Gaillardia – Drought-Tolerant Color in the Garden
Gaillardia - Mesa Bright Bicolor (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Gaillardia – Mesa Bright Bicolor (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Gaillardia is a perfect addition to a Missouri garden. They bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and get by with much less water.

Give gaillardia full sun, good air circulation and well-drained soil and it will thrive. If you have clay soil, you will need to amend it. Wet feet will make it impossible for gaillardia to survive the winter.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

Gaillardia - Mesa Yellow (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Gaillardia – Mesa Yellow (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Garden Color Without Flowers
Coleus - Electric Lime

Coleus – Electric Lime (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Plant breeders have made sun-tolerant improvements to coleus and the popularity of this long-time favorite is growing. No longer is coleus relegated to the shady parts of your yard. With proper watering the new sun-fast coleus can thrive in blistering sun.

 

 

2015: Year of the Coleus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coleus - Color Blaze Series - Dipt in Wine (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Color Blaze Series – Dipt in Wine (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus -   Redhead (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Redhead (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus - Kong Series - Empire Mix (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Kong Series – Empire Mix (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus - Henna (Photo by National Garden Bureau

Coleus – Henna (Photo by National Garden Bureau

Teaching English to Young Children
“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” ~ Edmund De Waal , author and artist (Photo by Patrycja Cieszkowska)

“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” ~ Edmund De Waal , author and artist (Photo by Patrycja Cieszkowska)

The Nigerian proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” also holds true when helping young children learn English as a second language.

Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst discusses the importance of family members, teachers and peers in improving bilingual skills in young children.

 

 

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Age and Driving
“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.”  ~ Dan Rather (Photo by Kimberly Appelcline)

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” ~ Dan Rather (Photo by Kimberly Appelcline)

Losing the ability to drive can have a profound emotional and psychological effect on seniors. But, does that hold true for elderly households where one partner can no longer drive while the other partner still can?

On Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst takes a closer look at elderly driving.

 

 

 

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Special Enrollment Created for Taxpayers Surprised by Affordable Care Act Penalty
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~ Irish Proverb (Photo by Vangelis Thomaidis)

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~ Irish Proverb (Photo by Vangelis Thomaidis)

The 2014 tax year was the first year that people with no health insurance had to pay a penalty. Because there were so many caught off-guard, a special enrollment period was opened to help people get health coverage for 2015.

The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, last year was $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $295 for a family) or 1.0% of family income, whichever is greater. The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, this year will be $325 per adult and $162 per child (up to $975 for a family) or 2.0% of family income, whichever is greater.

Everyone who does not have an exemption needs to purchase health insurance to avoid paying a penalty when they file their 2015 taxes next year.

Today’s guests are Graham McCaulley and Brenda Procter. Both are associate professors of finance for University of Missouri Extension.

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Poison Proof Your Home
What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)

What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)

If you do a quick inventory of the chemicals in your home, I bet the list is long. Toilet bowl cleaners, medicine, cosmetics, tile cleaners, bathroom deodorizers, mouthwash, mothballs, nail polish remover, bleach and ammonia are found in the kitchen and bathroom of most homes. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home and most are preventable if you can keep poison away from tiny fingers.

 

 

Today’s guest is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

Poison Safety

Hazardous Look-A-Likes in a Child’s World

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Healthcare Reform and Your Taxes

  Now that healthcare reform is the law of the land, you might wonder how it will affect your taxes.Whether your income is high, low or in-between, when you file your income taxes this year you will asked about your health insurance in 2014.   Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University…

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Employer’s responsibility under the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions that reform the insurance market and encourage small businesses to offer health insurance. Depending on whether you are an employer with fewer than 25 employees, one with fewer than 50 employees or an employer with 50 or more employees there are different requirements of the Affordable…

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? – Asian Carp
Executive Chef Eric Cartwright serving up Pasta Puttanesca using silver carp instead of anchovies (Photo by Jon Lamb)

Executive Chef Eric Cartwright serving up Pasta Puttanesca using silver carp instead of anchovies (Photo by Jon Lamb)

Asian carp  average 30-40 pounds and are voracious eaters capable of consuming 5-20 percent of their body weight every day. They eat algae and other small microscopic organisms, stripping rivers of a key food source for small and big fish. They grow big very quickly meaning natural predators can’t control their population numbers.

They are choking the rivers in the Midwest and threatening the Great Lakes. But a University of Missouri researcher says there’s one carnivore that can bring this invasive species under control…humans. MU has found a way to eliminate the bones creating a healthy and inexpensive ground protein.

Today’s guests are Mark Morgan, an associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism for the University of Missouri and Eric Carpenter, executive chef for the University of Missouri.

 

 

Asian Carp Control

 

 

Silver carp, disturbed by a boat, leap into the air (Photo by Jason Jenkins)

Silver carp, disturbed by a boat, leap into the air (Photo by Jason Jenkins)

Tax refund? How will you use it?
"I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (Photo by Mikhail Popov)

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (Photo by Mikhail Popov)

Most of us know Benjamin Franklin’s saying about death and taxes. We also know that neither is very pleasant. But, many taxpayers will see a refund this year and will have to decide what to do with their sudden windfall.

Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension. He has a few suggestions about how to put your refund to good use.

 

 

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