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Expert commentary (in red) by Dr. Roy Fox, Professor of English Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Listen to the companion piece to this infographic: “In Republic, book challenges raise the question, ‘What should kids read?’”

Alex Smith / KCUR

This week we head to Kansas City for a different kind of dinner party—one that is uses a grassroots approach to support the arts. But first, a local look at a national event that’s all about supporting and celebrating the rights of of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

How an innocent proposal of marriage turns into a family feud.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.


When Republic High School in southwest Missouri removed two novels from its curriculum and library in July, it drew national attention and launched a conversation about what books are acceptable for Missouri students.

Amateur hour

Oct 7, 2011
Jessica Pupovac

Does the idea of standing up in front of a bunch of strangers and trying to make them laugh seem horrifying or exhilarating? For some people it’s both. This week, we explore the world of stand-up comedy and discover what kind of person willingly puts themselves out there.

One University of Missouri student says she will be using a can of Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry as a personal business card. That’s because her face and a brief bio will be printed on the can.

By Molly Balkenbush (Columbia, Mo.)

A satirical look at how the Trojan War really got started.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

The University of Missouri is continuing to celebrate ability today as part of a week-long event to recognize people with disabilities.

by Jennifer Long (Columbia, Mo.)

Adam Procter / Flickr

The University of Missouri is now officially looking into a new athletic conference affiliation.

By Ryan Famuliner (Columbia, MO)

James Muspratt

Filmmakers and filmgoers alike are flooding into Columbia for the 4th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival. We’ll check in with two of this year’s featured film-makers. And … it’s the season to be scary- and a darker sort of vampire has already landed in Columbia.

The inaugural show.  Two hillarious yarns by Missouri's favorite storyteller about the Ma and Pa Kettle of their time.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Davis Dunavin

This week of September 28-30 is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, which honors books challenged or removed from libraries across the US.

By Davis Dunavin (Columbia, Mo.)

The annual Citizen Jane Film Festival kicks off September 30.

By Mengxi Zheng (Columbia, Mo.)

Columbia Imagined, the six-phase planning process for the city’s future, has reached its second stage.

by Dihui Yang (Columbia, Mo.)

Davis Dunavin

Monday would have been the 123th birthday of T. S. Eliot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, dramatist and critic who has been called the greatest poet of the 20th century.

By Davis Dunavin (Columbia, Mo.)

Pinball wizard

Sep 23, 2011
Jessica Naudziunas

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

Walter Astrada

Walter Astrada, an international photojournalist, visited MU September 14, 2011, to discuss his project about violence against women.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Creativity is in the air and this weekend marks two debuts. We sit down with a local filmmaker about his newly produced concept short, which debuts Saturday. But first, we head to Kansas City for the long-awaited opening of a new performing arts center.

Members of the Muslim community in Columbia gathered with the larger community yesterday  to emphasize the importance of peace in the world.

KBIA’s Carah Hart has this report on how some Mid-Missourians worked to bridge religious and racial barriers in a march of peace.

Carah Hart

Five United Methodist church congregations across Columbia put a one thousand dollar grant to use renovating properties around the city Sunday in honor of the tenth anniversary of September 11.

By Carah Hart

Festival recap

Sep 9, 2011
Emily Kaiser

Fall’s unofficially begun and that means festivals galore here in Columbia. This show is dedicated to two of them.

Many local downtown Columbia streets will be shut down Friday due to festival events.

By Alexandra Jones (Columbia, MO)

Roots N’ Blues’ Economic Impact on Local Businesses

Jul 19, 2011

Columbia’s fourth annual Roots N’ Blues N’ BBQ festival hits the streets of downtown this weekend. Festival officals expect to bring in 75,000 people to listen to the blues and eat barbecue from vendors from all across the country. But how much impact does the festival have on local businesses?

Columbia Art League

This week we take a look at a new spin on an old sport, the debut of a new alcohol policy in Jefferson City and a weekend long art show in Columbia.

Off the Clock: April 15, 2011

Apr 15, 2011

Columbia Author Lise Saffran talks about her new book, and life, art and love on San Juan Island.

Words Travel: Author Ibtisam Barakat talks about her latest project, a children’s story for the Arab world, and beyond.

Ibtisam Barakat is a Palestinian writer who lives in Columbia Missouri and participates in many international writing and arts programs.

Blind Boone Statue Unveiled

Oct 15, 2010
blinde boone statue
Melanie Gibson / KBIA

More than 50 people gathered at MU’s Reynolds Alumni Center Monday night to witness the unveiling of a sculpture of Blind Boone to go in the J.W. “Blind” Boone House in downtown Columbia.

Columbia firefighters hosed down the remains of the Maplewood Barn Theater as members of the theater company looked on Monday night.