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Talking Politics - Anthony Weiner Documentary

Mar 1, 2016
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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. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When directors Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman heard that former New York congressman Anthony Weiner was planning to run for mayor of New York City, they saw it as an opportunity to create a documentary with the classic theme of “redemption.” Weiner was looking to rebuild his reputation after a sex scandal had forced him to resign from Congress two years earlier.

What no one, not even Steinberg or Kriegman, would have guessed was that in the middle of this comeback story, a second sex scandal would break and that their film “Weiner” would end up documenting the collapse of Weiner’s political aspirations once again.

I spoke with Sternberg and Kriegman on their film and how they were able to get Anthony Weiner to be so candid.


Former Missouri Lobbyist Accused of Sexual Harassment

Feb 25, 2016
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 A judge has issued a restraining order blocking a former lobbyist accused of sexually harassing interns and employees from coming within 1,000 feet of the Missouri Capitol.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company won’t comply with an FBI request to remove certain security features from its iPhone, allowing law enforcement access to encrypted data. He’s got support from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Google and WhatsApp. But, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Apple should cooperate. Also, a damning report about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, why SB Nation pulled its profile of convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw, and the remembering author Harper Lee. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company won’t comply with an FBI request to remove certain security features from its iPhone, allowing law enforcement access to encrypted data. He’s got support from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Google and WhatsApp. But, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Apple should cooperate.

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A newly filed piece of legislation that would protect the first amendment rights of student journalists in Missouri public schools and colleges is making its way through the State House. Abby Kempf is a senior at Rock Bridge high school, and one of the editors-in-chief of the school’s journalism program.


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Business, labor and civil rights groups are opposing a bill that would require all Missouri employers to use a federal program checking employees' authorization to legally work in the U.S.

Bill sponsor Rep. Rick Brattin told a House panel Monday that mandating participation in the E-Verify system is a quick and cheap way to ensure employers follow immigration laws. His bill would establish a three-strike system in which a business would lose its license the third time it hires someone unauthorized to work in the country.

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she has breast cancer.

The Democratic senator said in a blog post Monday that the cancer was detected through a regular mammogram and she will be in St. Louis for the next three weeks receiving treatment. She said "it's a little scary" but her prognosis is good and she expects a full recovery.

 A group of Columbia residents are putting together a petition to recall Fifth Ward Councilmember Laura Nauser.  

Missouri Senate Strips One-Year Lobbying Ban For Lawmakers

Feb 18, 2016
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 Missouri senators have stripped a one-year ban on lobbying from a bill that's part of an effort to repair public trust in government.

MU Communications Professor Melissa Click broke her silence, telling her story to several local media outlets. But, her attempt to repair her image faced a new challenge Saturday, when the Columbia Missourian published video from the Homecoming parade. Also, how the media covered the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, journalists making and accepting donations and some potentially revolutionary organizational changes coming to the BBC. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

MU Communications Professor Melissa Click broke her silence, telling her story to several local media outlets. But, her attempt to repair her image faced a new challenge Saturday, when the Columbia Missourian published video from the Homecoming parade.

Talking Politics- Ribbon Clerks Commentary

Feb 16, 2016
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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. On this week’s show Dr. Terry Smith, KBIA’s regular political commentator and a political science professor at Columbia College is back in the studio with a commentary on what the term “ribbon clerks” means in the political arena. 

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 The City of Columbia Mayor's Task Force met Wednesday Afternoon to discuss the city's infrastructure.  No decisions were made but City Councilman Ian Thomas made a presentation about the city’s integrated management plan specifically looking at the possible need for an increase in the city’s development fee

House Approves More Lawmaker Control of Missouri Capitol

Feb 11, 2016
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 Missouri lawmakers have voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security.

The House passed two bills Thursday that would create a commission to supervise the Capitol building and its police, security protocols and parking, as well as the adjacent government buildings. Those areas are currently under the supervision of the Office of Administration and the Department of Public Safety.

As the Zika virus moves north, journalists across America struggle to tell the story and raise awareness without feeding into the culture of fear. One in five people will contract it, yet few will become sick enough to ever see a doctor. So, why are we talking about the safety of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Also, University of Kansas students sue over funding cuts at the University Daily Kansan, why editors at The Bustle are asking new employees deeply personal questions and an update from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Debra Mason: Views of the News.


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As the Zika virus moves north, journalists across America struggle to tell the story and raise awareness without feeding into the culture of fear. One in five people will contract it, yet few will become sick enough to ever see a doctor. So, why are we talking about the safety of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?

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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. Last week, the University of Missouri began its 18 month lecture series it’s calling The African American Experience in Missouri.


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Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the Senate floor.

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A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a program that would track prescription drugs and let doctors and pharmacists know when similar prescriptions for potentially addictive drugs have been filled.

The Iowa caucuses are over, and the nation’s attention turns to New Hampshire. What does Monday’s win mean for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio? And, how might a tight race on the Democratic side change the narrative? Also, a look at the coverage of the Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis, an Ohio judge sanctions an attorney for talking to the press, and a Connecticut newspaper shuts down its newsroom – but is still in daily production. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Tim Vos: Views of the News.

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The Iowa caucuses are over, and the nation’s attention turns to New Hampshire. What does Monday’s win mean for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio? And, how might a tight race on the Democratic side change the narrative?

Nick Baumann, Huffington Post: “Don’t let the media and Marco Rubio tell you he ‘won’ by finishing third in Iowa

Talking Politics - Analogy on Presidential Politics

Feb 2, 2016
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Welcome to Talking Politics, KBIA’s Weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. Today Terry Smith, a Columbia College political science professor and regular political commentator for KBIA, returns to the show for a commentary about an analogy he sees between a childhood passion of his and today’s presidential politics. The transcription of Terry Smith's commentary is below.


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Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion in student debt, according to the Federal Reserve.

While much of this debt is owed to the federal government or private companies, State Representative Kip Kendrick (Columbia-D) said he has spent the last six months trying to figure out what can be done on the state level to provide Missouri borrowers with relief.

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Today the University of Missouri Interim Chancellor, Hank Foley, delivered the annual state of the university address. Foley announced an increase in regarding graduate student stipends.   

 “Beginning in July, July 1, 2016, our minimum stipend will rise by three thousand dollars a year to 15 thousand dollars,” Foley said.

He said the stipend that graduate students currently receive is well below the average of other higher learning institutions.

Missouri Senate discussing concealed weapons on college campuses

Jan 27, 2016
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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have begun discussing whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

A Senate committee began hearing testimony Wednesday on a bill that would only allow campuses to ban concealed weapons if the school posts armed guards and metal detectors at every entrance to every campus building.

Other bills in the House and Senate would also expand access to guns on campuses.

Will a judge buy it? A man convicted of threatening a California Islamic advocacy group claims binge-watching Fox News for a week following the Charlie Hebdo attacks made him do it. Also, the power of political polling, Bloomberg covering Bloomberg. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Debra Mason: Views of the News.

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Will a judge buy it? A man convicted of threatening a California Islamic advocacy group claims binge-watching Fox News for a week following the Charlie Hebdo attacks made him do it.

Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post: “Did binge-watching Fox News inspire this man to threaten Muslims?

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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. On this week's Talking Politics, KBIA’s Sara Shahriari speaks with Missouri Senate President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, and got his take on some of the Missouri legislature’s most pressing issues. 

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would add requirements for expert witnesses' testimony.

Senators voted 20-10 in favor of the bill Thursday. It now heads to the House.

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Voters would need to show photo identification at the polls under a measure passed by the Missouri House.

House members voted 114-39 in favor of the bill Thursday. The vote fell along party lines.

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