Courtesy of Joe Dillsrom

SoundCheck: From Route 66 to Literary Greats, a Songwriter Blends a Lifetime of Experiences

Childhood memories can be influential on our older selves. Looking through time passed, we find ourselves reminiscing for days gone by. For songwriter Joe Dillstrom, the ability to process and draw on these memories gives life to his songs. Growing up in Springfield, Joe remembers his mother taking him to diners like Aunt Martha’s and Anton’s. The older crowd at these places stuck in his mind. “A different part of our postwar Ozarks culture that was just fading away as I was getting older....

Read More

2018 Election Coverage

KSMU 2018 Election Coverage

Click here to learn about local candidates and statewide ballot issues.

Latest from NPR

The Russia Investigations: Maybe The End Is In Sight. Maybe It Isn't

Last week in the Russia investigations: The special counsel ties up loose ends, but that may not mean the finish line is any closer. Endings and beginnings Never mind that it still isn't fully clear what the Russia imbroglio is — what picture all the puzzle pieces are supposed to form when they're put together. An even more basic question that's just as difficult to answer is: How much longer will it go ? "Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is tightening the net" has become a...

Read More

Missouri Legislature

The latest news from Jefferson City

Economic Implications On Britain Of Brexit

2 minutes ago

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Latest On Marriott Hotel Records Hack

3 minutes ago

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Dr. Jonathan Sevransky was intrigued when he heard that a well-known physician in Virginia had reported remarkable results from a simple treatment for sepsis. Could the leading cause of death in hospitals really be treated with intravenous vitamin C, the vitamin thiamine and doses of steroids?

The video footage is surreal, a pair of gloved spacesuit hands wielding what looks like a silver dagger, poised to stab the outside of a Russian spacecraft.

"Honestly I can't look at that," cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev says, as voiced by a translator, while fellow cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko slices into the side of the Soyuz MS-09 capsule. "It's my vehicle, Oleg!"

It was all part of an attempt Tuesday to solve the mystery of the leaking International Space Station.

Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET

A manhunt is underway in France for a known criminal suspected of opening fire on a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Authorities in Germany also are on high alert in case the suspect crossed the border. Hundreds of law enforcement officers are participating in the search, Jake Cigainero reports for NPR from Paris.

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU

Listen along as students from Rountree Elementary update us on what's happening around their school.

Leaders from nearly 200 countries, including the United States, are at a big climate conference in Poland this week. They are struggling to agree on rules for how to meet their national promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement of 2015. The official U.S. position is making it difficult.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to keep her job as members of her Conservative Party seek to oust her in a no-confidence vote Wednesday. May has been unable to shore up support for the Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union.

"I will contest that vote with everything I've got," May said outside of No. 10 Downing St. The vote on her leadership that will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. local time (1 to 3 p.m. ET).

Code Switch's 2018 Book Guide

1 hour ago

Seasons greetings! Or should we say ... seasons readings? This week, we're sharing our favorite recent reads. Karen Grigsby Bates, our resident book expert, estimates that she's read more than 100 books this year. Of those, she recommends Washington Black, a novel by Esi Edugyan about an enslaved boy who works on a plantation in Barbados.

Pages