A Springfield man, who once called Syria home, struggles to maintain with his family members in the Middle Eastern country as a political uprising has led to harsh crackdowns. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson interviews him here.
An Ozarks chocolate company is doing more than just creating artisan chocolate – with the help of local college students, Askinosie Chocolate is reaching out to an African community with a plan to make a lasting difference. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.
An all-star men’s fast pitch softball team from Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan, is in town this weekend to play several friendly games with local teams at the Killian Sport Complex. The first game is Friday night June 29 and will include opening ceremonies in Killian Stadium. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details
This week, Drury University has had a few different residents than it’s used to housing. Fourteen Latina teenage girls from southwest Missouri are taking part in the school’s Campamento de Alumnas Hispanas (Summer Camp for Latina girls). The camp gives the girls the chance to spend a week on the campus and engage in a variety of academic sessions. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
In a conference call with reporters today, US Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri discussed the progress of the federal Farm Bill. Blunt says the last time the bill was up for debate six years ago, lawmakers took almost three weeks to debate the bill’s amendments before voting on the measure as a whole. This time around, he says, lawmakers are trying to narrow the timeframe in which they debate amendments to the bill from weeks to a “handful of days”. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has this report.
Sixty-eight years ago today, Allied troops invaded northern France at the Normandy coast in the biggest planned invasion in U.S. military history. The long awaited “D-Day” changed the course of the world war. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark tells the significance of the historic day through actual radio excerpts from NBC’s news coverage on June 6th, 1944.
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.