Arts and Culture

Carter Woodiel

One early September evening British Lord Alan Watson prepared for a ribbon cutting. . He held the scissors and snipped the ribbon at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton.

Watson and Edwina Sandys, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, among others, were opening the museum’s newest exhibit: a typed draft of the Iron Curtain speech, hung on frames throughout the room. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 2nd annual "Starting Gate New Play Festival." This year's theme is Feast/Famine. Enjoy six 'wonderfully diverse' plays that 'celebrate the craft of playwriting' at THP starting tomorrow through Sunday! At [4:38] JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, stops by to "empower" grade schoolers to start snacking healthy! How do we get them to do it? Janice says we have to make it visible, convenient, effortless and great-tasting. Sounds easy enough... November 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KBIA General Manager, Mike Dunn, are asking for your pledge! Starting tomorrow, "the most important 'drive' of the year" begins, and if you're a fan of the many programs heard on KBIA, the money for those programs come from donations made at this time of the year. Please consider giving! At [5:10] NANCY GRIGGS, Women's Symphony League, invites everyone to the Missouri Theatre this Sunday for performances from piano students, ages 6-18, from across Mid-Missouri. This annual event is sure to delight the whole family! November 9, 2016

Gail E. Rowley

The white-tailed deer grabs our attention in November, perhaps more than any other animal except the thanksgiving turkey.

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For some particularly prolific actors, it seems easier to name TV shows and films they haven’t been on rather than list the ones they have. David Koechner is one of these actors. David has over 150 credits on his resume-- some of his most popular work include films like Get Smart, Snakes on a Plane, Wag the Dog, and his starring role as sportscaster Champ Kind in the Anchorman film series. On TV, David has had roles in The Goldbergs, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office. David also spent a season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He continues to act in film and television, and tours the country performing stand-up comedy. To find out David’s tour dates, visit DavidKoechner.com, or follow him on Twitter @DavidKoechner.

It's Election Day! To celebrate(?), Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They sing and perform Pete Seeger and Lee Hays's "If I Had a Hammer" on banjo and guitar. Enjoy! November 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DR. KEVIN BROWN, Assistant Professor of Theatre, MU, talk about his department's latest production called, "Antigone." Kevin says this popular Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles, is about "a young woman who takes a political stand against a law she doesn't believe in." See it beginning this Wednesday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:22] DIANA MOXON returns with details on the final show of the year, the annual "Give a Gift of Art." As with every year prior, the goal this time around is to remind folks that local art makes a great gift! November 7, 2016

Trevor Harris / KBIA

From their center on North Seventh Street, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia offers soccer, tutoring and other focused activities to kids who might otherwise go unsupervised after school. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, we talk with the non-profit's participants and staff. We also preview next month's play Street Stories: Glimpses of Homelessness, which is a benefit for local groups that work with unsheltered Columbians.


Today Paul Pepper visits with KBIA News Director, RYAN FAMULINER, about their station's latest online efforts! In short, "Access Missouri" is a user-friendly deep-dive into state government records; and "My Life, My Town" is a short documentary project that gives a voice to teens in rural towns. The goal of both? To inform and educate - check them out! November 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRISTINE SEITZ, Director of MU's Show-Me Opera, about the upcoming "Fall Opera Scenes" program happening next week at the Missouri Theatre! Christine says, "this program is full of wonderful floating melodies and complete comic high jinks...and some very serious scenes." Don't miss it! At [4:03] NORA DIETZEL and CARYL BRYAN invite everyone to come see "Street Stories: Glimpses of Homelessness." This series of locally produced vignettes highlight all different aspects of homelessness by way of monologues, songs and dance. Watch for details! November 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TRACI KENNEDY about the need for "committed individuals" who would like to volunteer their time with Heart of Missouri CASA. Special training happens in early 2017! Plus, this year's "Justice Is Served" fundraising event honors State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Get your tickets today! At [4:05] SUE HOEVELMAN and LYNN MOORE are back to promote the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly cookie sale! The deadline to order is coming up. We tell you when and where your money is going! November 2, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch and listen for migrating waterfowl.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JERRY RICKER about the Jefferson City Art Club's annual "art fling." Jerry says the purpose of the fling is to celebrate the many years JCAC has been around, which this year marks #113! Join the fun and fellowship this Friday night! At [3:33] actors KIT MEYER and KEN THOMPSON invite everyone to see 'Two Across," the latest show from Capital City Productions in Jefferson City. You won't want to miss this romantic comedy, featuring just two actors on a train. Watch for details! November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells a Halloween-themed story called, "The Water Woman." Don't listen alone! October 31, 2016

Garrett Giles

The ROTC Cannon, better known as the “Mizzou-ka,” made another appearance at Memorial Stadium at the University of Missouri last Saturday as the Tigers hosted Middle Tennessee State for the university’s 105th homecoming.

Today, the cannon sits in the northeast corner of Farout Field, waiting to be fired off when the Tigers score. One thing has changed for the Mizzou-ka though: It’s louder than it has been for a while.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first Poet Laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads "The Feast," a Thanksgiving-themed story he wrote based on actual events. October 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director, Missouri Symphony Society, about next month's "Piano Student Showcase"; plus, there's a new program for 3rd graders enrolled in Columbia Public Schools to see music up close - watch for details! At [4:00] NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL returns with information about the 3rd annual "Dining Wild" benefit dinner. There are just a few seats left to experience an entire meal featuring tastes from a variety of native plants - don't miss out! October 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMY SIMONS, Host, KBIA's Views of the News, about tonight's LIVE show at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! You're invited to come watch the program happen from 6:30-7, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage the panelists, including Mike McKean and Earnest Perry, in conversation. At [3:27] JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director, Council for Drug Free Youth, talks about disposing of prescription drugs. Did you know that special bags now exist that contain beads that will "neutralize" the drugs? It's true! Watch for details! October 26, 2016

Glenn Chambers / Missouri Department of Conservation

Can you name a common Missouri animal that is also one of the least visible? This week on Discover Nature we learn more about beavers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLETON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the latest WISE conference, happening next week in St. Louis. Plus, Margaret talks about Missouri Cures' opposition to Amendment 3,  the "big tobacco tax", which is up for vote this November! At [4:45] actors LORIN ZACKULAR and PATRICK HOLT tell us about "Nana's Naughty Knickers," a "really wildly funny farce" opening tomorrow night at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! October 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JUDY LAUBE about a very personal book she's written, titled: "Moment of Surrender: My Journey Through Prescription Drug Addiciton to Hope and Renewal." Judy tells us how she her addiction came about and why she decided to share her story. At [5:05] KAT CUNNINGHAM and JESSICA MAHON talks about the efforts being made to locally recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Kat says, "we're finding that individuals with disabilities - whether seen or unseen - are candidates for hire." Watch for more details! October 24, 2016

Off the Clock - Lack of Public Interest Equals Lack of Funds for Pettis County Museum

Oct 21, 2016

The Pettis County Museum in Sedalia holds records of all the schools and railroads that have existed in the area. Its collection contains records of Pettis County’s residents who have fought in wars.

The museum also houses Native American artifacts. It’s home to objects that have traveled from Angola to mid-Missouri, given to the museum by a Pettis County woman who was a missionary in Angola.

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about the sound of silence - or the lack thereof. Vera says "we live in a world that is so loud," that even the World Health Organization has come out and said noise pollution is "our new modern plague." What can be done? Who's at fault? And is one person's pleasure really another person's irritation? We discuss - watch! October 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEIGH ANNE HAUN, Director of Development at Woodhaven, about the grand opening of the Billy J. Palmer Health and Training Center in Columbia! After two years of fundraising, this building - which features space for the community and for those with developmental disabilities (that are served by Woodhaven) - is finally set to open tomorrow! At [2:13] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, talks about a brand new procedure 20 years in the making! Dr. Jarstad  explains how 'Bladeless laser cataract surgery' works with the help of a video that takes us inside this "painless" procedure - watch! October 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016

Nicholas Rodriguez

Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Nicholas Rodriguez, also known as NicDanger, about his new E.P. and his career in hip-hop and rap music. Also, Doug Wilson previews this weekend’s Central Missouri Renaissance Festival in Callaway County.


This week on Discover Nature, watch for spiders spinning silken webs, and “ballooning.”


Today Paul Pepper visits with ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, about the new MO2GO application for your smartphone. This is a great way to keep all your necessary home/auto/life insurance information in one location because, as Angela says, "I know for me, my life is on my phone!" At [4:04] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, returns with the four 'Cs' that will keep your pet(s) safe this Halloween! October 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with longtime friends KIT and CATHY SALTER about an upcoming diabetic workshop at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia! "The Fall of Diabetes," featuring a number of informational workshops and activities, is FREE, but registration is preferred. Watch for details! October 17, 2016

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews photojournalist Rich Clarkson.

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