Arts and Culture

Press Photo / The Chinese Mayor

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Qi Zhao is an Emmy award winning producer. His most recent film, The Chinese Mayor, depicts the mayor of the Chinese city of Datong as he attempts to transform the city into a cultural destination; a massive undertaking that includes relocating half-a-million of the city’s residents.

Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, talk about tomorrow night's (March 4) unique ability to see the planet Uranus through a pair of binoculars, as well as Thursday night's (March 5) "mini moon." As usual, Val has brought more stunning images from outer space - check them out! March 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about a free mental health screening for kids and young adults, ages 9-21. Why would you have a child screened? Two words: early intervention. Heather explains - watch! March 2, 2015

Radio Play: "The Mixer"

Feb 28, 2015

This episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a bit different from our usual shows: It's narrated from a dog's perspective. 

This story is called "The Mixer," and it was written by one of our favorite authors, P.G. Wodehouse. The tale was first published in a 1915 edition of Strand Magazine in the United Kingdom. The story made its appearance in the United States the next year when it was published in Red Book. 

Radio Play: "The Shadows on the Wall"

Feb 28, 2015

  In this episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a classic chiller by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: "The Shadows on the Wall."

Mary was raised in a stern household. Her strong religious background played heavily in many of her writings, as she pitted good versus evil with an emphasis on the supernatural, as you'll hear in this presentation. 

The players

  • Caroline: Barb Buchanan
  • Emma: Val Davis
  • Rebecca: Lisa Weaver
  • Henry: Terry Yates
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege


Radio Play: "The Rival Ghosts"

Feb 28, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you a story by Brander Matthews called, "The Rival Ghosts." 

Although he is hardly remembered today, Brander Matthews was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature in an American university, and he was largely responsible for establishing the theatrical arts as a topic worthy of formal study in academic institutions. 

In 1966, when Leonard Nimoy was offered a minor role on a new space drama, he was thrilled. As he told Archive of American Television: "You have to understand that prior to Star Trek I never had a job that lasted longer than two weeks in any TV show or movie. Never. Two weeks — max. And here I was, looking at a season of work."

The actor beloved for his role as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan died of lung disease at his home in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 83.

Collection of the Kansas City Art Institute

This week on KBIA's arts/culture segment KCUR's C.J. Janovy explores folk artist, Jesse Howard. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LIZA MARTINDALE, LESLIE WAGNER and JOSH FRIEDRICH (a.k.a. Morticia, Wednesday and Gomez, respectively), from Hickman High School's latest production of "The Addams Family: The Musical." Josh performs "Trapped" at [4:52]. February 27, 2015

Noah McQueen is part of "My Brother's Keeper," a White House program aimed at young men of color.

His teen years have been rough, and include several arrests and a short period of incarceration. But last week, he was at the White House. The 18-year-old sat down for a StoryCorps interview with President Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.

Back in 2012, something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C.

On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many places. The builders billed this as an urban tiny house community.

Press Photo / Cartel Land

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Since 2004 the annual True False Film Fest has brought world-class documentary films and their creators to Columbia, and the 2015 festival promises to bring more than fifty films to venues across the city.  Stacey Woelfel, Director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, and an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, came in to give us a journalist's preview of True/False 2015.

Today Paul Pepper chats with JUDY ARNET, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who shares important, easy-to-remember tips ahead of National Nutrition Month (which begins this Sunday). Plus, find out about the latest 'kids in the kitchen' session at the Columbia Public Library. At [4:38] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Everything is a Remix," the latest show at the Columbia Art League! February 26, 2015

Portland Cello Project

Most working cellists play in classical ensembles that perform in concert halls and music theaters. Tonight, Columbia's Rose Music Hall features a different take on the instrument. The Portland Cello Project is an ensemble interested in testing the boundaries of what you expect from the cello.

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, talk about "mindless" and "mindful" eating. Do you know the difference between being physically hungry or emotionally hungry? It's more important than you might think! February 25, 2015

Torie Ross / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning, etc. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map

Torie Ross / KBIA

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning, etc. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, from University of Missouri Health Care's Mason Eye Institute, about age-related vision issues. Have you ever wondered what happens to our eyes as we get older, and what we can do about it? We've got the answers! At [4:57] ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI and RHIAN McLEAN, GreenHouse Theatre Project, talk about their latest production, "Don Juan." Find out the what, the when and - most importantly - the where! February 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're hosting a benefit concert for the African Children's Choir this Wednesday in Columbia, and you're invited! Watch for details. Check out their in-studio performances at [3:27] and [5:22]! February 23, 2015

The rain that fell on Hollywood as the hours of red-carpet coverage wore on may have provided one of the evening's best visuals: actual people running around wearing plastic bags as they guided famous people out of limos, under umbrellas and to the waiting microphones of interviewers who wanted to know who made the dress, the shoes, the jewelry. It was literally the packing up and encasing of humanity to keep reality out: What could be more Oscars than that?

Radio Play: "Gorilla Girl"

Feb 22, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In keeping with our goal of bringing an eclectic array of material to this show, this episode features a pulp fiction classic: "Gorilla Girl," by Charlton L. Edholm. It was first published in a periodical called “Gun Molls Magazine” in 1930, and retains much of the flavor of that time, when Bonnie and Clyde were still fresh news, and Capone was running the rackets.

On today's All Things Considered, NPR film critic Bob Mondello and I have a chat with Audie Cornish about the inevitable, inscrutable Oscars.

Today Paul Pepper invites DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., back for more 'behavioral epigenetics' talk. Are you, or someone you know, in a 'negative spiral' or a 'reality spiral'? Today's show just might have the answer you're looking for! February 20, 2015

C.J. Janovy / KCUR

The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is like an art museum unto itself, with its famous murals by Thomas Hart Benton and dramatic bronze statues everywhere. But when it comes to public funding for the arts, that’s at the bottom of lawmakers’ priority list.

Last Wednesday, more than a hundred arts advocates from all over the state went to Jefferson City to try to change that. Here's a run-down of how it went.


Today Paul Pepper and JEFF CHINN talk about AARP's annual free state and federal tax service (for personal returns) at the Columbia Public Library. Watch for details! At [4:06] "Love, Loss and What I Wore" director, BILL BAER, and "guest-actress," KAREN GEOTZ, tell us about this latest production - with a twist! - from Columbia Entertainment Company. February 19, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest, CLYDE RUFFIN, MU Department of Theatre, about "The Whipping Man," which tells the story of a wounded Confederate soldier and two Jewish slaves during the Civil War. The production opens this Thursday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. At [5:00] DEE ROSE, Sterling Chapter American Business Women's Association, invites everyone to a chili supper and craft sale fundraiser next Saturday in Jefferson City! Watch for details. February 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "Too Many Roads and Bridges; Too Little Funding." Do you have an opinion? MoDOT will be at an informational session TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. At [4:08] JONI WEINBAUM and LAURA MORRIS display their finest southern hospitality while talking about Capital City Players' latest production, "Southern Hospitality!" It opens this Friday in Jefferson City. February 17, 2015

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

Synesthesia is a phenomenon where the stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to an automatic, involuntary experience in a second sensory pathway.  Research suggests that 1 in 2,000 people have some type of synesthesia. While few are born with this innate condition, Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff wants to cultivate your ability to process two mediums simultaneously. Merging fine art and song this Friday, Mehrhoff - the Academic Coordinatorfor the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology - aims to create the conditions for synesthesia. The Missouri Theatre show will pair five paintings from the museum with choral works performed by MU's Ars Nova Singers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, and BRENNA REED, Office of Sustainability, about the "CoMo Energy Challenge." The city is competing for $5 million dollars from Georgetown University against other, similar-sized, cities - find out what you can do to help Columbia win the money! February 16, 2015

Trigger Warning is a term used to warn someone about potentially harmful reading material. It's also the title of Neil Gaiman's newest collection of short-fiction.