Arts and Culture

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It's difficult to describe Faith Salie's career in just a few words. Earlier in life she attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In Los Angeles, Faith appeared on TV shows like Married...with Children, Sweet Valley High and Sex and the City. After leaving the acting world, Faith set her sights on journalism. Now, she is a contributor for CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! During her time with CBS News Sunday Morning, the show received two Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Morning Program." Faith recently released a book called Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring too Much. Through several hilarious and personal stories, Faith talks about her lifelong need for approval. This Comedian's Life talked to Faith about her new book, fake eyelashes, and working with Potsie from Happy Days.  For more information about Faith or to buy her book, visit faithsalie.com. You can find Faith on Twitter @Faith_Salie.


Today Paul Pepper visits with CAROL THOMPSON about the Veterans Mental Health Council. Did you know that everyday 22 veterans commit suicide? Carol says it's because of 'stigma'. If you know of a veteran struggling to adapt to life outside of the military, VMHC is here to help! At [4:35] actresses ERICA BRUINGTON and KAYLA JESTIS invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "Steel Magnolias," opening June 30th in Columbia. This small cast delivers both laughs and tears, so don't miss it! June 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's KRISTIN BARNES, RN about fall prevention. Feeling dizzy? Low blood pressure? You might be a risk! Follow Kristin's easy-to-do tips to prevent a fall in your home. At [4:07] TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, and BRANDON McSHAFFREY, Director, "Of Mice and Men," discuss that play, on stage now, as well as the rest of the summer season! June 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform "Oh My Little Darling" (with a little "Lady On the Green" thrown in at the end) on banjo and guitar. See them in person on July 2nd in Alma, Missouri. June 24, 2016

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Actor and improviser Horatio Sanz was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Chicago. As he got older, Horatio made a name for himself on the improv stages around town. Horatio’s improv prowess led to an eight-year tenure as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. During his years on the show, Horatio was a part of some  famous sketches, including “Debbie Downer” and the legendary “Cowbell” sketch.

Horatio continues to perform improv today, and hosts his own podcast, The Hooray Show with producer Chad Krueger. This Comedian’s Life talked to Horatio about his I Dream of Jeannie-inspired nickname, his SNL audition, and how he got arrested in the name of comedy. To listen to The Hooray Show visit hoorayshow.com. You can also follow Horatio on Twitter @MrHoratioSanz. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone (YEZ), about a ribbon cutting for YEZ's 'Inspiring Academy' tomorrow in Columbia! This new program aims to work with children from a very young age all the way through college, ideally. Find out more! At [3:36] MU Theatre Department Dramaturge, CARRIE WINSHIP, invites everyone to see "Crimes of the Heart," opening tomorrow night on the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU Campus! Carrie also tells us about the "Arts as a Portal to Science" summer camp happening next month. June 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, celebrate National Ice Cream Month early by making homemade ice cream! Your kids can too, thanks to a class next month at the Columbia Public Library. Get details on that, plus an easy-to-make recipe you can do at home! At [3:38] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR invites everyone to help break ground on Woodhaven's planned age-in-place apartments this Sunday at Rock Bridge Christian Church. Make plans to attend this special dedication! June 22, 2016

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

TinyHouseExpedition.com

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 colinandbradshow.com, 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

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  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. 

Listen to our radio special of selected commentaries here: 

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

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