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 HANNAH REEVES, Director, Sager | Braudis Gallery, about your last chance to experience the "summer exhibit" before the "late-summer exhibit" takes over in August! Five diverse artists will be replaced by five more diverse artists with the hope that there'll be something for "everyone to connect with in each exhibit." At [3:35] NANETTE WARD tells us that Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is helping more people right now than ever before. The higher number is due, in part, to awareness and education; but at the same time, trafficking has now become the second-largest growing "criminal enterprise" in the country. To help those in Missouri, a task force team has created a new hotline number - watch for details! July 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JIM STEELE about the upcoming Fayette Festival of the Arts. This one-day, end-of-summer hurrah (before school activities begin) features a quilt show and an art show; plus, music from the Columbia Community Band, crafts, historic presentations and, of course, food! At [5:03] JUDY BOCK and EVETTE NISSEN tell us about the 'August Shoe Coupon Event' sponsored by The Wardrobe. A $4 voucher allows qualifying families to purchase two pairs of shoes for each child (up to $35) at Payless ShoeSource in Columbia. Watch for details! July 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARETTE-TINDALL about the many native plants that can also act as "host plants" for caterpillars. One of the plants in the studio, for example, is wafer ash (ptelea trifoliata); Nadia says it's the perfect home for the giant swallowtail caterpillar. If you'd like to plant this or any of her other suggestions in your own yard, watch for details! At [4:26] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, tells us about a new program (in conjunction with Heart of Missouri United Way) that creates a 24 hour "crisis bed" for those with opioid addiction issues in need of treatment beyond just a "beating heart." July 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, about how to avoid giving your pet a heat stroke. CB says like obesity, heat strokes occur when the owner is "trying to be nice." Find out what everyday situations could potentially be deadly to a dog if not carefully handled! At [4:01] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR, Assoc. Dir. of Community and Outreach at Woodhaven, invites everyone to the grand opening of Woodhaven's Aging in Place apartments this Friday. These 'future-proof' homes allow tenants to grow old without worrying about renovations and upkeep as their conditions change. July 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about what Columbia's 'Climate Action Plan' means to the people of Mid-Missouri. Next month, the public is invited to attend a council meeting in which the Office of Sustainability will be presenting a comprehensive report that details efforts made by the citizens of Columbia to reduce carbon emissions, and a plan to continue those efforts into the future. Watch for details! July 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Angela talks about just how fast the moon's shadow will move across the United States on August 21st, and what MoDOT is doing to make sure drivers (who find themselves in the path of totality) stay safe! July 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEGAN McCONACHIE, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, about the many activities planned for the weekend before the total solar eclipse that's happening on August 21st! Don't miss out on a bike ride, a 5K and, of course, a "Totality Music Festival." Watch for details! At [4:00] JEFF MORAN, a.k.a. "Dr. Chordate," performs his original song, "E-Clipse-O," that he dedicates to the solar eclipse experience. July 20, 2017

Paul Pepper: Author John Howe, "The Foolish Corner"

Jul 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JOHN HOWE. The basis of his book, "The Foolish Corner," is something called "behavioral economics," and John uses that foundation to help guide you in making wise financial decisions. In this interview, John touches on "confirmation bias" and "hedonic adaptation." July 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back poet, author and Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads his poem, "Queen Anne's Lace," which he dedicates to the white lanky wild flower of the same name (it's actually a member of the carrot family!). Meet Walter in person next month in Ashland - watch for details! July 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE CRITCHFIELD, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Columbia, about the services they provide for elderly people who live in their own home, but are in need of some assistance, and the caregivers who provide that assistance. At [5:11] actors SARAH JOST and DANE JOHNSON, "Beauty" and "the Beast," respectively, invite everyone to Maplewood Barn's production of "Beauty and the Beast." This classic fairy tale is sure to delight and entertain the whole family, so don't miss it! July 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director, Bond Life Sciences Center, about why the population of arctic hares rise and fall so dramatically. Could it be because of the arctic fox? Perhaps, but not in the way you might be thinking. July 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DOUG BANNISTER, Director, School of Metaphysics, about the message behind the school and how it achieves it's goal of helping people improve their lives through faith and adhering to common principles that all people share, no matter religion or location. July 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, and actress CHEYENNE NELSON about Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," opening this Thursday in Macon! Cheyenne, as "Reno Sweeney," performs 'I Get A Kick Out of You' at [3:27]. July 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MADELINE MATSON about Will Schwalbe's book, "The End of Your Life Book Club," a.k.a. Missouri River Regional Library's "Capital Read" selection for 2017. Get a quick synopsis and find out how you can meet the author! At [3:09] MARY SCHANTZ and TONY SMITH invite everyone to a forum on health care reform at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Attendees will hear from local doctors and nationally-known speakers in a setting that encourages conversation. Watch for details! July 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY POWELL, director of "Seussical," part of MU Summer Repertory Theatre's 2017 season! Joy is joined by four cast members who perform, "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" at [3:42], followed by a solo, a cappella performance of "Alone in the Universe" at [6:20]. "Seussical" opens this Thursday and runs for two weeks. July 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President, LaBrunerie Financial, about saving money. If you think it's too early to start saving for retirement, you're wrong! Alex suggests that as much as ten percent of your salary should go into savings - even if you're young and not making much money because, as he puts it, "you are rich in time." Other topics we cover include: long-term care, hedge funds and reverse mortgages. July 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about this Saturday's 'Second Saturdays for Kids' event at Orr Street Studios in Columbia! The activities this month will revolve around a solar eclipse/science theme. Catherine says, "we're doing hard science, surreal science; both sides of the brain." At [4:43] NICK FOSTER joins us to talk about 'Christmas in July'! This family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Voluntary Action Center and, as you might expect, features an appearance by everyone's favorite jolly ol' elf. Watch for details! July 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with consumer expert MEL ZELENAK. Have you ever been in a situation where, after taking your car in to be serviced for a recall, they tell you they've found other problems that need to be addressed? Find out why Mel says you should tell them to wait on doing any additional repairs. Plus, advice on buying life insurance for your child. July 5, 2017

Happy Independence Day! To help celebrate, Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells a Fourth of July-themed true story about an "odd couple" who died on the same day, this day, many years ago. Any guesses? Watch! July 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the importance of milkweed in the life of the monarch butterfly. If you're thinking about planting milkweed in your yard, Nadia's advice is a good first step in successfully adapting all kinds of milkweed to your garden. At [4:44] KELLY LANCEY and JACKIE VERDUN talk about what it's like being a "host family" to an exchange student who's taking part in the Rotary Youth Exchange. If it's something you'd like to do, too, we tell you how - watch! July 3, 2017

Paul Pepper: Tim Rich, Welcome Home

Jun 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TIM RICH about Welcome Home, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless veterans. Tim says, "when you think about the fact that every single veteran that served in the United States military - male or female - signed on the dotted line willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. We owe them...a new start when they hit bottom and find themselves on the street, and that's what Welcome Home is about." June 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KARLI URBAN, M.D., MU Family and Community Medicine, about the upcoming Family Caregivers Conference. Karli says this will be a great way to learn about resources in the community and to network with others in a similar situation. Watch for details! At [5:15] KAT DAKE invites everyone to the Jefferson City Art Club's special art exhibit this Saturday at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. Tour works of art by JCAC members that showcase Missouri's many native plants and wildlife! June 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIT SALTER about the second half of 2017's Osher Saturday Morning Book Talk series! The next 'talk' will feature Jill Orr, author of "The Good Byline." Come for the conversation, stay for the pastries and coffee - it all begins at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month! June 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about a new approach to helping family members who are, in turn, helping loved ones who are suffering from substance abuse issues and may not want to seek professional counseling themselves. At [4:04] actors BARB TUTTLE and LARRY SHAW invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Laughing Stock"! The very meta storyline - behind-the-scenes struggles at a local theatre company - will keep you 'laughing' from start to finish. Curtain goes up this Thursday! June 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're teaming up with the African Children's Choir for a special concert this Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Columbia. Before they take the stage, the Hams perform three songs for us: "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" [1:48]; "I Believe" [3:29]; and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" [7:12]. June 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Angela takes us on tour of www.greatamericaneclipse.com - a great way to find out just how long you'll get to enjoy the path of totality during this summer's solar eclipse! June 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES from the Missouri Symphony Society. This Sunday's "Mostly Mozart" concert at First Baptist Church in Columbia features, among others, resident opera artist SAMUEL WRIGHT and accompanist MUN-TZUNG WONG. They join us in studio to perform a sneak preview at [2:48]. Enjoy! June 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these scams to watch out for: "relieving students of debt"; "drive-by pavers"; and "door-to-door pest control." Sean says the best way to not fall for these 'special' offers is to, "do your due diligence." June 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNY FLATT, Director, MU Family Impact Center, about Hot Salsa Night 2017. This annual fundraiser features a live auction, a silent auction and, of course, salsa! Watch for details. At [3:46] TODD DAVISON takes us inside the 2017 season at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! On stage now is "Million Dollar Quartet," the true story of one night in Memphis when four musical legends - before they were legends - came together at Sun Records and started jamming. And that's just the beginning of what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing summer of professional theatre! June 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI about GreenHouse Theatre Project's latest production, Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." Join the adventure outside Fretboard Coffee and Artlandish Gallery in the North Village Arts District this Wednesday through Sunday! At [4:54] HANNAH GARRAD tells us all about this Saturday's "Kids in the Kitchen" class at the Columbia Public Library. On the menu will be berry smoothies and salad kabobs (yes, salad kabobs) - register today! Sponsored by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. June 19, 2017

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