Arts and Culture


For the eighth consecutive year, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will kickoff for a weekend of tasty barbecue and blues music from artists far and wide. Joining the mix and taking the stage for their second Roots N Blues appearance are Jacob Best and Gabe Meyer, collectively known as The Flood Brothers. The two boogie blues musicians stopped by the KBIA studio to talk about playing the festival and sample some of their original tunes

  Today Paul Pepper visits with ANN BICKEL about getting older, living longer and the mission behind the Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, which is there for those who are receiving long-term care. September 23, 2014

Banned Books Week kicks off Sunday: Each year, the American Library Association takes this week to sponsor events all over the country to talk about the books that shock, offend and generally make Americans uncomfortable.

Violence and curse words are two of the top three reasons books get banned in the U.S.

The third reason is sexual content. For example, the Fifty Shades of Grey series has been frequently banned from libraries for its explicit descriptions of intercourse.

  Today Paul Pepper and the Columbia Art League's DIANA MOXON talk about the annual Betty Brown Afternoon Tea fundraiser happening this Thursday. RSVP today! At [3:59] MEG LADD, ParentLink, and MEGAN HERNANDEZ, Jose Jalapeños, tell us about the Tigers on the Prowl silent auction event October 3rd at The Crossing. September 22, 2014

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The week-long celebration for the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri concluded  Friday night with a columns lighting ceremony. KBIA's Jordon Schultz shot this video of the presentation:

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Voluntary Action Center, about "Warm Up Columbia," a program entirely dependent on donations! At [4:48] NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL tells us about Lincoln University's field day titled, "In Touch with Nature," happening tomorrow in Jefferson City! September 19, 2014

Paul Pepper: Osher Book Talks & CROP Walk and 5K

Sep 18, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHY SALTER about the next Osher Book Talk, which will feature author Nina Furstenau, happening October 4th! At [4:54] EDITH PRINCE and STEVE KEITHAN tell us about this Sunday's CROP Walk and this Saturday's CROP Run, which raises money to feed the hungry in Central Missouri. September 18, 2014

Columbia city flag design contest kicks off

Sep 18, 2014
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The City of Columbia is looking for the best designs for an official city flag.

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Dr. Jane Goodall greeted a packed house at Mizzou Area Wednesday night to share her hopeful message for the future. Goodall is best known for her work with chimpanzees. She introduced herself as a chimpanzee would, in noises and grunts, sparking laughter from the packed arena.

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Have you ever been out on the Missouri River? If so, you know it is big, wide, and muddy. There's also litter in the river. Now, there's a lot less litter thanks to the work of Missouri River Relief. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Melanie Cheney about why a cleaner Missouri River matters (Think drinking water.) Also, hear music from Violet Vonder Haar, who will be performing this Saturday's Boonville River Festival.

Pitch: #7 Piano Player

Sep 17, 2014

In 2007, there was a little Irish film called Once that starred Glen Hansard from the band The Frames and musician Markéta Irglová. If you never saw it, you might remember when it won the academy award for best song the next year. Glen and Marketa talked about the importance of dreaming big and taking chances and making art.

Today Paul Pepper invites back Col. MIKE FAYETTE and his service dog, WHISKEY, to find out how it's been going since Mike and Whiskey were paired about a month ago. ReCHAI Director REBECCA JOHNSON also joins the interview. September 17, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MARGARET TOLLERTON with Missouri Cures. Margaret is joined by DR. ADAM WHALEY-CONNELL from the VA Hospital and also the featured speaker at next week's breakfast event. Open to the public! September 16, 2014

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Archeologists now have a new reason to come to MU. As part of a new pilot program, the university is receiving artifacts on loan from the world's oldest museum, the Capitoline Museum of the City of Rome.

The MU Museum of Art and Archeology has already received its first loan- a set of 249 black-gloss ceramics dating back to the Roman Republic. The program will send a variety of loans to the university through December 31, 2017.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, from the League of Women Voters, about events celebrating Constitution Day in which you're invited! At [4:36] STEVE SHELTMIRE and SCOTT DEAN tell us all about the Citizens Police Review Board. September 15, 2014

Author Margaret Atwood is prolific, beloved and extraordinarily accomplished. In addition to best-selling novels like The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin, she's penned poems, short stories, children's books, essays and works that defy classification.

But her fans will have to wait a long, long time for one particular piece of writing. She's working on a book that nobody will read for a hundred years — part of an art project that's going to require some special archival paper, as she explains to NPR's Arun Rath.

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON, Talking Horse Productions, talk about "Paper Daddy," which was written for THP and takes place in Columbia. Opens tomorrow! At [4:32] CHARLES RILEY tells us all about this Sunday's bluegrass and BBQ festival, which benefits Fulton State Hospital! September 11, 2014

Paul Pepper: Maria Trevor, Harp Music (Performance)

Sep 12, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back harpist MARIA TREVOR. She performs, but first tells us about "Harp and Healing," which takes place every first Tuesday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. September 12, 2014

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Since 2000, Columbian Eduardo Crespi has run a community center called El Centro Latino. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Crespi. KBIA's Trevor Harris also met some Columbia residents who were at the center on a recent Monday.

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Peace Park is that grassy little knoll along the north edge of MU’s campus. It’s at the corner of 8th and Elm, a stone’s throw away from the columns. There’s a creek (or drainage ditch) that saunters through it, creating a calm and tranquil vibe for the meditators and hammock dwellers.    


Today Paul Pepper talks to MELANIE KNOCKE about this Saturday's show, "Wonders of the Night Sky," at the CPS Planetarium. If you have youngsters (3/4 years-old), you won't want to miss this show! September 10, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, talk about "mindful living," which is living our lives with a little more awareness. Are you living life on autopilot? Watch! September 8, 2014

Paul Pepper: The Boone County Hams (Performance)

Sep 9, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, The Boone County Hams! They perform "Chordbuster March" and "It Is Well." September 9, 2014

ROLLING STONE HAS A MASSIVE PROFILE OF WILLIE NELSON THIS WEEK. It goes in depth — they call it their “definitive profile” of the music and cultural legend — about his life, career, and, of course, marijuana.

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK talk about the Missouri State Historical Society's latest exhibit, titled "Thomas Hart Benton's American Mythologies." We've got a sneak preview! September 5, 2014

Today Paul Pepper asks DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about his recent trip to Los Angeles as an advisor on a Bravo TV reality show. September 4, 2014

Today Paul Pepper chats with ANNA DRAKE, Heart of Missouri CASA, about a fundraiser 'roast' of Rep. Chris Kelly! Tickets are on sale now. At [5:00] JENNIFER DAMPF stresses the importance of breakfast for school-aged kids, and talks about Dollars For Dairy! September 3, 2014

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More than one hundred people gathered in Peace Park yesterday for Artists for Justice. The event featured performances of music and poetry as well as opportunities to contribute to collaborative artwork. 

According to Kenneth Bryant, one of the organizers for Artists for Justice, the event grew from a desire to create an outlet for the community to respond to the August 9th death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back TIM REINBOTT, Bradford Farm, who tells us about the 10th Annual Tomato Festival, happening September 4th! At [4:09] BRIAN MAHIEU recaps Callaway Plein Air and looks ahead to October's "Autumn On The Bricks," which will, among other events, highlight the exhibit, "Changing Patterns." Submit your entry before 10/01! September 2, 2014

Paul Pepper: Storyteller Larry Brown, "Labor Day"

Sep 1, 2014

Today Paul Pepper sits back while LARRY BROWN attempts to weave today's holiday (Labor Day) into his story. Can he do it? Watch! September 1, 2014