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Summer doesnt technically start for another week and a half. Check your solistice calendar. But, it sure does feel like summer. So, do summer-y activities this weekend. Watch a soap box derby downtown. Eat too many elderberries. Go to a state park. I dont pay much attention to the axis of the Earth in relation to the Sun anyway.

J. Caldwell / Photo courtesy of Illegal Art

You might not know who Gregg Gillis is, but chances are youve heard of his music created under the moniker Girl Talk .

worlds fair st louis
Wikimedia Commons

The Missouri State Museum is featuring its collection from the St. Louis Worlds Fair during its Museum After Hours program Wednesday.

The City Council passed a resolution Monday to explore the possibility of using the building to display exhibits for a firefighter museum.

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

Pinball wizard

Jun 1, 2012

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

Photos from Art in the Park 2011
Jonathan Steffens

This weekend is all about supporting artists and charities. Explore Art in the Park. Hop rummage sales. Or take some me-time by heading to a cocktail party or concert. Start the month of right. Heres how: Art in the Park (Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. ) Need something to spruce up that living room? Youll find it at Art in the Park at Stephens Lake. This festival is more than another painting sale. Buy work from 110 artists. Theyre selling it all: ceramics, fibers, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography,...

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

Columbia is known for many things: education, health care, parks, reporter--and its also known for its diversity. We meet one of the thousands of Columbians who come from other countries and hear of how Columbia has become home for her and her family.

How do documentary film directors avoid censorship in countries like Egypt and China?

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

Darren Hellwege visits Mexico, Missouri.

Michelle Peltier

Celebrate the long weekend, even if you dont get Monday off. Soak some sun on the Katy Trail at the Pedalers Jamboree . Watch plays that you havent seen since that middle school field trip. Check out some Native American art or an indie rock show. Theres plenty to do!

Maplewood Barn Theatre opens in rebuilt space

May 25, 2012
Erin Margaret2 / Flickr

The Maplewood Barn Theatre put on its first live show on Thursday evening in a newly rebuilt barn.

circuit bending
Scott Pham / KBIA

When you imagine a hacker, youre probably thinking of someone banging away at a keyboard, doing something shadowing and illegal on the internet. These days a lot of hackers are banding together, and its far from illegal. Theyre forming groups called hackerspaces--community workshops where hackers (some of whom prefer the term makers) get together to build robots, modify electronics and socialize. You can find these hackerspaces in warehouses and lofts in a lot of bigger cities. Columbias got...

Photo courtesy of the Umuzi Photo Club

In poor areas of South Africa, trainers from a small organization called the Umuzi Photo Club give disposable cameras to high school students and teach them basic photography.

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Centralia is the second largest town in Boone County, with a population of about 4000. A small part of the today also stretches east into Audrain County. An employee at the unique one-stop-shop, Kinkead Pharmacy, tells us more about the town.

Ragtag holds special screening to benefit Joplin

May 22, 2012
Photo courtesy of Ragtag

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, tonight Columbias Ragtag Cinema is screening a documentary that relives the days following the disaster.


Have you heard our Sonic IDs on KBIA? They are short audio portraits of life in and around mid Missouri in the form of stories, anecdotes and sounds of the community.

Still in CoMo ft sculptures, music and trails

May 18, 2012
Greg Orloff

No need for a mid-month slump here. Spend some time at Ragtag or Shakespeares . Or head to the trail. Thats what my whole summer is going to look like and so is your weekend. See below: Gizmos n Gadgets (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.) Check out sculptures by Greg Orloff in his first solo art show. Orloff says his work stems from a fascination with science fiction in his artists statement: I have been concerned with the roles of the inventor/creator and mad scientist through literature and film over the...

Jazz meets Gamelan

May 18, 2012
Alex Smith / KCUR

This week we head to a Kansas City music laboratory where we find an atypical partnership and stay tuned till the end of the show where we bring you a Sonic ID right off Broadway in Columbia. We'd seen the video of the world-record paper airplane toss — 226 feet, 10 inches. What we didn't realize until reading this story in today's Wall Street Journal is that there's a controversy brewing among "paper-plane enthusiasts" over whether it was right for designer John Collins to have Joe Ayoob, a former University of California-Berkeley quarterback, do the record-breaking throwing back in February. "I reckon [Collins] should train up and do it...

Khalil Hamra / AP Images

Advocacy groups call it the silencing crime: sexual violence against journalists.

Mid-Missourians tell us about their mothers

May 13, 2012
ninahale / Flickr

In a collaboration with KOMU, and the Columbia Missourian, KBIA asked our listeners What one word describes your mother? The Columbia Missourian wrote up some of the great answers we got.

Happy May ft. Bike, Walk, Wheel Week and Waffles

May 11, 2012

The college students might be heading out but that doesnt mean this town shuts down. Time to celebrate with the real locals. Join the community for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week . Support a local band or troupe of young thespians. Relive True/False . Do it all with a tummy full of chicken n waffles. See below. 11th Annual Mayors Challenge: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week Kickoff Event (Sat, 10 a.m.) Dust off that bike and grab your walking shoes for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week. Check out the dozen...

Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

This week’s show is all about moms—and we have the good, the bad and the ugly. First up, we’ll hear about a book of portraits on the life of the American mother and later we have an audio essay on the complicated mother/daughter relationship.

Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

Still thinking of what to do this Sunday for Mothers Day? How about interviewing your mom? Thats a suggestion from veteran public radio producer and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. Since 2003, the organization has collected over 40,000 interviews, some of which you may have heard on NPRs Morning Edition. Some of those interviews have also been compiled into the book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps . Now in paperback, it consists of interviews with and aboutyou guessed itmoms. KBIAs Rehman Tungekar spoke with Dave Isay, and he started out by talking about what the book teaches us about mothers.

KBIA visits Sedalia, Missouri

May 7, 2012
The Missouri Department of Tourism

Sedalias about halfway between Columbia and the Kansas City metro area.

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

The Believers

Branch out from the classic Mexican food y margaritas Cinco de Mayo celebration. Before you hit up La Siesta or El Maguey , go to these events. Those tequila shots can wait. You have all weekend.

Tarina Westlund

Portland Cello Project is a collective of classically trained cellists that came out of, you guessed it, Portland, in 2007. And theyre bringing the cello to pop culture, playing music that you may not normally associate with the instrument. Theyve played everywhere from a punk rock club in Fargo North Dakota to a sports bar in Lubbock Texas. I spoke with the groups artistic director Doug Jenkins who started off by explaining how the group began.

Taking a closer look at the bacon trend

May 3, 2012
cookbookman17 / Flickr

On this week's show, we’ll hear from a pioneer in the field of sociobiology, and take a closer look at an emerging food trend.