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Missouri On Mic

Missouri on Mic

Missouri On Mic

Missouri On Mic is an oral history and journalism project collecting stories from Missouri in its 200th year (2021). New episodes air every Monday at 8:45 AM during Morning Edition and 4:45 PM during All Things Considered.

A team of Missouri School of Journalism students asked Missourians to tell their stories at several bicentennial festivals and events this summer at the Missouri on Mic traveling audio booth.

The collection of stories will be archived at the State Historical Society of Missouri as part of Missouri’s 200th anniversary of Statehood.

To learn more about Missouri on Mic or contact us, call the KBIA Newsroom at 573.882.4032 or email news@kbia.org
  • Sean Xiahao Duan and Sharon Gygax are two people from very different corners of the world. Sean is a Chinese immigrant and Sharon is an African immigrant that both wound up living in Columbia, Missouri. They both spoke with KBIA about how show me state is similar, and different from their previous homes in this episode of Missouri on Mic.
  • Sean XiaoHao Duan loves Missouri. He loves the people, the food and the Cardinals. However as a Chinese immigrant he’s witnessed a rising tide of antiasian racism during the Coronavirus Pandemic. He spoke with KBIA for Missouri on Mic about this new rise in hostility and his hope for a better future.
  • For Gaedene Vance and her daughter Grace, Columbia means a lot. Gaedene was born and raised in El Dorado Springs, and transferred to Columbia in college. Her daughter Grace was born and raised in the city. They spoke with us on their relationship to the town and each other this last Mother’s Day in this episode of Missouri on Mic.
  • The name Mark Johnson may not sound familiar, but he’s the one responsible for all of your favorite KBIA shows getting to air. He’s our chief engineer. Mark has been in the Show-Me State for about a decade. He spoke with KBIA Assistant News Director Janet Saidi. Saidi grew up in Missouri, and came back to raise her kids here. They spoke about the unexpected beauty they find in the state in this episode of Missouri On Mic.
  • Missouri On Mic first unveiled its traveling audio booth during the 2021 True/False film festival. We heard a wide variety of stories that weekend, but we heard a lot of participants talk about our state’s landscape -- our parks, our trails, our forests. And we wanted to share a few of those conversations with you. We’ll be hearing from friends Diane Lurkins and Sasha Goodnow about some of their favorite outdoor spots in Missouri… but first, we’ll hear from retired producer Frank Finley about what he says the Show Me State’s picturesque scenery means to him.
  • Jane and Evie Bowen are twin sisters who were originally born in San Antonio in 2007. Their family moved to Columbia when they were three years old. They’re both in their teens now. For this episode of Missouri on Mic, Jane and Evie told us about some of their favorite things to do in Columbia and shared some of their thoughts on schooling in Missouri.
  • Amy Enderle is a professor at the University of Missouri and has lived in Missouri her entire life. She’s raised her children in Columbia, but she grew up 70 miles from the city. As a Missouri native, she says the state is more diverse and has more to offer than one might think. She spoke with KBIA about her experience living and raising children in the Show-Me State in this episode of Missouri on Mic.
  • Kelsey Kupferer is a graduate of the University of Missouri and held a lot of jobs around here, including at KBIA. She now works for the University of Washington in Seattle. Kelsey spoke with KBIA about why her home state is so important and why she thinks that it's vital for Missourians to reflect on their past in this episode of Missouri on Mic.
  • Randall Quisenberry and his mother lived in Columbia. The two of them would meet every Sunday after church to eat and watch a movie. On one Sunday in February, she woke up and said she didn’t feel good. She died two days later. Randall buried her himself because he couldn’t afford to do anything else. He spoke with KBIA about coming to terms with his loss in this episode of Missouri on Mic.