Arts and Culture

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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Arts and Culture
11:22 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Dave Brubeck performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet in November 2005.
Timm Schamberger AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 10:36 am

Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist and composer, known for defying jazz conventions and for recordings like "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," has died.

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Intersection
5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Future prospects for young rural residents

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Arts and Culture
3:07 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere

LeVar Burton and 7 year old Shane Ammon exploring the all Reading Rainbow adventure app at the "Reading Rainbow Relaunch" event in June.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 3:48 pm

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Arts and Culture
12:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

KBIA's Trevor Harris interviews Klaus Heymann, founder of NAXOS

A. Vivaldi Flickr

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.

The Salt
11:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes

A softly-lit Booches' burger, back in the days of the Hostess bun.
Genevieve Howard Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:57 pm

Twinkie hoarders, artists, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started shutting down plants across America just a few weeks ago.

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Arts and Culture
8:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

An 'in the meantime' home for the holidays, at Boys and Girls Town, Columbia

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.
Credit Lee Jian Chung / KBIA

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.

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Global Journalist
6:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Exploring Cuba's Ediciones Vigia

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.

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Arts and Culture
1:10 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday?

Snippet of a letter F.B. Haviland sent to President Hoover in 1929 asking him to move Thanksgiving to Friday.
National Archives

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:30 pm

Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover in 1929.

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:13 am
Wed November 21, 2012

As holiday travelers get on the road, think safety first

Credit KBIA

The National Safety Council estimates that more than 400 traffic fatalities will occur during the holiday period starting today and continuing through Sunday night.  

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Arts and Culture
5:49 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Five former high-ranking veterans visit Truman VA Hospital

Some members of the Pinnacle Five meet with a veteran at the Truman VA Hospital (left to right: Alford McMichael, Vincent Patton, Jack Tilley, James Herdt).
Tony Nochim KBIA

Five of the former highest ranking members of the U.S. Armed Forces visited veterans at the Truman VA Hospital today. The five enlisted military advisors are known as the Pinnacle Five.

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Arts and Culture
3:02 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

One Mizzou Week kicks off with diversity rally

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

“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.

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Arts and Culture
8:48 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Museum of Art and Archaeology focuses on Cuban books

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.

4040 Project
2:14 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

KBIA Visits Versailles, Missouri

Trevor Harris KBIA

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:20 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Tiger Night of Fun offers supervised trick-or-treating

lobo235 Flickr

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.

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4040 Project
2:54 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

KBIA Visits Fayette, Missouri

Trevor Harris KBIA

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.

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Arts and Culture
5:04 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

TELL US: What's one Halloween costume you'll never forget?

lobo235 Flickr

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.

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4040 Project
3:36 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

KBIA Visits Harrisburg, Missouri

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.

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Intersection
5:31 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Female filmmakers and the celluloid ceiling

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Arts and Culture
4:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

North Cherokee Nation members reunite in Columbia

New members to the tribe are given a feather to symbolize their membership. The feather is painted to look like an eagle feather, because it is illegal to use real ones.
Meredith Turk KBIA

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.

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Global Journalist
6:18 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

A conversation with director Scott Thurman

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.

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4040 Project
2:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

KBIA Visits Ashland, Missouri

Jon Ingram KBIA

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Mo. State Historical Society discovers letter written by Benjamin Franklin

State Historical Society Manuscript Specialist Elizabeth Engel discovered this letter written by Benjamin Franklin to George Washington. Engel says she discovered the letter is a copy Franklin made.
Evan Townsend KBIA

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.

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Off The Clock
1:06 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend

Water bottles at Startup Weekend
Cale Sears

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.

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Arts and Culture
12:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

MU swings into Celebrate Ability Week

Dany Baker demonstrates golfing from his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker co-hosted the adaptive golf presentation as part of Ability Week 2012.
Jennifer Lask KBIA

The University of Missouri swings into its 2012 Celebrate Ability Week with an adaptive golf demonstration at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Dany Baker, who has golfed for more than 30 years, began participating in Celebrate Ability Week four years ago.

“I just want to help spread the awareness and help educate, so they can take it on as far as telling their hometown golf courses that they need to be accessible," Baker says.

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Arts and Culture
8:49 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Historic Preservation Commission searches for notable properties

The Arrow Head Motel was added to the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission's list of notable properties in 2012.
Deb Sheals Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

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.

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