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'Land of the Fee' author and Mizzou history professor DEVIN FERGUS takes us back the beginning of Black History Month - did you know it started as Black History Week? - and then invites everyone to a handful of (virtual) events later this month sponsored by various committees at the University of Missouri. February 8, 2021

Sometimes those with dementia who are living in a care facility need more than a 'hello' via text message as their means of communication with the outside world each day. Often times those same people have a lifetime of stories to tell - too much for a text message, natch - and so advocate/volunteer LOIS LONG is here to encourage that phone call, encourage that Zoom-like interaction before it's too late. Lois shares an original poem at [2:57]. February 5, 2021

This week in nature, keep an eye out for groundhogs. Also known as woodchucks, or whistle pigs, these rodents in the squirrel family are active during daylight hours, and are breeding now.



With short, powerful legs and a medium-long, bushy tail, these mammals can grow to more than two-feet long, and weigh as much as 14 pounds. 


Heart of Missouri United Way executive director ANDREW GRABAU is looking back on 2020 and feeling very thankful. Thankful for the donors, thankful for the stakeholders, thankful for the volunteers...just thankful for the community in general. "Because of that generosity, over 40,000 individuals in our community received [COVID-related] emergency help." February 4, 2021

Fingers crossed that this year TODD DAVISON and his team at Maples Repertory Theatre will be able to put on their full season as planned, unlike last year when the pandemic kept the stage at the historic Royal Theatre in Macon dark. Find out what shows they're planning to do and get details on their latest fundraiser, 'Chair-ity'. February 3, 2021

"The more we can get driving out of the hands of people and into a dedicated device whose only job is to drive, probably the better off we all are, safety-wise." -- GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, speaking to the ongoing advancements in autonomous driving technology as a solution to automobile accidents, the majority of which are caused by the driver, not the car February 2, 2021

TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites the youth in our community to spend these next couple of months engaged with her staff in learning a variety of aspects related to the creative side of live theatre. Jill also touches on the effectiveness of doing this all online. Plus, MARILYN McLEOD tells us about a few of the many public events coming up in February sponsored by the League of Women Voters, including a two-part forum on social justice issues. (4:17) February 1, 2021

Resident storyteller LARRY BROWN is making a rare non-holiday-related visit to our show today: "I thought, boy, this is a season in which we need a break." His story, 'Chickens Underground', made its debut at the 'Chicken Festival', an annual event for local storytellers that this year took place online due to the ongoing pandemic. (And yes, he explains why it's called the 'Chicken Festival'.) January 29, 2021

Mid-Missouri's local Salvation Army is calling its 2020 Red Kettle Campaign a success despite the ongoing pandemic. Regional coordinator MAJOR CURTISS HARTLEY tells us who will benefit from our community's deep pockets. Also, JEFF MORAN takes us on a virtual tour of Mobility Worldwide's new facility. "The new shop is three times as big as the old shop!" (4:48) January 28, 2021

Author JOHN HOWE, "The Foolish Corner," says this about racial bias in the courtroom: "people come to the world with all kinds of biases of which they're largely not aware, and racial bias is one type; and so apparently it influences the sentencing decisions made by judges." January 27, 2021

This week on Discover Nature, Missouri’s most common squirrel species begin bearing litters.


Eastern gray squirrels are slender and wear a usually gray coat with white on the fringe of the tail and belly. 

Eastern fox squirrels are usually reddish-yellow in color, heavy-bodied and larger than the gray squirrel. 

Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY says carpet made from corn - yes, corn - "checks all the boxes" when it comes to choosing an environmentally-friendly floor covering for your home. Find out why! Also, Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home is celebrating 30 years this year. KARI HOPKINS tells us how they'll be celebrating this momentous occasion! (4:25) January 26, 2021

The deadline for filing your 2020 taxes returns to its longtime home of April 15 this year - at least that's the plan as of right now. To help you get both your personal and business portfolio is in order is our guest today, financial advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE! January 25, 2021

When you've written poetry based on photographs for a monthly magazine for close to 40 years - as WALTER BARGEN has done with Today's Farmer - it's easy to want to take a trip down memory lane from time to time. Here now is our third trip down that lane. January 22, 2021

Missouri’s resident and migratory bald eagle populations peak in the winter, and now is a great time to look for these iconic American raptors.



Mature bald eagles are easily identifiable by their black bodies with white head- and tail feathers. However, for their first four to five years of life, juveniles sport all-brown feathers with white speckles. 


We may not know for certain what the future holds for our little planet, but Columbia's Climate and Environment Commission is determined to lay the groundwork that establishes adaptability for generations to come. Guest: LINDA GODWIN January 21, 2021

OsteoStrong Columbia co-owner CARL GERHARDT tells us about the science behind OsteoStrong's four Spectrum System used to achieve ideal bone strength and health. Also, CHRISTY LOWE recaps Voluntary Action Center's 2020 Holiday Program: "it was really amazing to see this year." (5:02) January 20, 2021

"You have to check your own feelings, because getting angry at them only makes things worse." That's the message from SUZANNE OPPERMAN, SMART Recovery facilitator, to those dealing with a family member who has a dependency like drugs, alcohol or food, for example. January 19, 2021

We all know it's important to take care of our teeth, to take care of our mouth, yet a staggering 74 million people in the United States are without dental insurance. If that's you, DRS. PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, Columbia Healthy Smiles, are here to talk about another option that might help you pay down those bills: a dental plan. January 18, 2021

"This story would not have been written if my mother had not told me about her grandfather..." Author JOE POLACCO's new book, 'Giovanni: Street Urchin of Naples', is best described as historical fiction, the (occasionally embellished) story of Joe's great-grandfather making the journey from Italy to America and his ascension to patriarchy in a society rife with racism and injustice. January 15, 2021

Guardianship is "very similar to adoption in a number of ways" according to KATHRYN O'HAGAN, president of Columbia Foster and Adoption Project. We get into the nuances and more in this wide-ranging interview about CFAP's mission to assist the more than 400 children in need of foster care in mid-Missouri. January 14, 2021

While cruising down a Missouri highway this winter, keep an eye out for a predator on the prowl.



Often known as “highway hawks” for their roadside perches, red-tailed hawks are “brown above, and white below,” and adults have a rust-red tail with a narrow black band near the end.  They stand nearly two feet tall with a wingspan more than double their height.  


These hawks usually nest in open woodlands or in trees in grasslands and crops – frequently within city limits – hunting snakes, squirrels, mice, and other small animals.  


If you haven't seen 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' or 'Moonstruck' in a while, the Ragtag Film Society has got you covered. Actually, it's your own car doing the covering's a drive-in! STACIE POTTINGER tells us when and where we can watch these classic movies on their big 40' screen. Stacie also touches on this year's True False Film Fest. Also, dietitian LeANN ROBLEY shares some easy at-home exercise and nutrition ideas. "The big thing is starting out small." (4:50) January 13, 2021

Shovels ready?! The District is about to break ground on the long-awaited 'Gateway Plaza' at the corner of Broadway and Providence, and you're invited! Executive director NICKIE DAVIS tells us what this beautiful new green space will look like. Also, SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS fills us in on what's to come in 2021 for River City Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers and donations are always welcome! (4:38) January 12, 2021

Capital City Productions opens "The Yearling" four weeks from today! Executive board member ROB CROUSE tells us why you'll want to mark your calendars so you don't miss this classic musical about a boy and his pet fawn. Also, VIRGINIA RAMSEYER WINTER invites adults 50 and over who need to scratch their proverbial lifelong learning itch to sign up for Osher@Mizzou's winter session. Each class takes place via Zoom. (4:42) January 11, 2021

It's January, winter is upon us, and if you're a pet owner, you know life isn't as easy-going as it is during the warmer months. DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, has some good tips that'll keep Fluffy and Fido safe and healthy until the spring season arrives later this year! January 8, 2020

Artificial intelligence expert SCOTT CHRISTIANSON introduces us to what's known as "adversarial networks." Basically, AI is now in the art and music business, the proof being a 'painting' done by two AI's working together to "solve the same problem." It's a fascinating process that Scott explains. (Their partnership - a first - netted more than $400K at Christy's!) January 7, 2021

Stop Human Trafficking Coalition of Central Missouri board member ED WILLIAMS shares a personal story about a relative who was trafficked in Mexico, Missouri, unbeknownst to him while he was working for the Audrain County Sheriff's Department. "I spent 15 years in law enforcement and never heard of or even taken a report of trafficking." January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Missouri Sex Trafficking Awareness Month. January 6, 2021

This winter, consider a style of hunting that doesn’t require any special equipment, and has no bag limit. This week on Discover Nature, head outside in search of deer sheds.


Each year, between April and August, white-tailed bucks grow antlers made of calcium, phosphorous, and protein. Bucks use these hard antlers as weapons when sparring with other bucks for territory and mates during the fall rut, or mating season. 


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri executive director ANN MERRIFIELD invites anyone interested in becoming a 'big' (that would be the adult) to a 'little' (that would the child) to apply today. "Our mission is that we want to help all of our youth achieve their full potential." January 5, 2021