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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

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." According to Heather, director of the show, Cheryl Black, has put a doo wop twist on this popular romantic comedy! At [4:30] ANGELA HOLLOWAY and ROSE VOMUND take us inside one of five remodel jobs featured on this year's "Kitchens in Bloom" homes tour! This important fundraiser for Services for Independent Living hopes to raise $25,000. April 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CECILE MAZAN about the 1st annual Heart of Missouri Quilters Guild Quilt Show! Don't miss your chance to see 100 or more quilts on display ranging "from beginners to artistic." Plus, you get your scissors/garden tools/knives sharpened as you browse the show! At [3:50] actors ADAM BRIETZKE and DANA BOCKE invite everyone to see Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Macbeth," opening April 28th! If you're unfamiliar with this Shakespeare tragedy, Dana says, "if people love 'Game of Thrones' or stuff like that, they're gonna love this." April 25, 2016

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 Guitarists can become household names in music touring the world… but they wouldn’t be able to do that without their technicians. Although it takes years of experience to master an instrument, the ability to fix a guitar on the spot requires an entirely different sort of understanding.

A man held a guitar broken into two pieces. As he stared hopelessly at the instrument, which fell victim to a small child, Luke Offield saw something he could potentially bring back to life… because he doesn’t see guitars the same way most people do.

Claire Banderas

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 MATT COPELAND about Christian Chapel's upcoming 7th annual Freedom Walk for Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Everyone's invited to participate in this 5K fundraiser for a good cause! At [4:12] NEELEY CURRENT and MAEVE PICKUS tell us about City Garden School's week-long summer camp at Rock Bridge State Park for kids in grades 1st-4th! April 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the Zika virus. It's been in the headlines lately, but what do you really know? While many questions still go unanswered, Jack gives us a quick overview that will hopefully clear up any misunderstandings you might have. Watch! April 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN, who performs Joe Henry's "The Flower That Shattered the Stone" on guitar at [1:20]. Larry then tells us why Henry wrote it. (Hint: it involves singer Olivia Newton John.) April 20, 2016

The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA five prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in region 5. These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

The awards were:

Today Paul Pepper chats with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about "Chromophobia." Are you afraid of certain colors? If so, perhaps you should stay away from this exhibit...or not! Find out how CAL artists interpret that subject in their work when the show opens next week! At [3:50] dietician JUDY ARNET tells us about Access to Healthy Food and their partnership with the Farmers Market. Did you know SNAP and WIC-eligible families can receive matching sums up to $25 on fruits and vegetables? Watch for details! April 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn,' with special guest Lorenzo Lawson! Plus, everyone's invited to reminisce at LWV's annual meeting next week featuring longtime Columbia resident Barbara Horrell! At [4:25] PHIL STEINHAUS, CEO of Columbia Housing Authority, talks about Patriot Place. Residents moved in a week ago - find out how it's going and what's next! April 18, 2016

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Garrett Bullock’s basement bedroom in his Columbia home is a video gamer’s paradise.

 

Two computer screens rest on a sleek black desk. A big, flat screen TV is mounted on the wall above one of the monitors. Along the wall, dozens of video game cases are meticulously lined up.

 

It’s the kind of place where someone could reasonably play video games for an entire day, which is convenient for Bullock, the president of the Columbia Extra Life Guild.

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In 1818, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft walked across the Ozarks. His curiosity and search for lead deposits are what drove him and travel companion Levi Pettibone to cover almost 900 miles in 90 days. Schoolcraft's journal recounted intact landscapes largely unmolested by humans. A new KBIA series looks at Schoolcraft's changing landscapes.


Missouri Department of Conservation

There are almost 1,000 different kinds of bats. Bats eat mostly insects, but when insects are not available during winter, bats in Missouri survive our colder months by hibernating or migrating to warmer places. 

Paul Pepper: Cathy Salter, Unbound Book Festival

Apr 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHY SALTER about the upcoming Unbound Book Festival. According to the their website, 'Unbound' is a brand-new festival that celebrates literature of all kinds. As Cathy says, "it's a mini-True/False Festival for books." Watch our short interview and then make plans to attend this (free!) inaugural event at Stephens College next Friday! April 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri - a non-profit that advocates for clean energy - about alternatives to fossil fuel power plants. Solar panels on your house is one idea; sure it's an investment, but as Mark says, "you're investing in clean energy and you're investing in energy independence for the long term." Informative conversation - watch! April 14, 2016

Alycia McGee / Cancer Research Center

On a recent Thinking out Loud, Darren Hellwege visited with Jack Bozarth and Alison Fea from Columbia's Cancer Research Center about the work that group is doing to better understand cancer.

  

This program originally aired April 5, 2016.

Listen for new episodes of Thinking Out Loud each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on KBIA.

Claire Banderas / KBIA

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 welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, who invites everyone to 'Serenade - A Benefit for Young Musicians' April 17th at the University Club. This is one fundraiser that's sure to delight the whole family! At [5:04] BRYAN BRADFORD stops by to tell us about the Sons of the American Legion. If you had a parent or grandparent that was in the military between WWII and now - and they were eligible for the American Legion - you're welcome to join! Why join? The benefits. Watch for details. April 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANESE SILVEY, Communications Coordinator for The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, talk about the annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive - a highly successful fundraiser in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers. At [5:07] CLARA STARK and JOHN STAPLES tell us what's store for the kiddos at this year's Maplewood Barn Children's Theatre Camp. "We're not just putting on a show," says Clara. Get all the details on this two week experience in three short minutes! April 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LUKE TUDBALL, director of "A Man of No Importance," a musical drama that opens this Friday at Talking Horse Productions! Luke takes us inside this 'compelling' story that's "necessary for this time...it talks about prejudice and the generalizations we put on people." At [3:18] DRS. KYLE FIALA and BEN SUMMERHAYS, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about ankle replacement surgery. According to Dr. Fiala, the decision to have this operation usually stems from one's quality of life issues. Please watch for more information about this lesser-known procedure! April 11, 2016

 

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, or JAM – a holiday that was first recognized in 2002 by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. JAM is intended to encourage people on all ages to study jazz music, attend concerts and pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic art form.

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired MU professor and longtime Missouri Parks Association volunteer, SUSAN FLADER, about a new book called 'Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.' According to Susan, this large coffee table-sized book "reflects the integrity and diversity of the state park system." Check out a few of the pictures! At [5:10] CAT GLEASON invites everyone to the Chancellor's Art Showcase April 11th at the Missouri Theatre. Find out how this extensive collaboration of the arts at MU will honor this, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death! April 8, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spring weather settling-in across Missouri triggers breeding activities for many frogs.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll learn about the Boreal Chorus Frog. 

Listen in prairies, and along the grassy edges of marshes and farm ponds, for these small gray or tan frogs – three-quarters to one-and-a-half inches long – with three wide stripes down the back.  They begin breeding in late February, with their raspy, vibrating call peaking in mid-April – a sound similar to running a fingernail over the teeth of a pocket comb. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JON POSES, Executive/Artistic Director of the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series, about JAM - or, Jazz Appreciation Month! The number of events this month almost out-number the days, and we cover it all in about five minutes - watch! At [5:05] SHELIA FIELDS, Volunteer Coordinator at Saving Sight, talks about a program that recycles eyeglasses for those in need both 'locally and globally!' Got an old pair? Pass 'em on! April 7, 2016

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