Women

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEFF MORAN about the new name for the P.E.T. Mobility Project, now known as Mobility Worldwide. Why the change and what effect will it have on their mission to deliver personal transportation devices to leg-disabled people in developing nations? Not all that much, actually (but let Jeff tell you that). At [4:20] MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, reminds us that it isn't too late to register to vote before November's election! Also, mark your calendar for two candidate forums this month; this first one happens tomorrow evening - watch for details! October 10, 2016

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MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital opened its new Women’s Imaging Center today. The Imaging Center is now the second center in Columbia that will have both screening and diagnostic services for women.

MU Health Care staff celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lobby of the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The center will provide services such as 2-D/3-D screening mammographies, diagnostic bone densitometry and ultra sound-guided biopsy. Previously, all of these services were located in different parts of the hospital but now they are in one location.

Megha Garg, an associate professor of radiology at the MU School of Medicine, said the consolidation of all those services into one location is one of the biggest benefits of the imaging center.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about two programs coming up this month. The first - in honor of Constitution Day - is called, "Will They Count Your Vote?"; the second is the monthly 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. You'll see two short films about voting, including "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." Watch for details! At [3:43] GLOVER BROWN and TODD SPALDING are here with more about the Lafayette Street and the Historic Foot District Memorial Project. Todd serves at the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in Jefferson City, and has a plan to redevelop the area as a park next spring - find out more! September 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAIME FREIDRICHS, Director of the Missouri Women's Business Center. MOWBC is a brand new program of Central Missouri Community Action that aims to relieve some of the stress and unknowns that women (and men) encounter when opening their own business. At [3:27] BECCA PAMPERL invites everyone to the 2016 Out of the Darkness Walk October 9th at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. Last year, over $18,000 was raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and like last year, this year's funds will go towards the goal of raising awareness to the over 1,000 suicides per year in Missouri alone (43,000 nationwide). September 8, 2016

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Women's rights and opportunities have improved in Afghanistan over the past 15 years after the ouster of the Taliban.

They're no longer required to wear the burqa and are again allowed to attend school and leave the house without a male relative.

But as several recent incidents have highlighted, women in the country still face high levels of violence – including honor killings, forced marriages and and imprisonment for fleeing their husbands.

On this edition of Global Journalist, our panel examines the challenges and opportunities for women in Afghanistan. In addition, a bestselling author discusses the longstanding practice of families without sons dressing and raising their daughters as boys, a phenomenon known as "bacha posh."


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Growing up on a family farm in West Bend, Iowa, Haley Banwart and her brother were like other farm kids. They did chores, participated in 4-H, and even raised cattle together.

“My brother and I have had the same amount of responsibilities. I can drive a tractor, I can bale square hay,” Banwart says. “But it was just expected that my brother would return home.”

She says they never discussed it, she just accepted that she’d find a different path.

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, want to make sure you're registered to vote in the November election! If you're not  - and you know who you are - don't let October 12th come and go. Thankfully, the League is here to help - watch! At [4:22] actress NATALIE WITTENBERGER and costumer MARIA BISH invite everyone to come see "The Little Mermaid" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City beginning this Thursday. If you've seen the Disney adaptation, you'll enjoy the same energy and fun watching the stage production with real actors! August 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about the upcoming August primary. Not up to speed on the candidates or the issues? Don't worry, the League has you covered with two upcoming forums! Watch for details. At [4:30] DAVE WHITE invites everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of "Greater Tuna," running in rep at the Corner Playhouse until July 22nd. This hilarious, two-man, 20+ characters show is an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss! July 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a benefit performance of "The Music Man," happening this Wednesday at Columbia Entertainment Company. Come for the "super-super refreshments," stay for what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing performance! At [4:11] director JOSH KIRBY and actress BRIDGET HUSSEY (in character as Mrs. Chauvenet) invite everyone to see Fayette Area Community Theatre's production of "Harvey." Do you see him? You just might this weekend at Central Methodist University! June 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "turbo" voting. If you're a college student attending, say, the University of Missouri, and you're from out of town, this is a great way to stay up-to-date and vote on the local elections in your hometown. Watch for details! At [4:42] Resident Arts founder and director, MADELEINE LeMIEUX, tells us about the many layers of her unique organization. If you're an early or advanced artist looking to further your career, this could be the place for you! May 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn,' with special guest Lorenzo Lawson! Plus, everyone's invited to reminisce at LWV's annual meeting next week featuring longtime Columbia resident Barbara Horrell! At [4:25] PHIL STEINHAUS, CEO of Columbia Housing Authority, talks about Patriot Place. Residents moved in a week ago - find out how it's going and what's next! April 18, 2016

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Garrett Bullock’s basement bedroom in his Columbia home is a video gamer’s paradise.

 

Two computer screens rest on a sleek black desk. A big, flat screen TV is mounted on the wall above one of the monitors. Along the wall, dozens of video game cases are meticulously lined up.

 

It’s the kind of place where someone could reasonably play video games for an entire day, which is convenient for Bullock, the president of the Columbia Extra Life Guild.

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In stories about premature birth and premature babies you might have heard the term NICU? But what exactly is a NICU and what goes on there?

To find out, KBIA visited the NICU, or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital here in Columbia.


Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about their busy March schedule! It all starts with tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia; plus, it's Election Day! What's on the ballot? And what about that confusing roll cart language? Liz has the answers - watch! At [3:54] Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY continues his sustainable flooring-themed visits with "the greenest of the green." How about this one: strand-woven bamboo infused with cork. Check it out! March 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invite everyone to a couple of events in the near future, including: a town hall this Thursday at the Columbia Public Library and a 'Lunch and Learn' about the Affordable Care Act February 16. (Remember to register by February 17 in order to vote March 15!) At [4:53] "A Chorus Line" director MAGGIE HUNTER tells us what goes into preparing such an iconic show, which opens February 11 at Columbia Entertainment Company! February 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a couple of events during this (already!) busy election year: the first is TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. The topic will be Missouri's Clean Power Plan; the second is Thursday, January 21, and the topic will be money and politics. Watch for details! At [5:16] MARK OHRENBERG and CYNTHIA FLOYD, Youth Advocates at Services for Independent Living, tell us about the programs offered at SIL for people with and without disabilities. January 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CASSIE McCLELLAN, Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Columbia, about all the ways you can enjoy the tastes of the holidays without busting your gut. (Hint: don't skip the fruit and veggie tray!) At [4:57] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, returns with a whole host of events that will jump-start a busy 2016. Don't miss the list! December 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about what goes into pulling off the Women's Symphony League's annual Holiday Home Tour: How do they choose the homes? Are the homeowners present? And what about those booties? Watch for answers to all your burning questions before this weekend's tour! At [4:17] BARB GREEN and BILL GLEASON invite everyone to Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico, Mo. to see "Mary Poppins." Find out what went into putting on such a 'challenging' play! December 2, 2015

  MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital gives expectant mothers more options for delivery with a new low-intervention birthing program. Wednesday morning the hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony for new birthing rooms, becoming the first in mid-Missouri to offer low-intervention options.

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  On this week's Intersection, the focus is on women and film. Did you know that just a small percentage of the movies you see in theaters are directed by women? Today on Intersection, we’re talking about why with Kerri Yost, the Director of Programming for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, which comes to Columbia each year to highlight movies directed by women. We also talk with director Mo Scarpelli, an MU grad whose film Frame by Frame was shown at this year’s festival in October. 

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about this Saturday's Founder's Day luncheon at Jack's Gourmet in Columbia (tickets are still available)! Liz shares details about the featured speaker and teases who will walk away with the Citizen of the Year award - watch! At [3:52] CARYL BRYAN and DAVID WEBER tells us about "A Night at the Shelter," a play written by David about life at Columbia's "Room at the Inn" homeless shelter. Hear how it came together and where you can see it! November 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with dramaturge and actress, JENNY PARDOE, about "Want's Unwisht Work," the latest production from MU's Department of Theatre. Directed by David Crespy, this adaptation from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" will keep you laughing until the end. At [4:00] CINDY MUSTARD and NANCY GRIGGS invite everyone to the Women's Symphony League Holiday Home Tour luncheon November 14th. Come for the entertainment and fashion show, stay for the cupcakes! November 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. COURTNEY BARNES about the new Low Intervention Birth Program at MU Women's and Children's Hospital. "It's going to be really great for our community." Find out how it came about and when you can tour the rooms! At [4:13] JEFF and BARBARA MORAN explain "The Sewing Machine Project." If your sewing machine is in the corner collecting dust, donate it and you could be helping women in third-world countries. No sewing machine but want to help? Makes plans to attend a benefit concert at Talking Horse Productions this Friday - watch! October 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about what's sure to be a "riotous evening," October 20th in the 'Friends Room' at the Columbia Public Library. Come to hear a conversation about GMOs featuring experts from all sides from the University of Missouri. At [4:48] ROSE VOMUND invites everyone to the Parkade Plaza Event Center this Friday for the 25th annual Mature Living Festival, hosted by yours truly! October 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about "In Touch with Nature." Lincoln University's upcoming 'field day' aims to promote, educate and introduce everyone to native plants you can grow and eat. Tours, food samples, a petting zoo and more! At [4:48] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invites everyone to the Boone County Government Center TONIGHT for a conversation about amending the Constitution. The University of Missouri's Dr. Justin Dyer will be there to talk both pros and cons. Don't miss it! September 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, discuss September's Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE) conference in Columbia. Don't miss this "unique opportunity to learn, share and network!" At [4:13] LIZ SCHMIDT tells us what's happening with the election on August 4th - there is one item on the ballot and every vote counts! Watch our interview for details. July 30, 2015

Every Mother Counts

Every two minutes a woman somewhere in the world dies giving life.

Ninety-nine percent of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth occur in the developing world.

The good news is that in most countries the rate of maternal mortality has been going down. The bad news is that in eight countries the rate is going up.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes first-time guest, Ashley Waters, Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis District Dairy Council. Ashley tells us about "June Dairy Month." Did you know there are about 89,000 cows in the state of Missouri? At [4:23] LIZ SCHMIDT is here to invite everyone to a special fundraiser event June 10th at Columbia Entertainment Company (show included!). June 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. VIKAS GUPTA about University Hospital's Level 1 Stroke Center status - what does that mean for the people of Central Missouri? At [4:21] LIZ SCHMIDT returns with details about an event to raise awareness of mental health in children. It's all courtesy of a donation that allows the League of Women Voters help educate the community! May 11, 2015

For most college students May is a happy month: the senior class graduates and summer vacation beckons. But at Sweet Briar College, a women's college in western Virginia, there's little celebration this spring.

The board of directors says declining enrollment leaves them no choice: Classes ended this week for the year and forever.

Walking through Sweet Briar's campus feels a bit like stepping into a 19th century romance novel — lush green hills, chanting cicadas and colorful chirping birds. But this spring, an air of sadness sours the humid southern air.

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