Arts and Culture

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.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about a new approach to helping family members who are, in turn, helping loved ones who are suffering from substance abuse issues and may not want to seek professional counseling themselves. At [4:04] actors BARB TUTTLE and LARRY SHAW invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Laughing Stock"! The very meta storyline - behind-the-scenes struggles at a local theatre company - will keep you 'laughing' from start to finish. Curtain goes up this Thursday! June 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're teaming up with the African Children's Choir for a special concert this Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Columbia. Before they take the stage, the Hams perform three songs for us: "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" [1:48]; "I Believe" [3:29]; and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" [7:12]. June 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Angela takes us on tour of www.greatamericaneclipse.com - a great way to find out just how long you'll get to enjoy the path of totality during this summer's solar eclipse! June 23, 2017

Sarah Nordin

Opera singers Jonathan Ray and Sarah Nordin are in Columbia for this summer's Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. They were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud in advance of Sunday's Mostly Mozart concert, their final performance in the series. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES from the Missouri Symphony Society. This Sunday's "Mostly Mozart" concert at First Baptist Church in Columbia features, among others, resident opera artist SAMUEL WRIGHT and accompanist MUN-TZUNG WONG. They join us in studio to perform a sneak preview at [2:48]. Enjoy! June 22, 2017

Farm Your Yard: When a Weed is Not a Weed

Jun 21, 2017
Carrie Hargrove / Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Daily life is comprised of a series of tasks that depending upon your natural outlook on life, could be considered tedious, or rewarding. For example, say you love to bake, and making a cheesecake for your loved ones is your definition of a good time.

Missouri Department of Conservation

From tiny ants to bats, birds, bees, and butterflies, we depend on pollinators to produce our food, and protect biodiversity. This week on Discover Nature, we celebrate national pollinator week.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these scams to watch out for: "relieving students of debt"; "drive-by pavers"; and "door-to-door pest control." Sean says the best way to not fall for these 'special' offers is to, "do your due diligence." June 21, 2017

adeliepenguin / dramstime

We all drive past, or visit, truck stops while traveling the long, open stretches of Missouri highway.

KBIA’s Blake Tarrants takes us inside one Boonville truck stop that has many of the things long-range travelers need, like a convenience store, restaurant, showers and game room.

There we meet clerk Brittany, waitress Marilyn and truck driver Glen. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNY FLATT, Director, MU Family Impact Center, about Hot Salsa Night 2017. This annual fundraiser features a live auction, a silent auction and, of course, salsa! Watch for details. At [3:46] TODD DAVISON takes us inside the 2017 season at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! On stage now is "Million Dollar Quartet," the true story of one night in Memphis when four musical legends - before they were legends - came together at Sun Records and started jamming. And that's just the beginning of what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing summer of professional theatre! June 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI about GreenHouse Theatre Project's latest production, Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." Join the adventure outside Fretboard Coffee and Artlandish Gallery in the North Village Arts District this Wednesday through Sunday! At [4:54] HANNAH GARRAD tells us all about this Saturday's "Kids in the Kitchen" class at the Columbia Public Library. On the menu will be berry smoothies and salad kabobs (yes, salad kabobs) - register today! Sponsored by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. June 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells the story of how his young son once saved him from hypothermia in a cave, and how - at that moment - the role of father and son had flip-flopped thanks, in part, to imparted wisdom passed down from father to son. June 16, 2017

Deborah Stratman discusses developing the voice of a region in her film The Illinois Parables (True/False 2016).

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director, Access Arts, about their 'ArtTastic' summer camp series happening throughout July. Children as young as five can take part in various art projects, games, gardening and more based on specific themes each week! Get details in eight short minutes - watch! June 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE REEDER about Olivet Christian Church's 60th annual Chicken and Mutton Barbecue! Come hungry because they've got you covered: main dishes, sides and 400 pies. Can't stay? Take advantage of their drive-thru! Watch for details. At [4:27] MARILYN UPTON, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, and KAT SARAFIANOS, a future exchange student headed to Belgium, tell us about how this unique program works and, for Kat, what she's looking forward to the most! June 14, 2017

Scott Charton / Facebook

Scott Charton, who reported on Missouri politics for many years with the Associated Press, was a recent guest on Thinking Out Loud. Charton discussed his years covering several administrations through a series changing political tides. He also recalled his early years as a journalist including his interview with then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As spring greening leans into summer color in Missouri’s outdoors, one native shrub is beginning to blossom in full force this week.

Paul Pepper: Musician Chris Stephens

Jun 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes local musician CHRIS STEPHENS. Chris demonstrates four unique lute instruments: the Chinese pipa; the Persian tar; the Egyptian oud; and the Indian sitar. Chris will be appearing at Good Nature this Saturday in Columbia - watch for details! June 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, Director, Mason Eye Institute, about keeping your eyes safe during the upcoming solar eclipse. Dr. Fraunfelder encourages everyone to wear special glasses - not sunglasses! - to avoid "thermal burn" during the partial phases of the eclipse. At [4:54] meet Missouri River Regional Library Bookmobile drivers JON KARR and MARK WEGMAN! Their 40 foot bus will be making a "party stop" and "cool stops" throughout the summer - find out what that means and when they'll be in your neighborhood! June 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, and ERIC HEMPEL, Housing Specialist, about how much insulation you should have in your attic. Eric says your attic is the least expensive and most cost-effective room in your home to insulate. So how much should be up there; should I be able to see my rafters; and what difference does it all make are just some of the questions we get to the bottom of - watch! June 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE about what the Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium is doing to prepare everyone for the solar eclipse that's happening on August 21st! Plus, Melanie brought with her an animation that shows us just how the moon's shadow will move across the United States that day - watch! June 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MOLLY McMILLAN, Co-Chair of Serve It Up CoMo 2017, about their mission to "do good," and the three events this summer that will benefit six non-profits in the mid-Missouri area. Your taste buds will thank you for taking part in this charity campaign - watch for details! At [3:57] director TIM THOMAS invites everyone to Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Come for the comedy, stay for the dancing and other "things" that Tim says has not been seen before on the CEC stage! Curtain goes up tomorrow night. June 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with "The Foolish Corner" author, and MU finance professor, JOHN HOWE. Personal financial decision making is easy when you know what "traps" to avoid, and that's what this book sets out to do. John says it's written for a "broad audience" with the hope that we can all overcome our own money mistakes. At [4:08] actors MURPHY WARD and RENATA JOHNSON invite everyone to come see Capital City Productions' "Sister Act - The Musical!" If you know the Whoopi Goldberg-led film of the same name, you'll love the stage version featuring music by Alan Menken. June 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director, Talking Horse Productions, about "Stage Kiss," a hilarious new show about former-lovers-turned-romantic-co-stars opening this Friday in the North Village Arts District! At [3:53] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a special fundraiser showing of Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters, Columbia/Boone County Chapter. Watch for details! June 5, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Bird nesting peaks in late spring, and paying close attention to this seasonal behavior can show us more about the birds we see around us every day.

Today Paul Pepper visits with OLEN BROWN, author of the book, "Oxygen, the Breath of Life: Boon and Bane in Human Health, Disease, and Therapy." Olen, a professor emeritus at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri, wrote this book because, as he says, "my real desire has always been science, but also communication of science. I like to help people understand it." June 2, 2017

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