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Vinyl records have made a tremendous international comeback in the past five years… And it’s had an impact on the local record industry as well.

Connor Kraus is browsing hundreds of vinyl records inside Columbia’s Hitt Records.

“I’m looking for the new Radiohead album,” Kraus said.

Last week, the MU Department of Romance Languages and Literature hosted an international conference titled: The Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance. The conference brought in artist and scholars from around the world to discuss ideas about Afro-Cuban art. One MU professor spent six years planning and preparing the event.

Professor Juanamaria Cordones-Cook of Romance Languages is excited to finish up her semester and spend three weeks in Cuba. She said she’s traveled there at least 25 times.

“I have lost track of the times,” Cordones-Cook said.

Soul singer Lee Fields has spent four decades performing on stages around the world, including a nearly-sold out show during the 2016 True/False film festival… In a rapidly changing music industry, he’s managed to keep his music and legacy alive.

“I’ve been through about three generations now, and they continue to come and I continue to sing,” Fields said. “So I am very grateful for the supporters.”

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 Guitarists can become household names in music touring the world… but they wouldn’t be able to do that without their technicians. Although it takes years of experience to master an instrument, the ability to fix a guitar on the spot requires an entirely different sort of understanding.

A man held a guitar broken into two pieces. As he stared hopelessly at the instrument, which fell victim to a small child, Luke Offield saw something he could potentially bring back to life… because he doesn’t see guitars the same way most people do.

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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.

 Students at campuses across the country participated in the Million Student March on Wednesday to demand an end to student debt. Fourteen members of Concerned Student 1950 organized a protest on MU’s campus for the event.


April is Jazz Appreciation Month, or JAM – a holiday that was first recognized in 2002 by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. JAM is intended to encourage people on all ages to study jazz music, attend concerts and pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic art form.

J. Rick Mihalevich had 66% of the votes to win his third consecutive term as Jefferson City’s Ward 2 Councilmember. Bud Fisher, who had 34% of the votes, was Mihalevich’s first opponent for the Ward 2 seat after running unopposed for two terms.

Rayland Baxter isn’t a household name in music… at least not yet. But those who have heard of the Nashville-native know him to be a world-class singer-songwriter. Baxter stopped in Columbia just two weeks ago to perform at Rose Music Hall during a Midwest tour of his second studio album titled “Imaginary man”.

This week’s Off the Clock is about a band whose story is one that most millennials can relate to… the group’s founding members met on Tinder, a popular mobile dating application where users are prompted with pictures and short biographies. People can “swipe right” if they are interested in the other person, or “swipe left” if they’re not. In January 2014, former MU students Morgan Manson and Luke Dierker both swiped right.

 When the theatre curtain rises, an audience watched a world created through a seamless blend of costumes, lights, sounds and actors. But look past what’s on stage, and you’ll find the finger prints of technicians and artisans, many of whom you’ll never directly see. KBIA’s Annie Rees went behind the scenes of the MU theatre department’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to learn about the process of putting on a play. 

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A newly filed piece of legislation that would protect the first amendment rights of student journalists in Missouri public schools and colleges is making its way through the State House. Abby Kempf is a senior at Rock Bridge high school, and one of the editors-in-chief of the school’s journalism program.

This week’s edition of Off the Clock is a story about three high school friends from the north suburbs of Chicago who started their 2013 freshman year at MU unlike most students. They arrived in Columbia and started posting flyers in search for a drummer. Ari Shellist, Tyler Stock and Jack Pritchett played together in a high school band for two years, and this time they were looking for the final member of their new group.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012

Every year, busloads of fourth graders from around the state of Missouri are dropped off in Jefferson City and taken through the State Capitol. All of those grade schoolers are brought into the House Lounge where the walls are covered with Thomas Hart Benton’s “Social History of Missouri” mural.

You may not recognize his name, but you probably would recognize his face. Larry Miller has made hundreds of appearances in television and film. KBIA’s Steve Dawson talked to Miller about his beginnings as a comic in New York City, and how he met one of his closest friends, Jerry Seinfeld.

Miller said he saw Seinfeld perform for the first time at a New York City club, but didn’t have a chance to introduce himself that night.

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Few inventions have had as dramatic an effect on policing as the Taser stun gun. The tool is billed as a "smart weapon" and often called a non-lethal alternative to guns for the thousands of law enforcement agencies that have adopted them across the country and the world. In fact, the company's website estimates more than 160,000 lives have been saved by use of the weapon.

But just how safe are the Taser weapons actually, and what is the public health cost of assuming they are non-lethal? Those are among the questions Nick Berardini asks in the documentary Killing Them Safely.

Governor Jay Nixon joined members of the community at the Thompson center for Autism Friday in Columbia to announce that his proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget will include investments in services for Missourians with developmental disabilities

Nixon said his budget would invest a total of $131 million in additional state and federal funding for the Development of Mental Health-Division of Developmental Disabilities. Of the proposed budget, Nixon said $5 million would fund an expansion of the University of Missouri-owned Thompson Center.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators held its first public meeting of 2016 on Wednesday. Five board members met in a conference room at the Columbia campus’s Ellis Library while three joined via conference call. Board members immediately voted to enter an executive session, which was closed to the public. Per a media release, the executive session was scheduled to last one hour, but instead lasted for more than three.

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  The Columbia Chamber of Commerce released its priorities for the 2016 legislative session today.

According to a media release, the Chamber will focus on economic development, better infrastructure and more money for the University of Missouri. Jerry Dowell is the Director of Government Affairs for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Dowell said one of this year’s top priorities is to secure a 10 million dollar appropriation for fiscal year 17 in order to expand the University’s research reactor.