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 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

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells the story of how his young son once saved him from hypothermia in a cave, and how - at that moment - the role of father and son had flip-flopped thanks, in part, to imparted wisdom passed down from father to son. June 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director, Access Arts, about their 'ArtTastic' summer camp series happening throughout July. Children as young as five can take part in various art projects, games, gardening and more based on specific themes each week! Get details in eight short minutes - watch! June 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE REEDER about Olivet Christian Church's 60th annual Chicken and Mutton Barbecue! Come hungry because they've got you covered: main dishes, sides and 400 pies. Can't stay? Take advantage of their drive-thru! Watch for details. At [4:27] MARILYN UPTON, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, and KAT SARAFIANOS, a future exchange student headed to Belgium, tell us about how this unique program works and, for Kat, what she's looking forward to the most! June 14, 2017

Paul Pepper: Musician Chris Stephens

Jun 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes local musician CHRIS STEPHENS. Chris demonstrates four unique lute instruments: the Chinese pipa; the Persian tar; the Egyptian oud; and the Indian sitar. Chris will be appearing at Good Nature this Saturday in Columbia - watch for details! June 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, Director, Mason Eye Institute, about keeping your eyes safe during the upcoming solar eclipse. Dr. Fraunfelder encourages everyone to wear special glasses - not sunglasses! - to avoid "thermal burn" during the partial phases of the eclipse. At [4:54] meet Missouri River Regional Library Bookmobile drivers JON KARR and MARK WEGMAN! Their 40 foot bus will be making a "party stop" and "cool stops" throughout the summer - find out what that means and when they'll be in your neighborhood! June 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, and ERIC HEMPEL, Housing Specialist, about how much insulation you should have in your attic. Eric says your attic is the least expensive and most cost-effective room in your home to insulate. So how much should be up there; should I be able to see my rafters; and what difference does it all make are just some of the questions we get to the bottom of - watch! June 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE about what the Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium is doing to prepare everyone for the solar eclipse that's happening on August 21st! Plus, Melanie brought with her an animation that shows us just how the moon's shadow will move across the United States that day - watch! June 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MOLLY McMILLAN, Co-Chair of Serve It Up CoMo 2017, about their mission to "do good," and the three events this summer that will benefit six non-profits in the mid-Missouri area. Your taste buds will thank you for taking part in this charity campaign - watch for details! At [3:57] director TIM THOMAS invites everyone to Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Come for the comedy, stay for the dancing and other "things" that Tim says has not been seen before on the CEC stage! Curtain goes up tomorrow night. June 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with "The Foolish Corner" author, and MU finance professor, JOHN HOWE. Personal financial decision making is easy when you know what "traps" to avoid, and that's what this book sets out to do. John says it's written for a "broad audience" with the hope that we can all overcome our own money mistakes. At [4:08] actors MURPHY WARD and RENATA JOHNSON invite everyone to come see Capital City Productions' "Sister Act - The Musical!" If you know the Whoopi Goldberg-led film of the same name, you'll love the stage version featuring music by Alan Menken. June 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director, Talking Horse Productions, about "Stage Kiss," a hilarious new show about former-lovers-turned-romantic-co-stars opening this Friday in the North Village Arts District! At [3:53] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a special fundraiser showing of Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters, Columbia/Boone County Chapter. Watch for details! June 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with OLEN BROWN, author of the book, "Oxygen, the Breath of Life: Boon and Bane in Human Health, Disease, and Therapy." Olen, a professor emeritus at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri, wrote this book because, as he says, "my real desire has always been science, but also communication of science. I like to help people understand it." June 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSEY KING about "The Blessed Unrest Project." This show introduces students participating in the Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute to the 'devised theatre' concept. As with all STI shows, this one is free and open to the public  - watch for details! At [3:49] JAMES BRYANT and ALIKI BARNSTONE invite everyone to SpoFest, the Spoken Word Festival, June 4th in Knob Noster. Aliki, Missouri's first woman poet laureate, will be reading from her new book of poems. Come for the 'spo', stay for the wine tasting and dancing! June 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and DR. MAR DOERING, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Clinic, talk about taking your pet on vacation. If leaving Fluffy or Fido behind is out of the question, Mar says, "preparation is important." First of all, make sure your pet wants to go on a trip; if they don't and you take them anyway, your relaxing vacation may turn into one big headache! May 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director, Columbia Art League, about the return of 'Art in the Park'. This family-friendly tradition is back in Stephens Lake Park this weekend only. Come for the art, stay for ambiance - and maybe take home a print, sculpture, painting or that unique find. Everything you need to know in 8 short minutes - watch! May 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform John Hartford's "Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew" on the banjo and jaw harp at [3:23]. May 29, 2017

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