Bram Sable-Smith

A curious Columbia, Mo. native, Bram Sable-Smith has documented mbira musicians in Zimbabwe, mining protests in Chile, and the St. Louis airport's tumultuous relationship with the Chinese cargo business. His reporting from Ferguson, Mo. was part of a KBIA documentary honored by the Missouri Broadcasters Association and winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award. He comes to KBIA most recently from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

Wisconsin's Rural EMS Providers Scramble To Keep Responders Safe

Apr 17, 2020
Courtesy of Tad Dukehart

The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic struck Rob Puls on March 19, when Bayfield County confirmed its first positive case of the virus. 

Puls coordinates paramedics for Great Divide Ambulance, which staffs four ambulances around the clock in the 15,000-person county that hugs Lake Superior. The four vehicles cover around 730 square miles, an area three times the size of Chicago.

Have Diabetes? Here’s What You Should Know During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 20, 2020
Bram Sable-Smith / Wisconsin Public Radio

People with diabetes often hear that they face higher risks of severe complications from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus. But why? And what precautions should they take? 

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Stretched Thin Already, Wisconsin Nurses Prepare For Coronavirus 'Storm'

Mar 20, 2020
Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch

Madison nurses were already accusing hospital management of putting patients at risk through cuts to staff and supplies.

Then the pandemic struck.

As COVID-19 rapidly spreads across Wisconsin and worldwide, Madison nurses say they are standing in the “calm before the storm,” expecting a surge of infected patients to overwhelm hospital systems that sometimes struggle to meet typical demands.   

Cuts In Wisconsin Hospitals Push Nurses To The Limit

Mar 13, 2020
Parker Schorr / The Cap Times

Dr. Robert Golden, chairman of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board, sat in front of a sea of fed-up nurses as he tried to wrap up an agenda item at a monthly board meeting in Madison. 

“We have gone beyond the allotted time,” he said, prompting shouts from a crowd of hundreds of nurses and their supporters.

“If a nurse can stand a 16-hour shift without a break, can’t you do a special meeting?” someone yelled, triggering applause across the packed auditorium at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

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Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board.