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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UFO Enthusiast Bill Wickersham

Feb 1, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back retired MU Peace Studies professor and columnist BILL WICKERSHAM, who, with this visit, focuses the discussion on UFO crashes.

Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN talk about Betty and Barney Hill, who were supposedly abducted by aliens; and Val brings more amazing pictures of outer space. 

Today Paul Pepper chats with PAT BROOKS, Central Missouri Dietetic Association, about a one-hour class on eating healthy, TONIGHT at the Columbia Public Library. Also, GRETCHEN ROBERTS, MU Children's Hospital, talks about Pancake Day at IHOP on February 5th.

Hickman High School, "Moon Over Buffalo"

Jan 29, 2013

Today Paul Pepper is joined by a portion of the cast of Hickman High School's production of "Moon Over Buffalo," and director SARAH GERLING. Performances begin this Thursday, but we get a sneak preview.

Peace Corps Film Fest

Jan 28, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes Peace Corps representatives MIKE BURDEN and CLAIRE LEA, who talk about the Peace Corps in general and their upcoming film festival this weekend on the MU Campus.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back LIZ SCHMIDT, with the League of Women Voters, who shares the many events happening throughout February. Also, SARAH HOWARD, Daniel Boone Regional Library, has events of her own - including programs for children starring Dennis Warner.

Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

Jan 24, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back DAVE MARS, energy guru with Columbia's Water and Light Department, who talks about digital thermostats - including ones you can control from your smart phone. Keep your home warm and efficient and save a buck while doing so!

Vera Massey, University of Missouri Extension

Jan 23, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, about her 8-week program that looks at strategies to take better care of yourself. Are you on automatic pilot?

Magician and Illusionist Jeff Copeland

Jan 22, 2013

Today Paul Pepper and JEFF COPELAND perform "close up" magic with ten cards. Jeff has two shows at the Berlin Theater this Friday.

Today Paul Pepper talks to SCOTT GORDON, Communication Coordinator, The Foodbank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Did you know that 20% of the people in the area are "food insecure?"

Joan Stack, Missouri State Historical Society

Jan 18, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper talks to JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, about their upcoming exhibit celebrating the art of Joan's father, Frank Stack.

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes STACI POTTINGER, who talks about The District's quarterly art crawl known as Artrageous Fridays. Also, CHRIS STEVENS, City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs, wants you to make art part of your 2013. Find out how!

Tim Rich, Heart of Missouri United Way

Jan 16, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper chats with TIM RICH, Heart of Missouri United Way, about the United Way's recent changes and why it happened.

Diana Moxon, Columbia Art League

Jan 15, 2013

 Today Paul Pepper welcomes DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, who talks about their new show, "Beauty and the Beholder", which opens today! 

Ken Midkiff, Sierra Club

Jan 14, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper chats with KEN MIDKIFF about all things global warming.

Lynn Rossy, Healthy For Life

Jan 11, 2013

Today Paul Pepper talk with LYNN ROSSY, resident "healthy for life" expert, about making a lifestyle adjustment. "Eat For Life" is the name of her upcoming 10-week class, open to the community.

Jenifer Flink, Boone County Museum and Galleries

Jan 10, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with JENIFER FLINK, Boone County Museum and Galleries, about reopening today(!) after the holiday, and about what's on display, including a Civil War exhibit.

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking

Jan 9, 2013

 Today Paul Pepper welcomes NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, who shares a sneak peek of their latest billboard, as well as tips to spot trafficking, possibly in your own neighborhood. 

Voluntary Action Center & Capital City Players

Jan 8, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with NICK FOSTER, from Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, who gives a recap of the holiday season and what's ahead for 2013. Also, director BRANDEN BISE and actress ASHTON BOTTS talk about Capital City Players production of "Spring Awakening", opening January 10.

Osher Lifelong Learning & 4-H

Jan 7, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LUCILLE SALERNO, who talks about upcoming classes at Osher Lifelong Learning, including climate change and the art of landscaping. Also, if you're interested in 4-H, STEVE HENNESS, University of Missouri Extension, has several big events coming up that you won't want to miss.

Adult Day Connections & Author Joe Dillard

Jan 4, 2013

Today Paul Pepper talks to WANDA HOFFMAN about Adult Day Connection, located at the University of Missouri. Find out about their fundraiser with Ruby Tuesday. Also, author JOE DILLARD stops by with stories from his book, "A Full Cup of Joe".

Heather Harlan, Phoenix Programs, Inc.

Jan 3, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Programs, Inc., about an 8-week program on how to quit smoking.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes JOHN BAKER, who explains the Howard B. Lang, Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the City of Columbia. Nomination form is available online until January 18! Also, KARLAN SEVILLE, Mizzou Botanic Garden, stops by to promote the "plant fashion show". Learn more!

Singer Larry Brown

Jan 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper welcomes local favorite LARRY BROWN, who sings "Auld Lang Syne" - including verses not often heard!

Sutu Forte and the Beethovens

Dec 31, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUTU FORTE and The Rockin' Beethovens to perform. They'll be a featured performer this evening at First Night Columbia.

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First Night Columbia Performance

Dec 28, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes JANE ACCURSO and DAN MILLER. They perform "Red Wing", and talk about Monday night's First Night Celebration in Downtown Columbia.

Today Paul Pepper talks to MARGARET TOLLERTON, Missouri Cures, about the 2012 World Stem Cell Report. Also, NEGAR RAZVANI shares details about the upcoming 20th Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. Keynote speaker is Martin Luther King III. 

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Consumer Expert Mel Zelenak

Dec 26, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes retired economics professor and consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, who looks ahead to 2013 and ways to curb bad spending habits. 

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Sympatico Performs

Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! Today Paul Pepper invites local all-female barbershop quartet SYMPATICO to perform holiday favorites like, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "White Christmas". December 25, 2012

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Cathy and Dave

Dec 24, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, local folk musician favorites who've been a Christmas Eve staple dating back many years. Today they perform "Make My Present Small". December 24, 2012

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