Many Missouri Schools Have Already Prepared 'Active Shooter' Plans

What should you do if you're caught in an 'active shooter' situation?That question has received a lot of attention in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks this month that killed 130 people. Prominent security officials like New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have said organizations like his are undergoing a 'very significant change' in how they approach such situations, trying to more actively fight such shooters instead of negotiating.This type of thinking, unfortunately, is...
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Ben Wenberg was a wealthy sea captain who sailed between Cuba and New York in the late 19th century engaged in the fruit trade.  A gastronome, when ashore he often dined at New York’s Delmonico’s Restaurant.

One evening in 1876 he walked into the restaurant and announced that he had learned a new way to cook lobster.  Summoning a chafing dish to his table he proceeded to concoct an extravagant preparation of lobster chunks, cream, eggs, butter, sherry, and a little cayenne pepper.

Great Horned Owl

Nov 29, 2015
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

November 29 - December 5

Discover Nature this week as Great Horned Owls begin to court. These large, nocturnal birds occur in deep forests, open areas with small woodlots and sometimes in urban areas.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Great Horned Owls initiate nesting earlier in the year than any other Missouri native bird.

In his 1963 Thanksgiving proclamation, President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Research shows that gratitude should be something we cultivate all year long rather than a quality we  only celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November.

/Zac Rankin

Members of the Southeast Missouri State University team “Gettin’ Paper” brought home “the paper” and much more after their first place win at the second annual “thinkorswim challenge” sponsored by TD Ameritrade. Beating out more than 400 teams from around the U.S. in the virtual online stock competition, the team earned more than $1.3 million in final stocks. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with team member Zac Rankin about going from the underdogs of the competition to its unlikely champions.

It seems like Almost Yesterday that a “crank-in” was held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The motive that brought approximately eighty “Crankers” from across the United States and Canada together on the first weekend in April of 2011 was the unveiling of the Erlbacher-Gearhart hand-powered, knitting machine invented in the last half of the nineteenth century in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Providence is considered by many to be the finest restaurant in Los Angeles, a gourmet seafood eatery run by chef Michael Cimarusti. He's won several James Beard awards and two highly coveted Michelin stars. He is also a fisherman who is piloting a program to support local, small-scale fishermen.

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Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the online threat that prompted the University of Chicago to cancel Monday classes at its main campus.

Chris Christie was giving thanks this weekend for one of the biggest prizes in Granite State politics: the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

It's a notable get for the New Jersey governor, who has struggled to catch fire both nationally and in the early states. Christie had a good performance in this month's GOP debate despite dropping down to the undercard faceoff. He has gotten some momentum after that performance and has been playing up his national security experience in the aftermath of this month's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

Turkish authorities rounded up some 1,300 migrants on Monday whom they said were planning to sail to Greece. The crackdown came a day after Turkey reached an agreement with the leaders from the European Union to stem the flow of migrants.

You hit the mall on #BlackFriday. You patronize local businesses on #SmallBizSaturday. You surf the web for deals on #CyberMonday. And if you're feeling a little guilty for how much cash you've dropped — along comes #GivingTuesday.

The International Monetary Fund says it will add the Chinese renminbi to its basket of reserve currencies, a significant milestone in China's long campaign to be recognized as a global economic power.

The decision means that the renminbi, also known as the yuan, will join the U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen, the Euro and the British pound as one of the currencies that the IMF uses to denominate its loans.

The jurors who will be chosen to hear the first case against a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore will be anonymous, at least for now.

A judge has ruled that their identities can be shielded from the public. That practice is controversial, but not unheard of in high-profile cases.

As diplomats argue in Paris over a new global agreement to fight climate change, their work is driven by scientists' dire predictions of how unchecked warming will transform our planet decades and centuries from now.

But how can researchers be so sure of what will happen that far off?


As Heard on Ask Me Another

Luke Song: Hat's Entertainment!

Millinery seems like a brilliant career choice, right? Everybody's got a head.But for Luke Song, the owner of Mr. Song Millinery outside Detroit, it happened by accident. "I wanted to be an artist, but I went the route of biochemistry. A typical route," he told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. He quit overnight and went to art school, but still never considered hat design, the chosen profession of his South Korean immigrant parents."I needed to make money, so I went to my mom's boutique...
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As Heard on the TED Radio Hour

How Do Leaders Deal With Failure?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.About Stanley McChrystal's TED TalkFour-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines — to listen, to learn, and to address the possibility of failure.About Stanley McChrystalFour-star general Stanley McChrystal is credited with creating a new approach to warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in...
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As Heard on Fresh Air

The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

Sam Phillips, founder of the label Sun Records, didn't care much about making flawless recordings. Instead, the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison and a host of others rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality."Sam would say, 'I hate that word, perfection. It should be banned from the English language,'" music writer Peter Guralnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "He didn't care about the mistakes; he...
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Jason Brown / KRCU

Left of the Dial #1 - Origin Story

I think the most difficult part about making a radio show is coming up with the name for it. After that, with a show like this one, you're basically finding music and sharing it until your time's up. When we launched The Elliot Potter Show in 2008 we wanted to name it something that was completely vague. There were so many hosts back then and we'd introduce ourselves as if we were filling in for Elliot. We received a number of comments from listeners who thought that name was completely...
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America's Test Kitchen Radio

This week's recipe is for Made-Ahead Turkey Gravy For A Crowd. Be sure to catch ATK Radio Sunday afternoons at 2:00 on KRCU.