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 DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about thermal genetic weight loss. Never heard of it? If you've eaten a special diet and then "exercised your butt off," you probably have; Dr. Newman explains - watch! November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform "Take Time to Remember the Poor" on banjo and guitar [1:48]. November 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Maples Repertory Theatre! Artistic Director TODD DAVISON introduces us to the cast of their latest production, "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings," who perform two numbers: "Stranger In Paradise" [2:36] and "Let It Snow" [4:55]. Show opens this Friday! November 25, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and our 'money man,' MEL ZELENAK, talk about the basic steps to planning your own financially secure future. Mel says that by cutting out the middle man, "you could save a huge amount of money." November 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper sits down with JOHN WRIGHT, former 47th District State Representative, to talk about the polarization of politics, both on the state level and the national level. November 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about the Partnership Against Hunger Food Drive this coming Tuesday in the parking lot of Walmart and Schnucks locations across Mid-Missouri! Consider making your first act of giving this holiday season to those less fortunate. November 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with KIT and CATHY SALTER about Cathy's new book, 'Notes From Boomerang Creek.' "For me, it's a way of looking back at what's happened in the last decade of life...and it's an inspiration." Watch our interview and then go and pick up a copy for yourself! November 19, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, talk about their busy fall schedule, including a concert by the Missouri Symphony Conservatory (youths in grades 3-12) playing 19 different pieces! At [4:23] KERRI BURROWS, Interim Director of Second Chance, and KATHLEEN McKINNEY - with the help of Lucky, a special needs cat - tell us about the TLC Fund, which is for animals that need 'extraordinary care.' Watch! November 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CASSIE THOMPSON, MU Health Care, about "Tiger Tot Mommies," a support group for mothers that meets twice a month and features helpful tips on a wide range of topics, such as the benefits of cloth diapers to baby yoga. Their next meeting is coming up! At [4:28] R. PAUL CRABB and STEVEN THARP invite everyone to a performance by the MU Choral Union, featuring the University Philharmonic, University Singers and the Columbia Youth Choral - 300 performers in all - this Thursday at Jesse Auditorium! Find out how it all came together. November 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper enjoys a performance from local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a personal 'Thanksgiving' story titled, "Thanks, Coach." Watch! November 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, and ERIC SANDOVAL, Chair of the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, about the Columbia STEM Expo happening tomorrow at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of activities that's free for all ages! November 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELYNDA LOTVEN (lovingly referred to as "The Gourd Goddess") about Fall Into Art, a craft show+ this weekend at Parkade Center that Melynda describes as "a marriage between education and music and art - wonderful art." At [4:16] SUTU FORTE invites everyone to attend "Sutu, Seriously," a solo recital (encouraged by local columnist Bill Clark - watch the segment for the story) November 23rd at the Boone County Historical Society. November 12, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and GEORGIA MOREHOUSE can't help but boast about how young and talented all 30 students are who are participating in the 14th annual Student Piano Showcase this Sunday. "We have them as young as 6 this year!" Tickets available at D&H Drugstore. At [4:57] ANN McGINITY invites everyone to the 25th annual Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild sale this Fri., Sat. and Sun. at the Boone Co. Historical Society. Ann brought a small sample of what you'll find when you come this weekend - watch! November 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about this Saturday's Founder's Day luncheon at Jack's Gourmet in Columbia (tickets are still available)! Liz shares details about the featured speaker and teases who will walk away with the Citizen of the Year award - watch! At [3:52] CARYL BRYAN and DAVID WEBER tells us about "A Night at the Shelter," a play written by David about life at Columbia's "Room at the Inn" homeless shelter. Hear how it came together and where you can see it! November 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with dramaturge and actress, JENNY PARDOE, about "Want's Unwisht Work," the latest production from MU's Department of Theatre. Directed by David Crespy, this adaptation from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" will keep you laughing until the end. At [4:00] CINDY MUSTARD and NANCY GRIGGS invite everyone to the Women's Symphony League Holiday Home Tour luncheon November 14th. Come for the entertainment and fashion show, stay for the cupcakes! November 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and retired economics professor, MEL ZELENAK, talk about saving money for the future. "The financial advisor is typically not working for the consumer," warns Mel, who shares his tips and tricks that "anybody can do!" November 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League Executive Director, about "Give a Gift of Art" - CAL's annual reminder that local art makes the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season! Opening night reception is this Saturday. At [4:27] AUDIE CLINE invites everyone to Capital City Players' production of "Mass Appeal." This comedy/drama (written in 1981) will keep you intrigued whether you're Catholic or not! November 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRISTOPHER GOULD, Director of Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Sylvia." Christopher says you should come see this show because " see a human actor being a funny." Curtain goes up tomorrow night at 7:30! At [4:49] BRUCE BURKETT, Executive Director of Hep C Alliance, has a message for Sen. McCaskill and Sen. Blunt about the Viral Hepatitis Education and Testing Act - watch! November 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with KBIA General Manager MIKE DUNN about the Fall Pledge Drive, which starts tomorrow. "It's our biggest source of money," says Mike, who also touches on the recent programming changes. (You're watching this now, why not make a donation and keep the party going?!) At [4:47] SUE HOEVELMAN tells us why you should participate in the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's cookie sale! The cookies are made from scratch and the money goes to a good cause - what's not to like?! November 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager for the City of Columbia, talk about a wide range of topics, including: recycling, household hazardous waste, CoMo Energy Challenge and more. You have questions, we have answers! November 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CHRISTINE SEITZ, PAIGE WAKEFIELD and CATHERINE SANDSTEDT from MU's Show-Me Opera. Paige and Catherine perform "The Evening Prayer" from Engelbert Humperdinck's opera, 'Hansel and Gretel.' See 13 different scenes from nine different operas tonight and tomorrow night at the Missouri Theatre in Downtown Columbia! October 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about a George Caleb Bingham lithograph recently acquired by the State Historical Society that features Daniel Boone during the European settlement of the west. Watch our segment for the story, and then go see it for yourself! October 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUZAN HARKNESS, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stephens College, about Stephens' health sciences initiative. "We've always been preparing women for the jobs of the future..." At [5:20] KIT SALTER tells us about this Saturday's MU Fall Diabetic Workshop. Informational panels, food and a chance to win one of four raffle baskets! It's free and open to the public, but they ask that you call to register. Watch for details. October 28, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY about linoleum; including how it's made, why it's effective and how long it will last (hint: a long time). At [4:45] GARY WONDER, National Federation of the Blind, tells us about their upcoming trivia night fundraiser. Come for the trivia, stay for the silent auction, the food and the camaraderie! (All proceeds benefit the NFB.) Gary also shows us how a new application for your smartphone will read what it's camera sees - watch! October 27, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. COURTNEY BARNES about the new Low Intervention Birth Program at MU Women's and Children's Hospital. "It's going to be really great for our community." Find out how it came about and when you can tour the rooms! At [4:13] JEFF and BARBARA MORAN explain "The Sewing Machine Project." If your sewing machine is in the corner collecting dust, donate it and you could be helping women in third-world countries. No sewing machine but want to help? Makes plans to attend a benefit concert at Talking Horse Productions this Friday - watch! October 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper enjoys local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN's performance of Judy Goodenough's "Apples in the Basket" - hopefully you will, too! October 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS OLIVER, director of MU Theatre's latest production, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, energized show that - at it's core - is about "finding self-acceptance." At [4:42] ANDREW GRABAU, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri United Way, tells us why their annual Community Campaign, titled 'Just One More,' is "a call to action for the community to rally around our agencies that we support." October 22, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SYLVIA SPRINKLE, Missouri Pay It Forward founder, about their latest efforts, including a new drop-off site in Mexico, MO. At [4:05] JULIE LONG, Central Missouri Master Gardeners, invites everyone to the River City Fall Festival this Saturday in Jefferson City. Pony rides and live entertainment; plus craft/food/informational booths - and it's all FREE! October 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, do NOT talk about tomorrow night's "Healthy Ways to Dine Out" informational program (it's FREE to all at the Columbia Public Library); instead, watch for Rambo's takeaway about eating more fish. At [4:30] MU Health Care's DR. MARK WAKEFIELD talks prostate cancer. Should you be screened? Maybe not. Find out why "active surveillance" is now a popular term used when individualizing patient treatment. October 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANNA DRAKE, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri CASA, about their upcoming "Justice is Served" fundraiser. Tickets are still available to see Vicki Russell 'taken to court (for pandering)!' At [4:55] PAT RILEY, Director of Career and Placement Services at Moberly Area Community College, tells us about MACC's upcoming career fair: why it's being held in Columbia (for the first time) and who's invited - watch! October 19, 2015