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 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

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Matthews, Kwanzaa 2016

Dec 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and YVONNE MATTHEWS, Associate Administrator, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, talk about Kwanzaa, which starts today! Unfamiliar with the traditions? Yvonne tells that Kwanzaa is a series of seven: seven days; seven candles; seven principles; and seven symbols. Plus, find about a city-wide celebration this Friday in Jefferson City! December 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform John Hartford's "On Christmas Eve" on banjo and guitar. To close the show, they play a special holiday-themed medley. Merry Christmas, everyone! December 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry doesn't disappoint, telling an original Christmas story about 'charitable and good things' titled, "Welcome to the Starburst Motel." Enjoy! December 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth. Joy has a message for all adults with children during this festive time of year, and that is: "model appropriate behavior." In other words, don't make it seem like the only way to have fun is by drinking alcohol. There's a reason why the legal drinking age is 21, and Joy talks about that - watch! December 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH! Michael performs three holiday tunes for us: "Winter Wonderland" [1:21]; "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" [4:17]; and "The Christmas Song" [8:00]. Order one of Michael's CDs from www.butterworthmusic.com! December 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK! Mel delivers part one of his New Year's resolutions: save even more money in 2017. Get his thoughts on fiduciary relationships with financial planners (yes!), passive investing (maybe!) and "paying yourself first" (absolutely!). December 19, 2016 

Today Paul Pepper asks DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU's College of Veterinary Medicine, his thoughts on giving a puppy as a present this holiday season. General consensus is that it's a bad idea, and CB agrees, adding, "unless you know that the person that's going to receive the puppy is going to contribute the time and the effort" it takes to raise a dog. At [4:50] DR. PATRICK CLARK invites everyone to the very first performance of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra TONITE in Jefferson City. Enjoy works from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more! On today's show, we talk about how the program as a whole came together in a very short amount of time. December 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with The Salvation Army's MAJOR NANCY HOLLOWAY, Area Coordinator, and MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY, Area Business Coordinator, about the importance of giving to this organization, especially during the holiday season. Nancy tells us that "we actually receive about a quarter of our income during the month of December." So next time you see a red kettle, think of the fact that your donation stays right here to help those less-fortunate in our community! December 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, to talk about their "free gifts for the community." If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please take advantage of the necessary services they provide! Watch for details. At [4:36] first-time guest HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the 3rd annual Masters Exhibit at Columbia's Sager | Braudis Gallery. Experience (and maybe own) original works of art from mid-century 'masters' such as Picasso, Bauer and Scarlett just to name a few. Hannah says that "this is such an important exhibit. These works, mostly have not been to Missouri or the midwest." Two weeks left to check it out! December 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JENNIFER BEAN, Dietician with the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! Jennifer recommends that you spend your calories on what only comes around during the holiday season (i.e. Grandma's pie), because "you can have mashed potatoes any day of the year." Watch for more tips! At [5:25] ROSE VOMUND returns with information about Services for Independent Living's in-home services program. Are you in need of a nurse or direct support professional to come to you? If you're Medicaid-approved, SIL can help! December 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE POLACCO, author, "Vina, A Brooklyn Memoir." Joe tells us how this tribute to his Italian mother came to be, and what he learned about her after her death. Plus, find out where you can meet Joe in person next Monday! At [5:12] JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director, Missouri Symphony Society, invites everyone to this year's annual "Symphony of Toys" concert at the Missouri Theatre! With an appearance by Santa Claus, audience caroling, a "performance" by notable Columbians (including our esteemed host) and more, this event is sure to delight the whole family! December 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. NOEL BARTLOW, Assistant Professor, MU Department of Geological Sciences, about "geodesy," which is the study of the Earth's changing shape. Dr. Bartlow tells us how she applies this knowledge to the forecasting of earthquakes, as well as how early warning technology can benefit some transportation methods - watch!  December 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts. Marie tells us why she thinks a lot of adults choose to dance, and why Dancearts is a perfect place for those just starting out. At [3:05] JOHN BAKER, Executive Director, Community Foundation for Central Missouri, talks about this season's CoMoGives campaign. 92 local organizations could benefit from your generous donation this year; and giving is just a click away! Watch for details. December 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MELANIE KNOCKE and REX BELTZ, who are fresh off their trip aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 with a 100" telescope on board. Melanie and Rex take us behind the scenes of this "trip of a lifetime," which consisted of two, almost 10-hour flights off the coast of Southern California. December 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, about the many Christmas-related programs underway this month at VAC. If you're interested providing a cushion for any potential "curveballs" in someone less fortunate's life, there's still time to volunteer or make a donation! At [3:23] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology, MU Health Care, talks about LASIK eye surgery: what's the difference between that and cataract surgery? Why choose one over the other? Dr. Jarstad has the answers! December 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Capital City Productions actress TORI STEPANEK about their latest production, "A Christmas Spectacular"! Locally written and produced, this show features the nine cast members playing themselves as well as other characters. Tori says, "think 1960s 'Judy Garland Christmas Special'." At [2:57] authors CATHERINE and RICHARD STICKANN tell us about their new book, 'Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The American Story'. Based on accounts from "primary sources," this book follows three men who travel west from New York to Colorado in search of mining opportunities during the Civil War. December 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX GEORGE, Director/Founder of the  Unbound Book Festival, about what to expect in year #2! If you attended this year's festival, the first, you'll be excited to know that not only is it coming back, but that nationally known author Salman Rushdie will be a featured speaker! Watch for details! December 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KAY GLASS talk about what to expect at this year's Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar. Famous for the "church mice," this popular, one-day-only bazaar also features a country breakfast, handmade items, a raffle, bakery and more! Watch for details! At [4:39] ED HANSON, Artistic Director, Talking Horse Productions, invites everyone to come see 'Stud Ducks,' a "hilarious comedy" about one man's love for his family and the extent to which he goes for his daughter and grandson. December 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, the Boone County Hams! They give us a sneak preview of this Saturday's "Harmony for the Holidays" concert at Missouri Theatre, performing "O Come All Ye Faithful" [2:30] and "Mary Had a Baby" [6:23]  - watch! November 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENTRY MILLS, Marketing Director for Epoch Health, about "Swings for Screens," a nonprofit corporation that provides free health screenings to all men who might otherwise go unchecked. Jentry says this program has been known to catch high cholesterol, prostate cancer, proper liver function, vitamin deficiency and more. Watch for details! At [4:11] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre and actor DON RICHARD, invite everyone to come see "My Three Angels," a family comedy about three convicts on a French penal colony on Christmas Eve in the early 20th century. November 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about this weekend's annual Holiday Home Tour! This is your chance to kick-start the holiday season by immersing yourself in the celebrated pastime of decorating, all while raising money for the Women's Symphony League. Two well-known Columbia homes are on the tour - watch for details! At [4:32] CHRIS CAMPBELL, Executive Director the Boone County Historical Society, invites everyone to their 'Country Holiday Concert,' starring Columbia's own Sutu Forte on piano and Nashville's own Jake Clayton on everything else! There are two chances to see what's being described as a "big, fun and energetic" holiday concert. November 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia! It's officially the holiday season, and before you know it, you'll be wrapping gifts for friends and family. If you're wanting to keep the process environmentally-friendly, then watch for Barbara's tips on how to keep it 'green'! (She also delves into how to keep our home energy costs down without sacrificing comfort.) November 25, 2016

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