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Seg. 1: UM President Choi | Seg. 2: Columnist David Brooks

Segment 1: UM System President Mun Choi speaks to the impact of enrollment, funding and a new health initiative across campuses.

The University of Missouri System recently launched a new health initiative, which President Choi says is "the most important and the largest project in the history of the UM System." President Choi says university enrollment is steady right now, and that the Columbia campus has recovered from the tumult of 2015. He does note, however, that state funding this year is the same as it was 1998, even though there are 40% more students. 


Segment 2, beginning at 23:35: David Brooks shares insight to his newest book and his unique writing process.

David Brooks' newest book aims to teach its readers how to lead a moral life. He tells us about his journey to becoming a news and opinion writer. When writing his New York Times op-ed column, Brooks lays all his research in piles on the floor. "The writing process is not typing on the keyboard. It's crawling around the living room organizing my piles," he says.  

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Jamie Hobbs hails from Southeastern Missouri, and is a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism. She is also studying Spanish. She specializes in reporting stories on the environment and human rights.