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 chats with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director at Maples Repertory Theatre, about their upcoming season of shows. "The Curious Savage" and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" are up first, followed by many more. It's definitely worth the short drive to Macon - watch! March 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Show-Me Opera director CHRISTINE SEITZ. Her company is putting on two, one-act Puccini operas, "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi," back-to-back this weekend at the Missouri Theatre! CASSANDRA GAL, ANDREW FLANIGAN and SAMUEL WRIGHT perform 'O mio babbino caro' at [3:28]. March 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDITH McKENNEY and MAJOR BETH TRIMMEL about this weekend's 5th annual "Music in the Air" fundraiser for the Salvation Army's "Almost Home" project. Lots of great entertainment, and the MCs are yours truly and James Mouser - should be good fun for a good cause! March 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Theatre's HEATHER CARVER about Mary Zimmerman's "Argonautika," opening next Wednesday, March 11 at the Corner Playhouse on the University of Missouri campus! If you know the story of 'Jason and the Golden Fleece,' you'll enjoy this production! At [4:54] KBIA General Manager MIKE DUNN talks about the spring pledge drive, which begins next Tuesday! Won't you consider making a donation? March 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper meets "Snacks," a 1 1/2 year old Chihuahua mix currently looking for a good home! "Snacks" joins us courtesy of VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, who is looking for foster families for dogs and cats. Interested? Watch! At [5:16] JERRY RICKER, Jefferson City Art Club, tells us about the Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit (opening this Saturday at Capital Mall in Jefferson City), and more! March 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with JACK SCHULTZ, Bond Life Sciences Center, about epigenetics, or "the higher level of organization" to our genes. Did you know that the amount of DNA in every one of our cells is almost 7ft in length? (...I know, right?!) We pack a lot in 8 minutes - watch! March 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, talk about tomorrow night's (March 4) unique ability to see the planet Uranus through a pair of binoculars, as well as Thursday night's (March 5) "mini moon." As usual, Val has brought more stunning images from outer space - check them out! March 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about a free mental health screening for kids and young adults, ages 9-21. Why would you have a child screened? Two words: early intervention. Heather explains - watch! March 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LIZA MARTINDALE, LESLIE WAGNER and JOSH FRIEDRICH (a.k.a. Morticia, Wednesday and Gomez, respectively), from Hickman High School's latest production of "The Addams Family: The Musical." Josh performs "Trapped" at [4:52]. February 27, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with JUDY ARNET, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who shares important, easy-to-remember tips ahead of National Nutrition Month (which begins this Sunday). Plus, find out about the latest 'kids in the kitchen' session at the Columbia Public Library. At [4:38] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Everything is a Remix," the latest show at the Columbia Art League! February 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, talk about "mindless" and "mindful" eating. Do you know the difference between being physically hungry or emotionally hungry? It's more important than you might think! February 25, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, from University of Missouri Health Care's Mason Eye Institute, about age-related vision issues. Have you ever wondered what happens to our eyes as we get older, and what we can do about it? We've got the answers! At [4:57] ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI and RHIAN McLEAN, GreenHouse Theatre Project, talk about their latest production, "Don Juan." Find out the what, the when and - most importantly - the where! February 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're hosting a benefit concert for the African Children's Choir this Wednesday in Columbia, and you're invited! Watch for details. Check out their in-studio performances at [3:27] and [5:22]! February 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper invites DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., back for more 'behavioral epigenetics' talk. Are you, or someone you know, in a 'negative spiral' or a 'reality spiral'? Today's show just might have the answer you're looking for! February 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JEFF CHINN talk about AARP's annual free state and federal tax service (for personal returns) at the Columbia Public Library. Watch for details! At [4:06] "Love, Loss and What I Wore" director, BILL BAER, and "guest-actress," KAREN GEOTZ, tell us about this latest production - with a twist! - from Columbia Entertainment Company. February 19, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest, CLYDE RUFFIN, MU Department of Theatre, about "The Whipping Man," which tells the story of a wounded Confederate soldier and two Jewish slaves during the Civil War. The production opens this Thursday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. At [5:00] DEE ROSE, Sterling Chapter American Business Women's Association, invites everyone to a chili supper and craft sale fundraiser next Saturday in Jefferson City! Watch for details. February 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "Too Many Roads and Bridges; Too Little Funding." Do you have an opinion? MoDOT will be at an informational session TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. At [4:08] JONI WEINBAUM and LAURA MORRIS display their finest southern hospitality while talking about Capital City Players' latest production, "Southern Hospitality!" It opens this Friday in Jefferson City. February 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, and BRENNA REED, Office of Sustainability, about the "CoMo Energy Challenge." The city is competing for $5 million dollars from Georgetown University against other, similar-sized, cities - find out what you can do to help Columbia win the money! February 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper sits back as local storyteller (and resident holiday guest), LARRY BROWN, tells us the story of "The Questing Beast," which takes place during the era of King Arthur. Is it a Friday the 13th story or a Valentine's Day story? You decide. February 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back YVONNE MATTHEWS and MABLE GRIMES, who perform two poems: the first is "No Assistance" at [2:17]; the second is "I Am Getting Ready to Unfold" at [4:33]. February 12, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK, talk about booking airfare. Will you be taking a cruise anytime soon? Your best price for the flight might come from booking through the cruise line - it hasn't always been that way. We've got other good tips, too - watch! February 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Central Methodist University's DR. SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, as well as ANNA KAY and LEVI GERKE, who perform the 'Act I Flute Duet' from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," [3:43] opening this Thursday at the Kountz Recital Hall in Fayette! February 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANNA DRAKE, Heart of Missouri CASA, about the need for more volunteers to become 'Court-Appointed Special Advocates.' Interested? They're only asking for 8-10 hours a month. At [4:00] ED HANSON tells us about "Circle Mirror Transformation," opening this Friday at Talking Horse Productions! February 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Missouri State Historical Society, about an exhibit in MU's Ellis Library that showcases cartoons about the 1960s civil rights movement from the point of view of St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial cartoonist Thomas Englehart. February 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, talk about the many opportunities to adopt a cat - including bonus guest 'Pebbles' - throughout the month of February! At [4:24] get your calendar ready as FRED SCHOLLMEYER runs down important dates in 2015 for the Jefferson City Art Club. February 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Theatre Dept. Chair, HEATHER CARVER, about Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," opening TONIGHT at the Corner Playhouse on the MU campus. At [4:28] TYREE BYNDOM talks about Columbia's Job Point, which focuses on 'helping people transition into meaningful work.' Awareness is not as obvious as you might think, however, and so Tyree shares with us how he finds and then reaches out to those in need. February 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes the "Self-Contained Barbershop Apparatus" (a spin-off of the popular Boonslick Chordbusters), who will perform for that special someone in your life this Valentine's Day. They perform for us, too! Book them now! February 3, 2015Songs:"Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" [2:15]"Heart Of My Heart" [4:31]"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" [7:40]

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's DR. JEFFREY LITT and KASSIE OLIVER, RN, about common injuries caused by cold weather, from frostbite to house fires, and how you can prevent them from happening to you. February 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and MIKE BURDEN talk about the films that are a part of this year's annual CMRPCV "Third Goal Film International Festival," now at Columbia's historic Missouri Theatre. Don't miss the chance to meet director Brad Allgood TONIGHT at Columbia Access Television's Studio A. At [4:14] DON NICHOLSON and HELEN WASHBURN stop by to encourage adults 50+ to continue their education through the programs at Osher at Mizzou! January 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper meets the new Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Lindsay Lopez. Find out her goals to help the people who are a part of the staggering statistics that is 'food insecurities'. January 29, 2015