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 visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 2nd annual "Starting Gate New Play Festival." This year's theme is Feast/Famine. Enjoy six 'wonderfully diverse' plays that 'celebrate the craft of playwriting' at THP starting tomorrow through Sunday! At [4:38] JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, stops by to "empower" grade schoolers to start snacking healthy! How do we get them to do it? Janice says we have to make it visible, convenient, effortless and great-tasting. Sounds easy enough... November 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KBIA General Manager, Mike Dunn, are asking for your pledge! Starting tomorrow, "the most important 'drive' of the year" begins, and if you're a fan of the many programs heard on KBIA, the money for those programs come from donations made at this time of the year. Please consider giving! At [5:10] NANCY GRIGGS, Women's Symphony League, invites everyone to the Missouri Theatre this Sunday for performances from piano students, ages 6-18, from across Mid-Missouri. This annual event is sure to delight the whole family! November 9, 2016

It's Election Day! To celebrate(?), Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They sing and perform Pete Seeger and Lee Hays's "If I Had a Hammer" on banjo and guitar. Enjoy! November 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. KEVIN BROWN, Assistant Professor of Theatre, MU, talk about his department's latest production called, "Antigone." Kevin says this popular Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles, is about "a young woman who takes a political stand against a law she doesn't believe in." See it beginning this Wednesday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:22] DIANA MOXON returns with details on the final show of the year, the annual "Give a Gift of Art." As with every year prior, the goal this time around is to remind folks that local art makes a great gift! November 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KBIA News Director, RYAN FAMULINER, about their station's latest online efforts! In short, "Access Missouri" is a user-friendly deep-dive into state government records; and "My Life, My Town" is a short documentary project that gives a voice to teens in rural towns. The goal of both? To inform and educate - check them out! November 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRISTINE SEITZ, Director of MU's Show-Me Opera, about the upcoming "Fall Opera Scenes" program happening next week at the Missouri Theatre! Christine says, "this program is full of wonderful floating melodies and complete comic high jinks...and some very serious scenes." Don't miss it! At [4:03] NORA DIETZEL and CARYL BRYAN invite everyone to come see "Street Stories: Glimpses of Homelessness." This series of locally produced vignettes highlight all different aspects of homelessness by way of monologues, songs and dance. Watch for details! November 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TRACI KENNEDY about the need for "committed individuals" who would like to volunteer their time with Heart of Missouri CASA. Special training happens in early 2017! Plus, this year's "Justice Is Served" fundraising event honors State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Get your tickets today! At [4:05] SUE HOEVELMAN and LYNN MOORE are back to promote the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly cookie sale! The deadline to order is coming up. We tell you when and where your money is going! November 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JERRY RICKER about the Jefferson City Art Club's annual "art fling." Jerry says the purpose of the fling is to celebrate the many years JCAC has been around, which this year marks #113! Join the fun and fellowship this Friday night! At [3:33] actors KIT MEYER and KEN THOMPSON invite everyone to see 'Two Across," the latest show from Capital City Productions in Jefferson City. You won't want to miss this romantic comedy, featuring just two actors on a train. Watch for details! November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells a Halloween-themed story called, "The Water Woman." Don't listen alone! October 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first Poet Laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads "The Feast," a Thanksgiving-themed story he wrote based on actual events. October 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director, Missouri Symphony Society, about next month's "Piano Student Showcase"; plus, there's a new program for 3rd graders enrolled in Columbia Public Schools to see music up close - watch for details! At [4:00] NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL returns with information about the 3rd annual "Dining Wild" benefit dinner. There are just a few seats left to experience an entire meal featuring tastes from a variety of native plants - don't miss out! October 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMY SIMONS, Host, KBIA's Views of the News, about tonight's LIVE show at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! You're invited to come watch the program happen from 6:30-7, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage the panelists, including Mike McKean and Earnest Perry, in conversation. At [3:27] JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director, Council for Drug Free Youth, talks about disposing of prescription drugs. Did you know that special bags now exist that contain beads that will "neutralize" the drugs? It's true! Watch for details! October 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLETON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the latest WISE conference, happening next week in St. Louis. Plus, Margaret talks about Missouri Cures' opposition to Amendment 3,  the "big tobacco tax", which is up for vote this November! At [4:45] actors LORIN ZACKULAR and PATRICK HOLT tell us about "Nana's Naughty Knickers," a "really wildly funny farce" opening tomorrow night at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! October 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JUDY LAUBE about a very personal book she's written, titled: "Moment of Surrender: My Journey Through Prescription Drug Addiciton to Hope and Renewal." Judy tells us how she her addiction came about and why she decided to share her story. At [5:05] KAT CUNNINGHAM and JESSICA MAHON talks about the efforts being made to locally recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Kat says, "we're finding that individuals with disabilities - whether seen or unseen - are candidates for hire." Watch for more details! October 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about the sound of silence - or the lack thereof. Vera says "we live in a world that is so loud," that even the World Health Organization has come out and said noise pollution is "our new modern plague." What can be done? Who's at fault? And is one person's pleasure really another person's irritation? We discuss - watch! October 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEIGH ANNE HAUN, Director of Development at Woodhaven, about the grand opening of the Billy J. Palmer Health and Training Center in Columbia! After two years of fundraising, this building - which features space for the community and for those with developmental disabilities (that are served by Woodhaven) - is finally set to open tomorrow! At [2:13] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, talks about a brand new procedure 20 years in the making! Dr. Jarstad  explains how 'Bladeless laser cataract surgery' works with the help of a video that takes us inside this "painless" procedure - watch! October 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, about the new MO2GO application for your smartphone. This is a great way to keep all your necessary home/auto/life insurance information in one location because, as Angela says, "I know for me, my life is on my phone!" At [4:04] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, returns with the four 'Cs' that will keep your pet(s) safe this Halloween! October 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with longtime friends KIT and CATHY SALTER about an upcoming diabetic workshop at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia! "The Fall of Diabetes," featuring a number of informational workshops and activities, is FREE, but registration is preferred. Watch for details! October 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and travel guru, MEL ZELENAK, talk about more ways to save a buck while seeing the world, all before you leave the house! Find out about Mel's favorite website in which to book a flight, as well as advice on reading the fine print. October 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director/Co-Founder of EnCircle Technologies, and JOE CHEE, Teacher/Technical Support, about EnCircle Tech's Video Game Tournament fundraiser happening this Saturday in Columbia! Everyone at every skill level is invited to take part in this day-long event that features the game, 'Super Smash Bros. Melee', and benefits those with autism. Sign up today! October 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and ELISHA WELLS talk about this Saturday's Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) Wine Walk fundraiser! Have a designated driver on standby as participants will have the opportunity to try wine at several stops around the square in Fayette. Watch for details! At [3:56] TERRY OVERFELT and SHIRLEY PATTERSON invite everyone to take part in a conference this Saturday at Broadway Christian Church. The purpose is to "promote inclusion of children with disabilities and their families in the faith community." The keynote speaker will be author Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell! October 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about how a person decides that they need to visit a dietitian. While most think that a dietitian's job only revolves around food, Jennifer says that, "most of the time, we're dealing with health and improving quality of life." If that sounds like you, don't miss this interview! At [4:35] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, talks about their popular Adopt-a-Family Christmas program. Nick says that he's seen more families than ever this year, so consider becoming a volunteer! Also, don't miss "The Voice Mid-Missouri," an important fundraiser for VAC starring you! October 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEFF MORAN about the new name for the P.E.T. Mobility Project, now known as Mobility Worldwide. Why the change and what effect will it have on their mission to deliver personal transportation devices to leg-disabled people in developing nations? Not all that much, actually (but let Jeff tell you that). At [4:20] MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, reminds us that it isn't too late to register to vote before November's election! Also, mark your calendar for two candidate forums this month; this first one happens tomorrow evening - watch for details! October 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, about the need for "everyday heroes." Nanette advises potential heroes to stay engaged when they see signs of trafficking, but not interfere: "They (the victims) might not want help right away. They are so afraid for their life...to be someone who is real engaged in this, you have to realize it may be several times before you meet that person or have an opportunity to interact...to gain that trust." Needless to say this is a difficult, but worthy, cause. October 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes the cast of "The Church Basement Ladies in 'The Last (Potluck) Supper,'" on stage now at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! Artistic Director, TODD DAVISON, and company perform two numbers: "On the Eighth Day, God Created the Church Basement Ladies" at [1:24] and "The Old Wooden Spoon" at [5:52]. Watch! October 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and ADAM SAUNDERS talk about this Saturday's Harvest Hootenanny, a popular toast to a successful growing season and a fundraiser for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. This year - the seventh - you'll enjoy a Missouri-grown meal, beer, games and live music. It'll be fun for the whole family! At [3:22] MICHELLE MARSHALL and TIM CARSON invite everyone out to the annual 'Blessing of the Animals' service this Sunday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia! Your four-legged family member is also welcome at this special occasion featuring two guest speakers and plenty of memories. October 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with three members of Mid-Missouri's innovation community: STEVE WYATT, JOLYN SATTIZAHN and BILL TURPIN about Innovation Week 2016! You're invited to come sell your idea to 'great minds' this Friday evening as Startup Weekend kicks off with one-minute pitches from anyone in the community. That's followed by six more days of activities centered around 'Bringing Up Business.' Watch for details! October 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, talk about "Mothers and Sons," a relatively new drama that centers on a mother's grief following the death of her son from AIDS, and what "family" really means. The show opens October 14th. At [3:27] the "Egg Lady" herself, JO MANHART from the Missouri Egg Council, returns with the history of the egg! Have you ever wondered how and when it became a staple of our diet, and why? Jo knows! (Hint: it started a LONG time ago.) October 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy  Success Centers, Inc., talk about the difference between 'worry' and 'concern'. One is considered healthy and one is considered unhealthy. Which is which and why? Dr. Newman breaks it all down - watch! September 30, 2016

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