Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud: Alexander Heffner

Mar 14, 2018
The Open Mind, WNET

Darren Hellwege talks with Alexander Heffner, host of the PBS program "The Open Mind." Heffner will be a guest on the Mizzou campus March 20th speaking on "Civil discourse in an Uncivil Age," the event hosted by the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy. 

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Thinking Out Loud: Farm Your Yard Growing Herbs

Mar 5, 2018
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Spring is almost here! On this month's "Farm Your Yard," Carrie Hargrove talks about how you can enjoy your gardening, and add flavor to your diet, by planting herbs. And she has tips for growing oregano, chives, and many other delicious herbs. 

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Thinking Out Loud: Kickball Fundraiser For Veterans

Mar 5, 2018
Mid-Missouri Kickball website

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Louis Nieman of Mid-Missouri Kickball. The league, which starts play in April, is sponsoring a tournament this weekend. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Welcome Home, which helps homeless U.S. military veterans find help. 

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Columbia Public Schools

Darren talks with Kris Detmer and Karla Yung, educators at Columbia's New Haven Elementary School, about the project to obtain funding for a new playground at the school.

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KBIA's Darren Hellwege discusses the new book, La Conversation Fracturee: Concepts of Race in America with author Dr. Clanton Dawson.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

Head to the Eastern end of Columbia's Business Loop 70 and you'll find Patriot Place. The Columbia Housing Authority-owned apartments house U.S. veterans who have struggled to maintain their housing. At the back of the property lies a garden.

An ambitious, new program aims to reduce to zero the number of serious injuries and deaths on Columbia's transportation system. In advance of a series of town hall meetings, Lawrence Simonson and Heather Cole were guests on Thinking Out Loud. They explored the potential of and the process behind Vision Zero,  a resolution adopted in December 2016 by the Columbia City Council.

Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist Junot Diaz speaks in Columbia Monday night. His visit is part of the annual University of Missouri celebration of Martin Luther King, jr. The event's co-chairs Dr. Stephanie Shonekan and Brian Booton were guests on last week's Thinking Out Loud. They offered a preview of the lecture and explained why bringing Diaz, a Dominican native, to campus now made sense.

Jim Gossage

Before he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson grew up in Southwest Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Dr. David Crespy. The University Press recently published MU Department of Theater professor Crespy's collection of Wilson's early works. Crespy explained why Wilson donated his papers to MU Ellis Libraries' Special Collections. He also detailed what life was like for the young playwright Wilson and read excerpts from the new collection, Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

What if you had no way to get around town? Life would be quite different without a clear path for how to get to your workplace, meet shopping needs and even to socialize.

On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, we looked at a new Columbia program that puts bicycles under those most in need of transportation. We hear from a trio of people who each have a unique take on Bike to the Future.

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A recent episode of Thinking Out Loud featured a pair of previews of upcoming holiday performances in Mid-Missouri. We look ahead to Jefferson City's Southside Philharmonic Orchestra's weekend performances of the Nutcracker and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre's ongoing staging of A Christmas Carol.

Rodale's Organic Life

A few weeks ago I was poking around in out what I call the “back 40” of my garden. This is the part of my garden, for better or worse, where I kinda just plant something and then forget about it for the rest of the year.

Kinder Center for Constitutional Democracy

Jay Sexton is a professor of history at the University of Missouri and the Kinder Center chair of Constitutional Democracy. The historian visited with KBIA's Darren Hellwege about the ways history is taught, Sexton's upcoming study abroad trip to Oxford University, and his forthcoming book on the past, present and future of American democracy.

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Much has come from the November 2015 protests here at MU. One upcoming series of discussions on race will occur in a new course that begins in January. A pair of MU faculty who developed the course 'Race and the American Story' were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

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Area businesses are working to be more inclusive of those with disabilities. On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with a local business leader and economic developer at MU about creating meaningful work for those with different abilities.

Penguin Publishing Group

Authors Andrew Carroll and Paul Hockenos are in Columbia in the next week to promote their latest publications. KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with both writers for this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud. 

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I love this time of year: the leaves on the trees are just beginning to change, the nights and mornings are cooler, and my summer vegetable garden is starting to slow down. Lots of non-gardeners think that September is the harvest month. That is true, but if you have an intensively planted garden like I do, May, June, July, and August are also the harvest months.

Dan and Connie Burkhardt were guests of Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud. The Burkhardt's discussed their recent book, Growing Up with the River in advance of their September 19 lecture on the MU campus.

Shane Epping / Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network

Howard Marshall's latest book Fiddler's Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri is a look at Missouri's contributions to the history of bluegrass and fiddle music. KBIA's Darren Hellwege interviewed Marshall for a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Last week, our longtime KBIA colleague Pat Akers retired after 30 years of service to KBIA. Before he cruised off into the sunset, Pat sat down to reflect on the changes he has seen in radio during his KBIA career.

George Caleb Bingham Gallery

A group show currently on display at MU's George Caleb Bingham Gallery draws on works from multiple mediums to address the impact of sexual assault. The show's co-curators - Katina Bitsicas and Lee Ann Woolery - and Melissa Kreider, a photographer featured in 'It Happened', were guests on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

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The Business Loop Community Improvement District, or the Loop CID aims to make a historic commercial artery in Columbia a more inviting place to visit and shop. Funded via a sales tax and voluntary tax among property owners, Loop leaders are planning their future. The Loop CID's Director Carrie Gartner and Board Chair Dave Griggs visited with KBIA's Trevor Harris about their plans for the future of The Loop.

Farm Your Yard: Fertilizing 101

Aug 17, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

I like to preserve what I can of my harvest, which is why I over plant some things, with the idea to enjoy them over the winter months. Tomatoes are pretty high up there on my “I want to eat some now, but I mostly want to eat them later” list. 

MU Deparment of Physics and Astronomy

The total solar eclipse is now less than two weeks away. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talked with Dr. Angela Speck about the science behind the eclipse.

Also on the program, Professor Emeritus of Physics Dr. H.R. Chandrasekhar shares an ancient Hindu explanation for the eclipse.

A new mural is in the works in downtown Columbia. You'd be forgiven if you have not seen it in the works. Madeleine LeMieux and her team of student artists are putting the finishing touches on the opus that is coming into view along the MKT Trail where it passes under Providence Road.

The State Historical Society of Missouri

History nerds are gearing up for the 2019 opening of The Center for Missouri Studies, a new home for The State Historical Society of Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, the society's Senior Associate Director Gerald Hirsch laid out plans for the four-floor, 76,000 square foot center, which will be built between Sixth and Seventh on Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

Farm Your Yard: Planning the Fall Garden

Jul 18, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

It’s the middle of summer and the garden is bumping. It’s hot and I am busy trying to keep everything watered and fighting off the inevitable disease and fungus problems that plague all tomatoes grown in our humid climate.

Angie Bennett

A group of Mid-Missouri veterans recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. They were participants in the Central Missouri Honor Flight #47. The group's vice-president, Steve Paulsell, was recently a guest on Thinking Out Loud. He visited with Darren Hellwege about how the local group recognizes those who served their country.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

It took over two years for word of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach slaves in Texas. Over 150 years, residents of Boonville have annually celebrated the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 executive order that freed America's conscripted blacks.

Sarah Nordin

Opera singers Jonathan Ray and Sarah Nordin are in Columbia for this summer's Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. They were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud in advance of Sunday's Mostly Mozart concert, their final performance in the series.