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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Paul Pepper: Jonetta Weaver, "Meals on Wheels"

Aug 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JONETTA WEAVER talk about Meals on Wheels, an organization that has been in our community for 43 years! Have you ever wondered how it started? Would you like to be on the receiving end? How about becoming a driver? Never heard of Meals on Wheels? Get answers to those questions and more on today's show! August 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and WHITNEY WRIGHT, Administrative Assistant at University of Missouri Health Care, talk about "Step Up with MU Health Care,' an eleven-week community challenge that encourages those participating to maintain an active lifestyle. Think you can (eventually) walk 15,000 steps in a day? Then take the challenge! At [3:53] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director at Voluntary Action Center, tells us how you can sponsor a family this holiday season. The program begins September 1st and signing up is as easy as a phone call. Watch! August 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and LAURIE KNAUF, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about added sugars. Are you a chronic soda drinker? Before you pop that next tab, take a look at what the sugar content of just one soda a day for one week looks like. At [4:18] BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager for the City of Columbia, tells us why you should be composting - "it's way more than just throwing fruits and vegetables in a hole in the backyard!" - and how the city can help get you started! August 19, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church Pastor, MEG HEGEMANN, about Turning Point Ministry. "We're about dignity and hope for our neighbors experiencing homelessness." Watch our interview for details on how to get involved and support those who have fallen on hard times. August 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director at Youth Empowerment Zone, look back on the experiences 20-25 underprivileged youths had while taking part in the YEZ summer camp, and what they can look forward to this fall! If you or someone you know would like to get involved (on any level) - we tell you how! August 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MOR KANTOR, a breast cancer survivor and founder of MorSupport, a support group for moms dealing with cancer. Volunteers and financial aid are always welcome! At [4:30] SUZANNE WOODS and JOHN PICKLE invite everyone to their FREE concert TONIGHT at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City. Come out and hear Carnegie Hall professionals sing a variety of music! August 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON, Artistic Director at Talking Horse Productions, talk about "Steeple People," a musical comedy that opens tomorrow night! If you're a fan of gospel music, you won't want to miss this show! At [3:45] JOE BRADLEY, Founder of Columbia's Day Dreams Foundation, tells us how you can get involved with their mission of "eliminating financial burdens of extracurricular activities" for youths. August 13, 2015

Paul Pepper: Jane Whitesides, Moms Clean Air Force

Aug 12, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force in Missouri, about their mission to combat air pollution in the United States. Did you know that St. Louis has been called the 'asthma capital of the U.S.'? (That's not a compliment!) Jane tells us how we can get involved - watch! August 12, 2015.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Council for Drug Free Youth Director JOY SWEENEY, and Project Coordinator LAURA MORRIS, about the need for more long-term community support. "We can teach the children all day long, but if the community doesn't support the teachings, then as they get older they'll think 'oh, it's not that big a deal'." Watch to find out how to get involved! August 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Ashland's own KIT and CATHY SALTER! The Osher Saturday Morning Book Talk Series is underway, and you won't want to miss who's next - and who's after that! (How's that for a tease?) August 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform the songs, "Accordion Crimes" and "The Dancing Bear," as a medley on guitar and the hammered dulcimer at [3:41]. August 7, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, talk about a staggering statistic: that 1 in 5 people in our community live in poverty. The face of hunger isn't as obvious as you might think - find out what you can do to help. August 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with TRACY BOCKLAGE, RN, about MU Health Care's recent Baby-Friendly Hospital certification. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is an "international initiative" of the World Health Organization and UNICEF that aims to encourage breast feeding rates. At [4:50] Columbia Access Television's JENNIFER ERICKSON and JOEL HERRON invite local bands to participate in CATV's music video contest! The top four groups will perform on stage at the Rose Music Hall in September. August 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JD CALVIN and RASHA ABOUSALEM, both participants with Global First Responder. GFR aims to bridge medically-starved, third-world countries with volunteers interested in relief work. You don't have to be a doctor to be involved - watch! August 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUE BARTELETTE about "Dining Wild," which is hosted by the Native Plants Program at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension. Join them for a tours, exhibits and a dinner featuring locally grown native edible plants! At [5:14] actors LAURA KITCHEL and NEIL CATHRO tell us about "Into the Woods," the latest production from Capital City Players! Thursday is opening night! August 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Doc Watson's "What Does the Deep Sea Say?" on guitar and banjo at [2:35]. July 31, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, discuss September's Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE) conference in Columbia. Don't miss this "unique opportunity to learn, share and network!" At [4:13] LIZ SCHMIDT tells us what's happening with the election on August 4th - there is one item on the ballot and every vote counts! Watch our interview for details. July 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, about all the dates you should be saving so that you don't miss out on some great events happening in Jefferson City! (There's something for you Downton Abbey fans coming up THIS Sunday!) At [4:34] actors DANA MONTGOMERY and MITCHELL FLOTTMAN tell us about their roles as Fiona and Shrek, respectively, in Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of 'Shrek The Musical.' Tomorrow is opening night! July 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with TIM REINBOTT, Superintendent at the University of Missouri's Bradford Research and Extension Center, about their upcoming annual Organic Field Day. You won't want to miss this showcase for all things gardening! At [4:25] CONNIE SHAY returns with details on this year's Peacemakers Quilt Show at the Fayette Festival of the Arts. (You won't want to miss the Bed Turning event!) July 28, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director at Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about the sounds of the night. What exactly are we hearing as the sun goes down on these warm summer evenings? Crickets, flies, cicadas...oh my! July 27, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Prevention Specialist at Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., talk about mindfulness-based relapse prevention and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) - new interventions and treatments for those who are impacted by drug and alcohol abuse. At [4:59] The Wardrobe's MICHELLE WOODSON tells us about their shoe coupon program, taking place August 5th, 6th and 7th. Watch our interview for more information! July 24, 2015

Today Second Chance's VALERIE CHAFFIN and "ATHENA," a grey-striped tabby kitten, invite everyone to a special event at their adoption center in Boonville on July 28 to hear Dr. Seuss's "What Pet Shall I Get?" At [4:32] KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  returns to tell us about this weekend's 'Super Hero Food Ice Cream Class' at the Columbia Public Library! Your 3-9 year-old will love making ice cream from scratch - watch our interview for more information! July 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBEKAH FREESE, Social Work Educator at the University of Missouri, about a free mental health clinic for those 18+ who are uninsured and/or cannot otherwise afford "quality care.' At [4:08] NICOLE KNAPP-WEBER and NEELEY CURRENT tell us about the City Garden School. Their mission 'inspires creativity and self-discovery.' See an example of the work the kids have done in class and find out how you can get involved! July 22, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Maples Repertory Theatre! Enjoy two performances from their production of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'. July 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper learns out about energy conservation in the home from DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager for the City of Columbia. Don't waste another dime on your home's poor performance by signing up for an energy audit - find out how on today's show! July 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON talk about art. Well, a show called "Art." Talking Horse Productions is producing this fast-paced, Tony Award-winning comedy beginning July 23rd. Don't miss it! At [4:30] Job Point Recruiter, TYREE BYNDOM, tells us about a couple of programs being offered this summer, including HVAC classes. If you're in the market for a new trade, watch this segment! July 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIM KRAUS, Group Coordinator, County House Greenspace Preservation, about their mission to keep a 12.7 acre property in Columbia greenspace. They're asking for donations! At [3:51] ANDREA SHELTON, Volunteer Program Coordinator for the City of Columbia, tells us about a new litter control team. If you're an individual interested in keeping litter under control, this might be for you! July 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MATT SALTZBERG, Ph.D., MU Department of Theatre, about Christopher Durang's comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." It opens this weekend! At [4:43] ELIZABETH CHRISTENSEN and 6-year-old CARLTON WEXLER talk about The Language Tree, which focuses on immersing 2 to 6 year-olds in a second language (French or Spanish). July 15, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, talk about ways to maintain "happiness." (Hint: smile.) July 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with cardiologist DR. ARUN KUMAR, MU Health Care, about a 'revolutionary' new procedure for those who need a heart valve replacement, but cannot have one via traditional surgery. At [4:19] JULIE McNEILL, Foster Grandparent Program Manager for Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), and MARGARET McGEEHON, Volunteer Coordinator, invite those 55 and over (who are not working) to volunteer 15 hours a week to work with special needs children. Details on today's show! July 13, 2015