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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Melanie Knocke, CPS Planetarium

May 21, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium, located inside Rock Bridge High School. At [6:23] Melanie invites everyone to celebrate National Astronomy Day this Saturday! May 8, 2014

The Boone County Hams - Performance

May 21, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back The Boone County Hams! They perform "Dayton, Ohio" [2:21] and "Blue Bayou" [5:19] ahead of tomorrow night's performance at Launer Auditorium.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY and DAVE, this time to perform "Across the Blue Mountains" at [2:24] on the autoharp and guitar. May 21, 2014


Today Paul Pepper invites EMMA CARTER to talk about Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute, which is an intensive, immersive camp underway with five free performances open to the public. At [3:49], LIZ SCHMIDT plugs a five-person panel discussion TONIGHT focusing on mental health services for children, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. May 20, 2014

Dancearts & GreenHouse Theatre Project

May 19, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON from Dancearts about their upcoming spring recital, happening this weekend! At [4:23], EMILY ADAMS and ANDREW BELCHER talk about Greenhouse Theatre Project's production of "Tartuffe". Watch for when and where! May 19, 2014


Bill Wickersham, UFO Enthusiast

May 16, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM. Bill focuses today's visit on the controversial topic of "back engineering". May 16, 2014


2014 Relay For Life

May 15, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes LAURA MORRIS, with the American Cancer Society, and SARA REINDEL, Relay for Life Event Chair. The Columbia/Boone County Relay for Life is May 30! May 15, 2014


  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. This visit focuses on what makes someone successful, and others not. May 14, 2014

Nick Foster, Voluntary Action Center

May 13, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper chats with NICK FOSTER about the importance of Voluntary Action Center in Columbia. At [5:00] Nick talks about the  "Spring Into Action" fundraiser, which is open to everyone! May 13, 2014


Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER DAMPF, St. Louis District Dairy Council, about National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Find out what healthy bones should look like! At [4:23] JULIE McNEILL explains the CMCA Foster Grandparents program and how you can get involved! May 12, 2014


Storyteller Larry Brown, "Mother's Day"

May 9, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and storyteller LARRY BROWN celebrate Mother's Day with an original story. May 9, 2014


Jeff Moran, P.E.T. & City of Columbia Recycling

May 7, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper visits with JEFF MORAN about Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.), and his latest efforts in Guatemala. At [4:34] ANDREA SHELTON, City of Columbia's Recycling Department, talks about "flower pot recycling day" - happening this Saturday! May 7, 2014


Missouri Stroke Program & Second Chance

May 6, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and TAMI HARRIS, RN, MU Health Care, go over the warning signs of a stroke using the acronym FAST. And then, at [4:54], VALERIE CHAFFIN is back to talk about the 2nd annual Mid-MO Splash Down Dock Dog Diving Tournament! May 6, 2014


Jefferson City Art Club & Bradford Farm

May 5, 2014

Today Paul Pepper catches up with JERRY RICKER and the Jefferson City Art Club - high school student showcase/reception tomorrow at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City! Also, at [3:40], garden planting tips ahead of the warm weather from TIM REINBOTT and Bradford Farm!


  Today Paul Pepper and LORIE STEELE talk about this year's Moreau Montessori School (live and silent!) auction fundraiser, which is happening this Saturday at Knights of Columbus in Jefferson City! [3:59] Also, ANNA DRAKE is back with more good information about Heart of Missouri CASA, and they're always looking for volunteers.


Maplewood Barn, "Witness for the Prosecution"

Apr 30, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with Maplewood Barn's BYRON SCOTT about their two-week, all day, children's theatre camp happening this summer. [4:02] Then we meet two cast members of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution", opening tomorrow night!

Sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer

Apr 29, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper visits with local sculptor SABRA TULL MEYER about her work with the Kansas City Chiefs! Photos of her work begin at [3:40].

Ron Schmidt, C.A.R.E. & Ashley Ritzo, CMAND

Apr 28, 2014

Today Paul Pepper talks to RON SCHMIDT about C.A.R.E., a program from the City of Columbia helping at-risk youth obtain experience in the workplace. [4:11] Also, ASHLEY RITZO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is here "loaded with statistics" about the importance of eating fruits and veggies.

  Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, talk about the recent "blood moon" and the latest changes to the planetarium at Rock Bridge High School!

Farmers and Artisans Market & School of Metaphysics

Apr 24, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper visits with HALEY SCHWARZ ahead of this season's Farmer's and Artisan's Market, opening this Sunday! [3:14] Also, WALTER HRYJAC and STANLEY HUDSON, from the School of Metaphysics, talk about the 26th Annual National Dream Hotline and the Dream Catchers Meetup Group, happening this weekend!


Today Paul Pepper chats with DIANA MOXON about the Columbia Art League's latest show titled "Elemental", featuring Lee Expressive Arts School 5th graders artwork! [3:33] Plus, meet the cast and crew of Hickman High School's "Our Town", opening tomorrow!

Today Paul Pepper talks to STEPHANIE GILLIAM about the 5th Annual Freedom Walk fundraiser, happening this Sunday at Stephens Lake Park. [3:37] Also, WALLY PFEFFER and CHERELLE WASHINGTON are here representing the Missouri College Advising Corps.


Adoption Triad Connection & League of Women Voters

Apr 21, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDY BOCK, Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri, about a showing of the film, "A Girl Like Her", this Sunday. [3:29] Also, May is Mental Health Month, and the League of Women Voters is getting the word out with two events in which you're invited!

Singer Larry Brown

Apr 18, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN, who performs Tom Chapin's "Common Ground" on the guitar [2:10].


Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

Apr 17, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, with the City of Columbia Water and Light Department, talk about saving money with water-efficient plants.


Vera Massey, University of Missouri Extension

Apr 16, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, talk about the importance of being happy and optimistic! 

Second Chance & Talking Horse Productions

Apr 15, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper visits with VALERIE CHAFFIN and "Julia" from Second Chance, about becoming a foster parent - it's easy! [4:12] Plus, Talking Horse Productions opens "The Sudden Glide", an original script by local playwright David Crespy. ED HANSON explains.


Paul Tatum, MU Health Care

Apr 14, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PAUL TATUM, Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, who talks about a few events coming up, including the "death cafe".

Adult Day Connection & Graduate Education Week

Apr 11, 2014

  Today Paul Pepper and JERRY KIESLING invite you to Adult Day Connection's 25th Anniversary event, happening April 24th! Also, LEONA RUBIN and MATT McCLUNE want you to celebrate the end Graduate Education Week tomorrow at Jesse Hall. Watch for details! 

  Today Paul Pepper visits with local author LESLIE CLAY about her book, "Sisters In Song", a history book about female hymn writers. Plus, KIT SALTER joins us to talk about the 7th Annual Ashland Out Loud, which celebrates the best of Ashland!