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 visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager; and JAMES COLE, Sustainability Educator, about the final push of the two-year CoMo Energy Challenge campaign! If enough of us save energy, we'll beat out 49 other cities and win $5M from Georgetown University. What can you do to help as the clock runs down? Let's just say it involves the hashtag: #SavingEnergy2Win - watch for details! September 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back TIM REINBOTT from the University  of Missouri's South Farm Research Center. Tim tells us about the 10th annual South Farm Showcase, a free, family-friendly event happening this Saturday in Columbia. Tim says, "we want to make sure our kids, and our kids-at-heart, can learn something, but have fun doing it." Don't miss the cockroach race, the wine tasting, the tomato tasting, the corn maze and more! September 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about Orr Street Studios' popular "Second Saturday for Kids" series. Next month, participants age 5-15 will get to make wearable art with instruction by Zede's Sewing Studio! At [4:04] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator for Missouri River Regional Library, is looking for your thoughts on how MRRL is doing, and what it can do better to serve the community. Plus, find out about "Readers Theatre: Live Old Time Radio," a fundraiser for the library foundation happening this weekend in Jefferson City! September 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY NICKELSON about the Super Sam Foundation, which is a "childhood cancer awareness charity" in honor of Sam Santhuff, who died of cancer at age six back in 2014. Join them for the 2nd annual 'Hope Gala' fundraiser September 30th in Columbia - watch for details! At [3:55] JUDITH LeFEVRE and DR. MICHAEL PORTER invite people age 6-106 living in Boone County to submit two of their own photographs into the Children's Grove photography competition! The theme this year is "Different Yet All the Same." Children's Grove is a nonprofit that encourages a 'culture of kindness.' Enter today! September 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and ERIC SANDVOL, Associate Professor, MU Department of Geological Sciences, talk about predicting earthquakes. On the heels of that devastating earthquake in Italy last month, Eric elaborates on the science behind it and others like it, and the difficulties that seismologists face in making "precise" predictions. September 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS about this Sunday's Columbia CROP Hunger Walk at Stephens Lake Park! The purpose of the walk is to raise money and awareness for local organizations that help combat hunger and poverty, so consider sponsoring a neighbor, a friend or even yourself! At [3:45] LYNN BARNETT and SALLY SILVERS join us to talk about the many facets of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. This now 20 year-old program aims to "stimulate creativity and innovation" beyond what our tax dollars alone can do. Watch for details! September 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about separation anxiety in pets. With school back in full swing, your beloved Rover and Fluffy are now left to spend a good portion of the day at home by themselves. How can we make saying goodbye every morning easier for everyone? Dr. Doering has some ideas! September 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and PAUL BAUM talk about this weekend's Walk Back in Time in Mexico, Mo! Thanks to a large number of committed reenactors, Baum says, "you should get the visual impression that you are there in Colonial times or in the middle of World War II." Watch for details, and to see a few photos from last year! At [3:22] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, talks about 'Church Ladies,' 'Pinkalicious,' and their entire 2017 season, so get ready to mark those calendars! September 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells us about "a shadow that falls on September 17th." What is "the shadow?" Larry tells us that on Constitution Day, the shadow from the Washington Monument will fall on the steps of the Capitol Building, and that's not the only landmark it's known to touch throughout the year. Coincidence? Hmmm... September 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's segment focuses on laminate "wood." Scott says people like it because, "it doesn't have some of the hassles that natural flooring has, like the seasonal gapping." At [4:05] actors JOHN WELLS and RICH BURDGE invite everyone to come see "Angel Street" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. If you like a good suspense thriller set in Victorian London, don't miss out - one weekend only! September 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, and MU student JOSEPH EGGERMAN, about a new exhibit called, 'From Boone to Black Elk,' that features the original oil painting of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding. Check it out September 22nd during the Artifact Museum and Gallery Crawl! September 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about the effects of climate change on eggs in the wild. Jack says, "you think of eggs as just sort of sitting there...[but] embryos inside eggs are actually way more alert about what's going on outside the egg than we thought." September 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about two programs coming up this month. The first - in honor of Constitution Day - is called, "Will They Count Your Vote?"; the second is the monthly 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. You'll see two short films about voting, including "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." Watch for details! At [3:43] GLOVER BROWN and TODD SPALDING are here with more about the Lafayette Street and the Historic Foot District Memorial Project. Todd serves at the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in Jefferson City, and has a plan to redevelop the area as a park next spring - find out more! September 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, who talks about two kinds of popular scams: the 'IRS scam' and the 'grandparent scam.' Have you gotten a call from the IRS lately asking for money? If so, it's 100% fake, and Sean tells us why. He also tells us about what he calls an "insidious" attack on senior citizens, and how to spot it before your loved ones fall for it! September 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAIME FREIDRICHS, Director of the Missouri Women's Business Center. MOWBC is a brand new program of Central Missouri Community Action that aims to relieve some of the stress and unknowns that women (and men) encounter when opening their own business. At [3:27] BECCA PAMPERL invites everyone to the 2016 Out of the Darkness Walk October 9th at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. Last year, over $18,000 was raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and like last year, this year's funds will go towards the goal of raising awareness to the over 1,000 suicides per year in Missouri alone (43,000 nationwide). September 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Missouri Symphony Society Executive Director, JANE WHITESIDES, about auditions now underway for a new male and female youth choir called 'Columbia Conservatory Chorus.' There a just a few days left, so don't miss out! At [3:51] JENNIFER BEAN, from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about the benefits of coconut water. Never heard of it? It's basically liquid from a coconut that hasn't aged. Interesting conversation - watch! September 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about their latest exhibit, "Interpretations IV." Diana says you'll need to give yourself plenty of time in order to truly appreciate the 80 artworks and 80 pieces of writing on display! At [4:10] ROSALIE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN want to see everyone at the Moms Demand Action rally in Jefferson City on September 14th! Watch for information about Senate Bill 656, which they say 'jeopardizes public safety.' September 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC Co-Founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about a new program called 'Bike to the Future.' Jane says that 6% of Boone County families don't have a vehicle, and because of that, keeping a job becomes a challenge. As a way to help, Love INC is now collecting any gently-used bicycles and will donate them to those in need. Watch for details! September 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KARI HOPKINS talk about all the good that Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home has provided for the past 25 years. Help them celebrate this milestone by attending their "big birthday celebration party" on September 11th! Watch for details. At [4:31] PAT FOWLER and MARK WAHRENBROCK invite everyone to a "big barn sale" featuring items salvaged from the 112 year-old 'James' apartment building before it was torn down earlier this year. If you're in need of a door, a window or a fixture for your home, don't miss this unique, one-of-a-kind sale! September 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENIFER PILZ-COULIBALY about two upcoming concerts from the Amazon Cello Choir! Based in Brazil, these young performers raised enough money to travel to Missouri to put on a FREE concert just for you. Watch for details! At [4:05] SUSAN GROVES and CHARLES RILEY return to our show to invite you to the 10th Annual Fulton State Hospital BBQ and Bluegrass benefit festival September 10th at 54 Country. Find out about the entertainment, the food and the fun that awaits you in Fulton - watch! September 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back CONNIE SHAY, mastermind behind the annual Boonslick Folk Festival! This popular, family-friendly event is happening once again this year on Labor Day in Howard County. Find out what you can expect to see, hear and do - and it's all free of charge! At [4:55] actors AMY DRTINA and CHARLIE WILKERSON invite everyone to come see the delightful farce, "Moon Over Buffalo" at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia. Curtain goes up tomorrow night, rain or shine! August 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE from Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium about her trip this November aboard NASA's experimental aircraft called 'SOFIA'. Melanie also fills us in on more upcoming programs for children at the planetarium, including a new show called "Our Living Climate." Watch for details! August 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry performs "Waltzing with Bears" on guitar - his most requested song of all time! August 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes DR. HANA SOLOMON, M.D., President of BeWell Health, LLC and creator of Nasopure. Why use Nasopure? Dr. Hana says, "the nose filters 10,000 liters of air everyday, and we make a pint to a quart of mucus per day...I believe a nose deserves a washing just like your teeth deserve a brushing." So if you're in need of relief from nose and sinus issues, without the help of antibiotics, you've come to the right place! August 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts, about the classes being offered this fall! If you're on the fence about whether or not to sign up, Marie talks the numerous advantages of dancing for both young and old. Register today! At [2:59] MARK PALMER, CEO of Woodhaven, invites everyone to help celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week at a reception September 13. Show your appreciation for the Woodhaven DSP's who, as Mark says, are "acting as mentors and friends and helping those individuals (with developmental disabilities) reach the highest level of independence." August 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARLOTTE JIMENEZ about The Language Tree Immersion School. If you're looking for an alternative education for your young child, consider The Language Tree! Charlotte says, "every head teacher is a native speaker, so you really have that first-hand quality language provided to the children." At [4:38] BETH WATSON talks about The Children's School at Stephens College. In the community since 1925, TCS groups students by ability, not age, all in one classroom. The advantage? Beth says, "if you have a gifted child, they can move up with the older kids." August 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about their upcoming fall season. Before it gets underway, there are two special fundraising performances in which you're invited! Limited seating, so get your tickets today. Watch for details! At [4:11] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, wants to see everyone at the upcoming WISE (Women in Science and Entrepreneurship) conference September 11th in Columbia. Hear about the featured speakers and find out how to register. August 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform Jimmy Driftwood's "Song of the Cowboys" on banjo and guitar. See them perform in-person this Thursday at Thespian Hall in Boonville - watch for details! August 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society. Jane brought two Missouri Symphony Conservatory students to perform two pieces on the violin: "Autumn" at [3:00] and "Evening Prayer" at [5:15]. Watch! August 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth, discuss marijuana use in young people. According to Joy, the challenge in making sure today's youth understand the consequences of their poor choices used to be in dealing with peer pressure, now it's dealing with lackadaisical parents. She says, "the marijuana of today is nothing like the marijuana of the '60s - it's not Woodstock weed anymore...it's like tripping on acid instead of smoking pot." August 18, 2016

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