Each week, our host Sara Shahriari sits down with community members to discuss issues concerning mid-Missourians. From politics, to local art to social issues, anything that generates good conversations and affects our community is on the table.

Inside and Out: MU Journalists Reflect on What Shapes Who They Are
Nov 25 • 27 min
In this special, hear the voices of MU students tell their stories of finding the people, places and feelings that have helped them grow and change. They were challenged this spring in their advanced writing class to write essays about significant moments…
Remembering Sharpend - A Conversation With Sehon Williams
Nov 20 • 28 min
In a recent dialogue that took place at the State Historical Society of Missouri, 97-year-old long-time Columbia resident Sehon Williams was interviewed about his life, family and work in Columbia. The conversation was part of the Society’s series of…
Reps. Stevens and Kendrick on Serving in a Superminority
Nov 11 • 28 min
On this edition of Intersection, we talk with state Reps. Martha Stevens and Kip Kendrick, both Democrats from mid-Missouri leveraging their local community involvement into their legislative work in the superminority party in Jefferson City. Stevens has…
Talking Music, Faith and Journalism with Music Writer Aarik Danielsen
Nov 4 • 28 min
What is the sound of mid-Missouri? For Columbia music writer Aarik Danielsen Columbia’s location along the I-70 corridor, and in the middle of the country, brings lots of influences and some great acts that the Columbia kids grow up on. But in spite of…
Why It’s Tough to Talk About Sexual Violence
Oct 23 • 28 min
In a new report on the University of Missouri’s campus climate, the American Association of Universities says about a quarter of undergraduate women who responded to its survey have experienced sexual assault or harassment on campus. For trans,…
Conversations From Cambio de Colores
Oct 14 • 28 min
As immigrants arrive and seek a new life in many Missouri counties and across the Midwest, researchers and community organizers have been getting together to share information and strengthen networks that make a more welcoming community for new arrivals.…
A Conversation About Impeachment, Past and Present
Oct 7 • 28 min
The word impeachment is on the news and on our minds in America, right now. And an MU professor has written a book on the history and legal context behind this political process known as impeachment. Frank Bowman is the author of “High Crimes and…
Roots-N-Bluesin’ With Tracy Lane
Sep 26 • 28 min
This weekend in Columbia about 30 musical acts, from Country and Roots to Soul and Blues, are descending on Stephens Lake Park for the 13th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival . It all starts tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 27, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29.…
Missouri Health Talks on the Current Status of Missouri Oral Health
Sep 23 • 28 min
This week on Intersection we bring you a special on oral health from Missouri Health Talks. KBIA’s Rebecca Smith spoke with Dr. John Dane, the State Dental Director, and Gary Harbison, the Executive Director for the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health.…
Chief Geoff Jones on Policing, Columbia and Why He Became an Officer
Sep 16 • 28 min
Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones was named to the city’s top law enforcement position in August, and he is set to be sworn in at a Columbia City Council ceremony this evening. On this edition of Intersection, Jones talks with host Janet Saidi about the…
UM’s Outgoing Diversity Chief Says There’s Still Work To Do
Jul 22 • 28 min
On this edition of Intersection, KBIA and the Columbia Missourian sit down with Kevin McDonald, the chief diversity officer for the University of Missouri and MU, who is in his last week of service at MU before taking on the role of vice president at the…
Navigating the World of Sound With Hearing Loss
Apr 29 • 28 min
Nearly 29 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, citizens, organizations, companies and campuses are still working on providing access and accommodations for those who need it to engage with and experience the world - its streets,…
Unbound Fest’s Alex George On Writing and Book-festing In Missouri
Apr 15 • 28 min
This week, Intersection sits down with Alex George, a Columbia author, owner of Skylark Bookshop and founder of the Unbound Book Festival , which comes to Columbia this weekend. Now in its fourth year, the festival has brought literary celebrities - like…
CoMo’s Two Mayoral Candidates
Apr 1 • 28 min
Tuesday is election day and voters across mid-Missouri are deciding on school board, mayoral and city council races. One of the most important races on the Boone County ballot is the Columbia mayoral race, with two experienced politicans vying for the…
What’s On the Table for CoMo’s School Board Candidates
Mar 25 • 28 min
This week on Intersection: Three candidates in Columbia are running for two seats open on the Columbia Public School’s Board of Education … and voters will decide between the three candidates in the municipal election April 2nd.
Intersection Excerpt: Missouri Health Talks on Food Insecurity ‘The Hidden Problem’
Mar 19 • 6 min
In this excerpt from KBIA’s Intersection, Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks, discuss the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding food insecurity. They spoke to KBIA for Missouri Health Talks.
Combating Hunger in Missouri
Mar 18 • 28 min
Hunger affects about 900,000 people in Missouri, according to Feeding America . And it can be found in rural areas or in urban areas, and even on college campuses, throughout the state. Though some organizations and food banks, like the Food Bank of…
The T/F Inspiration Overload Episode
Mar 4 • 28 min
This week on Intersection, we’ll look back on the weekend in Columbia that was the annual inspiration overload known as the True False Film Festival. In this 16th year of the fest, the streets were taken over by art, film, conversation, confrontation, and…
Here Comes True False 2019
Feb 25 • 28 min
The 2019 True False Film Fest is here. And this week on Intersection, we’re tossing the mic to the True False podcast team. Podcast host Allison Coffelt sat down with three programmers behind the festival to get the highlights and themes emerging from…
The Lasting Impact and Struggle of Missouri’s African-American Women
Feb 18 • 28 min
In her book “Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis,” MU Professor Keona Ervin delves into the stories and the frontline activism of working-class black women in her native city of St. Louis. The period Ervin…