It’s Morning Edition on KRPS; I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro.
Missouri was inducted into the United States of American on August 10, 1821 as the 24th state in the Union. In 1821, the former Missouri Territory was admitted as a slave state, under the Missouri Compromise, and with a temporary state capital in St. Charles. Later in 1826, the capital was shifted to its current, permanent location of Jefferson City, also on the Missouri River. On Thursday, August 12 Ozark Public Television Springfield, Missouri will premiere Missouri: A Bicentennial Celebration on PBS stations statewide at 8 pm. Locally you watch the special on channel 26.1 But how do you distill 200 years of history into a two-hour special? That’s the first question I asked Brent Slane, a co-producer of the special for Ozark Public Television.