Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, talk about "mindless" and "mindful" eating. Do you know the difference between being physically hungry or emotionally hungry? It's more important than you might think! February 25, 2015

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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, etc. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map

Torie Ross / 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, etc. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, from University of Missouri Health Care's Mason Eye Institute, about age-related vision issues. Have you ever wondered what happens to our eyes as we get older, and what we can do about it? We've got the answers! At [4:57] ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI and RHIAN McLEAN, GreenHouse Theatre Project, talk about their latest production, "Don Juan." Find out the what, the when and - most importantly - the where! February 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're hosting a benefit concert for the African Children's Choir this Wednesday in Columbia, and you're invited! Watch for details. Check out their in-studio performances at [3:27] and [5:22]! February 23, 2015

The rain that fell on Hollywood as the hours of red-carpet coverage wore on may have provided one of the evening's best visuals: actual people running around wearing plastic bags as they guided famous people out of limos, under umbrellas and to the waiting microphones of interviewers who wanted to know who made the dress, the shoes, the jewelry. It was literally the packing up and encasing of humanity to keep reality out: What could be more Oscars than that?

Radio Play: "Gorilla Girl"

Feb 22, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In keeping with our goal of bringing an eclectic array of material to this show, this episode features a pulp fiction classic: "Gorilla Girl," by Charlton L. Edholm. It was first published in a periodical called “Gun Molls Magazine” in 1930, and retains much of the flavor of that time, when Bonnie and Clyde were still fresh news, and Capone was running the rackets.

On today's All Things Considered, NPR film critic Bob Mondello and I have a chat with Audie Cornish about the inevitable, inscrutable Oscars.

Today Paul Pepper invites DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., back for more 'behavioral epigenetics' talk. Are you, or someone you know, in a 'negative spiral' or a 'reality spiral'? Today's show just might have the answer you're looking for! February 20, 2015

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The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is like an art museum unto itself, with its famous murals by Thomas Hart Benton and dramatic bronze statues everywhere. But when it comes to public funding for the arts, that’s at the bottom of lawmakers’ priority list.

Last Wednesday, more than a hundred arts advocates from all over the state went to Jefferson City to try to change that. Here's a run-down of how it went.


Today Paul Pepper and JEFF CHINN talk about AARP's annual free state and federal tax service (for personal returns) at the Columbia Public Library. Watch for details! At [4:06] "Love, Loss and What I Wore" director, BILL BAER, and "guest-actress," KAREN GEOTZ, tell us about this latest production - with a twist! - from Columbia Entertainment Company. February 19, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest, CLYDE RUFFIN, MU Department of Theatre, about "The Whipping Man," which tells the story of a wounded Confederate soldier and two Jewish slaves during the Civil War. The production opens this Thursday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. At [5:00] DEE ROSE, Sterling Chapter American Business Women's Association, invites everyone to a chili supper and craft sale fundraiser next Saturday in Jefferson City! Watch for details. February 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "Too Many Roads and Bridges; Too Little Funding." Do you have an opinion? MoDOT will be at an informational session TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. At [4:08] JONI WEINBAUM and LAURA MORRIS display their finest southern hospitality while talking about Capital City Players' latest production, "Southern Hospitality!" It opens this Friday in Jefferson City. February 17, 2015

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

Synesthesia is a phenomenon where the stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to an automatic, involuntary experience in a second sensory pathway.  Research suggests that 1 in 2,000 people have some type of synesthesia. While few are born with this innate condition, Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff wants to cultivate your ability to process two mediums simultaneously. Merging fine art and song this Friday, Mehrhoff - the Academic Coordinatorfor the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology - aims to create the conditions for synesthesia. The Missouri Theatre show will pair five paintings from the museum with choral works performed by MU's Ars Nova Singers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, and BRENNA REED, Office of Sustainability, about the "CoMo Energy Challenge." The city is competing for $5 million dollars from Georgetown University against other, similar-sized, cities - find out what you can do to help Columbia win the money! February 16, 2015

Trigger Warning is a term used to warn someone about potentially harmful reading material. It's also the title of Neil Gaiman's newest collection of short-fiction.

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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper met up Kent Anderson, owner of Kent’s Floral Gallery, and Amy Atkinson, manager of the Candy Factory, to find out how they prepare for Valentine’s Day. 

Downtown Fulton

 The Old Fulton Theatre is making an encore performance. Last month, The Brick District organization voted unanimously to take on the renovation of the historic building. The theater has been abandoned for over five years now, and hasn’t been functional since 2005. District president Thomas Riley said the theater has a lot of potential, but needs work.

“We’ve been working on downtown development for a number of years," he said. "The theater represents probably the biggest potential asset we could have for downtown development… but right now, it might be the biggest detriment.”

Today Paul Pepper sits back as local storyteller (and resident holiday guest), LARRY BROWN, tells us the story of "The Questing Beast," which takes place during the era of King Arthur. Is it a Friday the 13th story or a Valentine's Day story? You decide. February 13, 2015


On this week's Thinking Out Loud, hear part two of Darren Hellwege's conversation with the Reverend C.W. Dawson. The conversation touches on the role of Martin Luther King and others in re-energizing the black churches' engagement in the civil rights movement, weaving black history into the broader telling of history and why we need to better monitor election fraud in America.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back YVONNE MATTHEWS and MABLE GRIMES, who perform two poems: the first is "No Assistance" at [2:17]; the second is "I Am Getting Ready to Unfold" at [4:33]. February 12, 2015

Gregory Goode

Beethoven got comfortable in his own skin as he approached middle years. The ease that he felt during these years in Vienna is heard on the new release by the Cypress String Quartet. You can hear selections from this release on KBIA's daytime classical mix.

Today Paul Pepper and consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK, talk about booking airfare. Will you be taking a cruise anytime soon? Your best price for the flight might come from booking through the cruise line - it hasn't always been that way. We've got other good tips, too - watch! February 11, 2015

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Central Methodist University's DR. SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, as well as ANNA KAY and LEVI GERKE, who perform the 'Act I Flute Duet' from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," [3:43] opening this Thursday at the Kountz Recital Hall in Fayette! February 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANNA DRAKE, Heart of Missouri CASA, about the need for more volunteers to become 'Court-Appointed Special Advocates.' Interested? They're only asking for 8-10 hours a month. At [4:00] ED HANSON tells us about "Circle Mirror Transformation," opening this Friday at Talking Horse Productions! February 9, 2015

By all accounts, self-taught artist Jesse Howard was cantankerous. In middle of the last century, it wasn't unusual to see hand-painted signs on country roads advertising a traveling fair or a farm sale. But Howard's signs offered Bible verses. They proclaimed his anger at his neighbors and the government, and his disappointments with the world around him. "Every word I'm saying's the truth," the artist said of his work. "Every word."

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Warning: do not listen to this story if you are hungry.  In what started as a simple craving for good Mexican food, KBIA producers Meredith Turk and John Farmer de la Torre discovered a small, but active group of tamale makers in Columbia, Missouri.   In fact, they stumbled upon the biggest Mexican tamale-making day of the year.  For this story, our sources only wanted us to use first names.


Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Missouri State Historical Society, about an exhibit in MU's Ellis Library that showcases cartoons about the 1960s civil rights movement from the point of view of St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial cartoonist Thomas Englehart. February 6, 2015

Vandalia Leader

This week on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talked with the Reverend C.W. Dawson about work Dawson is doing to bring together the area's African American clergy for activism, education and fellowship.