Picture yourself in a national park like Denali, the Everglades or Yellowstone.

What comes to mind?

Dr. Judith Meyer, a historical geographer at Missouri State University, wants to know how you experience that landscape and why. 

She has long been fascinated with Yellowstone, where she served as a tour guide for several summers. One of her research interests is what she calls the sense of place.

Ozarks songwriter Johnny Mullins was the brainchild behind many classic tunes; in this episode, we hear some of his music, and also the memories his family members have of his songwriting habits.  Instead of packing up and moving to Nashville, the successful songwriter chose to stay in the Ozarks, working as a school janitor for decades.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise talks with executive director of OACAC, Carl Rosenkranz.

Today’s discussion explores the history of OACAC, and services available to help give people in poverty to have a “hand up.”

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A traditional fiddler from Ava, Missouri talks about his early childhood memories listening to his grandmother's fiddle records.Host Jim Baker asks about traditional Ozarks music, and what makes a good square dance tune.

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The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium has been voted America’s Best Aquarium by USA Today readers.

The announcement was made in a members only ceremony that featured Congressman Billy Long and Springfield Mayor Ken McClure.

Dude Perfect, a sports entertainment group with a popular YouTube channel, helped make the announcement as a banner was revealed by divers in an aquarium behind them.

Tyler Toney is a member of Dude Perfect.