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 welcomes back MARIE ROBERTSON, who talks about all the classes on jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and more being offered during the 2016 summer session at Dancearts - registration is going on now! At [3:57] Salvation Army Majors RICHARD and BETH TRIMMELL say goodbye to the show and to the community as they retire after 32 years of service (four in Mid-Missouri) to be closer to their children. April 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, touch on Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack's new book, "The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated." Haven't read it yet? Mel briefly shares what he thinks are the most important takeaways - watch! April 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." According to Heather, director of the show, Cheryl Black, has put a doo wop twist on this popular romantic comedy! At [4:30] ANGELA HOLLOWAY and ROSE VOMUND take us inside one of five remodel jobs featured on this year's "Kitchens in Bloom" homes tour! This important fundraiser for Services for Independent Living hopes to raise $25,000. April 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CECILE MAZAN about the 1st annual Heart of Missouri Quilters Guild Quilt Show! Don't miss your chance to see 100 or more quilts on display ranging "from beginners to artistic." Plus, you get your scissors/garden tools/knives sharpened as you browse the show! At [3:50] actors ADAM BRIETZKE and DANA BOCKE invite everyone to see Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Macbeth," opening April 28th! If you're unfamiliar with this Shakespeare tragedy, Dana says, "if people love 'Game of Thrones' or stuff like that, they're gonna love this." April 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MATT COPELAND about Christian Chapel's upcoming 7th annual Freedom Walk for Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Everyone's invited to participate in this 5K fundraiser for a good cause! At [4:12] NEELEY CURRENT and MAEVE PICKUS tell us about City Garden School's week-long summer camp at Rock Bridge State Park for kids in grades 1st-4th! April 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the Zika virus. It's been in the headlines lately, but what do you really know? While many questions still go unanswered, Jack gives us a quick overview that will hopefully clear up any misunderstandings you might have. Watch! April 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN, who performs Joe Henry's "The Flower That Shattered the Stone" on guitar at [1:20]. Larry then tells us why Henry wrote it. (Hint: it involves singer Olivia Newton John.) April 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about "Chromophobia." Are you afraid of certain colors? If so, perhaps you should stay away from this exhibit...or not! Find out how CAL artists interpret that subject in their work when the show opens next week! At [3:50] dietician JUDY ARNET tells us about Access to Healthy Food and their partnership with the Farmers Market. Did you know SNAP and WIC-eligible families can receive matching sums up to $25 on fruits and vegetables? Watch for details! April 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn,' with special guest Lorenzo Lawson! Plus, everyone's invited to reminisce at LWV's annual meeting next week featuring longtime Columbia resident Barbara Horrell! At [4:25] PHIL STEINHAUS, CEO of Columbia Housing Authority, talks about Patriot Place. Residents moved in a week ago - find out how it's going and what's next! April 18, 2016

Paul Pepper: Cathy Salter, Unbound Book Festival

Apr 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHY SALTER about the upcoming Unbound Book Festival. According to the their website, 'Unbound' is a brand-new festival that celebrates literature of all kinds. As Cathy says, "it's a mini-True/False Festival for books." Watch our short interview and then make plans to attend this (free!) inaugural event at Stephens College next Friday! April 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri - a non-profit that advocates for clean energy - about alternatives to fossil fuel power plants. Solar panels on your house is one idea; sure it's an investment, but as Mark says, "you're investing in clean energy and you're investing in energy independence for the long term." Informative conversation - watch! April 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, who invites everyone to 'Serenade - A Benefit for Young Musicians' April 17th at the University Club. This is one fundraiser that's sure to delight the whole family! At [5:04] BRYAN BRADFORD stops by to tell us about the Sons of the American Legion. If you had a parent or grandparent that was in the military between WWII and now - and they were eligible for the American Legion - you're welcome to join! Why join? The benefits. Watch for details. April 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANESE SILVEY, Communications Coordinator for The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, talk about the annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive - a highly successful fundraiser in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers. At [5:07] CLARA STARK and JOHN STAPLES tell us what's store for the kiddos at this year's Maplewood Barn Children's Theatre Camp. "We're not just putting on a show," says Clara. Get all the details on this two week experience in three short minutes! April 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LUKE TUDBALL, director of "A Man of No Importance," a musical drama that opens this Friday at Talking Horse Productions! Luke takes us inside this 'compelling' story that's "necessary for this time...it talks about prejudice and the generalizations we put on people." At [3:18] DRS. KYLE FIALA and BEN SUMMERHAYS, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about ankle replacement surgery. According to Dr. Fiala, the decision to have this operation usually stems from one's quality of life issues. Please watch for more information about this lesser-known procedure! April 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired MU professor and longtime Missouri Parks Association volunteer, SUSAN FLADER, about a new book called 'Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.' According to Susan, this large coffee table-sized book "reflects the integrity and diversity of the state park system." Check out a few of the pictures! At [5:10] CAT GLEASON invites everyone to the Chancellor's Art Showcase April 11th at the Missouri Theatre. Find out how this extensive collaboration of the arts at MU will honor this, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death! April 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JON POSES, Executive/Artistic Director of the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series, about JAM - or, Jazz Appreciation Month! The number of events this month almost out-number the days, and we cover it all in about five minutes - watch! At [5:05] SHELIA FIELDS, Volunteer Coordinator at Saving Sight, talks about a program that recycles eyeglasses for those in need both 'locally and globally!' Got an old pair? Pass 'em on! April 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with actress KIT MEYER about "August Osage County," Capital City Players' latest production. Kit takes us inside her role as the matriarch of a dysfunctional family in this  comedy/drama that opens Friday in Jefferson City! At [5:14] SHARI BULLARD and JERRY RICKER talk about the 112th season of the Jefferson City Art Club. There's lots to see and do - including an art crawl featuring six galleries - and we sum it up nicely in three short minutes - watch! April 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MONICA PALMER, Director of Columbia Entertainment Company's "The Dixie Swim Club." Monica tells us what it's like directing a play that takes place over the course of 33 years from a script by a former "The Golden Girls" writer. Curtain goes up this Thursday - don't miss it! At [5:00] TERRI WARHOVER, Founder of Puppies with Purpose, takes us through their process of turning puppies into full-fledged service dogs - of which there is a 'drastic' shortage of in the U.S. It's a commitment shared by a lot of different people with a common goal - watch! April 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KATE HARRY about the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's spring cookie sale! This is an important fundraiser; proceeds benefit many educational programs, so consider ordering a dozen (or more) fresh, made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies today! At [4:10] JODY COOK invites everyone to participate in this Saturday's 'Cleanup Columbia'! It's best to sign up ahead of time, but day-of works, too. Watch for details! April 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of Mid-MO Better Business Bureau, about easy-to-fall-for consumer scams. What do you do if you get a cold call from the IRS? What about women from outside the U.S. who initiate romantic relationships? Believe it or not, Sean says it happens all the time. At [4:18] PAT RIELY invites job seekers of all kinds to the Moberly Area Community College Career Fair April 13th! Plus, meet MACC student MEGAN RYAN, winner of the 2016 "Breaking Traditions" award, a contest for non-traditional students (women) in non-traditional programs (engineering technology)! Find out about her winning project. April 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH! Michael performs "The Phantom of the Opera" at [1:18] and "Rhapsody in Blue" at [5:35] - without sheet music! March 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about an exhibit featuring over 40 works of women in the U.S. in the 1930s. Joan is giving a guided tour tomorrow in celebration of the culmination of Women's History Month - and you're invited. Get a sneak peek of what you'll see on the tour on today's show! March 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about CAL's annual summer art camp for kids. Enrollment is now open for the one-week sessions - don't miss what's in store for this year. At [4:13] VICTORIA SAMTER and HANNA TURNBALL, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about new dietary guidelines for sugar. Did you know "added sugar" is now its own category? What does that mean? Watch! March 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about ways to 'move more and sit less." With the weather warming up, now is the time! Studies show that Americans sit an average of nine hours per day - "that's more time than we spend sleeping!" Watch for some easy tips that anyone can do! March 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about the Missouri College Advising Corps. Never heard of it? John says, "in their first six of operation, the average college-going rate amongst high school seniors went from 45% to 55%. This program is having a big impact." March 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, about the upcoming Hero Awards, which recognize deserving volunteers in our community. Plus, Nick details how VAC can be a 'clearing house' for information: "one of the main barriers for a lot of people receiving help is just not knowing where that help is available." At [5:09] HAL JOHNSON and ALEX CURRIER invite everyone to Boy Scout Troop 707's 50th anniversary celebration! Details on that, plus 17 year-old Alex's experiences with the Scouts after six years on today's show! March 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about this year's 'Float Your Boat' fundraiser at Bass Pro Shops in Columbia. Deadline to register is coming up - watch for details! At [3:56] TERRY FOLTZ, Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer for Heart of Missouri CASA, invites everyone to 'The Voices of Callaway,' a singing competition and fundraiser in Fayette. According to CASA's website, this event is an opportunity to raise money and awareness about who CASAs are and the need for more advocates." Online voting begins soon - watch! March 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform a medley of three French-Canadian tunes on the hammer dulcimer and guitar. Plus, get details on this year's Big Muddy Folk Festival, happening April 1-2 at Thespian Hall in Boonville! March 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CAROL WARD, Prof. of Anatomy at the University of Missouri, and NADEGE UWASE, Dir. of MU African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub. They invite everyone to a symposium titled "Our African Origins" tomorrow at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus! Keynote speaker, Dr. Meave Leakey, appears on stage tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Watch for details! March 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about Brain Awareness Week (which is this week). Heather says, "substance use issues are chronic brain health issues" and "90% of addictions begin during adolescence." There's a special event for families this Saturday and next - watch for details! March 18, 2016

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