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Live Like Popeye

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Sail into every harbor with goodwill and harmony. Live like Popeye. But you may substitute beer for spinach.

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Bringing the Backroads to the Classroom

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Just spoke to 70 fourth graders. Captured their attention with my prairie chicken dance. We talked about finding wild Missouri.  Their eyes got even wider when I told them about joining a producer from Saturday Night Live to raft the Mississippi Huck-style. We drifted from the Gateway Arch to Chester, Illinois, home of Popeye. Next stop: two dozen J-school students. …

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World’s Greatest Dog

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The world’s greatest dog? I had a while to think about it, sitting at Mizzou’s veterinary hospital. Our dog Baskin was ill with life-threatening symptoms that propelled us to this hospital. There we sat, among other needy dogs and their owners. A golden Lab from West Plains with its hindquarters in a wheelchair. A Kirksville collie with a raspy bark. …

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Turkey. Squirrel. Me.

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Deep in the woods, Turkey Camp is the perfect venue to hunt turkey. But the turkeys are safe, mostly. The closest most camper-hunters get to birds happens when folks take a pull on the fifth of Wild Turkey that passes from hand to hand around the campfire, bathed in the warm glow of bluegrass ballads. And every morning in the …

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Missouri Travel Crew Wins Emmy

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John Robinson and his car have driven every mile of every road on the Missouri state highway map. He’s written two books about their adventures, and now a web series highlighting their discoveries has won an Emmy. Finding Wild Missouri captured the Emmy for Short Format Program, according to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Mid-America Chapter. …

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