Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper and VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, talk about the many opportunities to adopt a cat - including bonus guest 'Pebbles' - throughout the month of February! At [4:24] get your calendar ready as FRED SCHOLLMEYER runs down important dates in 2015 for the Jefferson City Art Club. February 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Theatre Dept. Chair, HEATHER CARVER, about Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," opening TONIGHT at the Corner Playhouse on the MU campus. At [4:28] TYREE BYNDOM talks about Columbia's Job Point, which focuses on 'helping people transition into meaningful work.' Awareness is not as obvious as you might think, however, and so Tyree shares with us how he finds and then reaches out to those in need. February 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes the "Self-Contained Barbershop Apparatus" (a spin-off of the popular Boonslick Chordbusters), who will perform for that special someone in your life this Valentine's Day. They perform for us, too! Book them now! February 3, 2015Songs:"Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" [2:15]"Heart Of My Heart" [4:31]"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" [7:40]

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's DR. JEFFREY LITT and KASSIE OLIVER, RN, about common injuries caused by cold weather, from frostbite to house fires, and how you can prevent them from happening to you. February 2, 2015

What comes to mind when you think of Scandinavia? Great education systems? The world's happiest people? Healthy work-life balance?

One man, a British transplant living in Denmark, sought to set the record straight about his adoptive homeland.

Michael Booth is the author of The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin about how culturally different Scandinavian countries really are.

More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro attempted to eat a fermented Swedish herring called surströmming, one of the most pungent foods in the world. It did not go well. Twelve years later, on a reporting trip to Sweden, Ari decided it was time to face his fears and try the fish again.

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With a little work you can eat homegrown spinach, salad greens and carrots earlier than ever before with a low-cost cold frame. The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's Carrie Hargrove tells us how on this episode of Farm Your Yard.


Today Paul Pepper and MIKE BURDEN talk about the films that are a part of this year's annual CMRPCV "Third Goal Film International Festival," now at Columbia's historic Missouri Theatre. Don't miss the chance to meet director Brad Allgood TONIGHT at Columbia Access Television's Studio A. At [4:14] DON NICHOLSON and HELEN WASHBURN stop by to encourage adults 50+ to continue their education through the programs at Osher at Mizzou! January 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper meets the new Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Lindsay Lopez. Find out her goals to help the people who are a part of the staggering statistics that is 'food insecurities'. January 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and JEAN HOWARD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about the importance of Vitamin D; how much does your body really need? At [4:32] KEVIN CASSON, aka "Prince Charming" in Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Cinderella," and JEREMY BLOSS, talk about what went into making the show happen and why you should by a ticket (or two!). January 28, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELLY SILVEY, Executive Producer of KOMU-TV's "No One Left Behind," an hour-long documentary that follows three veterans from enlistment to homelessness. The special airs tomorrow night at 7:00 on KOMU. January 27, 2015

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Chamberlain, Room at the Inn

Jan 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN, Coordinator of Columbia's Room at the Inn. Now in its 6th year, Room at the Inn provides shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. If you'd like to help out with money, time or donations, please watch for details! January 26, 2015

Coming up next weekend in Columbia, the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps volunteers sponsor the ninth annual Third Goal Film Fest. Darren Hellwege talked with the festival's organizers and a filmmaker for a recent episode of Thinking out Loud.

The movie American Sniper is a surprise box-office hit, but it has also become a lightning rod. Some critics say the film, based on the life of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, glorifies war. Others say it doesn't accurately portray the real Kyle. Still others say the movie — and the reactions to it — are an example of the deep disconnect between civilians and the military.

The vitriol has been ugly, the story complicated. There is no one truth. But when it comes to war, the most credible sources are often people who've experienced it firsthand.

Today Paul Pepper and former University of Missouri economics professor MEL ZELENAK talk about financial planning, including the benefits of buying index funds (specifically from Vanguard). If you're looking to invest, don't miss this segment! January 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with first-time guest ERICA DICKSON, Early Childhood Education Director at Youth Empowerment Zone, which just recently celebrated 10 years in the Columbia area! Find out how Erica and her team is making an impact on children as young as five. January 22, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and BILL WICKERSHAM cover a wide range of UFO topics on today's show, but if you're watching in Columbia, you might be interested in hearing the story about a 1973 UFO sighting here in the area [5:02] . January 21, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest - and Missouri's first poet laureate - WALTER BARGEN. Walter has written many books, his latest being "Gone West," which he reads a portion of on today's show! January 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper finds out how the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is doing from MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL. The Christmas season may be over, but this fundraising effort goes through the month! Also discussed is the Salvation Army's latest efforts towards "emergency disaster relief." At [4:16] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, talks about three upcoming events, including: a town hall meeting, a discussion about civil dialogue across political differences and a meeting about how you can determine your "home efficiency score." Watch for details! January 19, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. In this episode, we bring you our adaptation of a little-known play by Charles S. Brooks: a pirate spoof called Wappin' Wharf.

Brooks gave up a successful career in business at the age of 37 to become a writer. He was motivated by "an appreciate of the subtlety of words, of their cadence, and overtone." 

Wappin' Wharf was first produced as a full-length production in January 1922, at the Play House in Cleveland, Ohio, under the direction of Frederic McConnell. We hope you enjoy our adaptation. 

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, talk about being "more mindful." The start of a new year can mean the start of something new, but are you really mindful of the change? January 16, 2015

Mizzou Magazine

In this program from our archives, we bring you a “Fridays At Mizzou” show in which Darren Hellwege participates in a program at the MU Law School designed to teach students about the process of Voir Dire, or selection of jurors for a trial. It’s an interesting look at how courts work, and educational programs at the School of Law here at the University of Missouri. From August, 2000.

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What do you do when your town has been losing population for 80 years? If you are like the people heard in this episode of Thinking Out Loud, you hunker down, celebrate your history and build community with remaining residents. Despite decades-long population flight from Novinger, Missouri, local leaders are working to make the place inviting for new residents and future investments.

It was a big night for the cast and crew of both Boyhood and the Amazon series Transparent, as each walked away with two Golden Globe awards Sunday. The CW Network received its first Golden Globe for Gina Rodriguez's performance in Jane the Virgin. Yet with only one award given to the major broadcast networks,  ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were left out in the cold. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jamie Grey, Ryan Thomas and Amy Simons discuss the Golden Globes and the future of television on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

Today Paul Pepper visits with JESSICA MACY and TEC CHAPMAN, Boone County Council on Aging and Services for Independent Living, respectively, about the recent "marriage" of these two popular community resources. Why did this happen? What is the benefit? Watch to find out! January 15, 2015

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

Today Paul Pepper chats with PAUL FOREMAN, MU Health Care, about asthma: the who, the what, the why and the risk factors. If you think you have asthma, please watch this interview! At [5:03] CHRIS FITZGERALD briefly explains the mission behind Clean Sweep Columbia and how you can get involved. January 14, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON talk about Ed's one-man Frank Sinatra tribute show, titled the "Sinatra Supper Club," happening this Saturday at Talking Horse Productions. Forty songs plus dinner from Bleu equals one unforgettable evening! January 13, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with the new director of the National Churchill Museum, JIM WILLIAMS, about an event January 24th that coincides with the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death. Highlights include a visit from one of Churchill's great-grandsons. At [4:09] KATHLEEN LAVERY and SARAH DENT talk about "Always Patsy Cline," the latest production from Capital City Players in Jefferson City! January 12, 2015

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