Arts and Culture

Discover Nature: Softshell Turtles

Jun 21, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

Take a canoe out on a local pond or stream this week, and you’ll likely encounter Spiny softshell turtles.

Today Paul Pepper visits with local pianist/musician-extraordinaire, SUTU FORTE, about her efforts to bring awareness to the local wildlife. Her planned concert this Saturday will be "an opportunity for you to experience your 'wild' side." Watch for details! At [5:03] Columbia Art League Executive Director, DIANA MOXON, takes a moment to thank everyone for the "smoothest" Art in the Park ever, and to invite everyone to this Saturday's opening reception for their latest show (that has no theme)! June 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BLEVINS, President/Marketing Manager of the Boone County Farmer's Market, about what's in store for this season - the second at Columbia Mall. If you're looking for locally produced fruits and veggies, this is the place to be! At [4:15] LINDA BLEDSOE and EILEEN GAWRILUK invite everyone to the 17th annual Bittersweet Garden Tour, happening this Sunday, June 26 in Jefferson City! Watch for details on the six gardens selected for their 'drop-dead gorgeous factor'. June 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CONNIE WEABLE about tomorrow's 59th annual Olivet Christian Church BBQ. Come for the fixin's, stay for the fellowship - it's sure to delight (and feed) the whole family! At [3:20] JESSICA LONG, Missouri Association for Community Action, and MEGAN CORBIN, Central Missouri Community Action, talk about poverty in Missouri. Did you know that, state-wide, 908,000 people are living in poverty; and of those, 287,000 are children? MACA and CMCA are just part of the solution. Watch for details on how you can get involved! June 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Sean Spence, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about 'skimming', an oft-used scam that steals your credit card information at the gas pump. Sean shares prevention tips on that and more - watch! June 16, 2016

A new history of the Ozark's Baldknobbers is out. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with the book's author and took a look at the tiny home movement on Thinking Out Loud.

Discover Nature: American Bullfrogs

Jun 15, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

The deep, sonorous call of Missouri’s largest frog is distinct. This week on Discover Nature, we discover Missouri's official state amphibian, the American bullfrog. 

YTheater Project Jerusalem

From the Thinking Out Loud archives we go back to November 2015 for a conversation with a troupe of Jewish and Palestinian thespians who visited Columbia for a play about living together despite major differences.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, talk about what Mel calls the best value vacation possible: cruising. Follow his tips to avoid the usual headaches and to save yourself some money! June 15, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Making Waves

Jun 14, 2016
Kelsey Kupferer / Making Waves

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of students at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, continue their discussion of 'Picturing Politics,' an exhibit on display now inside Ellis Library. Joan brought two famous prints by George Caleb Bingham, "Verdict of the People" and "County Election." Check it out! June 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Dancearts of Columbia Director/Co-Owner MARIE ROBERTSON about their upcoming summer workshops! This year's new approach focuses more on technique than choreography for a final show. Watch for details! At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN tells us about outpatient treatment for teenagers at Phoenix Health Programs. Hear the story of "Maria," who benefitted from such services and is now on track for a better life. June 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA REINDEL about the 2016 Relay For Life event happening this Saturday on the track at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia. Find out how you can take part in "one of the most important events in Boone County." At [3:20] BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, returns with simple tips and tricks you can do to reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time helping "CoMo" win $5M. It's a win-win - watch! June 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CHRIS CAMPBELL, Executive Director of the Boone County Historical Society, about a special upcoming Father's Day concert featuring renowned ragtime pianist, BOB MILNE, playing on "Blind" Boone's piano. Watch for details! At [3:38] meet actors RYAN and KIMBERLY KENNEY, soon to be known to audiences as Prof. Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, respectively, from Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "The Music Man!" Opening tomorrow night, there are three weekends to catch this classic, Americana musical that's sure to delight the whole family. June 8, 2016

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Brad Sherwood is one of the most recognizable faces in the improvisation world. Brad has been a cast member on three versions of the popular improvisational TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, including the current version which airs on the CW Network. Brad tours the U.S. and Canada with fellow Whose Line cast member Colin Mochrie in a two-man improvisational show, An Evening With Colin and Brad. This Comedian's Life talked to Brad about playing to international audiences, the valuable lessons he learned from MAD Magazine, and the similarities between improv and sky diving. For more information visit, or follow Brad on Twitter @TheBradSherwood.  

Missouri Department of Conservation

If you’ve spent any time out in nature in the last week you may have noticed a well-protected reddish fruit starting to ripen now. This week on Discover Nature, we search for wild raspberries.

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, provide only-heard-here insights into this year's Hot Summer Nights extravaganza. There's no excuse now for missing any one of the upcoming, fun-for-the-whole-family performances happening all over Columbia this month and next! At [4:26] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, stops by with the latest medical headlines. Find out about a recent breakthrough in stem cell research at Washington University in St. Louis! June 7, 2016

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

  In this special, hear the voices of journalism students from the University of Missouri. In their time there, they've learned not only about their majors, but also about their identities, their families and their values. They were challenged in their magazine writing class this Spring to tell the stories of those significant learning moments in their lives. With help from their teacher and master-storyteller, Berkley Hudson, they recount stories about experiences from chosen families to chosen names. 

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Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a benefit performance of "The Music Man," happening this Wednesday at Columbia Entertainment Company. Come for the "super-super refreshments," stay for what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing performance! At [4:11] director JOSH KIRBY and actress BRIDGET HUSSEY (in character as Mrs. Chauvenet) invite everyone to see Fayette Area Community Theatre's production of "Harvey." Do you see him? You just might this weekend at Central Methodist University! June 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WILLIAMS reflect on eight years of Love INC! Did you know that since 2008, over 6,000 Columbia families have been served? That wouldn't have happened without the more than 1,100 volunteers who "walked along side" those in crisis. If you'd like to get involved, Jane will happily accept your time and/or money. Watch for details! June 3, 2016

On Chess: Memoirs of a chess square

Jun 2, 2016

At the beginning of many prestigious chess tournaments, players sign their name on particular light squares of commemorative chessboards, often with no intent beyond the thought, “On which square will my signature appear most elegant?” or, “Which square is left to sign?” And yet, specific squares hold so many memories of sacrifices both successful and failed as well as nightmares of a sacrifice or in-between move.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Associate Professor ERIC SANDVOL, MU Department of Geological Sciences, about the science behind man-made earthquakes. On fracking, Eric says "You're getting about ten times more salt water than oil and gas...the cheapest thing to do (with all that waste water) is to pump it back into the ground...causing earthquakes." Find out more in this truly eye-opening discussion! June 2, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spring storms bring the threat of damaging wind, hail, flooding, and erosion, but they also restore life to the landscape providing nutrients to plants and soil, and drinking-water for wildlife. This week, on Discover Nature, we celebrate May as American Wetlands Month.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PETE MILLIER, Director of Mizzou Botanic Garden, about two events celebrating National Pollinator Week. The first event is a dinner with renowned ethnobotanist, Gary Nabhan, from the University of Arizona; and the second event is an all-day symposium. Watch for details! At [3:40] actress TORI STEPANEK and actor DAVID BAKER invite everyone to come and see Capital City Players's latest production, "Rock of Ages." If you're fan of classic songs from the 1980s, you're going to love this show! June 1, 2016

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Tom Cotter got his start as a stand-up comedian growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, and began doing open-mics at the nearby Boston comedy clubs. Tom got his big break on season 7 of America's Got Talent. Tom was the runner-up that season-- the highest place any comedian had achieved on the history of the show until that point. Tom has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, and Premium Blend. Tom is also the author of a parenting "advice" book called Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful ParentingThis Comedian's Life talked with Tom about his unique rise to fame, performing with Joan Rivers, and the "un-reality" of reality television. 

Jim Rathert / Missouri Department of Conservation

What do fawnfoot, monkey face and fat pocketbook all have in common? They are a few of the fun names of Missouri’s 69 freshwater mussel species.

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, talk about what you can expect to see and do at this year's Art in the Park, happening June 4 & 5 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. This two-day, family-friendly festival is "one of the biggest events of the year," so don't miss it! (If you're interested in volunteering your time, we've got details on that, too.) Watch! May 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back resident storyteller, LARRY BROWN, who shares an original Memorial Day-themed story titled, "Jack and the Mysterious Forrest" at [1:24]. May 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. How do you know you when you're witnessing trafficking? What are the signs? What part does social media play? And what can you do about it? Answers to those questions and more in this important interview - watch! May 27, 2016