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 MARIANNE JONES about Dreams to Reality, a non-profit organization that provides appropriate clothing to women who are seeking employment. If you're in need of such services, or would like to otherwise get involved, watch for details! At [4:29] CB CHASTAIN returns with tips to keep those pesky ticks away from yourself and your pets! (Hint: put away the sulfur.) May 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform David Mallett's "I Knew This Place" on banjo and guitar. This song is dedicated to Dave's mother, Mildred, who died recently at the age of 95. May 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, discuss the importance of being happy. Vera says you should periodically "check-in" with your emotions, because "once you're aware...you're able to shift." More great tips in about 8 short minutes - watch! May 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about her upcoming trip aboard SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 that's outfitted with a 100" telescope near the tail. It's all part of NASA's outreach program to instill that, among other things, "you don't have to be an astronaut to be a part of NASA." May 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares with us two of his poems: "The Heebie Jeebies" [1:23] and "Harmony Tornado" [5:03] from the book, "Days Like This Are Necessary." May 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "turbo" voting. If you're a college student attending, say, the University of Missouri, and you're from out of town, this is a great way to stay up-to-date and vote on the local elections in your hometown. Watch for details! At [4:42] Resident Arts founder and director, MADELEINE LeMIEUX, tells us about the many layers of her unique organization. If you're an early or advanced artist looking to further your career, this could be the place for you! May 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, talk about a program called Passport Jefferson City, which aims to "get people to get out and see their own backyard - as it were." It'll be a fun time for the whole family - watch for details! And speaking of family fun, at [4:12] DENNIS VanDYKE and BRAD BRYANT invite everyone to the Marceline Railroad Heritage Celebration this Saturday at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline! May 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHADD KRAUS, MU Health Care Emergency Medicine, about fall injury awareness and prevention. According to Dr. Kraus, "falls are most common in elderly people (65+)...it's the leading cause of death." If that's you, find out ways to prevent such an accident from happening! At [4:21] KERRI BURROWS introduces us to the new executive director of Second Chance, KATHLEEN McKINNEY. Kathleen is a longtime volunteer with Second Chance - find out what the organization means to her and her plans for the future! May 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LAURIE MATTHEWS about this Saturday's Letter Carrier Food Drive, benefiting locally The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. This is a nationwide fundraiser, however, so if you get a grocery sack in the mail, fill it up with plastic or canned goods - or even money - and your mail carrier will pick it up! At [3:44] DANITA and GREG WOOD tell us about Bicycle Across Missouri (or, "Big BAM"); it's a six-day, 300 mile ride from St. Joseph to Hannibal. If you're interested in joining about 1,000 other riders on this "rolling music festival," watch for details and see some photos from last year! May 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, Hypnotherapist at RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about obsessions: the good, the bad and the ugly. What is defined as an 'obsession,' exactly? Dr. Newman says it's anything that your mind continues to go back to. It's a fascinating conversation - watch! May 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Show-Me Opera director CHRISTINE SEITZ, as well as MU School of Music students KATIE KULL and MADELYN MUNSELL, to talk about their new opera, "Hatrack," which is about a prostitute in Farmington, MO in the late 1800s who aspires for a better life in St. Louis. Watch Madelyn perform a number as the title character at [5:22]. May 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, about the Conservatory's spring concert happening May 7th, and the new Missouri Symphony Radio Hour, which you can hear Tuesday nights on KMUC 90.5! At [3:37] TOM THOMAS and JOE WESTON tell us how important it is to be an organ donor. As an organ recipient himself, Tom says, "when you have been through that wait period and that process, you learn how critical this is to the families that wait." Find out about their efforts to educate the community through local Rotary Clubs. May 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers that will wet your appetite for this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert in downtown Columbia: "Is There Anybody Here From Out of Town?" [1:40] and "Moonlight Bay" [5:15]. Watch! May 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PET Mobility Project volunteer JEFF MORAN about he and his wife's recent PET distribution trip to Guatemala. Says Jeff about one recipient, "she had polio which just affected her left leg...she's so grateful...she's one of the people who say 'god bless America; god bless you for coming to our country.'" Find out how you too can get involved! At [4:39] JERRY RICKER and SHARI BULLARD return with more about the 112th year of the Jefferson City Art Club. Mark your calendars for this Wednesday when the results of today's 'sketch day' will be on display inside the Capital Arts gallery! May 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Executive Director LORENZO LAWSON and Administrative Assistant LORETTA SCHOUTEN about the Youth Empowerment Zone's new 'Inspiring Academy.' The goal of this new program is to, according to Lorenzo, "reach kids at an earlier age...and keep them on the right track." Find out what age he's referring to - it may surprise you; and hear about their upcoming garage sale fundraiser! April 29, 2016

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

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