Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President, LaBrunerie Financial, about saving money. If you think it's too early to start saving for retirement, you're wrong! Alex suggests that as much as ten percent of your salary should go into savings - even if you're young and not making much money because, as he puts it, "you are rich in time." Other topics we cover include: long-term care, hedge funds and reverse mortgages. July 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about this Saturday's 'Second Saturdays for Kids' event at Orr Street Studios in Columbia! The activities this month will revolve around a solar eclipse/science theme. Catherine says, "we're doing hard science, surreal science; both sides of the brain." At [4:43] NICK FOSTER joins us to talk about 'Christmas in July'! This family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Voluntary Action Center and, as you might expect, features an appearance by everyone's favorite jolly ol' elf. Watch for details! July 6, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spend much time near a Missouri waterbody in summer, and chances are you’ll see reptiles galore including water snakes basking on a sunny day.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

It took over two years for word of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach slaves in Texas. Over 150 years, residents of Boonville have annually celebrated the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 executive order that freed America's conscripted blacks.

Today Paul Pepper visits with consumer expert MEL ZELENAK. Have you ever been in a situation where, after taking your car in to be serviced for a recall, they tell you they've found other problems that need to be addressed? Find out why Mel says you should tell them to wait on doing any additional repairs. Plus, advice on buying life insurance for your child. July 5, 2017

Happy Independence Day! To help celebrate, Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells a Fourth of July-themed true story about an "odd couple" who died on the same day, this day, many years ago. Any guesses? Watch! July 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the importance of milkweed in the life of the monarch butterfly. If you're thinking about planting milkweed in your yard, Nadia's advice is a good first step in successfully adapting all kinds of milkweed to your garden. At [4:44] KELLY LANCEY and JACKIE VERDUN talk about what it's like being a "host family" to an exchange student who's taking part in the Rotary Youth Exchange. If it's something you'd like to do, too, we tell you how - watch! July 3, 2017

Paul Pepper: Tim Rich, Welcome Home

Jun 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TIM RICH about Welcome Home, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless veterans. Tim says, "when you think about the fact that every single veteran that served in the United States military - male or female - signed on the dotted line willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. We owe them...a new start when they hit bottom and find themselves on the street, and that's what Welcome Home is about." June 30, 2017

Yance Ford (STRONG ISLAND) and Travis Wilkerson (DID YOU WONDER  WHO FIRED THE GUN) shares their families’ histories of being the victims and perpetrators of violence respectively. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with KARLI URBAN, M.D., MU Family and Community Medicine, about the upcoming Family Caregivers Conference. Karli says this will be a great way to learn about resources in the community and to network with others in a similar situation. Watch for details! At [5:15] KAT DAKE invites everyone to the Jefferson City Art Club's special art exhibit this Saturday at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. Tour works of art by JCAC members that showcase Missouri's many native plants and wildlife! June 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIT SALTER about the second half of 2017's Osher Saturday Morning Book Talk series! The next 'talk' will feature Jill Orr, author of "The Good Byline." Come for the conversation, stay for the pastries and coffee - it all begins at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month! June 28, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Listen at the water’s edge this week, and you’ll likely hear Missouri’s largest frog, and official state amphibian.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about a new approach to helping family members who are, in turn, helping loved ones who are suffering from substance abuse issues and may not want to seek professional counseling themselves. At [4:04] actors BARB TUTTLE and LARRY SHAW invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Laughing Stock"! The very meta storyline - behind-the-scenes struggles at a local theatre company - will keep you 'laughing' from start to finish. Curtain goes up this Thursday! June 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're teaming up with the African Children's Choir for a special concert this Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Columbia. Before they take the stage, the Hams perform three songs for us: "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" [1:48]; "I Believe" [3:29]; and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" [7:12]. June 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Angela takes us on tour of www.greatamericaneclipse.com - a great way to find out just how long you'll get to enjoy the path of totality during this summer's solar eclipse! June 23, 2017

Sarah Nordin

Opera singers Jonathan Ray and Sarah Nordin are in Columbia for this summer's Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. They were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud in advance of Sunday's Mostly Mozart concert, their final performance in the series. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES from the Missouri Symphony Society. This Sunday's "Mostly Mozart" concert at First Baptist Church in Columbia features, among others, resident opera artist SAMUEL WRIGHT and accompanist MUN-TZUNG WONG. They join us in studio to perform a sneak preview at [2:48]. Enjoy! June 22, 2017

Farm Your Yard: When a Weed is Not a Weed

Jun 21, 2017
Carrie Hargrove / Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Daily life is comprised of a series of tasks that depending upon your natural outlook on life, could be considered tedious, or rewarding. For example, say you love to bake, and making a cheesecake for your loved ones is your definition of a good time.

Missouri Department of Conservation

From tiny ants to bats, birds, bees, and butterflies, we depend on pollinators to produce our food, and protect biodiversity. This week on Discover Nature, we celebrate national pollinator week.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these scams to watch out for: "relieving students of debt"; "drive-by pavers"; and "door-to-door pest control." Sean says the best way to not fall for these 'special' offers is to, "do your due diligence." June 21, 2017

adeliepenguin / dramstime

We all drive past, or visit, truck stops while traveling the long, open stretches of Missouri highway.

KBIA’s Blake Tarrants takes us inside one Boonville truck stop that has many of the things long-range travelers need, like a convenience store, restaurant, showers and game room.

There we meet clerk Brittany, waitress Marilyn and truck driver Glen. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNY FLATT, Director, MU Family Impact Center, about Hot Salsa Night 2017. This annual fundraiser features a live auction, a silent auction and, of course, salsa! Watch for details. At [3:46] TODD DAVISON takes us inside the 2017 season at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! On stage now is "Million Dollar Quartet," the true story of one night in Memphis when four musical legends - before they were legends - came together at Sun Records and started jamming. And that's just the beginning of what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing summer of professional theatre! June 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI about GreenHouse Theatre Project's latest production, Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." Join the adventure outside Fretboard Coffee and Artlandish Gallery in the North Village Arts District this Wednesday through Sunday! At [4:54] HANNAH GARRAD tells us all about this Saturday's "Kids in the Kitchen" class at the Columbia Public Library. On the menu will be berry smoothies and salad kabobs (yes, salad kabobs) - register today! Sponsored by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. June 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells the story of how his young son once saved him from hypothermia in a cave, and how - at that moment - the role of father and son had flip-flopped thanks, in part, to imparted wisdom passed down from father to son. June 16, 2017

Deborah Stratman discusses developing the voice of a region in her film The Illinois Parables (True/False 2016).

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director, Access Arts, about their 'ArtTastic' summer camp series happening throughout July. Children as young as five can take part in various art projects, games, gardening and more based on specific themes each week! Get details in eight short minutes - watch! June 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE REEDER about Olivet Christian Church's 60th annual Chicken and Mutton Barbecue! Come hungry because they've got you covered: main dishes, sides and 400 pies. Can't stay? Take advantage of their drive-thru! Watch for details. At [4:27] MARILYN UPTON, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, and KAT SARAFIANOS, a future exchange student headed to Belgium, tell us about how this unique program works and, for Kat, what she's looking forward to the most! June 14, 2017

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Scott Charton, who reported on Missouri politics for many years with the Associated Press, was a recent guest on Thinking Out Loud. Charton discussed his years covering several administrations through a series changing political tides. He also recalled his early years as a journalist including his interview with then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As spring greening leans into summer color in Missouri’s outdoors, one native shrub is beginning to blossom in full force this week.

Paul Pepper: Musician Chris Stephens

Jun 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes local musician CHRIS STEPHENS. Chris demonstrates four unique lute instruments: the Chinese pipa; the Persian tar; the Egyptian oud; and the Indian sitar. Chris will be appearing at Good Nature this Saturday in Columbia - watch for details! June 13, 2017

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