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Missouri is known for its black walnut trees—they’re a precious commodity, and Missouri has more black walnuts than any other state. Now, Missouri is starting to mount a defense against Thousand Cankers Disease.

By Lauren Hasler (Columbia, MO)

Rebecca Wolfson / KBIA

White Squirrels thrive in Marionville, Missouri, in spite of their genetic deficiencies on “Call of the Wild.”  New research at MU’s PRIME Lab reveals findings about stereotypes.

Rebecca Wolfson

Edamame, ed-a-mommy, eda who? Listen to a feature from Harvest Public Media on edamame production in the Midwest. Also, a first-person narrative about a failed attempt to see Missouri’s greatest birding spectacle.

Hosted By Rebecca Wolfson (Columbia, MO)


“Call of the Wild” kicks off the first part of a bear series. Follow KBIA’s Margaret Berglund as she traps bears, explains the Science behind new bear research and explores the controversy surrounding bear-hunting. Lead author of MU’s Bisphenol A study talks about the health implications of this toxic chemical found in plastics.

Hosted by Rebecca Wolfson

This week’s “Call of the Wild” features the bee, and a movement to revive native pollinator populations. A new hunger atlas tracks food insecurity in Missouri.

Rebecca Wolfson


MU Psychology professor Kennon Sheldon is the happiness guru, and talks about the keys to happiness. Also, “Call of the Wild,” a weekly segment featuring Missouri animals, debuts with a dove hunting trip.

Hosted by Rebecca Wolfson

A special report on the academic gender gap: Or, the difference between how women professors and male professors do in their careers. A collaborative report with Investigative Reporters and Editors, on KBIA’s Exam, hosted by KBIA’s Janet Saidi.

Daniel Longar

Note: The following report was originally released in May 2010.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials and documents describe the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant just south of Fulton, MO as having a safety conscious work environment. However, since 2005, there have been at least 14 documented allegations of discrimination against employees for reporting safety concerns at the Callaway plant, according to commission reports.

By Patrick Sweet and Rebecca Townsend