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Thinking Out Loud

Tuesdays and Fridays 6:30pm-7:00pm, Saturdays, 6:00am-7:00am

Darren Hellwege and Lee Wilkins interview people of note in the Columbia community.

On Friday the show broadcasts Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, a radio drama put on by the Maplewood Barn community theater.  On Saturday it tackles the college sports scene.

Columbia Canine Sports Center Facebook

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Elizabeth Dinkins, administrator with Columbia Canine Sports Center. Whether you want your dog to compete, or just get some fun exercise, Elizabeth has great ideas for you and your dog.

National Center for Rural School Mental Health

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Wendy Reinke of the new National Center for Rural School Mental Health at the University of Missouri. It's one of three centers in the U.S. with the goal of enhancing the capacity of rural schools to identify, prevent, and intervene in mental health concerns with their students. 

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

KBIA's Lee Wilkins speaks with Dr. Richard Meadows of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine about how to keep your dogs healthy and happy. 

Submitted by artist

Lee Wilkins speaks with the artists whose work is part of the "Explorations In Color" exhibit at the Boone County History and Culture Center. John Fennell, Scott Patrick Myers and Jenn Wiggs talk about the show, and the use of color in their own work. 

Verna LeBoy

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Verna LeBoy and Judith Matamba of Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services about disparities in health opportunities and outcomes in American society, and particularly in Columbia and Boone County. 

University of Missouri Police Dept.

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Brian Weimer, Assistant Chief of University of Missouri Police Department about how MUPD is getting ready for a new school year and this week's influx of students. Then, they're joined by Nick Joos of the MU Athletic Department about the addition of beer and wine sales to game day at Mizzou's Memorial Stadium for this year's Tiger football games. 

The Mizzou Store

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dale Sanders, the Interim Director of UM Stores, which operates outlets at all four University of Missouri Campuses, including the Mizzou Store in the Student Center and the Tiger Team Store at Memorial Stadium. They discuss how the stores are getting ready for the start of a new school year. 

Missouri State Historical Society

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Gary Kremer about the opening of the new Center For Missouri Studies, home of the Missouri Historical Society. 


KBIA's Lee Wilkins visits with Josh Chittum of the We Always Swing Jazz Series. The Series is selling tickets now for their 25th anniversary season. 

Logboat Brewing Company

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Sherry Wohlgemuth of the Missouri Craft Brewers Association, and with brewers Tyson Hunt of Logboat Brewing of Columbia and Brian Nolan of Friendship Brewing in Wentzville about Show-Me Craft Beer Month and the stories of the craft breweries in our state. 

Curtains Up Theater Company

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dana Naylor of Curtains Up Columbia about the upcoming murder mystery dinner theatre production "Red, White and Homicide: A Peacelovin' Mystery Dinner Theatre." You can also hear a scene from the play with Dana, Chris Lynn, and Michael Miller. 

Columbia Public Schools

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Bonnie Conley of Columbia Public Schools about the summer school program coming soon from the district. 

Learn more and sign up here: Columbia Public Schools Summer School 

Columbia Area Career Center

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Brandon Russell of the Columbia Area Career Center about their summer learning opportunities for Columbia youngsters. 

You can see the whole list of classes here: Columbia Area Career Center Youth Camps

Columbia Art League

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Louise Sarver, Operations Manager of the Columbia Art League, to preview this summer's Art In The Park. 

Click here to learn more about Art In The Park


Lee Wilkins visits with David Berkman and Tim Armacost of the New York Standards Quartet, recent visitors to Columbia with the We Always Swing Jazz Series.

KBIA's Lee Wilkins speaks with Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers. The novel delves into the AIDS crisis and the lives of those affected by it, from the early days of awareness of AIDS to the present. Rebecca will be a guest at the upcoming Unbound Book Festival in Columbia.

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment. They discuss the history of punishment and the profit motive, and the present day American justice and punishment system. Bauer is one of the guests coming to Columbia with the Unbound Book Festival.

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to Jim Mustich, author of "1000 Books To Read: A Life-Changing List." He'll be a guest at the upcoming Unbound Book Festival. 

Columbia Center For Urban Agriculture

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to Adam Saunders of Columbia Urban Agriculture Center about the new Columbia Agriculture Park. They discuss the events for the official opening, the purpose of the Agriculture Park including being the home of the Columbia Farmer's Market, and future plans for the site. 

Rep. Chris Kelly
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KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to mayoral candidate Chris Kelly ahead of Columbia's municipal election April 2nd. 

Janet Saidi / KBIA

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Columbia mayor, Brian Treece, who is running for re-election in the April 2nd elections. 

Curtains Up Theater

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dana Naylor of Curtain's Up Theater in about the upcoming production of "Murder At Dodston Manor," a murder mystery dinner theater coming soon to Columbia's Stoney Creek Inn. They also give a preview with a scene from the play. 

University of Missouri School of Music

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with choir director Emily Edgington Andrews about choral music and its place in the idea of community music, it's role in musical education for children, and the Unity concert. 


KBIA's Lee Wilkins visits with Angela Speck, Chair of Physics Department at University of Missouri, about news in the world of space exploration. They talk about the New Horizons program, and a recent space landing by China. 

Missouri School of Journalism

Lee Wilkins leads a panel conversation about how the climate for reporters in the world and U.S. is affecting how we get our news in Mid-Missouri. Guests include Rudi Keller of the Columbia Daily Tribune, Randy Reeves of KOMU-FM, and Ruby Bailey of the Columbia Missourian.

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Kelly Stockton of the Human Performance Institute. They discuss Kelly's program that teaches boxing for patients with Parkinson's Disease, and the benefits of the program. 


Thinking Out Loud co-host Lee Wilkins visits with Ben Kreitner, Coordinator of Waste Management for the City of Columbia. They discuss recycling and how it works in Columbia, changes to what can and cannot be recycled, and where the system can improve in the future. 

Missouri River Relief

Darren Hellwege talks with Steve Schnarr of Missouri River Relief about this weekend's Wild and Scenic Film Festival. 

Curtains-Up Columbia via Facebook

Darren Hellwege talks with Dana Naylor and Molly Dodge of Curtains-Up Columbia about their holiday show, a comedy murder mystery called "Deck The Halls For Murder." 

You can find out more here:

Kinder Institute, University of Missouri

Darren Hellwege visits with Ethics & Public Policy Center analyst Henry Olsen and Georgetown University historian andDissent editor Michael Kazin on the topic of political and historical populism. The two spoke on the University of Missouri campus in an event sponsored by the Kinder Institute.