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 MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Clinic, about the five most common pet behavioral issues she treats at the clinic, and how she does it. If you're a pet owner, you won't want to miss this show! March 8, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LYNN ROSSY, Executive Director of Tasting Mindfulness, about when is the right time to eat. It may sound simple, but Lynn says to eat when...you're hungry! She says do not eat when you're bored or in need of entertainment. Watch for even more great advice! At [3:25] MIKE DUNN, General Manager of KBIA, is asking for your contribution during the station's upcoming spring pledge drive! Starting tomorrow, each and every one of your donated dollars goes towards keeping the services, the programs and the community outreach you've come to know and expect from KBIA running for another year. March 7, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER SNAWDER, RD, about National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is "Going Further with Food." How do we do that? Jennifer says it's as easy as making sure you eat a balanced breakfast, and/or that you're packing a light snack while out running errands. Also, find out more about an event (later this month) titled "Which Milk Is Right For Me?" At [4:22] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a special candidate forum March 13th at the Columbia Public Library. This event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is your chance to hear from those running for public office ahead of the general elections on April 3rd. March 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with actors RAYA ABERBACH and MORGAN MILLER about Hickman High School Theatre's production of the classic, "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." This popular musical-comedy runs this weekend only - don't miss it! At [4:05] NICK FOSTER tells us how Voluntary Action Center plans to commemorate their 50th anniversary this year, and what a half-century worth of services have meant to low-income individuals living in Columbia! March 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE about "myopic loss aversion." What does that mean? Simply put: if you invest in the stock market, you dislike the loss more than you like the gain. Why does this happen? John says it's evolutionary (losses can have detrimental consequences). His advice: don't look at what the market is doing every day. March 2, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth, about the latest craze amongst those who participate in underage drinking: powdered alcohol. Joy tells us that this type of intoxication has actually been around for a little while, but lawmakers are just now starting to take notice. Also, how do you properly dispose of opioid painkillers? Right now, your options are minimal, but that soon might change. March 1, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about some of the highlights from the 2017 season ("Million Dollar Quartet," "Boeing Boeing," "Quilters," etc.), as well as what's ahead in 2018! If you're a fan of show-stoppers like "Mamma Mia," or if you prefer something more thoughtful and introspective like "On Golden Pond," this year has got you covered! February 28, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about the return of the Fix-It Fair! If you missed this event last fall, here's another opportunity to save those small appliances and/or household items from ending up in the city's landfill. The catch? Their experts are training YOU on how to do the actual repair. February 27, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, Cardiovascular Disease Specialist at MU Health Care, talk about how to cope with 'perceived stress'. He says, "Every day, we all have so many challenges...how we deal with it is often determined by our own mindset and our perception of reality." Dr. Chockalingam's advice? Let your subconscious do all the worrying for you. February 26, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser welcomes back YVONNE MATTHEWS and MABLE GRIMES! In honor of Black History Month, they perform two readings: "The Elders" at [2:08] and "I Am Somebody" at [5:25]. February 23, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society, about a Black History Month-themed exhibit currently on display in Ellis Library. "War, Peace and Black Progress" will immerse visitors in a variety of visual elements, including books and editorial cartoons, that depict African-Americans throughout history. See it now through the end of March! February 22, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with TRENT RASH about "Make A Joyful Noise Again," an upcoming benefit recital featuring the Stephens College Concert Choir. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the Firestone Baars Chapel's 60 year-old organ. At [3:50] JEFF CHIN reminds us all that it's tax season; but wait - there's more!  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering to do your taxes for free at the Columbia Public Library. It's on a first come, first serve basis. Find out if you qualify! February 21, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with MARY BETH MING about the continued effort by the Columbia King's Daughters & Sons to provide dental aide to low-income children attending Columbia Public Schools. In order to raise the necessary funds, they're putting on a benefit concert next Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Watch for details! At [5:48] director CLAIRE SYLER and actor HARVEY WILLIAMS invite everyone to come see the world premiere of "The Green Duck Lounge" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. The story, by Kansas City-based playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, explores the real-life murder of civil rights activist Leon Jordan, and similarities between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. February 20, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser welcomes back a pair of legendary folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! At [3:48] they perform "Nothing Better Than a River Life" on banjo and guitar. This Cathy-penned tune was first heard in the musical, "Gumbo Bottoms." Cathy and Dave will perform a free concert along side the Columbia Civic Orchestra this Sunday in Columbia - watch for details! February 19, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with CRYSTAL KRONER about Cradle to Career Alliance, a non-profit that brings together community leaders and Boone County's six school districts. Crystal says that each year, six milestones (such as kindergarten-readiness) are set based on local educational data. When there are noticeable achievement gaps, 'action teams' are formed to try and come up with solutions. And it's not just about what happens in the classroom. "There are so many factors involved in children's educational success that happen way before they're getting into school buildings." February 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS MILLER about Healthy Bottoms Diaper Bank, an organization that collects disposable diapers, and then distributes them to families in need through partner agencies like Voluntary Action Center. Chris says that in 2017, 50,000 diapers were donated and distributed, and the goal in 2018 is twice that number. Watch for details on how to you can get involved! At [4:50] MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY tells us about the outcome of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign (it's good news!), and about the importance of the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Last year, the store generated $170,000 in profit; that money went right back into programs and services like Harbor House. None of it would be possible without volunteer assistance, and they're always looking for more help! February 15, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Normally, holidays don't double-up, so to please everyone on this Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday, Larry tells the perfect story about "sacrifice on behalf of someone else." February 14, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERRI GRAY and SALLY SILVERS about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri! For 35 years now, families from out-of-town have stayed at this home away from home while their child receives some kind of medical attention. The operation benefits greatly from volunteers and donations - watch for details on how you can get involved! At [4:25] CAROL BEAHAN, Executive Director of Primaris Foundation, explains the new Medicare card. The biggest change, in an effort to prevent identity theft, is that your social security number is no longer printed on the card. But that's not all! Find out what else will change, and when you'll be seeing yours in your mailbox. February 13, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE PARKER, Center for English Language Learning at MU, and SARA HUACO, a student from Peru who's taking part in the CELL program. Debbie explains how this program benefits both the American student and the international student: "I think it increases understanding and empathy and just gives us more knowledge - it enriches our lives." Sara, who's been in the U.S. for about 15 years, tells us about some of the not-so-obvious differences between Columbia and her hometown of Lima. Watch! February 12, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! Their annual "Say It With A Song" Valentine's Day campaign is back February 13th and 14th! Let four guys in tuxedos tell your special someone that they mean the world to you the best way they know how: by singing! Enjoy two numbers on today's show: "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" medley at [1:30] and "The Recipe For Making Love" at [4:38]. February 9, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY MYERS, Development Director of Coyote Hill, about the 21st annual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Proceeds from this popular event will send the families of Coyote Hill on vacation this summer - something that, as Kelly says is, "an experience that almost none of the children have had an opportunity to do." At [4:30] KRISTIN BOWEN and MARGARET BOOKER invite everyone to join Moms Demand Action (For Gun Sense In America) for 'Advocacy Day' at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Let your voice be heard in the very building where gun laws are decided! February 8, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK continue their discussion about financially-sound resolutions you should be making for 2018. Topics covered include: how to keep a healthy skepticism in the marketplace; investment advice from Dan Solin; buying life insurance and more! February 7, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICOLE KNAPP-WEBER about a special fundraiser for City Garden School next month at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia! "Tales From the Garden: Mythical Magic" is a gala featuring a cake competition, live music, a silent auction and more! At [4:12] actor ADAM BRIETZKE invites everyone to come see Talking Horse Productions' latest show, "Louie, Louie and la Dolce Vita." With a cast of only two, this intimate love story about a bi-racial couple under the thumb of J. Edgar Hoover in the late '60s is sure to keep you captivated until the end. February 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about the 13th annual 'Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff'! This popular event is the primary fundraiser for the services and programs that benefit over 1,200 kids in our community. At [4:45] JEN DAVIS invites everyone to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival February 11 at The Blue Note in Columbia! See a "diverse array" of short and medium films from around the country and right here locally. Proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief. February 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about opioid addiction. All it takes is a very small amount of fentanyl combined with a very small amount of heroin to create a lethal combination. Thankfully, an overdose is not a death sentence. Heather tells us about an over-the-counter drug that can reverse the effects. At [4:16] JOE GEIST, Curator, and JERRY BENNER, Photographer, invite everyone to come see two new exhibits at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery in Fayette. Jerry will have a number of photographs on display from his eight-day stay in Cuba - three of which he brought with him today! February 2, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD about the League of Women Voters' annual Legislative Night next Thursday at the Columbia Public Library. This is your chance to hear from, and ask questions of, our State Legislative Delegation. At [4:45] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, talks about the percentage of individuals living at or below the federal poverty level in our community. That number: 24.6%. Nick has some thoughts as to why is that number is so high in an area with such low unemployment figures. February 1, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with author DIANNA O'BRIEN about her book, "From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks." This rags-to-riches story of scientist and local entrepreneur, Charles Gehrke, is an inspiring tale of hard work, persistence and following your dream. At [3:38] CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ tells us about Girls on the Run, a program that aims to inspire and encourage little girls to be "who they are and not what they are," all the while training for a 5K. January 31, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JO TURNER and CARLA McFARLAND about the return of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly cookie sale! Proceeds from this and all "Cookie Connection" fundraisers go into programs that support women and children in our community. Get your orders in by February 6th! At [4:52] LAUREN WAGNER and SECUNDA KARIUKI invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "The Miracle Worker." Be inspired by this true story of the teacher who helped a blind and deaf Helen Keller overcome the hardships she faced throughout her childhood. January 30, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local harpist MARIA TREVOR! She performs two pieces of music, including 'Amazing Grace'. Catch her at "Harp and Healing" every first Tuesday of the month at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia - watch for details! January 29, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about three important financial topics: the new tax reform law and the changes it makes to the MOST 529 plan; how to make the most of the new tax bill by investing in the banking sector; and should you put real money into virtual money? Alex shares his thoughts - watch! January 26, 2018

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