in Iran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami, and actor Peyman Moadi, act in a scene of the movie "A Separation," which won this year's Academy Award in the foreign film category.
AP Images

This has been an eventful year when it comes to Iranian filmmakers.  

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