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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Diana Moxon, Columbia Art League

Jan 15, 2013

 Today Paul Pepper welcomes DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, who talks about their new show, "Beauty and the Beholder", which opens today! 

Ken Midkiff, Sierra Club

Jan 14, 2013

  Today Paul Pepper chats with KEN MIDKIFF about all things global warming.

Lynn Rossy, Healthy For Life

Jan 11, 2013

Today Paul Pepper talk with LYNN ROSSY, resident "healthy for life" expert, about making a lifestyle adjustment. "Eat For Life" is the name of her upcoming 10-week class, open to the community.

Jenifer Flink, Boone County Museum and Galleries

Jan 10, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with JENIFER FLINK, Boone County Museum and Galleries, about reopening today(!) after the holiday, and about what's on display, including a Civil War exhibit.

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking

Jan 9, 2013

 Today Paul Pepper welcomes NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, who shares a sneak peek of their latest billboard, as well as tips to spot trafficking, possibly in your own neighborhood. 

Voluntary Action Center & Capital City Players

Jan 8, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with NICK FOSTER, from Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, who gives a recap of the holiday season and what's ahead for 2013. Also, director BRANDEN BISE and actress ASHTON BOTTS talk about Capital City Players production of "Spring Awakening", opening January 10.

Osher Lifelong Learning & 4-H

Jan 7, 2013

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LUCILLE SALERNO, who talks about upcoming classes at Osher Lifelong Learning, including climate change and the art of landscaping. Also, if you're interested in 4-H, STEVE HENNESS, University of Missouri Extension, has several big events coming up that you won't want to miss.

Adult Day Connections & Author Joe Dillard

Jan 4, 2013

Today Paul Pepper talks to WANDA HOFFMAN about Adult Day Connection, located at the University of Missouri. Find out about their fundraiser with Ruby Tuesday. Also, author JOE DILLARD stops by with stories from his book, "A Full Cup of Joe".

Heather Harlan, Phoenix Programs, Inc.

Jan 3, 2013

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Programs, Inc., about an 8-week program on how to quit smoking.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes JOHN BAKER, who explains the Howard B. Lang, Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the City of Columbia. Nomination form is available online until January 18! Also, KARLAN SEVILLE, Mizzou Botanic Garden, stops by to promote the "plant fashion show". Learn more!

Singer Larry Brown

Jan 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper welcomes local favorite LARRY BROWN, who sings "Auld Lang Syne" - including verses not often heard!

Sutu Forte and the Beethovens

Dec 31, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUTU FORTE and The Rockin' Beethovens to perform. They'll be a featured performer this evening at First Night Columbia.

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First Night Columbia Performance

Dec 28, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes JANE ACCURSO and DAN MILLER. They perform "Red Wing", and talk about Monday night's First Night Celebration in Downtown Columbia.

Today Paul Pepper talks to MARGARET TOLLERTON, Missouri Cures, about the 2012 World Stem Cell Report. Also, NEGAR RAZVANI shares details about the upcoming 20th Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. Keynote speaker is Martin Luther King III. 

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Consumer Expert Mel Zelenak

Dec 26, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes retired economics professor and consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, who looks ahead to 2013 and ways to curb bad spending habits. 

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Sympatico Performs

Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! Today Paul Pepper invites local all-female barbershop quartet SYMPATICO to perform holiday favorites like, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "White Christmas". December 25, 2012

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Cathy and Dave

Dec 24, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, local folk musician favorites who've been a Christmas Eve staple dating back many years. Today they perform "Make My Present Small". December 24, 2012

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Pet Health Tips & Salvation Army

Dec 21, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, who talks about keeping pets safe during the holidays - what plants are poisonous and what not to eat. Also, CYNDY CHAPMAN, Salvation Army, stops by with a kettle campaign update and ways to help others during the season.

Boone Hospital Center Palliative Care

Dec 20, 2012

Today Paul Pepper talks to JENNIFER BAGGETT, RN, Boone Hospital Center, about Palliative care and experiences Jennifer's had as a dying person's nurse.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Dec 19, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes ASHLEY RITZO, Clinical Dietician with MU Health, about eating healthy and staying fit during the holidays.

Val Germann, CMAA

Dec 18, 2012

Today Paul Pepper chats with VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world, scheduled for this Friday!

City of Columbia Recycling Program

Dec 17, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes ANDREA SHELTON, with the City of Columbia's Recycling Program, who discusses ways to recycle around the holidays and keep the trash to a minimum.

Today Paul Pepper is joined once again by Dr. DAVID NEWMAN, from RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers in Jefferson, City. Dr. Newman talks about staying stress-free during the holidays using the "Five-Minute Miracle."

Today Paul Pepper talks about the "Founders Day Luncheon" with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters. Also, HAZEL KINDER, with Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater, shares the lineup in her upcoming holiday show.

First Night Columbia and D&H Drugstore

Dec 12, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LISA ROHMILLER, with the City of Columbia's Volunteer Program, who puts out the request for volunteers for First Night Columbia. Also, Gene Forrester, D&H Drugstore, shares tips to help you fight the cold and flu season.

Columbia Cultural Affairs & Access Arts

Dec 11, 2012

Today Paul Pepper chats with the City of Columbia's CHRIS STEVENS about buying local and all the seasonal happenings taking place this holiday season. DENNIS WRIGHT and SHAWNA JOHNSON also join us to talk about Shawna becoming Executive Director of Access Arts. Give the gift of the arts this Christmas!

Salvation Army & Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Dec 10, 2012

Today Paul Pepper is joined by MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMEL, with the Salvation Army, to talk about the holiday campaign that's well under way, and how you can help. Also, DEB DEEKEN and SUSAN ZORCH, with Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, talk about the "Comprehensive Breast Program."

UFO Enthusiast Bill Wickersham

Dec 7, 2012

Today Paul Pepper chats with columnist BILL WICKERSHAM about all things extra-terrestrial. Are you a believer?

Dancearts & Columbia Fire Department

Dec 6, 2012

Today Paul Pepper welcomes MARIE ROBERTSON from Dancearts. Marie talks about an upcoming show featuring 3-6 year old dancers happening Sunday, December 9 at Stephens Warehouse. Also, DEBBIE SORRELL, Columbia Fire Department, "Fire Safety During the Holidays". Did you know people still put lighted candles on Christmas trees?

Lynn Rossy, Healthy For Life

Dec 5, 2012

Today Paul Pepper chats with DR. LYNN ROSSY, Healthy For Life, about "Tasting Mindfulness". Lynn shares tricks to know when to eat, when to stop and when to pass, especially during the holidays.