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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

As nighttime temperatures begin to climb and soil warms in Missouri’s woods, a fungal favorite of foragers begins to emerge.



This week on discover nature, keep an eye to the ground for morel mushrooms. 


Morels are hollow-stemmed mushrooms, with a somewhat conical cap, covered with definite pits and ridges, resembling a sponge, pinecone, or honeycomb.  


Jefferson City Art Club's annual Adult Fine Art Exhibit is now underway at Capital Arts Gallery. FRED SCHOLLMEYER invites enthusiasts of both professional and amateur art to stop by and check out this year's selection - some of which is for sale! Also, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Heart of Missouri CASA's KELLY HILL is here to talk about the need for more volunteers and to share some statistics about child abuse in our area. (4:02) April 6, 2021

Native plant specialist for Lincoln University, NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, is leading a four-week 'Native Plant Academy' throughout the month of May, and you're invited! This online-only workshop will be divided into four categories ranging from an introduction to native plants to principles of native plant garden design. Classes will be in both English and Spanish. April 5, 2021

Today is Good Friday, Sunday is Easter. That means local storyteller LARRY BROWN is here with a non-secular, original tale about a box he calls 'Jubliee'. April 2, 2021

The City of Columbia is making it real easy to plant a native tree in honor of Arbor Day (April 30) this weekend - you just have to get there early! BARBARA BUFFALOE has details. April 1, 2021

Nonfiction filmmakers often end up with a lot more material than they could ever use. That's something Elegance Bratton ran into making his debut feature, Pier Kids. The film portrays life in New  York for gay and transgender youth living on the Christopher Street Pier. Producing the film involved capturing all kinds of people’s stories over the course of many years in order to portray Bratton’s own experiences with homelessness. Bratton spoke with True/False programmer Amir George.

Head outside in mid-April and you’ll notice many trees springing into bloom.



This week on Discover Nature, we pay special attention to an unwelcome invader: the Callery pear tree. 


Callery pears, which include the commonly known Bradford pear, are easily identifiable right now: deciduous trees reaching mature heights of 30-50 feet, with a pyramid-shaped crown covered in clusters of tiny white flowers with an unpleasant odor. 


Newly-christened Love Columbia executive director JANE WILLIAMS is here to talk about the name change and how this 13-year-old local non-profit stepped up to help those in our community when the pandemic first hit. March 31, 2021

Henry Hall

Mar 30, 2021
Big Muddy Music Hour Logo: In a black and white line drawing, a boat anchor hangs from the bottom of a microphone. The anchor's crossbar separates the letters B M M H into quadrants.

  Fresh off of his performance on The Tonight Show, up and coming artist Henry Hall joins Colin on this episode of BMMH.

If you thought turning 30 meant Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home would be slowing down, think again! Chief development officer KARI HOPKINS is here to tell us about their latest program, a way to make your favorite childhood memories someone in foster care's favorite childhood memories. Also, Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN introduces us to a man in Kenya who is the recipient of a three-wheeled, hand-operated cart courtesy of Radio Friends! (4:06) March 30, 2021

Children's Grove wants to create a lasting impact on your child and their views on kindness. Throughout the month of April, a.k.a. Kindness Month, KIM DUDE-LAMMY invites children of all ages to participate in a number of easy and fun activities that they can do on their own time! Also, meet author/blogger/mom-of-three MELANIE STUDER. She's written a new book titled, 'College Bound: The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School'. (3:58) March 29, 2021

The vaccine rollout has been good news for everyone and everything - even the stock market is happy; as ALEX LaBRUNERIE tells us, it's "hitting new records" thanks to the slowly rebounding travel industry, among other sectors. But what about the companies that developed the vaccines? The news there may surprise you. March 26, 2021

This year's True/False Film Festival is guaranteed to be one like no other, that's according to STACIE POTTINGER, who showed up to show off an arial view of Stephens Lake Park (the location of this year's fest)! Also, MARVIN BYAS IV is here to promote his new theatre venture: The Farnham & Byas Playhouse. When asked what makes this theatre unique, Marvin said, "we're trying to break the notion that theatres are meant to be museums." (4:21) March 25, 2021

Fashioning A Film Festival Amid The Pandemic: Part Two

Mar 24, 2021

The 2021 True/False Film Festival will look completely different from any previous fest. In the interest of social distancing and safety, all of the films will screen outdoors, at Stephens Lake Park in the fest's hometown of Columbia, Missouri. The True/False Podcast spoke with fest organizers to explain what festival-goers can expect at the new venue, and how it's tried to keep some vestiges of normalcy from festivals past. 

If there's anyone who can put the 'fun' in funerals, it's author JOE DILLARD. While wearing a three-piece black suit, Joe shares with us two funeral-related anecdotes from his book, 'A Full Cup of Joe: Refilled with New Stories'! March 24, 2021

This week on discover nature, celebrate the first week of spring with a nature hike.



Spring brings new life to the outdoors: watch for young river otters near lakes and streams, bats leaving hibernation caves, wild turkeys, and turtles becoming active. 


The sounds of spring, alone, offer reason to rejoice. Listen for pileated woodpeckers drumming to establish territories, mourning doves cooing from their crop field nests, and the serenade of spring peepers at sunset.  

"We have to remember that what fuels this crime is the demand."

Stop Human Trafficking Coalition of Central Missouri advocate NANETTE WARD encourages everyone to become a member of the coalition. The fee you pay to be a member supports a trafficked survivor's needs like prescription medicine or phone services they can't otherwise afford. March 23, 2021

Family dentists PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, DDS, tackle the all-too-common para-functional habit known as bruxism (a.k.a. teeth grinding): who does it, why, and ways to help quit. March 22, 2021

Julien Baker

Mar 19, 2021
Big Muddy Music Hour Logo: In a black and white line drawing, a boat anchor hangs from the bottom of a microphone. The anchor's crossbar separates the letters B M M H into quadrants.

  Colin hosts indie rock goddess Julien Baker in a compelling conversation about her struggles with spirituality in the face of conversion therapy and her new album Little Oblivions. 

Balance issues? Try OsteoStrong! Owner DAYNA GLANZ says, "77% of our members are noticing five weeks." Also, MU Theatre Department's JOY POWELL invites everyone to the annual 'Chancellor's Arts Showcase' tomorrow night on the MU campus. This year you can celebrate the arts at Mizzou from the comfort of your own car - both live and pre-recorded performances will be featured. (4:23) March 19, 2021

Memory Day is going to look a little different this year. Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG tells us instead of the usual trek to the Capitol to meet with select legislators, any and all meet-ups will take place online, and the focus will be on HB10 and its impact on continued support for caregivers. Lois shares an original titled, 'First, the Bud' at [1:16]. March 18, 2021

Fashioning A Film Festival Amid The Pandemic: Part One

Mar 17, 2021

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Missouri was announced on March 7. That was day two of last year's True/False Film Festival. During the festival, South by Southwest — one of the biggest film festivals in the world — announced it was canceling its March dates, and the world of film festivals plunged into a year of uncertainty. Now, the True/False Film Festival is returning, with a different look, a different size and a very different venue. The True/False Podcast sat down with festival leaders to track the long road that led to this year's upcoming festival. 

On warm, late-winter and early-spring days look along streams for an insect skimming across the water's surface. This week on Discover Nature we watch for the water strider.

Water-repellant hairs on the hind and middle legs allow these nimble insects to skate on water. Velvety hairs on their bodies keep them dry despite spending all their time on water.  


Happy St. Patrick's Day 2021, everyone! Local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN joins us for a pint or two and to maybe share a story or two. Okay, for sure one story. And no pints - this is a morning show, after all. Today's story is a traditional Irish tale titled, 'The Radiant Boy'. March 17, 2021

The State Historical Society of Missouri is leaving up its exhibit at Ellis Library titled, 'Historic Images of Black Families: Representation, Identity and Diversity', through early May. Don't miss this opportunity to take an up-close look at late-19th/early-20th century photographs and illustrations from the likes of Thomas Nast ('Emancipation of Negroes', which JOAN STACK has brought with her)! March 16, 2021

You may not think that someone, for example, with a drug addiction (who's seeking help) has much in common with someone with a gaming addiction (who's also seeking help), but SMART Recovery's SUZANNE OPPERMAN says actually both parties, however far apart, have the same opportunity to make the decision to stop their dependency: "it's a choice." March 15, 2021

Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN, has written another book! 'You Wounded Miracle' features 60 poems alongside 60 photographs, including 'List Beyond the Stars' [4:34] and 'A Line from Dogen' [6:32], which he reads on today's show. March 12, 2021

Asking any one person to save the environment is a big ask, but such a request is not impossible. LINDA GODWIN's advice? Take it one step at a time. "I think it's important not to be overwhelmed by the list of what you can do, and pick something that works for you, like maybe drive less." March 11, 2021

Big Muddy Music Hour Logo: In a black and white line drawing, a boat anchor hangs from the bottom of a microphone. The anchor's crossbar separates the letters B M M H into quadrants.

  Colin interviews Patrick Wilson of Weezer. They talk about creating three decades worth of non-stop hits and their fantastic new album OK Human!