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 local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells us about "a shadow that falls on September 17th." What is "the shadow?" Larry tells us that on Constitution Day, the shadow from the Washington Monument will fall on the steps of the Capitol Building, and that's not the only landmark it's known to touch throughout the year. Coincidence? Hmmm... September 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's segment focuses on laminate "wood." Scott says people like it because, "it doesn't have some of the hassles that natural flooring has, like the seasonal gapping." At [4:05] actors JOHN WELLS and RICH BURDGE invite everyone to come see "Angel Street" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. If you like a good suspense thriller set in Victorian London, don't miss out - one weekend only! September 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, and MU student JOSEPH EGGERMAN, about a new exhibit called, 'From Boone to Black Elk,' that features the original oil painting of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding. Check it out September 22nd during the Artifact Museum and Gallery Crawl! September 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about the effects of climate change on eggs in the wild. Jack says, "you think of eggs as just sort of sitting there...[but] embryos inside eggs are actually way more alert about what's going on outside the egg than we thought." September 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about two programs coming up this month. The first - in honor of Constitution Day - is called, "Will They Count Your Vote?"; the second is the monthly 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. You'll see two short films about voting, including "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." Watch for details! At [3:43] GLOVER BROWN and TODD SPALDING are here with more about the Lafayette Street and the Historic Foot District Memorial Project. Todd serves at the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in Jefferson City, and has a plan to redevelop the area as a park next spring - find out more! September 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, who talks about two kinds of popular scams: the 'IRS scam' and the 'grandparent scam.' Have you gotten a call from the IRS lately asking for money? If so, it's 100% fake, and Sean tells us why. He also tells us about what he calls an "insidious" attack on senior citizens, and how to spot it before your loved ones fall for it! September 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAIME FREIDRICHS, Director of the Missouri Women's Business Center. MOWBC is a brand new program of Central Missouri Community Action that aims to relieve some of the stress and unknowns that women (and men) encounter when opening their own business. At [3:27] BECCA PAMPERL invites everyone to the 2016 Out of the Darkness Walk October 9th at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. Last year, over $18,000 was raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and like last year, this year's funds will go towards the goal of raising awareness to the over 1,000 suicides per year in Missouri alone (43,000 nationwide). September 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Missouri Symphony Society Executive Director, JANE WHITESIDES, about auditions now underway for a new male and female youth choir called 'Columbia Conservatory Chorus.' There a just a few days left, so don't miss out! At [3:51] JENNIFER BEAN, from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about the benefits of coconut water. Never heard of it? It's basically liquid from a coconut that hasn't aged. Interesting conversation - watch! September 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about their latest exhibit, "Interpretations IV." Diana says you'll need to give yourself plenty of time in order to truly appreciate the 80 artworks and 80 pieces of writing on display! At [4:10] ROSALIE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN want to see everyone at the Moms Demand Action rally in Jefferson City on September 14th! Watch for information about Senate Bill 656, which they say 'jeopardizes public safety.' September 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC Co-Founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about a new program called 'Bike to the Future.' Jane says that 6% of Boone County families don't have a vehicle, and because of that, keeping a job becomes a challenge. As a way to help, Love INC is now collecting any gently-used bicycles and will donate them to those in need. Watch for details! September 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KARI HOPKINS talk about all the good that Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home has provided for the past 25 years. Help them celebrate this milestone by attending their "big birthday celebration party" on September 11th! Watch for details. At [4:31] PAT FOWLER and MARK WAHRENBROCK invite everyone to a "big barn sale" featuring items salvaged from the 112 year-old 'James' apartment building before it was torn down earlier this year. If you're in need of a door, a window or a fixture for your home, don't miss this unique, one-of-a-kind sale! September 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENIFER PILZ-COULIBALY about two upcoming concerts from the Amazon Cello Choir! Based in Brazil, these young performers raised enough money to travel to Missouri to put on a FREE concert just for you. Watch for details! At [4:05] SUSAN GROVES and CHARLES RILEY return to our show to invite you to the 10th Annual Fulton State Hospital BBQ and Bluegrass benefit festival September 10th at 54 Country. Find out about the entertainment, the food and the fun that awaits you in Fulton - watch! September 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back CONNIE SHAY, mastermind behind the annual Boonslick Folk Festival! This popular, family-friendly event is happening once again this year on Labor Day in Howard County. Find out what you can expect to see, hear and do - and it's all free of charge! At [4:55] actors AMY DRTINA and CHARLIE WILKERSON invite everyone to come see the delightful farce, "Moon Over Buffalo" at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia. Curtain goes up tomorrow night, rain or shine! August 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE from Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium about her trip this November aboard NASA's experimental aircraft called 'SOFIA'. Melanie also fills us in on more upcoming programs for children at the planetarium, including a new show called "Our Living Climate." Watch for details! August 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry performs "Waltzing with Bears" on guitar - his most requested song of all time! August 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes DR. HANA SOLOMON, M.D., President of BeWell Health, LLC and creator of Nasopure. Why use Nasopure? Dr. Hana says, "the nose filters 10,000 liters of air everyday, and we make a pint to a quart of mucus per day...I believe a nose deserves a washing just like your teeth deserve a brushing." So if you're in need of relief from nose and sinus issues, without the help of antibiotics, you've come to the right place! August 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts, about the classes being offered this fall! If you're on the fence about whether or not to sign up, Marie talks the numerous advantages of dancing for both young and old. Register today! At [2:59] MARK PALMER, CEO of Woodhaven, invites everyone to help celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week at a reception September 13. Show your appreciation for the Woodhaven DSP's who, as Mark says, are "acting as mentors and friends and helping those individuals (with developmental disabilities) reach the highest level of independence." August 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARLOTTE JIMENEZ about The Language Tree Immersion School. If you're looking for an alternative education for your young child, consider The Language Tree! Charlotte says, "every head teacher is a native speaker, so you really have that first-hand quality language provided to the children." At [4:38] BETH WATSON talks about The Children's School at Stephens College. In the community since 1925, TCS groups students by ability, not age, all in one classroom. The advantage? Beth says, "if you have a gifted child, they can move up with the older kids." August 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about their upcoming fall season. Before it gets underway, there are two special fundraising performances in which you're invited! Limited seating, so get your tickets today. Watch for details! At [4:11] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, wants to see everyone at the upcoming WISE (Women in Science and Entrepreneurship) conference September 11th in Columbia. Hear about the featured speakers and find out how to register. August 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform Jimmy Driftwood's "Song of the Cowboys" on banjo and guitar. See them perform in-person this Thursday at Thespian Hall in Boonville - watch for details! August 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society. Jane brought two Missouri Symphony Conservatory students to perform two pieces on the violin: "Autumn" at [3:00] and "Evening Prayer" at [5:15]. Watch! August 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth, discuss marijuana use in young people. According to Joy, the challenge in making sure today's youth understand the consequences of their poor choices used to be in dealing with peer pressure, now it's dealing with lackadaisical parents. She says, "the marijuana of today is nothing like the marijuana of the '60s - it's not Woodstock weed anymore...it's like tripping on acid instead of smoking pot." August 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired professor of economics at the University of Missouri, talk about asset allocation. Investing on your own may sound like a scary endeavor, but according to Mel, cutting out the middle man (i.e. the financial planner) will help you save 60%-70% a year in fees. Mel says, "you can get a little bit of help, but if you do it on your own, it literally takes three hours a year." Find out how! August 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NAT GRAHAM about Science on Tap CoMo, a once-a-month get-together hosted by MU grad students that aims to bridge the gap between science and the community...over a beer. Get details on this month's topic and more! At [4:46] GREIG THOMPSON, State Historical Society of Missouri, and guest-curator CAROL GROVE, talk about "Evolving Environments: The Landscape Architecture of Hare and Hare," an exhibit now open that features the work of father-and-son team Sidney J. and S. Herbert Hare. August 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back TOM THOMAS and JOE WESTON, The Rotary Club of Columbia, to talk more about why organ and tissue donation - and being a donor - is so important. For starters, Tom says that there are over 122,000 people on the national wait list (2,400 of which are in Missouri). The problem? He says, "90% of the population seems to support the notion of organ donation, but only 30% of those people know how to register." August 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first Poet Laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares two poems that perfectly capture summertime in Missouri: "Perfumed Kingdoms" at [3:15] and "Capsize" at [5:17]. Watch! August 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes 11th-grader SHRISTI BASHISTA, a "youth ambassador" with Partners of the Americas. Shristi tells us about her latest trip to Colombia, why she got involved with 'Partners' and why you should consider applying! She says, "I have always considered myself a 'world citizen'...and my goal in life is to help the world...and the best way to do that is to meet people from around the world." At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, returns with the four 'Es' to look out for when "thinking about treatment for young people." It's great advice - watch! August 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROB CROUSE about Capital City Productions' latest show, "Ghost the Musical." If you know and love the movie, the stage adaptation stays true to the story - with just a tad more singing and dancing. Rob introduces us to the cast, and shares some behind-the-scenes secrets on how they pull off the special effects - watch! At [4:56] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, talks about the benefits and the dangers of giving your dog rawhide bones. Among many shared tips, CB says to avoid the kind with knots on the end: "they're not as safe." Watch for more! August 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about their latest production, "The Last Five Years." This play, about a five-year relationship, is unique because one character's story is told in reverse chronological order, and the other character's story is told in chronological order. Curtain goes up this Friday - don't miss it! At [4:04] ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, tells us what she thinks is "the single best thing a consumer can do" to get the best insurance rates out there. Angie says, "...shop around very often - you definitely don't just want to assume you're getting the best rate possible." August 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, want to make sure you're registered to vote in the November election! If you're not - and you know who you are - don't let October 12th come and go. Thankfully, the League is here to help - watch! At [4:22] actress NATALIE WITTENBERGER and costumer MARIA BISH invite everyone to come see "The Little Mermaid" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City beginning this Thursday. If you've seen the Disney adaptation, you'll enjoy the same energy and fun watching the stage production with real actors! August 8, 2016

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