Clif Smart
Missouri State University

Missouri State University’s Board of Governors is commending President Clif Smart for his service this past fiscal year.

Smart presented a self-assessment to the board during its June meeting. The board then completed an electronic survey evaluating Smart in nine major categories, including strategic leadership, fundraising, and internal relations.

In a statement, Board Chair Peter Hofherr said, “He [Smart] faced many challenges on campus this year; however, his dedication and commitment prevailed, resulting in the continued upward trajectory of the university.”

Scott Harvey / KSMU

31 percent of Missourians registered to vote are projected to turn out for Tuesday’s primary elections.

If so, the figure would mark the highest voter turnout in the state since the 2004 primary, when nearly 36 percent cast a ballot. That year, then-Auditor Claire McCaskill defeated Gov. Bob Holden in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Voters also decided a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.


The New Horizons mission reached Pluto last year and began sending back the first pieces of amazing data. Lowell Observatory’s Dr. Will Grundy came on the show back in September to relate these initial observations. Now he stops back, via Skype, to let us know the newest word.

From the observation of geological features previously unseen in the solar system to variations in icy surface composition over the surface of the planet, listen in as Will talks about the newest data, and the ultimate plans for the mission.

Catching Culprits: Mosquitos As Vectors for Disease

Jul 27, 2016
David Claborn

David Claborn has spent many years worrying about the role insects play in the spread of disease. While in the Navy, he deployed with troops in order to mitigate problems that might arise from contact with diseases through these insect carriers.

Jason Kander
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jason Kander says Congress should be fired for not doing its job.

During a stop in Springfield Wednesday, Kander railed against both the House and Senate for taking time off before solving important issues. Congress is currently in week two of a seven week recess, which Kander said “they had not earned.” He pointed to items like failure to pass a funding package to protect against the Zika virus.