12:26 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

‘Sisters in Song’ explores hymns by women: Q-and-A with local author Leslie Clay

The front cover of Leslie Clay’s “Sisters in Song,” which gives a history of women hymn writers. The book is published through Compass Flower Press.

What started as research for a women’s retreat at church has become a book – a first book for local author Leslie Clay.

  In 2008, Clay was on the committee for the women’s retreat at Broadway Christian Church. That year’s theme was music, and Clay offered to play the piano as women arrived. She wanted to play songs written by women, so she started doing some research.

Soon, she had more than two hours’ worth of material to play. But she didn’t stop there.

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1:38 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

A traditional goat slaughter: Sounds and images of Eid

Hassan Yusuf and some of his family chat with farmers near Tebbetts, Mo., as a goat is loaded into the tractor. They were using the goat for a religious tradition.
Ryan Schuessler, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

Viewer and listener discretion: Some of the images below contain blood and show the slaughtering of a goat. The audio includes moments of this, as well, though we've made sure it's not gratuitous.

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7:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Moving on: Joplin Muslim community moves forward after mosque burns to ground

The remains of the Joplin mosque show the extent of the destruction that happened in a fire on Aug. 6, 2012. This photo was taken less than a month after the fire.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

This week, Columbia Faith & Values and its partner sites explored what happens when violence crosses thresholds in churches, synagogues and mosques. You can read the whole series on

The story we bring you today takes us to Joplin. What happens when your worship space burns to the ground, and no one even knows who or what is at fault? How do you go on?

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4:36 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

6 classic Brother Jed rants

Brother Jed in Speaker's Circle.
Credit Kyle Lock /

For about 10 years now, "Brother Jed" Smock has been spreading a hellfire-and-damnation style Christian message in college campuses all around the country.

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9:33 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Medical Conscience' Bill Receives 1st-Round Approval From Mo. House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:55 pm

Updated 12:02 p.m. Edited formatting 12:44 p.m.

Health care workers could refuse to participate in procedures or research that violates their religious, moral or ethical principles under a measure passed by the Missouri House.

The House sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday with a 116-41 vote.

Earlier story:

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3:21 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Westminster College launches lecture series on religion and C.S. Lewis

Cliff Cain is the first to hold the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professorship in Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For some, there's a clear separation of religion from reason, reason from religion.

But that's not the way author C.S. Lewis saw it.

To him, religion and reason went together. That idea was the foundation of a talk on Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton. 

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5:37 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mud and Moonscape: Missouri towns struggle with flood recovery

"It is pure sand dunes," Atchison County Sheriff Dennis Martin said, of Corning, Mo. land still covered with sand a year after surging Missouri River waters receded. "Before the weeds started growing up, it looked like the moon."
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Back in April, Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock headed to Tekamah, Neb., to see how planting was going for farmers on the Missouri River floodplain. The river's surging waters put thousands of farm acres in Nebraska under water last summer, causing more than $100 million in crop losses in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

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AM Newscasts
10:11 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Newscast for Friday, June 22, 2012

Lorri Auer Flickr

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon to address 2013 budget
  • Columbia Police release internal complaint numbers
  • Yahweh's Restoration Ministry to broadcast on national television
8:26 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Bill before Nixon criminalizes disturbing religious services

Nixon needs to sign the legislation before it becomes state law.

Among the 115 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon this year is one that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri.

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AM Newscasts
9:19 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Newscast for March 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • House legislators examine new death penalty rules in Missouri
  • The controversy surrounding failed development of sweetener factory Mamtek in Moberly continues.
  • Senate leaders endorse bill making disturbances of religious worship a crime.
11:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Legislators debate bill punishing unruly behavior near worship centers

Legislation inside of the general assembly would punish unruly behavior near religious centers.

Sparked by past events around the nation, one Missouri senator is trying to make disrupting a house of worship punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a three hundred dollar fine for first time offenders.

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AM Newscasts
11:10 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Newscast for February 21, 2012

Legislation in the Missouri general assembly requires English to be the sole language on driver's exams.
j.stephenconn flickr

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • The UM Curators approve tuition increases.
  • Missouri legislators push law making English the only language on driver's license tests.
  • A law in the general assembly punishing unruly behavior at religious centers.
4:14 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

State senator seeks public funding for religious schools

Missouri state Sen. Scott Rupp is sponsoring legislation to abolish language in the Missouri Constitution that prohibits public funding for religious groups to operate schools.
David Shane Flickr


A Missouri state senator says religious groups should not be barred from receiving state funds to operate their schools.

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4:55 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Religion and the brain

Panelists explained what neuroscience is discovering about spirituality.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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