Insight

Insight is a radio program created by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The series is an inside look at food, health and the environment in the College and aired on KBIA (91.3 FM) and KMUC/MU Classical Radio (90.5 FM). Each on-air episode is four minutes long.

Meet the Host

Doug RandallDoug Randall is a professor emeritus of biochemistry and served as founding director of MU’s Interdisciplinary Plant Group for 28 years. He joined the MU faculty in 1971. Among his numerous career accomplishments include serving two terms a member of the National Science Board from 2002-2014.

His research at the university has focused on plant metabolism and metabolic signaling as related to metabolic interactions between photosynthesis, photorespiration and respiration.

Doug enjoys adventure travel with his wife, Shirley. They have two children, Troy, who is professor of immunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Reyna, who is a senior vice president of accounts for The Integer Group in Denver.

Listen to Programs

Program No. 13: Kristin Bilyeu

Kristin Bilyeu

Original air date: March 10, 2016

Kristin Bilyeu, a research molecular biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Missouri, has been researching soybean seed composition since 2003. Doug sits down with Bilyeu to discuss her research related to improving soybean oil quality.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 12: Tim Reinbott

Tim Reinbott

Original air date: March 3, 2016

The Bradford Research Center has developed a closed-loop system where food waste from MU Campus Dining is converted into compost at the Research Center. Doug sits down with Tim Reinbott, who served as the Superintendent at Bradford from 2000-2015, to discuss how this system came about.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 10: Peter Scharf

Peter Scharf

Extended version

Original air date: Feb. 18, 2016

Doug sits down with Peter Scharf, a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and an MU Extension soil scientist, to talk about the financial and environmental benefits of area corn farmers using vehicle-mounted crop sensors to apply the precise amount of nitrogen to their fields.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 9: Anne McKendry

Anne McKendry

Extended version

Original air date: Feb. 11, 2016

Doug sits down with Anne McKendry, an associate professor of wheat breeding and genetics in the Division of Plant Sciences. Since arriving at MU nearly 30 years ago, McKendry has become of the country’s most successful wheat breeders, heaving sent out several lines out to the Missouri and national markets – all of which have a very high resistance to the deadly Fusarium head blight fungus.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 8: Laura McCann

Laura McCann

Extended version

Original air date: Feb. 4, 2016

Doug sits down with Laura McCann, a professor of agricultural and applied economics, to talk about a unique field study she did a few years back and Columbia’s City Hall building in regards to toilet use in relation to human behavior and behavioral economics.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 7: Kelly Nelson and Dana Harder

Kelly Nelson/Dana Harder

Extended version

Original air date: Jan. 28, 2016

The Greenley Research Center near Novelty, Mo., uses drainage water management in an effort to generate and regulate the amount of water in its fields. Kelly Nelson (left) and Dana Harder join Doug to discuss this system and how beneficial it has been at Greenley.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 6: Dusty Walter

Dusty Walter

Extended version

Original air date: Jan. 21, 2016

The monarch butterfly population has seen a decline in the last 20 years. Doug sits down with Dusty Walter, director of natural resources for the Agricultural Experiment Station and the superintendent of the Wurdack Research Center, to discuss what has led to that decline. Walter will also discuss what the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Research Centers are doing to help support the monarch population.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 5: Peter Sutovsky

Peter Sutovsky

Extended version

Original air date: Jan. 14, 2016

Doug sits down with Peter Sutovsky. As a professor both of reproductive physiology and obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health, Sutovsky has devoted his career to researching the collective ties between the fertility issues that affect both humans and livestock animals. He will talk about some of those shared characteristics that has helped guide his research.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 4: Pat Market

Pat Market

Extended version

Original air date: Jan. 7, 2016

As colder weather begins to approach, Doug sits down with Pat Market, professor and department chair of atmospheric science in the School of Natural Resources, to talk about the phenomenon known as thundersnow and other extreme weather oddities.

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Program No. 3: Kristin Whitworth

Kristin Whitworth

Extended version: 5:54 in length

Original air date: Dec. 31, 2015

Doug sits down with Kristin Whitworth (left), a research scientist in the Division of Animal Sciences, to talk about the recent findings that were made in the fight against a deadly disease that annually costs the pork industry hundreds of millions of dollars. She’ll also talk about the revolutionary CRISPR system used in this work and how it has opened new possibilities for her and her colleagues, including Randall Prather (center) and Kevin Wells (left), in terms of getting faster results while lowering overall lab costs at the same time.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 2: Bangkosh Vardhanabhuti and Heather Leidy

Bangkosh Vardhanabhuti and Heather Leidy

Extended version: 7:30 in length

Original air date: Dec. 24, 2015

With the holiday season in full bloom, Doug sits down with two guests — Bangkosh Vardhanabhuti, assistant professor of food science, and Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology — to talk about some ways to feel fuller longer and thus, avoid packing on extra pounds from too many sweet treats.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.

Program No. 1: Francisco Aguilar

Francisco Aguilar

Extended version: 10:33 in length

Original air date: Dec. 17, 2015

Doug sits down for the inaugural episode with Francisco Aguilar, associate professor of forestry in the School of Natural Resources, to talk about the inner workings of the MU Power Plant on campus and other sources of renewable energy.

For more information, please see our corresponding story on cafnrnews.com.