Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; as well as GRACE ATKINS from MU Libraries, who share with us local events celebrating Black History Month and it's theme of 'Hallowed Grounds.' Films, tours and art - don't miss it! February 5, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift of AXA Equitable 2012

There was a party on Wednesday night at The Roof in downtown Columbia and at the center of it was jazz musician Orrin Evans. Evans is the leader of the New York-based Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a piece based on the mural America Today by Neosho, Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton.

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired money expert MEL ZELENAK about why you should use a fee-only financial planner (there are two in Columbia) and the best days to travel. Domestic and international flights are cheaper on certain days of the week - we tell you when and how to find the best deal! February 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director of MU's Bond Life Sciences Center, about why scientists are not understood by the general public. According to a study, it's because 'scientists aren't trained in psychology or sociology.' Find out why that matters, how it pertains to climate change and what's being done to help break down the walls of communication! February 3, 2016

Missouri River Relief

Missouri River Relief is a Columbia-based non-profit that has made a name for itself using volunteers to clean up trash - lots of trash - along the Big Muddy. Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the group an Environmental Education Grant. River relief staff Kristen Schulte and Steve Schnarr discussed plans for the award on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Claire Banderas / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invite everyone to a couple of events in the near future, including: a town hall this Thursday at the Columbia Public Library and a 'Lunch and Learn' about the Affordable Care Act February 16. (Remember to register by February 17 in order to vote March 15!) At [4:53] "A Chorus Line" director MAGGIE HUNTER tells us what goes into preparing such an iconic show, which opens February 11 at Columbia Entertainment Company! February 2, 2016

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

In this special, hear the voices of journalism students from the University of Missouri. They know that figuring out who you are isn't as easy as it sounds. They were challenged in their magazine writing capstone class to tell stories from their lives that have helped shape who they are. With help from their teacher and master-storyteller, Berkley Hudson, they recount stories from first loves and first tattoos to losses that touched their lives. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Zone, about YEZ being Columbia's 'best-kept secret.' For over 10 years now, YEZ has helped roughly 1,200 youths find stability, despite being under-staffed and under-funded. Look for an early-childhood development program in the near future! February 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about "spiritual regression." Never heard of it? Dr. Newman says it's one of "the most exciting areas to do research in." Find out why! January 29, 2016

Increasingly, sound is providing scientists with clues about changes in habitat. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Christopher Bobryk, a Columbia-based soil scientist with the USDA who uses sound to measure habitat. He visited with Darren about the growing field of soundscape ecology.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SCOTT BRADLEY, Carpet One Floor and Home, about eco-friendly hardwood flooring. "It looks like real wood; it feels like real wood, but it's not." Looking for alternative home renovation ideas? Watch! At [4:16] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, tells us about a program underway that provides computers to less-fortunate homes with school-aged children. The City of Columbia is providing the computers, but there aren't enough to go around, so registration is required - watch for details! January 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Salvation Army's MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL about the status of the annual Tree of Lights campaign, which hopes to raise $415,000 by Jan. 31st. They haven't reached that goal yet, but there's still time! Money from this fundraiser stays local and primarily funds Harbor House, which provides shelter for the homeless. January 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, talk about two "exciting" exhibits that will be on display at Jesse Hall and Ellis Library throughout February celebrating Black History Month! On February 15, reporter Rudi Keller will speak at the State Historical Society about his experiences researching Columbia's Sharp End neighborhood for an article he wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune last year. Watch for details! January 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KATE HARRY talk about all the services provided by the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, and how money from the quarterly cookie sale benefits programs like Operation: School Bell, which provides clothing to school-aged children. Get your orders in for the next cookie sale by February 2nd! At [4:35] Columbia Housing Authority CEO PHIL STEINHAUS brings us up to date on the Patriot Place Apartments project, which will provide "permanent housing rent subsidy for homeless veterans." One of the goals is to fully furnish each apartment, and that's where you can help! Watch for details. January 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri, about their mission as advocates for clean energy policies and renewable energy sources like wind and solar. On certain financing for solar panels for your home, Mark says: "the energy savings will be cheaper than the monthly payment." January 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with former Missouri State Representative JOHN WRIGHT about tax credits. According to John, "the taxpayers of State of Missouri are being the victims of great robbery that's taking place in broad daylight and the accomplice in the getaway car is the Missouri State Legislature." January 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kid's Cooking Class' January 30 at the Columbia Public Library. The theme for this class is 'Fun Fiesta,' and it's for children as young as 3 - watch for details! At [3:53] MIKE GOLD tells us what goes on at the MU Center for Agroforestry. "We are designing integrated systems to produce alternative crops and protect the environment at the same time." They're hosting a free symposium that's open to the public next week. January 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a couple of events during this (already!) busy election year: the first is TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. The topic will be Missouri's Clean Power Plan; the second is Thursday, January 21, and the topic will be money and politics. Watch for details! At [5:16] MARK OHRENBERG and CYNTHIA FLOYD, Youth Advocates at Services for Independent Living, tell us about the programs offered at SIL for people with and without disabilities. January 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper is joined by director Robin Steinhaus and actors Stella Pruitt and Mikey Mossine from Hickman High School's production of "Crazy For You," a familiar musical featuring standards like "Embraceable You," I Got Rhythm" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Stella performs "Someone To Watch Over Me" at [2:28]. January 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper is joined by CHRIS CAMPBELL, who invites everyone to one (or all!) of the many events this month at the Boone County Historical Society. From art exhibits to the return of the Blind Boone Concert Series - BCHS has a busy month ahead! At [4:04] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Inside Voices," the latest exhibit at the Columbia Art League. Based on the Pixar movie, "Inside Out," artists were asked to play on the idea of human emotion. Stop by and see the results for yourself! Also, sign up for classes that are starting soon. January 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition Volunteer Board Member, about the very real problem of human trafficking in Missouri. Nanette shares a story of a couple from Park Hill who lured a young woman into trafficking based on the promise of a modeling job. "These are not people from dark corners, they're people among us." Awareness is key - please watch! January 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BAKER, Executive Director of Community Foundation of Central Missouri, about their mission, what's called 'successor advisors' and the 2015 CoMo Gives campaign. "We believe in facilitating philanthropy." January 13, 2016

Farm Your Yard - Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Jan 12, 2016
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a great gardening year, I can feel it in my bones. Over the holiday season, I, like most folks, spent lots of time with family. It was a great time to get together, joke, eat things we shouldn’t and watch plenty of Netflix. And, being the resident plant nerd of both mine and my husband’s family, I got asked a few questions about basic botany.

Today Paul Pepper visits with actress TORI STEPANEK about Capital City Players' latest production, "My Way." This musical tribute to Frank Sinatra - featuring about 60 songs! - opens January 14th in Jefferson City. At [4:05] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to "Immigrant Stories," a FREE event happening next week at the library featuring the authors of the book, 'Ethnic St. Louis,' talking about the impact of immigration in Missouri. January 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 'Sinatra Supper Club,' now in it's fourth year! Come for the atmosphere and food from Bleu Restaurant, stay for over 40 songs made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes. At [4:23] Osher at Mizzou's JO TURNER tells us what's in store for the winter session that begins January 19th. With classes on understanding Islam, writing poetry, tai chi and more, "it's really a way to keep learning no matter what your age!" January 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper asks ERIC SANDVOL, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, one very important question: could we - in Central Missouri - have a major earthquake, like they have in California or Southeast Missouri? The answer (and the reason) may surprise you - watch! January 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back KIT and CATHY SALTER to talk about 'the life of a writer.' Cathy takes us back to the beginning of her now 23-year career, first as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune all the way up to publishing her latest book, "Notes from Boomerang Creek," which was released last October. Are you budding writer? This interview might just be the push you need! January 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about how - among other topics (such as recycling, the CoMo Energy Challenge, Christmas Tree curbside pickup and more) - Columbia uses methane from the landfill to power a turbine that generates electricity. Crazy stuff - watch! January 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and Prevention Specialist, HEATHER HARLAN, talk about Phoenix Health Programs in-patient treatment of women with substance abuse issues and who need to be monitored 24/7. Heather says that "right now in Boone County, the only option for a woman who needs detoxification is a hospital setting. It's much more expensive." Watch! January 5, 2016