Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author and poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads two warm weather-themed poems: 'Sea Fever' by John Masefield at [1:16]; and his own, 'Point Dume Screen Test', at [3:50]. March 20, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

The True/False podcast returns next week with our conversation with film critic and programmer Eric Hynes. We'll have new episodes every other week after that. Until then, enjoy this little treat from this year's Buskers Last Stand.

Andrea Del Sarto / Flickr

What do Julius Caesar and Malcolm X have in common? More than you might think.

During a visit to MU’s Rhynsburger Theater last month, the Acting Company of New York City told the stories of both men in two back-to-back performances on Feb. 18 and 19. Known as “Caesar/X,” the series pairs Marcus Gardley’s new play “X: Or the Nation vs Betty Shabazz” with the Shakespearean classic “Julius Caesar.” Both tell the stories of powerful men who were assassinated by those who knew them best.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, co-organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference happening May 6th in Columbia! Erin tells us about author Maya Shetreat-Klein's book, "The Dirt Cure," which focuses on raising kids to eat food 'straight from the soil'. Dr. Shetreat-Klein will be one of four speakers at this conference. Register today! At [3:30] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to 'Empty Bowls', a FREE soup meal this Sunday at Missouri United Methodist Church. You're encouraged to buy an 'empty bowl', proceeds of which will support CCUA's Food Pantry project. Watch for details! March 16, 2017

Kristen Williams is a Columbia native who graduated from Truman State University. During her time in Kirksville, she headed to Colorado to do an internship with that state's emerging cannabis industry. On a recent episode of Thinking out Loud, Williams was profiled about her work as a designer and as an advocate for responsible cannabis use.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about the recent addition of United Airlines to the Columbia Regional Airport, and what that might mean for it's aging facilities. Also, have you ever considered traveling with just a one-way ticket? It might save you thousands of dollars - watch for details! March 15, 2017

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Not to toot my own horn, but I have a great backyard garden. I really can’t take much of the credit for my backyard garden because I am lucky to have amazing soil in my backyard. Without good, living soil, I wouldn’t be much of a gardener.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Fire plays an important role in all of our lives. To some, memories of campfires bring warm and pleasant feelings, while others remember the horrors of wildfires. This week on Discover Nature, we look at how fire is used as a land management tool.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDY ARNET, RD, about National Nutrition Month and healthy eating choices. If you're looking to change your diet but struggling with where to start, Judy offers easy and simple tips that don't upend everything you know! Looking for more? Come to 'Frozen Meals and More' at the Columbia Public Library March 28. At [4:44] CHRIS OLIVER is here with details on "Sinners and Saints: The Heroes and Villains of Broadway," also known as MU Theatre Department's Musical Revue. Songs from seventeen Broadway and Off-Broadway productions will be a part of this weekend's showcase at the Corner Playhouse in Columbia! Did your favorite make the cut? Watch! March 14, 2017

Garrett Giles / KBIA

I put two press passes around my neck after getting ready last Saturday morning. I then walked out my door, got in my car, and traveled to downtown Columbia where the True/False Festival was happening. Well, that was after I stopped at the Chick-fil-a off of Stadium Blvd. to get breakfast.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about 'Comestible,' a "delicious" new show featuring 80-90 works of art inspired by everything edible. The official opening is this Friday - watch for details! At [3:55] MAHREE SKALA invites everyone to a 'candidate forum' tomorrow evening that will feature those running for Columbia's school board seats, hospital board of trustees and wards one and five. The League of Women Voters is sponsoring this great opportunity to meet and greet local representatives. March 13, 2017

Laura Hartrick and Craig Atkinson discuss gaining intimate access to police departments for their film Do Not Resist.

Each Saturday morning Darren Hellwege hosts Thinking Out Loud: Saturday Sports. The program covers University of Missouri athletics.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Boonville's Meredith Ludwig admits that once she started collecting oral histories of longtime Missouri River valley residents, she didn't want the process to end. Here are excerpts from personal histories of a pair of Missourians that Ludwig talked with back in 2004.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Eastern cottontail rabbits begin birthing their first litters of the year this week.

This week on Intersection, we listen to the first episode of the new True/False Podcast presented by KBIA. Host Allison Coffelt talks with directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe about their film The Bad Kids and the process of developing character in nonfiction film.



Listen to the full show here:

Trevor Harris / KBIA

In early 2016, KBIA's Trevor Harris produced a special series, The Landscapes of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft.' The series looked at the processes that have altered Missouri's landscapes in the nearly 200 years since 25-year-old Schoolcraft walked 900 miles over 90 days in search of adventure and lead mining opportunities.

Boone County Historical Society

Thinking Out Loud is a weekly program that airs Tuesday evenings at 6:30 on KBIA 91.3FM in Columbia.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I think there’s a book out there called Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think that is a great concept, and I think there could be a book written, or at least a saying that goes something like Everything I Really Needed to Know in Life I Learned From Gardening. And today on Farm your Yard, I would like to explain what I mean by that. Let’s talk about what gardening can do for you.

Bill and Turner Ross discuss immersing themselves in a happening for their film Contemporary Color (T/F Boone Dawdle 2016).

Yance Ford

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.


When an unarmed black man is killed, who has the right to tell his story?


That's the question filmmaker Yance Ford wrestles with for much of Strong Island, a film ten years in the making. The film centers around Ford's older brother William. William was shot to death while confronting a man in an auto repair shop in 1992. Though William was unarmed at the time, his killer was never put to trial.



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.


Meteorites flying through the sky, bear cubs running down the highway, trucks exploding in flames just feet away from other drivers - all of these scenes have been caught on the dash cam footage of cars throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union. Drivers often post those videos to YouTube, creating viral videos that are viewed around the world.




Trevor Harris / KBIA

Since 1991, the halls of Northwest Missouri's Tarkio College have been quiet. Classes ended there 25 years ago when the college closed. Now, a group of alumni and allies are working to re-open the school. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited Tarkio College to see the grounds and gather stories from the team that is working hard to welcome a new group of scholars to the campus this fall.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Ducks and geese migrate north through Missouri as weather here warms and the season leans toward spring. Watch for Northern shovelers joining the northward flight this week.

Florent Vassault

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.


Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 follows one woman as she struggles to come to terms with the decision she and her fellow jurors made twenty years ago sentencing Bobby Wilcher to death. When Wilcher was executed in 2006, Lindy had been his only visitor.


Theo Anthony

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.


Some people might be disgusted to find a rat stuck in their trash can, but when filmmaker Theo Anthony came home one night, he saw it as way to tell a story.



Petra Lataster-Czich and Peter Lataster

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.


Directors Petra Lataster-Czich and Peter Lataster started out making Miss Kiet’s Children with the intention of creating a love letter to education as a profession. When they found their film’s subject, the stern yet compassionate primary school teacher Kiet Engels, they realized they were making a much different film than they planned.


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.


Raoul Peck read about James Baldwin for the first time in high school. He became enraptured with the view of the world through the lens of Baldwin. Throughout his life and his career as a filmmaker, he carried this view, which crept up now and then in the projects he began to work on. His passion for the social activist’s work acted as the inspiration for the creation of the film, I’m Not Your Negro.




Viktor Jakovleski

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.


In 2012, a Berlin-based artist described to Viktor Jakovleski a new world he had entered when he visited the city of Tultapec, north of Mexico City. He described in great detail a fireworks festival that was a “super psychedelic experience”. Jakovleski, enraptured with the story, decided to a do a little research on his own about this celebration. Five years later, Jakovleski made the film, Brimstone and Glory, based off his visits to the festival.