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 visits with JOHN HOWE, author of "The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions." John tells us how a pre-mortem can help in making the initial choice to invest in a sunk cost. John also touches on how to automate your savings.  September 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth. Thanks to the efforts of JCCDFY, underage use of marijuana and alcohol has gone down over the past couple of years; however, the perception of harm of those same substances has also gone down. Joy tells us what that means, and why at the same time, prescription drug abuse among middle-schoolers has gone up. September 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PATRICK CLARK, founder of Jefferson City's Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick is joined by JESUS GOMEZ, a violinist in the Southside String Quartet. He performs a shortened version of a sonata by Handel at [3:12]. Their next concert is this Friday at Central United Church of Christ - watch for details! September 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Is your child being secretive? Is he or she not hanging out with their regular friends? These are some of the warning signs that your child may be involved in the sex trade industry, whether they realize it or not. September 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Director of MU Theatre Department's 15th annual Life and Literature Performance Series, September 13-15 at the Corner Playhouse in Columbia. This is your chance to see how the students develop and refine their award-winning plays. At [4:45] CLEO KOTTWITZ and MARILYN BETTENHAUSEN invite everyone to take part in the "most interfaith event that happens in Columbia," the CROP Hunger Walk, September 17 at Stephens Lake Park. Formerly known as Christian Rural Overseas Program, Cleo tells us that it now stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and that's because these days it's about more than just Christians. September 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with local pianist SUTU FORTE about a special concert event happening this Monday at Boone Museum and Galleries in Columbia. Part piano showcase; part tribute to Irene Haskins, both a celebration of the performing arts and what makes us laugh. Watch for details! At [3:58] HEATHER HARLAN tells us how Phoenix Health Programs plans to celebrate National Recovery Month. The theme this year is "Strengthening Families and Communities." Heather tells us what that means, and how to recognize a behavior or situation where someone might need help! September 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SENSINTAFFAR, Assoc. Dir. of Communications at Woodhaven, about the official kick-off to Direct Support Professionals Week (Sept. 11-15). The public is invited to attend an opening reception on September 12th, in which current DSPs will speak about why they love what they do! At [4:04] MELISSA HOLYOAK and DEBBIE FURNELL tell us about GenCOMO 2017, which is happening one month from today. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, if genealogy is of interest to you, you won't want to miss this family-friendly event! September 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NIKKI PYATT about the 3rd annual Berlin Bazaar, this Saturday at Cafe Berlin in Columbia! This family-friendly event features artists from all over Missouri; plus, food, music, storytelling and more! At [2:46] ADDISON MYERS and WIN GRACE invite everyone to "Memoirs," a one-act play about a conversation between Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. Addison plays Grant, and Win provides the music! See it beginning this Friday at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia. September 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Osher@Mizzou's MICHAEL PORTER about the "wonderful array" of classes beginning September 11th! If you're 50+, you can sign up for one class, or you can become a 'premiere member'. New this year: "Osher Sings". Watch for details! At [4:29] ANDREW GRABAU, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri United Way, invites everyone to take part in the Day of Caring (a.k.a. Day of Volunteering) September 11th in Columbia. This is the kickoff to their fundraising campaign, the goal of which is over $3M! September 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform a cappella versions of Margaret Nelson's "Call Down a Blessing" [2:05] and Jerry Rasmussen's "Papa Was a Preacher" [6:46]. September 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about the types of tax-free charitable contributions you should make before the end of the year. (Don't wait until January 1!) Also, Alex shares his thoughts on saving for long-term care. September 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CONNIE SHAY about the 15th annual Boonslick Folk Festival, happening 10--4 Labor Day in Howard County! See some great pics from years past and find out who will be 'stepping back in time' this go-around! At [5:14] JILL WOMACK invites all ages to sign up for fall classes. (And by "all ages," we mean from 'cradle to college', to borrow Jill's words.) Get details on that and upcoming auditions for 'Cinderella'! August 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about their upcoming fall season! Three great shows and two special events are guaranteed to entertain. Watch for details! At [4:33] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, tells us about a couple of annual programs in which you can get involved. 'Warm Up Columbia' is in need of gently-used winter-related items; and the 'Holiday Program' will soon be looking for volunteers to adopt a family. August 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MICHAEL PORTER and MELISSA HOLYOAK about Children's Grove's annual photography contest! It returns next month with the theme, "All in this Together" which, as Melissa tells us, perfectly captures Children's Grove's mission of 'building a kinder community'. Watch for details! At [4:23] meet "The Ideal Husband"! Maplewood Barn's final show of the season is an Oscar Wilde classic set in the 1890s. Cast members BRIAN BAER and ANNETTE KENDALL tell us how this 19th century-set satire still resonates today! August 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WILLIAMS! Jane tells us about a recent gift given to the Columbia chapter of Love INC. That gift? A house! Thanks to this donation, a single mom and her three children now have a "fresh start." If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation (of any size - you don't have to donate a house), watch for details! August 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society, about a special "curator's tour" of George Caleb Bingham's portrait collection. Joan has brought three examples of what you'll see on the tour tomorrow afternoon, two of which are notable Columbians - watch! August 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these three new scams to be on the lookout for: "National Endowment of the Arts ads on Facebook'; "lost pet text messages";  and "timeshare ownership". As always, do your due diligence! August 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WHITESIDES talk about the upcoming auditions for the Missouri Symphony Society's two youth orchestras. Children in grades 3-12 are welcome to join. Watch for details! At [3:55] self-declared "freezer cooking evangelists"/bloggers/co-authors, RACHEL TIEMEYER and POLLY CONNER, tell us about their new book, "From Freezer to Table." It contains over 75 recipes for that family on-the-go who doesn't want to eat out all the time, but also doesn't have time to prepare healthy meals every night! August 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TIM RICH, Executive Director of Welcome Home, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless veterans. Tim says that the relatively new term 'rapid rehousing program' fits their mission because, "we have learned through research...if you get a homeless vet into housing, and get that stabilized, then you can work on all the other issues." August 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JIM STEELE, editor of the book, "Howard Co., MO: From Prairie Land to Promised Land." Three years in the making, this passion project features about 265 photos, some of which date back to the 1800s! Whether you're a serious history buff or a casual history buff, this book is a wonderful opportunity to step back in time. (Check out the photo of a young Kit Bond on the square in Fayette!) August 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri! In her fourth and final appearance (related to this Monday's solar eclipse, natch), Angela tells us about the dangers of staring at the sun. Her advice? If you can see any part of the sun, wear your solar eclipse glasses! August 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about owning the whole stock market. Well, via mutual funds, anyway. Test your knowledge with Mel's 'true or false' questions about expense ratios, transaction costs and other potential fees paid to financial advisors. August 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and CB CHASTAIN, MU's Veterinary Health Center, talk about the dangers of ticks on our pets. CB says, "there are 16 known diseases that ticks carry, and Missouri has six of those." Our conversation includes tips on how to minimize the effects! At [4:34] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to celebrate Constitution Day by watching MU professor David Webber's original play, "Practicing Democracy"! Only four performances will be given, and after each there will be a discussion. August 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARY RATLIFF, President of the Columbia chapter of the NAACP, about a planned gathering of local officials and community members to discuss Columbia's recent racial profiling report. The objective, with your input. will be to prioritize possible solutions. Watch for details! At [4:32] JILL DUDLEY invites everyone to "Foodstock," an all-day celebration of the solar eclipse, and a fundraiser for Serve It Up CoMo, a non-profit that supports other non-profits. Make plans to come early and stay late! August 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk trash about...well, trash! More like recycling, actually. For instance, did you know that our recycling is "dual stream"? Find out what that means, and how smart phone apps have made staying in the know a whole lot easier. August 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN talk about summertime sports - but not the ones you might be thinking about. Larry has written a song about his favorite summertime sport, titled "Would You Rather Pitch Horseshoes." You'll probably recognize the melody! August 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Clinic, about the best ways to socialize and adapt rescue dogs, like special guest Conner, a West Highland Terrier who was raised in a puppy mill. August 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, a native plants specialist, about best practices for establishing diverse native plants in your own yard, including, for example, the purple coneflower Nadia brought with her to the show! August 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about their latest show called "The Lyons." Ed says this dark comedy about a dysfunctional family in which the patriarch lies in a hospital bed dying is reminiscent of the popular 1970s sitcom 'All in the Family'. At [3:40] CAMILLE SMITH, Registered Dietitian with the St. Louis District Dairy Council, talks about the importance of dairy products in our daily diet, including ice cream! Camille says, "compared to a lot of other dessert options, ice cream has a...nutritional advantage." Find out why! August 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Capital City Productions actors BRANDON SANKPILL and JOSHUA LEHTO about "Beauty and the Beast," opening this Thursday at the Shikles Center in Jefferson City. This cast of 38 is ready to sing, soar, dance and delight audiences of all ages! At [4:24] WALTER BARGEN and TRACY EICHHORN invite everyone to "Through the Eyes of a Poet" at the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance gallery in Ashland. Walter tells us that this hands-on workshop will be a chance for artists of all kinds to express themselves using his original poetry and prose. August 7, 2017

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