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.
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.
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.
Klaus Heymann has built NAXOS into one of the world's largest classical music labels. Based in Hong Kong, NAXOS has developed a business model that has led to growth in classical music sales and downloads in a time when sales of physical recordings are generally in decline. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently visited with NAXOS's founder and President Klaus Heymann. Here is their conversation about the economics and politics of recording and distributing classical music in the 21st century.
Boys and Girls Town foster home youth care specialists Abigail Seifert (front) and Shakta Williams serve turkey, ham, green bean casserole and stuffing to foster youth during Thanksgiving dinner in Columbia on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
During the holiday weeks, foster children at the Boys and Girls Town Columbia wait in anticipation for the chance to spend the holidays with their relatives or foster parents. Yet as the days pass, some of the young people have to deal with the disappointment of not having a home to go to for the holiday.
In a seaside town just east of Havana, there’s an old colonial house where writers, artists and volunteers have been publishing handmade books for nearly three decades. This publishing collective calls itself Ediciones Vigia, or the Watchtower Editions.
Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.
“One Mizzou Week” kicked off with a diversity rally Monday night.
One Mizzou is hosting a series of events throughout the week, including last night's keynote speaker, author Maya Angelou. The week’s events are meant to challenge MU students to recognize and incorporate diverse voices into every aspect of campus life. Senior Coordinator of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Nathan Stephens said he wants the campus to become a better community by students getting to know more people.
MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology recently opened an exhibition to coincide with The University of Missouri’s conference that focuses on unique Cuban books.
Mary Pixley is the Associate Curator of European and American Art at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. She said these books are known for their literary value as well as their artistry. The cover and pages are decorated. This exhibition features books that don’t look like typical books — they take the shape of suitcases and scrolls, among other objects.
Residents of Versailles, Missouri are aware of what makes the town hum. KBIA's Trevor Harris met some residents who expressed their appreciation for close friendships and the commerce that visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks bring. One hidden gem in Versailles? The Historic Royal Theater on the square presents live theater and concerts that are a central part of the town's cultural landscape.
To promote both fun and safety, organizations throughout Columbia have been offering special Halloween events. The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the “Tiger Night of Fun” -- an alternative event held at Hearnes Center Field House, where children of young families can be in a safe, supervised environment.
Spokesperson Janel Twehous said the department first offered its Halloween event 18 years ago when there were fears of tainted candy. Twehous said the department wanted to offer a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating.
Faculty at Central Methodist University in Fayette have a deep appreciation for the arts, culture and history that abounds on their campus while town residents relish the connections they have with friends and neighbors. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with some proud locals on a recent visit to Fayette.
The tradition of dressing up in costumes for Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic festival where the Celts wore animal heads and skins. When Halloween made its way to America in the 1800s, people took after this tradition and began dressing in costumes and going house to house asking for candy, according to the History Channel.
On a recent trip to Harrisburg, KBIA's Trevor Harris found that locals love Harrisburg for the connections they have with their neighbors. Residents are especially proud to support their boys' and girls' basketball teams. Thanks to this support and hard work recent boys' and girls' teams have each captured a pair of state championships.
A couple dozen members of The North Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory took part in an annual reunion in Columbia last weekend.
The tribe has about 10,000 members scattered across the country, but are headquartered in Columbia, Mo. Beverly Baker has served as the chief of the nation for 27 years and has worked to uncover the tribe’s history, which she says dates back to Spanish documents from 1721.
“I was one of the fortunate ones who found my Cherokee ancestry on the first Cherokee roll of 1835. So I am very fortunate in that way,” Baker said.
There is nothing unusual about political fights over public school curricula and the content of textbooks. The textbooks can influence how people think about history and social issues, sometimes for decades or more. So, the battles take place around the United States, and they take place around the world.
This week the 40/40 Project takes KBIA’s Jon Ingram to Ashland, a small bedroom community made up of people who live in town but work in other, bigger cities like Jefferson City and Columbia. Jon checked out some local music at Ashland Pizza and Pub, visited Eagle Scoop Ice Cream, and learned about the town’s social life.
The State Historical Society of Missouri is working to digitize the thousands of records in their archives. Along the way, staff has rediscovered many significant documents, including one written by an American founding father.
Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend. The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours. 125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.
Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission began accepting nominations for the city’s 2013 list of most notable properties. It will review nominations and select a diverse set of properties that contribute to the city socially or aesthetically. Properties must be at least 50 years old and can be privately or publicly owned.
Many properties have already been added to the list, so this year the committee is thinking outside the box in terms of what might be a notable property.