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Travis McMillen

Video Producer

TRAVIS McMILLEN is the video producer for the Futures Lab, located on the lower level of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. As video producer, McMillen directs and produces regular and occasional programming from RJI’s own production studio, including KBIA-FM’s Views of the News, Global Journalist and Radio Friends with Paul Pepper. He is a Columbia native who started working at KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate, at the age of 16. At 18 McMillen became the audio operator for Pepper and Friends, a community variety and talk show that aired on KOMU for 27 years. It was a position he held for almost 10 years. Aside from audio, McMillen’s duties on the show included field segment videographer and editor and, from 2001-2007, primary fill-in director. McMillen also directed KOMU’s daily two-hour morning newscast from 2001-2008. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met at KOMU. She currently produces the CW News at Nine for the station. They have three boys.

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National Federation of the Blind's GARY WUNDER understands why most people assume that those with a sight impairment have a heightened sense of hearing, smell and memory - and a certain innocence towards humanity in general - but he says it's just not true. January 10, 2020

"While a lot people think of socialism as controlling the production of goods, it goes well beyond that. When government makes a decision regarding our tax dollars, that's socialism." -- environmentalist KEN MIDKIFF on the reality of socialism in America January 9, 2020

This week, an in-depth look at the coverage of the airstrikes in Iran: why the punditry is giving some flashbacks to 2003, why we might want to think twice before throwing out words such as “assassination,” and where we’re seeing misinformation and #deepfakes slip through. Also, what audiences want from us, and how we can resolve to give them that in 2020. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

2020 is going to be a busy year for politics, which means it's going to be a busy year for the League of Women Voters. MARILYN McLEOD tells us about and invites everyone to the first 'Lunch and Learn' of the year next week at the Columbia Public Library. Also, CHRISTY LOWE says Voluntary Action Center's Holiday Program was a great success, serving 948 local families. Their next event is 'Homes for Computers'. Find out if you qualify! (3:48) January 8, 2020

Making a change can start with one person, and that one person is today's guest, BARBARA BUFFALOE! Okay, not really, but she does tell what the City of Columbia has in store for 2020 in terms of her speciality: environmental sustainability. Meet her "little Buffaloes" at [6:50]. January 7, 2020

SMART Recovery is a non-secular four-point program that encourages those affected by drug, alcohol or any other addiction to choose for themselves to quit. SUZANNE OPPERMAN says owning the choice is key to a sustainable recovery. Also, Columbia Art League executive director KELSEY HAMMOND is here with details on this year's annual 'Taste' and 'Let Them Eat Art' gallery events. Anyone can enter, anyone can buy! (5:02) January 6, 2020

"Studies show people who restrict end up binging." -- health psychologist LYNN ROSSY on why most New Year's resolutions fail: the more you can't have something, the more you want it. Her advice: mindful eating. January 3, 2020

If you didn't see 'The Full Monty' last summer at Maples Rep Theatre in Macon, artistic director TODD DAVISON says you missed a "landmark" production. He and the team are hoping to capture the same level of energy this year with shows like 'Greater Tuna' and 'Menopause The Musical'! January 2, 2020

Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG reminds us that at this time of year it's important to be considerate to those afflicted by dementia. The sudden onslaught of "new" faces and happenings can be confusing. Her advice: let them talk, even if you've heard the story over and over again. January 1, 2020

Columbia Daily Tribune editorial writer HANK WATERS and yours truly look back on the year that was, from Donald Trump to Sutu Forte, from roundabouts to Bird scooters, from a new airport terminal to a new head football coach. What are we forgetting?! Happy New Year, everyone. December 31, 2019

"Everyone's on an assignment to watch 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'." -- JILL WOMACK on how TRYPS is getting their actors up to speed on this oft-forgotten Dick Van Dyke classic. (Did you know that the movie was based on a novel by Ian Fleming?) Audition workshop is January 4! Also, DR. ARPIT AGGARWAL, MU Health Care, has advice on how to carry on through the remaining days of the holiday season if you're feeling a bit down. He says, "it's okay to have a good cry, but it's also important to ask for help." (3:36) December 30, 2019

We've all been there: an awesome 'try it' deal that automatically rolls into a regular subscription (at full price) if you forget to cancel. Consumer expert MEL ZELENAK says to read the fine print carefully before signing up. If there's a fee to cancel, maybe don't do it. December 27, 2019

You probably know that Kwanzaa begins December 26 (today!) and ends January 1, but what else? Why is the number 7 important? What do the candles mean and in which order do you light them? And finally, who can celebrate? Guest: YVONNE MATTHEWS December 26, 2019

Local folk musician DAVE PARA spends his Christmas Day with us remembering his late wife and fellow music partner Cathy Barton, who passed away in April of this year. The two of them would always perform for us at or near this time of year going back decades. Watch them perform 'Last Month of the Year' from 2011 at [1:21] and 'Make My Present Small' from 2018 at [4:38]. December 25, 2019

All Quentin wanted for Christmas was a brand new Spalding basketball and a portable, adjustable backboard. Will he get it via Christmas miracle? His family was in need of one. The answer in LARRY BROWN's story: 'Hoop Hopes'. December 24, 2019

'Tis the season to be giving, and there are few organizations in our community that need your donation more than Heart of Missouri United Way. For instance, executive director ANDREW GRABAU tells us that last year over 200 school-aged children were 'couch surfers', meaning they didn't know where they were going to be sleeping each night. December 23, 2019

If you're over the age of 55, ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says the IRS will let you contribute additional amounts to your tax-sheltered savings using a 'catch-up provision'. "Age has its benefits!" What that amount will be in 2020 remains to be seen. December 20, 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri executive director HEATHER LOCKARD estimates that there are currently 107 children waiting to be paired with a 'Big'. Volunteers decide how much they want to participate. She says, "it's not about creating something new...it's just about spending quality time with that 'Little'." Also, KATHY BIRKES tells us how Midwest Special Needs Trust can help someone with a disability protect any money for which they are a beneficiary of so that they don't lose the government services they need to live their day-to-day lives (like Medicaid). (3:37) December 19, 2019

Here's a dish that's sure to go quick at your next holiday party: healthy chocolate truffles! Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' KRISTEN EIFFERT walks us through this easy-to-do recipe. Also, SCOTT BRADLEY tells us about a new product available at Carpet One Floor and Home: Revo-Tile, a mess-free, "rapid installation tile system" with many unseen benefits! (3:18) December 18, 2019

What can one do to reduce waste during this time of year? Make your presence your present! That's just one of many ideas from BARBARA BUFFALOE from the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability. Here's another: tissue paper is not recyclable - reuse it! December 17, 2019

"True/False could not happen without all of the hundreds of volunteers that show up the weekend of the fest." -- TRISCHA SPLITTER, volunteer coordinator for the True/False Film Festival. Applications are now being accepted for various levels of involvement. Additional guest: STACIE POTTINGER | Also, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to visit the 6th annual Masters Exhibit - featuring 70 original pieces from the mid-20th century - this month at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia. (4:26) December 16, 2019

Local musician DAVE PARA is again hosting the annual 'Christmas Homecoming Sing & Potluck' at the Old School House in Arrow Rock this Sunday. This year's get-together is a celebration of the life of Cathy Barton-Para, who died earlier this year. Dave performs 'Cold Winter is Coming/Remember the Poor' at [3:30]. December 13, 2019

In an effort to keep the salt from losing it's flavor, PATRICK CLARK says instead of 'The Nutcracker' this year, his Southside Philharmonic Orchestra - in cooperation with Dancers' Alley - will perform 'Peter and the Wolf' (and more) this weekend at Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City. Also, Stage Right Theatre Company founders ELIZABETH CURRAN and JOHN STAPLES invite everyone to their second-ever production, 'Robin Hood...' later this month at Columbia Entertainment Company. (3:46) December 12, 2019

Is the war in #Afghanistan winnable? The Washington Post released an investigation three years in the making that shows that military strategies used over 18 years were known to be flawed. Is this the Pentagon Papers of 2019? Also, Report for America’s effort to hire 250 local #journalists, Devin Nunes newest defamation lawsuit and reactions to Peloton’s cringeworthy commercial. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, wants you to be aware of some oft-forgotten holiday hazards around the house that could be a danger to your pet. We all know about chocolate being bad, but ornaments, too? The list goes on! December 11, 2019

Author REBECCA MURRAY's book, 'The Little Plastic Angel', is the story of Annie, a plastic angel who dreams of one day sitting atop a family's Christmas tree. Will she make it there before December 25th? Also, TRENT RASH and KIRK TREVOR invite everyone to the 9th annual Symphony of Toys, a family-friendly holiday-themed concert this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. Proceeds benefit U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. (3:45) December 10, 2019

DR. MAGGIE CARDONELL, MU Health Care, tells us about the grand opening of an eye clinic with an emphasis on pediatric ophthalmology. Also, author ELISHA WELLS STROUPE never expected to be a 'desperate farmwife', but since she is, she might as well write a book about it! (3:30) December 9, 2019

"It's a different way of looking at history." Make plans to visit phase 2 of the State Historical Society of Missouri's year-long exhibit featuring WWII cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Daniel Fitzpatrick beginning tomorrow, appropriately enough, at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. Guest: JOAN STACK  December 6, 2019

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is keeping the 'A Christmas Carol' tradition going by opening this holiday standard once again December 12. Even after six years, artistic director QUIN GRESHAM says each year is different than the last; he says this year expect some new supernatural effects! Additional guest: AMY WILDER | Also, Voluntary Action Center executive director NICK FOSTER is still in need of help from the community. 952 households will receive services this year, but technically not all of those families are sponsored at this time (yes, even at this late date). If you're interested in adopting a family this Christmas, call or log on today! (3:10) December 5, 2019

'Last Train to Nibroc' director CHRISTOPHER GOULD tells us about this "intimate" show, which features themes of love and class prejudice (among others). Curtain goes up tomorrow night and stays there until December 15 at Columbia Entertainment Company. Additional guest: KATIE HAYS | Also, SHARON KINDEN wants to see everyone at 'Meet Me at the Manger' this Friday and Saturday at Campus Lutheran Church in Columbia! The items on display, while not for sale, will surely get you in the holiday spirit. (4:32) December 4, 2019

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