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Each week, our host Sara Shahriari sits down with community members to discuss issues concerning mid-Missourians. From politics, to local art to social issues, anything that generates good conversations and affects our community is on the table.

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Inside and Out: MU Journalists Reflect on What Shapes Who They Are
In this special, hear the voices of MU students tell their stories of finding the people, places and feelings that have helped them grow and change. They were challenged this spring in their advanced writing class to write essays about significant moments in their lives. With the help of their professor, Berkley Hudson, they recount their stories and experiences. Hear our radio special with selected commentaries here: You can also listen to the rest of the class: Connor Hoffman shared a desire for solitude with his father. But that solitude and what his dad taught him changed his perspective on his environment. Madi Skahill has more in common with her dad then she would like to admit. And when he introduced her to music, she thought she would never find the solace that her dad had found. But when she quit piano and choir, she realized that her dad wasn’t so wrong for wanting Madi to find a love for music. Tradition is important in Myles Poydras’ family. When the men in his family took
Nov 25, 2019
Remembering Sharpend - A Conversation With Sehon Williams
In a recent dialogue that took place at the State Historical Society of Missouri, 97-year-old long-time Columbia resident Sehon Williams was interviewed about his life, family and work in Columbia. The conversation was part of the Society's series of lectures on the African American Experience in Missouri. Long-time Columbia civic leader Bill Thompson hosted the talk.
Nov 20, 2019
Intersection - Reps. Stevens and Kendrick on Serving in a Superminority
On this edition of Intersection, we talk with state Reps. Martha Stevens and Kip Kendrick, both Democrats from mid-Missouri leveraging their local community involvement into their legislative work in the superminority party in Jefferson City. Stevens has worked as a professional social worker and has focused on health care policy since being elected to the state legislature in November 2016. Kendrick has served in the legislature since November 2014, focusing on health care policy and serving on the House Ethics and Higher Education committees. Producer Sidney Steele talks with the two legislators about payday lending, Medicaid, health care access, and their plans for the upcoming state legislative session in January 2020.
Nov 11, 2019
Talking Music, Faith and Journalism with Music Writer Aarik Danielsen
What is the sound of mid-Missouri? For Columbia music writer Aarik Danielsen Columbia's location along the I-70 corridor, and in the middle of the country, brings lots of influences and some great acts that the Columbia kids grow up on. But in spite of key music venues like the Blue Note and influential festivals like Roots N Blues N BBQ, our town also makes for a music scene with some volatility - being a college town, many acts tend to move on. Danielsen, an arts and entertainment editor at the Columbia Tribune, unpacked some of these ideas with us, and introduced us to some of the sounds currently in rotation for him, including: Columbia band Loose Loose , local musician Noah Earle , Brittany Howard , David Wax Museum , and, of course, Wilco .
Nov 04, 2019
Intersection - Why It's Tough to Talk About Sexual Violence
In a new report on the University of Missouri’s campus climate, the American Association of Universities says about a quarter of undergraduate women who responded to its survey have experienced sexual assault or harassment on campus. For trans, genderqueer and nonbinary students, that rate is more than 50 percent. The report also says more students know about on-campus resources for sexual assault and harassment, but that doesn’t necessarily stop sexual assault from happening. The fact is, this is a really hard thing to talk about - especially for assault survivors. But advocates say one of the most important things you can do for a survivor - is to talk about it with them. So we talked about it - on this edition of Intersection. KBIA producer Kassidy Arena spoke with survivors about their experiences, reaching resilience, getting support, and how most media gets this topic wrong. In this edition of Intersection, Kassidy speaks with students Casey Smith and Kelly Slatter, and is also
Oct 23, 2019
Intersection - Conversations From Cambio de Colores
As immigrants arrive and seek a new life in many Missouri counties and across the Midwest, researchers and community organizers have been getting together to share information and strengthen networks that make a more welcoming community for new arrivals. A key convener on these conversations is the University of Missouri's Cambio Center. It's celebrating its 15th year - and the center has hosted an annual conference for organizers, activists, researchers and academics at its annual Cambio de Colores conference. This year, KBIA's Janet Saidi caught up with some of the conference coordinators and researchers, and this episode of Intersection features some of those discussions. Our guests are Cambio Center Coordinator Veronica Perez-Picasso, Kansas State University's Debra Bolton , and MU Professor Stephen Jeanetta. We also spoke about the research of Nicole Novak .
Oct 14, 2019
Intersection - A Conversation About Impeachment, Past and Present
The word impeachment is on the news and on our minds in America, right now. And an MU professor has written a book on the history and legal context behind this political process known as impeachment. Frank Bowman is the author of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump.” He teaches at MU’s School of Law and at Georgetown University Law. Bowman says impeachment should be less of a historical oddity and more of a real political tool. He recently sat down with Intersection and talked about impeachment in America and what it means to impeach a U.S. president. Bowman says each generation has to re-learn the processes, history and legal contexts of impeachment - and he considers his role to be part of that education.
Oct 07, 2019
Intersection - Roots-N-Bluesin' With Tracy Lane
This weekend in Columbia about 30 musical acts, from Country and Roots to Soul and Blues, are descending on Stephens Lake Park for the 13th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival . It all starts tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 27, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29. This year’s lineup features some musical legends like John Prine, Del McCoury, Alejandro Escovedo, Nick Lowe, Patty Griffin … And then there are up-and-comers like headliner Maren Morris and The Black Pumas, plus locals like the Kay Brothers, the Burney Sisters, and Violet and the Undercurrents, all taking the stage this weekend. Festival co-owner Tracy Lane has spent the past two decades working in Columbia's music and arts scene, and recently took the helm as a co-owner of the festival. She joined us in studio recently to discuss, and hear, the highlights. We also talked about the history of the festival and how the music scene has changed and evolved in Columbia over the past decade.
Sep 26, 2019
Intersection - Missouri Health Talks on the Current Status of Missouri Oral Health
This week on Intersection we bring you a special on oral health from Missouri Health Talks. KBIA’s Rebecca Smith spoke with Dr. John Dane, the State Dental Director, and Gary Harbison, the Executive Director for the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health. They followed up on their conversation with Smith in August 2017. They spoke about the current status of oral health care in Missouri, advances that have been made in oral health policy and struggles Missourians still face when it comes to accessing quality, affordable dental care.
Sep 23, 2019
Intersection - Chief Geoff Jones on Policing, Columbia and Why He Became an Officer
Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones was named to the city's top law enforcement position in August, and he is set to be sworn in at a Columbia City Council ceremony this evening. On this edition of Intersection, Jones talks with host Janet Saidi about the goals and challenges he sees on the horizon for policing in Columbia. And he discusses what motivated him to become a police officer.
Sep 16, 2019
Intersection - UM's Outgoing Diversity Chief Says There's Still Work To Do
On this edition of Intersection, KBIA and the Columbia Missourian sit down with Kevin McDonald, the chief diversity officer for the University of Missouri and MU, who is in his last week of service at MU before taking on the role of vice president at the University of Virginia. In the summer of 2016, just months after the 2015 protests that brought national attention to the difficulties faced by diverse students on the University of Missouri’s flagship campus, the UM System hired McDonald to serve both the statewide campus system and to serve as a vice chancellor at MU heading up the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. Now – three years later – McDonald is beginning his last week at MU, before heading to his new post, in a similar diversity and engagement role as a vice president at the University of Virginia. The Columbia Missourian's Sarah Haselhorst sat down with McDonald recently to get his thoughts on how far we've come with inclusivity and equity on campus and in the
Jul 22, 2019
Intersection - Navigating the World of Sound With Hearing Loss
Nearly 29 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, citizens, organizations, companies and campuses are still working on providing access and accommodations for those who need it to engage with and experience the world - its streets, its buildings, its concerts, classrooms, and even its radio programs. On this edition of Intersection, KBIA producer Kassidy Arena, who has hearing loss, explores what all this means for those who are deaf and hard of hearing (a transcript of the conversation is below). As a producer and journalism student, Arena wants to explore how radio is experienced for the deaf and hard of hearing. Angela Branson is MU's coordinator for deaf and hard of hearing students. John Coleman is a student at MU who, like Arena, lives with hearing loss. Kassidy Arena spoke with Branson and Coleman about the misperceptions, challenges, and triumphs they encounter as they navigate the hearing world. This program ended with the music of Sean Forbes - you can
Apr 29, 2019
Intersection - Unbound Fest's Alex George On Writing and Book-festing In Missouri
This week, Intersection sits down with Alex George, a Columbia author, owner of Skylark Bookshop and founder of the Unbound Book Festival , which comes to Columbia this weekend. Now in its fourth year, the festival has brought literary celebrities - like Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and this year's keynote speaker George Sanders - as well as up-and-coming literary voices to mid-Missouri. George spoke with Intersection host Janet Saidi about what he hopes the community takes away from the festival, what it's like being a British writer in the middle of Missouri and what his future dreams are for Unbound. The festival hosts a day of educational events in Columbia schools with its Authors In the Schools project on Friday, April 19. Then the festival hosts a kick off event with Poetry Abound , at Cafe Berlin Friday afternoon at 4.30pm, just ahead of Friday's 7.30 keynote event with George Saunders at the Missouri Theatre. The main festival panel discussions and author events take place all
Apr 15, 2019
Intersection - CoMo's Two Mayoral Candidates
Tuesday is election day and voters across mid-Missouri are deciding on school board, mayoral and city council races. One of the most important races on the Boone County ballot is the Columbia mayoral race, with two experienced politicans vying for the job. Mayor Brian Treece is seeking a second term and has served as Columbia's mayor since 2016. Before his election as mayor Treece worked on historic preservation efforts in the city and chaired the Downtown Leadership Council. Chris Kelly has spent served in a variety of political roles, including 18 years as a state representative in the Missouri legislature. We asked the two candidates to chat with our producers at a place of their choice that, for them, symbolizes Columbia. Kelly chose the MKT trailhead at Flat Branch Park. And Treece chose the historic Niedermeyer Apartments. Both of them explain what this particular place means to the community and to them personally, in these conversations with KBIA producers Noah Taborda and
Apr 01, 2019
Intersection - What's On the Table for CoMo's School Board Candidates
This week on Intersection: Three candidates in Columbia are running for two seats open on the Columbia Public School’s Board of Education ... and voters will decide between the three candidates in the municipal election April 2nd.
Mar 25, 2019
Intersection Excerpt: Missouri Health Talks on Food Insecurity ‘The Hidden Problem’
In this excerpt from KBIA’s Intersection, Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks, discuss the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding food insecurity. They spoke to KBIA for Missouri Health Talks.
Mar 19, 2019
Intersection - Combating Hunger in Missouri
Hunger affects about 900,000 people in Missouri, according to Feeding America . And it can be found in rural areas or in urban areas, and even on college campuses, throughout the state. Though some organizations and food banks, like the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, are using creative ways to combat the issue of food insecurity, researchers are still trying to find a way to reduce hunger. On this episode of Intersection, we talk about what it means to be food insecure, how where you live can affect it and the stigmas that come with hunger.
Mar 18, 2019
Intersection - The T/F Inspiration Overload Episode
This week on Intersection, we'll look back on the weekend in Columbia that was the annual inspiration overload known as the True False Film Festival. In this 16th year of the fest, the streets were taken over by art, film, conversation, confrontation, and inspiration. And KBIA was there, capturing some of the sights, sounds and conversations. In this edition: KBIA's Sebastián Martinez Valdivia talks with "Lasting Marks" director Charlie Lyne Samuel Mosher talks with "Caballerango" director Juan Pablo González Emily Aiken speaks with Roni Moore and James Blagden, the directors of "Midnight in Paris" And Molly Dove kicks off the episode with an audio postcard from the March March
Mar 04, 2019
Intersection - Here Comes True False 2019
The 2019 True False Film Fest is here. And this week on Intersection, we're tossing the mic to the True False podcast team. Podcast host Allison Coffelt sat down with three programmers behind the festival to get the highlights and themes emerging from this year's lineup. Featured guests: True False Programmers Abby Sun, Amir George and Chris Boeckmann, with True False Podcast host Allison Coffelt Check out the True False podcast from the True False team and KBIA. This Intersection program was produced by Betsy Smith, who is also a producer of the True False podcast with KBIA's Sebastian Martinez Valdivia.
Feb 25, 2019
Intersection - The Lasting Impact and Struggle of Missouri's African-American Women
In her book "Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis," MU Professor Keona Ervin delves into the stories and the frontline activism of working-class black women in her native city of St. Louis. The period Ervin documents largely takes place in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s in pre-war and post-war St. Louis. In addition to staging factory walkouts and strikes, these activist women conducted the "cleaning, cooking, sorting, selling, weighing, sewing and riveting" that held their families and communities together. In return, their families, churches, political parties, and communities provided the network that supported and lifted their struggle and its achievements. In this episode of Intersection, Ervin explains why she was atracted to these stories in her research, how the early activism of these St. Louis women compares to movements like #BlackLivesMatter today, and why it's important to include the work of these laboring African-American women
Feb 18, 2019