Arts and Culture

Farm Your Yard - Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Jan 12, 2016
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a great gardening year, I can feel it in my bones. Over the holiday season, I, like most folks, spent lots of time with family. It was a great time to get together, joke, eat things we shouldn’t and watch plenty of Netflix. And, being the resident plant nerd of both mine and my husband’s family, I got asked a few questions about basic botany.

Today Paul Pepper visits with actress TORI STEPANEK about Capital City Players' latest production, "My Way." This musical tribute to Frank Sinatra - featuring about 60 songs! - opens January 14th in Jefferson City. At [4:05] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to "Immigrant Stories," a FREE event happening next week at the library featuring the authors of the book, 'Ethnic St. Louis,' talking about the impact of immigration in Missouri. January 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 'Sinatra Supper Club,' now in it's fourth year! Come for the atmosphere and food from Bleu Restaurant, stay for over 40 songs made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes. At [4:23] Osher at Mizzou's JO TURNER tells us what's in store for the winter session that begins January 19th. With classes on understanding Islam, writing poetry, tai chi and more, "it's really a way to keep learning no matter what your age!" January 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper asks ERIC SANDVOL, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, one very important question: could we - in Central Missouri - have a major earthquake, like they have in California or Southeast Missouri? The answer (and the reason) may surprise you - watch! January 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back KIT and CATHY SALTER to talk about 'the life of a writer.' Cathy takes us back to the beginning of her now 23-year career, first as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune all the way up to publishing her latest book, "Notes from Boomerang Creek," which was released last October. Are you budding writer? This interview might just be the push you need! January 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about how - among other topics (such as recycling, the CoMo Energy Challenge, Christmas Tree curbside pickup and more) - Columbia uses methane from the landfill to power a turbine that generates electricity. Crazy stuff - watch! January 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and Prevention Specialist, HEATHER HARLAN, talk about Phoenix Health Programs in-patient treatment of women with substance abuse issues and who need to be monitored 24/7. Heather says that "right now in Boone County, the only option for a woman who needs detoxification is a hospital setting. It's much more expensive." Watch! January 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMARA OBERBECK, Vision Screening Program Manager at Saving Sight, about FREE glaucoma screenings happening every Friday this month. Tamara says anyone over the age of 60 is at risk for glaucoma - watch for details! At [4:23] DAN SCHNEIDERJOHN, Environmental Public Health Specialist at Columbia/Boone Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services, tells us how we can reduce food-born illnesses at home. What's the number one factor? The answer may surprise you! January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016! Our first show of the new year features a conversation with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN about Columbia's Room at the Inn, an 'emergency winter homeless shelter' for those with no place to go. Because of the holiday today, the shelter will be open for 24 hours. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, watch! January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper and Hank Waters, Columbia Daily Tribune Publisher Emeritus and editorial writer, take a look back at Central Missouri's most polarizing moments from 2015! What do you remember? Visiting with Hank on the last day of the year has become an annual tradition - watch! December 31, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about their latest exhibit, "Picturing Politics." Featured works are by Missouri artists George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, including the "triumphant return" of Bingham's "Watching the Cargo." See it here! December 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM. His topic today? The federal government's disclosure of information about UFOs. What does John Podesta really know, and what does it mean to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Bill shares his thoughts - watch! December 29, 2015

Farm Your Yard: Insects That Farm

Dec 28, 2015
Flickr / Michael Jagendorf

This installment of Farm Your Yard originally aired November 3, 2015.

Halloween 2015 is becoming a distant memory. I am not ready, however, to let go of telling spooky scary stories, so I’ve got one for you today. To most people, the spookiest thing about organic gardening are those weird, bloodless, six legged, multi-eyed creatures who go creeping around your cherry tomatoes all season long. I am talking about bugs.


Today Paul Pepper and consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK (who is also a retired economics professor at the University of Missouri), talk about consumer fees. The biggest takeaway: always consider the total cost! It's good information that's easy to follow - watch! December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas, everyone! Today we enjoy a performance from local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform a special arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" on guitar and banjo - watch! December 25, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident holiday storyteller LARRY BROWN to share a Christmas-themed story about a unique ornament from Occupied Japan. Enjoy! December 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC co-founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about the mission behind, and ways to get involved with, this 'proven outreach model that helps churches help people in need.' Jane says "we take time to listen to each person's story...what helps people the most is another person listening." At [4:33] LAURA FLACKS-NARROL is trying to 'rescue' Missouri's own Ivan tomato from extinction. Find out why and what you can do to help! December 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with BECCA PAMPERL, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Becca's brother, Richard, took his own life when he was 35 years old. Since then, she has committed herself to helping prevent others from doing the same. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please watch this interview, and consider making a donation to the Out of the Darkness Walk foundation. Watch for details. December 22, 2015

Scott Peterson

In the second part of this two-part episode of Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Tony Lotvin, David Dearnley, Jeff Wheeler and Debra Hardin about "Love Matters." The new CD is a compilation from Debra and a group of Columbia-area musicians.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN McNEELY, RN, from MU Health Care, about simple ways to stay safe while driving in inclement weather. (Just remember the three Ps: plan, prepare and prevent.) At [4:20] DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, tells us why it's important to make sure your indoor dog stays warm while outside this winter - the answer may surprise you. Watch! December 21, 2015

Paul Pepper: Storyteller Heather Harlan

Dec 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes HEATHER HARLAN! You may recognize Heather as the spokesperson for Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., but today she joins us as a storyteller. Don't miss her performance, which includes a short song at the end - watch! December 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JACK SCHULTZ, Director, Bond Life Sciences Center, who talks about 'CRISPR,' which is "a way of editing genes." Why do we do this? What are the benefits? Jack breaks it all down - watch! December 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director at Columbia's Youth Empowerment Zone, about their young men's 'MENtour'-ing program called "The Game." At [4:31] STEPHANIE SHONEKAN, Assoc. Prof., Ethnomusicology, University of Missouri, tells us about a free event on January 20th featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Diane Nash speaking about the values of Martin Luther King, Jr. Don't miss out! December 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, talk about cork flooring; which is a renewable option that will last indefinitely (with proper maintenance). Not sure what cork looks like? Check out Scott's example! At [4:54] JANE WHITESIDES invites everyone to the annual "Symphony of Toys" holiday concert December 20th at the Missouri Theatre. Don't miss this special performance featuring the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Chorale, violinist Chloe Trevor and more! Watch for details. December 15, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CASSIE McCLELLAN, Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Columbia, about all the ways you can enjoy the tastes of the holidays without busting your gut. (Hint: don't skip the fruit and veggie tray!) At [4:57] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, returns with a whole host of events that will jump-start a busy 2016. Don't miss the list! December 14, 2015

MU Robotics Club Prepares for Spring Battle

Dec 13, 2015

 Flames, blades and spears are just a few of the weapons a fighting robot can weild. Add on top of that the challenge of building robots to defend against these attacks and the possibilities of what can happen in a robot battle are endless.


Today Paul Pepper and WALTER BARGEN, Missouri's first Poet Laureate, take a slight detour from the holiday season to discuss snakes. Rattlesnakes. Copperheads. Black Snakes. Find out why, plus listen to a performance of "Snake Music" - a short poem written by Walter. December 11, 2015

NPR

To get (or keep) you in the holiday spirit, KBIA 91.3 and Classical 90.5 have programs for all musical and cultural tastes. Here's our list of remaining holiday programs planned for both stations.

New App Hopes to Change Classroom Culture

Dec 10, 2015
Ross Terrell/ KBIA

  If you’ve been in a college lecture hall, you know that students checking their phones in class is a common occurrence.


Today Paul Pepper visits with MAJORS RICHARD and BETH TRIMMELL about the annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign. Money placed in those red buckets will "finance all of the programs in the Salvation Army for the year here in Columbia...Harbor House and the youth programs..." The goal this year is $415,000! December 10, 2015

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