(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Theatre and Dance)

The Diary of Anne Frank, first published in its original Dutch edition in 1947—70 years ago-- documents the lives of two Jewish families living hidden in a secret attic in Amsterdam, Holland between 1942 and 1944, as described through the words of a 13- to 15-year-old girl.  She wrote about the group’s day-to-day survival under constant threat of capture—and worse.  Her writings, intelligent, witty and candid, deal with her relationships with her fellow fugitives; her first love; her ideals and aspirations; her reflections on good and evil; and her hopes for a future that never came.

Ring the chimes – it’s time to celebrate the reopening of Ellis Hall on the Missouri State University campus. Ellis is home to the music department and has recently undergone a huge face lift that will make new students, faculty and staff sing with pride.

The $14 million project centered on improving the facility’s acoustic conditions, reconfiguring space and updating material finishes.

This summer, construction crews finished framing windows and installing glass, lighting and sheetrock. The building also has an upgraded roof, HVAC and other mechanical systems.


Dan Shelley
Lucie Amberg / MSU's College of Arts and Letters

Dan Shelley says when journalism is deprived of its right to report on key issues, it’s the community that suffers. The message from the executive director for the Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, and its foundation, comes amid an influx of fake news and in some cases violence against reporters.

League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

This week on Making Democracy Work host Ilga Vise speaks with guest Ann Elwell. Elwell is the former president of the League of Women Voters of South-West Missouri.

Listen in as they discuss National Voter Registration Day (September 26, 2017), the founding of The League of Women Voters, and the newly approved voter ID law.

For more information on what will be on your upcoming ballot, check out

Richard Crabtree
Ryan Welch / KSMU

So you’re in the market for a new home, or just bought one, and curious about its history. When was it built? Who were its previous occupants? Most sellers would have some of this information, but would that tell the whole story? Richard Crabtree is a realtor with Murney Associates in Springfield who, in addition to his day job, spends countless hours digging up historical data on properties. In fact, the back of his business card reads “Realtor – Historian – Restorer.”