Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's topic is "marmoleum." Could it be the perfect solution for your home's needs? Watch! At [4:05] DANA NAYLOR and actress CATHERINE BARNARD invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "amazing" production of "Godspell." It opens tomorrow night! May 25, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

So much in the natural world is ephemeral especially in the spring. This week on Discover Nature we look and listen for buzzing signs of the season.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the always delightful MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia! Marie invites everyone to their spring recital May 27/28 at Jesse Auditorium on the MU Campus - this is one performance you won't want to miss! At [5:43] JESSICA BIBBO is seeking dog or cat pet owners that are 50+ for a University of Missouri Human Development and Family Science research study about caregiving and caregivers. If you're interested in participating, watch for details! May 24, 2016

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Twenty years ago, when Milton Rafferty republished Henry Rowe Schooclraft's 1820 Ozarks journal, Rafferty introduced the explorer Schooclraft to a new generation of scholars. Schoolcraft's journal is unique in that he describes flora and fauna in the pre-statehood Missouri Territory in a way that no one else had to date.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. Mo. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about a proposed initiative to gradually raise the cigarette tax in Missouri (which is the lowest in the country) and in turn give 100% of that money to smoking cessation, childhood health and early-childhood education. According to John, "this is a huge opportunity for our state," and he has the facts to prove it. Watch! May 23, 2016

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Writer and radio producer Jonathan Goldstein talks about starting out in radio, working at This American Life, and blurring the line between fact & fiction on the long-running show Wiretap. The interview took place in front a live audience in Columbia, Missouri (September 2015). Interviewer: Andrew Leland

You can hear Jonathan Goldstein’s work for This American Life here: (

 You can hear Wiretap here: Jonathan Goldstein’s new show will appear at sometime in 2016.


It's not an exaggeration to say that Colin Mochrie is one of the most well-known improvisers in the world. Colin has been a regular on the most popular improvisational show on television, Whose Line Is It Anyway? for almost thirty years.

Colin not only does the TV show, now airing on CW network, but also tours the world in a live show with Whose Line co-star Brad Sherwood. Colin is also the author of the book Not Quite the Classics. This Comedian's Life talked to Colin about his career in improv, the difference between British and American audiences, and why Canadians are so funny. You can see Colin on the summer premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Monday, May 23. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about the efforts being made at JCCDFY to impress upon (especially) the youth that they have the power to live a drug-free life. It's easier said than done, and that's because the young brain is not fully developed. According to Joy, "all drugs rewire your brain so that your brain doesn't communicate the way it would if you let it get healthy and reach adulthood." May 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIANNE JONES about Dreams to Reality, a non-profit organization that provides appropriate clothing to women who are seeking employment. If you're in need of such services, or would like to otherwise get involved, watch for details! At [4:29] CB CHASTAIN returns with tips to keep those pesky ticks away from yourself and your pets! (Hint: put away the sulfur.) May 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform David Mallett's "I Knew This Place" on banjo and guitar. This song is dedicated to Dave's mother, Mildred, who died recently at the age of 95. May 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, discuss the importance of being happy. Vera says you should periodically "check-in" with your emotions, because "once you're're able to shift." More great tips in about 8 short minutes - watch! May 17, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

As you hit the road this spring, keep an eye out for Missouri residents at special risk this time of year:  this week on Discover Nature, we hit the brakes for turtles on the move.

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Boston-born character actor Patrick Renna is best known for his role as Hamilton "Ham" Porter in the iconic 1993 baseball film The Sandlot. Since then, Patrick has kept busy in films like Son in Law, The Big Green, and  Fear, Inc., which recently premiered at the 2016  Tribeca Film Festival. Last year, Patrick starred in and produced the independent film Bad Roomies. This Comedian's Life talked to Patrick about his early success as a child actor, his iconic line in The Sandlot, and his most intimidating audition ever. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about her upcoming trip aboard SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 that's outfitted with a 100" telescope near the tail. It's all part of NASA's outreach program to instill that, among other things, "you don't have to be an astronaut to be a part of NASA." May 16, 2016

Vinyl records have made a tremendous international comeback in the past five years… And it’s had an impact on the local record industry as well.

Connor Kraus is browsing hundreds of vinyl records inside Columbia’s Hitt Records.

“I’m looking for the new Radiohead album,” Kraus said.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares with us two of his poems: "The Heebie Jeebies" [1:23] and "Harmony Tornado" [5:03] from the book, "Days Like This Are Necessary." May 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "turbo" voting. If you're a college student attending, say, the University of Missouri, and you're from out of town, this is a great way to stay up-to-date and vote on the local elections in your hometown. Watch for details! At [4:42] Resident Arts founder and director, MADELEINE LeMIEUX, tells us about the many layers of her unique organization. If you're an early or advanced artist looking to further your career, this could be the place for you! May 12, 2016

Join KBIA and the Missourian on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. for a screening of this year's My Life, My Town short films about the lives of teens living in rural Missouri. The films will be screened in Fred Smith Forum (RJI 200) on the second floor of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at 401 S 9th St. in Columbia. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the My Life, My Town subjects and producers. Parking for this event is available in the nearby Hitt Street Garage. 


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On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris featured a preview of the upcoming Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre season and this weekend's canoe camp at Cooper's Landing.

Discover Nature: The Eastern striped skunk

May 11, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

In Missouri, striped skunks are relatively common.  Harder to find, are Eastern spotted skunks. These smaller skunks have black fur with white stripes, and spots.

Spotted skunks inhabit open prairies, brushy areas and cultivated land, favoring cover under a brushy field border, fencerow or vegetated gully between their dens and foraging areas. 

They mate in late winter and give birth from April to July.

Skunks are good mousers and help control insects, thus they are an asset around farms… As scavengers, skunks help clean up the woods.

Today Paul Pepper and PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, talk about a program called Passport Jefferson City, which aims to "get people to get out and see their own backyard - as it were." It'll be a fun time for the whole family - watch for details! And speaking of family fun, at [4:12] DENNIS VanDYKE and BRAD BRYANT invite everyone to the Marceline Railroad Heritage Celebration this Saturday at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline! May 11, 2016

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Jimmy Pardo is a pioneer. For ten years he has hosted the popular podcast Never Not Funny, and has welcomed guests like Paul Reiser, Amy Poehler, and Jon Cryer. Jimmy is also one of the most respected comedians working today, and continues to tour around the country. 

For several years Jimmy worked on both Conan and The Tonight Show as the opening act for Conan O' Brien. Jimmy is heavily involved with the charity Smile Train, an organization that provides surgery to fix cleft lips for children who otherwise couldn't afford it. This Comedian's Life talked to Jimmy about giving back, working for Conan, and his long-time friendship with actor Jon Hamm. Jimmy will be performing live at the Funny Bone in St. Louis on June 3rd and 4th. Tickets can be purchased at For more information about Smile Train, go to

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHADD KRAUS, MU Health Care Emergency Medicine, about fall injury awareness and prevention. According to Dr. Kraus, "falls are most common in elderly people (65+)'s the leading cause of death." If that's you, find out ways to prevent such an accident from happening! At [4:21] KERRI BURROWS introduces us to the new executive director of Second Chance, KATHLEEN McKINNEY. Kathleen is a longtime volunteer with Second Chance - find out what the organization means to her and her plans for the future! May 10, 2016

Jim Harlan / MU Department of Geography

Henry Rowe Schooclraft explored the Ozarks in 1818 before many whites had settled the region. The journal he published the following year details what animals and plants he saw. Now, 200 years after Schoolcraft took the grand tour of southern Missouri by foot, we look at the forces that have altered the landscapes he saw. 

Discover Nature: Wild Turkeys

May 9, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, listen for wild turkeys gobbling in Missouri woods and grasslands.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LAURIE MATTHEWS about this Saturday's Letter Carrier Food Drive, benefiting locally The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. This is a nationwide fundraiser, however, so if you get a grocery sack in the mail, fill it up with plastic or canned goods - or even money - and your mail carrier will pick it up! At [3:44] DANITA and GREG WOOD tell us about Bicycle Across Missouri (or, "Big BAM"); it's a six-day, 300 mile ride from St. Joseph to Hannibal. If you're interested in joining about 1,000 other riders on this "rolling music festival," watch for details and see some photos from last year! May 9, 2016


Margaret Cho is one of the most recognizable comedians working today. Margaret started at an early age, and had early success starring in her own sitcom All-American Girl for ABC. Since then, Margaret has established herself as one of the most versatile artists in show business. 

Aside from her successful stand-up specials, Margaret is the best-selling author of books like I'm the One That I Want and I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight. Margaret is also well-known for her work with the homeless and LGBTQ community. Recently, Margaret released the 90s-inspired musical album American Myth, available on iTunes and This Comedian's Life chatted with Margaret about being a teenage comic, how Rue McClanahan helped her on the Golden Girls sequel, and the life lessons she received from Joan Rivers. For more information, visit Margaret's website at

Last week, the MU Department of Romance Languages and Literature hosted an international conference titled: The Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance. The conference brought in artist and scholars from around the world to discuss ideas about Afro-Cuban art. One MU professor spent six years planning and preparing the event.

Professor Juanamaria Cordones-Cook of Romance Languages is excited to finish up her semester and spend three weeks in Cuba. She said she’s traveled there at least 25 times.

“I have lost track of the times,” Cordones-Cook said.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, Hypnotherapist at RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about obsessions: the good, the bad and the ugly. What is defined as an 'obsession,' exactly? Dr. Newman says it's anything that your mind continues to go back to. It's a fascinating conversation - watch! May 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Show-Me Opera director CHRISTINE SEITZ, as well as MU School of Music students KATIE KULL and MADELYN MUNSELL, to talk about their new opera, "Hatrack," which is about a prostitute in Farmington, MO in the late 1800s who aspires for a better life in St. Louis. Watch Madelyn perform a number as the title character at [5:22]. May 5, 2016