Arts and Culture

Thinking Out Loud: The Blind Boone Home

Jul 7, 2015
Clyde Ruffin

Work continues on restoration of the Columbia home of Ragtime composer and concert pianist J.W. "Blind" Boone. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, the Reverend Clyde Ruffin visits with KBIA's Darren Hellwege about the progress and the process of making Boone's home a useful community space.

Sara Shahriari/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.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Woodhaven Executive Director, MARK PALMER, about the capital campaign currently underway to raise $1.9M which will help support the 115 individuals being served. They need another 15% of their goal by October 1st! At [4:19] DAWN BROWN tells us about Olivet Christian Church's FREE summer concert series! It all kicks off tomorrow night with singer/songwriter/storyteller Larry Brown. July 7, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and CHRIS CAMPBELL talk about the upcoming 25th anniversary celebration of the Walters-Boone County Museum and Galleries. Food, tours and music - fun for the whole family! At [3:52] DR. MARILYN RANTZ tells us about "Sinclair At Home," a new program from MU's Sinclair School of Nursing. Hear about how new technology makes this service possible! July 6, 2015

Sean Marshall / Flickr

Lawmakers have set aside $375,000 to repair a monument to Missouri's Civil War troops at the Vicksburg National Military Park. 

Today Paul Pepper and JO MANHART, Executive Director at Missouri Egg Council, talk about the best way to keep those egg dishes cold at your Independence Day picnic. Tips and tricks from the "Egg Lady" - watch! July 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with PHIL BERGER, Marketing Director at Family Health Center, which provides medical services for those who are uninsured or underinsured. Hear about their new "express care" walk-in clinic on Saturdays. At [3:56] TERRY WOODS, Research Specialist at MU's Bradford Research Center, shows and tells us about the Monarch Butterfly. Did you know that for them, Missouri is just a 'pit stop' during migration? Why here? Watch! July 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and LORI HENDERSON talk about the Missouri Mission of Mercy (or MOMOM) Dental Clinic, which provides services for those in need, free of charge. Find out why you need to mark your calendars for July 31 and August 1! At [4:35] JOE BOGUE and ERICA BRUINGTON tell us about "Leading Ladies," a new comedy from Maplewood Barn Theatre that opens tonight! July 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with ASHLEY GUILLEMETTE, Director of MU Family Impact Center, about what's behind this brand new 'community outreach center' in Columbia. The list of services (including home education, behavioral health clinic, family building) goes on and on, and it's all FREE! Watch for details. June 30, 2015

Thinking Out Loud: Local Youth Make Waves

Jun 29, 2015
Kelsey Kupferer

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of recent graduates from Columbia's Rock Bridge High School. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we hear a trio of young women's stories that explore how their identity was formed and who they want to be.

Today Paul Pepper and MARIE ROBERTSON, Director and Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia, talk about the upcoming 2015 Dance Intensive Camp, happening July 13th-24th. Sign up today! At [3:19] NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking, is here with news about recent legislation that passed concerning trafficking in the U.S. June 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Missouri's first poet laureate, Walter Bargen, about "Trouble Behind Glass Doors," first published in 2013. Listen to Walter read two poems, "Dyslexic Forrest" and "University of Fields," the latter of which was written for former MU Chancellor Brady Deaton. June 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with the Columbia Art League's DIANA MOXON - who is fresh off of another successful Art in the Park - about the opening reception of the 'Members Summer Open' this Saturday! At [3:43] TODD DAVISON joins us from Maples Rep Theatre in Macon. Their summer season kicked off last night with "The Curious Savage" and continues in rep with "Pump Boys and Dinettes." Details on those shows and more on our show today! June 25, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and SANDY DRYER, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about magnesium. What is it? How do we get it? How much do we need? All covered in our four-minute interview! At [4:28] director CAT GLEASON talks about MU Theatre's production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' opening tomorrow in the Rhynsburger Theatre! June 24, 2015

Farm Your Yard: Knowing the Insects in Your Garden

Jun 23, 2015
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

As gardens are teeming with life in late June, they are more easily discovered by insects. On this week's Farm Your Yard, we learn about the role of beneficial and predatory insects in the home garden.

Caty Eisterhold/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 this season, you can find our free podcast on itunes.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEE ANN WOOLERY and DYLAN BAINTER about MU Extension's summer camp for high schoolers titled "The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication." Workshops cover a wide range of topics and are taught by professors from the University of Missouri. Sign up today - details on today's show! June 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and local UFO enthusiast, BILL WICKERSHAM, touch on many topics, but in particular the 1984 Whiteman Air Force Base incursion. Hear the story that was not made public until 2008. June 22, 2015

Thinking Out Loud: The Impact of the Big BAM

Jun 19, 2015
Off Track Events

Next week, a first time cross-state bicycle ride launches. Leaders in small Missouri towns along the route are understandably eager to see the economic impacts of 1,000-plus riders cruising through town and spending their soggy dollars.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back resident holiday-storyteller LARRY BROWN! Take a moment and listen to Larry's Father's Day story at [1:43] - you might just recognize it. (And consider this your reminder that this Sunday is Father's Day!) June 19, 2015

The contents of a time capsule sealed inside the Missouri Capitol are seeing the light of day for the first time in 100 years. The copper box was removed last week from the southeast cornerstone of the Capitol building, where it had sat since June 24, 1915.

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Missouri Symphony Society's Assistant Conductor, ADAM BODONY. They talk about the rest of the Hot Summer Nights season (including Adam's favorite, Patriotic Pops)! It's not too late to get tickets! At [3:29] the Bittersweet Garden Club's TINA SPILLERS and MARCIA REED invite everyone to the 16th Annual Bittersweet Garden tour - rain or shine! Watch for details. June 18, 2015

Hope Kirwan / 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 this season, you can find our free podcast on itunes.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANN BICKEL, member of the Missouri Coalition for Quality Care. According to Ann, "our mission is very simple: we believe people who need care should get good care." If you, or someone you know, would benefit from MCQC, please watch this segment! At [4:30] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director at Voluntary Action Center, is here to talk about a handful of events and programs (like the KOMU Fan Club) that will benefit the people of Columbia this summer. Support and donations are always needed - watch! June 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON take a tour of the Missouri Cures website. If reading about the latest in medical findings interest you, you won't want to miss this segment! At [4:30] SHELIA ROBERTSON tells us about MU Health's 7-week Safe Kids Camp Amazing. Different themes each week will keep kids having fun while learning about staying safe. Space is filling up fast so call today! June 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with BILL MCKELVEY about the University of Missouri's Plant, Grow and Share initiative, which encourages home gardeners to donate their extra fruits and veggies to those who aren't as lucky. Make the "produce pledge" today! At [4:41] KAITLYN BRADLEY tells us about this weekend's 58th annual Olivet Christian Church Mutton and Barbecue fundraiser. June 15, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about "To the Planets!," the theme for tomorrow's family-friendly public shows. Melanie also tells us about NASA's 'SOFIA,' which is basically a telescope on a 747! Yeah. June 12, 2015

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The Fort Leonard Wood farmers’ market announced Thursday that it now accepts food stamps.

The market is operated by the Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop (PCSW), a local non-profit that provides work for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Market manager Samantha Kramer said the new policy will provide fresh foods to people living on food-stamps in an area where produce is scarce.

Today Paul Pepper chats with a rather busy VALERIE CHAFFIN, Executive Director at Second Chance; June is full of ways to meet your next best friend - including an appearance at Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Two By Two." Watch for more information! At [4:40] KIRSTEN OLSON MALINEE and MEG PHILLIPS CRESPY tell us about "Mostly Sweet," an original play on stage at Talking Horse Productions beginning tomorrow night! (Did I mention Meg is the writer?) June 11, 2015

The Missouri River's nickname, which evokes a wide current of mud, misses its aesthetic potential. Its most famous admirer may be the Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham.