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May 3, 2010: Refugees in mid-Missouri May 3, 2010

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Panelists:
Beth Pike, independent television producer based in Columbia; co-producer and co-director of the film “Neither Here Nor There”
Kerri Yost, chair of the Department of Film & Media at Stephens College; co-producer and co-director of the film “Neither Here Nor There”

In the late 1990s, in the aftermath of the Bosnian War, Missouri became an important resettlement site for refugees escaping the destruction in their home country of Bosnia. There are now an estimated 50,000 Bosnian immigrants living in St. Louis — plus several hundred who have settled in Columbia. Two mid-Missouri filmmakers who followed the story of one family over five years discuss the challenges encountered by their subjects and by other refugees.

April 26, 2010: Missouri’s aging population April 26, 2010

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Panelists:
Jean Leonatti, executive director, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging
Marilyn Rantz, professor of nursing, University of Missouri
Keith Knapp, CEO of Christian Care Communities, a not-for-profit organization based in Louisville, Kentucky (joining the program by phone)
Between now and the year 2025, Missouri’s senior population is expected to rise from about one in every seven residents to about one of every five. Panelists discuss new approaches to meeting the needs of seniors in mid-Missouri. They also address what you can do to prepare for your own future.

April 19, 2010: Global Climate Change April 19, 2010

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Panelists:
Mark Cowell, associate professor and director of graduate studies, MU geography department
Mike Urban, associate professor, MU geography department
What exactly is going on with the planet we live on? What realistically can and should be done to protect it? And why is it so difficult to reach consensus on some of these issues? Our guests, who attended the global climate conference in Copenhagen in December, answer these and other questions.

April 12, 2010: Food, Fuel and Agriculture April 12, 2010

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Panelists:
Scott Brown, research assistant professor and program director of livestock and dairy at MU’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute
Mary Hendrickson, associate professor of rural sociology at MU and a coordinator of the Food Circles Networking Project
Domingo Martinez, director, Cambio Center for Research and Outreach on Latinos and Changing Communities
Most people are affected in some way by the changing landscape of agriculture, food and fuel production in America. Panelists discuss how dynamic changes to agriculture – and the impact of these changes – are playing out in Missouri and around the world.

April 5, 2010: New music in Columbia April 5, 2010

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New music in Columbia
Panelists:
Alex Blanton, composer and adjunct faculty member, MU School of Music
Stefan Freund, associate professor of composition and music theory, MU School of Music
Jeanne Sinquefield, co-founder of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and performer with three local orchestras
Michael Strausbaugh, MU master’s student in music composition and recipient of the 2010 Sinquefield Composition Prize
Could Columbia become a national hotspot for new music composition? A group of music supporters are working to make that happen. Several of them join the program to discuss the challenges involved in bringing life to new music.

March 29, 2010: Columbia mayor’s race March 29, 2010

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Columbia mayor analysis
Panelists:
Scott Swafford, public life editor, Columbia Missourian
Sara Wittmeyer, assistant news director, KBIA
A one-stop overview to help you make your choice: Candidates for mayor answer questions posed by residents of Columbia, followed by analysis of each candidate from two political journalists.

March 22, 2010: Columbia School Board March 22, 2010

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Columbia School board discussion
Panelists:
Karla DeSpain, member, Columbia School Board
Becky Elder, 4th grade teacher, West Boulevard Elementary School
Kim Weber, president, Columbia Council PTA
The upcoming election of three new school board members provides an opportunity to consider the priorities for Columbia’s classrooms. Three insiders give a well-rounded view of the challenges and possible solutions ahead.

March 15, 2010: Teens in mid-Missouri March 15, 2010

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Panelists:
Lorenzo Lawson, founding director, Youth Empowerment Zone
Ryan Worley, assistant coordinator, Youth Community Coalition
What is already being done to help teens in the community, and what else could be done to smooth the transition into adulthood?

March 8, 2010: Columbia Police Chief March 8, 2010

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Panelist:
Ken Burton, chief of police, Columbia
Almost one year into the job, Chief Burton discusses what he has done so far and his plans for the future.

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