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 MEGAN McCONACHIE, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, about the total solar eclipse happening this August. "This is a great tourism opportunity for Columbia, so we're really going to take advantage of that." Get details on what's sure to be a festive couple of days! At [4:29] student actors LAUREN WAGNER and ETHAN SOLOMON invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." 'Peter' is 'Peter Pan', and as with any good origin story, "everything is explained." See it this weekend only! April 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN. Jeff is fresh off a trip to Kenya where he delivered more than 150 personal energy transportation (PET) carts to disabled people. Hear about some of their stories and find out how you can get involved! At [4:13] director ERICA BRUINGTON and actor JOSH RUNNELS invite everyone to come see "A Raisin in the Sun" at Maplewood Barn Theatre starting this Thursday in Columbia. Josh says you'll leave feeling inspired; Erica says this play will give you hope. April 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARIS CHAN and KAT NGUYEN about two events to raise awareness (and funds) in the fight against human trafficking in Mid-Missouri. Charis invites everyone to participate in the annual Freedom Walk on April 30th in Columbia; and Kat would love to see everyone at the screening of her short film, "For You" on May 2nd in Columbia. "For You" tells the fictional story of a couple involved in what's known as 'intimate partner trafficking'. All of this is in conjunction with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. April 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PATRICK CLARK, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick invites everyone to their second-ever concert tomorrow night in Jefferson City! A choral ensemble, featuring current and former MU School of Music students, will join the orchestra in performing Bach's Mass in B minor, which Patrick calls, "a magnificent masterpiece." At [4:11] MEGAN SCHRAEDLEY and MICHAEL FINK stop by to give us a sneak preview of what they'll be talking about at next Wednesday's Science on Tap CoMo event at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Megan's focus will be food insecurities; Michael will discuss gene therapy in the cornea. Two perfect conversations to have over a couple of brewskis, don't you think? April 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kids in the Kitchen' class happening April 29th at the Columbia Public Library! It'll be a Cinco De Mayo theme, so get ready to make four different Mexican-style recipes! At [3:12] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., sheds a little light on the recent opioid epidemic, and provides three myths. For some perspective, did you know 1,066 Missourians died of an opioid overdose in 2015? Do you know why? Heather says it's because there's been a "perfect storm of science and policy." April 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about sexually explicit mail delivery. Find out why it happens, who it's happening to (no joke: a minister's wife) and what you can do about it! Another scam we touch on involves college scholarships. Lots of great information - watch! April 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, Co-Organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference! Erin says anybody who wants to "optimize health through nutrition and good eating" is invited to attend. Topics will range from good food and preventing diabetes to how to heal children from chronic illness. At [3:24] LINDA SCHUST, Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios, tells us about the mission behind this all-arts training center in Columbia. Dance, voice and visual arts are taught to all ages, and suggestions are welcome. Community and diversity is a point of pride at Jabberwocky, so encourage that budding artist friend to join today! April 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a very moving historical narrative titled, "Sophie and the White Rose." A little context: Sophie Scholl was a German student who participated in the White Rose, a (non-violent) resistance group during WWII. She was found guilty of treason and executed by guillotine. Since her death, her anti-Nazi efforts have been praised by historians and citizens alike. April 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the musical "Violet." "Violet" tells the story of a young woman physically scarred by a freak accident as a child who decides to take a road trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. JEN DAVIS portrays the title character, and joins us to sing "Lay Your Head Down" at [3:33]. See it on stage for three weeks beginning next Friday! April 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TRACY EICHHORN from the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance. Despite a six year history, they've only had a permanent home since April 2016. 50 members strong, Tracy says they're looking to grow and welcome a wide range of talent to join the fun! At [3:12] JoNetta Weaver, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Columbia, talks about the importance of this organization in our community. JoNetta says, "we serve about 100 meals every day." Watch for details on how to become a volunteer, or even a recipient! April 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about taking a cruise. Mel tells us that it's his favorite mode of vacation transportation, and therefore has a lot of experience hitting the high seas. Tips include how much to pack, how much to spend and how much effort put into choosing the cruise line. April 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MARK WAKEFIELD, Division Chief of Urology, MU School of Medicine, about the importance of donating organs. April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month, and Dr. Wakefield tells us that there are over 120,000 patients waiting for a lung, a heart, a kidney or even intestines. Becoming a donor is straight forward - find out how! At [3:53] KEITH POLITTE invites everyone to TEDxCoMo this Thursday at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia! The theme is 'Citizen', and the featured speakers will share "ideas worth spreading." (That's according to their website.) We talk about who's coming, including an 11-year-old "genius," and more - watch! April 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back (for the second Friday in a row) CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! Today is the start of the 26th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville. We talk about that, their new album, "Carp Fishing in Missouri," and they find time to perform a medley of four French-Canadian tunes on guitar and hammer dulcimer. April 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, talk about "Let Them Eat Art," an annual fundraiser featuring food, tapas-style, from area restaurants inspired by works of art hanging in the CAL gallery. Bring your appetite on April 13th, but reserve your spot today because this event will sell out! At [3:50] SUE HOEVELMAN and ANN DENNY are back because the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser is back! Don't miss your chance to have the 'best chocolate-chip cookies in the world' delivered right to your office door this April 18th. Simply fill out an order form online - watch for details! April 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER BLACK CONE about Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," the latest production from TRYPS! See it this weekend at the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus. Also, watch for details on how you can get involved with TRYPS! At [3:39] CLARA STARK and AUBREY TAYLOR tell us why your child should join the fun at Maplewood Barn's popular Children's Theatre Summer Camp, taking place over two weeks in July. Registration is open now! April 5, 2017

It's Election Day! Today Paul Pepper visits with the League of Women Voters' MARILYN McLEOD about what's on the ballot; also, the League is hosting a 'civics education' forum next Tuesday at the Columbia Public Library. It's free and open to the public. Watch for details! At [4:46] THOM KIRK invites everyone to Capital City Productions' "A Time to Kill" - on stage now at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City. Thom says, "this is a very, very serious play with a very serious message" that will leave you "thinking about your own prejudices, perhaps." April 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and CATHY SALTER talk about the upcoming Unbound Book Festival, a FREE event on the Stephens College Campus Saturday, April 22! (Be sure and catch nationally-known author, Salman Rushdie, April 21 at Jesse Auditorium.) Celebrate the written word with a variety of events that are sure to make this an unforgettable weekend! At [4:15] PETER MIYAMOTO invites everyone to the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival April 6-9 in Columbia! This is a national competition. Peter says, "we bring in 15 of the nation's best ensembles...[to perform in front of an]...international panel of judges. Watch for details! April 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Lori Holland's "Didn't I Dance" on guitar and hammer dulcimer. See Cathy, Dave and a whole host of musical talent at this year's Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville - watch for details! March 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANA RUSSON, Kirksville Arts Association, about a fire that destroyed a quilt exhibit last December and the book dedicated to the quilts that were lost. Hear the full story and find out how you can get a copy, proceeds of which support the Kirksville Arts Rebuild Fund. At [4:24] STEPHANIE SMITH, Jefferson City Home Educators, and HENRY TOWNE, JCHE Teen Club, invite everyone to their production of "M*A*S*H," a fundraiser for JCHE opening tomorrow night inside the Union Hill Baptist Church gymnasium in Holts Summit. March 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, about the importance of walking with your dog(s). Dr. Doering says that the key to well-behaved pets begins before you even put the leash on. Her advice? Reward calmness, not excitement. How? It's as simple as ringing a doorbell. Watch! March 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about their planned 14,000 sq. ft. expansion that aims to better serve the needs of high school students because, as Valorie says, "they're the hardest group to get engaged." At [4:15] AMANDA DE LA MATER, Program and Education Specialist at the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, talks about the need for more volunteer caregivers. Amanda tells us that, "the amount of care that they provide totals to about 230.1 billion dollars worth of care (that they're providing for free)." March 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAN CULLIMORE about the Community Garden Coalition of Columbia and Boone County. Dan says that these gardens are "tremendously important" to lower and moderate-income individuals and families, as well as for educational purposes. If you'd like to get involved, watch for details! At [3:48] TYLER NICOSIA and WALLY PFEFFER invite everyone to the 3rd annual 'Wine Down Wednesday,' April 12th at the Grand Cru restaurant in Columbia! Wine tasting, good food and a silent auction are to be expected at this popular fundraiser for the Mizzou Alumni Association. March 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Columbia/Boone County CrimeStoppers board president TERRY ROBB about the success of this forty-year-old, non-profit organization, as well as it's place in our community and it's future with our local police department. "We are not law enforcement; we do the tip service." At [4:10] JENNIFER BOOKS invites everyone to come watch the Harlem Ambassadors take on the Callaway Hoopsters in a charity basketball game this Sunday at the Westminster Historic Gymnasium in Fulton. All the money raised stays in Callaway County - watch for details! March 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Earth Hour 2017. Plan to join the rest of the world and go dark from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 25! A small gesture can make a big impact on future generations to come. Watch for details! March 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the weather. We can all pretty much agree that it was a fairly mild winter, but why? Basically, a weakened jet stream - thanks to warming temperatures at the North Pole - has changed the dynamics between the top of the globe and everything around it. Jack says that farmers agree, adding, "they don't care about the politics, but they do care about when they plant and when they don't." March 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELIA ROBERTSON, Coordinator of Pediatric Injury Prevention at MU Children's Hospital, about poison prevention in children. For instance, Shelia tells us that easy access to your grandparents' medication is one of the most-often received phone calls to Poison Control centers. Want more home prevention tips? Come to Safe Kids Day 2017 April 29th in Columbia! (And watch the segment, of course.) At [5:47] meet University of Missouri graduate student, and one of two featured speakers at tomorrow night's monthly Science on Tap CoMo event, JACQUELINE GAMBOA VARELA. Jacqueline gives us a sneak preview of her presentation on DNA damage and magnets! March 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author and poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads two warm weather-themed poems: 'Sea Fever' by John Masefield at [1:16]; and his own, 'Point Dume Screen Test', at [3:50]. March 20, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, co-organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference happening May 6th in Columbia! Erin tells us about author Maya Shetreat-Klein's book, "The Dirt Cure," which focuses on raising kids to eat food 'straight from the soil'. Dr. Shetreat-Klein will be one of four speakers at this conference. Register today! At [3:30] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to 'Empty Bowls', a FREE soup meal this Sunday at Missouri United Methodist Church. You're encouraged to buy an 'empty bowl', proceeds of which will support CCUA's Food Pantry project. Watch for details! March 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about the recent addition of United Airlines to the Columbia Regional Airport, and what that might mean for it's aging facilities. Also, have you ever considered traveling with just a one-way ticket? It might save you thousands of dollars - watch for details! March 15, 2017

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