Arts and Culture

From the best dates to take a cruise to the benefits of an airline credit card program, MEL ZELENAK shares just enough travel tips to fit on an index card, and that's a good thing. July 12, 2018

If you've ever wanted to rappel down the side of Columbia's Tiger Hotel for a good cause, now is your chance to be one of the 102 people, including Gary Pinkel, to go "Over the Edge" for Love INC. Guests: JANE WILLIAMS and MIKE DeSANTIS July 11, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, take a trip to a stream or pond near you, and observe the colorful dance of mating dragonflies across the surface of the water.

 

Adult dragonflies have long, slender, often colorful abdomens with robust bodies, large compound eyes, and sometimes spotted patterns on horizontally-outstretched wings.  

 

They don’t start out this way, though.  In mid-summer, watch courting dragonflies fly low over water – often attached to their mates.  In-flight, females deposit eggs along the surface of the water.  

 

Jefferson Farm and Garden

Darren Hellwege talks with Amy Weeks of the Jefferson Farm and Garden, part of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. They discuss the Farm's upcoming Family Fishing Night. 

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Darren Hellwege discusses two events coming soon to the Boone County History and Culture Center in Columbia, a "Meet The Author" event with David James, and a concert with singers Debbie D'Agastino.

Guests: Chris Campbell, Executive Director of Boone County Historical Society

singer Debbie D'Agastino

and author David A. James of "A Birds-Eye View Of Columbia, MO Circa 1869"

The theme for this month's Second Saturday for Kids (at Orr Street Studios in Columbia) is the five Chinese elements. CATHERINE PARKE tells about all the fun things in store for your kiddo(s). Also, the August primary election is right around the corner. If you haven't registered to vote, tomorrow's the deadline! MARILYN McLEOD has information on that and a planned candidate forum at the Columbia Public Library (sponsored by the League of Women Voters). (4:49) July 10, 2018

Like to solve puzzles? Drink beer? If so, Puzzled Pint could be just what you've been looking for! KIM LEON tells us all about this once-a-month activity being played throughout the world. Also, meet the actors behind Shrek, Fiona and Donkey from MU Theatre Department's production of "Shrek the Musical," opening this Thursday on the MU campus! (4:20) July 9, 2018

The July exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery is open and ready for visitors! Be one of the first to see it tonight during the popular 'First Fridays' event in the North Village Arts District. Guest: HANNAH REEVES | Also, Phoenix Health Programs is designating July as "Recovery Means Freedom" month. HEATHER HARLAN says it's human nature to think that if we have to change or give up something that we're losing freedom, but in this situation people very much gain freedom. (4:35) July 6, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

As we head into the middle of summer, keep an eye out in the woods for ripening blackberries.

 

The common blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) grows as a shrub with branches reaching five-feet in height and eight-feet in length and arching high or being supported by surrounding trees or shrubs.  

 

The canes, or branches, grow green to reddish in their first year, and develop broad-based, recurved thorns.  In the canes’ subsequent years of growth, they will turn brown and produce clusters of white flowers from April to June.  

 

Tariffs. ALEX LaBRUNERIE tells us that they're generally viewed as a negative. He says tariffs can be very unpredictable when governments assign them based on politics. So what does it all really mean? Should you be worried? Does any good come out of these political "fights"? We've got some answers that will hopefully put your concerns to rest. July 5, 2018

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Darren Hellwege talks with Jane Whitesides of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra about the continuing Hot Summer Nights music festival.

And we go into the Thinking Out Loud archives for a few moments of a conversation from 2005 with Hugo Vianello. 

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN tells us the story behind patriotic song staples "God Bless America" and "This Land is Your Land," the latter of which he also performs for us on guitar. July 4, 2018

Did you know University of Missouri Extension provides a business counseling service free of charge? SOO KOON LEE is here to tell us more about what the Missouri Small Business and Technology Centers can do for you! Also, The Missouri Symphony's popular Hot Summer Nights series is well underway, but there's still a lot more to go, including a dance party on Ninth Street! Guest: JANE WHITESIDES (4:46) July 3, 2018

Willkommen! Columbia Entertainment Company is kicking off its 40th year with "Cabaret" this September. KATIE HAYS tells us more about that and provides us with a brief overview of the rest of the 2018-2019 season! Also, if you're no longer using helpful household items like a walker, a cane or a shower chair, Services for Independent Living would be glad to take it and give it to someone in need. Guest: SCOUT MERRY (4:10) July 2, 2018

"Outside the warehouse, the air is haphazardly pasted with the orange and black papery wings of a migration that stretches from Canada to Mexico." -- the opening lines of WALTER BARGEN's poem, "Killer Butterfly," from the book, "Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet Once Place at a Time." June 29, 2019

JOAN STACK says if you can't take a vacation to some of the more beautiful places around Missouri this summer, a visit to the State Historical Society of Missouri - and more specifically the exhibit featuring black and white photographs by Dr. Oliver Schuchard - is a nice alternative. June 28, 2018

Stay safe this Fourth of July! Even sparklers can reach temperatures of about 2k-3k degrees. MU Health Care's DR. JONATHAN HEIDT says about half of those injuries from sparklers involve children age 5 and under. Also, director MATT SALTZBERG says MU Theatre Department's production of "Dance on Bones" is more than just a play, it's an experience. Don't miss this "theatre jazz odyssey" during its short run starting tonight! (4:27) June 27, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

  This week on Discover Nature, watch – and listen – for the northern cricket frog.  

 

Commonly seen along the edges of ponds and streams, especially on mud flats and gravel bars, scientists are monitoring Missouri populations due to rapid declines in other states. 

 

The northern cricket frog can appear in a variety of colors from gray to tan to greenish-tan or brown, with a white belly. 

 

Their metallic calls resemble the sound of small pebbles being rapidly struck together. 

 

Local author NEAL FANDEK tells us about his new book, a thriller set in Missouri, titled "Peter Pike and the Murderous Mormons." June 26, 2018 

MU grad student ZEKE ELKINS wants to teach you about fruit flies; and MICHAEL VIERLING wants to teach you about epigenetics; and both want to do it over a beer at the next Science on Tap CoMo event this Wednesday night at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Also, CASSIDY URIE, Youth Volunteer Corps Columbia, is looking for about ten youths, ages 11-18, to donate one week of their summer vacation to help improve Rock Bridge State Park and/or repackage food at the Food Bank. (5:51) June 25, 2018

Fresh off a trip to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA are here to perform "I Drew My Ship." [2:43] See them in concert next Saturday night in Alma, Missouri. (They're on right before the fireworks!) June 22, 2018

"We're one year since the President of the United States pulled out of the Paris climate accord, and our city joined over 400 other cities to say, 'nope, we're still in, we're still gonna work on climate action in our community because we know of what the difference can make." -- BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, City of Columbia. June 21, 2018

A green, black, and yellow sweat bee hovers over the spiked, orange center of a purple coneflower.
Missouri Department of Conservation

 From tiny ants to bats, birds, bees, and butterflies, we depend on pollinators to produce our food, and protect biodiversity. This week on discover nature, we celebrate national pollinator week. 

 

At least 450 species of bees are native to Missouri. They’re considered the most efficient pollinators – even better than honeybees. For instance, one blueberry bee can visit 50,000 flowers in its short lifetime, resulting in the production of 6,000 blueberries. 

 

MU Theatre Department

Darren Hellwege previews the 2018 Summer Rep from MU Theatre with Dave White, the Playwright-In-Residence this summer who wrote "Dance On Bones" and Joy Powell, who will direct "Shrek: The Musical" 

Dance On Bones will be performed June 27-July 1, Shrek: The Musical runs July 12-22.

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Heartworms. It's not pretty, but it is preventable. DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU's Veterinary Health Center, is here with advice on what to do should your furry friend get infected. Also, TIM THOMAS invites everyone to a night of improv at Talking Horse Productions. If you're a fan of the tv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway," you're sure to enjoy "Off the Cuff." (4:34) June 20, 2018

"The Tempest" director Nathan O'Neill has turned Shakespeare's classic comedy into a musical. According to assistant director DANA BOCKE, "the lyrics are written - they're in the script - it's just most people don't go through the trouble of actually making it music." See it for yourself starting this Thursday at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia! Additional Guest: SARAH JOST | Also, Boone County Clerk TAYLOR BURKS encourages all high school students to get involved in local politics by way of a 'Youth Election Program'. (4:06) June 19, 2018

Be My Eyes is an app for your smartphone that assists blind people who need a "micro-act of volunteerism." GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, demonstrates that and another one called Aira. June 18, 2018

"Now some folks say there is that special bond between father and daughter, and I think I can testify to that. When my wife and I heard that we were about to have our second child...it was news of both joy and some anxiety." -- the opening lines of LARRY BROWN's true Father's Day story. June 15, 2018

The Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College is getting ready to wrap up their season, but not before putting on the big Broadway blowout spectacular, "Song and Dance: An Evening of Musical Theatre," this Monday at the Macklanburg Playhouse. Enjoy a handful of songs from 'Dames At Sea', 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Beehive: The Musical'. Guest: TRENT RASH | Also, Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG tells us about care consultant option for those living with the disease and their family. (4:00) June 14, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch for water snakes basking near water… 

 

Missouri’s semi-aquatic snakes include the most prolific, Northern water snake, the diamond-backed water snake, yellow-bellied water snake, broad-banded water snake, and graham’s crayfish snake. 

 

Western mud snakes and Mississippi green water snakes are found only in the Southeast corner of the state, and the latter is an endangered species of conservation concern. 

 

While all of these snakes may bite in defense, if cornered, they are all non-venomous.  

 

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