Arts and Culture

Discover Nature: Softshell Turtles

Jun 21, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

Take a canoe out on a local pond or stream this week, and you’ll likely encounter Spiny softshell turtles.


Today Paul Pepper visits with local pianist/musician-extraordinaire, SUTU FORTE, about her efforts to bring awareness to the local wildlife. Her planned concert this Saturday will be "an opportunity for you to experience your 'wild' side." Watch for details! At [5:03] Columbia Art League Executive Director, DIANA MOXON, takes a moment to thank everyone for the "smoothest" Art in the Park ever, and to invite everyone to this Saturday's opening reception for their latest show (that has no theme)! June 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BLEVINS, President/Marketing Manager of the Boone County Farmer's Market, about what's in store for this season - the second at Columbia Mall. If you're looking for locally produced fruits and veggies, this is the place to be! At [4:15] LINDA BLEDSOE and EILEEN GAWRILUK invite everyone to the 17th annual Bittersweet Garden Tour, happening this Sunday, June 26 in Jefferson City! Watch for details on the six gardens selected for their 'drop-dead gorgeous factor'. June 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CONNIE WEABLE about tomorrow's 59th annual Olivet Christian Church BBQ. Come for the fixin's, stay for the fellowship - it's sure to delight (and feed) the whole family! At [3:20] JESSICA LONG, Missouri Association for Community Action, and MEGAN CORBIN, Central Missouri Community Action, talk about poverty in Missouri. Did you know that, state-wide, 908,000 people are living in poverty; and of those, 287,000 are children? MACA and CMCA are just part of the solution. Watch for details on how you can get involved! June 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Sean Spence, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about 'skimming', an oft-used scam that steals your credit card information at the gas pump. Sean shares prevention tips on that and more - watch! June 16, 2016

TinyHouseExpedition.com

A new history of the Ozark's Baldknobbers is out. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with the book's author and took a look at the tiny home movement on Thinking Out Loud.


Discover Nature: American Bullfrogs

Jun 15, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

The deep, sonorous call of Missouri’s largest frog is distinct. This week on Discover Nature, we discover Missouri's official state amphibian, the American bullfrog. 


YTheater Project Jerusalem

From the Thinking Out Loud archives we go back to November 2015 for a conversation with a troupe of Jewish and Palestinian thespians who visited Columbia for a play about living together despite major differences.


Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, talk about what Mel calls the best value vacation possible: cruising. Follow his tips to avoid the usual headaches and to save yourself some money! June 15, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Making Waves

Jun 14, 2016
Kelsey Kupferer / Making Waves

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of students at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.


Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, continue their discussion of 'Picturing Politics,' an exhibit on display now inside Ellis Library. Joan brought two famous prints by George Caleb Bingham, "Verdict of the People" and "County Election." Check it out! June 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Dancearts of Columbia Director/Co-Owner MARIE ROBERTSON about their upcoming summer workshops! This year's new approach focuses more on technique than choreography for a final show. Watch for details! At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN tells us about outpatient treatment for teenagers at Phoenix Health Programs. Hear the story of "Maria," who benefitted from such services and is now on track for a better life. June 13, 2016

Is the Risk of Photojournalism Worth It?

Jun 11, 2016

This week all of us – public radio listeners and producers -- were shocked and saddened by the death of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey.  He and his translator, Zabihullah "Zabi" Tamann, were killed while they were on assignment in Afghanistan, when the convoy they were traveling in was ambushed by Taliban.    Photojournalists like David go places most of us wouldn’t want to go, they take pictures of things we may not want to see… They risk their lives, hoping to send back that one image that just might change someone’s mind or open someone’s heart. 

Great war photographers bring a tremendous sense of mission to their work.  Most of them believe the right image seen by enough people at the right time can change the world.  Maybe not right away – but in time.  Over the past 30 years, the photographer James Nachtwey has covered just about every major armed conflict in the world.  He's been shot and wounded more than once, and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize ten times.  We talked with him when he had just put together an exhibition of photos he took in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the place those wars began - Ground Zero on 9/11.

The Aesthetic Beauty of War Photography

Jun 11, 2016

There are moral and ethical issues that come up around war photography. Writer David Shields charged the New York Times with glamorizing war in photographs.  Shields analyzed 100’s of pictures published on the front page of the Times and last year he wrote a book accusing the paper of making war beautiful.  Charles Monroe-Kane sat down to talk with him.

 

Taking pictures of war is complicated. The late philosopher Susan Sontag thought a lot about the moral implications of taking and looking at photos of human conflict. She wrote a classic book on the subject, called “Regarding the Pain of Others.”  We're revisiting our interview with her, about how to see and think about photography.

Photography Beyond Tragedy

Jun 11, 2016

The stereotype of photojournalists is that they’re adrenaline junkies.  Risk takers.  But they're often surprisingly humble about their work -- maybe because their job is to erase themselves, to become the lens that lets us see the world.  Here photojournalist Brendan Bannon talks about finding beauty in the midst of suffering and about a photo he took at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. 

Capturing Manufactured Landscapes

Jun 11, 2016

Anyone who works in news will tell you that photographs drive attention.  That a great photograph can propel a story or an issue from the sidelines to the center of a public conversation.  Large-scale photographer Edward Burtynsky is making it his life’s work to jump start a global conversation about sustainability – by photographing scarred, damaged industrial landscapes.  He’s a TED prize winner whose work is in more than 50 museum collections.  Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal have worked together on two documentaries.  Steve Paulson talked with her about their first – filmed in

Great war photographers bring a tremendous sense of mission to their work.  Most of them believe the right image seen by enough people at the right time can change the world.  Maybe not right away – but in time.  Over the past 30 years, the photographer James Nachtwey has covered just about every major armed conflict in the world.  He's been shot and wounded more than once, and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize ten times.  We talked with him when he had just put together an exhibition of photos he took in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the place those wars began - Ground Zero on 9/11.

Taking pictures of war is complicated. The late philosopher Susan Sontag thought a lot about the moral implications of taking and looking at photos of human conflict. She wrote a classic book on the subject, called “Regarding the Pain of Others.”  We're revisiting our interview with her, about how to see and think about photography.

Capturing Manufactured Landscapes

Jun 11, 2016

Anyone who works in news will tell you that photographs drive attention.  That a great photograph can propel a story or an issue from the sidelines to the center of a public conversation.  Large-scale photographer Edward Burtynsky is making it his life’s work to jump start a global conversation about sustainability – by photographing scarred, damaged industrial landscapes.  He’s a TED prize winner whose work is in more than 50 museum collections.  Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal have worked together on two documentaries.  Steve Paulson talked with her about their first – filmed in

Is the Risk of Photojournalism Worth It?

Jun 11, 2016

This week all of us – public radio listeners and producers -- were shocked and saddened by the death of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey.  He and his translator, Zabihullah "Zabi" Tamann, were killed while they were on assignment in Afghanistan, when the convoy they were traveling in was ambushed by Taliban.    Photojournalists like David go places most of us wouldn’t want to go, they take pictures of things we may not want to see… They risk their lives, hoping to send back that one image that just might change someone’s mind or open someone’s heart. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA REINDEL about the 2016 Relay For Life event happening this Saturday on the track at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia. Find out how you can take part in "one of the most important events in Boone County." At [3:20] BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, returns with simple tips and tricks you can do to reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time helping "CoMo" win $5M. It's a win-win - watch! June 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CHRIS CAMPBELL, Executive Director of the Boone County Historical Society, about a special upcoming Father's Day concert featuring renowned ragtime pianist, BOB MILNE, playing on "Blind" Boone's piano. Watch for details! At [3:38] meet actors RYAN and KIMBERLY KENNEY, soon to be known to audiences as Prof. Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, respectively, from Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "The Music Man!" Opening tomorrow night, there are three weekends to catch this classic, Americana musical that's sure to delight the whole family. June 8, 2016

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Brad Sherwood is one of the most recognizable faces in the improvisation world. Brad has been a cast member on three versions of the popular improvisational TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, including the current version which airs on the CW Network. Brad tours the U.S. and Canada with fellow Whose Line cast member Colin Mochrie in a two-man improvisational show, An Evening With Colin and Brad. This Comedian's Life talked to Brad about playing to international audiences, the valuable lessons he learned from MAD Magazine, and the similarities between improv and sky diving. For more information visit colinandbradshow.com, or follow Brad on Twitter @TheBradSherwood.  


Missouri Department of Conservation

If you’ve spent any time out in nature in the last week you may have noticed a well-protected reddish fruit starting to ripen now. This week on Discover Nature, we search for wild raspberries.

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, provide only-heard-here insights into this year's Hot Summer Nights extravaganza. There's no excuse now for missing any one of the upcoming, fun-for-the-whole-family performances happening all over Columbia this month and next! At [4:26] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, stops by with the latest medical headlines. Find out about a recent breakthrough in stem cell research at Washington University in St. Louis! June 7, 2016

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

  In this special, hear the voices of journalism students from the University of Missouri. In their time there, they've learned not only about their majors, but also about their identities, their families and their values. They were challenged in their magazine writing class this Spring to tell the stories of those significant learning moments in their lives. With help from their teacher and master-storyteller, Berkley Hudson, they recount stories about experiences from chosen families to chosen names. 

Listen to our radio special of selected commentaries here: 

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a benefit performance of "The Music Man," happening this Wednesday at Columbia Entertainment Company. Come for the "super-super refreshments," stay for what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing performance! At [4:11] director JOSH KIRBY and actress BRIDGET HUSSEY (in character as Mrs. Chauvenet) invite everyone to see Fayette Area Community Theatre's production of "Harvey." Do you see him? You just might this weekend at Central Methodist University! June 6, 2016

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