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Lauren Brown

Lauren A. Brown is from the south suburbs of Chicago. She is currently an undergraduate in the Missouri School of Journalism studying broadcast journalism. She is a newscaster and reporter for KBIA. She loves doing feature stories because of the in depth interview process.

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In this special, hear the voices of MU students tell their stories of finding the people, places and feelings that have helped them grow and change. They were challenged this spring in their advanced writing class to write essays about significant moments in their lives. With the help of their professor, Berkley Hudson, they recount their stories and experiences. 

Hear our radio special with selected commentaries here:


Black Women Rock is a production showcasing remarkable Black Women chosen by the Columbia community, highlighting their hard work and accomplishments. Executive Coordinator Akinbamidele Durodola talks about the production and black women who motivate him.

Seth Bodine/KBIA

After months working to comply with state regulators, the only pig museum in the United States is open again for business. As KBIA’s Seth Bodine reports, the museum's owner dedicated herself to agricultural education after some unexpected life events.

Noah Taborda

Since breaking into mainstream media, eSports has fought for its space in athletics. Faced with conflicts for a spot in the Olympics and against misconceptions from the public, eSports is finding an audience in a new generation.

Now, universities across the country, including the University of Missouri, are taking the first steps toward potentially bringing eSports closer to legitimacy. KBIA’s Noah Taborda has the story.

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. 

Taylor Carroll

The Relevant Youth is a student run creative agency disrupting education through innovation. In this edition of Off the Clock, the organization's Diveristy and Inclusion Manager Alycia Washington talks about her first event. Black Alchemy is a celebration of the black creative. And Miriam Akogu, a featured artist, talks about her art being displayed for the first time and what it means to meet other creatives in town. The event featured seven artists and a live performance by local band Loose Loose. 

Gary McClure seemed to have it all with his band American Wrestlers, which channeled frenetic energy of alternative music to a nationwide audience. Yet even with a record deal and critical acclaim, the St. Louis singer/songwriter wasn’t satisfied. With his new project Son of the Pale Youth, McClure is going back to basics. He talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his musical evolution.

Sarah Nguyen

Columbia artist Sarah Nguyen has never attended the True/False Film Fest, and her first experience will certainly be a memorable one.

Her installation “Break Into Blossom” will be featured at the 2019 festival. Nguyen, who has lived in Columbia for less than a year, said she feels very honored to be part of the festival.

“This festival has so much weight in my mind,” she said. “I'm just psyched. I can't wait to meet the students and see the parades and, of course, see all of the other art installations and then the films.”

The True/False Film Festival is here and KBIA has been talking with filmmakers and artists.

Aviva Okeson-Haberman spoke with the director of Mike Wallace is Here, a documentary that examines the legacy of the legendary 60 minutes anchor.

Director Avi Belkin says he wanted to examine the life of a man who shaped broadcast news today. 

Onemic is a local open-mic session that gathers once a month at Cafe Berlin Downtownl, drawing people from many facets of life into one room to listen to the many songs and poems that reveal deeply held secrets and feelings. Reporter Brandon Eigenman has the story. 

Marquise White

Two Mizzou grads worked together to create and open the only black-owned and millenial-owned business in Columbia. The Greens Co. is a boutique and curation space located at 16 N. Nith St., in downtown Columbia. Co-Owner Marquise White says, "The Greens is the backyard in which our dreams are actualized."

Los Angeles based artist Rikki Wright's photography exhibit "SIS" will be up until March 7, 2019.

For more information follow @thegreensco on Twitter and Instagram.

In this special edition of KBIA radio essays, University of Missouri magazine students share pivotal experiences that forced them to face loss and mortality, or in some cases, a surprising sense of their own invincibility.

The commentaries were edited and shepherded by MU Journalism Professor Berkley Hudson for his class on magazine writing. In the process, his student writers produced these pieces exploring a range experiences, from love and loss, to strength and mortality. Enjoy the ride.


You can hear a special edition of the commentaries, here:

Molly Dove / KBIA

Down in a side room in the basement of Hickman High School, two juniors, Conor Byrne and Sam Wills, broadcast their radio show called Dad Rock World Tour. They speak into a small laptop computer about the different songs they are about to play and it echoes through the halls with the students as they make their way to lunch.

The 90s, hipster aesthetic of the high school junior’s radio show matches perfect with the old band posters on the walls and the dimly-lit closet the radio studio is essentially in. Every day during lunch, students can come and sit on the worn down couches as a part of the club, Academy of Rock. They can visit with their friends while they eat, talk about their favorite bands and listen to the DJs.

From Shark Tank to Startup Weekends, entrepreneurship is a growing craze in the nation. More than 25 million Americans are starting or running new businesses. The University of Missouri is the latest to encourage innovation on campus. KBIA’s Betsy Smith has more on MU’s new Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition. 

Over 100 MU students and faculty members gathered in Monsanto Auditorium Monday morning at the first Entrepreneur Quest Pitch competition. 

Mike Bernskoetter and Blaine Luetkemeyer both claimed victory at the Millbottom Restaurant in Jefferson City Tuesday night surrounded by friends, family and fellow supporters.

Both candidates won by large margins over their Democratic candidates. Bernskoetter, previously a state representative for the last eight years, won the sixth senate district seat, while Luetkemeyer won his sixth term in the third U.S. congressional district.

One music teacher learns how to chant at the moon. Now she provides the opportunity for others to join her at Stephens Lake Park. Margaret Waddell started chanting more than a decade ago. KBIA’s Aviva Okeson-Haberman caught up with Waddell on a cool fall evening as she led new friends in moon chanting. 

A tipi sat outside the Daniel Boone Regional Library on a mid-September afternoon to teach people some valuable lessons about Native American identity. KBIA’s Betsy Smith has more on how one interdisciplinary artist tested people’s knowledge of what it means to be an Indian today. When it comes to modern representations of native culture, everything might not be what it seems.

Regional stories from the KBIA Newsroom in Columbia, including: 

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Alex Cunningham, a violinist from St. Louis, is in a trio that will most likely never play at a mainstream festival. Their music is an acquired taste.

Cunningham had no notes to memorize when he played with a trio made up of a saxophone player and a drummer at the dimly-lit Café Berlin last Friday. Their performance is completely improvisational. He said the trio aims to make spur-of-the-moment music. And the result, he said, is chaotic.

Regional stories from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

The 12th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival featured students from Grant Elementary School.

As a part of the Roots N Blues Foundation, artists from all over the country spend the week in Columbia with students, teaching some history of blues music, writing songs and ending the week here in Flat Branch Park, showing their community what they’ve learned.

KBIA’s Molly Dove had VIP Access with the Grant Elementary Blues Corp to see “what’s going on.”

Lauren Brown

Columbia College hosted a conversation with Ron Stallworth, author of The Black Klansman on Aug 30. The memoir recalls Stallworth, a former African-American detective, and his infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stallworth spoke with KBIA about his memoir’s film adaptation Blackkklansman. The film was directed by Spike Lee and featured John David Washington as Ron Stallworth. Stallworth also discussed how important the investigation was to him and how he was able to stop violent acts within his hometown.

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

Wendy Noren began her career as Boone County Clerk in 1978. In June of 2017, she retired due to health complications with cancer. She died Sunday at 63.

Current Boone County Clerk and Noren's successor Taylor Burks says Noren was helpful when he first started in the position.

“For about five months, we scheduled times to meet and talk about pending issues,” he says. Burks characterized her as a force of nature saying many government officials would ask for her insight on election programs.

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including:

The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital will add a second location in Jefferson City. The second location will provide veterans with optometry and telemedicine services, which are not currently provided in Jefferson City.

The University of Missouri announced a housing and dining affordability initiative Friday morning that will reduce the most common housing and dining plans by 3.5 percent.

Chancellor Alexander Cartwright says the university is reducing rates for more than one-third of its available residence halls rooms.

“This will allow many students to live on campus for less than $1,000 a month,” Cartwright says.

Resident Hall Association President Maggie Recca says students have consistently expressed their concerns through “resident rants” about on-campus expenses.