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Travis McMillen

Video Producer

TRAVIS McMILLEN is the video producer for the Futures Lab, located on the lower level of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. As video producer, McMillen directs and produces regular and occasional programming from RJI’s own production studio, including KBIA-FM’s Views of the News, Global Journalist and Radio Friends with Paul Pepper. He is a Columbia native who started working at KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate, at the age of 16. At 18 McMillen became the audio operator for Pepper and Friends, a community variety and talk show that aired on KOMU for 27 years. It was a position he held for almost 10 years. Aside from audio, McMillen’s duties on the show included field segment videographer and editor and, from 2001-2007, primary fill-in director. McMillen also directed KOMU’s daily two-hour morning newscast from 2001-2008. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met at KOMU. She currently produces the CW News at Nine for the station. They have three boys.

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Did you know that the entire Mizzou campus is actually a botanic garden? See it for yourself, along with four special guests from the University of Georgia, on September 23rd during a symposium titled "Georgia Champions of Landscape Gardening and their Published Passions for Plants." Guest: PETE MILLIER | Also, this is a big week for our local United Way because Saturday marks the beginning of the 2018 Campaign Kickoff and Day of Caring. ANDREW GRABAU says this campaign is raising funds to help support 54 local non-profit agencies. (3:58) September 4, 2018

"This is a ballad, and it's appropriate to Labor Day. It's a classic ballad about human beings versus machine power. And the origins of the song go back to the 1870s (post-Civil War reconstruction period), but I think it's a song about today, given that often the economic struggles we have is between whether a machine or computer should do it, or a human being." -- Larry Brown on 'The Ballad of John Henry', which he performs at 1:38. September 3, 2018

MARIA TREVOR takes us into the weekend with more of her beautiful harp music. She performs three times: 2:25, 4:10 and 7:46. See Maria in-person during 'Harp and Healing' on the first Tuesday of every month at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. August 31, 2018

The Boone County Hams lend their a cappella vocal stylings to the Disney classic, "A Whole New World," (1:50) and "Seven Bridges Road" by The Eagles. (5:35) August 30, 2018

The tributes and remembrances of Sen. John McCain continue to flow. His relationship with the media wasn’t always friendly, but it was one of cooperation and mutual respect. We’ll remember him on this week’s program. Also, are the Google News search results rigged against President Trump? Why he seems to think so. And, the Kansas City Star’s new subscription model. Get ready sports fans, this one’s for you!  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

If you own rental property in Columbia (and apparently that's like, half of you), you're eligible for rebates and cost-share programs provided by and/or sponsored by the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability. BARBARA BUFFALOE tells us how investing in the energy efficiency of your property now will pay for itself in the years to come. August 29, 2018

Extra weight may affect the heart's normal operation, but DR. ANAND CHOCKLINGAM, MU Health Care, says that shedding those unwanted pounds by simply dieting isn't the answer. August 28, 2018

Columbia's Voluntary Action Center is looking for sponsors, participants and volunteers for its annual Holiday Program, kicking off next week. This is a great way to help give families and individuals who qualify a prosperous holiday season. KATE KING and CHRISTY LOWE tell us that signing up is easy! Also, CHRIS HEESE and CURT WOHLEBER invite everyone to grab their deerstalker and help solve the mystery behind Maplewood Barn Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club," opening this Thursday! (5:25) August 27, 2018

All ten of Thomas Hart Benton's WWII-themed paintings have finally come home, and the State Historical Society of Missouri is wasting no time putting them on display for everyone to see. JOAN STACK has brought three of them with her, and helps interpret the meaning behind each one. August 24, 2018

How does one trillion dollars size up around the world? ALEX LaBRUNERIE put things into perspective as Apple becomes the first company anywhere to reach that historic number. August 23, 2018

Why did a Florida judge came down hard on the South Florida Sun Sentinel for publishing information it published about the Parkland school shooter that it obtained legally? Also, President Trump’s reaction and the coverage of breaking news that came in threes, how a congressional candidate justified keeping reporters out of a meeting she opened to the public and ESPN’s effort to repair its relationship with the NFL. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


The decision to have bariatric surgery should be based on reasons beyond that of just wanting to look good. "The reason you would undergo an operation...is because it helps people be healthier." Guest: DR. ANDREW WHEELER, MU Health Care | Also, HEATHER HARLAN invites everyone to Phoenix Health Programs' "Recovery Ride and Show" fundraiser September 8th in Columbia! (4:00) August 22, 2018

Carpet One of Columbia's SCOTT BRADLEY introduces us to carpet made from recycled material, that can in turn be recycled when you're ready for a new look. Very eco-friendly! Also, registration for the 2018-2019 Missouri Symphony Conservatory is now open! SARAH WILLIAMS invites all young musicians with a passion to play to come audition later this month. (4:34) August 21, 2018

Literacy Action Corps is looking for native english speakers to help tutor adults who may be illiterate, non-english speaking or maybe in need of their high school degree. Interested? Tutor training classes throughout September and October. Guest: LESLIE CLAY | Also, JOE GEIST and BUTCH MURPHY take us on a virtual tour of what you can expect to see when you visit the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art in Fayette. "Come see the horses!" (4:40) August 20, 2018

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN planned on reading two of his poems about the migratory bird population in North America, but his own personal story of migration -- that is, a recent trip abroad with his family on a flight full of rowdy elementary school-aged children -- was too good not to tell. August 17, 2018

JACK WAX and JENNIFER ERICKSON invite everyone to "Engaging in Aging," Osher@Mizzou's free workshop and resource fair on August 25th in Columbia. Two and a half hours is all it'll take to add new meaning to your life! Also, TRACY EICHORN is looking for artists and sponsors to take part in Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance's first plein air painting event this October in Ashland. Participation is limited to the first 30 artists, so sign up today! (4:51) August 16, 2018

Who is unhinged? It’s the title of Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new book and it’s got just about everyone – including the president – talking. We’ll talk about how the hype built up through the week and why it’s not really selling. Also, covering the white nationalist movement without fanning the flames, how Twitter will define “dehumanizing speech,” and a unified effort nationwide to publish editorials fighting the Trump administration’s claims of “fake news.” From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

Hypothetically speaking, say you want to open a donut shop on Highway 63 and you're curious about the traffic in that area and how it might affect your business. SOO KOON LEE says that's where the Small Business & Technology Development Center can help...for free! Also, CONNIE SHAY invites everyone to the 16th annual Fall Folk Festival this Labor Day at the Boone's Lick State Historical Site in Howard County. (3:58) August 15, 2018

LOUISE SARVER tells us that every entry in the Columbia Art League's fall show 'Arcana' will reflect each respective artists' interpretation of a card they pulled from a tarot deck earlier this year. Opening reception is August 31st! Also, TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites all children in grades 3-12 to an "audition workshop" August 25th for their upcoming production of Mary Poppins Jr.! (3:25) August 14, 2018

The deadline to raise money for Love INC and go "over the edge" of the iconic nine-story Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia is fast approaching! $1,000 is all it takes to rappel down from 144 feet up. Think you have the guts? If I can do it, anybody can -- but will I?! Guests: MIKE DeSANTIS and GREG DeLINE August 13, 2018

Cradle to Career Alliance is a non-profit that brings together community members to help determine a solution to certain educational disparities in Boone County. Guest: DR. CRYSTAL KRONER August 10, 2018

Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' KATIE SHELTON and LAURA MAKAREWICZ share tips on how to stay hydrated during these hot summer days. Prevention is key! | Also, JOHN and JENNIFER WAMPLER recently lost their 10 year-old daughter Elizabeth to cancer. As a means of honoring her memory, the Lizzy's Walk of Faith Foundation is hosting a walk/run September 15th in Columbia. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude's. (4:26) August 9, 2018

After a surprise announcement, Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON talks about their latest show, "Ripcord," opening this Friday and running for two weekends! | Also, KARLA WASHINGTON invites anyone "caring for an aging loved one" to MU Health Care's 2nd annual Family Caregiver Conference on August 16th in Columbia. (3:58) August 8, 2018

A green ogre with a Scottish accent (ADAM SHIELDS), a talking donkey (ALEX ARMSTRONG) and a co-director (LAURA VEDENHAUPT) walk into a studio... The result? A quick plug for Capital City Productions' "Shrek the Musical," opening this Thursday in Jefferson City! | Also, MARILYN McLOED talks about today's primary election, and the League of Women Voters' plans for November's general election. (4:39) August 7, 2018

LARRY BROWN tells us the story of Sadako Sasaki, who you might remember survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. After being diagnosed with leukemia (due to fallout from the bombing's radiation), she went on to create almost a thousand paper cranes based on the Japanese legend that upon doing so you would be granted one wish. Her one wish was to live. August 6, 2018

Mary Poppins herself (KARIN SCHATTE) invites you to The Little Theatre of Jefferson City's production of, well, "Mary Poppins," opening next Wednesday on the stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center. Guests: JOHN WELLS and MAGGIE EGGEN | Also, Resident Arts founder MADELEINE LeMIEUX encourages anyone who knows how to hold a paint brush to come and help create a mural that will highlight the importance of science. (5:00) August 3, 2018

Fayette plays host to a number of events this Saturday that you won't want to miss! JIM STEELE tells us about the 10th annual Fayette Festival of the Arts, and ELISHA WELLS tells us about the 'wine and spirits walk', a fundraiser for the Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT). August 2, 2018

KELLY SMITH wants to see you at the 43rd annual Missouri River Festival of the Arts, happening later this month at the historic Thespian Hall in Boonville. Come for the music, stay for the festivities! | Also, DAVE LINEBERRY and his team at the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy are working hard at preserving "the music and artistic heritage of the Missouri River region." Find out how you can get involved! (3:30) August 1, 2018

WALLY PFEFFER introduces us to future Mizzou freshman REBECCA SHYU and MADALYN OWENS. They are two of five winners of the Boone County Chapter of the MU Alumni Association's annual scholarship prize. July 31, 2018

Being a caregiver for someone suffering from memory loss can be quite stressful. Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG says, "you have to be careful not to sacrifice your health." July 30, 2018

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