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Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, seldom-seen salamanders find love in late winter.


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KBIA's Darren Hellwege discusses the new book, La Conversation Fracturee: Concepts of Race in America with author Dr. Clanton Dawson.


Today Paul Pepper visits with TERRI GRAY and SALLY SILVERS about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri! For 35 years now, families from out-of-town have stayed at this home away from home while their child receives some kind of medical attention. The operation benefits greatly from volunteers and donations - watch for details on how you can get involved! At [4:25] CAROL BEAHAN, Executive Director of Primaris Foundation, explains the new Medicare card. The biggest change, in an effort to prevent identity theft, is that your social security number is no longer printed on the card. But that's not all! Find out what else will change, and when you'll be seeing yours in your mailbox. February 13, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE PARKER, Center for English Language Learning at MU, and SARA HUACO, a student from Peru who's taking part in the CELL program. Debbie explains how this program benefits both the American student and the international student: "I think it increases understanding and empathy and just gives us more knowledge - it enriches our lives." Sara, who's been in the U.S. for about 15 years, tells us about some of the not-so-obvious differences between Columbia and her hometown of Lima. Watch! February 12, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! Their annual "Say It With A Song" Valentine's Day campaign is back February 13th and 14th! Let four guys in tuxedos tell your special someone that they mean the world to you the best way they know how: by singing! Enjoy two numbers on today's show: "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" medley at [1:30] and "The Recipe For Making Love" at [4:38]. February 9, 2018

Director Chico Pereira discusses the role his community and his family played in shaping his film DONKEYOTE, which played at True/False 2017. The films depicts his uncle Manolo's plan to travel from rural Spain to the United States accompanied by his donkey, Gorrión.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY MYERS, Development Director of Coyote Hill, about the 21st annual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Proceeds from this popular event will send the families of Coyote Hill on vacation this summer - something that, as Kelly says is, "an experience that almost none of the children have had an opportunity to do." At [4:30] KRISTIN BOWEN and MARGARET BOOKER invite everyone to join Moms Demand Action (For Gun Sense In America) for 'Advocacy Day' at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Let your voice be heard in the very building where gun laws are decided! February 8, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK continue their discussion about financially-sound resolutions you should be making for 2018. Topics covered include: how to keep a healthy skepticism in the marketplace; investment advice from Dan Solin; buying life insurance and more! February 7, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch for river otters on frozen water.

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This week on Intersection, we bring you excerpts from author Junot Díaz's Jan. 22 talk at MU.

Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer prize for his first novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” He received a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship and co-founded the Voices of Our National Arts Foundation, which holds workshops for writers of color. He is a professor of writing at MIT.

Díaz immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United State when he was six. In his literary work and activism, he tackles issues including immigration, assimilation and oppression.

 

His speech was part of the MU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. event. During the talk, Díaz spoke about white supremacy, the role of artists and the lasting effects of slavery.

 


Today Paul Pepper visits with NICOLE KNAPP-WEBER about a special fundraiser for City Garden School next month at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia! "Tales From the Garden: Mythical Magic" is a gala featuring a cake competition, live music, a silent auction and more! At [4:12] actor ADAM BRIETZKE invites everyone to come see Talking Horse Productions' latest show, "Louie, Louie and la Dolce Vita." With a cast of only two, this intimate love story about a bi-racial couple under the thumb of J. Edgar Hoover in the late '60s is sure to keep you captivated until the end. February 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about the 13th annual 'Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff'! This popular event is the primary fundraiser for the services and programs that benefit over 1,200 kids in our community. At [4:45] JEN DAVIS invites everyone to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival February 11 at The Blue Note in Columbia! See a "diverse array" of short and medium films from around the country and right here locally. Proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief. February 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about opioid addiction. All it takes is a very small amount of fentanyl combined with a very small amount of heroin to create a lethal combination. Thankfully, an overdose is not a death sentence. Heather tells us about an over-the-counter drug that can reverse the effects. At [4:16] JOE GEIST, Curator, and JERRY BENNER, Photographer, invite everyone to come see two new exhibits at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery in Fayette. Jerry will have a number of photographs on display from his eight-day stay in Cuba - three of which he brought with him today! February 2, 2018

Today, we're talking with three mid-Missouri authors - Mary Collins Barile, David Crespy and Brian Katcher. They've written plays, books on local folklore and young adult novels.


Director Peter Nicks discusses the role that the city and people of Oakland play in shaping his work. His most recent documentary, THE FORCE, documents a year of crises in the Oakland Police Department and played at True/False 2017. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD about the League of Women Voters' annual Legislative Night next Thursday at the Columbia Public Library. This is your chance to hear from, and ask questions of, our State Legislative Delegation. At [4:45] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, talks about the percentage of individuals living at or below the federal poverty level in our community. That number: 24.6%. Nick has some thoughts as to why is that number is so high in an area with such low unemployment figures. February 1, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with author DIANNA O'BRIEN about her book, "From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks." This rags-to-riches story of scientist and local entrepreneur, Charles Gehrke, is an inspiring tale of hard work, persistence and following your dream. At [3:38] CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ tells us about Girls on the Run, a program that aims to inspire and encourage little girls to be "who they are and not what they are," all the while training for a 5K. January 31, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week in nature, keep an eye out for groundhogs. Also known as woodchucks, or whistle pigs, these rodents in the squirrel family are active during daylight hours, and are breeding now.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JO TURNER and CARLA McFARLAND about the return of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly cookie sale! Proceeds from this and all "Cookie Connection" fundraisers go into programs that support women and children in our community. Get your orders in by February 6th! At [4:52] LAUREN WAGNER and SECUNDA KARIUKI invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "The Miracle Worker." Be inspired by this true story of the teacher who helped a blind and deaf Helen Keller overcome the hardships she faced throughout her childhood. January 30, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local harpist MARIA TREVOR! She performs two pieces of music, including 'Amazing Grace'. Catch her at "Harp and Healing" every first Tuesday of the month at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia - watch for details! January 29, 2018

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Jan 28, 2018

The #Black crew explores "shithole countries," the idea of Oprah as president, and H&M retail.

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Head to the Eastern end of Columbia's Business Loop 70 and you'll find Patriot Place. The Columbia Housing Authority-owned apartments house U.S. veterans who have struggled to maintain their housing. At the back of the property lies a garden.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about three important financial topics: the new tax reform law and the changes it makes to the MOST 529 plan; how to make the most of the new tax bill by investing in the banking sector; and should you put real money into virtual money? Alex shares his thoughts - watch! January 26, 2018

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Director Kitty Green discusses the processes of "casting" characters for her documentary CASTING JONBENET, which played at True/False 2017. The film is out now on Netflix. 


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back author/poet WALTER BARGEN! He reads two original poems: "Utterly Gone" at [1:58], and the response, "Utterly Again," at [3:25]. Walter wrote the latter a few years ago based on a phone call he received one night from someone on the east coast. Who was on the other line, and why were they questioning the last two lines of an obscure poem about cattle mutilation written in 1977? The mystery remains unsolved! January 25, 2018

Terri Nickerson

This week on Discover Nature, watch for a rare, snow-white visitor to our state.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the many native plants in Missouri that actually stay alive during the otherwise dormant winter months. Poverty grass, ragwort and pussytoes are just three of the examples she brought to talk about. Remember: grow native! January 24, 2018

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An ambitious, new program aims to reduce to zero the number of serious injuries and deaths on Columbia's transportation system. In advance of a series of town hall meetings, Lawrence Simonson and Heather Cole were guests on Thinking Out Loud. They explored the potential of and the process behind Vision Zero,  a resolution adopted in December 2016 by the Columbia City Council.


Today Paul Pepper and KIT SALTER talk about the "hidden joys" of the ongoing Saturday Morning Book Talks series. Kit takes us back to the beginning - five years ago! - and then tells us about the authors invited to speak at the February and March 'Talks'. If you've never been, it's a great way to start a weekend! January 23, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with WALLY PFEFFER about the 16th annual Boone County Legislative Forum on Higher Education. This is your chance to visit with legislators like Sen. Caleb Rowden and Rep. Martha Stevens, among others, about the future of Mizzou. This event is open to MMA members, non-members and students - reserve your seat today! At [4:48] JENNIFER SNAWDER, RD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares tips on how to eat healthy during these cold winter months. Get her take on eating in versus eating out; and just what makes those green veggies so good for us? Watch! January 22, 2018

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