Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

Weekdays at 8:50
  • Hosted by Paul Pepper

Longtime TV host Paul Pepper brings you his deep connections with the people in the arts and civic life who make this area a great place to live. Hear "Radio Friends with Paul Pepper" weekday mornings at 8:50 on KBIA ... and, watch and listen to the show in a download or a stream any time here.

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Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about phobias and how to treat them. Everyone is scared of something, so what gives you "instant flight reaction"? (Arachnophobia is the number one answer.) Dr. Newman tells us that treatment is best left to the professionals, saying: "what we can do in a matter of a few sessions (to get you over it), could take you a few years." February 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with RACHEL LITTRELL, MD, MU Health Care, about cardio-oncology. Rachel tells us that as we grow older, cancer and heart disease become more and more common. She says people will survive a heart attack only to learn of a cancer diagnosis; if that's the case, regular treatment may not apply and special considerations will have to be made. Stay healthy, everyone! At [3:56] JILL WOMACK, TRYPS Founder and Executive Artistic Director, and student NATALIE BOTKINS, invite "mommies and me" (or "fathers and daughters") to a 'Princess Tea Party' fundraiser April 23rd at the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Watch for details! February 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about a tax prep scam where the CPA was convincing his clients to write the check to him for the money they owed to the IRS. He's in prison, but they still have to pay. Hear the full story and how you can protect yourself from the same situation! February 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ARIANNA SOLDATI and DIANA KLAKOTSKAIA, featured speakers at tomorrow evening's Science on Tap CoMo event at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Arianna will be discussing volcanoes; Diana will be discussing estrogen and Alzheimer's disease. Get a sneak preview of their talk on today's show! At [4:38] fourteen-year-old opera singer CAITLIN CHISHAM and her vocal instructor, MICHAEL STRAW, invite everyone to a performance by Caitlin this Saturday at Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark. And if you enjoy Caitlin's voice, consider making a donation to her 'GoFundMe' page that's been set up to help send her to a vocal competition in Wales. Watch for details! February 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a story about how the Presidents of the United States have "played a role in the interpretation of the 14th Amendment" (which defines naturalization) over the years. February 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE BRADLEY, Founder, Day Dreams Foundation, about a fundraising effort called the 'Dream Big Bracket'. Joe says that the idea is to allow schools and other non-profit organizations to submit their ideas on how they could use $1,000 to start or continue an extracurricular activity. Lange Middle School won last year; where will it go in 2017?! At [4:31] JERRY RICKER is back with details on the upcoming Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit, the Adult Fine Art Exhibit and the Art Around Town Art Crawl. It's all part of the 114th year of the Jefferson City Art Club, and you're invited! February 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CLAIRE SYLER, Assistant Professor, MU Theatre Department, about 'The Acting Company', a touring theatre group - based in New York City - that will perform two plays, "X" and "Julius Caesar," this Saturday and Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:53] Moms Demand Action members ROSE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN return with more information about their non-partisan efforts to prevent senseless gun violence in Missouri (by advocating for stronger laws). Find out how you can get involved! February 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ERIN BROWN, an organizer of the first annual CoMo Wellness Conference. This event aims to inform participants about how you can "use food as medicine." Erin goes on to say that "what and how you eat is so very important to preventing...and treating diseases." Register today! At [4:13] JENNIFER BEAN, MS, RD/LD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about a new "coordinated" program at the University of Missouri that gives dietitians-to-be a choice when it comes to obtaining the necessary training and education. Watch! February 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, director of Central Methodist University's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'H.M.S. Pinafore'. She's joined by actors ANNA KAY and DAN TERRY, who perform "Refrain, audacious tar" at [3:40]. See it this weekend only in Fayette! February 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DANIELLE WOODS, RN, McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers, about high schoolers with eating disorders. Danielle tells us that surveys show that about half of the kids in that age bracket do something unhealthy in order to control their weight. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins February 26th. At [4:08] actors BRIAN HARPER and JOE SCHNEIDER invite everyone to come see The Little Theater of Jefferson City's latest production, "It Runs in the Family." If you're a fan of farce, you won't want to miss this show! February 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WILLIAMS, co-founder, Love INC Columbia, about the need for an organization like Love INC - one that gives a hand up, not a hand out - in our community, and what it takes to keep it going. (Admittedly, Jane says that sometimes "divine intervention" has a lot to do with it!) If you'd like to volunteer (they could use some folks to answer the phone), donate money, or if you're in need of the services they provide, watch for details! February 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams - who, once again, are offering to serenade your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! Details on that, plus performances of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" at [2:39] and "My Wild Irish Rose" at [6:34]. Want to be a part of the Boonslick Chordbusters (the group from which the 'Hams' are a spin-off)? Details on that, too! Watch! February 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAMELA SMITH, a volunteer with Access 4U, about their program's mission of - according to their website - empowering disadvantaged youths and families...by offering collaborative solutions. Awareness is key, and so Access 4U is hosting a FREE 'dance to end child homelessness' February 10th in Columbia - watch for details! At [4:53] director KATE BUSSELLE and actress CHARA KNIGHT invite everyone to come see "Rasheeda Speaking," a workplace thriller/dark comedy at Talking Horse Productions beginning February 10th! Chara says, "it's going to make them (the audience) a little uncomfortable, but it will definitely open up those communication lines." February 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, discuss some of the reasons why you should quit your smoking habit. Heather says to first look at your motives: "41,000 people die of second-hand smoke-related diseases every year." (Second-hand!) She encourages potential quitters (who need an extra push) to look at how it affects their pets, their loved ones, their pocketbook and more. If that's not enough, Phoenix Health offers an eight-week program called, "Freedom From Smoking" - watch for details! February 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes first-time guest, CLAUDIA SCHOONOVER, Director of Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! Claudia invites everyone to two after-hour events this month at the library: a concert by Miss Jubilee on February 18th; and the annual indoor mini-golf fundraiser February 25th. Watch for details! At [3:48] MIKE SCHOOLEY and DICK DALTON encourage everyone to come see Capital City Productions' performance of "Hands on a Hard Body," opening this Thursday at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City! Don't miss this upbeat musical retelling of a true story about a contest in Texas in which contestants must keep one hand on a truck the longest, and whoever does, wins the truck. February 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVID CRESPY, MU Theatre Department, about the 2017 Mizzou New Play Series. This year, 27 plays with stories about serial murderers, graduate insurance, mysterious women who know the future and mob bosses (among many others) will be presented in concert performance at the Corner Playhouse on the MU Campus beginning February 6th. At [3:40] RICK ROWDEN, Director of Development at Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, returns with an update on how the program locally - a non-profit that cares for women and children affected by drugs and alcohol 24/7 - has progressed since it's inception, and how it's residents have benefited from the nationally-known 'Teen Challenge' reputation and success over the years. February 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired home economics professor at the University of Missouri, trade travel talk and tell us what you should not agree to when renting a car (that will save you a few extra bucks). Plus, Mel talks about fiduciary relationships and whether or not the Trump Administration will uphold a ruling set forth by the Obama Administration; as well as how to develop passive income. February 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with PEGGY PLACIER about two upcoming public forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. Up first is a Legislative Town Hall February 2nd at the Columbia Public Library. Peggy says that all the Boone County State Legislators will be there! Then, on February 13th (also at the library), there will be a discussion over the topic: "What's the Relevance of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press in the Digital Era." Watch for details! At [4:17] TARA FLYNN, M.D., Mizzou Urgent Care, tells us how one should decide whether quick care, urgent care or the emergency room is the right choice for your situation. Tara says, "a lot of it is on the severity of symptoms." February 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMANDA De La MATER, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, about the many aspects of this organization. Amanda tells us how it serves to support, enrich and care for those with Alzheimer's, and those affected by it - and how you can get involved. At [4:47] SUE McDANIEL and SUE HOEVELMAN are back to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's first 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser of 2017 is happening now! Support services for women and children in our community by ordering a box of delicious chocolate chip cookies that will be delivered fresh to you (or maybe that special someone!) on Valentine's Day. January 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator, Missouri River Relief, about the upcoming 'Wild & Scenic Film Fest', February 12th at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Jenn tells us that "this film festival travels to over 100 cities in the United States...but we get to hand-pick the films we want to feature and show the local community." At [4:18] actress SOPHIA ROMERO-COMPAIN and technical director PAYTON OSWALT invite everyone to Hickman High School's production of "Almost, Maine." Sophia says this entertaining show is "something people will be able to relate to." See it this weekend only! January 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform Eric Peltoniemi's "Tree of Life" on guitar. Dedicated to all the quilters out there, Cathy tells us that "the song is actually just a recitation of quilt pattern names, which is poetry in and of itself." Enjoy! January 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society, about a special walk-through of the "From Boone to Black Elk: Native and Colonial Experiences in Contested "Middle Grounds" exhibit this Saturday inside the gallery at Ellis Library on the MU campus. Joan tells us what you can expect to see during this family-friendly event; plus, she's brought examples of the items you'll be able to touch and feel during the tour. January 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Columbia Public Library's PATRICIA MILLER about the next 'Kids in the Kitchen' cooking class, hosted by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! For the adults, be sure and join Mizzou grad student Hannah Turnbull for a presentation about incorporating avocados into your diet. It's all a part of 'Heart Healthy Month' and space is limited - watch for details! At [3:48] WALLY PFEFFER joins us with information about the 15th Annual Boone County Legislative Forum, presented by the Mizzou Alumni Association. Everyone's invited to come and visit with senators and representatives from this area tomorrow night at Grand Cru in Columbia. January 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Columbia's recent 3-STAR certification by STAR Communities. What does that mean, exactly? Barbara tells us that the ratings given are basically a benchmarking tool based on many categories like health and safety, climate and energy use, equity and empowerment and more. In other words, it's a good thing! January 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Columbia's GreenHouse Theatre Project. Elizabeth joins us on the cusp of a three-show season six, which includes the "existential masterpiece," 'Waiting for Godot'. The theme this year is "Rebirth: an exploration of god, (womb)an and myth." At [3:44] NAT GRAHAM joins us along side one of the speakers from the first Science on Tap CoMo of 2017, JOSEPH COBETTO, a political science professor at the University of Missouri. Joseph will be leading a "scientific" presentation titled, 'What Happened on November 8th?' If the election results surprised you, show up this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar for some answers! January 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Executive Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about genetic and contagious diseases and the basic research to finds their cures. Have you ever heard of penicillin? Sure you have; it was discovered by accident. How about a vaccine that will treat cancer cells, or a life-saving drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy with origins at the University of Missouri? One could happen, the other already does. Jack explains it all - watch! January 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Columbia Public Schools teachers MELANIE KNOCKE and REX BELTZ! Still fresh off their trip aboard NASA's 'Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy', or SOFIA, Melanie and Rex will share their story once more at the kickoff to the 2017 Saturday Morning Science series January 28th at the Bond Life Sciences Center in Columbia. Today they talk about just what is "infrared astronomy" - watch! January 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN MURRAY, Director of the University Concert Series, about all the different shows coming to the stages of Jesse Auditorium and Missouri Theatre over the next several months! Big Broadway shows like "Annie"; an intimate tribute to The Carpenters; "Odd Squad Live" for the kids; a performance by the entire St. Louis Symphony and more are on the way - watch for details! January 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about their new show that (unofficially) opens today called "Quintessence." What is 'quintessence'? Diana says this is "a show about the natural elements: fire, air, earth, water...and quintessence - the fifth element." At [3:55] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, tells us how their 'Adopt-a-Family' program went this past Christmas, as well as what to expect in 2017. Nick says the area they're looking to grow the most in is housing because, "the need is just tremendous." January 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'MU Celebrates MLK' committee members, CAROLYN MICKLEM and FRANK SCHMIDT, about the many events happening this month that seek to recognize and honor the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first such event is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema in downtown Columbia; next week, scholar and activist Angela Davis will be speaking at Missouri Theatre - watch for details! January 16, 2017

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