Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper welcomes 11th-grader SHRISTI BASHISTA, a "youth ambassador" with Partners of the Americas. Shristi tells us about her latest trip to Colombia, why she got involved with 'Partners' and why you should consider applying! She says, "I have always considered myself a 'world citizen'...and my goal in life is to help the world...and the best way to do that is to meet people from around the world." At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, returns with the four 'Es' to look out for when "thinking about treatment for young people." It's great advice - watch! August 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROB CROUSE about Capital City Productions' latest show, "Ghost the Musical." If you know and love the movie, the stage adaptation stays true to the story - with just a tad more singing and dancing. Rob introduces us to the cast, and shares some behind-the-scenes secrets on how they pull off the special effects - watch! At [4:56] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, talks about the benefits and the dangers of giving your dog rawhide bones. Among many shared tips, CB says to avoid the kind with knots on the end: "they're not as safe." Watch for more! August 10, 2016

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This week on Discover Nature, keep an eye to the sky in the predawn hours, as the Perseid meteor shower peaks.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about their latest production, "The Last Five Years." This play, about a five-year relationship, is unique because one character's story is told in reverse chronological order, and the other character's story is told in chronological order. Curtain goes up this Friday - don't miss it! At [4:04] ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, tells us what she thinks is "the single best thing a consumer can do" to get the best insurance rates out there. Angie says, " around very often - you definitely don't just want to assume you're getting the best rate possible." August 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, want to make sure you're registered to vote in the November election! If you're not  - and you know who you are - don't let October 12th come and go. Thankfully, the League is here to help - watch! At [4:22] actress NATALIE WITTENBERGER and costumer MARIA BISH invite everyone to come see "The Little Mermaid" at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City beginning this Thursday. If you've seen the Disney adaptation, you'll enjoy the same energy and fun watching the stage production with real actors! August 8, 2016

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Fans of the old Shakespeare's Pizza in downtown Columbia may experience a slight feeling of deja vu as they enter its new home on the original site—that's because nearly all aspects of the space have been recreated.

"The original dining room is the same. A lot of the wood panels on the walls are the same boards—we numbered those and put them back in the same order to keep the pattern of wear the same,"  Shakespeare's manager Kurt Mirtsching explained. "We had detailed photographs of the entire restaurant, so we tried to put things back as much as we could in the same fashion."

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet the Boone County Hams! They perform two songs that are sure to put you  in a good mood: "Mandy" at [1:40] and "Goodnight, Sweetheart" at [4:40]. There are two chances to see the Hams in concert coming up - watch for details! August 5, 2016

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Converting lawn grasses and turf into native plantings that attract pollinators and desirable wildlife is a process. An upcoming workshop at Powell Gardens is for landowners seeking to convert turf grass.

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For the last seven years, I have spent a lot of time with rotting food. I could tell you some things that would surprise you about the decomposition of different things. For example, avocado skins just don’t break down. Neither do egg shells. Fur really doesn’t go anywhere either. And while it takes a long time to break down, bread from Panera will turn blue as it does- lots of preservatives in that one.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHRISTELLE ILBOUDO, MU Health Care, about the continuing spread of the Zika virus. Zika has actually been around since the 1940s, but has only recently entered the Americas thanks to a new strain, the Asian strain; Dr. Ilboudo says, "the Asian strain is the one that is causing more trouble and is creating that trouble in populations that have never seen Zika before." There are still a lot of unknowns, but it remains a fascinating conversation. Watch! August 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DANIELLE WOODS, RN about the mission behind McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers. There's a 'large spectrum' of eating disorders, and how it affects you has a lot to do with the makeup of your brain. Our online lives plays a role, too; as Danielle says, "instead of really focusing on loving ourselves and the body that we're in, a lot of times we shift our attention to looking like something else that we think society wants us to look like." Plus, find out about the upcoming NEDA Walk in Columbia! At [4:40] KIMBERLY GRIFFIN and RICARDO COSTA invite everyone to Bradford Research Center's annual "Organic Field Day" August 11th. The highlight this year will be chemical-free weed control - watch for details! August 3, 2016

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Missouri’s freshwater mussels live all around us, sitting quietly in streambeds, often unnoticed despite their bright pearls and colorful names. Discover Nature this week, as the pocketbook mussel begins breeding.

Today Paul Pepper and NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, talk about the latest efforts to stop human trafficking - this time in the form of an app for your smartphone. In short, "TraffickCam" enables users to photograph their hotel rooms and upload the photos to a database that investigators can use to find victims when a crime occurs. Watch for details! August 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and dietitian KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about the next "Kids in the Kitchen" cooking class. This time around your 3-9 year-old will learn how to make healthy back-to-school snacks! Registration opens tomorrow - watch for details. At [3:58] GLOVER BROWN and RHONDA SWEET tell us about the efforts behind the Historic Food District Memorial Project, and how you can get involved! Glover says, "we're trying to not let the memory of Lafayette Street be's one of the original streets in Jefferson City." August 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about the old adage, "one man's trash is another man's treasure." If you're about to move from your home and you don't know what to do with all that junk you've acquired over the years - before you throw it in the garbage - watch our interview for some alternative ideas! July 29, 2016

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Jul 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes first-time guest TERI WALDEN, Executive Director/Co-Founder of EnCircle Technologies. Since 2013, this organization has focused on training adults with autism computer programming and web development skills - all in an effort to improve their future employment opportunities. Watch for details! July 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAMILA BATCHELDER, Coordinator of the C.A.R.E. Art Gallery, about their August 5th show in the North Village Arts District. "Top notch" artwork from 15 "passionate" young artists will be on display for you to look at and maybe even buy! At [4:08] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, encourages everyone to take part in their ongoing 'fan club' program, as well as the upcoming 'Back to School Health Fair,' sponsored in part by the Family Impact Center. (Free haircuts will be available!) July 27, 2016

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Among the members of the Squirrel Family living in Missouri, you’ll most likely see Eastern gray and fox squirrels.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY SMITH about River City Habitat for Humanity's 100th home, now under construction in Jefferson City. For an organization that's only 25 years old, Kelly says that " be getting to our 100th home at this point is a big accomplishment." Find out what their plans are for the next 100! At [4:27] father and son acting duo CHRIS and NATHAN HEESE invite everyone to come see them and the rest of the cast in Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Oliver!," opening this Thursday in Columbia! July 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CONNIE SHAY about the 10th annual Peacemakers Quilt Show, happening in conjunction with the Fayette Festival of the Arts next Saturday on the campus of Central Methodist University! This year's theme is "In the Garden," and Connie brought an example of what you'll find among a hundred other quilts - watch! At [2:56] JOYCE HULETT and MARY RIDGE tell us about all of the programs sponsored by the Retired Teachers Association of Boone County, and it's a lot! Programs like classroom grants, volunteer work and something called "Books for Soldiers" are just a few of the activities their 450 members are involved with. July 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about procrastination. We're all guilty of it, but why? Dr. Newman says it's a control issue. Since we can't control everything in our life, that which we can, we avoid. Sound familiar? If that's you or someone you know, check out this informative interview! July 22, 2016

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Political conventions in American have been around as long as there has been an America. Back in 1840, members of Missouri's Whig Party made their way by land and by water to Rocheport for their state convention. The Friends of Historic Rocheport's president Sherry Moreau was Trevor Harris' guest on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Also on this program Chris Campbell from the Boone County Historical Society discussed Boone County Votes, a show opening next month at the society's Columbia museum.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new acquisition from local artist Brian Mahieu. Brian's painting, titled "Winter Sunset Looking North, Cottonwood Grove," captures a Missouri winter at it's bleakest; but as Joan says, "there's still a sense of the beauty of nature...those cycles of life." See it for yourself in the gallery now through September! July 21, 2016

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Comedian. Host. Fake Republican from Ohio. In his show business career, Paul Gilmartin has had many different titles. Born and raised in Illinois, Paul started his stand-up career in Chicago. In 1995 Paul was tapped to host Dinner and a Movie on TBS. To Paul's surprise, the show ran for a whopping 16 years. Near the end of the show's run, Paul started hosting a self-help podcast called The Mental Illness Happy Hour. Paul interviews a variety of guests whose lives have been affected by mental illness, depression or trauma. It is one of the most popular self-help podcasts on iTunes. Paul is also the creator of Richard Martin, a deeply conservative representative from Ohio's 19th District. Paul has played Rep. Martin on podcasts, interviews, and at the Aspen Comedy Festival. For more information about Rep. Richard Martin, visit The Mental Illness Happy Hour is on iTunes, or at

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri - a non-profit that advocates clean energy - about how to be a GOOD clean energy advocate. Co-ops are making noticeable efforts like installing a solar gardens. If you want to see more of that, Mark says, "you have to speak up; you have to speak to the people in the State Capitol...Boone Electric...they work for you." July 20, 2016

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If you’ve stepped out to enjoy the night air lately, you’ve likely noticed a loud newcomer to the chorus of night sounds.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll shine some light on the Northern True Katydid.

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's segment focuses on the 'innovative' "SmartStrand Forever Clean" carpet. Scott says, "the stain protection never wears off!" At [4:41] KIT SALTER would like to see everyone at the next Saturday Morning Book Talk series! What is the Saturday Morning Book Talk series? Kit tells us, and summarizes the selections for August and September. Don't miss it! July 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about supply and demand when it comes to booking travel. The trick? Keep checking back because the price will fluctuate. Plus, Mel encourages everyone to take advantage of those safety recall notices, but be careful of any "free" safety checks that are offered as a result - find out why! July 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a summertime adventure story about a fisherman, a mountain lion, a turtle and a Schwinn bicycle. Listen to the end, and then judge for yourself as to whether or not this story is true! July 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS OLIVER about MU Theatre Department's production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Now this is not the musical everyone knows; this is a new adaptation, with music. Chris says, "it's a family-friendly show. It's a nice way of doing's fun and adventuresome." At [4:05] MELISSA STONE, Research Assistant at Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic, talks about the many outpatient services provided by IBHC, including comprehensive assessments. Best of all, it's free of charge; watch for details! July 14, 2016