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 DR. MAR DOERING, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Clinic, talk about taking your pet on vacation. If leaving Fluffy or Fido behind is out of the question, Mar says, "preparation is important." First of all, make sure your pet wants to go on a trip; if they don't and you take them anyway, your relaxing vacation may turn into one big headache! May 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director, Columbia Art League, about the return of 'Art in the Park'. This family-friendly tradition is back in Stephens Lake Park this weekend only. Come for the art, stay for ambiance - and maybe take home a print, sculpture, painting or that unique find. Everything you need to know in 8 short minutes - watch! May 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform John Hartford's "Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew" on the banjo and jaw harp at [3:23]. May 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and ANGELA SPECK, Professor, Director of Astronomy, MU, break down the science behind the upcoming total solar eclipse! If you have questions, odds are we have answers. In this interview, Angela takes us step by step from "first contact" at 11:45 a.m. through the "total phase" beginning at 1:12 p.m. | May 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about the best ways to enjoy a cruise vacation. From selecting the right ship to booking to packing to onboard gambling, Mel's got easy tips and tricks for even the most novice of travelers. May 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MICHAEL PORTER about the many different classes being offered during the Osher@Mizzou summer session. If you're 50+ and want to learn more about George Caleb Bingham or William Blake's poetry or the American presidents (just to name a few), you're in luck. Register today! At [3:34] DAN WRIGHT and JONATHAN TALLMAGE invite everyone to come see "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia! This popular show opens tomorrow night and runs for three weekends. Jonathan performs an abbreviated version of "Mamaw" at [5:17]. May 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about edible plants here in Missouri. The Lincoln University Native Plants program is hosting a free food tasting event this week featuring recipes that include (edible) native plants. Watch for details! At [4:25] MAKENZIE MABRY and JESS KANSMAN invite everyone to the next Science on Tap CoMo event tomorrow night at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Jess is one of two featured speakers; she'll be talking about how plants defend themselves against insect attacks. (Did you know that plants can call for help?!) May 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMI HARRIS, RN, about the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke. May is 'Stroke Awareness Month,' and so MU Health Care wants us all to know what it means to think 'FAST' - it could save your life. At [3:28] actress LACEY WILLIAMS and director BRIAN HARPER invite everyone to come see "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. In describing this fun, family-friendly show, Brian says that there's "no serious message; it's the cartoon strips on the stage." The curtain goes up on June 8th in the Capital city! May 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about a recent scientific study done at the University of Missouri that, once and for all, determines what some might consider obvious: dressing up when going out to dinner leads to better service. Why? It has to do with a common "fundamental attribution error." As usual, it's a fascinating conversation - watch! May 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT talk about the next 'Kids in the Kitchen' event, happening this Saturday at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Registration is encouraged - watch for details! At [2:35] CINDY MUSTARD and ED HANSON invite everyone to a special event at the historic Columbia Cemetery on Memorial Day. Local actors will be "bringing the cemetery alive" by way of 3-4 minute vignettes based on the person whose grave they stand. For instance, Ed will portray University of Missouri president John Lathrop. Other notables include 'Blind' Boone and Jane Froman. It really will be fun for the whole family! May 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEANNIE DUDENHOEFFER about the debut season of the Jefferson City Renegades semi-pro baseball team! Part of the MINK League, the Renegades will play area teams from Chillicothe, St. Joseph, Sedalia and more throughout the months of June and July. At [3:14] LINDSEY KING and LAMBY HEDGE tell us about a "very intense" summer theatre institute at Stephens College for students who are on a three-year, rather than a four-year, degree track. The productions are free and open to the public; the first of which is this Friday! May 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, about the many summer programs like 'Lunch in the Park' and the 'Fan Program' that are facilitated by VAC. Donations are always welcome. Find out how you can get involved! At [4:36] SHRISTI BASHISTA, former Youth Ambassador for Partners of  the Americas, encourages everyone to get involved with Centro Latino, an organization that helps Latinos and other minority communities in Central Missouri. May 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with professor and author, DAVID COLLINS, about his book, "Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas." David tells us the story of his longtime friendship with Mark, a former student of his at Westminster College in the 1970s, and how that friendship turned to collaboration when Mark and his partner Vic decided to sue the state of Texas over marriage equality rights. May 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer LARRY BROWN. In honor of Mother's Day, Larry celebrates the life of Julian of Norwich, an author and anchoress, whose "Revelations of Devine Love" is believed to be the first English language publication to be written by a woman. At [4:47] Larry sings "The Bells of Norwich," with lyrics inspired by and taken from Julian's book. May 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired letter carrier, LAURIE MATTHEWS, about this Saturday's annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Donate non-perishable foods by placing them on your curb in a paper sack by 9 a.m. for pickup. Nothing in glass containers! Watch for details. At [3:58] AMY JAMMEH and MILLA COSTA tell us about the Rotary Youth Exchange. If you're not familiar with the exchange, Amy tells us that it's a program of the better-known Rotary Club organization, and that local district 6080 is currently host to 11 exchange students from all over the world. Milla is from Brazil. She shares with us her perspective from her nine months in the United States. May 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director and Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia, about their annual, end-of-the-year dance spectacular showcase happening May 26th and 27th at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus. With 300 people involved, you're bound to know someone (who knows someone) on stage! Watch for details. At [3:45] JOE GEIST, Curator of the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, invites everyone to "The Art of Collecting," a new show featuring 35 works of art - including an etching by Rembrandt - from Bill and Martha Holman's personal collection! Check it out now through July 20 on the Central Methodist campus in Fayette! May 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate and accomplished author, WALTER BARGEN! In honor of this Saturday's national migratory bird count, Walter reads two of his poems that are dedicated to our feathered friends: "To Keep Going" at [3:45] and "Flying on Instruments" at [5:54]. May 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about "Scapes." Diana says this show encompasses all the many different types of 'scapes', such as landscapes, dreamscapes, skyscapes and more. Support the artists by visiting the gallery and maybe taking home your favorite! At [3:37] RYAN McDANIELS tells us about the upcoming Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2017 Battle of the Brews fundraiser for local charities. If you're a fan local and/or home brewed beers, you won't want to miss this popular event! May 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE WESTON and NANCY THOMAS about the importance of being an organ donor. Nancy's late husband, Tom Thomas, was a heart transplant recipient and the "inspiration" behind the 'Rotary For Life' program at The Rotary Club of Columbia. Hear his story and find out how to sign up. As Joe says, "it's free and it's painless." May 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUTU FORTE about her efforts to make the "little spaces count, too." Sutu is passionate about protecting wild nature areas in Columbia, no matter the size, and so she's hosting a special event this Saturday that will educate our community about such places. Watch for details! At [4:24] MARILYN McCLEOD invites everyone to another 'Lunch and Learn' at the Hy-Vee in east Columbia! Dr. Ann Deaton will be the featured speaker, and her topic will be Columbia's Children's Grove. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. May 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, about a brand new, 10 acre "agriculture park" that's set to break ground in 2017. This is an effort that's years in the making, but will benefit our community for years to come! Tour the park's future home (just west of the ARC) this Saturday - watch for details! At [3:22] we meet Missouri River Regional Library's new marketing coordinator, NATALIE NEWVILLE! Natalie tells us about a new summer reading program for the whole family and their "video game night" for teenagers - plus a whole lot more! May 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'master gardener' PEGGY SALMONS about this Saturday's Central Missouri Master Gardener plant sale in Jefferson City. Native plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and more will all be on sale; plus, get all your gardening questions answered by the experts! At [5:02] JERRY RICKER and JIMMY MUSTION tell us about the 70th annual 'High School Sketch Day', sponsored by the Jefferson Art Club! All the participants' work will be on display to the public at Capital Arts Gallery from May 3-7. Watch for details! May 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, Artistic Director of GreenHouse Theatre Project, about "Dark Creation: The Mary Shelley Project." This original production was written by Elizabeth and 'GreenHouse' co-founder, Emily Adams. See it this weekend beneath the vaulted ceilings inside Muse Clothing store on 9th St. in downtown Columbia! At [3:32] ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY join us with details about this Sunday's 'Kitchens in Bloom' fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Get a sneak peek inside one of the four kitchens on the tour, courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! May 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about why some people are more prone to suffer from anxiety, irritation and frustration. The answer is quite simple, according to Dr. Newman; he says each one of those is a symptom of hypoglycemia. How can you tell if you have hypoglycemia? Take a close look at the fingers on your left hand! April 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers ahead of this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert at the First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia: "When I'm 64" at [1:14] and "Coney Island Washboard Roundelay" at [5:00]. April 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. LISA BRENNAMAN, MU Health, about pelvic disorders in women. Dr. Brennaman tells concerned patients, "this is not the same era that their grandmothers or mothers may have lived in; that we now have many treatments for women where we might not have before." At [3:56] actor RONNIE RICE and director CAT GLEASON invite everyone to come see "The Laramie Project" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. 'Laramie' is based on the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard murder in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. His murder was deemed a hate crime. April 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEGAN McCONACHIE, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, about the total solar eclipse happening this August. "This is a great tourism opportunity for Columbia, so we're really going to take advantage of that." Get details on what's sure to be a festive couple of days! At [4:29] student actors LAUREN WAGNER and ETHAN SOLOMON invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." 'Peter' is 'Peter Pan', and as with any good origin story, "everything is explained." See it this weekend only! April 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN. Jeff is fresh off a trip to Kenya where he delivered more than 150 personal energy transportation (PET) carts to disabled people. Hear about some of their stories and find out how you can get involved! At [4:13] director ERICA BRUINGTON and actor JOSH RUNNELS invite everyone to come see "A Raisin in the Sun" at Maplewood Barn Theatre starting this Thursday in Columbia. Josh says you'll leave feeling inspired; Erica says this play will give you hope. April 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARIS CHAN and KAT NGUYEN about two events to raise awareness (and funds) in the fight against human trafficking in Mid-Missouri. Charis invites everyone to participate in the annual Freedom Walk on April 30th in Columbia; and Kat would love to see everyone at the screening of her short film, "For You" on May 2nd in Columbia. "For You" tells the fictional story of a couple involved in what's known as 'intimate partner trafficking'. All of this is in conjunction with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. April 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PATRICK CLARK, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick invites everyone to their second-ever concert tomorrow night in Jefferson City! A choral ensemble, featuring current and former MU School of Music students, will join the orchestra in performing Bach's Mass in B minor, which Patrick calls, "a magnificent masterpiece." At [4:11] MEGAN SCHRAEDLEY and MICHAEL FINK stop by to give us a sneak preview of what they'll be talking about at next Wednesday's Science on Tap CoMo event at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Megan's focus will be food insecurities; Michael will discuss gene therapy in the cornea. Two perfect conversations to have over a couple of brewskis, don't you think? April 20, 2017

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