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Local News and Arts Shows

KSMU staff and volunteers combine to bring you several specialty shows on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis. Browse the news and arts series below for schedules, show descriptions, archives and related content.

Arts News:

  • Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

Astro Brief

  • A weekly look into astronomy produced in cooperation with the Missouri Space Grant and the Missouri State University department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science. Hosted by Dr. Mike Reed, Astro Brief focuses on things astronomically interesting, or will feature an astronomy-related guest.

Brave Talks

  • Brave Talks is a limited series Wednesdays at noon in July 2023 on KSMU. Charity Jordan from Harmony House and Kunti Bentley of Project HEAL host the show and shine a light on intimate partner violence in our area and how we can work together to create a safer community for everyone.

Engaging the Community:

  • This monthly program features Missouri State University President Clif Smart discussing the implications of national and international events on the University and local community. Join us as we look at current events and public affairs through a local lens.

Informed Voter Coalition Candidate Interviews

  • The Informed Voter Coalition works to educate the public ahead of elections by interviewing candidates for local races.

Making a Difference

  • Supported by the Community Foundation of the OzarksMaking a Difference is a long-running series that draws upon the personal stories and voices of Ozarks residents to highlight key issues impacting our community.

Making Democracy Work:

  • The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri brings you this weekly program, which covers a variety of topics related to the Ozarks and democracy.

Missouri State Journal:

  • The Missouri State Journal is a weekly program keeping you in touch with Missouri State University.

Municipal Matters:

  • Hear interviews with local leaders, hosted by graduate students in the Missouri State University Political Science Department, Zion Riffe-Stevens and Cameron Jackson.

Ozarks Alive: Time Capsule:

  • Ozarks Alive: Time Capsule highlights poignant people and places that showcase traditions and history from throughout the region. Kaitlyn McConnell, author, historian, and creator of the website "Ozarks Alive," produces the program.

Sense of Community:

  • From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and organizations in the Ozarks. KSMU's team of reporters combine for 10 stories each quarter, to air the final weeks of March, June, September and December.

Sense of Place:

  • Profiling historical people, places and things throughout the Ozarks.

Stories from the Archives:

  • Stories from the Archives, presented by the State Historical Society of Missouri's Springfield Research Center, brings listeners stories from collections housed at Missouri State University and how they relate to the history of the Ozarks.

Studio Live:

  • Hear songs from local musicians as they perform live from the KSMU studios. This hour-long event, held at noon one Friday out of each month, mixes conversation with performance.

Talking History:

  • Each month, hosts Djene Bajalan and Patrick Needham speak with historians and scholars about the ideas, people, and events that have shaped our world.

These Ozarks Hills:

  • Join us for a monthly radio essay by longtime Ozarks storyteller Marideth Sisco, in which she looks at the unique traditions and traits of this region we call home.