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With Halloween coming up this Saturday, we thought now was a good time to talk about cavities in children. Maybe these tips from DRS. PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, Columbia Healthy Smiles, will save a tooth or two! October 26, 2020

The reality is, if it were not for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, 100,000+ people in our area would not be able to put a nutritious meal on the table every night. And besides something to eat, by providing that meal to families and individuals, president and CEO LINDSAY LOPEZ says, "it frees up monetary resources for other needs." October 23, 2020

Well, it's come to this: the Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon will not be putting on a show in the year 2020. Blame you-know-what. A "discouraged" TODD DAVISON instead uses this time to look ahead to 2021. October 22, 2020

This week on Discover Nature, keep an eye to the sky after midnight and in the predawn hours, as the annual Orionid meteor shower peaks.



In autumn each year, just as hunters are taking to the woods and fields here on Earth, a hunter in the sky puts on a show of his own. 


Boone County Clerk BRIANNA LENNON is here with important information about the upcoming election, including details on what today marks the end of in terms of voting opportunities! Also, SCOTT BRADLEY shows off the "greenest of the green, most environmentally-friendly flooring" available now at Carpet One Floor and Home! It's also the most ancient. (3:51) October 21, 2020

End-of-life doula MICKEY HAVENER describes a "death cafe" as "an opportunity to talk about death without any agenda, no perimeters; ask questions, tell your stories; just get used to talking about death." Easy, right? Watch for details about the next one! October 20, 2020

The year was 1968. It was an election year. The stock market was at a peak. And then the Hong Kong Flu began, eventually claiming over 100,000 lives. Investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, takes us back to that time and uses its recovery process to predict the (eventual) recovery process of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. October 19, 2020

When it comes to mobility, GARY WUNDER prefers a cane; his wife, DEBBIE, prefers a seeing eye dog. (To each their own, I guess.) Find out why! October 16, 2020

We're talking watersheds with BARBARA BUFFALOE from the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability. "Every water that drops onto a road or a sidewalk, it's flowing to a creek; and that's not treated. It goes into those storm drains and immediately goes into a creek or stream. Stormwater is separate from our sewer system." Sign up to clean up today! October 15, 2020

Taking part in the wrong type of exercise, such as endurance sports, can lead to a loss in bone density. Today's guest, OsteoStrong Columbia owner DAYNA GLANZ, tells us why and what you can do about it. Also, it's that time of year again: open enrollment! If you're a Missourian who benefits from Medicare, you'll want to hear what Missouri CLAIM executive director SCOTT MINIEA has to say about the 2020 season. (5:14) October 14, 2020

This week on Discover Nature, we’ll look for one of Missouri’s late-blooming native wildflowers.



The New England aster is the tallest of Missouri’s native asters – growing up to eight feet – dotted with dozens of quarter-sized flower heads, usually in shades of purple, with a yellow disk in the center. 


Members of the Daisy family, these hardy wildflowers tend to bloom earlier than most other asters, and stay in flower for longer.  


Native plant specialist NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL is enjoying the fall harvest! Persimmons; flowers such as aster, dittany, rosinweed and blue lobelia - if you're lucky enough like Nadia to have these in your yard, just let them grow! October 13, 2020

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election is now just three weeks away! Stay informed by attending tomorrow's virtual 'Lunch and Learn' featuring Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon and hosted by the League of Women Voters. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, NICK FOSTER says Voluntary Action Center is in need of more sponsors to "adopt" a family this holiday season. Find out what that means and how you can sign up! (4:43) October 12, 2020

He's baaack! Tiger Radio Network's CHRIS GERVINO pays us another visit to talk all-things Mizzou sports and local media. October 9, 2020

TRYPS executive artistic director JILL WOMACK invites area youngsters to explore their creative side by joining the next round of Zoom classes. Also, Rainbow House's director of development, RICHIE VANSKIKE, tells us how they continue to raise funds without the ability to host normal fundraising events (due to the pandemic). "People become very creative, very innovative and really kind-hearted." (4:36) October 8, 2020

Discover Nature this week, and listen for the sounds of autumn, as a sonorous chorus of crickets carries across the night air. 


Frogs such as spring peepers may get the glory of signaling warmer seasons, but field crickets are the celebrated singers filling the soundscape of fall.  


Field crickets may have black, brown, or tan bodies, about an inch long, and adult females have a needlelike, though harmless, ovipositor extending from the abdomen. 


Registered dietitian GINGER MEYER shares tips on how to keep the weight off after you lose it. She says, "maintaining regular physical activity is key." Also, ROB CROUSE tells us about Capital City Productions' next show, 'Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical'. He describes it as "a chilling, thrilling, romantic musical!" (4:37) October 7, 2020

Meet Columbia's new Salvation Army majors CURTISS and SANDY HARTLEY! They discuss the added challenges they face in light of taking on a new appointment in a new town during the COVID-19 pandemic. October 6, 2020

"2020 has been an awful year for everyone, but it's been particularly awful for our residents and our families and our long-term care facilities and their staff because back in March, visitation just stopped (because of the COVID-19), and at first, no one realized how long...this would go on." -- ANN BICKEL, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care October 5, 2020

"We grew! Our services have expanded, and we are an essential service for our community, and so we need your help to partner (i.e. monetary donations) with us through the end of this year and then also into 2021." -- KARI HOPKINS on the need to support the more than 50 foster families at Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home October 2, 2020

This week on Discover Nature, watch for a swift-flying migratory duck traveling through Missouri from the north.



Blue-winged teal breed all across North America, and they leave their summer homes early, from as far north as Alaska, to overwinter along the Gulf of Mexico, and as far south as Argentina. 


Adult males – called drakes – are small, each with a dark gray head and a white crescent between the eye and bill. A light blue patch adorns the forewing just above a greenish patch of feathers called a speculum. 


Looking to invest in our community? Consider donating to Heart of Missouri United Way. Executive director ANDREW GRABAU says, "when you give to United Way, you're giving to a structured strategy that allows us to have the biggest reach, the biggest impact, and therefore your dollars go further." October 1, 2020

Opening a small business during a pandemic is one thing, operating it during a pandemic is another! We explore both experiences with Love Coffee's CHUCK CREWS and The Basement Reef's ANTHONY WILLROTH. (4:00) September 30, 2020

Life in a nursing home during a pandemic goes likes this, according to advocate LOIS LONG: "if a person goes out to a doctor's appointment, they have to be in isolation for the two weeks when they come back. And when you think of a person with dementia...their world is already very closed in." September 29, 2020

There's a new acquisition at the Center for Missouri Studies: a bust of Norm Stewart, legendary head coach for Mizzou men's basketball, who donated it as a nod to the woman who created it - a legend herself - Sabra Tull Meyer. Says art curator JOAN STACK, "now we've got Sabra and Norm in our gallery!" September 28, 2020

"If you have a sibling with heart disease, your risk of having a heart attack goes up 40%; a mother, 60-70%; a father, 75%; both parents, 300-600%...what I'm trying to say is genes can play a significant role." -- DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, staff cardiologist at Truman Veterans' Hospital September 25, 2020

Services for Independent Living is offering classes for the 18-35 crowd who may still be trying to "navigate their way through the world." JESSICA MACY says classes about job exploration, how to build friendships and self-esteem start in October! Also, Carpet One Floor & Home's new 'Sample Box Program' is for those who maybe can't venture out due to the pandemic. General manager SCOTT BRADLEY explains how it works! (4:58) September 24, 2020

Celebrate the arrival of autumn this week, and watch for a variety of ripening tree nuts falling to the ground.


Many Missouri native trees produce this protein-rich food for wildlife and people, and aid in the trees’ reproductive process. 


Watch for walnuts, hickory nuts, hazelnuts, horse chestnuts (buckeyes), acorns, and pecans, falling from above, and scattered on the ground. 


If you haven't yet smiled today, you will after you watch this interview with author JOE DILLARD. His latest book - a continuation of his first - is titled, 'A Full Cup of Joe: Refilled with New Stories!'

An excerpt: "One of my favorite things to do is to stretch out on the bed. That encompasses lying flat on my back, hands folded over my chest, eyes shut and going to my happy place. I have been accused of: 1) taking a nap; 2) avoiding work; 3) being unsociable; 4) practicing my casket pose - really it's whatever the situation calls for!" September 23, 2020

Going to the dentist can be an intimidating experience for young children (and some adults!). PHILIP BATSON, DDS, and ELIZABETH ABE, DDS, Columbia Healthy Smiles, share tips on how parents can best prep their little one before taking them to that first appointment. September 22, 2020