Arts and Culture

Felines are fickle subjects when it comes to video (and almost everything else).

The reclusive stars that rule my home scoff at commands to do something cute for the camera. Plus, their 23-hour-a-day sleep schedule leaves only a small window for any possible action shots of bathing, eating or chasing the elusive red dot. What would Frank Capra do?

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From 1914 to 1954 if you were black in Kirksville you attended the segregated Lincoln School. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud hear voices of Lincoln School alumni Clyde Johnson and a handful of local residents who want to see the Lincoln School building preserved. Some local visionaries imagine the school as a 21st century educational center for all residents of Kirksville.

Today Paul Pepper and BRAD BUCHANAN talk about "Adam's Eve," Maplewood Barn Theatre's latest production, in which the setting is our very own Columbia! At [4:08] HEATHER HARLAN stops by to remind us that July is "recovery means freedom" month at Phoenix Programs Inc., addiction specialists for Mid-Missouri. July 2, 2014


Today Paul Pepper and TIM REINBOTT talk all-things gardening, specifically tips to prevent diseases in tomatoes due to a (predicted) moist summer. At [4:04] DIANA MOXON reflects on June's Art in the Park and looks ahead to the new show, "Bountiful Boone," and their on-going summer camps. July 1, 2014


KBIA completes temporary move

Jul 1, 2014

KBIA has been in the process of making the move from its longtime home in Jesse Hall to other buildings across the MU campus. Jesse Hall will be closed for approximately 12 months to allow for the installation of sprinkler systems, improvements to the heating and cooling systems, and an additional elevator.

Eating Right & Weight Loss

Jun 30, 2014

Today Paul Pepper invites WENBO ZHAO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and KEVIN SUTTMOELLER, MU Health Care, to tackle the issue of eating right and weight loss options. June 30, 2014


Brandon Kiley / KBIA

Dozens of Columbia residents and Columbia-based refugees were in attendance at the annual World Refugee Day Celebration in Columbia. The Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri hosted the events at the sixth annual celebration in Columbia, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The World Refugee Day Coordinator for 2014, Hannah Lammers, said Columbia started the annual celebration six years ago.

Temperatures are rising, but a shortage of lifeguards in some communities is keeping pools closed. 

Once a stereotypical way to make some summer cash, fewer teens are willing to go through expensive training for a minimum wage job.

And while the problem here isn't as pronounced as in Austin, Texas, which had to delay opening half its pools, there are still cities scrambling to recruit the needed lifeguards to keep swimmers safe.

It takes a lot of lifeguards to keep one pool safe

Joan Stack, State Historical Society, "WWI Exhibit"

Jun 27, 2014

Today Paul Pepper, JOAN STACK and JOHN KONZAL talk about the State Historical Society's World War One exhibit, which opens tomorrow (the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI). June 27, 2014

Second Chance & Bittersweet Garden Club

Jun 26, 2014

Today Paul Pepper chats with VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, about the need for volunteers to foster dogs and cats during these summer months. At [4:50] JEANNINE BRICKEY and MARCIA REED talk about the Bittersweet Garden Club's 15th Annual Garden Tour, happening this Sunday in Jefferson City! June 26, 2014

Most of the World Cup attention Thursday will be on the U.S. game against Germany. But there will be some Kansas City-area residents who will have their attention on South Korea’s game against Belgium.

Little Korea in Kansas

Mel Zelenak, Consumer and Travel News, "Cruising"

Jun 25, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK attempt to save you money with tips on how to score a good deal on a cruise (tips which can be applied to any negotiation). June 25, 2014

Windsor bike blvd

The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. They city held an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

Richard Trimmell & Cyndy Chapman, Salvation Army

Jun 24, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL and CYNDY CHAPMAN, from Columbia's Salvation Army, about what's going on at Harbor House, which serves as a cooling center for those without shelter. Watch to find out how you can help. June 24, 2014


Margaret Tollerton and Jack Schultz, Missouri Cures

Jun 23, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLERTON, Missouri Cures, and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, who is also the keynote speaker at Missouri Cures' (FREE!) breakfast program tomorrow at Stadium Grill. June 23, 2014


Steph Mackinnon

The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

Bluegrass Worship Service & League of Women Voters

Jun 20, 2014

Today Paul Pepper talks to JEFF MORAN about the Millersburg Christian Church Bluegrass/Gospel Worship Service this weekend, a fundraiser for the PET Project. At [4:06] LIZ SCHMIDT returns to remind everyone about the August 5th primary, and how the League of Women Voters is helping people stay in the know! June 20, 2014


MU officially purchases the Missouri Theatre

Jun 19, 2014
Missouri Theatre

MU signed a lease-to-purchase agreement with the Missouri Symphony Society in 2011 that gave the University the option to purchase the theatre.

Chicken and Mutton BBQ & Hot Summer Nights

Jun 19, 2014

Today Paul Pepper and CHESTER EDWARDS invite everyone to the 57th Annual Olivet Christian Church Chicken and Mutton BBQ, happening this weekend! At [3:54] Maestro KIRK TREVOR explains tonight's silent movie presentation, featuring a soundtrack performed live by the Missouri Symphony! It's all part of Hot Summer Nights. June 19, 2014


While watching the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana on Monday night, perhaps you noticed the venue.

The 42,000-seat stadium, called Arena das Dunas or The Stadium of the Dunes, has a petal-shaped canopy and was designed by Populous, a sports architecture firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the firm, the challenge was to create a "grand space" for the people of Natal, Brazil. Architects drew inspiration from the flowing sand dunes that dominate the city.

Brooke Hamilton/Grindstone Photography

Establishing a landscape rich in native plant species is a different process from putting in an annual planting of tomatoes and beans. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele about the work that goes in to building a native landscape for yard or pasture.

Credit: IMDB

Each summer, Kirk Trevor and the Missouri Symphony Society take classical music to a range of venues around Columbia and Mid-Missouri. From Stephens Lake Park to Douglass Park to Shelter Gardens, classical music fans get to absorb symphonic and chamber works in a range of diverse settings. This Thursday, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra returns to the Missouri Theatre stage to play film music.

Today Paul Pepper and MARIE ROBERTSON talk about Dancearts' 'Intensive Dance Camp', a three-week program that starts July 7 - call to sign up! At [4:49] meet GWENDOLYN SHWIKE, an actress now appearing in "Good People" at Talking Horse Productions. Opens on June 19 - ED HANSON has details. June 18, 2014


Amy Munneke / KBIA

A Columbia parks demolition project has turned into a possible preservation project.

Jeremy Sapp was tearing down part of the Parks Management Center Friday when he noticed something.

“We were in the process of tearing the building down and pulling the brick off the face of the building and found the beam and just kept following it to see what it was," he said.

Maples Rep Theatre , "Forever Plaid" (Performance)

Jun 17, 2014

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Maples Rep Theatre! The 2014 season kicks off with "Forever Plaid," and we've got a sneak preview with performances of "Private Functions" at [2:17], and "No, Not Much" at [4:50]. June 17, 2014


St. Louis Arch
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Missouri officials are considering whether to grant up to $15 million of tax credits to help finance the redevelopment of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The tax credits would be used to leverage private contributions for the renovation and expansion of a museum at the Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board is to consider the tax credits Tuesday.

Callaway Plein Air & Columbia Farmer's Market

Jun 16, 2014

Today Paul Pepper talks to BRIAN MAHIEU about Callaway Plein Air, an art exhibit on display now thru June 29 at The Art House in downtown Fulton. At [4:47] MATT JERNIGAN invites everyone to the Farm to Table fundraising event on June 22 which will support Access to Healthy Foods. June 16, 2014


Missouri Highsteppers

Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence have plans to help a local youth drill team find a home. During the most recent meeting of the task force in Columbia, co-chair and Second Ward councilmember Michael Trapp pushed to make helping the Highsteppers the force’s third formal recommendation.

The Highsteppers lost their former rehearsal space at Hickman High School in Columbia after neighbors complained about the noise. The drill team has been “homeless,” according to task force member Pam Hardin, ever since.

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  The folks at the online dating site eHarmony have some advice for people looking for Mr. or Ms. Right -- journalists make great life partners! Missouri School of Journalism professors Katherine Reed, Mike McKean and Amy Simons talk about the positives and negatives of dating a journalist.

Storyteller Larry Brown, "Father's Day"

Jun 13, 2014

Today Paul Pepper is joined by local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells a Father's Day story. June 13, 2014