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This week the 40/40 project takes KBIA's Darren Hellwege to Kansas City, where we find the kind of hospitality some might associate with small towns in our state's largest city at MeMa's bakery downtown. And as our set of photos indicate, Darren also found something else to eat in KC, at his favorite rib joint, the famed Arthur Bryant's.

We've heard it from folks in many small towns, "if you have trouble, your neighbors will be there to help you." This week on the 40/40 project, we meet a little boy who's had to learn the hard way how true that is. Gabriel Wilcox was born in February, and on the way home from the hospital, survived a car crash that took the lives of his entire family. Now being raised by his grandmother, Gabriel's gotten help from neighbors all over the Eldon region, as we hear as we talk with Angela Wilcox at an event to raise money for her grandson. It's really true what they say about Missourians, they help out their neighbors when need arises.

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The 40-40 project visits Lake Ozark, which isn't just a fun place to visit for a vacation but is home to a lot of fine people, including a store owner who tells us why she went from spending only the summer tourist season at the Lake to becoming a full time resident of Lake Ozark.

Ladies, if the thought of showing up at a party or a picnic with a box of wine seems a little gauche, there's now a product for you: Vernissage's "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It's boxed wine, shaped like a handbag.

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Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.

For her most recent recording the Argentinian-American pianist Mirian Conti dug deep into her roots and those of her native Argentina. Based now in New York Conti grew up in Argentina surrounded by a blend of contemporary popular music, as well as tango artists and orchestras. Listen to a recent conversation that KBIA's Trevor Harris had with Conti where she discusses what inspires her musically and why the culture of her native Argentina still draws her back.  

The recession has been particularly hard on older workers, and many suspect age discrimination.

Among them is Larry Wilson, a 57-year-old resident of St. Charles County. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he long ago stopped counting the number of rejected employment applications and is resigned to the fact he may never find a full-time job again.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployed job-seekers over 55 typically wait 56 weeks to find a job, far more than the 38-week average for the rest of the unemployed population.

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This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.

My Farm Roots: Just taking notes

Aug 3, 2012

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life.

But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

Classical music fans and others who venture out to Columbia's Missouri Theatre this weekend for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will hear music not heard on KBIA. They will hear music not heard anywhere before for that matter.

A group of MU faculty and colleagues concerned about the University of Missouri’s decision to close the University of Missouri Press have outlined a a set of goals that they’d like to see regarding the Press going forward, and loosely agreed to attempt to create a resolution regarding the Press through MU’s faculty council. Organizers of the meeting also say they have a list of violations they believe UM administrators have committed in its dealings with the Press and its staff.

Civil War buffs are preparing to dedicate a memorial to mark the 150th anniversary of a central Missouri battle that helped weaken southern recruiting efforts in the state.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a Union force of about 700 men clashed with fewer than half as many Confederate guerillas on July 28th, 1862, in the Battle of Moore's Mill. After about four hours of fighting near what is now the town of Calwood, the guerillas fled.

The Union recorded 13 deaths. There is disagreement about how many Confederate troops died.

The call of the open road has long beckoned Americans … and in 1978, William Least Heat-Moon answered the call and embarked on a drive around the country, taking the roads less travelled. Starting in Columbia, he followed a circular route that totaled nearly 14,000 miles. The result was Blue Highways, a New York Times Bestselling book.

Gary Sinise promotes upcoming concert

Jul 17, 2012
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Gary Sinise, also known as Lt. Dan from the movie Forest Gump, will be part of an upcoming benefit concert for veterans.  The Lieutenant Dan Band will be playing at Apple Creek Farms on July 27 to raise funds for “Operation Tyler.” It’s a push to put Marine Lance CPL Tyler Huffman, his wife and their two-year-old son into a new, more accessible home.

The 24-year-old Huffman was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was shot by a sniper. Sinise says he wanted to start helping disabled veterans after his role as Lt. Dan – a disabled Vietnam veteran.

CoMo Weekender: Summertime ft art, wine and plays

Jul 13, 2012

Beat the heat with these indoor events. Sip wine and enjoy art. Catch a musical or comedy. Go anywhere that has the A/C pumping.

20 year-old Diana Martinez likes to say she was born in Mexico but made in America:

Staying or going: 'My Life, My Town' in Glasgow

Jul 13, 2012

A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.

On this week's edition of "Off the Clock," we hear a third portrait from the “My Life, My Town” series that documents the stories of teens in rural Missouri. Today  we visit Trinity Rainey in Macon.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

Continue celebrating 'merica this weekend. Catch First Friday at Artlandlish Gallery or shows at Mojo's and the Fugue. Round out the weekend with play.

Missouri Military Museum undergoes renovations

Jul 6, 2012

The Missouri military history museum in Jefferson City has decided to move to a larger building and undergo a technology renovation.

The museum currently has 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, and will move to a building three times that size. The museum director Charles Machon, says the museum was running out of space.

As a refugee from Bosnia, Senad Music knows firsthand how difficult it is to get acclimated to a new culture. He says when he came to America 16 years ago he found it difficult to adapt to the culture, and he is trying to make the transition easier for newer refugees. On a recent weekend at Columbia's World Refugee Day, that means manning the grill during the World Refugee Celebration.

“My mission today is kind of cook food, you know, be on the grill, and welcome people from the community and other refugees," said Music.

Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO.

Jun 29, 2012

On this edition of Off the Clock, we visit Monica Martinez, a teen whose Latin American family is putting down roots in Mexico, Missouri.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives – some of the teens where a pink triangle, some of them camouflage or a tiara. Over the next few weeks, we’ll hear the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

This weekend might be a heat wave, but skip your plans to sit in front of the fan. Instead, go to the Maplewood Barn or check out Columbia’s community gardens. Then plan your Fourth of July. Follow our guide. 

The most popular website in Malaysia is an enigma – an online newspaper that’s thriving in a country where freedom of the press has always been suffocated.

On this week’s show: It’s summer. We’ll look at stories about playing croquet in Mexico (Missouri, that is), gardening in Columbia (Missouri, also) and life as a teen in a small town.

Columbia's community garden kicks off growing season

Jun 22, 2012

The Unite 4 Health Community Garden is home to 25 different community owned plots filled with anything from carrots to cantaloupe.  The garden is a result of a public-private partnership aimed to make fresh fruits and vegetables more abundant in the community.    

Embrace the warmth this weekend--Summer has officially begun! Check out shows from the Hot Summer Nights series. Take a trip to Boonville Heritage Days. Drink wine for puppies or catch a few flicks. Celebrate my favorite season. Here’s how:

KBIA's Darren Hellwege visits the Ozarks and takes us to Springfield where he meets a family whose love of fishing is typical for the region.

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