Arts and Culture

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If you’ve spent any time out in nature in the last week you may have noticed a well-protected reddish fruit starting to ripen now. This week on Discover Nature, we search for wild raspberries.

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, provide only-heard-here insights into this year's Hot Summer Nights extravaganza. There's no excuse now for missing any one of the upcoming, fun-for-the-whole-family performances happening all over Columbia this month and next! At [4:26] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, stops by with the latest medical headlines. Find out about a recent breakthrough in stem cell research at Washington University in St. Louis! June 7, 2016

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  In this special, hear the voices of journalism students from the University of Missouri. In their time there, they've learned not only about their majors, but also about their identities, their families and their values. They were challenged in their magazine writing class this Spring to tell the stories of those significant learning moments in their lives. With help from their teacher and master-storyteller, Berkley Hudson, they recount stories about experiences from chosen families to chosen names. 

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Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a benefit performance of "The Music Man," happening this Wednesday at Columbia Entertainment Company. Come for the "super-super refreshments," stay for what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing performance! At [4:11] director JOSH KIRBY and actress BRIDGET HUSSEY (in character as Mrs. Chauvenet) invite everyone to see Fayette Area Community Theatre's production of "Harvey." Do you see him? You just might this weekend at Central Methodist University! June 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WILLIAMS reflect on eight years of Love INC! Did you know that since 2008, over 6,000 Columbia families have been served? That wouldn't have happened without the more than 1,100 volunteers who "walked along side" those in crisis. If you'd like to get involved, Jane will happily accept your time and/or money. Watch for details! June 3, 2016

On Chess: Memoirs of a chess square

Jun 2, 2016

At the beginning of many prestigious chess tournaments, players sign their name on particular light squares of commemorative chessboards, often with no intent beyond the thought, “On which square will my signature appear most elegant?” or, “Which square is left to sign?” And yet, specific squares hold so many memories of sacrifices both successful and failed as well as nightmares of a sacrifice or in-between move.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Associate Professor ERIC SANDVOL, MU Department of Geological Sciences, about the science behind man-made earthquakes. On fracking, Eric says "You're getting about ten times more salt water than oil and gas...the cheapest thing to do (with all that waste water) is to pump it back into the ground...causing earthquakes." Find out more in this truly eye-opening discussion! June 2, 2016

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Spring storms bring the threat of damaging wind, hail, flooding, and erosion, but they also restore life to the landscape providing nutrients to plants and soil, and drinking-water for wildlife. This week, on Discover Nature, we celebrate May as American Wetlands Month.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PETE MILLIER, Director of Mizzou Botanic Garden, about two events celebrating National Pollinator Week. The first event is a dinner with renowned ethnobotanist, Gary Nabhan, from the University of Arizona; and the second event is an all-day symposium. Watch for details! At [3:40] actress TORI STEPANEK and actor DAVID BAKER invite everyone to come and see Capital City Players's latest production, "Rock of Ages." If you're fan of classic songs from the 1980s, you're going to love this show! June 1, 2016

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Tom Cotter got his start as a stand-up comedian growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, and began doing open-mics at the nearby Boston comedy clubs. Tom got his big break on season 7 of America's Got Talent. Tom was the runner-up that season-- the highest place any comedian had achieved on the history of the show until that point. Tom has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, and Premium Blend. Tom is also the author of a parenting "advice" book called Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful ParentingThis Comedian's Life talked with Tom about his unique rise to fame, performing with Joan Rivers, and the "un-reality" of reality television. 


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What do fawnfoot, monkey face and fat pocketbook all have in common? They are a few of the fun names of Missouri’s 69 freshwater mussel species.

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, talk about what you can expect to see and do at this year's Art in the Park, happening June 4 & 5 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. This two-day, family-friendly festival is "one of the biggest events of the year," so don't miss it! (If you're interested in volunteering your time, we've got details on that, too.) Watch! May 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back resident storyteller, LARRY BROWN, who shares an original Memorial Day-themed story titled, "Jack and the Mysterious Forrest" at [1:24]. May 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. How do you know you when you're witnessing trafficking? What are the signs? What part does social media play? And what can you do about it? Answers to those questions and more in this important interview - watch! May 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about eating fresh produce, and the best way to cook it - think you know? The answer may surprise you! At [4:47] GreenHouse Theatre Project's ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI invites everyone to come see an original production called "To the Sea." Elizabeth says, "it's all about life and death, but it's a comedy, too." Catch it starting June 1st inside Imago Art Gallery in downtown Columbia! May 26, 2016

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Julija Šukys talks to Silas Hansen about writing essays, hermit crabs, and what it means to go through the world as a transgender man.

Hansen’s work has appeared in The Normal SchoolThe Colorado Review, and has been anthologized in The Writer’s Presence. You can learn more about him at silashansen.net.  

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 topic is "marmoleum." Could it be the perfect solution for your home's needs? Watch! At [4:05] DANA NAYLOR and actress CATHERINE BARNARD invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "amazing" production of "Godspell." It opens tomorrow night! May 25, 2016

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So much in the natural world is ephemeral especially in the spring. This week on Discover Nature we look and listen for buzzing signs of the season.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the always delightful MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia! Marie invites everyone to their spring recital May 27/28 at Jesse Auditorium on the MU Campus - this is one performance you won't want to miss! At [5:43] JESSICA BIBBO is seeking dog or cat pet owners that are 50+ for a University of Missouri Human Development and Family Science research study about caregiving and caregivers. If you're interested in participating, watch for details! May 24, 2016

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Twenty years ago, when Milton Rafferty republished Henry Rowe Schooclraft's 1820 Ozarks journal, Rafferty introduced the explorer Schooclraft to a new generation of scholars. Schoolcraft's journal is unique in that he describes flora and fauna in the pre-statehood Missouri Territory in a way that no one else had to date.


Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. Mo. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about a proposed initiative to gradually raise the cigarette tax in Missouri (which is the lowest in the country) and in turn give 100% of that money to smoking cessation, childhood health and early-childhood education. According to John, "this is a huge opportunity for our state," and he has the facts to prove it. Watch! May 23, 2016

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Writer and radio producer Jonathan Goldstein talks about starting out in radio, working at This American Life, and blurring the line between fact & fiction on the long-running show Wiretap. The interview took place in front a live audience in Columbia, Missouri (September 2015). Interviewer: Andrew Leland

You can hear Jonathan Goldstein’s work for This American Life here: (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/jonathan-goldstein)

 You can hear Wiretap here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/wiretap/pastepisodes Jonathan Goldstein’s new show will appear at https://gimletmedia.com sometime in 2016.

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It's not an exaggeration to say that Colin Mochrie is one of the most well-known improvisers in the world. Colin has been a regular on the most popular improvisational show on television, Whose Line Is It Anyway? for almost thirty years.

Colin not only does the TV show, now airing on CW network, but also tours the world in a live show with Whose Line co-star Brad Sherwood. Colin is also the author of the book Not Quite the Classics. This Comedian's Life talked to Colin about his career in improv, the difference between British and American audiences, and why Canadians are so funny. You can see Colin on the summer premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Monday, May 23. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about the efforts being made at JCCDFY to impress upon (especially) the youth that they have the power to live a drug-free life. It's easier said than done, and that's because the young brain is not fully developed. According to Joy, "all drugs rewire your brain so that your brain doesn't communicate the way it would if you let it get healthy and reach adulthood." May 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIANNE JONES about Dreams to Reality, a non-profit organization that provides appropriate clothing to women who are seeking employment. If you're in need of such services, or would like to otherwise get involved, watch for details! At [4:29] CB CHASTAIN returns with tips to keep those pesky ticks away from yourself and your pets! (Hint: put away the sulfur.) May 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform David Mallett's "I Knew This Place" on banjo and guitar. This song is dedicated to Dave's mother, Mildred, who died recently at the age of 95. May 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, discuss the importance of being happy. Vera says you should periodically "check-in" with your emotions, because "once you're aware...you're able to shift." More great tips in about 8 short minutes - watch! May 17, 2016

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As you hit the road this spring, keep an eye out for Missouri residents at special risk this time of year:  this week on Discover Nature, we hit the brakes for turtles on the move.

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Boston-born character actor Patrick Renna is best known for his role as Hamilton "Ham" Porter in the iconic 1993 baseball film The Sandlot. Since then, Patrick has kept busy in films like Son in Law, The Big Green, and  Fear, Inc., which recently premiered at the 2016  Tribeca Film Festival. Last year, Patrick starred in and produced the independent film Bad Roomies. This Comedian's Life talked to Patrick about his early success as a child actor, his iconic line in The Sandlot, and his most intimidating audition ever. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about her upcoming trip aboard SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 that's outfitted with a 100" telescope near the tail. It's all part of NASA's outreach program to instill that, among other things, "you don't have to be an astronaut to be a part of NASA." May 16, 2016

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