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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Vera Massey, University Extension

Jun 4, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper chats with VERA MASSEY, University Extension, about how to prevent falls.

Joe Dillard, "A Full Cup of Joe"

Jun 3, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the author of "A Full Cup of Joe", JOE DILLARD, who shares more humorous stories from his book.

Diana Moxon, Art in the Park

May 31, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the ever-lovely DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League's mastermind behind Art in the Park. Find out all about this weekend's festivities happening at Stephens Lake Park.

Today Paul Pepper chats with KRISTEN FRITSCHIE, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, about their upcoming "Mammathon", which hopes to raise awareness about early detection. Get the date, time and place! Also, KAREN GRUNDY, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, talks about "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", an original production featuring the music of Tom Andes! Opens this weekend at Jesse Auditorium.

Mark Palmer, Woodhaven & Cooking Class for Kids

May 29, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper discovers why Woodhaven is so important to the Columbia community. Did you know it is one of the largest employers in town? MARK PALMER has more, and invites you to a red carpet gala at Stephens College. Also, BECKY MARTIN and MORGAN ASHER, Central Missouri Dietetic Association, invites just the kids (as young as five!) to a cooking class. 

Illusionist Jeff Copeland, Art in the Park

May 28, 2013

Today Paul Pepper says goodbye to local magician JEFF COPELAND, but not before talking about his appearance this weekend at Columbia's "Art in the Park". 

Lucille Salerno, Osher Lifelong Learning

May 27, 2013

  Happy Memorial Day! Today Paul Pepper welcomes LUCILLE SALERNO, Osher Lifelong Learning (a.k.a. Osher at Mizzou), who shares a handful of courses that you're welcome to attend! Subjects include the Civil War and UFO's. Lucille also talks about the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, happening in two weeks. 

People to People Student Ambassadors

May 24, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper is joined by MEL MERCER, KATELIN BLAND and CAMERON PETERSON, who are just over a month away from joining 40-45 other kids as Student Ambassadors in Europe for 18 days.

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes JOE FEDL, with Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre, who talks about "Spring Festival 2013", happening next week at Missouri Theater. Also, LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, is back with more events for you to attend - starting tonight! 

Boone County Museum feat. Sutu Forte

May 22, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper is joined by Jenifer Flink, Boone County Museum and Galleries, as well as SUTU FORTE, for an "Afternoon of Hot Piano" - a fundraiser centered around restoring a recently discovered piano of 'Blind' Boone's. Sutu performs.

Dancearts & Missouri Cures

May 21, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper is joined by MARIE ROBERTSON, who is promoting Dancearts' annual "Spring Dance" recital this weekend at Jesse Hall. In our second interview, MARGARET TOLLERTON talks about what's happening with Missouri Cures, a non-profit organization that promotes and protects medical research. 

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SARAH HOWARD, Daniel Boone Regional Library, who wants you to "Dig Into Reading" this summer! And when you're not reading, attend the Missouri Symphony Society's 'Hot Summer Nights' program! CHRIS CAMPBELL joins us with more. 

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking

May 17, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, who is joined by AMANDA COSGROVE, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking, and they talk about Missouri's risk-of-sex-trafficking profile.

Youth Empowerment Zone & Maplewood Barn

May 16, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with LORENZO LAWSON, Youth Empowerment Zone, about the organization's mission and the fundraiser happening next Friday, May 24. Also, Maplewood Barn's latest production is "Hello, Dolly"! DANA NAYLOR and MIKE TULEY joins us with more. 

Jeff Moran & GreenHouse Theatre Project

May 15, 2013

 Today Paul Pepper welcomes JEFF MORAN, who returned from his fifth mission trip to Cuba about a month ago. Also, GreenHouse Theatre Project is doing an '80s Brit Punk version of "Romeo and Juliet" in the North Arts District. ELIZABETH BRATTEN PALMIERI and ROB GLAUZ explain. 

Andrea Shelton, Composting

May 14, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the City of Columbia's ANDREA SHELTON. Did you know the City sells its own compost? Find out more! 

MACC & MU Health

May 13, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper chats with PAT TWADDLE, Moberly Area Community College, about MACC's Career and Placement Services - all free! Also, May is "Better Hearing and Speech Month" - ALEX BIEN is an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon with MU Health.

Storyteller Larry Brown

May 10, 2013

Today Paul Pepper listens to a story from local storyteller LARRY BROWN. Today's story is quasi-Mother's Day-related; hear how! 

Consumer Guru Mel Zelenak

May 9, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back retired economics professor and newly-christened grandpa MEL ZELENAK. Today's focus is saving money - have you ever over-stated your bargaining? Mel explains.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ED HANSON, with Talking Horse Productions, who talks about a one-woman show from "Flower and Bone Productions" centered around the life and times of Georgia O'Keeffe, opening May 10 at Berlin Theatre. Also, RACHEL ELLERSIECK is looking for volunteers for the "Go Girl" half-marathon on May 25, which can benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Joan Stack, State Historical Society

May 7, 2013

 Today Paul Pepper talks to JOAN STACK, State Historical Society, and JEAN PARSONS, Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, about the latest exhibit featuring historic fashions! 

Author Jim Riek

May 6, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper talks to JIM RIEK, best known as an anchor on KOMU 8 News, but today is appearing as an author. Jim collaborated with colleagues on a book about the May 2011 Joplin tornado, and shares how the book came together. 

  Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN talk about stress. There's good stress and bad stress - Dr. Newman explains, and shares ways to cope.

Performance by "The Boone County Hams"

May 2, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes four members of the Boonslick Chordbusters, known as "The Boone County Hams". Big show coming up this Saturday, but first they perform three songs for us! "Good Luck Charm", "Heart of My Heart Medley" and "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die".

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

May 1, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes REBECCA JOHNSON, who was recently inducted into the National Academies of Practice. Rebecca talks about the benefits of having a pet and/or being with a pet (including less stress), known as "Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound".

Rock Bridge High School Theatrical Showcase

Apr 30, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with LAUREN PUCKETT and TROY GUTHRIE about Rock Bridge High School's "Theatrical Showcase": 30 students,10 productions, all in 2 hours - May 3 & 4. 

Graduate Education Week & CMDA

Apr 29, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes GEORGE JUSTICE, who reflects on "Mizzou Adventures in Education", which occurred throughout April. Also, KRISTIN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Dietetic Association, wants to encourage parents to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in their children.

Sutu Forte & School of Metaphysics

Apr 26, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CHRISTINE MADAR and WALTER HRYCAJ, with the School of Metaphysics, who give details about "Dream Awareness Weekend". Also, SUTU FORTE talks about tomorrow's, "A Call for the Wild", and shares the "theme song" as only Sutu can!

Vera Massey, MU Extension

Apr 25, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back VERA MASSEY, MU Extension, who shares tips about gardening - it's that time of year!

UFO Enthusiast Bill Wickersham

Apr 24, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local columnist and UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM for more insight into life in outer-space and what that means for us here on Earth.