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Arts and Culture
2:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Off the Clock: Rodeo culture, and a Moberly skate park

Christy and her closest friends show the bling on their boots in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in Kingdom City, Missouri in May 2013. They decided to skip their high school prom and have a “Cowgirl Prom” at the KC Country Dance Hall in Kingdom City.
Credit Roxana Pop / KBIA

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Meredith Turk hangs out in rodeo culture with this year’s Miss Teen Rodeo queen, and finds out why she’s one of the only rodeo competitors you’ll ever see wearing a helmet … and she wears it well.

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Arts and Culture
5:18 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How DOMA's repeal affected one Missouri couple

Tom Harris (left) and Brian Mahieu, along the Katy Trail this past October with their greyhounds Kai and Commando. The couple decided to marry after the Supreme Court repealed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Credit Tom Harris and Brian Mahieu

Tom Harris and Brian Mahieu have been engaged for nine years. Each wears a wedding ring. Each says they consider themselves married emotionally.

However, their opportunities to get legally married have been limited. Even though nearby Iowa has allowed same-sex marriage since 2009, Harris and Mahieu were afraid to drive north to get married.

"[We] realized pretty quick that that's nice, but when we come back to Missouri, nothing has changed," Harris said.

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Arts and Culture
2:54 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Growing up in ragtime: musician Johnny Maddox

Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Famous ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox visited Columbia this week as the guest of honor at the Blind Boone Ragtime Festival.  In the height of his career in the 1950s, Maddox performed with names like Patsy Cline and released the first all-piano record to sell over 1 million copies.    With millions of albums sold and more than 60 years working in the music industry, many ragtime fans would call Maddox a legend.   

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Arts and Culture
11:44 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Video games: not just a waste of time

Students work on their computers in the video game club at Benton Elementary in Columbia, MO
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.

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Faith/Religion
4:54 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship

Pamay Bassey is the author of "My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey."

When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of  a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.

That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.

Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.

Arts and Culture
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

My Farm Roots: Just taking notes

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life.

But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

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Agriculture
1:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

My Farm Roots: Making a home, out on the ranch

Nan Gardiner (front) with her husband Henry in Ashland, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

It’s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.

For 20-year-old Nan Arnold, it was a day in 1956 in Ashland, a small, dusty dot on the open range of western Kansas near the Oklahoma border.

Nan had landed her first job as a music teacher at the Ashland school just a year before. She lived with the store’s owner because her parents thought she was too young to live alone.  

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Arts and Culture
3:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Blue Highways Revisited: Photographer Ed Ailor captures the places and people off the beaten track

The book "Blue Highways Revisited" retraces the path of the original best-selling book.
Edgar Ailor III Iniversity of Missouri Press

The call of the open road has long beckoned Americans … and in 1978, William Least Heat-Moon answered the call and embarked on a drive around the country, taking the roads less travelled. Starting in Columbia, he followed a circular route that totaled nearly 14,000 miles. The result was Blue Highways, a New York Times Bestselling book.

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Agriculture
3:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

My Farm Roots: When you hail from farm country, roots run deep

Kate Edwards grew up helping her grandfather on his farm. Those memories are part of what spurred her to start her own farm.
Andrea Silenzi Harvest Public Media

This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s new series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Kate Edwards hasn’t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.

Now, she farms a small one-acre plot near Solon, Iowa. On her small farm, she feeds 30 families through a Community Supported Agriculture project, a CSA. Edwards was drawn back to farming, she says, because of family memories.

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Off The Clock
12:55 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Staying or going: 'My Life, My Town' in Glasgow

Madelyne and Landon Brand, from Glasgow, Mo: Only time will tell whether they stay in the town they love, or make a life in a new place.
Lizz Cardwell KBIA/Columbia Missourian

A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.

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Arts and Culture
5:33 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Out in a small town: 'My Life, My Town' goes to Macon

Trinity Rainey, a teen from Macon, MO. is profiled in the "My Life, My Town" series of multimedia portraits featuring teens in rural Missouri.
Elizabeth Trovall/Grant Hindsley KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this week's edition of "Off the Clock," we hear a third portrait from the “My Life, My Town” series that documents the stories of teens in rural Missouri. Today  we visit Trinity Rainey in Macon.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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Arts and Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO.

For Mexico teen Monica Martinez, life is a balance between faith, family and her own dreams.
Lydia Mulvaney and Andrew Schriver KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this edition of Off the Clock, we visit Monica Martinez, a teen whose Latin American family is putting down roots in Mexico, Missouri.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives – some of the teens where a pink triangle, some of them camouflage or a tiara. Over the next few weeks, we’ll hear the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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Off the Clock
4:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Croquet in Mexico, gardening in Columbia and 'My Life, My Town'

"Bored in Lawson" is a multimedia portrait featured in this week's "Off the Clock" on KBIA. To view more portraits, go to www.mylifemytown.org.
Katie Currid KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this week’s show: It’s summer. We’ll look at stories about playing croquet in Mexico (Missouri, that is), gardening in Columbia (Missouri, also) and life as a teen in a small town.

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Off the Clock
12:00 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Off the Clock: June 3, 2011

Art in the Park
Columbia Art League

This week we take a look at a new spin on an old sport, the debut of a new alcohol policy in Jefferson City and a weekend long art show in Columbia.

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Off the Clock
12:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Off the Clock: January 28, 2011

Author Ibtisam Barakat

Words Travel: Author Ibtisam Barakat talks about her latest project, a children’s story for the Arab world, and beyond.

Ibtisam Barakat is a Palestinian writer who lives in Columbia Missouri and participates in many international writing and arts programs.

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