Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits with JO TURNER and CARLA McFARLAND about the return of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly cookie sale! Proceeds from this and all "Cookie Connection" fundraisers go into programs that support women and children in our community. Get your orders in by February 6th! At [4:52] LAUREN WAGNER and SECUNDA KARIUKI invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "The Miracle Worker." Be inspired by this true story of the teacher who helped a blind and deaf Helen Keller overcome the hardships she faced throughout her childhood. January 30, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local harpist MARIA TREVOR! She performs two pieces of music, including 'Amazing Grace'. Catch her at "Harp and Healing" every first Tuesday of the month at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia - watch for details! January 29, 2018

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

Head to the Eastern end of Columbia's Business Loop 70 and you'll find Patriot Place. The Columbia Housing Authority-owned apartments house U.S. veterans who have struggled to maintain their housing. At the back of the property lies a garden.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about three important financial topics: the new tax reform law and the changes it makes to the MOST 529 plan; how to make the most of the new tax bill by investing in the banking sector; and should you put real money into virtual money? Alex shares his thoughts - watch! January 26, 2018

Netflix

Director Kitty Green discusses the processes of "casting" characters for her documentary CASTING JONBENET, which played at True/False 2017. The film is out now on Netflix. 


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back author/poet WALTER BARGEN! He reads two original poems: "Utterly Gone" at [1:58], and the response, "Utterly Again," at [3:25]. Walter wrote the latter a few years ago based on a phone call he received one night from someone on the east coast. Who was on the other line, and why were they questioning the last two lines of an obscure poem about cattle mutilation written in 1977? The mystery remains unsolved! January 25, 2018

Terri Nickerson

This week on Discover Nature, watch for a rare, snow-white visitor to our state.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the many native plants in Missouri that actually stay alive during the otherwise dormant winter months. Poverty grass, ragwort and pussytoes are just three of the examples she brought to talk about. Remember: grow native! January 24, 2018

VisonZeroNetwork.org

An ambitious, new program aims to reduce to zero the number of serious injuries and deaths on Columbia's transportation system. In advance of a series of town hall meetings, Lawrence Simonson and Heather Cole were guests on Thinking Out Loud. They explored the potential of and the process behind Vision Zero,  a resolution adopted in December 2016 by the Columbia City Council.


Today Paul Pepper and KIT SALTER talk about the "hidden joys" of the ongoing Saturday Morning Book Talks series. Kit takes us back to the beginning - five years ago! - and then tells us about the authors invited to speak at the February and March 'Talks'. If you've never been, it's a great way to start a weekend! January 23, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with WALLY PFEFFER about the 16th annual Boone County Legislative Forum on Higher Education. This is your chance to visit with legislators like Sen. Caleb Rowden and Rep. Martha Stevens, among others, about the future of Mizzou. This event is open to MMA members, non-members and students - reserve your seat today! At [4:48] JENNIFER SNAWDER, RD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares tips on how to eat healthy during these cold winter months. Get her take on eating in versus eating out; and just what makes those green veggies so good for us? Watch! January 22, 2018

Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist Junot Diaz speaks in Columbia Monday night. His visit is part of the annual University of Missouri celebration of Martin Luther King, jr. The event's co-chairs Dr. Stephanie Shonekan and Brian Booton were guests on last week's Thinking Out Loud. They offered a preview of the lecture and explained why bringing Diaz, a Dominican native, to campus now made sense.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new exhibit based on David Weiser's book, "Missouri Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square." This exhibit, featuring historical and current images from 36 of Missouri's 116 courthouses, is a collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Conservation. January 19, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with author CHRISTINE J. GILBERT and illustrator DAVID HARRIS about "Super Grandma and Super Grandpa: The Unknown Superheroes." This three-book series has a lot of action and a positive message that's entertaining enough for children, parents and, of course, grandparents! Also, David tells us about his own children's book - a work in progress - that deals with how to be a best friend. January 18, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with SID POPEJOY about 'Bike to the Future,' an organization that provides used bicycles to citizens of Columbia who don't otherwise have a basic means of transportation. If you have a bike you don't ride anymore, even if it's not in 100% working condition, donate it and help someone get around town! At [3:12] EMILY EDGINGTON ANDREWS and LaMONT WALKER invite everyone to "Unity," a benefit concert for United Community Builders, January 20th in downtown Columbia! Enjoy toe-tapping, hand-clapping music by the Columbia Community Gospel Choir, the Columbia Kids Gospel Choir and the Columbia Chorale. This event is free and open to the public. January 17, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, voles - also called meadow mice - are busy working through the winter under snow and soil.

Today Paul Pepper visits with our resident money man, MEL ZELENAK, about good financial resolutions you should make right now for 2018! Get his take on low-cost index funds and the American Heart Association's amount you'll save by staying healthy. At [4:44] SCOTT MINIEA, Insurance Counseling Services, talks about a special enrollment period for those who, for example, let their 2017 Affordable Care Act plan lapse. Other circumstances apply - watch for details! January 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEPHANIE SHONEKAN and BRIAN BOOTON, MLK Planning Committee Members, about two events celebrating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first event, a free showing of the film "Harvest of Empire," is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema; the second event, a talk by activist and author Junot Díaz, is next Monday at Jesse Auditorium. Watch for details! January 15, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LYNN ROSSY, Health Psychologist, about the 4th annual Mindful Eating Day! The theme this year is 'compassionate self-care to promote health and well-being', and you're invited to watch via two live broadcasts featuring interviews with knowledgeable practitioners. It all happens on January 25th. Watch for details! January 12, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, about getting to know your dog. Find that little something that the two of you enjoy doing, and your pooch will be set for the day! This is because every dog has a unique "something." When you find out what that is, your bond will be stronger than ever! January 11, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions! Ed tells us about this Saturday's "Sinatra Supper Club" fundraiser for THP. Enjoy a Room 38-catered dinner and a show featuring Ed singing almost 40 of Ol' Blue Eyes's biggest hits. As a sneak preview, Ed performs "New York, New York" at [2:00]. January 10, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

While cruising down a Missouri highway this winter, keep an eye out for a predator on the prowl.


Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, about the upcoming 'Homes For Computers' program. To qualify, you must live in Columbia; you must have a school-aged child; and you must currently be without a computer in the home. 40 families received a computer in 2016. Watch for details! January 9, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK WAX about the upcoming Osher@Mizzou winter session. There's always something for everyone (well, everyone age 50+), and this year is no different. Classes available now cover topics such as American monuments, music and freedom of speech - just to name a few! At [5:00] LORETTA SCHOUTEN, Director of Operations at Youth Empowerment Zone, reminds us of all the good her organization is doing for the "kids with the greatest need" in Columbia. If you'd like to volunteer, become a mentor, or if you're in need of the services YEZ provides, watch for details! January 8, 2018

Jim Gossage

Before he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson grew up in Southwest Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Dr. David Crespy. The University Press recently published MU Department of Theater professor Crespy's collection of Wilson's early works. Crespy explained why Wilson donated his papers to MU Ellis Libraries' Special Collections. He also detailed what life was like for the young playwright Wilson and read excerpts from the new collection, Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems.

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, about the importance of learning braille at a young age. Gary says that, "if you use audio reading, as wonderful as it is...audio is not sufficient." He goes on to say that as a result, volunteer groups have been set up to do "what should be done in the schools." January 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and YVONNE MATTHEWS, Associate Administrator, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, talk about the traditions of Kwanzaa. She says that Kwanzaa is a series of seven: seven days; seven candles; seven principles; and seven symbols. Also, find about a planned year-long Kwanzaa celebration at The Joshua House Church in Jefferson City! January 4, 2018

Trevor Harris / KBIA

What if you had no way to get around town? Life would be quite different without a clear path for how to get to your workplace, meet shopping needs and even to socialize.

On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, we looked at a new Columbia program that puts bicycles under those most in need of transportation. We hear from a trio of people who each have a unique take on Bike to the Future.


Today Paul Pepper visits with actors DAVE BOND and EVAN BACKUES, Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, respectively, from The Little Theatre's production of "Treasure Island"! Even if you're not overly-familiar with Robert Louis Stevenson's 135-year-old tale of pirates and parrots, you'll enjoy this live show! At [3:50] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to the next 'Lunch and Learn', January 16th at the Hy-Vee on Conley Road in Columbia. The topic this month is about how to improve non-motorized transportation. January 3, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS look back on a successful 2017 at River City Habitat for Humanity. Five families now have a place to call home! Applications are now being accepted for 2018 - watch for details. At [3:50] DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, MU Health Care, tells us that 90% of heart disease is caused by stress, and is therefore preventable. The key is making permanent lifestyle changes. He says, "my interest is not to help a patient in 2018, but in 2022, 2025; ten years, fifteen years down the road." January 2, 2018

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