Arts and Culture

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When people find baby snakes around their homes, they wonder, "Where did it come from? Is it poisonous? Will we find more?"

During late August, September and early October, young snakes are moving around, looking for hiding places, food or spots to hole up for the winter.  The majority of baby snakes people find are newly-hatched prairie kingsnakes, water snakes and black rat snakes, which most people call "black snakes."


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

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As an actor, comedian, improviser, and podcaster, Kevin McDonald is a man of many talents. Although Kevin has appeared as a guest star on almost every hit TV show in the last 15 years, he is probably most well known as a founding member of the legendary Canadian sketch group The Kids in the Hall. Produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, the show ran for five seasons on HBO and CBS. This Comedian's Life talked to Kevin about how the troupe got started, his new podcast, and why as a child he used to see costumed pickles walk by his house. To listen to his new podcast Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show, visit iTunes or You can also find Kevin on Twitter @kevinthekith. 

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

Off the Clock - Roots N Blues to Unveil New Puppets at Festival

Sep 29, 2016
Sarah Kellogg

Columbia’s annual Roots N Blues N BBQ festival kicks off September 30 at Stephens Lake Park. It is one of the city’s biggest events, where fans can hear a range of live music, try out a variety of barbecued meat and view local artwork all in one location. But one particular kind of artwork has become an interesting staple at Roots N Blues. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANDREW GRABAU, Executive Director of the Heart of Missouri United Way, about their latest community campaign. Last year's efforts came up just short of it's $3M goal. Why donate? Andrew says because United Way "provides unduplicated service to help those in poverty across our community, because poverty is a complex problem." At [4:29] University of Missouri School of Music professors STEVEN THARP and NEIL MINTURN invite everyone to Talking Horse Theatre for "An Evening of Cabaret." If you're a fan Gershwin and jazz standards, don't miss this one-night-only performance/fundraiser - watch for details! September 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager; and JAMES COLE, Sustainability Educator, about the final push of the two-year CoMo Energy Challenge campaign! If enough of us save energy, we'll beat out 49 other cities and win $5M from Georgetown University. What can you do to help as the clock runs down? Let's just say it involves the hashtag: #SavingEnergy2Win - watch for details! September 28, 2016

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Karen Jones Meadows is visiting Columbia this week for a one-woman play and a pair of workshops sponsored by the University Concert Series.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, get outside to enjoy early autumn weather, and keep an eye out for the first signs of fall color.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back TIM REINBOTT from the University  of Missouri's South Farm Research Center. Tim tells us about the 10th annual South Farm Showcase, a free, family-friendly event happening this Saturday in Columbia. Tim says, "we want to make sure our kids, and our kids-at-heart, can learn something, but have fun doing it." Don't miss the cockroach race, the wine tasting, the tomato tasting, the corn maze and more! September 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about Orr Street Studios' popular "Second Saturday for Kids" series. Next month, participants age 5-15 will get to make wearable art with instruction by Zede's Sewing Studio! At [4:04] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator for Missouri River Regional Library, is looking for your thoughts on how MRRL is doing, and what it can do better to serve the community. Plus, find out about "Readers Theatre: Live Old Time Radio," a fundraiser for the library foundation happening this weekend in Jefferson City! September 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY NICKELSON about the Super Sam Foundation, which is a "childhood cancer awareness charity" in honor of Sam Santhuff, who died of cancer at age six back in 2014. Join them for the 2nd annual 'Hope Gala' fundraiser September 30th in Columbia - watch for details! At [3:55] JUDITH LeFEVRE and DR. MICHAEL PORTER invite people age 6-106 living in Boone County to submit two of their own photographs into the Children's Grove photography competition! The theme this year is "Different Yet All the Same." Children's Grove is a nonprofit that encourages a 'culture of kindness.' Enter today! September 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and ERIC SANDVOL, Associate Professor, MU Department of Geological Sciences, talk about predicting earthquakes. On the heels of that devastating earthquake in Italy last month, Eric elaborates on the science behind it and others like it, and the difficulties that seismologists face in making "precise" predictions. September 22, 2016

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As the secretary of Jefferson City's Old Munichberg Association, Walter Schroeder would regularly 'spice-up' his meeting minutes. After much encouragement from fellow members of the group, he recently published Southside Sketches, a book of memories from Jefferson City's historic German neighborhood. Schroeder was a recent guest on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud.  

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS about this Sunday's Columbia CROP Hunger Walk at Stephens Lake Park! The purpose of the walk is to raise money and awareness for local organizations that help combat hunger and poverty, so consider sponsoring a neighbor, a friend or even yourself! At [3:45] LYNN BARNETT and SALLY SILVERS join us to talk about the many facets of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. This now 20 year-old program aims to "stimulate creativity and innovation" beyond what our tax dollars alone can do. Watch for details! September 21, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

“Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch” is an old song you might be familiar with, but today, surprisingly few Missourians know a pawpaw tree when they see one. This week on Discover Nature brought to you by the Missouri Department of Conservation we find the pawpaw.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about separation anxiety in pets. With school back in full swing, your beloved Rover and Fluffy are now left to spend a good portion of the day at home by themselves. How can we make saying goodbye every morning easier for everyone? Dr. Doering has some ideas! September 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and PAUL BAUM talk about this weekend's Walk Back in Time in Mexico, Mo! Thanks to a large number of committed reenactors, Baum says, "you should get the visual impression that you are there in Colonial times or in the middle of World War II." Watch for details, and to see a few photos from last year! At [3:22] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, talks about 'Church Ladies,' 'Pinkalicious,' and their entire 2017 season, so get ready to mark those calendars! September 19, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone

Sep 16, 2016
John Farmer de la Torre

The State of Missouri's poet laureate,  Aliki Barnstone, spoke with KBIA's Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells us about "a shadow that falls on September 17th." What is "the shadow?" Larry tells us that on Constitution Day, the shadow from the Washington Monument will fall on the steps of the Capitol Building, and that's not the only landmark it's known to touch throughout the year. Coincidence? Hmmm... September 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's segment focuses on laminate "wood." Scott says people like it because, "it doesn't have some of the hassles that natural flooring has, like the seasonal gapping." At [4:05] actors JOHN WELLS and RICH BURDGE invite everyone to come see "Angel Street" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. If you like a good suspense thriller set in Victorian London, don't miss out - one weekend only! September 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, and MU student JOSEPH EGGERMAN, about a new exhibit called, 'From Boone to Black Elk,' that features the original oil painting of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding. Check it out September 22nd during the Artifact Museum and Gallery Crawl! September 14, 2016

Discover Nature: Black Bears Prepare for Winter

Sep 13, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover Nature this week as the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) prepares for winter. 

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about the effects of climate change on eggs in the wild. Jack says, "you think of eggs as just sort of sitting there...[but] embryos inside eggs are actually way more alert about what's going on outside the egg than we thought." September 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about two programs coming up this month. The first - in honor of Constitution Day - is called, "Will They Count Your Vote?"; the second is the monthly 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. You'll see two short films about voting, including "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." Watch for details! At [3:43] GLOVER BROWN and TODD SPALDING are here with more about the Lafayette Street and the Historic Foot District Memorial Project. Todd serves at the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in Jefferson City, and has a plan to redevelop the area as a park next spring - find out more! September 12, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: MU Theatre Preview

Sep 9, 2016
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Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Death of a Salesman is the first offering from the MU Department of Theatre in their 2016-2017 season. Department professor Suzanne Burgoyne and chair Heather Carver look ahead with KBIA's Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, who talks about two kinds of popular scams: the 'IRS scam' and the 'grandparent scam.' Have you gotten a call from the IRS lately asking for money? If so, it's 100% fake, and Sean tells us why. He also tells us about what he calls an "insidious" attack on senior citizens, and how to spot it before your loved ones fall for it! September 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAIME FREIDRICHS, Director of the Missouri Women's Business Center. MOWBC is a brand new program of Central Missouri Community Action that aims to relieve some of the stress and unknowns that women (and men) encounter when opening their own business. At [3:27] BECCA PAMPERL invites everyone to the 2016 Out of the Darkness Walk October 9th at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. Last year, over $18,000 was raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and like last year, this year's funds will go towards the goal of raising awareness to the over 1,000 suicides per year in Missouri alone (43,000 nationwide). September 8, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Sharing The Land

Sep 7, 2016
Trevor Harris / KBIA

On a recent sunny late summer morning, Tony McCauslin led a group across his Macon County property. The quail and rabbit habitat improvements that he did last year got the attention of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The state agency invited him to be the inaugural participant in its new program that grants public access for hunting and fishing onto private property.