A filmmaker in Springfield is raising money to complete a documentary about Kenya, the country where he was born and grew up. KSMU’s Missy Shelton recently talked with Patrick Mureithi about the film and why he thinks it will resonate with people in the Ozarks.
Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. As KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports, the trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011.
The “tabla” is the Egyptian generic word for a “drum.” Also known as the “darabuka,” this goblet shaped instrument has become a pillar of Egyptian culture. For one man visiting the Ozarks, the tabla is even more than that—it’s tied to the rhythm he remembers from his boyhood in Egypt, and it’s become a symbol of the Egyptian people. George Sadak brought his handmade tabla, encrusted with mother-of-pearly inlay, to our studios Friday morning.
The Civility Project, which is an ongoing project that reminds citizens of the importance of respect in matters of public discourse, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. To honor the occasion, leaders of the project, including members from the Library Center and Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will be hosting the free program series called “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The program series includes poetry readings, photo exhibits and a soup dinner. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke on the importance of exporting goods from the state of Missouri at a steel manufacturing plant in Springfield Tuesday. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser was there and has this report.
This Valentine’s Day, instead of getting your special someone the typical box of chocolates, how about trying something that’s both different and healthy? Give your loved one the gift of heart health by providing alternative foods that might lower cholesterol and the chance of sickness. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark files this report.
This is a story about a woman whose perspective is enriched by having lived in two very different worlds, and having lived for over eight decades. A single mom of two boys at 30 years old—a young widow, no less—Shirley Johnson became a teacher and taught at Baptist Bible College in Springfield for years. However, instead of retirement, Johnson packed her bags and moved to Kenya as a missionary, where she began changing the lives of impoverished kids. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark shares her story.
Supporters and opponents of the proposed E-verify ordinance are campaigning away in Springfield. If approved, the ordinance would require businesses to check the immigration status of all new employees using a federal E-Verify computer system. Some people have raised money to promote their messages through advertising on the radio, phone bank operations, and other venues. Now as the final vote approaches on Feb. 7, the groups are stepping up their efforts to make sure the public is aware of the issue. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
This week, the Springfield-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope reached a milestone: it has served more than 50 Million people around the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, citywide outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Local high school students have the opportunity to travel to Africa with Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate. Students will travel as part of Chocolate University, a program within Askinosie Chocolate that inspires local students to learn business skills and get involved in the world beyond Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to Askinosie, who shares how students can get involved in the program.
This week, the Springfield Symphony selected six finalists who are auditioning for the position of music director and conductor during the 2012-2013 season. Each finalist will trade off leading one of the season’s six concerts as a guest conductor, and they will then be evaluated by the audience, orchestra and staff. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
On Friday, the two-hour episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature the show’s efforts in Joplin after the May 22 tornado. The episode shows volunteers from all over the Ozarks, including more than 300 Drury members who designed and built a tribute to volunteers in Joplin’s Cunningham Park. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
This week marks the ninth year in a row that Smart Chickenhas donated chicken to Ozarks Food Harvest, through the Feed the Hungry promotion. This promotion works like this: the company will donate one pound of chicken to the food bank for every ten pounds of products purchased at local grocers. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Chocolatier Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, will be awarded the 14thhonorary doctorate from Missouri State University. The nomination was approved this week by the MSU Board of Governors, after receiving recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Interim President Clif Smart. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with Askinosie and has more.
December 1st marks World AIDS Day, a day to increase awareness of the disease across the globe. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is joining in the effort to fight the virus, and spoke with KSMU’s Samuel Crowe.
While the headlines often report the skirmishes or prisoner swaps between Israel and the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, some scholars argue that Israel’s greatest challenge is the division within the borders of Israel proper—that is, between the Jewish citizens and the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. One such scholar will give a public lecture Wednesday at MSU. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this interview.
Thanksgiving is a holiday known for family and food. However, some in the Ozarks aren’t able to connect with loved ones or have a good meal. For those of you who might not have any holiday plans scheduled, there are a couple of ministries hosting free holiday dinners and activities this weekend. Their message? No one should be alone over Thanksgiving. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
For the past 37 years, Missouri State University has hosted the Model United Nations conference. This year, roughly 250 middle and high school students will be in attendance at the Springfield campus. The European economic crisis, global warming and telecommunications are just some of the topics that they’ll debate. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
An international team of researchers, several of them here in the Ozarks, are working together to breed new grapes. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this story on how these new breeds are expected to affect the wine industry.
The disclosure of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the U.S. is certain to worsen relations between Riyadh and Tehran, despite the baffling and improbable details that have emerged so far.
But relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been deteriorating for some years now, with growing hostility bubbling just below the surface. In that context, the plot may make more sense than is immediately apparent.
On this edition of the Sense of Community Series produced by KSMU’s Mike Smith, in his own words, Staff Sgt. Dennis Chambers reflects on his military service pre and post 9/11, (including the 1stof 2 tours in Iraq) the dynamics of a military family whose spouse is deployed overseas, and on the benefits of being born on the 4thof July.