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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Vera Massey, University Extension

Jan 30, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back VERA MASSEY, University Extension, who focuses this "Taking Care of You" visit on stress - living in the past and worrying about the future. 

The History of Columbia Cemetery

Jan 29, 2014

Today Paul Pepper is joined by CINDY MUSTARD and SABRA MEYER, who talk about the longest running business in Columbia, the Columbia Cemetery, which was established in 1820. Get the full story on today's show!

The Wardrobe & "Living Civil Rights"

Jan 28, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT about The Wardrobe, which is celebrating 40 years in Columbia! Find out about the shoe coupons. Also, STEPHANIE SHONEKAN is here to talk about "Living Civil Rights: Challenges for the 21st Century", the theme for the activities honoring Black History Month on the MU Campus. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Third Goal International Film Festival's MIKE BURDEN, who talks about all the activities happening this weekend! Don't miss out! Also, LESLIE CLAY is here with Literacy Action Corp; training for tutors to help those read and speak English starts next week! 

Paul Pepper welcomes CHRIS CAMPBELL, Missouri Symphony Society, who talks about a special concert next week featuring the a cappella group, The King Singers. Also, it's that time of year! LEE FLORA and PHIL HANSON are gearing up for the Cosmo Club's 62nd Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast!

Project LOLA & 12th Annual Legislative Forum

Jan 23, 2014

Paul Pepper welcomes four guests. First up: JANE McELROY and MEGAN LEE, with Project LOLA & Out, Proud and Healthy. Then, WALLY PFEFFER and DIANNE DRAINER talk about the 12th Annual Legislative Forum.

Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

Jan 22, 2014

Paul Pepper chats with DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light Department, about  ways to keep the warm in and the cold out. Great tips and even better visuals.

Insurance Matters & The Food Bank

Jan 21, 2014

Paul Pepper visits with JACKIE O'BRIEN about long-term care insurance - have you given it serious consideration? Also, SCOTT GORDON, gives thanks and shares mind-blowing facts about what The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri did in 2013.

Paul Pepper and MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMEL talk about the budget shortfall from the 2013 Tree of Lights Campaign - it's not too late to donate! Also, "Learn to Eat Smart This Year" - good advice, and also the title of an event TONIGHT at the Columbia Public Library. PAT MARTIN, Central Missouri Dietetic Association, is here with details.

Joan Stack, State Historical Society

Jan 17, 2014

Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Missouri State Historical Society, about an exhibit featuring portraits of Native Americans by artist James Otto Lewis. Joan will be conducting a walk-thru tour February 1.

Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark

Consumer Expert Mel Zelenak

Jan 16, 2014

Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about five lessons learned from the book, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" - a 30-million-copies-sold-bestseller in print since 1998.

Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark

Diana Moxon, Columbia Art League

Jan 15, 2014

Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON talk about the year ahead, including a show opening this week titled, "Please Don't Touch". Visit, discuss and buy - support local artists!

Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark

Osher at Mizzou & Art Club "Fling"

Jan 14, 2014

Paul Pepper is joined by SONYA CARNEY; Osher at Mizzou Lifelong Learning begins classes next week! Watch for the complete lineup. Also, JERRY RICKER is with Jefferson City Art Club, which is celebrating 110 years and is looking for new members - even if you're in Columbia! January 14, 2014

Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark

Paul Pepper welcomes back VAL GERMANN with the Central Missouri Astronomical Association! As usual, Val has brought more stunning pictures from outer space, including an automated rover and a Mars dust devil.

Paul Pepper visits with TIMOTHY McGARITY about the Community Montessori scholarship for low-income children in Columbia's First Ward. Also, Capital City Players present, "Nunsense the Musical". AUDIE CLINE and ROBIN BEACH STEINHAUS are here with the (humorous) details! 

Pet & PET

Jan 9, 2014

Paul Pepper and CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Health, go over winter hazards that affect pets the most. Also, JEFF MORAN is willing to speak to your group or organization about PET, or personal energy transportation. Find out how. 

Paul Pepper talks to NANETTE WARD about an event at Grace Bible Church that coincides with January being National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

D&H Drugstore & the "Giving Tree"

Jan 7, 2014

Paul Pepper and D&H Drugstore's DARRAN ALBERTY go over ways to make a patient's first visit to a pharmacy pleasant. Also, NATHAN SCHUETZE talks about the Boone County Foster Parent Support Group's "Giving Tree" campaign.

The Wolfner Library for the Blind

Jan 6, 2014

Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA READING and Missouri Secretary of State JASON KANDER about the new e-reader program at the Wolfner Library (in Jefferson City). 

Lorenzo Lawson, Youth Empowerment Zone

Jan 3, 2014

Paul Pepper gets an update on the latest at the Youth Empowerment Zone, including the new entrepreneurial program, from director LORENZO LAWSON.

Bryant Scholars Program & Room at the Inn

Jan 2, 2014

Paul Pepper talks to KATHLEEN QUINN, MU School of Medicine, about the "pipeline", a.k.a. the Bryant Scholars Program. Also, ROBERT MacGREGOR and JANET SCHISSER are here representing the Room at the Inn Winter Shelter at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper is joined by DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., who talks about bi-lateral hypnosis. Which way do you think the female is spinning? 

2013 Reflections with Hank Waters

Dec 31, 2013

Paul Pepper and Columbia Daily Tribune Publisher Emeritus HANK WATERS look back at 2013 and into the new year, both locally and nationally. 

Columbia Eve Fest 2013

Dec 30, 2013

Paul Pepper welcomes Columbia Eve Fest director JANE ACCURSO, and DAN MILLER, who will be hosting an acoustic jam session New Year's Eve, to talk about the new changes to this year's celebration! 

Paul Pepper and VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, explain their new monthly adoption event, TGIFF! Also, PAULA VANDELICHT, Central Missouri Dietetic Association is here to encourage you to eat ("at least a little") healthy during what's left of the holiday season.

Yvonne Matthews, Kwanzaa

Dec 26, 2013

Paul Pepper welcomes back Lincoln University's Yvonne Matthews, who, on this first day of Kwanzaa, explains its meanings and traditions.

Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark 

Folk Musicians Cathy & Dave

Dec 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who brought LESLIE and DAVID OSWALD to help perform "Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn'". 

Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark

Singer Larry Brown

Dec 24, 2013

Paul Pepper and LARRY BROWN talk about the once-controversial Christmas carol, "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear". Larry performs.  

Mel Zelenak, Consumer News

Dec 23, 2013

Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk New Year's resolutions that you can make that will save you money; tips like: pay yourself first and pay your bills last. December 23, 2013 Featured Artist is Maren Schenewark 

Vera Massey, University Extension

Dec 20, 2013

Paul Pepper welcomes back VERA MASSEY, University Extension, who shares insights into how to have peace during the holidays.