Arts and Culture

The #Black crew explores Tarana Burke, Lucas Joyner, Forbes, and She's Gotta Have It.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIE BEDSWORTH, Mental Health Therapist, about PTSD in everyday people. According to Jennie, about 8% of the population is suffering from some sort of traumatic experience. Find out the warning signs and what you can do about it! At [4:14] JO TURNER and CORTNEY GILBOW invite everyone to come and shop at the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's Upscale Resale store. Funds raised go to help meet the everyday needs in the lives of women and children in our community. December 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN HOWE, author of "The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions," about saving for the future. Relying solely on government-based programs may not be the best idea in the long run. Instead, John recommends setting aside a minimum of 10% of your earnings. December 18, 2017

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Off the Clock – Meet Alice Wells, Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s Newest Member

Columbia’s Missouri Contemporary Ballet celebrated its 12th season last month with its original production Eclipse in Movement. This week, I talked with its newest member, Alice Wells, about the joys and challenges of working as a professional dancer for a small company. She’s 21-years-old and moved away from home at the young age of 14 to start training as a professional.

 

Erin McKinstry: “Could you start by telling me how you got started and interested in dance?”

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A recent episode of Thinking Out Loud featured a pair of previews of upcoming holiday performances in Mid-Missouri. We look ahead to Jefferson City's Southside Philharmonic Orchestra's weekend performances of the Nutcracker and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre's ongoing staging of A Christmas Carol.


Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch for an ecological engineer, and unsung steward of streams.

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA JOHNSON and GRETCHEN CARLISLE about a partnership between the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, the Central Missouri Humane Society and Second Chance to look at the impact a cat from a shelter has on the life of a child with autism. The study will pay particular attention to social skills and stress levels, and compare it to that of a dog in a similar role. December 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about underage drinking during the holidays. If you're planning to host a party, or have some friends over, Joy says to be sensitive to families and individuals who may have to drive home or to another function. She says, "you don't have to be plastered to have a good time." December 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director of EnCircle Technologies, about the mission behind the program and who they aim to serve and why. If you'd like to make a monetary donation to this organization, you can throughout the month of December by way of the CoMoGives campaign - watch for details! At [3:49] JANE WHITESIDES invites everyone to the Missouri Symphony Society's annual "Symphony of Toys" concert happening this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. This "Columbia tradition" features a lot of music, and even an appearance by Santa! Children who bring an unwrapped toy get in for free. December 13, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s resident and migratory bald eagle populations peak in the winter, and now is a great time to look for these iconic American raptors.


Today Paul Pepper visits with MERIDETH LEHMAN, Child Life Program Coordinator at MU's Children's Hospital, about "Beads of Courage" and "Caleb's Pitch," two programs that let children with a chronic illness be children without a chronic illness, if only for a little while. At [4:51] PATRICK CLARK invites everyone to the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra's production of "The Nutcracker," starring Dancers' Alley! You've only got two chances to see this classic Christmas story come to life on stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City! December 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about mindful eating during the holidays. Kristen says that the average American gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. How can you avoid gaining all that weight? For starters, be aware of what you're eating and when you're eating it. At [5:27] MAKENZIE MABRY and JON CODY invite everyone to the next Science on Tap CoMo this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Graduate students Emily Sinnott and Eddie Ramirez with share their research on the Bobwhite quail and "introgression," respectively. December 11, 2017

Bussen Productions

Traditional bluegrass music is a melting pot. It has roots in Appalachian, Celtic and jazz music, and musicologists trace the origins of the banjo back to traditional stringed instruments from West Africa. It’s a genre that’s constantly evolving.

Pat Kay is a bluegrass musician and books shows at the Blue Note, a music venue in Columbia. He said the traditional style has seen a resurgence in recent years.

 


Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, about four things to remember during the month of December, including: where to shop for 'fair trade' products, and why you should download the 'traffickcam' app for your smartphone. At [4:50] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, invites everyone to come learn about the Affordable Care Act at the Columbia Public Library. This free service is designed to keep you in-the-know when it comes to all-things health insurance. December 8, 2017

The #Black crew explores Zimbabwe, the Libya Slave Trade, Meghan Markle and the Grammys.

Today Paul Pepper visits with our consumer and travel expert, MEL ZELENAK. Mel touches on a number of topics, including: fee-only financial planners, where to find the best return on your investments (according to Jack Bogle), the "world's largest cruise agency" and a look ahead to 2018! December 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back The Boone County Hams! They perform two holiday classics, "Jingle Bells" [1:24] and "Blue Christmas" [4:29], ahead of this Saturday's "Kickin' It Back For Christmas" holiday concert that also features the CPS 5th Grade Honors Choir and the Heart of Missouri Women's Chorus! December 6, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

As colder air moves into Missouri this week, keep an eye to the sky for honking flocks of snow geese.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about "recovery-friendly hosting," which is offering alternatives to alcohol when hosting a party or friends this holiday season. Heather tells us that there are several reasons to do this, including the fact that almost 10% of the population lives with an alcohol-use disorder. December 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about the need for more people to sponsor a family this Christmas. Even if you can't do the shopping yourself, a monetary donation or a gift card will still go a long way in making someone's holiday season extra-special! At [4:34] DICK DALTON invites everyone to come see Capital City Productions' take on 'A Christmas Carol'. According to Dick, musical director Brandon Sankpill has chosen music that isn't necessarily Christmas music to further this modern-day retelling of the classic story. December 4, 2017

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Three in 10 Americans now have a tattoo, according to a 2016 Harris Poll survey. But even with so much demand, getting a start as a tattoo artist can be difficult.

Gabe Garcia has owned and operated Iron Tiger Tattoo in Columbia for eight years and Tattoo You for three. He started apprenticing at the age of 18. He said getting your foot in the door takes artistic talent, extensive training, people skills and a little bit of luck.


In this special preview of the True/False Podcast Season 2, directors Myles Kane and Josh Koury discuss filming legendary journalist Gay Talese and he writes the unforgettable story of Gerald Foos. Their film VOYEUR is out on Netflix now. The True/False Podcast returns in January 2018.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KAY GLASS about the 2017 Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar, happening tomorrow in Columbia. Arrive early for the famous church mice or you'll miss out! Proceeds benefit several organizations in our community -- watch for details! At [3:44] MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY reminds us about all the good the Salvation Army does throughout the year, and how most of the money they raise is done so during the holiday season! Find out where the money goes and about the many different ways in which you can donate. December 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Cinderella (Helen Miller) and her evil stepsisters ahead of this weekend's performance of "Cinderella" on the TRYPS stage inside the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! They perform "Stepsister's Lament" at [2:38]. November 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the world premiere of "An Antique Carol," an opera written by Hugo Vianello, founder of the Missouri Symphony Society. Ed tells us that Hugo wrote this adaptation of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' almost 30 years ago, but that it has never been properly staged -- until now, and we've got a sneak peek at [5:22]! November 29, 2017

Missouri Department of Conservation

Now that most leaves have fallen from Missouri’s trees, look for the smooth, white limbs of a giant rising over streams and river banks: Discover Nature this week with the American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis).

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about "Boeing-Boeing," the final show of the 2017 season! This farce about a bachelor in Paris who's engaged to three stewardesses will leave you in hysterics after they all end up in the same place at the same time. At [5:03] NANCY GRIGGS reminds everyone to get their tickets for the Women's Symphony League's 2017 Holiday Home Tour, happening this weekend in Columbia! Take a walk through four decorated homes in the Grasslands, all while supporting the Missouri Symphony Society. November 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KATIE HAYS about Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind." Watch eight actors take on 30 plays in 60 minutes starting this Thursday for two weekends! At [3:44] DR. MICHAEL GARDNER, MU Health Care, talks about all-things diabetes. Did you know that you can have diabetes and not know it? Learn about the signs, the symptoms and the treatments -- including the latest technology that uses pumps. November 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE PARKER, Center for English Language Learning at MU, and MOHAMMED ALDAWSARI, a student in the Intensive English Program (IEP) from Saudi Arabia. Mohammed tells us his story, and how CELL has helped him improve his english-speaking skills. If you'd like to volunteer and work with students like Mohammed, simply email Debbie - watch for details! November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN. Larry shares a story about "making connections," and one Thanksgiving in particular when he and his wife hosted an elderly couple who each had unique places of employment at one time in their lives. (Nickerson Farms, anyone? How about the Manhattan Project?) November 23, 2017

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