Arts and Culture

Chris, Christine'a and PJ Rainey talk about their relationship with director Jon Olshefski after he spent a decade documenting some of their family's most intimate moments. The Rainey family are the subjects of the film QUEST (True/False 2017).

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about why some people are more prone to suffer from anxiety, irritation and frustration. The answer is quite simple, according to Dr. Newman; he says each one of those is a symptom of hypoglycemia. How can you tell if you have hypoglycemia? Take a close look at the fingers on your left hand! April 28, 2017

The Museum of Nebraska Art — or MONA — sits on the main drag of the small, central Nebraska town of Kearney. This winter, it has featured work by the state's Latina artists in the first show of its kind.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers ahead of this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert at the First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia: "When I'm 64" at [1:14] and "Coney Island Washboard Roundelay" at [5:00]. April 27, 2017

Amelia Beamish

On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Dr. Cat Gleason from the MU Department of Theatre about the upcoming performance of 'The Laramie Project.'

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. LISA BRENNAMAN, MU Health, about pelvic disorders in women. Dr. Brennaman tells concerned patients, "this is not the same era that their grandmothers or mothers may have lived in; that we now have many treatments for women where we might not have before." At [3:56] actor RONNIE RICE and director CAT GLEASON invite everyone to come see "The Laramie Project" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. 'Laramie' is based on the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard murder in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. His murder was deemed a hate crime. April 26, 2017

MDC Forest Pathologist Simeon Wright

Late spring evenings often bring the sound of buzzing and crashing at windows, doors, and porch lights. This week on Discover Nature, we’ll take a closer look at June bugs reappearing in Missouri.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MEGAN McCONACHIE, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, about the total solar eclipse happening this August. "This is a great tourism opportunity for Columbia, so we're really going to take advantage of that." Get details on what's sure to be a festive couple of days! At [4:29] student actors LAUREN WAGNER and ETHAN SOLOMON invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." 'Peter' is 'Peter Pan', and as with any good origin story, "everything is explained." See it this weekend only! April 25, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN. Jeff is fresh off a trip to Kenya where he delivered more than 150 personal energy transportation (PET) carts to disabled people. Hear about some of their stories and find out how you can get involved! At [4:13] director ERICA BRUINGTON and actor JOSH RUNNELS invite everyone to come see "A Raisin in the Sun" at Maplewood Barn Theatre starting this Thursday in Columbia. Josh says you'll leave feeling inspired; Erica says this play will give you hope. April 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARIS CHAN and KAT NGUYEN about two events to raise awareness (and funds) in the fight against human trafficking in Mid-Missouri. Charis invites everyone to participate in the annual Freedom Walk on April 30th in Columbia; and Kat would love to see everyone at the screening of her short film, "For You" on May 2nd in Columbia. "For You" tells the fictional story of a couple involved in what's known as 'intimate partner trafficking'. All of this is in conjunction with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. April 21, 2017

Jon Olshefski, a director who spent a decade gathering footage of his subjects, discusses time as an ingredient in documentary filmmaking. His film, QUEST, was the recipient of the 2017 True Life Fund.


Shanti Mandir

This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with two members of a Columbia family who are active in their faith community. Sumit Gupta and his family attend Shanthi Mandir in Columbia. During a time when fewer Americans are choosing to regularly attend church, learn what keeps Gupta bringing his family back to Columbia's Hindu temple.


Alex George / University of Missouri

Alex George is a lawyer by day, and an author by even earlier in the day. The author of six books, including Setting Free the Kites – published by Penguin in February, is also organizing the Unbound Book Festival, in its second year running this April.

The festival will bring acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie, author of such books as Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses to Columbia.

George said that as the festival organizer, he was glad to bring someone of Rushdie’s celebrity to Unbound and is excited to see Rushdie in front of an audience.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PATRICK CLARK, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick invites everyone to their second-ever concert tomorrow night in Jefferson City! A choral ensemble, featuring current and former MU School of Music students, will join the orchestra in performing Bach's Mass in B minor, which Patrick calls, "a magnificent masterpiece." At [4:11] MEGAN SCHRAEDLEY and MICHAEL FINK stop by to give us a sneak preview of what they'll be talking about at next Wednesday's Science on Tap CoMo event at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Megan's focus will be food insecurities; Michael will discuss gene therapy in the cornea. Two perfect conversations to have over a couple of brewskis, don't you think? April 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kids in the Kitchen' class happening April 29th at the Columbia Public Library! It'll be a Cinco De Mayo theme, so get ready to make four different Mexican-style recipes! At [3:12] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., sheds a little light on the recent opioid epidemic, and provides three myths. For some perspective, did you know 1,066 Missourians died of an opioid overdose in 2015? Do you know why? Heather says it's because there's been a "perfect storm of science and policy." April 19, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

In Missouri’s woods this time of year, there’s something new to see every day.

For weeks, redbud blooms have stolen the show, painting pink streaks through the understory, but this week, Missouri’s state tree takes the spotlight.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about sexually explicit mail delivery. Find out why it happens, who it's happening to (no joke: a minister's wife) and what you can do about it! Another scam we touch on involves college scholarships. Lots of great information - watch! April 18, 2017

Shane Epping.

Peabody-winner Scott Carrier is a master of both personal and political radio. He talks about the importance of bearing witness, about telling difficult stories, spinning tales of human oddness, and about the reporter’s responsibility to challenge power structures. The interview took place in front a live audience in Columbia, Missouri (September 2016). Interviewer: Julija Šukys.

You can hear Scott Carrier’s work at http://homebrave.com/

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, Co-Organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference! Erin says anybody who wants to "optimize health through nutrition and good eating" is invited to attend. Topics will range from good food and preventing diabetes to how to heal children from chronic illness. At [3:24] LINDA SCHUST, Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios, tells us about the mission behind this all-arts training center in Columbia. Dance, voice and visual arts are taught to all ages, and suggestions are welcome. Community and diversity is a point of pride at Jabberwocky, so encourage that budding artist friend to join today! April 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a very moving historical narrative titled, "Sophie and the White Rose." A little context: Sophie Scholl was a German student who participated in the White Rose, a (non-violent) resistance group during WWII. She was found guilty of treason and executed by guillotine. Since her death, her anti-Nazi efforts have been praised by historians and citizens alike. April 14, 2017

Columbia Fire Deparment / Twitter

Columbia's Bullpen Cafe drew patrons in with a menu that included brain sandwiches. The eatery closed over ten years ago and now the building is slated for demolition. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris toured the site of the cafe with its final owner, Jackie Cockrell. Moreau Montessori School Directress Lorie Steele was also a guest on the show in advance of one of her school's major annual fundraisers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the musical "Violet." "Violet" tells the story of a young woman physically scarred by a freak accident as a child who decides to take a road trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. JEN DAVIS portrays the title character, and joins us to sing "Lay Your Head Down" at [3:33]. See it on stage for three weeks beginning next Friday! April 13, 2017

Farm Your Yard: The True Cost of Your Vegetables

Apr 12, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture / Facebook

I got into a conversation with a coworker a few weeks back about how hard it was to be a vegetable farmer here in the US. I think being a farmer of anything anywhere is a tough, round the clock, un-glorified job, but having been a small scale produce farmer for a few years I know firsthand that market farming vegetables is demanding.

Today Paul Pepper visits with TRACY EICHHORN from the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance. Despite a six year history, they've only had a permanent home since April 2016. 50 members strong, Tracy says they're looking to grow and welcome a wide range of talent to join the fun! At [3:12] JoNetta Weaver, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Columbia, talks about the importance of this organization in our community. JoNetta says, "we serve about 100 meals every day." Watch for details on how to become a volunteer, or even a recipient! April 12, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

If you’ve ever spent any time floating a quiet Missouri stream, or exploring edges of lakes, ponds, or ditches, you’ve likely encountered the western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii).

There’s only one train line left in Concordia, Kansas (population just over 5,000), and it hauls grain. But more than a hundred years ago there were four train lines. Some of them were passenger trains, and in the 1880s, one carried a group of unaccompanied children from New York.

It stopped in nearby Wayne, Kansas, where strangers were waiting to choose the children.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about taking a cruise. Mel tells us that it's his favorite mode of vacation transportation, and therefore has a lot of experience hitting the high seas. Tips include how much to pack, how much to spend and how much effort put into choosing the cruise line. April 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MARK WAKEFIELD, Division Chief of Urology, MU School of Medicine, about the importance of donating organs. April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month, and Dr. Wakefield tells us that there are over 120,000 patients waiting for a lung, a heart, a kidney or even intestines. Becoming a donor is straight forward - find out how! At [3:53] KEITH POLITTE invites everyone to TEDxCoMo this Thursday at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia! The theme is 'Citizen', and the featured speakers will share "ideas worth spreading." (That's according to their website.) We talk about who's coming, including an 11-year-old "genius," and more - watch! April 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back (for the second Friday in a row) CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! Today is the start of the 26th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville. We talk about that, their new album, "Carp Fishing in Missouri," and they find time to perform a medley of four French-Canadian tunes on guitar and hammer dulcimer. April 7, 2017

Campfire Stories

Apr 6, 2017

Four True/False 2017 directors sit around an indoor fire, eat s'mores and share behind the scenes stories from their films. Stories from Viktor Jakovleski (BRIMSTONE & GLORY), Peter Nicks (THE FORCE), Dan Sickles (DINA) and Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?).

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