Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEVI and JESSE STATES about Devi's journey from Kathmandu to the United States, and his subsequent dreams to open a restaurant, and to help children in his former home in Nepal achieve their dreams, too, through the Himalayan Family Healthcare Project. January 8, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BAKER, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, about last month's CoMo Gives campaign, as well as how you can get involved in their mission to support local charities/non-profits! January 7, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with CB CHASTAIN, College of Veterinary Medicine, about 'pets on meds.' Is your pet on medication? If so, CB shares questions you should ask your veterinarian before, during and after. At [4:34] VALERIE CHAFFIN joins us, along with foster animals Hattie Rose and Justin, to talk about "Second Fridays with Second Chance," which will happen throughout 2015 in Columbia! January 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., test your knowledge of what's known as "behavioral epigenetics." Is it all dumb luck, or is it mind over matter? January 5, 2015

Radio play: "The Beast with Five Fingers"

Jan 2, 2015
Image by Kellie Moore.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, and happy new year!

In keeping with our tradition of giving you classic stories, tonight we bring you a chilling tale called "The Beast with Five Fingers," by W.F. Harvey. 

It was first published in The New Decameron in 1919. It was made into a movie in 1947; the film starred Robert Alda, Andrea King and Peter Lorre. 

Wikimedia Commons / Loavesofbread

From street-artist paintings on boards protecting store windows to signs bearing the now iconic statement, "Hands Up. Don't Shoot," cultural images from the Ferguson protests have become firmly established in recent Missouri history.

Today Paul Pepper visits with RICK ROWDEN about Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, which is 'a home for women/mothers with children who've had problems with addiction to drugs and alcohol.' Find out how they're making a difference! January 2, 2015

Radio play: "A Very Leacock Christmas"

Jan 1, 2015
By The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this edition, we bring you a little Christmas treat from Stephen Leacock. It is our way of putting an extra peppermint stick in your stocking or hanging another ornament on your tree. 

Mr. Leacock was one of the most famous comic writers of the early 1900s throughout the English-speaking world, and his humor heavily influenced vaudeville comedians, including Jack Benny, who was introduced to Leacock's work by Groucho Markx. 

Radio Play: "Mrs. Budlong's Christmas Presents"

Jan 1, 2015
By unknown photographer (Photoplay (Jul - Dec 1921) (1921)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


 Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this edition, we bring you a humorous Christmas tale by Rupert Hughes called, "Mrs. Budlong's Christmas Presents." 

Rupert Hughes was the uncle of famous billionaire Howard Hughes, and he was well known in the first half of the twentieth century as a novelist, historian, and movie director. In 1928, he received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for his script, "The Patent Leather Kid."

And now, Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is proud to present "Mrs. Budlong's Christmas Presents." 

Radio play: "The Ghost with the Club Foot"

Jan 1, 2015
By Auntie P, via Flickr

  Welcome to another episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. This installment is an adaptation of a chiller mystery called "The Ghost with the Club Foot," by Robert Barr. It was first published in 1906 in a volume called The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont. 

Monsieur Valmont was Robert Barr's ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. While stories such as this one seem to have elements of Gothic horror as well as mystery, Barr's tales were actually written as a poke at his friend Conan Doyle.

Radio Play: "Xingu," by Edith Wharton

Jan 1, 2015
Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a classic story called "Xingu," by Edith Wharton. It was first published in 1916. 

The story involves a book club, founded by a woman who always preferred to pursue culture in a group setting. Joining this woman are several other huntresses of erudition. That is where our story begins.

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Radio Play: "Candid Criticism," by Brad Buchanan

Jan 1, 2015

In this edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you an original production called "Candid Criticism," written by our own Brad Buchanan. Brad has done many of the script adaptations for the radio show over the past few years, and every now and then, he comes up with an original script--something never performed before. 

Now, we bring you the premiere of "Candid Criticism," a mixed-up tale of romance, intrigue, and a touch of silliness, for those who like that sort of thing. 

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Welcome to 2015! Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., kick off the new year by reviewing Heather's "ABCs of Family Support" for those suffering from a chronic health issue. January 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and Columbia Daily Tribune Publisher Emeritus HANK WATERS take a look back at anything and everything that made headlines during 2014. December 31, 2014

Today Paul Pepper chats with Registered Dietitian, CASSIE McCLELLAN, from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about the right way to make a diet-themed new year's resolution. At [4:28] STEVE SHELTMIRE, Literacy Action Corps, joins us in an effort to recruit volunteers to tutor others to learn to speak better english. December 30, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with BRENTON HARRIS, Director of the School of Metaphysics, about the "universal hour of peace," which will take place from 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Find out how you can take part! December 29, 2014

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Matthews, "Kwanzaa"

Dec 26, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and Lincoln University's YVONNE MATTHEWS talk about the symbols and meanings surrounding Kwanzaa, which starts today! December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA to perform, "On This Christmas Day" on banjo and guitar. December 25, 2014


Ragtag cinema has decided to show the controversial new movie, The Interview, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco.  

Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN on to share a seasonal story. Spend 8 minutes with us, will you? December 24, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking, about "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month," which is coming up in January. Find out how you can "protect" and "partner." At [4:38] University Club's CHEF DANIEL PLISKA talks about his book, "Pastry and Dessert Techniques." Are you a foodie? A culinary student? Do you just want to know what you're eating? Then check out this book! December 23, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, invite you to join fellow stargazers at Columbia Eve Fest Dec. 31st atop the Missouri Theatre in Downtown Columbia. Also, watch for Val's stunning pics of Uranus and Jupiter's shrinking red spot. December 22, 2014

Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Winter days can get short and winter nights can get really long. As a gardener, you can use this period to your advantage by planning now for next year's growing season. In this episode of KBIA's Farm Your Yard, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove discusses the steps involved in planning for success in the 2015 garden.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, who shares his ideas for money-saving resolutions you should make in 2015! December 19, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Salvation Army's MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL about this year's fundraising campaign! Have you dropped your loose change in the bucket? At [4:58] AARON SWANEY, Family Health Center, talks about financial assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. December 18, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with GRETA HULL, Director of Combs Language Preschool, about the school and whether or not your child might benefit from its services. At [4:45] VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, helps you decide if giving a pet for Christmas is the right thing to do for your family. December 17, 2014

Columbia Missourian

Earlier this fall, MU junior Trey Makler was named the winner of the 2015 Sinquefeld Composition Prize, an award granted to the best work by an MU School of Music composition student. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we talk with Makler about his creative process, with his professor about what makes the award-winning piece work, and with the director of the MU School of Music who explains how the school is teaching more these days about the business of music. You'll also hear Makler's award-winning piece 'Elysium' on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

Today Paul Pepper welcome JOAN STACK and GREIG THOMPSON, State Historical Society of Missouri, who talk about a new exhibit that features 5th grade student artists from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School in Columbia. See photos of their progress in making a ceramic mural on today's show! December 16, 2014

The Lyceum Theatre

  For years, actors from New York City have joined theater productions in the tiny central Missouri town of Arrow Rock.

The Lyceum Theatre draws visitors to the town of 56 people throughout the summer.

But for the first time in its 54-year history, the theater is staging a winter production of "The Christmas Carol." The show ends this Sunday.

Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, share gift ideas for those energy-conscious people on your holiday shopping list! December 15, 2014