Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits with CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, about how to avoid giving your pet a heat stroke. CB says like obesity, heat strokes occur when the owner is "trying to be nice." Find out what everyday situations could potentially be deadly to a dog if not carefully handled! At [4:01] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR, Assoc. Dir. of Community and Outreach at Woodhaven, invites everyone to the grand opening of Woodhaven's Aging in Place apartments this Friday. These 'future-proof' homes allow tenants to grow old without worrying about renovations and upkeep as their conditions change. July 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about what Columbia's 'Climate Action Plan' means to the people of Mid-Missouri. Next month, the public is invited to attend a council meeting in which the Office of Sustainability will be presenting a comprehensive report that details efforts made by the citizens of Columbia to reduce carbon emissions, and a plan to continue those efforts into the future. Watch for details! July 24, 2017

The State Historical Society of Missouri

History nerds are gearing up for the 2019 opening of The Center for Missouri Studies, a new home for The State Historical Society of Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, the society's Senior Associate Director Gerald Hirsch laid out plans for the four-floor, 76,000 square foot center, which will be built between Sixth and Seventh on Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Angela talks about just how fast the moon's shadow will move across the United States on August 21st, and what MoDOT is doing to make sure drivers (who find themselves in the path of totality) stay safe! July 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEGAN McCONACHIE, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, about the many activities planned for the weekend before the total solar eclipse that's happening on August 21st! Don't miss out on a bike ride, a 5K and, of course, a "Totality Music Festival." Watch for details! At [4:00] JEFF MORAN, a.k.a. "Dr. Chordate," performs his original song, "E-Clipse-O," that he dedicates to the solar eclipse experience. July 20, 2017

Paul Pepper: Author John Howe, "The Foolish Corner"

Jul 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JOHN HOWE. The basis of his book, "The Foolish Corner," is something called "behavioral economics," and John uses that foundation to help guide you in making wise financial decisions. In this interview, John touches on "confirmation bias" and "hedonic adaptation." July 19, 2017

Farm Your Yard: Planning the Fall Garden

Jul 18, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

It’s the middle of summer and the garden is bumping. It’s hot and I am busy trying to keep everything watered and fighting off the inevitable disease and fungus problems that plague all tomatoes grown in our humid climate.

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 welcomes back poet, author and Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads his poem, "Queen Anne's Lace," which he dedicates to the white lanky wild flower of the same name (it's actually a member of the carrot family!). Meet Walter in person next month in Ashland - watch for details! July 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE CRITCHFIELD, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Columbia, about the services they provide for elderly people who live in their own home, but are in need of some assistance, and the caregivers who provide that assistance. At [5:11] actors SARAH JOST and DANE JOHNSON, "Beauty" and "the Beast," respectively, invite everyone to Maplewood Barn's production of "Beauty and the Beast." This classic fairy tale is sure to delight and entertain the whole family, so don't miss it! July 17, 2017

Angie Bennett

A group of Mid-Missouri veterans recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. They were participants in the Central Missouri Honor Flight #47. The group's vice-president, Steve Paulsell, was recently a guest on Thinking Out Loud. He visited with Darren Hellwege about how the local group recognizes those who served their country.


Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director, Bond Life Sciences Center, about why the population of arctic hares rise and fall so dramatically. Could it be because of the arctic fox? Perhaps, but not in the way you might be thinking. July 14, 2017

Carmine Grimaldi shares his approach to collaborating with the subjects in his three short films One of the Roughs, Servicing Guide and If Only There Were Peace, all from True/False 2017.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DOUG BANNISTER, Director, School of Metaphysics, about the message behind the school and how it achieves it's goal of helping people improve their lives through faith and adhering to common principles that all people share, no matter religion or location. July 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, and actress CHEYENNE NELSON about Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," opening this Thursday in Macon! Cheyenne, as "Reno Sweeney," performs 'I Get A Kick Out of You' at [3:27]. July 12, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

After the smoke clears from Fourth of July fireworks, keep an eye out for a native Missouri wildflower whose shape resembles those celebratory blasts of fire in the sky.

This week on Discover Nature, celebrate summer with the colorful blooms of wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).

Today Paul Pepper visits with MADELINE MATSON about Will Schwalbe's book, "The End of Your Life Book Club," a.k.a. Missouri River Regional Library's "Capital Read" selection for 2017. Get a quick synopsis and find out how you can meet the author! At [3:09] MARY SCHANTZ and TONY SMITH invite everyone to a forum on health care reform at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Attendees will hear from local doctors and nationally-known speakers in a setting that encourages conversation. Watch for details! July 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY POWELL, director of "Seussical," part of MU Summer Repertory Theatre's 2017 season! Joy is joined by four cast members who perform, "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" at [3:42], followed by a solo, a cappella performance of "Alone in the Universe" at [6:20]. "Seussical" opens this Thursday and runs for two weeks. July 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President, LaBrunerie Financial, about saving money. If you think it's too early to start saving for retirement, you're wrong! Alex suggests that as much as ten percent of your salary should go into savings - even if you're young and not making much money because, as he puts it, "you are rich in time." Other topics we cover include: long-term care, hedge funds and reverse mortgages. July 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about this Saturday's 'Second Saturdays for Kids' event at Orr Street Studios in Columbia! The activities this month will revolve around a solar eclipse/science theme. Catherine says, "we're doing hard science, surreal science; both sides of the brain." At [4:43] NICK FOSTER joins us to talk about 'Christmas in July'! This family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Voluntary Action Center and, as you might expect, features an appearance by everyone's favorite jolly ol' elf. Watch for details! July 6, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

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

Trevor Harris / KBIA

It took over two years for word of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach slaves in Texas. Over 150 years, residents of Boonville have annually celebrated the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 executive order that freed America's conscripted blacks.

Today Paul Pepper visits with consumer expert MEL ZELENAK. Have you ever been in a situation where, after taking your car in to be serviced for a recall, they tell you they've found other problems that need to be addressed? Find out why Mel says you should tell them to wait on doing any additional repairs. Plus, advice on buying life insurance for your child. July 5, 2017

Happy Independence Day! To help celebrate, Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells a Fourth of July-themed true story about an "odd couple" who died on the same day, this day, many years ago. Any guesses? Watch! July 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the importance of milkweed in the life of the monarch butterfly. If you're thinking about planting milkweed in your yard, Nadia's advice is a good first step in successfully adapting all kinds of milkweed to your garden. At [4:44] KELLY LANCEY and JACKIE VERDUN talk about what it's like being a "host family" to an exchange student who's taking part in the Rotary Youth Exchange. If it's something you'd like to do, too, we tell you how - watch! July 3, 2017

Paul Pepper: Tim Rich, Welcome Home

Jun 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TIM RICH about Welcome Home, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless veterans. Tim says, "when you think about the fact that every single veteran that served in the United States military - male or female - signed on the dotted line willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. We owe them...a new start when they hit bottom and find themselves on the street, and that's what Welcome Home is about." June 30, 2017

Yance Ford (STRONG ISLAND) and Travis Wilkerson (DID YOU WONDER  WHO FIRED THE GUN) shares their families’ histories of being the victims and perpetrators of violence respectively. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with KARLI URBAN, M.D., MU Family and Community Medicine, about the upcoming Family Caregivers Conference. Karli says this will be a great way to learn about resources in the community and to network with others in a similar situation. Watch for details! At [5:15] KAT DAKE invites everyone to the Jefferson City Art Club's special art exhibit this Saturday at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. Tour works of art by JCAC members that showcase Missouri's many native plants and wildlife! June 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIT SALTER about the second half of 2017's Osher Saturday Morning Book Talk series! The next 'talk' will feature Jill Orr, author of "The Good Byline." Come for the conversation, stay for the pastries and coffee - it all begins at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month! June 28, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Listen at the water’s edge this week, and you’ll likely hear Missouri’s largest frog, and official state amphibian.

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