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 asks ERIC SANDVOL, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, one very important question: could we - in Central Missouri - have a major earthquake, like they have in California or Southeast Missouri? The answer (and the reason) may surprise you - watch! January 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back KIT and CATHY SALTER to talk about 'the life of a writer.' Cathy takes us back to the beginning of her now 23-year career, first as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune all the way up to publishing her latest book, "Notes from Boomerang Creek," which was released last October. Are you budding writer? This interview might just be the push you need! January 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about how - among other topics (such as recycling, the CoMo Energy Challenge, Christmas Tree curbside pickup and more) - Columbia uses methane from the landfill to power a turbine that generates electricity. Crazy stuff - watch! January 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and Prevention Specialist, HEATHER HARLAN, talk about Phoenix Health Programs in-patient treatment of women with substance abuse issues and who need to be monitored 24/7. Heather says that "right now in Boone County, the only option for a woman who needs detoxification is a hospital setting. It's much more expensive." Watch! January 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMARA OBERBECK, Vision Screening Program Manager at Saving Sight, about FREE glaucoma screenings happening every Friday this month. Tamara says anyone over the age of 60 is at risk for glaucoma - watch for details! At [4:23] DAN SCHNEIDERJOHN, Environmental Public Health Specialist at Columbia/Boone Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services, tells us how we can reduce food-born illnesses at home. What's the number one factor? The answer may surprise you! January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016! Our first show of the new year features a conversation with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN about Columbia's Room at the Inn, an 'emergency winter homeless shelter' for those with no place to go. Because of the holiday today, the shelter will be open for 24 hours. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, watch! January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper and Hank Waters, Columbia Daily Tribune Publisher Emeritus and editorial writer, take a look back at Central Missouri's most polarizing moments from 2015! What do you remember? Visiting with Hank on the last day of the year has become an annual tradition - watch! December 31, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about their latest exhibit, "Picturing Politics." Featured works are by Missouri artists George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, including the "triumphant return" of Bingham's "Watching the Cargo." See it here! December 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM. His topic today? The federal government's disclosure of information about UFOs. What does John Podesta really know, and what does it mean to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Bill shares his thoughts - watch! December 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK (who is also a retired economics professor at the University of Missouri), talk about consumer fees. The biggest takeaway: always consider the total cost! It's good information that's easy to follow - watch! December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas, everyone! Today we enjoy a performance from local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform a special arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" on guitar and banjo - watch! December 25, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident holiday storyteller LARRY BROWN to share a Christmas-themed story about a unique ornament from Occupied Japan. Enjoy! December 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC co-founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about the mission behind, and ways to get involved with, this 'proven outreach model that helps churches help people in need.' Jane says "we take time to listen to each person's story...what helps people the most is another person listening." At [4:33] LAURA FLACKS-NARROL is trying to 'rescue' Missouri's own Ivan tomato from extinction. Find out why and what you can do to help! December 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with BECCA PAMPERL, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Becca's brother, Richard, took his own life when he was 35 years old. Since then, she has committed herself to helping prevent others from doing the same. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please watch this interview, and consider making a donation to the Out of the Darkness Walk foundation. Watch for details. December 22, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN McNEELY, RN, from MU Health Care, about simple ways to stay safe while driving in inclement weather. (Just remember the three Ps: plan, prepare and prevent.) At [4:20] DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, tells us why it's important to make sure your indoor dog stays warm while outside this winter - the answer may surprise you. Watch! December 21, 2015

Paul Pepper: Storyteller Heather Harlan

Dec 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes HEATHER HARLAN! You may recognize Heather as the spokesperson for Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., but today she joins us as a storyteller. Don't miss her performance, which includes a short song at the end - watch! December 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JACK SCHULTZ, Director, Bond Life Sciences Center, who talks about 'CRISPR,' which is "a way of editing genes." Why do we do this? What are the benefits? Jack breaks it all down - watch! December 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director at Columbia's Youth Empowerment Zone, about their young men's 'MENtour'-ing program called "The Game." At [4:31] STEPHANIE SHONEKAN, Assoc. Prof., Ethnomusicology, University of Missouri, tells us about a free event on January 20th featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Diane Nash speaking about the values of Martin Luther King, Jr. Don't miss out! December 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, talk about cork flooring; which is a renewable option that will last indefinitely (with proper maintenance). Not sure what cork looks like? Check out Scott's example! At [4:54] JANE WHITESIDES invites everyone to the annual "Symphony of Toys" holiday concert December 20th at the Missouri Theatre. Don't miss this special performance featuring the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Chorale, violinist Chloe Trevor and more! Watch for details. December 15, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CASSIE McCLELLAN, Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Columbia, about all the ways you can enjoy the tastes of the holidays without busting your gut. (Hint: don't skip the fruit and veggie tray!) At [4:57] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, returns with a whole host of events that will jump-start a busy 2016. Don't miss the list! December 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and WALTER BARGEN, Missouri's first Poet Laureate, take a slight detour from the holiday season to discuss snakes. Rattlesnakes. Copperheads. Black Snakes. Find out why, plus listen to a performance of "Snake Music" - a short poem written by Walter. December 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAJORS RICHARD and BETH TRIMMELL about the annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign. Money placed in those red buckets will "finance all of the programs in the Salvation Army for the year here in Columbia...Harbor House and the youth programs..." The goal this year is $415,000! December 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about ways to "save money where we can, so we can spend it where we want to." One way is to switch to LED light bulbs on the tree - they'll last for 40 Christmases! December 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, talk about ways to ease the stress of the holiday season. Here's one way: be grateful. Vera says, "Gratefulness is something that will generate more positive emotion quicker than anything." Watch for more tips! December 8, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Second Chance interim director KERRI BURROWS about two events this month: "Home for the Holidays" and "Misfits and Mistletoes." These are great opportunities to adopt a dog or a cat into your family! At [4:29] DIANA MOXON encourages you to include the Columbia Art League on your shopping list this holiday season. Check out some of the practical and decorative items (by local artists) that are available for purchase! December 7, 2015

Today Paul Pepper enjoys the musical stylings of local barbershop quartet, The Boone County Hams! They perform "You Ain't Gettin' Diddly Squat" [2:30] and "Go Tell It On The Mountain" [5:20] ahead of tomorrow night's "Harmony for the Holidays" performance at Missouri Theatre - watch! December 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and KAY GLASS talk about this Saturday's Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar, which is famous for - of course! - the 'church mice,' a must-have collectors item for many decades now. If you want one, be sure and get there early because things will get crazy! At [4:47] PAULA SCHULTE invites everyone to Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City this weekend for a host of activities, including a craft and bake sale, living windows, author meet-and-greets and more - watch! December 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about what goes into pulling off the Women's Symphony League's annual Holiday Home Tour: How do they choose the homes? Are the homeowners present? And what about those booties? Watch for answers to all your burning questions before this weekend's tour! At [4:17] BARB GREEN and BILL GLEASON invite everyone to Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico, Mo. to see "Mary Poppins." Find out what went into putting on such a 'challenging' play! December 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. JOHN JARSTAD, MU Health Care, about new advancements in cataract surgery: "The latest thing is this new multi-focal can change focus for driving, to computer, all the way up to reading without glasses." At [4:14] ED HANSON, Artistic Director at Talking Horse Productions, invites everyone to see their version of 'one of 2012's top ten plays to see in New York': "Rapture, Blister, Burn." Ed says it's a "brilliant, brilliant script" - find out why! December 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with GAIL HUMPHRIES, Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College, about two very different holiday-themed performances: 'Winter Wonderettes,' beginning Dec. 4th; and 'A Dickens Victorian Christmas,' beginning December 7th. Watch for details! At [4:01] JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares strategies you can use to keep from 'curtailing your social card for food' this holiday season! (Hint: focus on the fruits and veggies.) November 30, 2015