Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMY SIMONS, Host, KBIA's Views of the News, about tonight's LIVE show at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! You're invited to come watch the program happen from 6:30-7, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage the panelists, including Mike McKean and Earnest Perry, in conversation. At [3:27] JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director, Council for Drug Free Youth, talks about disposing of prescription drugs. Did you know that special bags now exist that contain beads that will "neutralize" the drugs? It's true! Watch for details! October 26, 2016

Glenn Chambers / Missouri Department of Conservation

Can you name a common Missouri animal that is also one of the least visible? This week on Discover Nature we learn more about beavers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLETON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the latest WISE conference, happening next week in St. Louis. Plus, Margaret talks about Missouri Cures' opposition to Amendment 3,  the "big tobacco tax", which is up for vote this November! At [4:45] actors LORIN ZACKULAR and PATRICK HOLT tell us about "Nana's Naughty Knickers," a "really wildly funny farce" opening tomorrow night at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! October 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JUDY LAUBE about a very personal book she's written, titled: "Moment of Surrender: My Journey Through Prescription Drug Addiciton to Hope and Renewal." Judy tells us how she her addiction came about and why she decided to share her story. At [5:05] KAT CUNNINGHAM and JESSICA MAHON talks about the efforts being made to locally recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Kat says, "we're finding that individuals with disabilities - whether seen or unseen - are candidates for hire." Watch for more details! October 24, 2016

Off the Clock - Lack of Public Interest Equals Lack of Funds for Pettis County Museum

Oct 21, 2016

The Pettis County Museum in Sedalia holds records of all the schools and railroads that have existed in the area. Its collection contains records of Pettis County’s residents who have fought in wars.

The museum also houses Native American artifacts. It’s home to objects that have traveled from Angola to mid-Missouri, given to the museum by a Pettis County woman who was a missionary in Angola.

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about the sound of silence - or the lack thereof. Vera says "we live in a world that is so loud," that even the World Health Organization has come out and said noise pollution is "our new modern plague." What can be done? Who's at fault? And is one person's pleasure really another person's irritation? We discuss - watch! October 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEIGH ANNE HAUN, Director of Development at Woodhaven, about the grand opening of the Billy J. Palmer Health and Training Center in Columbia! After two years of fundraising, this building - which features space for the community and for those with developmental disabilities (that are served by Woodhaven) - is finally set to open tomorrow! At [2:13] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, talks about a brand new procedure 20 years in the making! Dr. Jarstad  explains how 'Bladeless laser cataract surgery' works with the help of a video that takes us inside this "painless" procedure - watch! October 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016

Nicholas Rodriguez

Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Nicholas Rodriguez, also known as NicDanger, about his new E.P. and his career in hip-hop and rap music. Also, Doug Wilson previews this weekend’s Central Missouri Renaissance Festival in Callaway County.


This week on Discover Nature, watch for spiders spinning silken webs, and “ballooning.”


Today Paul Pepper visits with ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, about the new MO2GO application for your smartphone. This is a great way to keep all your necessary home/auto/life insurance information in one location because, as Angela says, "I know for me, my life is on my phone!" At [4:04] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, returns with the four 'Cs' that will keep your pet(s) safe this Halloween! October 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with longtime friends KIT and CATHY SALTER about an upcoming diabetic workshop at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia! "The Fall of Diabetes," featuring a number of informational workshops and activities, is FREE, but registration is preferred. Watch for details! October 17, 2016

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews photojournalist Rich Clarkson.

Today Paul Pepper and travel guru, MEL ZELENAK, talk about more ways to save a buck while seeing the world, all before you leave the house! Find out about Mel's favorite website in which to book a flight, as well as advice on reading the fine print. October 14, 2016

Sarah Kellogg

Since the Roots N Blues N Barbecue festival moved from downtown Columbia to Stephens Lake Park, festivalgoers have been greeted by larger-than-life puppets that light up and moved throughout the park. The puppets were provided by the Astral Gypsies, but this year, they weren’t coming to the festival.

So the art crew decided it would make its own. Only, there was a small problem.

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director/Co-Founder of EnCircle Technologies, and JOE CHEE, Teacher/Technical Support, about EnCircle Tech's Video Game Tournament fundraiser happening this Saturday in Columbia! Everyone at every skill level is invited to take part in this day-long event that features the game, 'Super Smash Bros. Melee', and benefits those with autism. Sign up today! October 13, 2016

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Head south down Providence Road until you reach Old Plank Road. Turn left and head all the way down to the Missouri River. That's where you'll find Churchill Clark at work. The woodcarver and descendent of William Clark is working on a pair of dugout canoes. The canoes are available for a trade. Clark explains in a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.


Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews Hollywood Reporter Co-President and Chief Creative Officer Janice Min.

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews American Advertising Federation Chief Operating Officer Connie Frazier. As COO, Frazier leads the AAF's day-to-day operations and works to create a more inclusive advertising industry.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, we’ll look for one of Missouri’s late-blooming native wildflowers. 

Today Paul Pepper and ELISHA WELLS talk about this Saturday's Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) Wine Walk fundraiser! Have a designated driver on standby as participants will have the opportunity to try wine at several stops around the square in Fayette. Watch for details! At [3:56] TERRY OVERFELT and SHIRLEY PATTERSON invite everyone to take part in a conference this Saturday at Broadway Christian Church. The purpose is to "promote inclusion of children with disabilities and their families in the faith community." The keynote speaker will be author Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell! October 12, 2016

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews Politico Founder John Harris.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about how a person decides that they need to visit a dietitian. While most think that a dietitian's job only revolves around food, Jennifer says that, "most of the time, we're dealing with health and improving quality of life." If that sounds like you, don't miss this interview! At [4:35] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, talks about their popular Adopt-a-Family Christmas program. Nick says that he's seen more families than ever this year, so consider becoming a volunteer! Also, don't miss "The Voice Mid-Missouri," an important fundraiser for VAC starring you! October 11, 2016

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger, a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in editorials for his work on protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews Executive Director of American Documentary Inc. Justine Nagan. Nagan is the executive producer of two signature series, POV (the longest running independent documentary series on television) on PBS and American Reframed on The World Channel in partnership with WGBH.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEFF MORAN about the new name for the P.E.T. Mobility Project, now known as Mobility Worldwide. Why the change and what effect will it have on their mission to deliver personal transportation devices to leg-disabled people in developing nations? Not all that much, actually (but let Jeff tell you that). At [4:20] MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, reminds us that it isn't too late to register to vote before November's election! Also, mark your calendar for two candidate forums this month; this first one happens tomorrow evening - watch for details! October 10, 2016

Farm Your Yard: Preserving the Season's Harvest

Oct 9, 2016
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

Carrie Hargrove and her fellow urban farmers are busy putting up the season's harvest. On this installment of Farm Your Yard, she shares her tips for preserving vegetables and lessons learned in six years of the Opportunity Garden program.

Riley Beggin

While music may be the draw for some of the attendees of the Roots N Blues N BBQ festival, it’s not the only thing attendees may look forward to. A lot of Roots-n-Blues music lovers are also food lovers.

While barbecue might have played the title role, patrons could also enjoy ribbon chips, homemade pies, fried catfish and many other options.

Accessibility Staff Makes Sure All Can Enjoy Roots N Blues

Oct 7, 2016
Carter Woodiel

For Chuck Graham, a former state senator who uses a wheelchair, attending live music festivals was often more of a hassle than enjoyable.

“I didn’t even enjoy the music because I was so irritated with just the struggle of being able to get there,” he said.

Graham, the accessibility director for the Roots n’ Blues n’ Barbecue Festival, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, was determined not to let that happen at Roots n’ Blues.

“I just wanted to make it as easy as possible for other people to get here and just really enjoy live music,” he said.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, about the need for "everyday heroes." Nanette advises potential heroes to stay engaged when they see signs of trafficking, but not interfere: "They (the victims) might not want help right away. They are so afraid for their life...to be someone who is real engaged in this, you have to realize it may be several times before you meet that person or have an opportunity to interact...to gain that trust." Needless to say this is a difficult, but worthy, cause. October 7, 2016

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