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Emily Aiken

Midnight in Paris was featured at the 2019 True False Film Festival. Emily Aiken sat down with directors James Blagden and Roni Moore to chat about how they met, their interactions with the Flint students featured in their film, and the deeper meaning behind the story.

"By and large, I would say, as a human being and as a society, we need to make the conscious effort to get out there and spend more time exploring nature - for our health, for our body, for our mind." -- DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, MD, Cardiologist, MU Health Care. March 22, 2019

University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Tom George is retiring.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday reported that he's stepping down Sept. 1.

George started at the university in 2003 and will have served 16 years when he retires. The newspaper reports he will be the longest-tenured chancellor in the school's 56-year history.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states.

Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding to flooding. Parson, along with the state's Emergency Management Agency director and other officials, plan to meet with local leaders and survey damage Thursday.

"The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure," Parson said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with our local partners to assess needs and provide resources to help as Missourians continue this flood fight and as we work to assist one another."

Off the Clock - Afrosexology

Mar 21, 2019
Isabel Lohman

Afrosexology is a duo of women based in St. Louis who aim to reclaim black sexuality. Dalychia Saah teaches aspiring sex educators and sex therapists. Rafaella Fiallo is a clinical social worker and relationship, sex and trauma therapist. The duo recently visited MU to lead a self-love workshop. Isabel Lohman spoke with the them about how we can bring pleasure into our daily lives, the cultural tropes we fall for and what Afrosexology actually means. 

Columbia Mayoral Candidates Focus More on Policy, Less on Personal Attacks

Mar 21, 2019

Columbia’s two mayoral candidates talked largely about policy at a Wednesday night forum, including some issues that have received little or no attention at recent forums.

Mayor Brian Treece and challenger Chris Kelly fielded questions about how to help people with mental illness, whether to consolidate some city of Columbia and Boone County services and tax incentives, among other topics.

Company Won't Operate Duck Boats in 2019 after Fatal Sinking

Mar 21, 2019

The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, announced Thursday that it won't operate the vessels this year because of the ongoing investigation and will instead open a replacement attraction in the tourist town of Branson.

Columbia School Board candidates Q&A: Academic disparities

Mar 21, 2019

The Missourian submitted a list of 10 standardized questions to the three candidates for Columbia School Board.

The candidates' answers will be published in a series. Here are their answers to the following question from Missourian readers:

Gaps in academic achievement among different groups of students, particularly between black and white students, persist in the district. What do you think explains those disparities? What would you propose to address them?

Columbia School Board candidates Q&A: Attendance zones

Mar 21, 2019

The Missourian submitted a list of 10 standardized questions to the three candidates for Columbia School Board.

The candidates' answers will be published in a series. Here are their answers to the following question from Missourian readers:

The recent change in school attendance zones, effective for the fall 2020 school year, showed again how hard it is to balance the socioeconomic status of students from school to school. How can the board and the district improve that going forward?


Australia's continued detention of about 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers on two remote Pacific islands has garnered international criticism as details emerge of alarming rates of attempted suicide and poor medical care.

Yet many Australians see the island detention centers as a necessary deterrent to keep the country from being overrun by a tide of migrant boats from Indonesia.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the conditions for the hundreds of migrants who have spent years in Australian detention on Nauru and Manus and the debate about their fate in Australia.

Unexpected Field Trip: 600 Students Wait Out Gas Leak at BMW Dealership

Mar 21, 2019

Little did the employees of the BMW dealership know they would become an impromptu daycare Thursday morning.

At Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School, some parents and faculty noticed a smell around the school during student drop-off time at 7:30 a.m., school principal Elaine Hassemer said. Later, it was found to be a gas leak.

Upon calling Ameren Missouri, Hassemer was informed to have everyone evacuate the building. She called the local BMW dealership near the school. The business agreed to house the children until the issue was fixed.

Another levee has breached as high water levels make their way down the flooding Missouri River.

Buchanan County, Missouri, Emergency Director Management Bill Brinton says an agriculture levee breached around 11 a.m. Thursday just across the river from Atchison, Kansas, where the river is expected to crest at record levels. The Missouri towns of Winthrop and Lewis and Clark Village are at risk of taking on water as the size of the breach grows. But Brinton says most of the 200 people who live in the area already left.

Three candidates - Blake Willoughby, Jay Atkins and Della Streaty-Wilhoit - are running for two open seats on the Columbia Board of Education on April 2. KBIA spoke with three Columbia Missourian reporters, each of who has been covering a candidate.

Sometimes, documentary shorts can be seen as stepping stones for filmmakers who want to direct feature-length films, or as afterthoughts on a festival program. But, given their lower costs and shorter runtimes, shorts can allow for a wealth of experimentation, with narrative and format, that features couldn't sustain. On this episode of the True/False Podcast, filmmaker Charlie Lyne sits down to discuss the differences between the two forms, and the unique and varied offerings short-form filmmaking has to offer. 

"You have to have a resurrection, Paul." -- ROB CROUSE when asked why Capital City Productions is bringing Vertigo Flying Service on board for their take on Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. Curtain goes up March 28! Also, this Saturday is the 67th annual Columbia Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser! Guests RICK McGUIRE and JENNIFER ROBERTS say each ticket sold supports programs that benefit children in Columbia. (5:07) March 21, 2019

Columbia Public Schools to Recieve National Recognition for Mental Health Work

Mar 21, 2019

Columbia Public Schools will receive a national award later this month for its work in improving mental health among its students and faculty. 

The district earned first place among "medium-sized school districts from across the country," according to a district news release.

Columbia Public Schools will receive the Magna Award for Equity Programs, which recognizes districts "for their efforts to remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children." 

What do you do with an old fire extinguisher? How about a ragged, old tarp? BARBARA BUFFALOE answers those questions and more on today's show! (You could also ask the Office of Sustainability's 'Waste Wizard', but that's not near as much fun.) March 20, 2019

The Missouri Supreme Court says local courts can't throw people back in jail for not paying previous jail debts.

Judges on Tuesday ruled unanimously against local courts helping to recoup those costs with methods including jail time. Critics, including Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the ACLU of Missouri, had argued the policy led to modern-day debtors' prisons.

The case stems from two Missouri men who fell behind on paying the cost of their own imprisonment in county jail. Those charges are commonly referred to as board bills.

Bill Burlison, a former six-term congressman from southeast Missouri, has died.

Officials at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance on Tuesday confirmed the death of Burlison. He was 88. No cause of death was given.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Burlison died Sunday at his home in Wardell.

Burlison was first elected in 1968. The Democrat lost his bid for a seventh term in 1980 to Republican Bill Emerson at a time when southeast Missouri was trending toward the GOP. The region is now overwhelmingly Republican.

Sustain Mizzou Gathers Electronics for E-Waste Drive

Mar 19, 2019
Sara Shahriari / KBIA

Sustain Mizzou is hosting an E-Waste Drive this week in collaboration with Mid-Mo Recycling to help students and local residents get rid of their unwanted electronic waste in an environmentally responsible way. The Investment Recovery Association claims that in 2014, approximately 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide and those numbers are only expected to grow.


E-waste is almost any electronic device except tube TVs, Sustain Mizzou member and E-Waste Drive organizer Madalynn Owens explained.

Meiying Wu / KBIA

The Fair Housing Task Force, formed last July, presented its findings about housing disparities in Columbia and a plan of action to provide more affordable housing.

Meiying Wu / KBIA

University of Missouri officials have fired an MU police officer after investigating the employee over a blackface photo.

MU Police Officer Marcus Collins was fired Tuesday after officials confirmed he was the individual in the photo.

The image, which was posted on a social media platform, was taken prior to Collins’ employment with the police department. Collins started with MUPD in January of 2018.

Top university officials were notified of the picture Tuesday morning, according to MU spokesperson Christian Basi.

This week on Discover Nature, Eastern bluebirds begin arriving at breeding locations in Missouri.


The Eastern bluebird is a small thrush with a plump body and short, straight bill. Underparts are rusty in color, with white on the belly and under the tail feathers. Its upper body is bright blue in males, and gray-blue in females. 

The famous poet Henry David Thoreau once wrote that the bluebird “carries the sky on its back.” 

A blurry whistled series of notes comprise its distinctive, pleasant song. 

Rebecca Smith / KBIA

In this excerpt from KBIA’s Intersection, Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks, discuss the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding food insecurity.

They spoke to KBIA for Missouri Health Talks.