Arts and Culture

Steve James

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis. The Sungs are forced to defend the legacy of their family throughout a five year legal battle.

 

Laura Checkoway

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Edith + Eddie tells the love story of America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Edith, 96, and Eddie, 95, are avid dancers and pillars in their community church.

 

Travis Wilkerson

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

The idea for Travis Wilkerson’s film Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? started among the whispers and legend of his family’s secrets.  

 


Sompot Chidgasornpongse

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

As the train bursts past dense forests and slows through quiet villages, Railway Sleepers by director Sompot Chidgasornpongse takes its audience on a journey through Thailand. Shot entirely on a train over the space of several years, the film brings its audience on board and offers a glimpse into the lives and conversations of its passengers.

 


Claire Simon

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

French director Claire Simon is set to receive the True Vision Award at this year’s True/False festival. The award will honor Simon’s 30-year career and, along with her latest release Graduations, the festival will be showing a collection of the director’s work.

 


Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about phobias and how to treat them. Everyone is scared of something, so what gives you "instant flight reaction"? (Arachnophobia is the number one answer.) Dr. Newman tells us that treatment is best left to the professionals, saying: "what we can do in a matter of a few sessions (to get you over it), could take you a few years." February 24, 2017

Erin McKinstry / KBIA

The diversity of this year’s Academy Award nominations has not gone unnoticed. In stark contrast to last year, when several prominent people of color boycotted the ceremony because of a lack of diversity, the 2017 picks feature a black nominee in each of the four acting categories and a more diverse set of nominations, from best picture to best documentary.

Brian Maurer, local filmmaker and film studies professor at MU, said the increase in diversity is most likely a reaction to last year’s outcry.

Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe discuss the balancing act of following multiple characters in their film The Bad Kids (T/F ’16). The Bad Kids premiers on PBS in March 2017. 

 

Today Paul Pepper visits with RACHEL LITTRELL, MD, MU Health Care, about cardio-oncology. Rachel tells us that as we grow older, cancer and heart disease become more and more common. She says people will survive a heart attack only to learn of a cancer diagnosis; if that's the case, regular treatment may not apply and special considerations will have to be made. Stay healthy, everyone! At [3:56] JILL WOMACK, TRYPS Founder and Executive Artistic Director, and student NATALIE BOTKINS, invite "mommies and me" (or "fathers and daughters") to a 'Princess Tea Party' fundraiser April 23rd at the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Watch for details! February 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about a tax prep scam where the CPA was convincing his clients to write the check to him for the money they owed to the IRS. He's in prison, but they still have to pay. Hear the full story and how you can protect yourself from the same situation! February 22, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Look skyward when traveling along Missouri’s highways and backroads and sooner or later you’ll likely see a large bird that's among the most efficient in flight. This week on Discover Nature we look for the turkey vulture.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ARIANNA SOLDATI and DIANA KLAKOTSKAIA, featured speakers at tomorrow evening's Science on Tap CoMo event at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Arianna will be discussing volcanoes; Diana will be discussing estrogen and Alzheimer's disease. Get a sneak preview of their talk on today's show! At [4:38] fourteen-year-old opera singer CAITLIN CHISHAM and her vocal instructor, MICHAEL STRAW, invite everyone to a performance by Caitlin this Saturday at Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark. And if you enjoy Caitlin's voice, consider making a donation to her 'GoFundMe' page that's been set up to help send her to a vocal competition in Wales. Watch for details! February 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a story about how the Presidents of the United States have "played a role in the interpretation of the 14th Amendment" (which defines naturalization) over the years. February 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE BRADLEY, Founder, Day Dreams Foundation, about a fundraising effort called the 'Dream Big Bracket'. Joe says that the idea is to allow schools and other non-profit organizations to submit their ideas on how they could use $1,000 to start or continue an extracurricular activity. Lange Middle School won last year; where will it go in 2017?! At [4:31] JERRY RICKER is back with details on the upcoming Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit, the Adult Fine Art Exhibit and the Art Around Town Art Crawl. It's all part of the 114th year of the Jefferson City Art Club, and you're invited! February 17, 2017

Katz PR

This Saturday, New York City's The Acting Company bring a pair of new works to MU's Rhynsburger Theater. Marcus Gardley talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris about his work, X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.


Rebecca Siegel / Flickr

The doors to Gwynn Hall keep locking behind Autumn McLain. She called maintenance, but in the meantime she is stretching to hold both doors open with her body. She is 20 minutes early to the MU Poetry Club meeting.

The group had fizzled out, but McLain and a group of friends brought it back in late January. Their first meeting was small, said McLain, just a few friends meeting in the library. Now, the club has grown to include people from majors including journalism and computer science.


Hello

Feb 16, 2017

Introducing the True/False Podcast, presented by KBIA. Each episode brings you conversations with documentary filmmakers about their craft. First episode drops February 23.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CLAIRE SYLER, Assistant Professor, MU Theatre Department, about 'The Acting Company', a touring theatre group - based in New York City - that will perform two plays, "X" and "Julius Caesar," this Saturday and Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:53] Moms Demand Action members ROSE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN return with more information about their non-partisan efforts to prevent senseless gun violence in Missouri (by advocating for stronger laws). Find out how you can get involved! February 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ERIN BROWN, an organizer of the first annual CoMo Wellness Conference. This event aims to inform participants about how you can "use food as medicine." Erin goes on to say that "what and how you eat is so very important to preventing...and treating diseases." Register today! At [4:13] JENNIFER BEAN, MS, RD/LD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about a new "coordinated" program at the University of Missouri that gives dietitians-to-be a choice when it comes to obtaining the necessary training and education. Watch! February 15, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, we take a look at Missouri’s cousin to the kangaroo.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, director of Central Methodist University's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'H.M.S. Pinafore'. She's joined by actors ANNA KAY and DAN TERRY, who perform "Refrain, audacious tar" at [3:40]. See it this weekend only in Fayette! February 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DANIELLE WOODS, RN, McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers, about high schoolers with eating disorders. Danielle tells us that surveys show that about half of the kids in that age bracket do something unhealthy in order to control their weight. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins February 26th. At [4:08] actors BRIAN HARPER and JOE SCHNEIDER invite everyone to come see The Little Theater of Jefferson City's latest production, "It Runs in the Family." If you're a fan of farce, you won't want to miss this show! February 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WILLIAMS, co-founder, Love INC Columbia, about the need for an organization like Love INC - one that gives a hand up, not a hand out - in our community, and what it takes to keep it going. (Admittedly, Jane says that sometimes "divine intervention" has a lot to do with it!) If you'd like to volunteer (they could use some folks to answer the phone), donate money, or if you're in need of the services they provide, watch for details! February 10, 2017

Josh Murray / Office of Undergraduate Studies

National Geographic is well-known for its photography. University of Missouri alumna Sarah Leen was the first female director of photography for the magazine. She recently took time out of her travels to give a keynote address at the 2017 Visual Arts and Design Showcase at her alma mater.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams - who, once again, are offering to serenade your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! Details on that, plus performances of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" at [2:39] and "My Wild Irish Rose" at [6:34]. Want to be a part of the Boonslick Chordbusters (the group from which the 'Hams' are a spin-off)? Details on that, too! Watch! February 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAMELA SMITH, a volunteer with Access 4U, about their program's mission of - according to their website - empowering disadvantaged youths and families...by offering collaborative solutions. Awareness is key, and so Access 4U is hosting a FREE 'dance to end child homelessness' February 10th in Columbia - watch for details! At [4:53] director KATE BUSSELLE and actress CHARA KNIGHT invite everyone to come see "Rasheeda Speaking," a workplace thriller/dark comedy at Talking Horse Productions beginning February 10th! Chara says, "it's going to make them (the audience) a little uncomfortable, but it will definitely open up those communication lines." February 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, discuss some of the reasons why you should quit your smoking habit. Heather says to first look at your motives: "41,000 people die of second-hand smoke-related diseases every year." (Second-hand!) She encourages potential quitters (who need an extra push) to look at how it affects their pets, their loved ones, their pocketbook and more. If that's not enough, Phoenix Health offers an eight-week program called, "Freedom From Smoking" - watch for details! February 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes first-time guest, CLAUDIA SCHOONOVER, Director of Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! Claudia invites everyone to two after-hour events this month at the library: a concert by Miss Jubilee on February 18th; and the annual indoor mini-golf fundraiser February 25th. Watch for details! At [3:48] MIKE SCHOOLEY and DICK DALTON encourage everyone to come see Capital City Productions' performance of "Hands on a Hard Body," opening this Thursday at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City! Don't miss this upbeat musical retelling of a true story about a contest in Texas in which contestants must keep one hand on a truck the longest, and whoever does, wins the truck. February 6, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

In the waning weeks of winter, one of North America’s most important game fishes begins to get active in Missouri. This week on Discover Nature, walleye are on the move.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVID CRESPY, MU Theatre Department, about the 2017 Mizzou New Play Series. This year, 27 plays with stories about serial murderers, graduate insurance, mysterious women who know the future and mob bosses (among many others) will be presented in concert performance at the Corner Playhouse on the MU Campus beginning February 6th. At [3:40] RICK ROWDEN, Director of Development at Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, returns with an update on how the program locally - a non-profit that cares for women and children affected by drugs and alcohol 24/7 - has progressed since it's inception, and how it's residents have benefited from the nationally-known 'Teen Challenge' reputation and success over the years. February 3, 2017

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