Courtesy of Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck

This summer’s coverage of police involved shootings triggered public outrage nationwide. Social media blew up with a slew of criticisms, some of which were targeted towards the mainstream media, ranging from stories lacking context of deeply rooted social issues to alleged race-baiting.

Now the media is having to rethink how it’s covering the news. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, an associate professor from the department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University, to talk about the challenges of diversity in the media.
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Toronto's Phèdre has a track that's as stomach-churning and dizzying as the carnival rides featured in their latest video. 

Psychic Twin is the project of Erin Fein, who came up with that name from the feeling she received in the recording studio as she layered different parts of her own voice. She imagined she was singing harmonies with a twin sister. Her debut album is titled Strange Diary and it's set to be released on September 9th. 

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Nowadays we can improve just about anything, from the smartphone in our pocket to the latest gaming system. Even basic things like plants are no exception. For roughly six decades Dave Niswonger has been improving the appearance of plants. He’s hybridized everything from daylilies to daffodils. But his speciality are irises, of which he’s introduced nearly 300 varieties.


“It’s partly an art as well as being scientific knowledge in breeding,” Niswonger said. “You just get a sense of what a certain plant has to offer in a cross.”

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Leather chaps, bucking horses, rodeo clowns and cowboys are the necessary ingredients to a well seasoned rodeo. The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo is the one place where everybody gets a shot to be a cowboy for a day. In a continuation of our series Show Me Summer, KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson and Lindsey Grojean stopped by the rodeo for this audio postcard.



Aug 15, 2016

Dr. William Butler, writing in the 16th century about the strawberry, observed: "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."