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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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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
Intersection - Staying Sustainable and Staying Positive
Drought, storms, extreme weather conditions, the rise of sea levels, the loss of ecosystems, and dire predictions: If you follow the news, you know that when it comes to the state of the planet, it's not a pretty picture. And President Trump's 2017 decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement has added to the concerns. But what does all this mean for Columbia, Missouri? On this episode of Intersection, we hear from two local environmentalists who live with this question. Raghu Raghavan is the University of Missouri's sustainability manager, and Barbara Buffaloe is the sustainability manager for the City of Columbia. In this conversation, they share goals and progress reports on their work to make our community and campus more energy efficient and sustainabile. They also talk about how being sustainable doesn't have to be so painful, and how they manage to stay positive amid the dire predictions.
Feb 11, 2019
Intersection - Columbia Mayor Brian Treece on Policing, Finances and What Makes CoMo Great
This week Intersection features a chat with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece about the future of Columbia. Mayor Treece was elected in 2016, and is currently seeking a second term. He's facing a challenge from long-time Missouri politician Chris Kelly. Voters get to decide on that in April, and we’ll have future conversations focused on that race. But first: In light of recent changes and conroversies surrounding the resignations of the city manager and police chief, and community policing in the city, our Intersection team wanted to sit down with Mayor Treece to chat about these issues and what he feels is the best way forward for the city. Treece talked about why he's calling for a city-wide audit and the importance of transparency in city operations, as well as addressing Boone County Sherriff Dwayne Carey's comments on traffic-stop data, and the process for hiring a new city manager and police chief going forward. Loading...
Feb 04, 2019
Intersection - Community Policing, Former CPD Chief Ken Burton, and the Way Forward for CoMo
Community Policing has been an important issue in Columbia recently, driving discussions around fair and equitable policing and sparking controversy over its handling by Columbia's former city manager and police chief. On Intersection, a roundtable of stakeholders came together to discuss the philosophy of community policing, how it influenced the tenure - and departure - of former Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton, and how the city of Columbia can move forward with fair and effective policing strategies. Guests on this episode of Intersection include: Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, the president of the organization Race Matters, Friends Lynn Maloney, a board member for Race Matters, Friends Fourth Ward Columbia City Councilmember Ian Thomas Check out this timeline of the tenure of former Police Chief Ken Burton created by KBIA producers and featured in this roundtable discussion. And you can see this 2017 Q&A with Ken Burton by Columbia Missourian editor Katherine Reed, also mentioned in
Jan 21, 2019
Intersection - Recent Changes in Columbia and What It All Means for the Community
On this edition of Intersection, three local analysts discuss recent dramatic changes in Columbia, including the departures of the city's police chief, its city manager, and the elimination of the position of deputy city manager. We explore the factors influencing these changes, and what it all means for the community as we move forward in a new year and in the runup to April's municipal elections.
Jan 09, 2019
Intersection - Unbound Book Festival Authors Talk Inclusion, Lost Stories and Identity
Today on Intersection, we’re sharing interviews with local authors coming to the Unbound Book Festival this weekend, and also exploring concerns about diversity and expression at the festival. Unbound is a three-day event that brings authors from all over the world to Columbia to talk and share insight on their work. The event runs from April 19 to the 21, and will be held in venues across Columbia, including The Missouri Theatre and Stephens College. This year's headline speaker is author Zadie Smith. As we put together this show, we learned of people voicing concerns over diversity and inclusion at the Unbound Book Festival, particularly on several panels with all white participants. Ibtisam Barakat, a Palestinian-American author, posted a statement to Facebook about a week ago saying she was encouraged by these discussions to reveal racism experienced while participating in an Unbound panel last year. Barakat talked with producer Abby Ivory-Ganja about her experience. Sara Shahriari
Apr 18, 2018
Intersection - Missouri Health Talks on Missouri’s Sexual Assault Response Team
This week on Intersection, we bring you a special from Missouri Health Talks. Health reporter Rebecca Smith spoke with Jennifer Carter Dochler, the Public Policy Director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) and one of the facilitators of the MO-SART, or Missouri Sexual Assault Response Team.
Apr 10, 2018
Intersection - Fighting Bullying in Missouri Today, From the Statehouse to the Classroom
The classic concept of bullying is a boy on the playground scaring other kids into giving up their lunch money. But that's far from how much bullying unfolds. Today on Intersection we explore what bullying, and efforts to stop it, look like in Missouri. We hear about revenge porn, online bullying and harassment, and prevention programs at local schools. Editor’s note: On this episode, we discuss topics including suicide. This may not be suitable for all listeners.
Mar 30, 2018
Intersection - True/False Filmmaker Conversations on Shirkers, Three Identical Strangers, Primas
Today, we're looking back at a few popular films from the True/False film festival. We spoke with six filmmakers about the process behind their films and what they hope audiences gain from their work. The films cover a range of topics, from the father-son relationship within a radical jihadist group, the nature-nurture debate and the loss of Singapore's first independent film. Our producers talked with the directors of Primas, Shirkers, Black Mother, Antonio e Catrina, Three Identical Strangers and Of Fathers and Sons.
Mar 13, 2018
Intersection - What is a Grand Jury Anyway? A Conversation with MU Law Professor Ben Trachtenberg
Last week Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted by a grand jury and charged with felony invasion of privacy. His trial is scheduled to begin May 14. But what is a grand jury, an indictment or a felony? And for that matter, what is invasion of privacy?
Mar 01, 2018
Intersection- True/False Filmmaker Conversations on Bisbee '17, Crime + Punishment, América
Today, we’re talking with four True/False filmmakers about the inspiration behind their documentaries and what they hope audiences learn from their films. The documentaries cover a range of topics including aging, deportation and policing. The True/False fest starts Thursday, March 1 and ends Sunday, March 4. Over the course of four days, 45 films will be shown. You can find a complete list of films on the T/F website .
Feb 27, 2018