Arts and Culture

There’s only one train line left in Concordia, Kansas (population just over 5,000), and it hauls grain. But more than a hundred years ago there were four train lines. Some of them were passenger trains, and in the 1880s, one carried a group of unaccompanied children from New York.

It stopped in nearby Wayne, Kansas, where strangers were waiting to choose the children.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about taking a cruise. Mel tells us that it's his favorite mode of vacation transportation, and therefore has a lot of experience hitting the high seas. Tips include how much to pack, how much to spend and how much effort put into choosing the cruise line. April 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MARK WAKEFIELD, Division Chief of Urology, MU School of Medicine, about the importance of donating organs. April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month, and Dr. Wakefield tells us that there are over 120,000 patients waiting for a lung, a heart, a kidney or even intestines. Becoming a donor is straight forward - find out how! At [3:53] KEITH POLITTE invites everyone to TEDxCoMo this Thursday at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia! The theme is 'Citizen', and the featured speakers will share "ideas worth spreading." (That's according to their website.) We talk about who's coming, including an 11-year-old "genius," and more - watch! April 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back (for the second Friday in a row) CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! Today is the start of the 26th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville. We talk about that, their new album, "Carp Fishing in Missouri," and they find time to perform a medley of four French-Canadian tunes on guitar and hammer dulcimer. April 7, 2017

Campfire Stories

Apr 6, 2017

Four True/False 2017 directors sit around an indoor fire, eat s'mores and share behind the scenes stories from their films. Stories from Viktor Jakovleski (BRIMSTONE & GLORY), Peter Nicks (THE FORCE), Dan Sickles (DINA) and Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?).

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, talk about "Let Them Eat Art," an annual fundraiser featuring food, tapas-style, from area restaurants inspired by works of art hanging in the CAL gallery. Bring your appetite on April 13th, but reserve your spot today because this event will sell out! At [3:50] SUE HOEVELMAN and ANN DENNY are back because the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser is back! Don't miss your chance to have the 'best chocolate-chip cookies in the world' delivered right to your office door this April 18th. Simply fill out an order form online - watch for details! April 6, 2017

On a bitterly cold afternoon early this winter, Patrick Overton was standing outside the historic Federated Church of Arrow Rock, Missouri, greeting people for the town’s annual folk sing-along. As visitors made their way through the afternoon cold to the warm glow of the church, Overton welcomed old friends, introduced himself to new ones, and joked that it was safe for all to enter because he would not be singing.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER BLACK CONE about Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," the latest production from TRYPS! See it this weekend at the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus. Also, watch for details on how you can get involved with TRYPS! At [3:39] CLARA STARK and AUBREY TAYLOR tell us why your child should join the fun at Maplewood Barn's popular Children's Theatre Summer Camp, taking place over two weeks in July. Registration is open now! April 5, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, listen for the rattling calls of Belted Kingfishers (Ceryle alcyan) along streams.

It's Election Day! Today Paul Pepper visits with the League of Women Voters' MARILYN McLEOD about what's on the ballot; also, the League is hosting a 'civics education' forum next Tuesday at the Columbia Public Library. It's free and open to the public. Watch for details! At [4:46] THOM KIRK invites everyone to Capital City Productions' "A Time to Kill" - on stage now at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City. Thom says, "this is a very, very serious play with a very serious message" that will leave you "thinking about your own prejudices, perhaps." April 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and CATHY SALTER talk about the upcoming Unbound Book Festival, a FREE event on the Stephens College Campus Saturday, April 22! (Be sure and catch nationally-known author, Salman Rushdie, April 21 at Jesse Auditorium.) Celebrate the written word with a variety of events that are sure to make this an unforgettable weekend! At [4:15] PETER MIYAMOTO invites everyone to the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival April 6-9 in Columbia! This is a national competition. Peter says, "we bring in 15 of the nation's best ensembles...[to perform in front of an]...international panel of judges. Watch for details! April 3, 2017

University of Missouri Press

The name Lloyd Gaines looms large in the history of the University of Missouri. Historian James Endersby recently co-authored a University of Missouri Press book that examines the impact of Gaines' case on integration efforts in Missouri and across the nation. Endersby talked with KBIA's Darren Hellwege for this week's Thinking Out Loud. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Lori Holland's "Didn't I Dance" on guitar and hammer dulcimer. See Cathy, Dave and a whole host of musical talent at this year's Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville - watch for details! March 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANA RUSSON, Kirksville Arts Association, about a fire that destroyed a quilt exhibit last December and the book dedicated to the quilts that were lost. Hear the full story and find out how you can get a copy, proceeds of which support the Kirksville Arts Rebuild Fund. At [4:24] STEPHANIE SMITH, Jefferson City Home Educators, and HENRY TOWNE, JCHE Teen Club, invite everyone to their production of "M*A*S*H," a fundraiser for JCHE opening tomorrow night inside the Union Hill Baptist Church gymnasium in Holts Summit. March 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, about the importance of walking with your dog(s). Dr. Doering says that the key to well-behaved pets begins before you even put the leash on. Her advice? Reward calmness, not excitement. How? It's as simple as ringing a doorbell. Watch! March 29, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover nature this week with a walk outdoors, and keep an eye out for blooming Eastern redbud trees (Cercis canadensis).

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about their planned 14,000 sq. ft. expansion that aims to better serve the needs of high school students because, as Valorie says, "they're the hardest group to get engaged." At [4:15] AMANDA DE LA MATER, Program and Education Specialist at the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, talks about the need for more volunteer caregivers. Amanda tells us that, "the amount of care that they provide totals to about 230.1 billion dollars worth of care (that they're providing for free)." March 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAN CULLIMORE about the Community Garden Coalition of Columbia and Boone County. Dan says that these gardens are "tremendously important" to lower and moderate-income individuals and families, as well as for educational purposes. If you'd like to get involved, watch for details! At [3:48] TYLER NICOSIA and WALLY PFEFFER invite everyone to the 3rd annual 'Wine Down Wednesday,' April 12th at the Grand Cru restaurant in Columbia! Wine tasting, good food and a silent auction are to be expected at this popular fundraiser for the Mizzou Alumni Association. March 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Columbia/Boone County CrimeStoppers board president TERRY ROBB about the success of this forty-year-old, non-profit organization, as well as it's place in our community and it's future with our local police department. "We are not law enforcement; we do the tip service." At [4:10] JENNIFER BOOKS invites everyone to come watch the Harlem Ambassadors take on the Callaway Hoopsters in a charity basketball game this Sunday at the Westminster Historic Gymnasium in Fulton. All the money raised stays in Callaway County - watch for details! March 24, 2017

Eric Hynes discusses the art of criticism and this moment in documentary form. Hynes is a film critic and a programmer at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Off the Clock - Women Raising Alpacas, Creating Fabric

Mar 23, 2017
Catherine Wheeler / KBIA

Four women own and operate Heartfelt Alpaca Creations in Columbia, Missouri. Three of the women, Mary Licklider, Linda Coats, and Diane Peckham, all brought their alpacas into the business, while Carol Brown is a fiber artists who makes felt sheets. The women started the business about six years ago.

Why alpaca?

Licklider said the best alpaca fiber is as soft as cashmere. Additionally, it's a stronger fiber, but a similar weight.

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Earth Hour 2017. Plan to join the rest of the world and go dark from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 25! A small gesture can make a big impact on future generations to come. Watch for details! March 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the weather. We can all pretty much agree that it was a fairly mild winter, but why? Basically, a weakened jet stream - thanks to warming temperatures at the North Pole - has changed the dynamics between the top of the globe and everything around it. Jack says that farmers agree, adding, "they don't care about the politics, but they do care about when they plant and when they don't." March 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELIA ROBERTSON, Coordinator of Pediatric Injury Prevention at MU Children's Hospital, about poison prevention in children. For instance, Shelia tells us that easy access to your grandparents' medication is one of the most-often received phone calls to Poison Control centers. Want more home prevention tips? Come to Safe Kids Day 2017 April 29th in Columbia! (And watch the segment, of course.) At [5:47] meet University of Missouri graduate student, and one of two featured speakers at tomorrow night's monthly Science on Tap CoMo event, JACQUELINE GAMBOA VARELA. Jacqueline gives us a sneak preview of her presentation on DNA damage and magnets! March 21, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week, on Discover Nature, take a walk outside, and you may hear one of the first serenades signifying spring on the horizon.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author and poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads two warm weather-themed poems: 'Sea Fever' by John Masefield at [1:16]; and his own, 'Point Dume Screen Test', at [3:50]. March 20, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

The True/False podcast returns next week with our conversation with film critic and programmer Eric Hynes. We'll have new episodes every other week after that. Until then, enjoy this little treat from this year's Buskers Last Stand.

Andrea Del Sarto / Flickr

What do Julius Caesar and Malcolm X have in common? More than you might think.

During a visit to MU’s Rhynsburger Theater last month, the Acting Company of New York City told the stories of both men in two back-to-back performances on Feb. 18 and 19. Known as “Caesar/X,” the series pairs Marcus Gardley’s new play “X: Or the Nation vs Betty Shabazz” with the Shakespearean classic “Julius Caesar.” Both tell the stories of powerful men who were assassinated by those who knew them best.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, co-organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference happening May 6th in Columbia! Erin tells us about author Maya Shetreat-Klein's book, "The Dirt Cure," which focuses on raising kids to eat food 'straight from the soil'. Dr. Shetreat-Klein will be one of four speakers at this conference. Register today! At [3:30] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to 'Empty Bowls', a FREE soup meal this Sunday at Missouri United Methodist Church. You're encouraged to buy an 'empty bowl', proceeds of which will support CCUA's Food Pantry project. Watch for details! March 16, 2017

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