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Arts and Culture
8:39 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Moberly group is fund-raising to reopen Fourth Street Theatre

Moberly organizers are working to revitalize the city's Fourth Street Theatre.
Credit KBIA

For about the past 10 years citizens of Moberly, Mo. have been working on renovating the Fourth Street Theatre. It is being built completely debt free but is still about $200 thousand away from the goal. Theatre owners plan to open it this spring.

Joe Snodgrass grew up in Moberly, Mo. and remembers the Fourth Street Theatre being packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Now, he is a board member helping restore the theater and bringing it back to all its glory.

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Arts and Culture
12:55 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/RichHillUSA

For first-cousin filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, the hardest part about filming Rich Hill, their upcoming documentary on poverty in rural Missouri, was to stop.

“I just wanted to keep visiting them and visiting them,” Tragos said.

“I think we both very much fell in love with all these families,” Palermo added. “In turn, [they] say they love us like family.”

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Walk Back in Time & Greenhouse Theatre Project

Today Paul Pepper welcomes PAUL BAUM, a.k.a. "Pablo", who talks about "Walk Back in Time", a living history event that tries to "cover about as many periods of American history as we can" - this weekend in Mexico! Also, ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI is back to share Greenhouse Theatre Project's upcoming season!

Arts and Culture
8:29 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Roots N Blues Fest wraps three days of music in Stephens Park [slideshow]

Alejandro Escovedo croons to a large crowd.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

The 7th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ festival has wrapped up after three days full of events.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture & Slow Food Katy Trail

Today Paul Pepper and ADAM SAUNDERS talk about the Harvest Hootenanny October 5th, and you're invited to come by and play "Drop Drop Chicken Plop"! Speaking of food, BERNADETTE DRYDEN and DAN KUEBLER, stop by to explain "Slow Food Katy Trail" and plug their fundraiser next Sunday at Happy Hollow Farms. 

Global Journalist
5:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Impunity prevails in Mexico's drug war

The remains of a vehicle are cordoned off in a street in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday July 16, 2010.
Credit Associated Press

Covering crime and corruption in Mexico may be the most dangerous job in the world of journalism. On average, 10 journalists have been killed every year since 2006. And attacks on the media have increased since a new president took office nine months ago.

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Arts and Culture
5:20 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival back in Columbia

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival has traditionally taken place in downtown Columbia, but this year will take place at Stephens Lake Park. Photo from Amanda Sohaney/KOMU.

 

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will be returning to Columbia this weekend with some changes.

The festival location is one of the biggest changes- it will now be at Stephens Lake Park instead of downtown Columbia.

Richard King is the festival organizer for Roots N Blues N BBQ. He says the time was right to make change.

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Arts and Culture
1:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

10 songs you should know before going to Roots n Blues n BBQ

Credit Marcus Calderon / Flickr commons

So you’re going to the “Roots n Blues n BBQ” festival this weekend. You love blues music and all the subgenres influenced by that gritty, American sound.

Or maybe you don’t know much about it besides loving to karaoke The Black Crowes version of “Hard To Handle.” Or perhaps you just want to catch a glimpse of Kate Hudson’s baby daddy. 

Whatever your motivation, there are some solid up-and-coming acts, as well as some staples (see what I did there?) to catch while they’re in town, or…gulp…still alive.

To prepare for the festival, I sat down with Hitt Records co-owner Kyle Cook to talk about what tunes can help newbies and connoisseurs of blues music prepare for the festival. (Full ethical disclosure: I play pickup hoops with him on Sundays.) We put a list together of some songs that may excite those already with tickets or convince those on the fence that you may want to catch these acts while they are in our backyard. Regardless, these are some of the tunes you should know before heading into the gates.

Also, check out this Spotify playlist to get you in the mood with more songs we couldn’t include here.

Jimmy Cliff

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri & Maples Rep Theatre

Today Paul Pepper welcomes SCOTT GORDON, Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, who shares some "didyaknows". Do YOU know? Also, TODD DAVISON, Maples Rep Theatre, talks about a concert celebrating their 10th Season and their upcoming fall schedule!

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Missouri Cures & Original Oddities Productions

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON, Missouri Cures, talk about all the special events coming up, including the spinal cord injury awareness event in St. Louis next Thursday. Also, Original Oddities Productions presents "The List" - meet director MELISSA ALPERS-SPRINGER and playwright/actor JASON CAVALLONE. 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Sickle Cell Awareness & Art of Food

Today Paul Pepper is joined by ELIZABETH GUNIER, MU Health Care, who talks about Sickle Cell awareness, a genetic blood disorder that's inherited. Also, DANIEL PLISKA, Executive Chef at the University Club, invites you to the "Art of Food", a festival featuring all things food this Friday! 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Columbia Art League & Salvation Army

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, to talk about the annual Betty Brown Afternoon Tea fundraiser at University Club. Watch for details! Also, MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMEL, Salvation Army, talks about the 32nd Annual Toy Run at the Grindstone Walmart in Columbia. 

Arts and Culture
3:26 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle

CrossFitters exercise at a gym in Travis, N.Y. A blog posted to CrossFit's Facebook page has opened up a discussion about diversity in the CrossFit community.
Anthony DePrimo Staten Island Advance /Landov

Last week, the headquarters for CrossFit, the popular — and polarizing — workout genre, shared an item on its Facebook page from a blog called Stuff Black People Don't Like.

And according to an entry from February on the Stuff Black People Don't Like blog, CrossFit is anti-black:

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Arts and Culture
9:20 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Simply listening, to veterans, is the mission of StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative

Sylvie Lubow is the senior coordinator for StoryCorps' Military Veterans Initiative.
Credit StoryCorps

Have you ever had a “driveway moment” listening to one of the many stories from the oral history project StoryCorps? The project has recorded about 45,000 interviews with everyday people across America. StoryCorps’ “Military Voices Initiatives” gathers stories from veterans, their families and others impacted by war, since 9/11.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Folk Singers Cathy and Dave

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our favorite local folk singing duo CATHY and DAVE. They perform "Wild Rose of the Mountain" on the banjo and guitar. 

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