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This Comedian's Life, Ep. 16: Kevin McDonald

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:41:08 +0000

As an actor, comedian, improviser, and podcaster, Kevin McDonald is a man of many talents. Although Kevin has appeared as a guest star on almost every hit TV show in the last 15 years, he is probably most well known as a founding member of the legendary Canadian sketch group The Kids in the Hall. Produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, the show ran for five seasons on HBO and CBS. This Comedian's Life talked to Kevin about how the troupe got started, his new podcast, and why as a child he used to see costumed pickles walk by his house. To listen to his new podcast Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show, visit iTunes or You can also find Kevin on Twitter @kevinthekith.

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Global Journalist: Boko Haram Unbowed

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:05:26 +0000

The Islamic State’s attacks in Europe earlier this year made headlines around the world. But there’s another terrorist group that by some estimates has killed more civilians over the past few years than ISIS. That’s Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, which killed more than 6,000 people last year. It’s a group known for tactics like using child suicide bombers, striking churches at Christmas and kidnapping schoolgirls, like the 276 taken from the town of Chibok in 2014. The violence has caused a humanitarian crisis that could lead to more people dying of starvation than bullets. About 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes by its attacks. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a murderous terror group that has thrived for 14 years despite the efforts of Nigeria and its neighbors to defeat it.

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Morning Newscast for September 29, 2016

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:59:41 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Koster's Income Declined During Term As Missouri Attorney GeneralRural Employers Failing to Meet Needs of Breastfeeding MothersMissouri Seat Belt Usage Increases Along With Number Deaths

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Off the Clock - Roots N Blues to Unveil New Puppets at Festival

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:41:11 +0000

Columbia’s annual Roots N Blues N BBQ festival kicks off September 30 at Stephens Lake Park. It is one of the city’s biggest events, where fans can hear a range of live music, try out a variety of barbecued meat and view local artwork all in one location. But one particular kind of artwork has become an interesting staple at Roots N Blues. Giant, colorful, light-up puppets traditionally dance through the crowd of festival-goers during a band’s set. Standing at nearly 9 feet tall, these massive puppets are hard to miss. This year, the puppets are going to be operated by new masters. Instead of a traveling company providing the puppets this year, organizers at Roots N Blues asked a small team of local artists to create its own puppets for the event. Puppet designer Anne Jacobson and her team built two large, blues-themed puppets. One resembles blues guitar player B.B. King, and the other emulates the blues singer Billie Holiday. But both puppets offer a unique twist on the iconic blues

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Racial Conflict at MU Sparks University Response, Demonstration

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:14:46 +0000

It’s been nearly a year since the University of Missouri erupted in protests over racial conflict on campus. Now, a similar incident is reigniting the conversation. The Delta Upsilon fraternity at the University of Missouri was temporarily suspended on Wednesday after members allegedly yelled racial slurs at two black students in front of their fraternity house late Tuesday night. The students were members of the Legion of Black Collegians, which released a statement early Wednesday morning detailing the event. They wrote that MU Police arrived shortly after the conflict and began trying to control Legion members rather than the white students heckling from the frat house. The statement said another officer used “verbal force” while resting his hand on his gun. Sean Earl, the president of the Missouri Students Association, got calls at 2:00 in the morning from three of his friends. He was shocked. “My hope was that this was going to be a year of progress, a year of change,” Earl said.

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Morning Newscast for September 29, 2016

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:47:32 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: MU Fraternity Suspended After Allegedly Yelling Racial SlursDiscrimination Against Nixon Delayed As More Cases SurfaceMU Plans Research On Cats As Companions For Children With AutismTask Force Plans To Improve Tourism In Columbia

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Afternoon Newscast for September 28, 2016

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:06:48 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Teen Sues Police, Taser Over Stun-Gun-Induced Heart AttackDelta Upsilon Fraternity Suspended After Alleged Racial Slurs at MU

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Delta Upsilon Fraternity Temporarily Suspended After Alleged Racial Slurs at MU

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:24:50 +0000

This post will be updated as new information becomes available. Two black women at the University of Missouri say they were called a racial slur during a confrontation with white students outside the Delta Upsilon fraternity house Tuesday night. According to a statement from the university's Legion of Black Collegians, a group of white students passed the two women and a member of the group called the women a racial slur. Members of the legion and university police were arriving to assess the situation when the statement says members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity began recording interactions between the police and black students while shouting slurs and obscenities.

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Views of the News: Columbia Daily Tribune Sold to GateHouse Media

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:24:06 +0000

Come Saturday, Columbia’s afternoon newspaper, The Columbia Daily Tribune, will have a corporate owner, ending 115 years of local, family ownership. Why did the Waters family sell to GateHouse Media? And, what might the change mean for those who work there and those who have relied on it as their local news source for generations? Also, we’ll break down the first presidential debate, the coverage, the focus on fact-checking and Lester Holt’s performance as moderator. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Farmers Look to Chickens and Bugs as Natural Pesticides

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:15:33 +0000

In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old, quiet struggle on farm fields of farmers versus pests. They’re warding off intruding insects and noxious weeds with bugs and chickens. Gary Wenig and his wife bought 40 acres in central Missouri to grow organic vegetables. The land was full of weeds and insects, he says, and going organic meant the Wenigs couldn’t use conventional pesticides like the ubiquitous Round-Up or Atrazine. Organic farmers can use natural pesticides, but they’re expensive and still can be dangerous. Wenig decided to experiment. He planted what are known as “trap crops,” sacrificial plants not raised for harvest but that are extra tasty for pesky insects like squash bugs. Trap crops like Blue Hubbard squash attract the harmful bugs, leaving his zucchinis largely untouched. “The bugs will move in and they’ll stop at that point and eat those plants,”

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Morning Newscast for September 28, 2016

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:15 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Republicans Talk Up Constituents as Voter ID Ballot NearsJudge Tosses Ethics Complaint Against 'Citizen Lobbyist'Group Apologizes Over Missouri Voter-Registration GaffePastors Question Why Police Shooting Charges Took So Long

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Afternoon Newscast for September 27, 2016

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:34:57 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Republicans Talk Up Constituents as Voter ID Ballot NearsKansas City Police to Begin Testing Body-Worn CamerasJudge Tosses Ethics Complaint Against 'Citizen Lobbyist'St. Charles County Joins Regional Drug Monitoring Program

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Talking Politics: Caleb Rowden and his Policy Platform

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:44:00 +0000

Republican State Representative Caleb Rowden is serving a second term in the Missouri House for District 44 and is running for the state senate seat in District 19, previously held by State Senator Kurt Schaefer. Rowden’s platform focuses on economic development, low taxes, government accountability and strengthening Missouri’s public education system. The University of Missouri and public K-12 education serve as the centerpiece of Rowden’s campaign. “We’re on obviously on the other side of the hunger strike, and the football thing, and grad students, and all these things that obviously caused some tension,” Rowden said. The Republican state representative was vocal against budget cuts to the university earlier this year. “All of the reasons why the state legislature was more than willing to fund the University of Missouri in the past, those things are still going on, and I think in some cases they've got even better,” he said. He says he hopes to help MU grow into a national leader,

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Intersection - The Blind Boone Home Opens

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:39:27 +0000

This week on Intersection we talked with Clyde Ruffin, president of the John William "Blind" Boone Foundation, about the renovation of the Blind Boone Home. The house is located in downtown Columbia, and opened this month after years of work. It stands next to The Second Baptist Church on 4th Street. Ruffin also led two of our producers through a tour of the house. Listen to the full story:

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Harriet's Return with Playright and Actress Karen Jones Meadows

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:44:00 +0000

Karen Jones Meadows is visiting Columbia this week for a one-woman play and a pair of workshops sponsored by the University Concert Series.

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Discover Nature: Early Fall Colors

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:37:23 +0000

This week on Discover Nature, get outside to enjoy early autumn weather, and keep an eye out for the first signs of fall color.

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Micro Fishers Hunt for the Tiniest Catch

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:13:16 +0000

Hinkson Creek, which runs through Columbia, might not seem like an ideal destination for anglers. While it carries some standard game fish like bass and blue gill, you’re not likely to find any record catches. But on a recent late-Summer day, Michael Moore was after fish on the opposite end of the spectrum. A doctoral student in fisheries conservation at the University of Missouri, Moore was turning over rocks in the creek, looking for tiny aquatic bugs to use for bait. After gathering a half-dozen in a small lure box, he put one on a tiny hook, and dangled it in the water until he got a bite: a miniscule blue gill. This is micro fishing. Audio File Edit | Remove "It’s literally you’re trying to catch the smallest fish possible, in this and that’s kind of the added challenge I guess," Moore said. Instead trying to catch the biggest fish, micro fishers try to catch the biggest number of species. In lieu of bass, or catfish or trout, microfishers look for mummichogs, creek chubs, shiners

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Morning Newscast for September 27, 2016

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:30:36 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missouri On Track for Second-Highest Corn Harvest On RecordMU Researchers to Study the Benefits Cats Can Have On Kids With AutismTroubling Concerns at Nursing Home Closed by the StateSouthern Boone School District to Introduce New Garden Educator Position

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Afternoon News Cast Sept. 26, 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:01:00 +0000

Missouri added 8,700 private employers in 2015Records closed on Trump's failed bid for Kansas City casinoMU Confucius Institute celebrates its fifth birthdayWriters offered a chance to work in Mark Twain's library

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Morning Newscast for September 26, 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:05:22 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missouri Added 8,700 Private Employers in 2015Records Closed on Trump's Failed Bid for Kansas City CasinoState Makes Grants Available to Local Election AuthoritiesWriters Offered a Chance to Work in Mark Twain's Library

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