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Health & Wealth Update
7:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Why rural Missouri is losing doctors

Credit COM SALUD / Flickr

 

Almost 800,000 uninsured Missourians became eligible for coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace earlier this year. As the state continues to consider extending coverage to even more individuals through Medicaid expansion, the need for primary care doctors will increase as well.

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True/False Conversations
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Hunting for mushrooms and myth in 'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga'

Many of this year’s True/False films are set in big cities -- like Cairo, Rome and New York. But several works also focus on rural life, like Jessica Oreck’s 'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga,' which uses animation and stunning scenes of everyday life in Eastern Europe to tell the Slavic fairytale of Baba Yaga.
Credit Courtesy of Jessica Oreck

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

For more than a decade, fans of documentary film have flocked to Columbia, Mo., for the annual True/False Film Fest. The screenings start on Thursday.

Many of this year’s films are set in big cities -- like Cairo, Rome and New York. But several works also focus on rural life. "Rich Hill" follows three teenagers growing up in a small Missouri community south of Kansas City.  Jessica Oreck’s "The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga" uses animation and stunning scenes of everyday village life in Eastern Europe to tell the Slavic fairytale of Baba Yaga. The film is shot in Super 16.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Field Notes: Hunting for mushrooms and myth at True/False

'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga' uses animation and stunning scenes of everyday life in Eastern Europe -- including plenty of mushroom hunting -- to tell the Slavic fairytale of Baba Yaga.
Credit Courtesy of Jessica Oreck

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production. 

For more than a decade, fans of documentary film have flocked to Columbia, Mo., for the annual True/False Film Fest. The screenings start on Thursday.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Federal funds flow to rural communities

Staunton, Ill., Mayor Craig Neuhaus, left, checks out the town’s new water plant with Hank Fey, a public works director
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days. 

But for Staunton’s part-time mayor Craig Neuhaus, the plant represents more than water security. He expects the water system upgrade to help bring business to this town about 40 miles north of St. Louis.  

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Business Beat
5:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Rural Kansas tries to entice businesses; Community rallies to stop fort's job cuts

 Photo 3: Members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Army proposal to remove troops from the fort. Under the proposal, the fort could lose as many of 4,000 of its troops.Edit | Remove

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Business
4:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kansas seeks turning point for rural communities

Kendra Short (center) works with students on a dance number at her studio in Belleville, Kan. Short and her husband Shannon have applied for the Rural Opportunity Zone program in Republic County, and are building a house.
Credit Photo courtesy Rebecca Brown

When the Homestead Act of 1862 made land in the Great Plains virtually free, people rushed in to settle rural Kansas. But 150 years later, the dust has truly settled. Between 2000 and 2010, more than half of Kansas counties declined in population — many by 10 percent or more. 

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Intersection
5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Future prospects for young rural residents

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

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Agriculture
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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Intersection
6:00 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Life as a rural teenager

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

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Under the Microscope
5:53 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Rural doctor shortages and prenatal care

One-year-old Bryce Grawe sleeps in his crib at his family’s home in Macon, Mo. When he was born, doctors in Moberly thought his heart was abnormally large, but doctors in Columbia determined otherwise.
Marie French KBIA

On this week's show, we’ll debunk some myths about forensic science and learn how a rural doctor shortage affects some patients.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Women in rural Missouri face obstacles to prenatal care

Chandra Grawe, 32, of Macon, Mo., hugs her five-year-old daughter Veronica. Grawe had both of her children at a hospital in Moberly, a 30-minute drive from Macon.
Charles Minshew KBIA

There is a shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas and more than half of Missouri counties have no OB-GYN specialists, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KBIA’s Marie French takes us to Macon, where many pregnant women often drive 30 minutes or more to get care. 

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Business Beat
11:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Trying to keep rural towns alive

A small group gets the discussion rolling at the Big Rural Brainstorm in Newton, Kan.
WenDee Rowe LaPlant Kansas Sampler Foundation

This week on the show, people in rural areas are trying to figure out how to keep youth – and jobs – in their areas. Plus, college graduates could have a better opportunity getting a job than graduates have in the past.

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Business Beat
10:56 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Trying to keep rural towns alive

A small group gets the discussion rolling at the Big Rural Brainstorm in Newton, Kan.
WenDee Rowe LaPlant Kansas Sampler Foundation

This week on the show, people in rural areas are trying to figure out how to keep youth – and jobs – in their areas. Plus, college graduates could have a better opportunity getting a job than graduates have in the past.

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Post office workers face uncertain future

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was in the state Monday pressing for a bill salvaging the fledgling postal service.
File KBIA

Missouri senator Claire McCaskill is proposing cost cuts and a new business model to save post offices across the state. 167 rural Missouri post offices are on the chopping block as the U.S. Post Office moves toward more digital post services.

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