Arts and Culture

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

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.


Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, about the Conservatory's spring concert happening May 7th, and the new Missouri Symphony Radio Hour, which you can hear Tuesday nights on KMUC 90.5! At [3:37] TOM THOMAS and JOE WESTON tell us how important it is to be an organ donor. As an organ recipient himself, Tom says, "when you have been through that wait period and that process, you learn how critical this is to the families that wait." Find out about their efforts to educate the community through local Rotary Clubs. May 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers that will wet your appetite for this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert in downtown Columbia: "Is There Anybody Here From Out of Town?" [1:40] and "Moonlight Bay" [5:15]. Watch! May 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PET Mobility Project volunteer JEFF MORAN about he and his wife's recent PET distribution trip to Guatemala. Says Jeff about one recipient, "she had polio which just affected her left leg...she's so grateful...she's one of the people who say 'god bless America; god bless you for coming to our country.'" Find out how you too can get involved! At [4:39] JERRY RICKER and SHARI BULLARD return with more about the 112th year of the Jefferson City Art Club. Mark your calendars for this Wednesday when the results of today's 'sketch day' will be on display inside the Capital Arts gallery! May 2, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

Wildflowers and warm weather signify the arrival of spring in Missouri and one of the state’s largest, heaviest wild mammals enjoys the season as much as we do. This week on Discover Nature, we recognize National Bear Awareness Month.

Farm Your Yard: Backyard Pollinators

May 1, 2016
The Xerxes Society

A couple of years ago I was harvesting mustard greens at the small urban farm where I work. I like to work steadily and efficiently, but there was something that totally derailed my task that day. Stuck to one of the leaves was a monarch butterfly chrysalis.  Have you ever seen something like that?

Soul singer Lee Fields has spent four decades performing on stages around the world, including a nearly-sold out show during the 2016 True/False film festival… In a rapidly changing music industry, he’s managed to keep his music and legacy alive.

“I’ve been through about three generations now, and they continue to come and I continue to sing,” Fields said. “So I am very grateful for the supporters.”


Larry Miller is one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood. He's appeared in several iconic movies and TV shows including Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Pretty Woman. Larry is also a mainstay in the mostly-improvised films of director Christopher Guest. Larry was in some of Guest's most critically successful films including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. This Comedian's Life talked with Larry about his beginnings as a stand-up comedian in New York, and how he became long-time friends with Jerry Seinfeld.


Kevin Nealon is among the few people to sit in the "Weekend Update" news anchor chair on Saturday Night Live. During his nine-year tenure on the show, Kevin played in memorable pieces including "Hans and Franz" and his "Update" character Mr. Subliminal. After Saturday Night Live, Kevin joined the cast of the long-running Showtime series Weeds. Aside from being an actor, Kevin is an accomplished comedian, and continues to tour the U.S. and Canada. This Comedian's Life talked to Kevin about stage fright, Saturday Night Live, and the best TV appearance he ever had.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Executive Director LORENZO LAWSON and Administrative Assistant LORETTA SCHOUTEN about the Youth Empowerment Zone's new 'Inspiring Academy.' The goal of this new program is to, according to Lorenzo, "reach kids at an earlier age...and keep them on the right track." Find out what age he's referring to - it may surprise you; and hear about their upcoming garage sale fundraiser! April 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MARIE ROBERTSON, who talks about all the classes on jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and more being offered during the 2016 summer session at Dancearts - registration is going on now! At [3:57] Salvation Army Majors RICHARD and BETH TRIMMELL say goodbye to the show and to the community as they retire after 32 years of service (four in Mid-Missouri) to be closer to their children. April 28, 2016

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.


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Adam Carolla is a comedian, radio personality, and podcaster. He was the host of The Man Show on Comedy Central and the nationally syndicated radio program Loveline. Adam is the author of the New York Times best-selling books President Me, and Not Taco Bell Material. Adam's podcast, The Adam Carolla Show holds the Guinness Book of World Record for "most downloaded podcast." This Comedian's Life talked with Adam about his podcast, his family, and his childhood visit to the Lawry's Seasonings plant.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, touch on Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack's new book, "The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated." Haven't read it yet? Mel briefly shares what he thinks are the most important takeaways - watch! April 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." According to Heather, director of the show, Cheryl Black, has put a doo wop twist on this popular romantic comedy! At [4:30] ANGELA HOLLOWAY and ROSE VOMUND take us inside one of five remodel jobs featured on this year's "Kitchens in Bloom" homes tour! This important fundraiser for Services for Independent Living hopes to raise $25,000. April 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CECILE MAZAN about the 1st annual Heart of Missouri Quilters Guild Quilt Show! Don't miss your chance to see 100 or more quilts on display ranging "from beginners to artistic." Plus, you get your scissors/garden tools/knives sharpened as you browse the show! At [3:50] actors ADAM BRIETZKE and DANA BOCKE invite everyone to see Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Macbeth," opening April 28th! If you're unfamiliar with this Shakespeare tragedy, Dana says, "if people love 'Game of Thrones' or stuff like that, they're gonna love this." April 25, 2016

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 Guitarists can become household names in music touring the world… but they wouldn’t be able to do that without their technicians. Although it takes years of experience to master an instrument, the ability to fix a guitar on the spot requires an entirely different sort of understanding.

A man held a guitar broken into two pieces. As he stared hopelessly at the instrument, which fell victim to a small child, Luke Offield saw something he could potentially bring back to life… because he doesn’t see guitars the same way most people do.

Claire Banderas

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with MATT COPELAND about Christian Chapel's upcoming 7th annual Freedom Walk for Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Everyone's invited to participate in this 5K fundraiser for a good cause! At [4:12] NEELEY CURRENT and MAEVE PICKUS tell us about City Garden School's week-long summer camp at Rock Bridge State Park for kids in grades 1st-4th! April 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the Zika virus. It's been in the headlines lately, but what do you really know? While many questions still go unanswered, Jack gives us a quick overview that will hopefully clear up any misunderstandings you might have. Watch! April 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN, who performs Joe Henry's "The Flower That Shattered the Stone" on guitar at [1:20]. Larry then tells us why Henry wrote it. (Hint: it involves singer Olivia Newton John.) April 20, 2016

The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA five prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in region 5. These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

The awards were:

Today Paul Pepper chats with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about "Chromophobia." Are you afraid of certain colors? If so, perhaps you should stay away from this exhibit...or not! Find out how CAL artists interpret that subject in their work when the show opens next week! At [3:50] dietician JUDY ARNET tells us about Access to Healthy Food and their partnership with the Farmers Market. Did you know SNAP and WIC-eligible families can receive matching sums up to $25 on fruits and vegetables? Watch for details! April 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn,' with special guest Lorenzo Lawson! Plus, everyone's invited to reminisce at LWV's annual meeting next week featuring longtime Columbia resident Barbara Horrell! At [4:25] PHIL STEINHAUS, CEO of Columbia Housing Authority, talks about Patriot Place. Residents moved in a week ago - find out how it's going and what's next! April 18, 2016

Ryan Levi / KBIA

Garrett Bullock’s basement bedroom in his Columbia home is a video gamer’s paradise.


Two computer screens rest on a sleek black desk. A big, flat screen TV is mounted on the wall above one of the monitors. Along the wall, dozens of video game cases are meticulously lined up.


It’s the kind of place where someone could reasonably play video games for an entire day, which is convenient for Bullock, the president of the Columbia Extra Life Guild.

The State Historical Society of Missouri

In 1818, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft walked across the Ozarks. His curiosity and search for lead deposits are what drove him and travel companion Levi Pettibone to cover almost 900 miles in 90 days. Schoolcraft's journal recounted intact landscapes largely unmolested by humans. A new KBIA series looks at Schoolcraft's changing landscapes.

Missouri Department of Conservation

There are almost 1,000 different kinds of bats. Bats eat mostly insects, but when insects are not available during winter, bats in Missouri survive our colder months by hibernating or migrating to warmer places. 

Paul Pepper: Cathy Salter, Unbound Book Festival

Apr 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHY SALTER about the upcoming Unbound Book Festival. According to the their website, 'Unbound' is a brand-new festival that celebrates literature of all kinds. As Cathy says, "it's a mini-True/False Festival for books." Watch our short interview and then make plans to attend this (free!) inaugural event at Stephens College next Friday! April 15, 2016