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 MELYNDA LOTVEN about the 8th annual Fall Into Art arts and crafts show happening this weekend at the Parkade Events Center in Columbia. Get your holiday shopping out of the way early buy purchasing one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, art and, of course, gourds! At [4:32] NEIL CARR invites everyone to participate in the Rotary Club of Columbia's 4th annual car raffle, benefitting 10 local charities! The odds of winning a BMW 328i or a Mercedes Benz GLA 250 or a Harley Davidson StreetGlide Special are just 1 in 3,000. Watch for details! November 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about the 16th annual  Piano Student Showcase. See for yourself 30 local piano students - the youngest of which is 6 years-old - on stage at the Missouri Theatre this Sunday afternoon! At [4:17] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to the Columbia Farmers' Market this Saturday for the official groundbreaking on the new Agriculture Park! Adam says, "we'll be tripling our production size" after the move from Fay Street. November 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with "old time fiddler" HOWARD MARSHALL! Howard's written two books, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish" and "Fiddler's Dream." Find out what it means to be an "old time fiddler" and what the future is of this niche talent! November 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Welcome Home's TIM RICH about the many services available to homeless veterans in our community, because they need more than just a place to sleep. "We believe we can't leave them on the battlefield, we shouldn't leave them on the streets." At [4:40] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, tells us how we can safely secure a health insurance policy for ourselves and/or our loved ones through the Affordable Care Act. It can be a confusing process, but ICS is here to help! November 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NATALIE DUNCAN and MICHAEL VIERLING about this month's edition of Science on Tap! This popular series provides a platform for graduate students at Mizzou to share their knowledge with the general public over a beer. Wolves and newborn calves will be the topic this Wednesday! At [4:53] TRAMONTE MILLER and JESSICA KANNE invite everyone to come see Hickman High School's production of "Shrek: The Musical." Running for just three performances, don't miss your chance to see this delightful story about friendship that's based on the hit movie! November 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author/poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads "Jack's Fork River Bunker Hill Retreat," a poem he wrote inspired by his time spent at the Missouri State Teacher's Association's creative writing workshop last summer. Walter has a new book and two appearances coming up; watch for details! November 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about the 2017 STEM Expo this Saturday at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities that are free for all ages! At [4:46] SUE HOEVELMAN and KAREN WILMS are here to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser is back! Get your order in by next Tuesday for the best chocolate-chip cookies you'll ever taste! Proceeds benefit a good cause. Watch for details. November 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, and PATRICIA HAYLES, Community Relations Specialist, about the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards nomination process. Applications are still being accepted! Also, Barbara invites those who need a small appliance repaired, and those who know how to fix a small appliance, to the first (possibly annual) "Fix-It Fair"! Watch for details! November 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about this year's "Starting Gate New Play Festival." You're invited to watch six, 10-minute original plays with one common theme. This year's theme is 'Earth and Sky'. At [4:17] ANN McGINITY invites everyone to the 28th annual Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild's popular 'Holiday Exhibition and Sale' this Friday through Sunday! Check out a few of the examples Ann brought of some one-of-a-kind crafts available for purchase! November 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHERYL BLACK, director of MU Theatre Department's production of "Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3." This Pulitzer Award-winning musical by Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of a slave named Hero during the American Civil War. Curtain goes up Wednesday! At [3:15] DR. JUSSUF KAIFI, MU Health Care, talks about the positive effects that a lung cancer screening can have at the early stages of the disease. "Now we see patients at an early stage that we can cure mostly with surgery." November 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about tomorrow's Warm Up Columbia event at the Armory in downtown Columbia. If your family qualifies for free coats, hats, scarves, blankets and more, now is your chance to collect. Watch for details! At [3:33] JOAN STACK and GREIG THOMPSON invite everyone to come visit the State Historical Society's latest exhibit dedicated to local artist and veteran, Robert Bussabarger. Bussabarger's work is a reflection of his time spent in the military during WWII. November 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with musician JOHN HOWLAND about a free bluegrass/southern gospel benefit concert this Saturday in Jefferson City! Come see local band 'Missing Pieces' perform popular tunes like "I'll Fly Away," "Daddy Sang Bass" and "There Will Be A Fountain." Non-perishable food donations will be given to the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. At [5:12] JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reminds us to continue eating healthy, even during the winter months. How? One way is to find out if your local farmers market has an indoor location. Seasonal produce year-round! November 2, 2017 

Today Paul Pepper visits with KYLE FELLING, KBIA Program Director, about their fall fund drive that kicks off tomorrow and runs through next Thursday! The goal is $360,000. No pledge is too small! At [4:35] JILL WOMACK and 'Cinderella' invite all the little girls watching to "A Royal Tea Party" inside Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. This popular event is a fundraiser for TRYPS, and the theme this year is 'The Princesses Visit Hogwarts'. November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper is joined by local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells us the story of "Momo," aka the Missouri Monster. October 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA WHITING about a "big party" this Saturday to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rock Bridge State Park and the 100th anniversary of the Missouri State Park system. Did you know Lady Bird Johnson had a hand in making RBSP a reality? At [5:16] KATIE HAYS invites everyone to come see Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "12 Angry Jurors" (also know as the less-diverse, "12 Angry Men"). Find out why director Christopher Gould felt it was important for the change to be made so that the audience would be able to identify with someone on stage. October 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these three new scams to be on the lookout for: "lottery fee"; "wireless speed advertisements"; and "online credit card theft". As always, do your due diligence! October 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEWART SCOTT, Cevet Tree Care, about the emerald ash borer. This destructive Asian beetle has now moved into central Missouri, and if not treated, it can kill an entire ash tree. At [4:01] DR. MEGHA GARG, MU Health Care, tells us about early detection breast cancer screenings at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Dr. Garg says that patients that come in for a screening don't necessarily have any signs or symptoms, but that doesn't make the cancer undetectable. October 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBIE BANKS about the 10th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival. Celebrate women filmmakers alongside a few thousand of your closest friends during this four day event on the Stephens College campus in Columbia! At [3:07] GAIL HUMPHRIES MARDIROSIAN and LINDSEY KING invite artists and "those that believe in the value of arts education" to the Arts Integration in Education Summit on the Stephens College campus November 4th. Enjoy guest speakers, panel discussions, break-out sessions and more! October 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, about "Shout! The Mod Musical", opening tomorrow night in Macon! Don't miss this "groovy" show about five, carefree women in the 1960s. Plus, get details on next Tuesday's "Soup and Spooks". This cabaret-style event will celebrate all-things Halloween. At [4:38] MAKENZIE MABRY and JON CODY tell us about the next edition of Science on Tap CoMo. Topics covered will be urban bat populations and what hibernators and zombies have in common. It all happens tomorrow evening at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! October 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about the many ways you can keep Fido and Fluffy safe and sound on Halloween! Mar says, "not all animals want to go trick-or-treating, and not all animals want to have guests come, even if they're not in costume; it can be pretty scary." October 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about the next 'Second Saturday for Kids'! Columbia's own Jabberwocky Studios will be the guest artist. They'll be demonstrating "interactive arts" that are associated with this month's theme of "dreams." But that's not all! Watch for details. At [3:48] KRISTIN BOWEN and CATEY TERRY invite everyone to come to the Mizzou Homecoming Parade tomorrow morning in downtown Columbia! Kristin says Moms Demand Action will have many of it's members walking the parade route spreading their message of gun violence prevention (and, of course, candy). October 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER about the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri's annual trivia night. This "major fundraiser" is happening October 28 in Columbia. Come for the questions; stay for "the best chili in town"! At [4:54] SUE THOMPSON invites everyone 21+ to come to the 3rd annual MO Mug Craft Beer Festival fundraising event October 21. Get a taste of many local beers and brewing demonstrations for just $15! Proceeds benefit the South Howard County Historical Society. October 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEL ZELENAK about ways you can identify, and then plan for, extra costs that maybe you don't see coming when you travel. Maximize your vacation budget with these helpful tips! October 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about why you should let native plants stay where they are all winter long. In short, it's because the dried stalks act as an environment for hibernating bugs. Nadia is teaching a class on native plants next month at the Columbia Public Library - watch for details! October 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator at Missouri River Relief, about this Saturday's river clean-up event in Boonville. Jen tells us why it's so important to keep the Missouri River free from trash and waste, even if you don't live near it! At [4:50] ANN BICKEL, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, highlights a few of her favorite entries in the residents' bill of rights from the now 30 year-old Nursing Home Reform Act. October 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new exhibit opening next week that features works by contemporary street photographer Jon Luvelli! Don't miss your chance to see six large photographs of Missourians that are "overlooked in society." October 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS, Executive Director of River City Habitat for Humanity, about the success of World Habitat Day 2017. This annual spotlight on the need for affordable (and decent) housing for everyone took place on September 30th in Jefferson City, where more than 100 homes have been built by River City Habitat for Humanity over the past 25 years! At [4:31] FRED SCHOLLMEYER invites the public to come to the Jefferson City Art Club's Monday meetings, held every third Monday of the month. This month, the featured artist will be Gary Cadwallader! Gary is known for his watercolor paintings, and he'll be demonstrating his technique during his presentation. Don't miss it! October 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BECCA PAMPERL, Co-Chair of the 2017 Out of the Darkness Walk, about this Sunday's event at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia! The goal, as always, is to raise awareness of, and is a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Greater Mid-Missouri Chapter. At [4:13] CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, tells us how we can keep rodents from coming into our homes this fall without using rodent bait. Why not use rodent bait? Well, for one, domesticated pets can be attracted to the bait being used which, in turn, can kill them. October 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and actor ED HANSON talk about Talking Horse Productions' latest show, "The Gin Game." Don't miss this "tragicomedy" about two senior citizens in a nursing home who turn a recurring game of cards into a recurring battle of wits. Curtain goes up this Thursday! At [5:00] author JAMES OERMANN tells us about his cross-genre book, "A Collection of Tales." If you're a fan of historic fiction and/or contemporary issues in American society from a Buddhist perspective (you know who you are!), this book might be worth a read! October 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LACEY PRATER about an upcoming memorial walk for those who have lost a child either during pregnancy or within the first few weeks of their life. This event is sponsored by MU Women's and Children's Hospital. Please RSVP by this Wednesday! At [4:25] HEATHER DARBY invites everyone to the Women's Symphony League's Taste of the Holiday Home Tour luncheon. This is your chance to get a sneak preview of the four homes and one business that will be on display to the public in December. The luncheon will be catered by Hoss's Market and will feature a fashion show! October 9, 2017

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