Arts and Culture

Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: The Stolen White Elephant

Only Twain could hide an elephant in plain sight while detectives seek it out.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Word Missouri
6:09 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Pushcart-nominated novelist Bridget Bufford on Missouri roots

Missouri native Bridget Bufford's second novel Cemetery Bird has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bufford speaks frankly about her upbringing in Missouri, writing drug-addicted characters and why it's so hard to run away from the Midwest.

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Off the Clock
5:50 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

What makes a community

Wynna Faye Elbert co-leads a weekly women's group in Columbia, Mo.
Scarlett Robertson KBIA

This week: a look at a community group in Columbia and a Sonic ID from the Benton Stephens neighborhood.

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Arts and Culture
5:41 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

New City-Wide Campaign Implemented

At a joint meeting last night the groups approved a positioning line and logo to help facilitate their six-phase process. 

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Arts and Culture
5:27 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Veterans Parade Across Downtown Columbia

Today many cities across Mid-Missouri are observing Veterans Day. Columbia is celebrating the service of men and women in the armed forces.

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Arts and Culture
5:11 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

MU Rededicates Memorial in Celebration of Veterans Day

MU rededicated a restored memorial during a campus Veteran’s Day ceremony today. The stone memorial honors the 117 MU students who were killed during World War I.

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Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Wurzel-Flummery

What’s in a name?  And how much it’s worth to two British families.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Word Missouri
8:51 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Between readings and signings, local authors recall how they found their voice

Space opera romance author J. C. Hay.
Courtesy of the author

Last week Word Missouri told the story of a group of bookstores in St. Louis supporting each other through events like bookstore tours and literary speed dating. These events aren’t only good for booksellers – they also benefit local authors who write in niche genres and don’t have the support of an academic setting or a big-name publisher. Fortunately, the realm of social media is good to genre writers. 

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The Picture Show
2:06 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

At 75, 'Life' Revisits Its First Cover Story

Alfred Eisenstaedt Life

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:17 am

Seventy-five years ago this month, Henry Luce, who had launched Time magazine in the 1920s, created his third great magazine: Life. Over the coming years it would come to be known as the weekly with the most and the best photographs. It would show Americans what war and peace looked like. There were photographs in Life of the Spanish Civil War and of V-J Day in Times Square that are rare cases for which the term "iconic" truly makes sense. And there were dozens of others, too.

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Off the Clock
1:01 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

All that jazz

A mural in the historic 18th and Vine jazz district in Kansas City, Mo.

As the saying goes, jazz was born in New Orleans, but it grew up in Kansas City. This week we’ll revisit Robert Altman’s “Kansas City.” And a new  musical audio postcard. 

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Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Ever Young

Four widows discover the secret to perpetual youth in the lobby of a Palm Beach hotel.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

The Two-Way
8:32 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Artist Ai Weiwei Gets $2.4 Million Tax Bill

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing on June 23, 2011.

Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 8:36 am

Artist Ai Weiwei, who earlier this year was jailed by Chinese authorities for nearly three months, said today that the government there has sent him a $2.4 million tax bill.

"His supporters," the BBC says, say the bill and accusations that he owes back taxes "are part of a plot to silence Mr. Ai, who is an outspoken critic of the government."

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Arts and Culture
4:34 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween Hits the District Early

Sister72 Flickr

Halloween got an early start in downtown Columbia.

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween Is More Funny Than Scary In St. Louis

At Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, student Andrew Dwoskin was handing out candy to local children during a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" event.

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

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Opinion
9:52 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Major League Longing: What Comes After Game Seven

jcornelius viaFlickr

Glenn Stout has served as the editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since 1991. His latest book is Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year.

Baseball is over again and — for a while — so am I.

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Word Missouri
9:10 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

To survive threats, St. Louis's independent bookstores band together

Authors Judy Moresi and Mark Tiedemann chat with cruisegoers during a signing at the Book House in St. Louis, Mo.
Davis Dunavin KBIA

In Missouri, like everywhere else, hundreds of under-the-radar bookstores struggle to stay above water in an age of Amazon and E-readers. Earlier this year a group of independent bookstores in St. Louis forgot about looking at each other as competitors and banded together. Their goal is to promote each other while keeping an eye on threats to the bookstore industry.

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Off the Clock
7:36 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

A haunted halloween

The annual haunting we all know as Halloween falls a Monday this year. So, to prepare for ghouls, candy and costumes, we head south to Jasper County for the spooky tale of a haunted house dating back to 1849. And autism theater has made its way to Columbia, Missouri.

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Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: A Conan Doyle Halloween

Two chilling stories about English gentlemen defending their honor with murder and mayhem.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

The Picture Show
9:54 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Vintage Halloween Photos Creepy Enough For David Lynch

From the book 'Haunted Air'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:18 am

A delightfully dreadful little book recently found its way to my desk. Its black cover is adorned only by a photo of a skeleton and a plain gray title, Haunted Air.

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Arts and Culture
11:09 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Thomas Hart Benton War Paintings and Sketches

Indifference , Year of Peril, 1944-0007
Thomas Hart Benton State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Thomas Hart Benton is a Missouri artist known for his depictions of American life and the working man. He was not afraid to include political topics like prohibition and slavery in his paintings. Benton usually did large scale paintings, including the murals in the Missouri state capitol building. A less widely known exhibit by Benton is on display in Fulton at the National Churchill Museum.

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Word Missouri
6:17 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Poet Marc McKee, on driving through Missouri like a horse in a desert

Poet Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Missouri, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. He is the author of What Apocalypse? (2008). McKee will celebrate the release of his new full-length book of poetry, Fuse, 7 pm Saturday at the Columbia Art League with Melissa Range.

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Arts and Culture
6:14 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Mexico Moving Forward with Downtown Revitalization

Mexico’s DREAM Initiative is continuing to make a difference in the downtown community.

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Off the Clock
4:39 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Cooking wild in Missouri

Ann Koenig collects tomatoes from her backyard garden as part of the Woods to Table project.
Scarlett Robertson KBIA

This week: we’ll go back in time  and revisit what could be considered the trial of the century. And you’ve probably heard of “Julie and Julia”—the novel-turned-movie where Julie Powell spends a year cooking her way through Julia Child’s "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Well, we’re bringing you Columbia’s version…switch out French cuisine for in season and local food, and instead of one woman its a couple.

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Monkey See
12:40 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Behind the Scenes With Amy Poehler: From Pawnee to The White House

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 8:34 pm

On NBC's Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler plays a deputy parks director who dreams of one day working her way up the political ladder all the way to The White House.

When NPR's Ari Shapiro interviewed Poehler for Thursday's Morning Edition, The White House is exactly where he was. Shapiro is NPR's White House Correspondent and had just finished attending a briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney when he returned to his small White House basement office to talk to Poehler.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:25 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Classical Music From ...TED?

Soprano Danielle de Niese.

courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 12:17 pm

I'm a complete TED fangirl. I get irrationally excited when I see new talks from the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference arrive. I just feel smarter listening to intelligent people from around the globe speaking about their passions and creative pursuits of all sorts, from writing to developing solar technology to advances in neurology.

But it's also become a rich treasure trove of musical performances and talks about musicians' creative processes, as you can see in these five videos. Enjoy.

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Word: Missouri
9:08 am
Tue October 18, 2011

How St. Louis’s literary past is coming to life in the Central West End

Tennessee Williams is one of two writers already represented at the corner of Euclid and McPherson avenues in the Central West End.

The history of St. Louis’s Central West End is steeped in literature. The area is tied to four of America’s most famous writers: T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William S. Burroughs. But until recently, the neighborhood had no official tributes to the literary greats.

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Word Missouri
9:00 am
Sat October 15, 2011

What are Missouri's future writers reading?

Expert commentary (in red) by Dr. Roy Fox, Professor of English Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Listen to the companion piece to this infographic: “In Republic, book challenges raise the question, ‘What should kids read?’”

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Off the Clock
6:02 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Funding the arts by feeding the people

Serving up split pea soup at a Bread! KC dinner in Kansas City.
Alex Smith KCUR

This week we head to Kansas City for a different kind of dinner party—one that is uses a grassroots approach to support the arts. But first, a local look at a national event that’s all about supporting and celebrating the rights of of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: The Proposal

How an innocent proposal of marriage turns into a family feud.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Word: Missouri
12:00 am
Sat October 8, 2011

In Republic, book challenges raise the question, “What should kids read?”

 

When Republic High School in southwest Missouri removed two novels from its curriculum and library in July, it drew national attention and launched a conversation about what books are acceptable for Missouri students.

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