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 welcomes back singer LARRY BROWN. In honor of Mother's Day, Larry celebrates the life of Julian of Norwich, an author and anchoress, whose "Revelations of Devine Love" is believed to be the first English language publication to be written by a woman. At [4:47] Larry sings "The Bells of Norwich," with lyrics inspired by and taken from Julian's book. May 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired letter carrier, LAURIE MATTHEWS, about this Saturday's annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Donate non-perishable foods by placing them on your curb in a paper sack by 9 a.m. for pickup. Nothing in glass containers! Watch for details. At [3:58] AMY JAMMEH and MILLA COSTA tell us about the Rotary Youth Exchange. If you're not familiar with the exchange, Amy tells us that it's a program of the better-known Rotary Club organization, and that local district 6080 is currently host to 11 exchange students from all over the world. Milla is from Brazil. She shares with us her perspective from her nine months in the United States. May 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director and Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia, about their annual, end-of-the-year dance spectacular showcase happening May 26th and 27th at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus. With 300 people involved, you're bound to know someone (who knows someone) on stage! Watch for details. At [3:45] JOE GEIST, Curator of the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, invites everyone to "The Art of Collecting," a new show featuring 35 works of art - including an etching by Rembrandt - from Bill and Martha Holman's personal collection! Check it out now through July 20 on the Central Methodist campus in Fayette! May 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate and accomplished author, WALTER BARGEN! In honor of this Saturday's national migratory bird count, Walter reads two of his poems that are dedicated to our feathered friends: "To Keep Going" at [3:45] and "Flying on Instruments" at [5:54]. May 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about "Scapes." Diana says this show encompasses all the many different types of 'scapes', such as landscapes, dreamscapes, skyscapes and more. Support the artists by visiting the gallery and maybe taking home your favorite! At [3:37] RYAN McDANIELS tells us about the upcoming Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2017 Battle of the Brews fundraiser for local charities. If you're a fan local and/or home brewed beers, you won't want to miss this popular event! May 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE WESTON and NANCY THOMAS about the importance of being an organ donor. Nancy's late husband, Tom Thomas, was a heart transplant recipient and the "inspiration" behind the 'Rotary For Life' program at The Rotary Club of Columbia. Hear his story and find out how to sign up. As Joe says, "it's free and it's painless." May 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUTU FORTE about her efforts to make the "little spaces count, too." Sutu is passionate about protecting wild nature areas in Columbia, no matter the size, and so she's hosting a special event this Saturday that will educate our community about such places. Watch for details! At [4:24] MARILYN McCLEOD invites everyone to another 'Lunch and Learn' at the Hy-Vee in east Columbia! Dr. Ann Deaton will be the featured speaker, and her topic will be Columbia's Children's Grove. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. May 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, about a brand new, 10 acre "agriculture park" that's set to break ground in 2017. This is an effort that's years in the making, but will benefit our community for years to come! Tour the park's future home (just west of the ARC) this Saturday - watch for details! At [3:22] we meet Missouri River Regional Library's new marketing coordinator, NATALIE NEWVILLE! Natalie tells us about a new summer reading program for the whole family and their "video game night" for teenagers - plus a whole lot more! May 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'master gardener' PEGGY SALMONS about this Saturday's Central Missouri Master Gardener plant sale in Jefferson City. Native plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and more will all be on sale; plus, get all your gardening questions answered by the experts! At [5:02] JERRY RICKER and JIMMY MUSTION tell us about the 70th annual 'High School Sketch Day', sponsored by the Jefferson Art Club! All the participants' work will be on display to the public at Capital Arts Gallery from May 3-7. Watch for details! May 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, Artistic Director of GreenHouse Theatre Project, about "Dark Creation: The Mary Shelley Project." This original production was written by Elizabeth and 'GreenHouse' co-founder, Emily Adams. See it this weekend beneath the vaulted ceilings inside Muse Clothing store on 9th St. in downtown Columbia! At [3:32] ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY join us with details about this Sunday's 'Kitchens in Bloom' fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Get a sneak peek inside one of the four kitchens on the tour, courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! May 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about why some people are more prone to suffer from anxiety, irritation and frustration. The answer is quite simple, according to Dr. Newman; he says each one of those is a symptom of hypoglycemia. How can you tell if you have hypoglycemia? Take a close look at the fingers on your left hand! April 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers ahead of this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert at the First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia: "When I'm 64" at [1:14] and "Coney Island Washboard Roundelay" at [5:00]. April 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. LISA BRENNAMAN, MU Health, about pelvic disorders in women. Dr. Brennaman tells concerned patients, "this is not the same era that their grandmothers or mothers may have lived in; that we now have many treatments for women where we might not have before." At [3:56] actor RONNIE RICE and director CAT GLEASON invite everyone to come see "The Laramie Project" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. 'Laramie' is based on the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard murder in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. His murder was deemed a hate crime. April 26, 2017

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

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