Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH! Michael performs "The Phantom of the Opera" at [1:18] and "Rhapsody in Blue" at [5:35] - without sheet music! March 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about an exhibit featuring over 40 works of women in the U.S. in the 1930s. Joan is giving a guided tour tomorrow in celebration of the culmination of Women's History Month - and you're invited. Get a sneak peek of what you'll see on the tour on today's show! March 30, 2016

The northeastern Missouri town of Kirksville has a population of just over 17,000 people. It’s also home to Truman State University, a liberal arts school with about 6,000 students – a few of whom have worked hard to create their own sense of adventure in a town where there isn’t much to do. “It’s a town where you have to roll up the sidewalks at night, you know? It’s that small,” says Jacob Hurst, a grad student at Truman State. “All we have is, like, a Wal-Mart. That’s what some kids do for...

Inside the gallery, it’s a scene familiar to anyone who attends art openings: People are enjoying the oil paintings and large-scale photographs bathed in natural light, snacking on cheese and crackers while lively conversation bounces off the brick walls and polished wood floors. Outside, though, is the wide-open silence of the Kansas Flint Hills. This particular art gallery is surrounded by ranch lands in rural Wabaunsee County, where there are many more cattle than people. The gallery's in a place called Volland, which is basically the intersection of a two-lane highway and a dirt road.

Just 20 miles south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border lies a structure that can’t be missed. The tower draws crowds from around the world and has given a little city a big name. Bartlesville’s Price Tower is an anomaly. In an oil and gas town filled with short red-, orange- and brown-brick buildings, its 19 stories stand tall with green patina copper and cantilevered floors. “People weren't altogether happy with the building when it was first done,” says Cynthia Naylor, a docent for Price Tower. ...

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about CAL's annual summer art camp for kids. Enrollment is now open for the one-week sessions - don't miss what's in store for this year. At [4:13] VICTORIA SAMTER and HANNA TURNBALL, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about new dietary guidelines for sugar. Did you know "added sugar" is now its own category? What does that mean? Watch! March 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about ways to 'move more and sit less." With the weather warming up, now is the time! Studies show that Americans sit an average of nine hours per day - "that's more time than we spend sleeping!" Watch for some easy tips that anyone can do! March 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about the Missouri College Advising Corps. Never heard of it? John says, "in their first six of operation, the average college-going rate amongst high school seniors went from 45% to 55%. This program is having a big impact." March 25, 2016

Being a father in this hectic modern world and coping with the problems of teenage youth is a bewildering task for even the most intelligent of fathers, so you can imagine the trouble a man of Chester A. Riley's mentality goes through... Commercials in this show are from the original radio production and are included for historical authenticity. They are not intended to endorse or promote any products or services.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, about the upcoming Hero Awards, which recognize deserving volunteers in our community. Plus, Nick details how VAC can be a 'clearing house' for information: "one of the main barriers for a lot of people receiving help is just not knowing where that help is available." At [5:09] HAL JOHNSON and ALEX CURRIER invite everyone to Boy Scout Troop 707's 50th anniversary celebration! Details on that, plus 17 year-old Alex's experiences with the Scouts after six years on today's show! March 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about this year's 'Float Your Boat' fundraiser at Bass Pro Shops in Columbia. Deadline to register is coming up - watch for details! At [3:56] TERRY FOLTZ, Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer for Heart of Missouri CASA, invites everyone to 'The Voices of Callaway,' a singing competition and fundraiser in Fayette. According to CASA's website, this event is an opportunity to raise money and awareness about who CASAs are and the need for more advocates." Online voting begins soon - watch! March 23, 2016

Trevor Harris / KBIA

On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege visited with City of Columbia Volunteer Coordinator Leigh Contwitz about the upcoming Clean-Up Columbia event and other volunteer opportunities. Trevor Harris also filed a story from the James Apartments about a local group working to salvage architectural elements from the 1903 structure before its planned demolition.

Riley Beggin / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map . And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

Jessica Abel

Every storytelling medium has its own set of rules and challenges for how to tell a successful story. Radio is different than print, which is different than Internet, and so forth. It can be hard to cross between them, both for those who tell stories as their job and for those who just use stories to communicate with the people around them. Cartoonist Jessica Abel built her career on telling stories through drawing and writing, but more recently she's figured out first-hand how to move between mediums.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform a medley of three French-Canadian tunes on the hammer dulcimer and guitar. Plus, get details on this year's Big Muddy Folk Festival, happening April 1-2 at Thespian Hall in Boonville! March 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CAROL WARD, Prof. of Anatomy at the University of Missouri, and NADEGE UWASE, Dir. of MU African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub. They invite everyone to a symposium titled "Our African Origins" tomorrow at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus! Keynote speaker, Dr. Meave Leakey, appears on stage tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Watch for details! March 21, 2016

Rayland Baxter isn’t a household name in music… at least not yet. But those who have heard of the Nashville-native know him to be a world-class singer-songwriter. Baxter stopped in Columbia just two weeks ago to perform at Rose Music Hall during a Midwest tour of his second studio album titled “Imaginary man”. As a fan of Rayland Baxter since the release of his debut studio album in 2013, I was pretty star-struck as we spoke on the phone the next day while he was on the road headed to play a...

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about Brain Awareness Week (which is this week). Heather says, "substance use issues are chronic brain health issues" and "90% of addictions begin during adolescence." There's a special event for families this Saturday and next - watch for details! March 18, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a story about how the shamrock became synonymous with St. Patrick, and other facts. March 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAN SCHNEIDERJOHN, Environmental Health Specialist at Columbia/Boone Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services, about food safety during warmer months. How long can you leave out that potato salad at a picnic? Dan has the answer! At [4:11] SARAH GRIM and SHELLY SILVEY encourages everyone to eat at Jersey Mike's Subs on March 30, because 100% of their proceeds that day will go towards Welcome Home, which is a "transitional living facility" for veterans. Watch for details! March 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Earth Hour! Barbara says "it's a global discussion and it's a global effort to really make a difference in climate change." It's coming up this Saturday - will you be ready to flip the switch? March 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about their busy March schedule! It all starts with tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia; plus, it's Election Day! What's on the ballot? And what about that confusing roll cart language? Liz has the answers - watch! At [3:54] Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY continues his sustainable flooring-themed visits with "the greenest of the green." How about this one: strand-woven bamboo infused with cork. Check it out! March 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIC SANDVOL, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, who explains why earthquakes don't happen more often here in North America, especially considering that the plates are always moving; as well as other fascinating facts to complicated to write here - watch! March 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMANDA GASTLER, Event Coordinator at the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), about an upcoming event titled "Is Our Government Too Open?" Make plans to attend this debate on government transparency featuring Bruce Caine from Stanford University and Chuck Lewis from American University. Watch for details! At [3:15] MELANIE KNOCKE and DR. CASEY HOLLIDAY invite everyone to come out to the planetarium at Rock Bridge High School this Saturday for the 4th annual Dinosaurs & Cavemen Science Expo! Get a taste of what you'll see if you go on today's show. March 10, 2016

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Thousands of people from across the country converge on Columbia every year for the True/False Film Fest. While much of the attention is focused on the documentaries being screened, the parties, full of good food and drinks, are also a core element of the weekend’s festivities. There’s one man in charge of making sure all of those thousands of fest goers are never left with an empty cup. Mark Alexiou is the True/False Booze Admiral, leading a small but hard-working team of volunteers that...

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CHRISTINE SEITZ, PAX BAKER and MARY KETTLEWELL from MU's Show-Me Opera. At [4:10] Pax and Mary perform "Sull'aria" from Mozart's masterpiece, "The Marriage of Figaro." See it on stage at the Missouri Theatre this Friday and Saturday! March 9, 2016

Claire Banderas / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map . And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back retired economics professor MEL ZELENAK, who - on this visit - encourages us to Google 'matrix airfare search' before booking your next flight. Find out why! March 8, 2016

Rebecca Smith

Nearly 100 runners and walkers came together Saturday morning for the annual True Life Run during the True/False Film Festival Weekend. The proceeds from the 5k went toward the True Life Fund that is presented to a film protagonist each year, and this year’s recipient was Sonita. Patrick Henson, one of the race organizers, said he estimates the 5k raised about $3500 this year. During the event I spoke with runners, walkers, volunteers and those gathered in support of the participants.

Ashley Reese / KBIA

The 13 th True/False film festival brought new and interesting films from far and near to the city of Columbia once again this year. Last week, art installations filled the streets, large, colorful “Q” signs started appearing outside downtown businesses, and Columbia seemed much more crowded. The words on everyone's lips seemed to be “documentary.”

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