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In this episode of the True/False Podcast: a conversation from last year's festival between filmmakers Ursula Liang and Khalik Allah. Both were at True/False to show their latest features. Liang's film Down a Dark Stairwell documents the effects of a police shooting of an unarmed Black man. Allah's film I Walk on Water pushes the boundaries of the filmmakers' relationship with those they document. 

This week on Discover Nature, keep an ear-, and an eye out for native bees buzzing about the bushes, trees, flowerbeds, and even the ground beneath our feet.


Missouri is home to more than 450 species of native bees that play a critical role in pollinating agricultural crops and maintaining reproductive processes for native plants — in turn, supporting diverse wildlife species, soil health, and water quality. 

Fear not! Most of our native bee species don’t have stingers long enough to penetrate human skin. 

Columbia's Office of Sustainability has declared May 2021 "transportation month." BARBARA BUFFALOE has some ideas on how we can alter the way we get around for the next four weeks that'll help reduce our community's greenhouse gas emissions. Bike, Walk and Wheel Week starts next week! May 5, 2021

A big part of being an end-of-life doula is being a good listener. When a person is told they have a finite amount of time left on Earth, that can trigger many emotions - one of which, according to MICKEY HAVENER, is the feeling of being overwhelmed. Her advice? Listen to their thoughts and concerns. It can make for a more peaceful transition. May 4, 2021

Jefferson City Art Club president GAIL LEIVIAN invites everyone to check out the 2021 Adult Fine Art Exhibit going on now at Capital Arts Gallery. Can't make it in person? This year there's a way to view all the artwork online! And speaking of the arts, if you're a fan of the performing arts, you'll be happy to know that this year's annual Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre season will "definitely more normal than last summer." Guest: JOY POWELL (3:58) May 3, 2021

Artificial intelligence has been an increasing presence in our email for quite some time now, no matter the platform you choose. If you're associated with the University of Missouri (like we are), you know that our email accounts are now a part of Microsoft 365, and as such, every morning there's a day planner-type email in our inbox from Cortana that is really nothing more than an aggregate of emails sent and received and calendar entries. Does a "service" like Cortana cross the privacy line? AI expert SCOTT CHRISTIANSON has the answer! April 30, 2021

Forty percent of the population has this kind of hypertension, and it's the kind that has the "highest risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality," according to Truman Veterans' Hospital nephrology specialist DR. SMRITA DORAIRAJAN. If you're prone to high blood pressure, you'll want to watch this interview! April 29, 2021

This week, we’re continuing our dispatches from True/False 2020 with a conversation between artist and filmmaker Rikkí Wright and programmer Jeanelle Augustin. Wright’s work is often deeply personal and offers commentary on how she interacts with and understands the world around her. “A Song About Love,” Wright's latest short film, showed ahead of The Giverny Document, and is a dreamy mix of vibrant, colorful images and archival material. As she told Jeanelle, Wright’s work started as a way to engage with her own family and document her life.

If spring cleaning is on your to-do list, don't forget that when the time comes, you can donate your unwanted, gently-used furniture or housewares to The Love Seat, a program from Love Columbia (formerly Love INC). JANE WILLIAMS tells us how many less-fortunate members of our community ended up with a fully-furnished home for free in 2020 thanks to your donations! April 28, 2021

This week on Discover Nature, crappie are spawning in shallow water across Missouri.

These popular panfish occur nearly statewide in open water or near submerged timber or other suitable cover in ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and slow-flowing backwaters of large rivers. 

During the spring spawning season, these fish find vegetation and submerged woody structure in shallow water.  

Crappie are most active in evening and nighttime, but can be observed at all times of day. 

Remodeling your home? If so, don't let your hardwoods suffer under all that extra foot traffic, instead, protect them with Ram Board! SCOTT BRADLEY says this environmentally-friendly product, available now at Carpet One Floor and Home in Columbia, is also good for keeping oil leaks off your garage floor. Also, STACIE POTTINGER is back for one last visit before the 2021 True False Film Festival. More than just movies are being planned, for instance...a game of kickball? Yep! (4:08) April 27, 2021

Family dentists PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, DDS, Columbia Healthy Smiles, get to the root of why the root canal has such a long-standing reputation as the one dental procedure you want to avoid (when really it's not all that bad). April 26, 2021

"Bonds have dropped in value because inflation is seen as a big negative for bond holders. So, year-to-date, the bond market, generally in our country, is down about 3.5%. So, people are selling their bonds and buying stocks." -- Alex LaBrunerie, financial advisor at LaBrunerie Financial April 23, 2021

The pandemic has had an enormous impact on everyone, really, but especially grade school children who have had to adapt to both learning from home and in the classroom over a period of months. Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia executive director VALORIE LIVINGSTON hopes to get those affected the most back on track through a planned expanded summer program, but only if funds allow! April 22, 2021

Many things about this year's True/False Film Festival have changed, but one that hasn't is our annual programmer preview. This year, programmers Angela Catalano and Amir George join the podcast to preview some of the films coming to this year's outdoor fest, which starts May 5. Angela and Amir preview Questlove's directorial debut Summer of Soul, Pete Nicks's Homeroom, and a number of other films and events fest-goers can look forward to. 

In Missouri’s woods this time of year, there’s something new to see every day.


For weeks, redbud blooms have stolen the show, painting pink streaks through the understory, but this week, Missouri’s state tree takes the spotlight. 


Common, especially in the Ozarks, the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) lives along wooded slopes, ravines, bluffs, upland ridges, and successional fields; preferring well-drained, acidic soils, and shade. 


Changes keep coming at Fulton's Brick District Playhouse! Physical changes, that is. RENEE GRAHAM tells us about some of the recent renovations, plans for the future and a special Mother's Day weekend performance in which you're invited! Also, the pandemic hasn't stopped Moms Demand Action from getting their message out, according to KRISTIN BOWEN and CATEY TERRY, because the pandemic hasn't stopped gun violence. "We are still here doing this work." Find out how you can get involved! (4:01) April 21, 2021

Rainbow House is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a 'pinwheel fundraiser'. Director of development RICHIE VANSKIKE explains how it works and how you can take part! Also, LINDA SCHUST tells us how Jabberwocky Studios, Inc. is taking advantage of this year's online-only Africa Fest to bring in participants who might not otherwise be able to make it mid-Missouri. (4:22) April 20, 2021

We continue our dispatches from last year's festival with the final True/False Podcast episode recorded in-studio during 2020. The guests were filmmaker David France and Maxim Lapunov, who was imprisoned and tortured as part of the Chechen government's persecution of its LGBTQ community. Lapunov and the subjects of France's 2020 film, Welcome to Chechnya were the recipients of the True Life Fund, the festival's philanthropic effort which provides monetary support to those documented in the select film. Welcome to Chechnya co-producer Igor Myakotin provided translation. 

Maples Rep Theatre is back! Artistic director TODD DAVISON tells us how he and his team at the Royal Theatre in Macon are making sure that the curtain goes up on the 2021 season. Plus, get details on 'Annie' auditions and an upcoming fundraiser for the boots and black tie-wearing member of your family! April 19, 2021

'Uvagai' is a word in the Indian language that dates back 5,000 years, it means 'extreme happiness'. Truman Veterans' Hospital cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM tells us how we can all find uvagai - even the pessimists! - in our daily life, and the long-term benefits of doing so. April 16, 2021

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist? JEAN HOWARD, RD, LD, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us what we need to know. Plus, hear what she has to say about a recent report from NPR that says most Americans stick to just 20 different foods in their diet. April 15, 2021

While it may be new to our area, the concept of a 'human library' actually started more than 20 years in Denmark. This Sunday's event, DBRL's third, in-studio guest LAUREN WILLIAMS says LUCIA OERTER, who joins us via phone, will be talking about her life as a female pastor: "people will either tell me everything they've done in their life that's not so good or they will totally not talk to me." April 14, 2021

This week on Discover Nature, while enjoying spring in Missouri, keep a watchful eye to the ground for snakes leaving their winter dens.


The eastern copperhead is the most common of Missouri’s five species of venomous snakes. Its color varies from grayish brown to pinkish tan, with distinctive hourglass-shaped crossbands on its back. 

There are only four performances left to see Capital City Productions' musical adaptation of the classic Disney film, 'Freaky Friday'. Director SARAH SICHT promises plenty of laughs and a great meal from Argyle Catering! Also, DAYNA GLANZ is back with more good information about the benefits of OsteoStrong, a non-pharmaceutical approach to improving bone health. (3:59) April 13, 2021

Find out more about Columbia's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan from two local experts during tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' event, hosted by the League of Women Voters! BARBARA HOPPE says questions from the audience are encouraged and will be addressed by the guest speakers. Also, 'Marisol' director XIOMARA CORNEJO stops by to talk about this "incredibly poetic and hopeful" show that begins a nine performance run this Thursday, April 15, online-only, produced by the MU Theatre Department. (3:52) April 12, 2021

'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE sums up 'hindsight bias' in these eight words: oh, I knew that was going to happen. Find out how your uncanny ability to predict the past can affect your future stock portfolio, both good and bad, and the ways in which you can keep yourself from doing it anymore. April 9, 2021

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri communication and marketing manager SETH WOLFMEYER is here in place of Lindsay Lopez today, but he brings with him that same important message of the need for community support in order to meet the demand of those who are food insecure in our area, especially during a pandemic. April 8, 2021

Every year during the festival, True/False organizes field sessions: conversations between filmmakers about their films, experiences, and anything else that interests them. In this week's episode of the True/False Podcast, we’ll be listening in on one such conversation between filmmakers Meredith Zielke and Steve James. Zielke is an award-winning filmmaker and editor who co-directed A Machine To Live In, an impressionistic exploration of Brazil’s peculiar capital city that showed at True/False 2020.

Back in the day, GARY WUNDER had no problem understanding television thanks to the way TV shows were produced. He says, "When Gilligan's Island was on and...somebody got popped on the head, you knew that it was Gilligan and the Skipper was giving him a hard time." Today's programming tends to lean more on special effects to tell stories, and so something called 'Descriptive Video Service' is available to help those who are sight-impaired enjoy online and over-the-air entertainment. April 7, 2021