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 first-time guest, CLAUDIA SCHOONOVER, Director of Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! Claudia invites everyone to two after-hour events this month at the library: a concert by Miss Jubilee on February 18th; and the annual indoor mini-golf fundraiser February 25th. Watch for details! At [3:48] MIKE SCHOOLEY and DICK DALTON encourage everyone to come see Capital City Productions' performance of "Hands on a Hard Body," opening this Thursday at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City! Don't miss this upbeat musical retelling of a true story about a contest in Texas in which contestants must keep one hand on a truck the longest, and whoever does, wins the truck. February 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVID CRESPY, MU Theatre Department, about the 2017 Mizzou New Play Series. This year, 27 plays with stories about serial murderers, graduate insurance, mysterious women who know the future and mob bosses (among many others) will be presented in concert performance at the Corner Playhouse on the MU Campus beginning February 6th. At [3:40] RICK ROWDEN, Director of Development at Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, returns with an update on how the program locally - a non-profit that cares for women and children affected by drugs and alcohol 24/7 - has progressed since it's inception, and how it's residents have benefited from the nationally-known 'Teen Challenge' reputation and success over the years. February 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired home economics professor at the University of Missouri, trade travel talk and tell us what you should not agree to when renting a car (that will save you a few extra bucks). Plus, Mel talks about fiduciary relationships and whether or not the Trump Administration will uphold a ruling set forth by the Obama Administration; as well as how to develop passive income. February 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with PEGGY PLACIER about two upcoming public forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. Up first is a Legislative Town Hall February 2nd at the Columbia Public Library. Peggy says that all the Boone County State Legislators will be there! Then, on February 13th (also at the library), there will be a discussion over the topic: "What's the Relevance of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press in the Digital Era." Watch for details! At [4:17] TARA FLYNN, M.D., Mizzou Urgent Care, tells us how one should decide whether quick care, urgent care or the emergency room is the right choice for your situation. Tara says, "a lot of it is on the severity of symptoms." February 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMANDA De La MATER, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, about the many aspects of this organization. Amanda tells us how it serves to support, enrich and care for those with Alzheimer's, and those affected by it - and how you can get involved. At [4:47] SUE McDANIEL and SUE HOEVELMAN are back to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's first 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser of 2017 is happening now! Support services for women and children in our community by ordering a box of delicious chocolate chip cookies that will be delivered fresh to you (or maybe that special someone!) on Valentine's Day. January 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator, Missouri River Relief, about the upcoming 'Wild & Scenic Film Fest', February 12th at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Jenn tells us that "this film festival travels to over 100 cities in the United States...but we get to hand-pick the films we want to feature and show the local community." At [4:18] actress SOPHIA ROMERO-COMPAIN and technical director PAYTON OSWALT invite everyone to Hickman High School's production of "Almost, Maine." Sophia says this entertaining show is "something people will be able to relate to." See it this weekend only! January 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform Eric Peltoniemi's "Tree of Life" on guitar. Dedicated to all the quilters out there, Cathy tells us that "the song is actually just a recitation of quilt pattern names, which is poetry in and of itself." Enjoy! January 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society, about a special walk-through of the "From Boone to Black Elk: Native and Colonial Experiences in Contested "Middle Grounds" exhibit this Saturday inside the gallery at Ellis Library on the MU campus. Joan tells us what you can expect to see during this family-friendly event; plus, she's brought examples of the items you'll be able to touch and feel during the tour. January 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Columbia Public Library's PATRICIA MILLER about the next 'Kids in the Kitchen' cooking class, hosted by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! For the adults, be sure and join Mizzou grad student Hannah Turnbull for a presentation about incorporating avocados into your diet. It's all a part of 'Heart Healthy Month' and space is limited - watch for details! At [3:48] WALLY PFEFFER joins us with information about the 15th Annual Boone County Legislative Forum, presented by the Mizzou Alumni Association. Everyone's invited to come and visit with senators and representatives from this area tomorrow night at Grand Cru in Columbia. January 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Columbia's recent 3-STAR certification by STAR Communities. What does that mean, exactly? Barbara tells us that the ratings given are basically a benchmarking tool based on many categories like health and safety, climate and energy use, equity and empowerment and more. In other words, it's a good thing! January 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Columbia's GreenHouse Theatre Project. Elizabeth joins us on the cusp of a three-show season six, which includes the "existential masterpiece," 'Waiting for Godot'. The theme this year is "Rebirth: an exploration of god, (womb)an and myth." At [3:44] NAT GRAHAM joins us along side one of the speakers from the first Science on Tap CoMo of 2017, JOSEPH COBETTO, a political science professor at the University of Missouri. Joseph will be leading a "scientific" presentation titled, 'What Happened on November 8th?' If the election results surprised you, show up this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar for some answers! January 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Executive Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about genetic and contagious diseases and the basic research to finds their cures. Have you ever heard of penicillin? Sure you have; it was discovered by accident. How about a vaccine that will treat cancer cells, or a life-saving drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy with origins at the University of Missouri? One could happen, the other already does. Jack explains it all - watch! January 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Columbia Public Schools teachers MELANIE KNOCKE and REX BELTZ! Still fresh off their trip aboard NASA's 'Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy', or SOFIA, Melanie and Rex will share their story once more at the kickoff to the 2017 Saturday Morning Science series January 28th at the Bond Life Sciences Center in Columbia. Today they talk about just what is "infrared astronomy" - watch! January 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN MURRAY, Director of the University Concert Series, about all the different shows coming to the stages of Jesse Auditorium and Missouri Theatre over the next several months! Big Broadway shows like "Annie"; an intimate tribute to The Carpenters; "Odd Squad Live" for the kids; a performance by the entire St. Louis Symphony and more are on the way - watch for details! January 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about their new show that (unofficially) opens today called "Quintessence." What is 'quintessence'? Diana says this is "a show about the natural elements: fire, air, earth, water...and quintessence - the fifth element." At [3:55] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, tells us how their 'Adopt-a-Family' program went this past Christmas, as well as what to expect in 2017. Nick says the area they're looking to grow the most in is housing because, "the need is just tremendous." January 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'MU Celebrates MLK' committee members, CAROLYN MICKLEM and FRANK SCHMIDT, about the many events happening this month that seek to recognize and honor the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first such event is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema in downtown Columbia; next week, scholar and activist Angela Davis will be speaking at Missouri Theatre - watch for details! January 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, a volunteer with Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and in Missouri, it's also Sex Trafficking Awareness Month. To honor those affected, the Coalition is hosting an event featuring author/activist Christine McDonald at the Columbia Public Library January 26th. Watch for details! January 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about making New Year's resolutions for your pet. One resolution Mar expands on is better communication. She says, "understand where your pet is coming from (dog or cat or guinea pig or whatever) and try and communicate on their level...they get what we're feeling more than what we're saying." January 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with COREY DUNNE, Co-Director of Education and Outreach at TRYPS, about their relatively new 'technique-based' dance studio! Corey tells us that "our goal is to develop all of these kids into triple threats: actors, singers and dancers." Watch for details on how to sign up! At [3:13] CHRIS CAMPBELL and PETER MIYAMOTO invite everyone to the kickoff of the 2017 Blind Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone Museum and Galleries in Columbia! The opening show features Peter and his wife, Ayako Tsuruta, playing music from all over the world on two grand pianos. Their 8 year-old daughter is the opening act, and she makes a surprise appearance on our show to tell us all about it - watch! January 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions! Ed tells us about this Saturday's "Sinatra Supper Club" fundraiser for THP. Enjoy a dinner and a show featuring Ed singing over 30 of Ol' Blue Eyes's biggest hits. As a sneak preview, Ed performs "Fly Me to the Moon" at [4:17]. January 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director of Access Arts, about the Empty Bowls Project, which is an international effort to fight hunger on a local level. This year, the bowls will be created by Access Arts and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will provide the food - find out how you can get involved! At [4:01] MICHAEL PORTER and LARRY BROWN talk about the upcoming Osher@Mizzou winter session. Among the many classes available to enroll in is Larry's "Terrorism and Contemporary Cultures of Violence." He tells us a little bit about that, as well as how to register - watch! January 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about popular scams to watch out for in 2017. Sean tells us to be on the lookout for medical ID theft ("I don't understand why I'm getting this hospital bill"), and folks calling and pretending to be tech support from Microsoft ("I can fix your computer, all I need is information from you"). January 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and ANNE RIGGS talk about opera! Anne joins us from MOstly Opera, a program in Jefferson City that aims to bring opera to the forefront in the lives of children, and basically everyone who thinks that this type of theatre is a little too "high brow." See their debut performance of "Hansel and Gretel" later this month with the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra. Watch for details! January 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER, President, National Federation of the Blind, Missouri, about the purpose of the NFB and how it helps those affected by blindness. Gary tells us, "...we try to raise expectations for blind people. We try to get blind people to think of blindness more as a nuisance than a disabling handicap." January 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back author/poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter performs two of his original poems, "Ice Bound" [2:44] and "Civilized Sacrifice" [5:30]. Enjoy! January 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about the need for continued support, despite the end of the 'giving season.' Lindsay says, "we're serving, on average, about 104,000 people every month...in 32 counties." Find out how to donate or get involved or both - watch! January 2, 2017

Happy New Year's Eve-Eve! Today Paul Pepper and HANK WATERS, editorial writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune, take a look back at the most polarizing moments of 2016! What stood out the most to you? This annual tradition of visiting with Hank on our last show of the year continues - watch! December 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about what to do with your Christmas tree once it comes down. (No rush, seriously!) One option is to have the city pick up your full-sized tree (through the end of January) and use it to create methane via the bioreactor at the landfill. Find out more! Plus, get an update on the CoMo Energy Challenge - just two days left to try and win $5M! December 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about keeping stress under control and New Year's resolutions. On the topic of stress, Dr. Newman recommends focusing on breathing: "use the whole lung...and you'll be surprised to notice how fast the stress starts coming down." On New Year's resolutions, Dr. Newman suggests choosing two things and being "very, very specific" about those two things. December 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARY HUSSMANN and SUTU FORTE about the City of Columbia's New Year's Day Festival! The familiar New Year's Eve tradition is no more, but since this town is bursting with talent, you won't want to miss this new effort featuring local performers - including Sutu! She will kick off the fun by playing the entire "piano solo/concerto arrangement" of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Watch for details! December 27, 2016

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