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 chats with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their upcoming season! It kicks off with the annual Mizzou New Play Series and closes with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. There's something for every theatre fan, so don't miss out! At [4:39] JENNIFER DAVIS and STEVE SCHNARR invite everyone to Missouri River Relief's 'Wild and Scenic Film Festival' fundraiser! It all happens this Sunday on the Stephens College campus in Columbia. Watch for details! February 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; as well as GRACE ATKINS from MU Libraries, who share with us local events celebrating Black History Month and it's theme of 'Hallowed Grounds.' Films, tours and art - don't miss it! February 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired money expert MEL ZELENAK about why you should use a fee-only financial planner (there are two in Columbia) and the best days to travel. Domestic and international flights are cheaper on certain days of the week - we tell you when and how to find the best deal! February 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director of MU's Bond Life Sciences Center, about why scientists are not understood by the general public. According to a study, it's because 'scientists aren't trained in psychology or sociology.' Find out why that matters, how it pertains to climate change and what's being done to help break down the walls of communication! February 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invite everyone to a couple of events in the near future, including: a town hall this Thursday at the Columbia Public Library and a 'Lunch and Learn' about the Affordable Care Act February 16. (Remember to register by February 17 in order to vote March 15!) At [4:53] "A Chorus Line" director MAGGIE HUNTER tells us what goes into preparing such an iconic show, which opens February 11 at Columbia Entertainment Company! February 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Zone, about YEZ being Columbia's 'best-kept secret.' For over 10 years now, YEZ has helped roughly 1,200 youths find stability, despite being under-staffed and under-funded. Look for an early-childhood development program in the near future! February 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about "spiritual regression." Never heard of it? Dr. Newman says it's one of "the most exciting areas to do research in." Find out why! January 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SCOTT BRADLEY, Carpet One Floor and Home, about eco-friendly hardwood flooring. "It looks like real wood; it feels like real wood, but it's not." Looking for alternative home renovation ideas? Watch! At [4:16] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, tells us about a program underway that provides computers to less-fortunate homes with school-aged children. The City of Columbia is providing the computers, but there aren't enough to go around, so registration is required - watch for details! January 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Salvation Army's MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL about the status of the annual Tree of Lights campaign, which hopes to raise $415,000 by Jan. 31st. They haven't reached that goal yet, but there's still time! Money from this fundraiser stays local and primarily funds Harbor House, which provides shelter for the homeless. January 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, talk about two "exciting" exhibits that will be on display at Jesse Hall and Ellis Library throughout February celebrating Black History Month! On February 15, reporter Rudi Keller will speak at the State Historical Society about his experiences researching Columbia's Sharp End neighborhood for an article he wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune last year. Watch for details! January 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KATE HARRY talk about all the services provided by the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, and how money from the quarterly cookie sale benefits programs like Operation: School Bell, which provides clothing to school-aged children. Get your orders in for the next cookie sale by February 2nd! At [4:35] Columbia Housing Authority CEO PHIL STEINHAUS brings us up to date on the Patriot Place Apartments project, which will provide "permanent housing rent subsidy for homeless veterans." One of the goals is to fully furnish each apartment, and that's where you can help! Watch for details. January 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri, about their mission as advocates for clean energy policies and renewable energy sources like wind and solar. On certain financing for solar panels for your home, Mark says: "the energy savings will be cheaper than the monthly payment." January 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with former Missouri State Representative JOHN WRIGHT about tax credits. According to John, "the taxpayers of State of Missouri are being the victims of great robbery that's taking place in broad daylight and the accomplice in the getaway car is the Missouri State Legislature." January 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kid's Cooking Class' January 30 at the Columbia Public Library. The theme for this class is 'Fun Fiesta,' and it's for children as young as 3 - watch for details! At [3:53] MIKE GOLD tells us what goes on at the MU Center for Agroforestry. "We are designing integrated systems to produce alternative crops and protect the environment at the same time." They're hosting a free symposium that's open to the public next week. January 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a couple of events during this (already!) busy election year: the first is TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. The topic will be Missouri's Clean Power Plan; the second is Thursday, January 21, and the topic will be money and politics. Watch for details! At [5:16] MARK OHRENBERG and CYNTHIA FLOYD, Youth Advocates at Services for Independent Living, tell us about the programs offered at SIL for people with and without disabilities. January 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper is joined by director Robin Steinhaus and actors Stella Pruitt and Mikey Mossine from Hickman High School's production of "Crazy For You," a familiar musical featuring standards like "Embraceable You," I Got Rhythm" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Stella performs "Someone To Watch Over Me" at [2:28]. January 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper is joined by CHRIS CAMPBELL, who invites everyone to one (or all!) of the many events this month at the Boone County Historical Society. From art exhibits to the return of the Blind Boone Concert Series - BCHS has a busy month ahead! At [4:04] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Inside Voices," the latest exhibit at the Columbia Art League. Based on the Pixar movie, "Inside Out," artists were asked to play on the idea of human emotion. Stop by and see the results for yourself! Also, sign up for classes that are starting soon. January 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition Volunteer Board Member, about the very real problem of human trafficking in Missouri. Nanette shares a story of a couple from Park Hill who lured a young woman into trafficking based on the promise of a modeling job. "These are not people from dark corners, they're people among us." Awareness is key - please watch! January 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BAKER, Executive Director of Community Foundation of Central Missouri, about their mission, what's called 'successor advisors' and the 2015 CoMo Gives campaign. "We believe in facilitating philanthropy." January 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with actress TORI STEPANEK about Capital City Players' latest production, "My Way." This musical tribute to Frank Sinatra - featuring about 60 songs! - opens January 14th in Jefferson City. At [4:05] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to "Immigrant Stories," a FREE event happening next week at the library featuring the authors of the book, 'Ethnic St. Louis,' talking about the impact of immigration in Missouri. January 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 'Sinatra Supper Club,' now in it's fourth year! Come for the atmosphere and food from Bleu Restaurant, stay for over 40 songs made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes. At [4:23] Osher at Mizzou's JO TURNER tells us what's in store for the winter session that begins January 19th. With classes on understanding Islam, writing poetry, tai chi and more, "it's really a way to keep learning no matter what your age!" January 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper asks ERIC SANDVOL, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, one very important question: could we - in Central Missouri - have a major earthquake, like they have in California or Southeast Missouri? The answer (and the reason) may surprise you - watch! January 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back KIT and CATHY SALTER to talk about 'the life of a writer.' Cathy takes us back to the beginning of her now 23-year career, first as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune all the way up to publishing her latest book, "Notes from Boomerang Creek," which was released last October. Are you budding writer? This interview might just be the push you need! January 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about how - among other topics (such as recycling, the CoMo Energy Challenge, Christmas Tree curbside pickup and more) - Columbia uses methane from the landfill to power a turbine that generates electricity. Crazy stuff - watch! January 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and Prevention Specialist, HEATHER HARLAN, talk about Phoenix Health Programs in-patient treatment of women with substance abuse issues and who need to be monitored 24/7. Heather says that "right now in Boone County, the only option for a woman who needs detoxification is a hospital setting. It's much more expensive." Watch! January 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMARA OBERBECK, Vision Screening Program Manager at Saving Sight, about FREE glaucoma screenings happening every Friday this month. Tamara says anyone over the age of 60 is at risk for glaucoma - watch for details! At [4:23] DAN SCHNEIDERJOHN, Environmental Public Health Specialist at Columbia/Boone Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services, tells us how we can reduce food-born illnesses at home. What's the number one factor? The answer may surprise you! January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016! Our first show of the new year features a conversation with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN about Columbia's Room at the Inn, an 'emergency winter homeless shelter' for those with no place to go. Because of the holiday today, the shelter will be open for 24 hours. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, watch! January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper and Hank Waters, Columbia Daily Tribune Publisher Emeritus and editorial writer, take a look back at Central Missouri's most polarizing moments from 2015! What do you remember? Visiting with Hank on the last day of the year has become an annual tradition - watch! December 31, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about their latest exhibit, "Picturing Politics." Featured works are by Missouri artists George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, including the "triumphant return" of Bingham's "Watching the Cargo." See it here! December 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM. His topic today? The federal government's disclosure of information about UFOs. What does John Podesta really know, and what does it mean to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Bill shares his thoughts - watch! December 29, 2015

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