Off the Clock

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KBIA News brings you a look at the arts and entertainment this week in mid-Missouri.

Episode Date
Off the Clock - Celebrating Homer, and a Historic Building 'Reclaimed' In Centralia
On campuses across mid-Missouri students and faculty are wrapping up the semester, and on this edition of Off the Clock we visit a unique end-of-term tradition hosted by MU's Ancient Mediterranean Studies department: The Homer-athon. It's a celebration of "The Iliad," in multiple languages, and KBIA's Olivia Love captured the languages and the sounds of the recent 25th annual Homer-athon, on May 10th. And in Centralia, Missouri, the St. John African Methodeist Episcopal Church has been a part of the Centralia community since the late 1800s. It was a thriving African-American church until membership declined, services stopped, and the building stood empty. Callie and Brad Page bought the site to repurpose as a storefront for their business, Reclaimed, which makes furniture out of barnwood. After a year of renovations, the Pages hope the business will be a place for the Centralia community to come together, while honoring and preserving the building's historic legacy in the community.
May 17, 2019
Off the Clock - Missouri Program Nurtures Traditional Arts, and ASL as Art Form
Missouri has one of the oldest trditional arts apprecticeship programs in the United States. And every year, the Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program sponsors eight master artists and their apprentices - for teaching, sustaining and promoting a tranditional art form - here in Missouri. KBIA's Seth Bodine caught up with one of this year's master-apprentice duos to find out about a classical Indian dance being practiced here in the middle of Misouri: Bharatanatyam. Also on this edition - Producer Kassidy Arena explores the increasing popularity of American Sign Language, or ASL, as a foreign language option among college students, but finds that ASL is not always part of the deaf experience. Arena caught up with MU sophomore Sammie Davidson, who is deaf but doesn't feel she needs to learn ASL. CORRECTION: The audio version of this post has been updated to remove an inaccurate statistic on the numbers of Americans impacted by hearing loss .
May 13, 2019
Off the Clock - Preserving Pennytown
On this edition of Off the Clock, producer Emily Aiken visits the Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church, a small rural churchhouse that holds a world of history and memories of the families who formed and lived in Pennytown. The town was founded by freed slave Joe Penny in 1871. Today, family members like Virginia Huston congregate at the church to reflect on their past and keep the spirit alive for their descendants. You can see the full story here . Also, on this edition: Producer Olivia Love wandered through campus and discovered that the quads and crannies were packed full of Missouri high school musicians competing at the 68th annual music festival of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, or MSHAA. She captured the sounds in an audio postcard.
Apr 26, 2019
Off The Clock - Black Women Rock
Black Women Rock is a production showcasing remarkable Black Women chosen by the Columbia community, highlighting their hard work and accomplishments. Executive Coordinator Akinbamidele Durodola talks about the production and black women who motivate him.
Apr 18, 2019
Off The Clock - 'Where Pigs Fly'
After months working to comply with state regulators, the only pig museum in the United States is open again for business. As KBIA’s Seth Bodine reports, the museum's owner dedicated herself to agricultural education after some unexpected life events.
Apr 11, 2019
Off The Clock - eSports Finding A New Audience In A New Generation
Since breaking into mainstream media, eSports has fought for its space in athletics. Faced with conflicts for a spot in the Olympics and against misconceptions from the public, eSports is finding an audience in a new generation. Now, universities across the country, including the University of Missouri, are taking the first steps toward potentially bringing eSports closer to legitimacy. KBIA’s Noah Taborda has the story.
Apr 04, 2019
Off the Clock - Afrosexology
Afrosexology is a duo of women based in St. Louis who aim to reclaim black sexuality. Dalychia Saah teaches aspiring sex educators and sex therapists. Rafaella Fiallo is a clinical social worker and relationship, sex and trauma therapist. The duo recently visited MU to lead a self-love workshop. Isabel Lohman spoke with the them about how we can bring pleasure into our daily lives, the cultural tropes we fall for and what Afrosexology actually means.
Mar 21, 2019
Off The Clock - Black Alchemy
The Relevant Youth is a student run creative agency disrupting education through innovation. In this edition of Off the Clock, the organization's Diveristy and Inclusion Manager Alycia Washington talks about her first event. Black Alchemy is a celebration of the black creative. And Miriam Akogu, a featured artist, talks about her art being displayed for the first time and what it means to meet other creatives in town. The event featured seven artists and a live performance by local band Loose Loose.
Mar 14, 2019
Off The Clock - Son Of The Pale Youth: Gary McClure
Gary McClure seemed to have it all with his band American Wrestlers, which channeled frenetic energy of alternative music to a nationwide audience. Yet even with a record deal and critical acclaim, the St. Louis singer/songwriter wasn’t satisfied. With his new project Son of the Pale Youth, McClure is going back to basics. He talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his musical evolution.
Mar 07, 2019
Off the Clock - A Conversation With True/False Artist Sarah Nguyen
Columbia artist Sarah Nguyen has never attended the True/False Film Fest, and her first experience will certainly be a memorable one. Her installation “Break Into Blossom” will be featured at the 2019 festival. Nguyen, who has lived in Columbia for less than a year, said she feels very honored to be part of the festival. “This festival has so much weight in my mind,” she said. “I'm just psyched. I can't wait to meet the students and see the parades and, of course, see all of the other art installations and then the films.” “Break Into Blossom” is a multimedia installation centered around a life-size replica of Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. The replica is made of foam, painted to look rusted and covered in moss and cherry blossoms. Nguyen’s husband and MU English professor Phong Nguyen inspired the installation through his short story “Einstein Saves Hiroshima.” The story can be found in his book “Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History," which
Mar 01, 2019
Off the Clock - True/False Conversation With Filmmaker Avi Belkin
The True/False Film Festival is here and KBIA has been talking with filmmakers and artists. Aviva Okeson-Haberman spoke with the director of Mike Wallace is Here, a documentary that examines the legacy of the legendary 60 minutes anchor. Director Avi Belkin says he wanted to examine the life of a man who shaped broadcast news today.
Feb 28, 2019
Off The Clock - Cafe Berlin's Open Mic Session: Onemic Embraces Local Artistry
Onemic is a local open-mic session that gathers once a month at Cafe Berlin Downtown. Drawing people from many facets of life into one room, to listen to the many songs and poems that reveal deeply held secrets and feelings. Reporter, Brandon Eigenman has the story.
Feb 21, 2019
Off The Clock - The Greens Co. Brings Creativity To Columbia
Two Mizzou grads worked together to create and open the only black-owned and millenial-owned business in Columbia. The Greens Co. is a boutique and curation space located at 16 N. Nith St., in downtown Columbia. Co-Owner Marquise White says, "The Greens is the backyard in which our dreams are actualized." Los Angeles based artist Rikki Wright's photography exhibit "SIS" will be up until March 7, 2019. For more information follow @thegreensco on Twitter and Instagram.
Feb 14, 2019
Off The Clock - The Academy of Rock at Hickman High School
Down in a side room in the basement of Hickman High School, two juniors, Conor Byrne and Sam Wills, broadcast their radio show called Dad Rock World Tour. They speak into a small laptop computer about the different songs they are about to play and it echoes through the halls with the students as they make their way to lunch. The 90s, hipster aesthetic of the high school junior’s radio show matches perfect with the old band posters on the walls and the dimly-lit closet the radio studio is essentially in. Every day during lunch, students can come and sit on the worn down couches as a part of the club, Academy of Rock. They can visit with their friends while they eat, talk about their favorite bands and listen to the DJs.
Dec 06, 2018
Off The Clock - MU's New Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition
From Shark Tank to Startup Weekends, entrepreneurship is a growing craze in the nation. More than 25 million Americans are starting or running new businesses. The University of Missouri is the latest to encourage innovation on campus. KBIA’s Betsy Smith has more on MU’s new Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition. Over 100 MU students and faculty members gathered in Monsanto Auditorium Monday morning at the first Entrepreneur Quest Pitch competition.
Nov 15, 2018
Off The Clock - Moon Chanting At Stephens Lake Park
One music teacher learns how to chant at the moon. Now she provides the opportunity for others to join her at Stephens Lake Park. Margaret Waddell started chanting more than a decade ago. KBIA’s Aviva Okeson-Haberman caught up with Waddell on a cool fall evening as she led new friends in moon chanting.
Nov 02, 2018
Off The Clock - Daniel Boone Regional Library Teaches A Lesson On Native American Culture
A tipi sat outside the Daniel Boone Regional Library on a mid-September afternoon to teach people some valuable lessons about Native American identity. KBIA’s Betsy Smith has more on how one interdisciplinary artist tested people’s knowledge of what it means to be an Indian today. When it comes to modern representations of native culture, everything might not be what it seems.
Oct 18, 2018
Off The Clock - Experimental Music Festival Brings Musical Connections To Columbia
Alex Cunningham, a violinist from St. Louis, is in a trio that will most likely never play at a mainstream festival. Their music is an acquired taste. Cunningham had no notes to memorize when he played with a trio made up of a saxophone player and a drummer at the dimly-lit Café Berlin last Friday. Their performance is completely improvisational. He said the trio aims to make spur-of-the-moment music. And the result, he said, is chaotic.
Oct 12, 2018
Off The Clock - Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Features Grant Elementary School Blues Corp
The 12 th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival featured students from Grant Elementary School. As a part of the Roots N Blues Foundation, artists from all over the country spend the week in Columbia with students, teaching some history of blues music, writing songs and ending the week here in Flat Branch Park, showing their community what they’ve learned. KBIA’s Molly Dove had VIP Access with the Grant Elementary Blues Corp to see “what’s going on.”
Oct 05, 2018
Off the Clock - Blackkklansman Author Ron Stallworth Speaks About Ku Klux Klan Investigation
Columbia College hosted a conversation with Ron Stallworth, author of The Black Klansman on Aug 30. The memoir recalls Stallworth, a former African-American detective, and his infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stallworth spoke with KBIA about his memoir’s film adaptation Blackkklansman. The film was directed by Spike Lee and featured John David Washington as Ron Stallworth. Stallworth also discussed how important the investigation was to him and how he was able to stop violent acts within his hometown.
Sep 06, 2018