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Mizzou Magazine

In this program from our archives, we bring you a “Fridays At Mizzou” show in which Darren Hellwege participates in a program at the MU Law School designed to teach students about the process of Voir Dire, or selection of jurors for a trial. It’s an interesting look at how courts work, and educational programs at the School of Law here at the University of Missouri. From August, 2000.

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What do you do when your town has been losing population for 80 years? If you are like the people heard in this episode of Thinking Out Loud, you hunker down, celebrate your history and build community with remaining residents. Despite decades-long population flight from Novinger, Missouri, local leaders are working to make the place inviting for new residents and future investments.

It was a big night for the cast and crew of both Boyhood and the Amazon series Transparent, as each walked away with two Golden Globe awards Sunday. The CW Network received its first Golden Globe for Gina Rodriguez's performance in Jane the Virgin. Yet with only one award given to the major broadcast networks,  ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were left out in the cold. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jamie Grey, Ryan Thomas and Amy Simons discuss the Golden Globes and the future of television on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

Today Paul Pepper visits with JESSICA MACY and TEC CHAPMAN, Boone County Council on Aging and Services for Independent Living, respectively, about the recent "marriage" of these two popular community resources. Why did this happen? What is the benefit? Watch to find out! January 15, 2015

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

Today Paul Pepper chats with PAUL FOREMAN, MU Health Care, about asthma: the who, the what, the why and the risk factors. If you think you have asthma, please watch this interview! At [5:03] CHRIS FITZGERALD briefly explains the mission behind Clean Sweep Columbia and how you can get involved. January 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON talk about Ed's one-man Frank Sinatra tribute show, titled the "Sinatra Supper Club," happening this Saturday at Talking Horse Productions. Forty songs plus dinner from Bleu equals one unforgettable evening! January 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with the new director of the National Churchill Museum, JIM WILLIAMS, about an event January 24th that coincides with the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death. Highlights include a visit from one of Churchill's great-grandsons. At [4:09] KATHLEEN LAVERY and SARAH DENT talk about "Always Patsy Cline," the latest production from Capital City Players in Jefferson City! January 12, 2015

Maybe you've noticed that many hit country songs sound the same. Nashville songwriter Greg Todd heard similar melodies, music beds and solos in six "bro country" songs — by Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Parmalee, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice — and mashed them up with some pitch- and tempo-shifting.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes APRIL BARNETT and CHAD McMINN, Rainbow House's Marketing Directing and Development Director, respectively, about the annual Masquerade Ball, which is the "biggest fundraiser of the year!" It all happens in April at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Watch for details! January 9, 2015

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