Arts and Culture

Taking Mom Out For Brunch? It's A Feminist Tradition

May 9, 2015

More than a quarter of American adults will dine out this Mother's Day – and most of them will opt to fete Mom with a breakfast, lunch or brunch out. If this describes your plans, guess what? You're honoring a feminist tradition.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Over the past three years, a group of residents in the Missouri River town of Glasgow have gathered on numerous Saturdays. Their labor is saving a historic black church in town. On this episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud we hear from preservation advocates about what it means when Missouri's historic buildings remain visible on the landscape.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Mother's Day is this Sunday, and Larry's story is about one of the most famous mothers of the 20th century. Any guesses? Watch! May 8, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA REINDEL about this year's Boone County Relay for Life. It's an important fundraiser for the American Cancer Society - please consider taking part this Saturday! At [4:38] STEVE DULLARD is here to raise awareness about an effort (currently underway) to bring professional baseball to Mid-Missouri! To do so, the Jefferson City Renegades Baseball Club needs to secure $1M by the end of this year - find out how you can help! May 7, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN-PALMIERI about "The Con Artist," an original comedy opening tonight at the Columbia Art League! Plus, find out about GTP's upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At [4:20] BRUCE BURKETT - in honor of May being Hepatitis C Month - tells us about the disease, what the signs are and how you can get tested. (Hint: it's not a routine test.) May 6, 2015

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Today Paul Pepper chats with DR. SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, Central Methodist University, about their summer opera, "Cosi fan tutte." It opens June 12th - mark your calendars! At [3:45] CHARLIE WILKERSON and BYRON SCOTT talk about "Darker Shores," on stage now at Maplewood Barn. You won't want to watch this show alone - find out why! May 5, 2015

Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.

Today Paul Pepper and ANDREA SHELTON talk about the City of Columbia's 'Master Composting Class,' happening May 5th, 6th and 7th. It's not too late to join the fun - watch for details! (Andrea shares information about a regular composting class, too.) May 4, 2015

Big Bird, the towering yellow bird with confetti feathers from Sesame Street, will eternally be 6 years old, but his character is nearly 50. The man behind Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, is 81 — and has no plans to step out of the suit any time soon.

"I see no reason to quit," Spinney tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I can't imagine walking away from being Big Bird. I mean, that's an awfully good job, and there's not too many of them. So, I just want to keep doing it until I can't do it anymore."

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about what it takes to support the 114,000 hungry people of Central Missouri every month. Donations are key, and the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive -  happening May 9th - is one way to help! May 1, 2015

In Salina, along the railroad tracks, in the shadow of grain elevators, next to a gravel lot filled with industrial propane tanks, is the headquarters of Acoustic Sounds.

It’s run by Chad Kassem. He’s originally from Louisiana.

“Back in the mid-’70s every teenage boy had a stereo, or most of the boys in my neighborhood had a stereo, and maybe a hundred albums,” Kassem says. “So I wasn’t any more of a collector than most of my friends.”

By the time he was 21, though, Kassem’s drinking and drug abuse was causing him trouble with the law.

“I came to Kansas to get sober in 1984. That’s where the judge picked.”

As we know, Kansas has alcohol, but in general, there were fewer distractions for a man who needed to dry out.

In one of the many war cemeteries in Lang Son, a city in northern Vietnam, Pham Thi Ky and her family light incense and offer prayers for her brother-in-law, who died 36 years ago in Vietnam's brief but bloody border war with China.

That 1979 war left more than 50,000 dead. There are other graves here, too. They fought and died against the French occupiers, then the Americans. But relative to China, those were brief battles.

On a perfect spring morning, Jan Scruggs walks along the site overlooking the wall of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C. Contrasting the bright colors of blooming trees and flowers is the black granite carved with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who served during the war.

Scruggs, a veteran himself, is credited with getting the memorial built. He's now preparing to retire. Morning Edition met Scruggs to learn the story of how the memorial was built, honoring the dead from a war that ended 40 years ago, on April 30, 1975.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROSE VOMUND, Services for Independent Living, and ANGELA HOLLOWAY, Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design, about "Kitchens in Bloom." Happening this Sunday, Kitchens in Bloom is a chance to see five recently remodeled homes while raising money for SIL. Tickets on sale now! April 30, 2015

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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


Today Paul Pepper chats with NICK FOSTER, Voluntary Action Center, about the annual Spring Into Action event at the University Club. RSVP by May 5th! Nick also shares a couple of stories about how VAC helps our community! At [4:36] CASSIE McCLELLAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about Hy-Vee's selection of frozen herbs and spices (which happens to be the dietitians pick-of-the-month). Which ones are best for you? Watch! April 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with ELLEN JORGENSEN, Global Perspectives Coordinator at Columbia Independent School, about Heifer International and the local efforts to contribute to this organization. At [3:44] DAVID CRESPY tells us about MU's New Play Series, which has a goal of 25 new plays in 'a single week' written by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Find out how it's all coming together! April 28, 2015

Writing the Future: Thomas McKenney

Apr 27, 2015
MU School of Music

In his 47 years as a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Music, Dr. Thomas McKenney has taught a lot of students how to compose music. This evening at MU's Whitmore Recital Hall, those students pay tribute to their teacher with a concert featuring their own works.  

Today Paul Pepper visits with SYLVIA SPRINKLE about Missouri Pay It Forward. Started as a way to help a friend, MPIF has since grown into a resource for those who've fallen on hard times. At [4:00] KRISTEN FRITSCHIE, Coordinator for Children's Miracle Network, tells us about the upcoming 'donate-a-dollar' campaign at any Walmarts or Sam's Clubs. 100% of the proceeds benefit MU's Children's Hospital. Watch! April 27, 2015

Off the Clock: Faith Voices, a discussion on race

Apr 24, 2015

Racial tension sparked civil unrest in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown last August, bringing the issue of racial profiling of African American males by police officers to the forefront. Members of Faith Voices for Jefferson City believe the larger conversation of racial profiling in Missouri is long overdue. In January, members of Faith Voices for Jefferson City and local faith leaders embarked on a yearlong conversation on race at Quinn Chapel AME Church. One of the goals was to create an open discussion on race between African American residents and Caucasian residents rather than segregating it in the comfort of their homes.

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist at University of Missouri Extension, talk about the importance of being happy and healthy! Research is proving that certain methods to achieve those goals actually do help us in the long run, so why don't we do them? Vera explains - watch! May 1, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Bond Life Sciences Center, about "talking about science." According to Jack, scientists complain that the average person is uninformed about basic science facts, but why? Find out on today's show! April 23, 2015

Thinking Out Loud: Missouri's Folk Arts History

Apr 22, 2015
Trevor Harris / KBIA

This week on Thinking Out Loud, we bring you an intimate look into some of Missouri's oldest folk-art traditions: from blacksmithing, to jazz, to traditional song and dance.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri Cures's MARGARET TOLLERTON, who invites everyone to the 2015 Cancer Research Symposium in St. Louis. If you have an interest in cutting-edge cancer research, you should attend this FREE event! At [4:21] SUTU FORTE invites everyone over to her place for the Flower Power Walk on Saturday, May 2nd. Show up ready to express your appreciation for Mother Nature, or just come and enjoy what others have to say! April 22, 2015

Torie Ross / KBIA

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



Jenn Cooper / KBIA

This week KBIA’s arts and culture segment producer Jenn Cooper hung out with the Columbia Jazz Jam group to explore Columbia’s Jazz scene during April’s Jazz Appreciation Month.

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON talk about "Feast," a show that opens today at the Columbia Art League. Plus, Diana invites everyone to celebrate Columbia Art League Day (as proclaimed by Mayor McDavid) this Saturday in The District! At [4:06] YVONNE MATTHEWS tells us about this Thursday's Wellness Walk and Festival, which helps celebrate Lincoln University's 125th anniversary! Registration costs $18.90. April 21, 2015

Not Hillary Clinton: A Case Of Mistaken Twitter Identity

Apr 20, 2015

@hillary is not @HillaryClinton. Her Twitter bio once noted as much, but that was "mostly just for a bit of cheek," @hillary herself admits.

Hillary Hartley joined Twitter back in 2006. As an early adopter, she was able to grab @hillary as her handle. For comparison, the @HillaryClinton account was created in 2013.

Today Paul Pepper chats with the director of Maplewood Barn's  Children's Theatre, SHAWNDA SALAZAR, about summer camp for kids ages 6-12. Only 20 accepted, so register early! At [4:13] SARAH GALLAGHER tells us about the Pedaler's Jamboree bike ride (a.k.a the 'rolling rock concert') happening Memorial Day weekend in support of the Katy Bridge Coalition. April 20, 2015