Arts and Culture

Missouri Department of Conservation

As we head into the middle of summer, keep an eye out in the woods for ripening blackberries.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about 'Second Saturday for Kids', a thrice-annual multi-art workshop for children at Orr Street Studios in Columbia. The theme for the next class is "Color Music Music Color." Find out what that means and how to sign up in five short minutes! At [4:56] DANIELLE DOYEN invites everyone to come see "Buyer and Cellar," a hilarious, one-man show about working at a shop in Barbra Streisand's basement. It opens July 8th at Talking Horse Productions - don't miss it! July 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH, who plays two Independence Day-themed selections, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "God Bless the USA." Happy 4th, everyone! July 4, 2016

Rebecca Smith / KBIA

On a late Friday in June, Charley Joe Dill casually smokes a cigarette outside the Retroplex skating rink in Saint Robert, Missouri. He stands back a bit from the door, but people still flock to him - stopping to say “Hi” on their way in.

While spending a summer night at the skating rink isn’t anything too unusual in rural Missouri, this particular skate night is special – it’s part of the Pulaski County Pride festival.


Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about the upcoming August primary. Not up to speed on the candidates or the issues? Don't worry, the League has you covered with two upcoming forums! Watch for details. At [4:30] DAVE WHITE invites everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of "Greater Tuna," running in rep at the Corner Playhouse until July 22nd. This hilarious, two-man, 20+ characters show is an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss! July 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, talk about 'compassion'. Vera says, "to be a compassionate person with others and situations starts within, with our own compassion." June 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with BARBIE BANKS, Director of the Citizen Jane Film Festival, about 'Camp Citizen Jane' for girls 'going into the 6th grade through going into the 9th grade'. This camp is all-things filmmaking: they'll work with professionals from Stephens College, and have the opportunity to see their work on the big screen! Watch for details. At [3:40] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, updates us on some important summer programs, including the 'Fan Club' and 'Christmas in July'. Consider making a donation or taking part today! June 29, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spend much time near a Missouri waterbody in summer, and chances are you’ll spot see reptiles galore including water snakes basking on a sunny day.

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It's difficult to describe Faith Salie's career in just a few words. Earlier in life she attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In Los Angeles, Faith appeared on TV shows like Married...with Children, Sweet Valley High and Sex and the City. After leaving the acting world, Faith set her sights on journalism. Now, she is a contributor for CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! During her time with CBS News Sunday Morning, the show received two Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Morning Program." Faith recently released a book called Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring too Much. Through several hilarious and personal stories, Faith talks about her lifelong need for approval. This Comedian's Life talked to Faith about her new book, fake eyelashes, and working with Potsie from Happy Days.  For more information about Faith or to buy her book, visit faithsalie.com. You can find Faith on Twitter @Faith_Salie.


Today Paul Pepper visits with CAROL THOMPSON about the Veterans Mental Health Council. Did you know that everyday 22 veterans commit suicide? Carol says it's because of 'stigma'. If you know of a veteran struggling to adapt to life outside of the military, VMHC is here to help! At [4:35] actresses ERICA BRUINGTON and KAYLA JESTIS invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "Steel Magnolias," opening June 30th in Columbia. This small cast delivers both laughs and tears, so don't miss it! June 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's KRISTIN BARNES, RN about fall prevention. Feeling dizzy? Low blood pressure? You might be a risk! Follow Kristin's easy-to-do tips to prevent a fall in your home. At [4:07] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, and BRANDON McSHAFFREY, Director, "Of Mice and Men," discuss that play, on stage now, as well as the rest of the summer season! June 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform "Oh My Little Darling" (with a little "Lady On the Green" thrown in at the end) on banjo and guitar. See them in person on July 2nd in Alma, Missouri. June 24, 2016

AV Club

Actor and improviser Horatio Sanz was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Chicago. As he got older, Horatio made a name for himself on the improv stages around town. Horatio’s improv prowess led to an eight-year tenure as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. During his years on the show, Horatio was a part of some  famous sketches, including “Debbie Downer” and the legendary “Cowbell” sketch.

Horatio continues to perform improv today, and hosts his own podcast, The Hooray Show with producer Chad Krueger. This Comedian’s Life talked to Horatio about his I Dream of Jeannie-inspired nickname, his SNL audition, and how he got arrested in the name of comedy. To listen to The Hooray Show visit hoorayshow.com. You can also follow Horatio on Twitter @MrHoratioSanz. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone (YEZ), about a ribbon cutting for YEZ's 'Inspiring Academy' tomorrow in Columbia! This new program aims to work with children from a very young age all the way through college, ideally. Find out more! At [3:36] MU Theatre Department Dramaturge, CARRIE WINSHIP, invites everyone to see "Crimes of the Heart," opening tomorrow night on the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU Campus! Carrie also tells us about the "Arts as a Portal to Science" summer camp happening next month. June 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, celebrate National Ice Cream Month early by making homemade ice cream! Your kids can too, thanks to a class next month at the Columbia Public Library. Get details on that, plus an easy-to-make recipe you can do at home! At [3:38] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR invites everyone to help break ground on Woodhaven's planned age-in-place apartments this Sunday at Rock Bridge Christian Church. Make plans to attend this special dedication! June 22, 2016

Discover Nature: Softshell Turtles

Jun 21, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

Take a canoe out on a local pond or stream this week, and you’ll likely encounter Spiny softshell turtles.


Today Paul Pepper visits with local pianist/musician-extraordinaire, SUTU FORTE, about her efforts to bring awareness to the local wildlife. Her planned concert this Saturday will be "an opportunity for you to experience your 'wild' side." Watch for details! At [5:03] Columbia Art League Executive Director, DIANA MOXON, takes a moment to thank everyone for the "smoothest" Art in the Park ever, and to invite everyone to this Saturday's opening reception for their latest show (that has no theme)! June 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BLEVINS, President/Marketing Manager of the Boone County Farmer's Market, about what's in store for this season - the second at Columbia Mall. If you're looking for locally produced fruits and veggies, this is the place to be! At [4:15] LINDA BLEDSOE and EILEEN GAWRILUK invite everyone to the 17th annual Bittersweet Garden Tour, happening this Sunday, June 26 in Jefferson City! Watch for details on the six gardens selected for their 'drop-dead gorgeous factor'. June 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CONNIE WEABLE about tomorrow's 59th annual Olivet Christian Church BBQ. Come for the fixin's, stay for the fellowship - it's sure to delight (and feed) the whole family! At [3:20] JESSICA LONG, Missouri Association for Community Action, and MEGAN CORBIN, Central Missouri Community Action, talk about poverty in Missouri. Did you know that, state-wide, 908,000 people are living in poverty; and of those, 287,000 are children? MACA and CMCA are just part of the solution. Watch for details on how you can get involved! June 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Sean Spence, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about 'skimming', an oft-used scam that steals your credit card information at the gas pump. Sean shares prevention tips on that and more - watch! June 16, 2016

TinyHouseExpedition.com

A new history of the Ozark's Baldknobbers is out. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with the book's author and took a look at the tiny home movement on Thinking Out Loud.


Discover Nature: American Bullfrogs

Jun 15, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

The deep, sonorous call of Missouri’s largest frog is distinct. This week on Discover Nature, we discover Missouri's official state amphibian, the American bullfrog. 


YTheater Project Jerusalem

From the Thinking Out Loud archives we go back to November 2015 for a conversation with a troupe of Jewish and Palestinian thespians who visited Columbia for a play about living together despite major differences.


Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, talk about what Mel calls the best value vacation possible: cruising. Follow his tips to avoid the usual headaches and to save yourself some money! June 15, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Making Waves

Jun 14, 2016
Kelsey Kupferer / Making Waves

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of students at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.


Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, continue their discussion of 'Picturing Politics,' an exhibit on display now inside Ellis Library. Joan brought two famous prints by George Caleb Bingham, "Verdict of the People" and "County Election." Check it out! June 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Dancearts of Columbia Director/Co-Owner MARIE ROBERTSON about their upcoming summer workshops! This year's new approach focuses more on technique than choreography for a final show. Watch for details! At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN tells us about outpatient treatment for teenagers at Phoenix Health Programs. Hear the story of "Maria," who benefitted from such services and is now on track for a better life. June 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA REINDEL about the 2016 Relay For Life event happening this Saturday on the track at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia. Find out how you can take part in "one of the most important events in Boone County." At [3:20] BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, returns with simple tips and tricks you can do to reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time helping "CoMo" win $5M. It's a win-win - watch! June 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CHRIS CAMPBELL, Executive Director of the Boone County Historical Society, about a special upcoming Father's Day concert featuring renowned ragtime pianist, BOB MILNE, playing on "Blind" Boone's piano. Watch for details! At [3:38] meet actors RYAN and KIMBERLY KENNEY, soon to be known to audiences as Prof. Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, respectively, from Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "The Music Man!" Opening tomorrow night, there are three weekends to catch this classic, Americana musical that's sure to delight the whole family. June 8, 2016

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