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Bicycle riders and beer drinkers will find refuge this Saturday at the inaugural Bicycles and Brews in Springfield. The event will be held at the downtown square and will feature live music, activities, a bicycle film festival, and, of course, cold beer. KSMU’S Samuel Crowe reports.

North Springfield Betterment Association Sets Party for Students

Hundreds of elementary school students that live north of Walnut Street are invited to attend the North Springfield Betterment Association’s 16thannual attendance party at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. These students had 99 percent or better attendance during the school year, and will receive some mega prizes for the achievement. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

When you think of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield you probably think of the Civil War, or battle reenactments. But each Saturday night in May, visitors won’t hear gunshots--instead, they’ll hear music. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

The Vintage Car Rally Association is hosting a car show this weekend in Joplin.

If you’re touring the streets of Joplin this weekend, you might run into a parade of vintage cars strolling around town. The Vintage Car Rally Association is hosting its “All Stars for Autism” vintage car show May 1-5 at the city’s Holiday Inn. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

YMCA campers last summer at Camp Wakonda swimming pool.

For those parents with young, active children, summer can be tricky to find activities to burn off that energy. To help out working parents, a few organizations around Springfield offer a variety of kids’ programs all summer long. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

A Cub Bella performing at an alumni concert last year.

A musical group at Missouri State University is preparing for an upcoming concert, an audition for a reality TV show, and the release of its sixth album.  KSMU's Rebekah Clark has this feature on the group A Cub Bella.

Wilson's Creek Cannon

A National Park Service Report found that in 2011, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield’s nearly 200,000 visitors spent over 10 million dollars in the greater Springfield area. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.

OTC Clue the Musical

Ozarks Technical Community College has traditionally been known for its emphasis on technical and health related degrees—not for its fine arts. But right now, OTC actors are busy memorizing their lines, and stage managers are envisioning a set at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the community college has responded in a big way to demand for fine arts education.


Chinua Achebe was Africa’s most famous novelist and professor, the founding father of African fiction. His 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” challenged traditional Western thought and assumptions of colonial rule in Africa, and remains the most widely read book in African literature. Achebe died Thursday at the age of 82. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with a local professor who shares her perspective on the African luminary’s impact in her classroom.