Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Executive Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about genetic and contagious diseases and the basic research to finds their cures. Have you ever heard of penicillin? Sure you have; it was discovered by accident. How about a vaccine that will treat cancer cells, or a life-saving drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy with origins at the University of Missouri? One could happen, the other already does. Jack explains it all - watch! January 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Columbia Public Schools teachers MELANIE KNOCKE and REX BELTZ! Still fresh off their trip aboard NASA's 'Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy', or SOFIA, Melanie and Rex will share their story once more at the kickoff to the 2017 Saturday Morning Science series January 28th at the Bond Life Sciences Center in Columbia. Today they talk about just what is "infrared astronomy" - watch! January 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN MURRAY, Director of the University Concert Series, about all the different shows coming to the stages of Jesse Auditorium and Missouri Theatre over the next several months! Big Broadway shows like "Annie"; an intimate tribute to The Carpenters; "Odd Squad Live" for the kids; a performance by the entire St. Louis Symphony and more are on the way - watch for details! January 18, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

As temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, one of the sweetest harvests awaits in the Missouri woods.  This week on Discover Nature, tap a tree, and collect a treat.


Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about their new show that (unofficially) opens today called "Quintessence." What is 'quintessence'? Diana says this is "a show about the natural elements: fire, air, earth, water...and quintessence - the fifth element." At [3:55] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, tells us how their 'Adopt-a-Family' program went this past Christmas, as well as what to expect in 2017. Nick says the area they're looking to grow the most in is housing because, "the need is just tremendous." January 17, 2017

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For her ninth release 'Southern Comfort', jazz violinist Regina Carter researched music of American South from the early 20th century. In a recent interview with KBIA's Trevor Harris, Carter talked about her early Detroit influences, the value of knowing your musical history and the timelessness of Ella Fitzgerald. Carter brings her 'Simply Ella' program to Columbia on Monday, January 23.

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'MU Celebrates MLK' committee members, CAROLYN MICKLEM and FRANK SCHMIDT, about the many events happening this month that seek to recognize and honor the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first such event is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema in downtown Columbia; next week, scholar and activist Angela Davis will be speaking at Missouri Theatre - watch for details! January 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, a volunteer with Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and in Missouri, it's also Sex Trafficking Awareness Month. To honor those affected, the Coalition is hosting an event featuring author/activist Christine McDonald at the Columbia Public Library January 26th. Watch for details! January 13, 2017

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By positioning themselves in the area's best birding areas, Allison Vaughn and Bill Mees were able to spot and count numerous bird species. Along with their fellow Columbia Audubon Society members, the duo took part in the Christmas Bird Count on December 22, 2016. Vaughn and Mees were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud talking with KBIA's Trevor Harris about the annual count and what they saw.


Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about making New Year's resolutions for your pet. One resolution Mar expands on is better communication. She says, "understand where your pet is coming from (dog or cat or guinea pig or whatever) and try and communicate on their level...they get what we're feeling more than what we're saying." January 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with COREY DUNNE, Co-Director of Education and Outreach at TRYPS, about their relatively new 'technique-based' dance studio! Corey tells us that "our goal is to develop all of these kids into triple threats: actors, singers and dancers." Watch for details on how to sign up! At [3:13] CHRIS CAMPBELL and PETER MIYAMOTO invite everyone to the kickoff of the 2017 Blind Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone Museum and Galleries in Columbia! The opening show features Peter and his wife, Ayako Tsuruta, playing music from all over the world on two grand pianos. Their 8 year-old daughter is the opening act, and she makes a surprise appearance on our show to tell us all about it - watch! January 11, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

This winter, consider a style of hunting that doesn’t require any special equipment, and has no bag limit. This week on Discover Nature, head outdoors in search of deer sheds.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions! Ed tells us about this Saturday's "Sinatra Supper Club" fundraiser for THP. Enjoy a dinner and a show featuring Ed singing over 30 of Ol' Blue Eyes's biggest hits. As a sneak preview, Ed performs "Fly Me to the Moon" at [4:17]. January 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director of Access Arts, about the Empty Bowls Project, which is an international effort to fight hunger on a local level. This year, the bowls will be created by Access Arts and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will provide the food - find out how you can get involved! At [4:01] MICHAEL PORTER and LARRY BROWN talk about the upcoming Osher@Mizzou winter session. Among the many classes available to enroll in is Larry's "Terrorism and Contemporary Cultures of Violence." He tells us a little bit about that, as well as how to register - watch! January 9, 2017

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A nondescript cinder block building on Columbia's north side provides a space for the local Hindu community to come together for prayers, fellowship and celebrations. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with some of those who were active in establishing the Shanthi Mandir community center.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The holiday season continues, but as we enter the new year and Christmas trees come down, consider giving one more gift – to nature. Re-using cut Christmas trees can provide great habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about popular scams to watch out for in 2017. Sean tells us to be on the lookout for medical ID theft ("I don't understand why I'm getting this hospital bill"), and folks calling and pretending to be tech support from Microsoft ("I can fix your computer, all I need is information from you"). January 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and ANNE RIGGS talk about opera! Anne joins us from MOstly Opera, a program in Jefferson City that aims to bring opera to the forefront in the lives of children, and basically everyone who thinks that this type of theatre is a little too "high brow." See their debut performance of "Hansel and Gretel" later this month with the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra. Watch for details! January 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER, President, National Federation of the Blind, Missouri, about the purpose of the NFB and how it helps those affected by blindness. Gary tells us, "...we try to raise expectations for blind people. We try to get blind people to think of blindness more as a nuisance than a disabling handicap." January 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back author/poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter performs two of his original poems, "Ice Bound" [2:44] and "Civilized Sacrifice" [5:30]. Enjoy! January 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about the need for continued support, despite the end of the 'giving season.' Lindsay says, "we're serving, on average, about 104,000 people every month...in 32 counties." Find out how to donate or get involved or both - watch! January 2, 2017

Happy New Year's Eve-Eve! Today Paul Pepper and HANK WATERS, editorial writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune, take a look back at the most polarizing moments of 2016! What stood out the most to you? This annual tradition of visiting with Hank on our last show of the year continues - watch! December 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about what to do with your Christmas tree once it comes down. (No rush, seriously!) One option is to have the city pick up your full-sized tree (through the end of January) and use it to create methane via the bioreactor at the landfill. Find out more! Plus, get an update on the CoMo Energy Challenge - just two days left to try and win $5M! December 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about keeping stress under control and New Year's resolutions. On the topic of stress, Dr. Newman recommends focusing on breathing: "use the whole lung...and you'll be surprised to notice how fast the stress starts coming down." On New Year's resolutions, Dr. Newman suggests choosing two things and being "very, very specific" about those two things. December 28, 2016

Ninety-six-year-old Cyrus Porter is a devoted Taylor Swift fan and has traveled to her shows, but on Monday, he didn't have to go anywhere. Swift came to him.

A day after Porter hosted 72 people for Christmas, a van pulled into the driveway of his home in New Madrid.

Out stepped Taylor Swift and her parents. The 27-year-old singer stayed about an hour and sang "Shake It Off" as Porter's relatives sang along.

Swift had learned about the World War II combat veteran's fandom and decided to surprise him.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s resident and migratory bald eagle populations peak in the winter, and now is a great time to look for these iconic American raptors.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARY HUSSMANN and SUTU FORTE about the City of Columbia's New Year's Day Festival! The familiar New Year's Eve tradition is no more, but since this town is bursting with talent, you won't want to miss this new effort featuring local performers - including Sutu! She will kick off the fun by playing the entire "piano solo/concerto arrangement" of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Watch for details! December 27, 2016

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Matthews, Kwanzaa 2016

Dec 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and YVONNE MATTHEWS, Associate Administrator, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, talk about Kwanzaa, which starts today! Unfamiliar with the traditions? Yvonne tells that Kwanzaa is a series of seven: seven days; seven candles; seven principles; and seven symbols. Plus, find about a city-wide celebration this Friday in Jefferson City! December 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform John Hartford's "On Christmas Eve" on banjo and guitar. To close the show, they play a special holiday-themed medley. Merry Christmas, everyone! December 23, 2016

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KBIA recently took the show on the road for a special Thinking Out Loud live from Columbia's Sager Braudis Gallery.

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