Missouri River Relief

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On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with a pair of Mid-Missouri musicians. We have in-studio performances from Boonville country singer Tanner Lee and Columbia singer-songwriter Anna Soulstice. Also on this week's program, we have a preview of this Sunday's Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their upcoming season! It kicks off with the annual Mizzou New Play Series and closes with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. There's something for every theatre fan, so don't miss out! At [4:39] JENNIFER DAVIS and STEVE SCHNARR invite everyone to Missouri River Relief's 'Wild and Scenic Film Festival' fundraiser! It all happens this Sunday on the Stephens College campus in Columbia. Watch for details! February 8, 2016

Missouri River Relief

Missouri River Relief is a Columbia-based non-profit that has made a name for itself using volunteers to clean up trash - lots of trash - along the Big Muddy. Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the group an Environmental Education Grant. River relief staff Kristen Schulte and Steve Schnarr discussed plans for the award on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

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Getting messy for a cause.  That's what a couple of hundred or so folks did a couple of months back when they got up early on a Saturday morning and cleaned-up a stretch of the Missouri River near Boonville.

It was one of eight major clean-ups of the Missouri River in 2014 coordinated by the Columbia-based organization Missouri River Relief. 

Missouri River Relief

Some of the volunteers who work with a Columbia organization called Missouri River Relief refer to themselves in a manner that some might find interesting.

"We are kind of a tribe, 30-40 of us.  Crew," said Tim Nigh who is one of the founders of the organization. 

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Have you ever been out on the Missouri River? If so, you know it is big, wide, and muddy. There's also litter in the river. Now, there's a lot less litter thanks to the work of Missouri River Relief. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Melanie Cheney about why a cleaner Missouri River matters (Think drinking water.) Also, hear music from Violet Vonder Haar, who will be performing this Saturday's Boonville River Festival.

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You've probably read the headlines about the drought in California.  It got me to thinking about what many of us probably take for granted, our water supply.