Cancer leaves us tongue-tied — or worse

Sometimes, when we try to talk about cancer we say the wrong thing. "How can I help?" may be the best four words, one cancer patient said.

Today's Question: What will colleges and universities cut when they tighten their belts?

Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a tuition freeze for students, but other parts of the higher education budget could be on the chopping block.

The Beat: 'Bang for the Buck' tracks stimulus spending

The Missourian recently created "Bang for the Buck," a Web site designed to keep tabs on the stimulus in Columbia.

The Beat: Reporting on Mizzou football

Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporters Robert Mays, Craig Thomas and Sam Wilson joined KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat" to talk about covering the team.

Balancing immediacy and accuracy

Twitter is a good tool for gathering and delivering news, but what's found there can't be taken at face value.

A Thanksgiving Top 10 list Columbia can be grateful for

Columbians should be thankful for all Columbia has to offer.

Journalists discuss implications of Obama's trip to Asia

Barack Obama's recent trip to Asia leaves the journalists covering affairs between the United States and the countries of that continent with increased skepticism that this administration can obtain more substantive agreements in the region than the last one could.

Agreement to freeze tuition hides MU's grim financial prospects

The deal does keep higher education more affordable, but it's still another step backward — if it even passes.

Today's question: Do the MU Greek social policy changes go far enough to protect students?

MU sororities and fraternities are implementing several changes to their social policy, after a couple of incidents at off-campus sponsored parties.

The Beat: The possibility of a second new elementary school

Columbia Missourian reporter Alycia Yount joins KBIA's Eric Durban to discuss the recent Columbia School Board meeting.

Trying terror suspects in New York shows we have no fear

Americans should have faith in our court system and support the 9/11 terrorists trial being held in New York.

The Beat: Columbia College athletics go international

Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Joan Niesen joined KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat" to discuss how international athletes get to Columbia and their transition upon arriving.

Past 10 years should be known as 'Snafu Decade'

With 2009 coming to an end, the past 10 years need a name that describes the many surreal things that have happened.

The Beat: Behind a super athlete's story

Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporters Kelly Nelson and Mark Levitt joined KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat" to discuss the story of an athlete who pushes the limits of human endurance.

Daisy the pitbull fights stereotypes by being a lover

Nobody said a word about my husband and me adopting a pit bull until we started telling people that I was pregnant. That’s when I realized just how easily people’s prejudices come into play, especially since pit bulls have been given a bad reputation.

Close relationships can hinder ability to live independently

Living through others makes it hard for one to function as an independent person.

Today's Question: Do you believe Johnny Wright will attend his next court appearance?

Johnny Wright is out of jail on bond, with a court appearance scheduled for Dec. 11. Columbia police had been looking for him for more than two decades before he was arrested in September on a second-degree murder warrant in connection with the disappearance of Becky Doisy.

LETTER: MU could lead in quest for clean environment

MU students are helping in their protest of coal use on campus and are bringing the university closer to being coal-free.

LETTER: Women's health issues elusive in House health care reform bill

The Stupak Amendment is a controversial health care reform bill that could prevent private insurance companies from offering abortion coverage in the future, even though they currently do so.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Now is the time for togetherness

We must educate ourselves and others to make the decisions that are best for society rather than allowing ourselves to be manipulated. We must take action to address the mess we face.