Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, a native plants specialist, about best practices for establishing diverse native plants in your own yard, including, for example, the purple coneflower Nadia brought with her to the show! August 9, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch – and listen – for a tiny, feathered pollinator that sings with its wings.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about their latest show called "The Lyons." Ed says this dark comedy about a dysfunctional family in which the patriarch lies in a hospital bed dying is reminiscent of the popular 1970s sitcom 'All in the Family'. At [3:40] CAMILLE SMITH, Registered Dietitian with the St. Louis District Dairy Council, talks about the importance of dairy products in our daily diet, including ice cream! Camille says, "compared to a lot of other dessert options, ice cream has a...nutritional advantage." Find out why! August 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Capital City Productions actors BRANDON SANKPILL and JOSHUA LEHTO about "Beauty and the Beast," opening this Thursday at the Shikles Center in Jefferson City. This cast of 38 is ready to sing, soar, dance and delight audiences of all ages! At [4:24] WALTER BARGEN and TRACY EICHHORN invite everyone to "Through the Eyes of a Poet" at the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance gallery in Ashland. Walter tells us that this hands-on workshop will be a chance for artists of all kinds to express themselves using his original poetry and prose. August 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEWART SCOTT, Owner, Cevet Tree Care, about how to successfully plant trees in your own yard. Stewart says, "quite often a small tree that's in a pot, if it's planted correctly, will outgrow a large tree that's bald and burlaped." Find out why and what you should look for the next time you visit a nursery. At [4:28] DEBBIE FURNELL and MELISSA HOLYOAK invite everyone to GenCOMO 2017, a "genealogy and family history conference" for beginners and experts alike, now in it's third year! Debbie says, "DNA can tell you a lot, but it can't tell you everything!" August 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BRIANNA LENNON about Missouri's latest voting rules and procedures ahead of next week's election. She tells us that there are three different ways in which to present identification at the polls. Find out which one is right for you! At [4:46] CONNIE SHAY invites everyone to this Saturday's Peacemakers Quilt Show inside Linn Memorial Church in Fayette. The theme this year is "The Past Revisited," and, as usual, it's all a part of the Fayette Festival of the Arts! August 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MIKE PARKS, Manager, Columbia Regional Airport, about what the addition of United Airlines will mean for people who are familiar with flying out of Columbia. August 2, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s 65 species of freshwater mussels live all around us, sitting quietly in the bottoms of rivers and streams, often unnoticed despite their bright pearls and colorful names. Discover Nature this week, as the “Pocketbook” mussel begins breeding.

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA SMITH, Reporter and Producer of "Missouri Health Talks," a new weekly series about access to health care produced by KBIA's 'Health and Wealth Desk'. 'Talks' takes a different approach to storytelling, whereas instead of your standard Q&A, stories are told through conversations between two willing people. August 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Jerry Rasmussen's "May My Heart Find Rest In Thee" on guitar and harpsichord. Catch them in concert at the Hain House in Boonville on August 20th! July 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HANNAH REEVES, Director, Sager | Braudis Gallery, about your last chance to experience the "summer exhibit" before the "late-summer exhibit" takes over in August! Five diverse artists will be replaced by five more diverse artists with the hope that there'll be something for "everyone to connect with in each exhibit." At [3:35] NANETTE WARD tells us that Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is helping more people right now than ever before. The higher number is due, in part, to awareness and education; but at the same time, trafficking has now become the second-largest growing "criminal enterprise" in the country. To help those in Missouri, a task force team has created a new hotline number - watch for details! July 28, 2017

ResidentArts.org

A new mural is in the works in downtown Columbia. You'd be forgiven if you have not seen it in the works. Madeleine LeMieux and her team of student artists are putting the finishing touches on the opus that is coming into view along the MKT Trail where it passes under Providence Road.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JIM STEELE about the upcoming Fayette Festival of the Arts. This one-day, end-of-summer hurrah (before school activities begin) features a quilt show and an art show; plus, music from the Columbia Community Band, crafts, historic presentations and, of course, food! At [5:03] JUDY BOCK and EVETTE NISSEN tell us about the 'August Shoe Coupon Event' sponsored by The Wardrobe. A $4 voucher allows qualifying families to purchase two pairs of shoes for each child (up to $35) at Payless ShoeSource in Columbia. Watch for details! July 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARETTE-TINDALL about the many native plants that can also act as "host plants" for caterpillars. One of the plants in the studio, for example, is wafer ash (ptelea trifoliata); Nadia says it's the perfect home for the giant swallowtail caterpillar. If you'd like to plant this or any of her other suggestions in your own yard, watch for details! At [4:26] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, tells us about a new program (in conjunction with Heart of Missouri United Way) that creates a 24 hour "crisis bed" for those with opioid addiction issues in need of treatment beyond just a "beating heart." July 26, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, find a spot to escape the summer heat in a pond or pool of a cool stream, and you may find one of the largest wildflowers in Missouri.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, about how to avoid giving your pet a heat stroke. CB says like obesity, heat strokes occur when the owner is "trying to be nice." Find out what everyday situations could potentially be deadly to a dog if not carefully handled! At [4:01] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR, Assoc. Dir. of Community and Outreach at Woodhaven, invites everyone to the grand opening of Woodhaven's Aging in Place apartments this Friday. These 'future-proof' homes allow tenants to grow old without worrying about renovations and upkeep as their conditions change. July 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about what Columbia's 'Climate Action Plan' means to the people of Mid-Missouri. Next month, the public is invited to attend a council meeting in which the Office of Sustainability will be presenting a comprehensive report that details efforts made by the citizens of Columbia to reduce carbon emissions, and a plan to continue those efforts into the future. Watch for details! July 24, 2017

The State Historical Society of Missouri

History nerds are gearing up for the 2019 opening of The Center for Missouri Studies, a new home for The State Historical Society of Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, the society's Senior Associate Director Gerald Hirsch laid out plans for the four-floor, 76,000 square foot center, which will be built between Sixth and Seventh on Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Angela talks about just how fast the moon's shadow will move across the United States on August 21st, and what MoDOT is doing to make sure drivers (who find themselves in the path of totality) stay safe! July 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEGAN McCONACHIE, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, about the many activities planned for the weekend before the total solar eclipse that's happening on August 21st! Don't miss out on a bike ride, a 5K and, of course, a "Totality Music Festival." Watch for details! At [4:00] JEFF MORAN, a.k.a. "Dr. Chordate," performs his original song, "E-Clipse-O," that he dedicates to the solar eclipse experience. July 20, 2017

Paul Pepper: Author John Howe, "The Foolish Corner"

Jul 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JOHN HOWE. The basis of his book, "The Foolish Corner," is something called "behavioral economics," and John uses that foundation to help guide you in making wise financial decisions. In this interview, John touches on "confirmation bias" and "hedonic adaptation." July 19, 2017

Farm Your Yard: Planning the Fall Garden

Jul 18, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

It’s the middle of summer and the garden is bumping. It’s hot and I am busy trying to keep everything watered and fighting off the inevitable disease and fungus problems that plague all tomatoes grown in our humid climate.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As we head into the middle of summer, keep an eye out in the woods for ripening blackberries.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back poet, author and Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads his poem, "Queen Anne's Lace," which he dedicates to the white lanky wild flower of the same name (it's actually a member of the carrot family!). Meet Walter in person next month in Ashland - watch for details! July 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE CRITCHFIELD, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Columbia, about the services they provide for elderly people who live in their own home, but are in need of some assistance, and the caregivers who provide that assistance. At [5:11] actors SARAH JOST and DANE JOHNSON, "Beauty" and "the Beast," respectively, invite everyone to Maplewood Barn's production of "Beauty and the Beast." This classic fairy tale is sure to delight and entertain the whole family, so don't miss it! July 17, 2017

Angie Bennett

A group of Mid-Missouri veterans recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. They were participants in the Central Missouri Honor Flight #47. The group's vice-president, Steve Paulsell, was recently a guest on Thinking Out Loud. He visited with Darren Hellwege about how the local group recognizes those who served their country.


Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director, Bond Life Sciences Center, about why the population of arctic hares rise and fall so dramatically. Could it be because of the arctic fox? Perhaps, but not in the way you might be thinking. July 14, 2017

Carmine Grimaldi shares his approach to collaborating with the subjects in his three short films One of the Roughs, Servicing Guide and If Only There Were Peace, all from True/False 2017.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DOUG BANNISTER, Director, School of Metaphysics, about the message behind the school and how it achieves it's goal of helping people improve their lives through faith and adhering to common principles that all people share, no matter religion or location. July 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, and actress CHEYENNE NELSON about Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," opening this Thursday in Macon! Cheyenne, as "Reno Sweeney," performs 'I Get A Kick Out of You' at [3:27]. July 12, 2017

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