Arts and Culture

Vinyl records have made a tremendous international comeback in the past five years… And it’s had an impact on the local record industry as well.

Connor Kraus is browsing hundreds of vinyl records inside Columbia’s Hitt Records.

“I’m looking for the new Radiohead album,” Kraus said.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares with us two of his poems: "The Heebie Jeebies" [1:23] and "Harmony Tornado" [5:03] from the book, "Days Like This Are Necessary." May 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "turbo" voting. If you're a college student attending, say, the University of Missouri, and you're from out of town, this is a great way to stay up-to-date and vote on the local elections in your hometown. Watch for details! At [4:42] Resident Arts founder and director, MADELEINE LeMIEUX, tells us about the many layers of her unique organization. If you're an early or advanced artist looking to further your career, this could be the place for you! May 12, 2016

Join KBIA and the Missourian on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. for a screening of this year's My Life, My Town short films about the lives of teens living in rural Missouri. The films will be screened in Fred Smith Forum (RJI 200) on the second floor of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at 401 S 9th St. in Columbia. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the My Life, My Town subjects and producers. Parking for this event is available in the nearby Hitt Street Garage. 

Panelists: 

Churchill Clark

On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris featured a preview of the upcoming Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre season and this weekend's canoe camp at Cooper's Landing.


Discover Nature: The Eastern striped skunk

May 11, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

In Missouri, striped skunks are relatively common.  Harder to find, are Eastern spotted skunks. These smaller skunks have black fur with white stripes, and spots.

Spotted skunks inhabit open prairies, brushy areas and cultivated land, favoring cover under a brushy field border, fencerow or vegetated gully between their dens and foraging areas. 

They mate in late winter and give birth from April to July.

Skunks are good mousers and help control insects, thus they are an asset around farms… As scavengers, skunks help clean up the woods.

Today Paul Pepper and PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, talk about a program called Passport Jefferson City, which aims to "get people to get out and see their own backyard - as it were." It'll be a fun time for the whole family - watch for details! And speaking of family fun, at [4:12] DENNIS VanDYKE and BRAD BRYANT invite everyone to the Marceline Railroad Heritage Celebration this Saturday at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline! May 11, 2016

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Jimmy Pardo is a pioneer. For ten years he has hosted the popular podcast Never Not Funny, and has welcomed guests like Paul Reiser, Amy Poehler, and Jon Cryer. Jimmy is also one of the most respected comedians working today, and continues to tour around the country. 

For several years Jimmy worked on both Conan and The Tonight Show as the opening act for Conan O' Brien. Jimmy is heavily involved with the charity Smile Train, an organization that provides surgery to fix cleft lips for children who otherwise couldn't afford it. This Comedian's Life talked to Jimmy about giving back, working for Conan, and his long-time friendship with actor Jon Hamm. Jimmy will be performing live at the Funny Bone in St. Louis on June 3rd and 4th. Tickets can be purchased at stlouisfunnybone.com. For more information about Smile Train, go to SmileTrain.org.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHADD KRAUS, MU Health Care Emergency Medicine, about fall injury awareness and prevention. According to Dr. Kraus, "falls are most common in elderly people (65+)...it's the leading cause of death." If that's you, find out ways to prevent such an accident from happening! At [4:21] KERRI BURROWS introduces us to the new executive director of Second Chance, KATHLEEN McKINNEY. Kathleen is a longtime volunteer with Second Chance - find out what the organization means to her and her plans for the future! May 10, 2016

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Henry Rowe Schooclraft explored the Ozarks in 1818 before many whites had settled the region. The journal he published the following year details what animals and plants he saw. Now, 200 years after Schoolcraft took the grand tour of southern Missouri by foot, we look at the forces that have altered the landscapes he saw. 


Discover Nature: Wild Turkeys

May 9, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, listen for wild turkeys gobbling in Missouri woods and grasslands.


Today Paul Pepper visits with LAURIE MATTHEWS about this Saturday's Letter Carrier Food Drive, benefiting locally The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. This is a nationwide fundraiser, however, so if you get a grocery sack in the mail, fill it up with plastic or canned goods - or even money - and your mail carrier will pick it up! At [3:44] DANITA and GREG WOOD tell us about Bicycle Across Missouri (or, "Big BAM"); it's a six-day, 300 mile ride from St. Joseph to Hannibal. If you're interested in joining about 1,000 other riders on this "rolling music festival," watch for details and see some photos from last year! May 9, 2016

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Margaret Cho is one of the most recognizable comedians working today. Margaret started at an early age, and had early success starring in her own sitcom All-American Girl for ABC. Since then, Margaret has established herself as one of the most versatile artists in show business. 

Aside from her successful stand-up specials, Margaret is the best-selling author of books like I'm the One That I Want and I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight. Margaret is also well-known for her work with the homeless and LGBTQ community. Recently, Margaret released the 90s-inspired musical album American Myth, available on iTunes and Amazon.com. This Comedian's Life chatted with Margaret about being a teenage comic, how Rue McClanahan helped her on the Golden Girls sequel, and the life lessons she received from Joan Rivers. For more information, visit Margaret's website at margaretcho.com.

Last week, the MU Department of Romance Languages and Literature hosted an international conference titled: The Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance. The conference brought in artist and scholars from around the world to discuss ideas about Afro-Cuban art. One MU professor spent six years planning and preparing the event.

Professor Juanamaria Cordones-Cook of Romance Languages is excited to finish up her semester and spend three weeks in Cuba. She said she’s traveled there at least 25 times.

“I have lost track of the times,” Cordones-Cook said.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, Hypnotherapist at RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about obsessions: the good, the bad and the ugly. What is defined as an 'obsession,' exactly? Dr. Newman says it's anything that your mind continues to go back to. It's a fascinating conversation - watch! May 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Show-Me Opera director CHRISTINE SEITZ, as well as MU School of Music students KATIE KULL and MADELYN MUNSELL, to talk about their new opera, "Hatrack," which is about a prostitute in Farmington, MO in the late 1800s who aspires for a better life in St. Louis. Watch Madelyn perform a number as the title character at [5:22]. May 5, 2016

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

 


Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, about the Conservatory's spring concert happening May 7th, and the new Missouri Symphony Radio Hour, which you can hear Tuesday nights on KMUC 90.5! At [3:37] TOM THOMAS and JOE WESTON tell us how important it is to be an organ donor. As an organ recipient himself, Tom says, "when you have been through that wait period and that process, you learn how critical this is to the families that wait." Find out about their efforts to educate the community through local Rotary Clubs. May 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers that will wet your appetite for this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert in downtown Columbia: "Is There Anybody Here From Out of Town?" [1:40] and "Moonlight Bay" [5:15]. Watch! May 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PET Mobility Project volunteer JEFF MORAN about he and his wife's recent PET distribution trip to Guatemala. Says Jeff about one recipient, "she had polio which just affected her left leg...she's so grateful...she's one of the people who say 'god bless America; god bless you for coming to our country.'" Find out how you too can get involved! At [4:39] JERRY RICKER and SHARI BULLARD return with more about the 112th year of the Jefferson City Art Club. Mark your calendars for this Wednesday when the results of today's 'sketch day' will be on display inside the Capital Arts gallery! May 2, 2016

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Wildflowers and warm weather signify the arrival of spring in Missouri and one of the state’s largest, heaviest wild mammals enjoys the season as much as we do. This week on Discover Nature, we recognize National Bear Awareness Month.


Farm Your Yard: Backyard Pollinators

May 1, 2016
The Xerxes Society

A couple of years ago I was harvesting mustard greens at the small urban farm where I work. I like to work steadily and efficiently, but there was something that totally derailed my task that day. Stuck to one of the leaves was a monarch butterfly chrysalis.  Have you ever seen something like that?

Soul singer Lee Fields has spent four decades performing on stages around the world, including a nearly-sold out show during the 2016 True/False film festival… In a rapidly changing music industry, he’s managed to keep his music and legacy alive.

“I’ve been through about three generations now, and they continue to come and I continue to sing,” Fields said. “So I am very grateful for the supporters.”

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Larry Miller is one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood. He's appeared in several iconic movies and TV shows including Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Pretty Woman. Larry is also a mainstay in the mostly-improvised films of director Christopher Guest. Larry was in some of Guest's most critically successful films including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. This Comedian's Life talked with Larry about his beginnings as a stand-up comedian in New York, and how he became long-time friends with Jerry Seinfeld.


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Kevin Nealon is among the few people to sit in the "Weekend Update" news anchor chair on Saturday Night Live. During his nine-year tenure on the show, Kevin played in memorable pieces including "Hans and Franz" and his "Update" character Mr. Subliminal. After Saturday Night Live, Kevin joined the cast of the long-running Showtime series Weeds. Aside from being an actor, Kevin is an accomplished comedian, and continues to tour the U.S. and Canada. This Comedian's Life talked to Kevin about stage fright, Saturday Night Live, and the best TV appearance he ever had.


Today Paul Pepper visits with Executive Director LORENZO LAWSON and Administrative Assistant LORETTA SCHOUTEN about the Youth Empowerment Zone's new 'Inspiring Academy.' The goal of this new program is to, according to Lorenzo, "reach kids at an earlier age...and keep them on the right track." Find out what age he's referring to - it may surprise you; and hear about their upcoming garage sale fundraiser! April 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MARIE ROBERTSON, who talks about all the classes on jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and more being offered during the 2016 summer session at Dancearts - registration is going on now! At [3:57] Salvation Army Majors RICHARD and BETH TRIMMELL say goodbye to the show and to the community as they retire after 32 years of service (four in Mid-Missouri) to be closer to their children. April 28, 2016

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

 


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Adam Carolla is a comedian, radio personality, and podcaster. He was the host of The Man Show on Comedy Central and the nationally syndicated radio program Loveline. Adam is the author of the New York Times best-selling books President Me, and Not Taco Bell Material. Adam's podcast, The Adam Carolla Show holds the Guinness Book of World Record for "most downloaded podcast." This Comedian's Life talked with Adam about his podcast, his family, and his childhood visit to the Lawry's Seasonings plant.


Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, touch on Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack's new book, "The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated." Haven't read it yet? Mel briefly shares what he thinks are the most important takeaways - watch! April 27, 2016

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