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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

Lead in text: 
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
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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

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

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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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