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Towels, crafts, greeting cards, scarves, runners, clothing, pins, jewelry...the list goes on for the number of homemade items for sale at this weekend's 30th annual Columbia Weavers & Spinners' Guild Holiday Exhibition at the Boone County History & Culture Center in Columbia! Guest: ANN McGINITY | Also, tomorrow marks day one of KBIA's Fall Fund Drive! General manager MIKE DUNN says money raised pays for the programming you listen to every day. (4:24) November 6, 2019

Written in 2011, 'Hello! My Baby' takes its audience back to the early 20th century when class-struggles ruled, especially when it comes to fulfilling one's dream. Student actors TRAMONTE MILLER and MORGAN MILLER tell us about Hickman High School's adaptation of this classic dilemma that's set to some recognizable music. Also, if you're a fan of KBIA, general manager MIKE DUNN says now is the time to pledge your support! (3:52) March 5, 2019

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How does news from around the globe get delivered to you?

On this week's special edition of Global Journalist, a team of Missouri School of Journalism reporters and professionals pull back the curtain on the high-tech process behind the recent live coverage from Stockholm, Sweden of MU Professor Emeritus George Smith's Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Student reporters Meg Cunningham and Savannah Rudicel, as well as KBIA's Nathan Lawrence and Ryan Famuliner, brought the story home for the mid-Missouri audience served by the Columbia Missourian KBIA 91.3 FM and KOMU-8 News.  


How best to describe Talking Horse Productions' annual Starting Gate New Play Festival? How about: three playwrights, two original plays (each), one theme ('truth and lies') for one weekend only. Guest: NATHAN O'NEIL | Also, tomorrow is a big day at KBIA because it's the start of the fall fund drive! Program Manager KYLE FELLING says this is a critical effort because one-third of the station's funding comes from drives like this thanks to listeners like you. (4:43) November 7, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LYNN ROSSY, Executive Director of Tasting Mindfulness, about when is the right time to eat. It may sound simple, but Lynn says to eat when...you're hungry! She says do not eat when you're bored or in need of entertainment. Watch for even more great advice! At [3:25] MIKE DUNN, General Manager of KBIA, is asking for your contribution during the station's upcoming spring pledge drive! Starting tomorrow, each and every one of your donated dollars goes towards keeping the services, the programs and the community outreach you've come to know and expect from KBIA running for another year. March 7, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with KYLE FELLING, KBIA Program Director, about their fall fund drive that kicks off tomorrow and runs through next Thursday! The goal is $360,000. No pledge is too small! At [4:35] JILL WOMACK and 'Cinderella' invite all the little girls watching to "A Royal Tea Party" inside Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. This popular event is a fundraiser for TRYPS, and the theme this year is 'The Princesses Visit Hogwarts'. November 1, 2017

Three very different stories illustrate the common -- and deepening -- fault line that news, sports, entertainment media and higher education are trying desperately to straddle.   Every word, every video clip, every invited speaker, every programming decision is viewed through the hyper-partisan lens of pro-Trump and anti-Trump activists.  On this week's episode of Views of the News we discuss Sean Spicer, Chelsea Manning and ESPN's Jemele Hill.  Plus a look at the new Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War.  

Inviting Spicer to the Emmys

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA SMITH, Reporter and Producer of "Missouri Health Talks," a new weekly series about access to health care produced by KBIA's 'Health and Wealth Desk'. 'Talks' takes a different approach to storytelling, whereas instead of your standard Q&A, stories are told through conversations between two willing people. August 1, 2017

Vellore Gopalaratnam

A nondescript cinder block building on Columbia's north side provides a space for the local Hindu community to come together for prayers, fellowship and celebrations. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with some of those who were active in establishing the Shanthi Mandir community center.

How do journalists ring in the New Year?  Megyn Kelly announced she was moving from Fox News to NBC.  CNN's Don Lemon rivaled Mariah Carey for most embarrassing moment by getting progressively more drunk on live TV.  A Washington Post reporter chronicled the death threats he received for his aggressive coverage of Donald Trump.  And lots of us talked about how we could cover the president-elect and other big stories with more clarity and purpose in 2017.  Meanwhile, some big brands tackled Islamophobia in new video ads.

Megyn Kelly says goodbye to Fox News

Today Paul Pepper and KBIA General Manager, Mike Dunn, are asking for your pledge! Starting tomorrow, "the most important 'drive' of the year" begins, and if you're a fan of the many programs heard on KBIA, the money for those programs come from donations made at this time of the year. Please consider giving! At [5:10] NANCY GRIGGS, Women's Symphony League, invites everyone to the Missouri Theatre this Sunday for performances from piano students, ages 6-18, from across Mid-Missouri. This annual event is sure to delight the whole family! November 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KBIA News Director, RYAN FAMULINER, about their station's latest online efforts! In short, "Access Missouri" is a user-friendly deep-dive into state government records; and "My Life, My Town" is a short documentary project that gives a voice to teens in rural towns. The goal of both? To inform and educate - check them out! November 4, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone

Sep 16, 2016
John Farmer de la Torre

The State of Missouri's poet laureate,  Aliki Barnstone, spoke with KBIA's Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Thinking Out Loud: Making Waves

Jun 14, 2016
Kelsey Kupferer / Making Waves

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of students at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.


Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

Jim Harlan / MU Department of Geography

Henry Rowe Schooclraft explored the Ozarks in 1818 before many whites had settled the region. The journal he published the following year details what animals and plants he saw. Now, 200 years after Schoolcraft took the grand tour of southern Missouri by foot, we look at the forces that have altered the landscapes he saw. 


Discover Nature: Wild Turkeys

May 9, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, listen for wild turkeys gobbling in Missouri woods and grasslands.


Missouri Department of Conservation

Spring weather settling-in across Missouri triggers breeding activities for many frogs.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll learn about the Boreal Chorus Frog. 

Listen in prairies, and along the grassy edges of marshes and farm ponds, for these small gray or tan frogs – three-quarters to one-and-a-half inches long – with three wide stripes down the back.  They begin breeding in late February, with their raspy, vibrating call peaking in mid-April – a sound similar to running a fingernail over the teeth of a pocket comb. 

Thomas Jefferson scholar Peter Onuf visited with KBIA's Darren Hellwege in advance of his visit to Columbia. Onuf is a regular contributor to BackStory as one of The History Guys.

Also on this week's program Darren talked with Columbian Nanette Ward about an April 22 event Freedom From Fashion that is a benefit for Ward's group, the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.

This program was originally broadcast on March 29, 2016.

Listen for new episodes of Thinking Out Loud each Tuesday evening at 6:30 on KBIA 91.3FM.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MIKE DUNN, General Manager of KBIA, about their recent switch to all news and moving classical music to the new KMUC, as well as the spring pledge drive that starts tomorrow. Find out how much they're planning to raise in six short days! At [4:21] JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, invites everyone to stop by and see two portraits of early University of Missouri presidents as painted by George Caleb Bingham - it's all part of their "Picturing Politics" exhibit on display now! March 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIT SALTER, who reminds us that 'curiosity never retires.' If that's your mindset, then you might be interested in the next round of Osher @ Mizzou classes beginning March 7! At [4:03] PATRICK NEELIN, Chief Engineer at KBIA, touches on the technology behind KBIA 1, 2 & 3. How does a digital signal get from our house to your house? Watch! February 16, 2016

Anna Soulstice / Facebook

On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with a pair of Mid-Missouri musicians. We have in-studio performances from Boonville country singer Tanner Lee and Columbia singer-songwriter Anna Soulstice. Also on this week's program, we have a preview of this Sunday's Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


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As you may have heard, KBIA will soon change formats. Within the week, we expect  to launch a new station where classical music can play 24-7. Soon thereafter, KBIA will change sounds. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege explores what our new format means for the sounds emanating from your radio.  

Here at KBIA, we've been talking for years about how we best meet listeners' needs. The new station at 90.5 will be a full-time classical music station. This frees up KBIA to serve up more news and information programs.

Riley Beggin / KBIA

KBIA is honored to have won the General Excellence in Online Journalism - Small award in the 2015 Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards.

The award was announced at a banquet in Los Angeles Saturday night at the end of the annual ONA conference. Stephen Thompson, a writer/editor for NPR Music, was one of the hosts of the event. In presenting the award, he read this note from the judges:

"The judges were impressed that a tiny newsroom staffed largely with college students had such a thoughtful and sophisticated website, from data journalism to crowdsourcing to long form feature storytelling this site punched way above its weight. In a category full of excellent entrants this was a real standout."

The New York Times has had to walk back its story on a "criminal" probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server while the paper is vigorously defending another of its exclusives...on abuses in the nail salon industry.  The first Republican presidential debate is only a week away.  Some wonder whether all the scrambling to meet the Fox News criteria for inclusion is worth the trouble.  More bad news for the newspaper business: major layoffs and poor performance with minority employment.  Media companies are embracing a new revenue source that raises ethical questions.  And research shows "visual" news sites are more successful.

Several years ago, Missouri State Representative Holly Rehder’s daughter struggled with prescription drug abuse. “She had cut her thumb at work and went and got stitches and got a prescription,” Rehder recalls. When her prescription ran out she continued using the pain killers, says Rehder, “because they were so easy to obtain.”

Now, Rehder is sponsoring a bill to make it harder for addicts to obtain drugs in Missouri.


On April 23 the Radio and Television Digital News Association awarded KBIA five prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in region 5.  These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world"   

Lucia Sebastian is the Language Assistant at the Head Start in Noel, Missouri. She works with the numerous immigrant children who have limited English skills and need help to communicate.

She has a four-year old daughter enrolled at Head Start, but she recounted an incident where Head Start was instrumental in helping her older son, Victor.

When her son was eleven years old, he was playing baseball with a friend in the yard and got hit in the mouth with the bat. The blow knocked out several teeth, but Sebastian was unsure she could afford the costs of taking Victor to the hospital.


Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Theatre's HEATHER CARVER about Mary Zimmerman's "Argonautika," opening next Wednesday, March 11 at the Corner Playhouse on the University of Missouri campus! If you know the story of 'Jason and the Golden Fleece,' you'll enjoy this production! At [4:54] KBIA General Manager MIKE DUNN talks about the spring pledge drive, which begins next Tuesday! Won't you consider making a donation? March 6, 2015

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The University of Missouri and KBIA announced today the purchase of 90.5FM KWWC from Stephens College. Pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), MU will pay Stephens College $50,000 for the station in addition to providing the college with $50,000 in underwriting over a five-year period.

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