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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

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

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

"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

Truman Veterans' Hospital staff cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM has written a new book! 'Seeking Hunger: How Food Shapes Our Thinking, Health and Destiny' stems from Dr. Chockalingam's belief that "our body, our mind, our psyche, our society has...been shaped and motivated by hunger" since the dawn of mankind. January 4, 2021

If it's good enough for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it's good enough for your home - that's what I always say! What are we talking about? Eco-friendly cork flooring from Carpet One Floor and Home, of course. Guest: SCOTT BRADLEY | Also, MU professor and author SAMUEL OTTEN tells us about his new children's book, 'Missing Letters: An Alphabet Book'. (4:33) December 21, 2020

As if we needed another reason to love author JOE DILLARD, on today's show he tells us about the financial commitment he's made, based on the sale of his books, to Relay For Life. Joe shares a brand new story, "The Case of the Missing Garbage Can", at [5:30]. December 15, 2020

The topic of today's visit with 'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE is what's known as "availability bias." Did you know diabetes is four times more likely to kill people than accidents, and asthma is twenty times more likely to kill people than tornadoes? Probably not. The reason we get these "relative importances" wrong is because of the way they're covered in the media. Find out how it relates personal finance! December 2, 2020

Onetime poet laureate WALTER BARGEN has a new book out titled, 'Pole Dancing in the Night Club of God'. He reads us two poems from it: 'God's Juice' at [2:44] and 'Stylish' at [6:05]. November 19, 2020

"I wanted to tell a story about my life because I felt that there were things in these poems that would resonate with other people." -- LUCINDA WATSON, poet/author of 'The Favorite', on how she decided which poems made it into the book November 6, 2020

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

'The Foolish Corner' author and MU professor of finance, JOHN HOWE, tells us why he's chosen 'hubris' to be the word of the day (hint: within the definition of the word 'hubris' is the word 'overconfidence'). September 10, 2020

Columbia native, and now author, DON LEE, shares with us the ups and downs of a life spent in the funeral business, a topic that also happens to be the subject of his new book, 'Table For One'. Also, TOM BENDER talks about some of the classes being offered during the online-only edition of Osher@Mizzou's fall session. Registration is now open! (5:35) September 8, 2020

It's been a rough 2020 for a lot people, and author JOE DILLARD is no exception - except that he gets to claim a round or two of bladder surgery on top of everything else that's going on in the world. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Joe says he kept his medical team in stitches the whole time...something about seeing yours truly's face and not that proverbial light at the end tunnel. July 6, 2020

Author/poet WALTER BARGEN shares two of his poems: 'Brotherhood' at [3:07] and 'The Great Moon Hoax' at [5:40]. March 26, 2020

In 2019, JOE DILLARD had two colonoscopies, three surgeries, eight rounds of chemo and an extracted tooth. Oh, and he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Through it all, Joe maintained a positive attitude and even published a book! 'The Blue Mound Chronicles' is a memoir from his time in Blue Mound, Missouri - an unincorporated crossroads on the western side of the state. March 19, 2020

'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE cautions those who lived through the financial crisis of 2008/2009 but may have forgotten that during that time period the stock market dropped 50%, and those who are new to investing and think that a 19% return is normal, to not get too "complacent." January 13, 2020

Author REBECCA MURRAY's book, 'The Little Plastic Angel', is the story of Annie, a plastic angel who dreams of one day sitting atop a family's Christmas tree. Will she make it there before December 25th? Also, TRENT RASH and KIRK TREVOR invite everyone to the 9th annual Symphony of Toys, a family-friendly holiday-themed concert this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. Proceeds benefit U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. (3:45) December 10, 2019

DR. MAGGIE CARDONELL, MU Health Care, tells us about the grand opening of an eye clinic with an emphasis on pediatric ophthalmology. Also, author ELISHA WELLS STROUPE never expected to be a 'desperate farmwife', but since she is, she might as well write a book about it! (3:30) December 9, 2019

Author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads two poems from his new book, 'Until Next Time': the first from a section called 'Coastal' [3:36] and the second from a section called 'Coastal Wash' [6:02]. October 29, 2019

Author/blogger/health psychologist LYNN ROSSY says that the holidays don't have to be a food frenzy. For Halloween, that means instead of handing out candy, you hand out any one of her 20 - yes, 20 - "fun" alternatives. She lists them all! (Let your neighbor give the kids sugar.) October 21, 2019

"When we think about success, people who are successful know that they have worked hard, almost invariably...and it's easy to think that that's the sole determinant of their success; but I think there's a lot of luck...that goes into it." -- JOHN HOWE, finance professor and author of 'The Foolish Corner'  October 10, 2019

"Framing" is presenting the same information two different ways. When dealing with money, that can greatly affect a person's perception of the situation. Author JOHN HOWE, 'The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions', illustrates this idea further by using gambling and any news you might get from your financial advisor. July 29, 2019

"Poisons work two ways: how much you get and the nature of the poison itself. Scorpion poison is designed to kill little things, not humans." -- author OLEN R. BROWN putting to rest any fears you might have of getting stung by a scorpion in Missouri. (It'll still hurt.) July 18, 2019

Author BILL YOUNG explores the early years of baseball great Jackie Robinson in his new book, 'J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball'. Bill says Robinson had support within the league, but that he experienced a "heckuva lot of racial taunting." Also, SMART Recovery's SUZANNE OPPERMAN wants to help those with abnormal dependencies realize that what they're doing is a choice by getting family members to take part in positive reinforcement. (5:04) June 18, 2019

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN reads two poems he originally wrote after the Flood of 1993. Unfortunately, thanks to the recent flooding in much of the midwest, they're relevant once again. "Good Place to Begin" at [1:41] and "Why the World Stops" at [4:00]. June 13, 2019

Find out about guest MELANIE KNOCKE's new book, 'A Little Piece of the Moon', and her new website (which aims to provide an accessible understanding of astronomy); plus, meet the new director of Columbia Public Schools' planetarium, MEAGHANN STOELTING, and get ready to mark your calendar for several planned (laser!) shows coming soon! May 6, 2019

"In all victories, you're going to have setbacks." -- DAIVE DUNKLEY, co-author of 'Black Resistance in the Americas', on life after Barack Obama's presidency. May 2, 2019

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN can find a compelling story anywhere, even in something as mundane as a trip to his dentist's office. April 12, 2019

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. JOHN HOWE, author of 'The Foolish Corner,' says planning is key to a proper retirement because people are "living twenty, thirty years after retirement and that's a fairly long period of time to have to support ourselves." January 31, 2019