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 back retired economics professor MEL ZELENAK, who - on this visit - encourages us to Google 'matrix airfare search' before booking your next flight. Find out why! March 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MIKE DUNN, General Manager of KBIA, about their recent switch to all news and moving classical music to the new KMUC, as well as the spring pledge drive that starts tomorrow. Find out how much they're planning to raise in six short days! At [4:21] JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, invites everyone to stop by and see two portraits of early University of Missouri presidents as painted by George Caleb Bingham - it's all part of their "Picturing Politics" exhibit on display now! March 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, talk about Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," which you can see on stage at THP starting March 11th! At [4:40] BETTY HAGENHOFF invites everyone to a four-day used book sale at the St. Martins Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Martins, beginning March 9. Missouri River Regional Library and ABLE are behind this yearly event that features over 200,000 books! Watch for details. March 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC co-founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about all the ways her organization is helping members of our community who are maybe in crisis, or maybe just "stuck." Jane says, "many times people are just stuck and they need another person to brainstorm with them, to come along beside them and just be in it with them." Watch for ways that you can get involved! March 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDITH MCKENNEY and CYNDY CHAPMAN about this Sunday's 6th annual "Music in the Air" concert fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Bill Clark will serve as the master of ceremonies for what's sure to be good fun for a good cause! Watch for details. March 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, about a couple of upcoming concerts featuring the youths of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory - and the best part is, it's free! At [3:47] DR. HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, invites everyone to see "Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale and Other Plays" this weekend at the Corner Playhouse.  This is the third in a trilogy of plays based on Heather's experiences since being diagnosed with breast cancer. March 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about CDFY's methods for teaching school-aged children to live tobacco-free. Joy says, "we are changing the minds and attitudes of the youth; in order to effectively change long-term behavior, we have to change the minds and attitudes of the entire community." February 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN, who shares with us another original poem about snakes. This one - slightly disturbing if you're a fan of rabbits - is titled "Chinese Boxes," and takes place just off the MKT Trail in Columbia. February 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROBERT GREENE, filmmaker and professor at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, about his latest film, "Kate Plays Christine." Robert takes us inside the making of the film, which recently won the U.S Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing at the Sundance Film Festival and will play at the 2016 True/False Film Festival. February 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. SUZANNE BURGOYNE, director of MU Theatre's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." Dr. Burgoyne takes us inside the making of this comedy, which - at it's most basic of descriptions - is 'theatre about theatre.' Don't miss it starting tonight in the Rhynsburger Theatre. At [4:28] JUDY ARNET, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, encourages everyone to 'savor the flavor of eating right,' which also happens to be the theme of National Nutrition Month! February 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about their new show, "Pathways and Passages." Visiting this exhibit is sure to whisk you away on many adventures, all without ever leaving the gallery. At [4:33] actors ED HANSON and E.C. WALKER invite everyone to see Capital City Players' production of "Becky's New Car!" According to Ed, this show "borders on farce, except there aren't doors to slam." See it starting this Friday in Jefferson City! February 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; as well as DAIVE DUNKLEY, a professor in the Dept. of Black Studies at the University of Missouri. They invite everyone to a lecture happening this Thursday by Dr. Verene Shepherd, who will speak about racism, reparation and reconciliation. February 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about ways to de-stress. Has feeling stressed become the norm? Is it getting in the way of living life? If so, turning things around can be as simple as starting your morning with a smile; Vera explains - watch! February 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, talk about a mini-golf fundraiser INSIDE the library happening this Saturday. $5 gets you 18 holes that wind through the books! At [4:09] KERRI BURROWS, Interim Executive Director of Second Chance, invites everyone to participate in their Trivia Night fundraiser March 11! Registration is required and tables fill up fast, so don't wait! February 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CB Chastain, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, about the number one poison affecting domesticated animals, and what you can do to avoid a tragedy. Think you might know? (Hint: it's not chocolate.) At [5:00] JEFF CHINN offers up free tax preparation of Federal and State taxes for those who qualify! "We will do itemized deductions and retirement; we will take of ACA paperwork - we'll do it all!" Watch for details. February 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIT SALTER, who reminds us that 'curiosity never retires.' If that's your mindset, then you might be interested in the next round of Osher @ Mizzou classes beginning March 7! At [4:03] PATRICK NEELIN, Chief Engineer at KBIA, touches on the technology behind KBIA 1, 2 & 3. How does a digital signal get from our house to your house? Watch! February 16, 2016

It's Presidents' Day! Today Paul Pepper sits back while LARRY BROWN shares a presidential story about Missouri's own Harry Truman and his early role in the civil rights movement - enjoy! February 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORIE STEELE, Directress of Moreau Montessori School, about their ongoing efforts to raise money for a new roof. To help, they're hosting a dinner/auction/piccadilly fundraiser March 12 - RSVP today! At [4:20] ETHAN DUKE, Asst. Dir., Missouri River Bird Observatory, invites everyone to an event in March that will discuss the impact that climate change is having on birds and wildlife. Watch! February 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams - who, once again, are offering to serenade your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! Details on that, plus performances of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" [1:16]; "Down Our Way" [3:50]; and "Sweet and Lovely" [5:45]. Watch! February 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the 'latest and greatest breakthroughs' easily found their website and two events in which you're invited to participate - watch for details! At [4:19] director MILBRE BURCH and actress CHARA KNIGHT tell us about Talking Horse Productions' "Black Pearl Sings!" Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins's story of being a women in the 1930s is sure to delight everyone! February 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUSAN DUGGAN and LEVI GERKE, as well as first-timer SUSAN BISHOP, from Central Methodist University's production of "A Valentine Toast to Opera and Musicals." Levi and Susan perform "I'll Know When My Love Comes Along" from Guys and Dolls at [2:32]. Go see it February 11-14 in Fayette - watch for details! February 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their upcoming season! It kicks off with the annual Mizzou New Play Series and closes with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. There's something for every theatre fan, so don't miss out! At [4:39] JENNIFER DAVIS and STEVE SCHNARR invite everyone to Missouri River Relief's 'Wild and Scenic Film Festival' fundraiser! It all happens this Sunday on the Stephens College campus in Columbia. Watch for details! February 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; as well as GRACE ATKINS from MU Libraries, who share with us local events celebrating Black History Month and it's theme of 'Hallowed Grounds.' Films, tours and art - don't miss it! February 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired money expert MEL ZELENAK about why you should use a fee-only financial planner (there are two in Columbia) and the best days to travel. Domestic and international flights are cheaper on certain days of the week - we tell you when and how to find the best deal! February 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director of MU's Bond Life Sciences Center, about why scientists are not understood by the general public. According to a study, it's because 'scientists aren't trained in psychology or sociology.' Find out why that matters, how it pertains to climate change and what's being done to help break down the walls of communication! February 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invite everyone to a couple of events in the near future, including: a town hall this Thursday at the Columbia Public Library and a 'Lunch and Learn' about the Affordable Care Act February 16. (Remember to register by February 17 in order to vote March 15!) At [4:53] "A Chorus Line" director MAGGIE HUNTER tells us what goes into preparing such an iconic show, which opens February 11 at Columbia Entertainment Company! February 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Zone, about YEZ being Columbia's 'best-kept secret.' For over 10 years now, YEZ has helped roughly 1,200 youths find stability, despite being under-staffed and under-funded. Look for an early-childhood development program in the near future! February 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about "spiritual regression." Never heard of it? Dr. Newman says it's one of "the most exciting areas to do research in." Find out why! January 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SCOTT BRADLEY, Carpet One Floor and Home, about eco-friendly hardwood flooring. "It looks like real wood; it feels like real wood, but it's not." Looking for alternative home renovation ideas? Watch! At [4:16] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, tells us about a program underway that provides computers to less-fortunate homes with school-aged children. The City of Columbia is providing the computers, but there aren't enough to go around, so registration is required - watch for details! January 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Salvation Army's MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL about the status of the annual Tree of Lights campaign, which hopes to raise $415,000 by Jan. 31st. They haven't reached that goal yet, but there's still time! Money from this fundraiser stays local and primarily funds Harbor House, which provides shelter for the homeless. January 27, 2016

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