These Ozarks Hills KSMU's monthly series These Ozarks Hills features stories about people and places in the Ozarks collected and presented by long-time journalist and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco.
These Ozarks Hills

These Ozarks Hills

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KSMU's monthly series These Ozarks Hills features stories about people and places in the Ozarks collected and presented by long-time journalist and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco.

Most Recent Episodes

In Times Of Tension, Poking Fun At Our Own Ozarks Anxieties

In this episode of These Ozarks Hills, master storyteller and folklorist Marideth Sisco reflects on the humorous, flawed ways some of us Ozarkers have spoken about our anxieties in the past. Listen to the episode below:

Another Autumn Calls For Reflection On The Wondrous Geological Story Of These Ozarks Hills

In her monthly radio essay, These Ozarks Hills, longtime storyteller Marideth Sisco peels back the layers of time—as well as limestone and soil—to once again appreciate the wondrous geology that makes up our region. You can hear the audio essay by clicking the "Play" icon below.

Another Autumn Calls For Reflection On The Wondrous Geological Story Of These Ozarks Hills

We've Reached August; Time To Lean Into The Root Meaning Of That Word

In this segment of KSMU's monthly program These Ozarks Hills, master storyteller and folklorist Marideth Sisco reflects on the protests and turmoil of the country as seen from her youth, and wonders if America can unite the way it once did. Listen to the essay here:

We've Reached August; Time To Lean Into The Root Meaning Of That Word

In Thinking About A 'Return To Normal,' Let Us Pause And Consider Our Old, Reckless Ways

In this segment of These Ozarks Hills on KSMU, longtime Ozarks storyteller Marideth Sisco ponders whether the days pre-coronavirus are really what we should aspire to return to. You can hear the audio segment here: This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. That was some storm the other night, wasn't it? I was sitting in my little cubby with bedroom and bathroom doors shut tight, keeping me and my dog away from windows, not chancing the basement because the stairs are steep and both I and my

In Thinking About A 'Return To Normal,' Let Us Pause And Consider Our Old, Reckless Ways

Instead Of Isolation, Think Of Solitude, And The Human Team We're All Part Of

In this episode of These Ozarks Hills, longtime storyteller Marideth Sisco encourages those who are alone right now to think of solitude, rather than isolation. Hear the audio from the segment below:

Instead Of Isolation, Think Of Solitude, And The Human Team We're All Part Of

Contemplating Other Realms at the Tag End of Another Year

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Once again, as we come into the shadow of the Long Dark, the giant clock that marks our time on this planet is winding down with an almost audible ticking. We feel it in our bones, the tap, the beat, the sound of days ratcheting away. Surely that's one cause for our frenetic dashing about this month, grabbing the tree, the turkey, one more present for the pile, chestnuts for the fire, satsumas for the stockings. We joke about the diets to come, the

At the Departure of a Loved One, Reflections on the Seasons of Time

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Try as I might, although I always yearn for Autumn, I cannot await its coming without realizing that it signals more than anything the end of things. Not everything. But some. Several. And certainly some I am loth to see depart. The balmy days. The long evenings. The garden annuals. And friends. Neighbors. And family. Those are the hardest, and leave us hoping desperately that they all will at least reach their full growth, hopefully their prime or

Twenty Pounds Of Peaches? Depression-Era Food Insecurity Spans the Generations

In this month's segment of our series These Ozarks Hills, master storyteller Marideth Sisco evaluates her own family history and subliminal psychology behind hoarding food--and what she refers to as "Depression Thinking."

Twenty Pounds Of Peaches? Depression-Era Food Insecurity Spans the Generations

Ozarks Storms Aren't Like They Used To Be

In this segment of These Ozarks hills, storyteller and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco reflects on tornadic Ozarks storms past, present and future after this week's outbreak on Tuesday. You can listen to the essay by clicking the "Play" button below. This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. I was going to start this piece by saying finally Spring has arrived and seems to be sticking. Not swooning and falling back into February, not plunging headlong into July. I swear it's been getting so

'We Have Met The Ozarks, And It Is Us'

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. In this week of wacky weather I was looking really hard for a metaphor and maybe a song to describe the springtime Ozarks and its unique weather pattern. I thought of the image of a yo-yo to illustrate the ups and downs, but I went all the way through a semi-famous American rapper, a hip hop artist from the Punjab, a venerable Hostess snack cake and a beloved Asian cellist before I got to the toy, so - so much for that icon. Then I considered the

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