Arts and Culture

Heather Harlan, Phoenix Programs, Inc.

May 22, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Programs, Inc., about youth and drugs and why the minds of young people are more vulnerable. May 22, 2014

Latisha Koetting

Next Monday is Memorial Day, a date established by Congress in 1968 as America's national day to remember and honor those American men and women who died in combat. If you are a veteran or know one, you likely think about those who died in combat on days other than just the last Monday in May each year. This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked to veterans and their supporters about what they think about each year on Memorial Day.

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


Credit: Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

On this weeks' Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Quin Gresham, the Producing Artistic Director for the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre about the upcoming season at the theatre.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is providing nearly $900,000 in tax credits to the makers of a movie filmed partly in Cape Girardeau.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 20th Century Fox, maker of "Gone Girl," spent nearly $3 million while filming in Missouri last fall. The state issues tax credits to qualified production companies for up to 35 percent of in-state expenditures, part of an effort to promote filming in Missouri.

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


Alec Baldwin, you were salmoning!

The actor was ticketed in New York on Tuesday for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street.

Cyclists use the term "salmoning" to describe a biker going against the stream on a one-way bike lane. Surely the definition can be broadened to include Baldwin's infraction.

  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


Credit: Marty Paten

When you first came to Columbia how did you arrive? Was it by car or bus? For several generations university and college students coming to Columbia almost entirely came by rail. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with a rider on the historic Wabash railroad into Columbia and the man who literally who wrote the book on the Columbia Branch Railroad.

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



Last week Chancellor Loftin joined us on Intersection for a big-think conversation on his vision for MU, a fiscal path forwards, and steps the University is taking to keep students safe. His professional qualifications were readily known when he arrived on campus, but what much of MU was not expecting was a quirky and engaging Twitter aficionado. As the semester winds to a close, KBIA's Andrew Gibson compiled some of the Chancellor's finest Twitter moments. 

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


What Do Jay Z And Shakespeare Have In Common? Swagger

May 5, 2014

"No one on the corner has swagga like us," sang rapper M.I.A. in her global hit "Paper Planes." The song was later sampled by T.I. and Jay Z in their hit song "Swagga Like Us." A few years before that, it was Jay-Z who declared "I guess I got my swagger back" on his 2001 album The Blueprint.

The word swagger should be a familiar term to anyone who has listened to popular hip-hop songs in recent years; a recent search on Rap Genius turned up more than a thousand songs that used the word in the lyrics.

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!


Missouri Division of Tourism

After an award-winning festival run, the film "We Always Lie to Strangers" will air at Ragtag for a week-long run. 

David Wilson, local filmmaker and co-founder of the True False Film Festival, collaborated with MU grads AJ Schnack and Nathan Truesdell to create his first feature film. The film takes place over five years and follows four families who work in the entertainment industry in Branson, Missouri.

  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!

Jon Poses

Over thirty-five years ago, Jon Poses came to Columbia for a journalism degree. He's long since got that degree. Today, for consistent advocacy of live jazz in Columbia, Jon Poses was recently named a 2014 Jazz Journalists Association 'Jazz Hero.'

Mark Collins / KBIA

Columbia residents showed up to help finish a 7-year-old mural on Saturday April, 26th, 2014. The mural is on the wall of the historic Heibel-March building on Range Line Street and Wilkes Boulevard in Columbia. Gennie Pfannenstiel, a former teacher at Central Methodist University, began the mural seven years ago. She stopped painting when she heard the building was supposed to be demolished. Pfannenstiel said she was happy to see her work finished.

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.

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.

But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success. Helped by heavy machinery, a crew found some of the games today, in a dig that inspired the Twitter hashtag #DiggingET.