Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, who invites everyone to 'Serenade - A Benefit for Young Musicians' April 17th at the University Club. This is one fundraiser that's sure to delight the whole family! At [5:04] BRYAN BRADFORD stops by to tell us about the Sons of the American Legion. If you had a parent or grandparent that was in the military between WWII and now - and they were eligible for the American Legion - you're welcome to join! Why join? The benefits. Watch for details. April 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANESE SILVEY, Communications Coordinator for The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, talk about the annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive - a highly successful fundraiser in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers. At [5:07] CLARA STARK and JOHN STAPLES tell us what's store for the kiddos at this year's Maplewood Barn Children's Theatre Camp. "We're not just putting on a show," says Clara. Get all the details on this two week experience in three short minutes! April 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LUKE TUDBALL, director of "A Man of No Importance," a musical drama that opens this Friday at Talking Horse Productions! Luke takes us inside this 'compelling' story that's "necessary for this talks about prejudice and the generalizations we put on people." At [3:18] DRS. KYLE FIALA and BEN SUMMERHAYS, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about ankle replacement surgery. According to Dr. Fiala, the decision to have this operation usually stems from one's quality of life issues. Please watch for more information about this lesser-known procedure! April 11, 2016


April is Jazz Appreciation Month, or JAM – a holiday that was first recognized in 2002 by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. JAM is intended to encourage people on all ages to study jazz music, attend concerts and pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic art form.

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired MU professor and longtime Missouri Parks Association volunteer, SUSAN FLADER, about a new book called 'Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.' According to Susan, this large coffee table-sized book "reflects the integrity and diversity of the state park system." Check out a few of the pictures! At [5:10] CAT GLEASON invites everyone to the Chancellor's Art Showcase April 11th at the Missouri Theatre. Find out how this extensive collaboration of the arts at MU will honor this, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death! April 8, 2016

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spring weather settling-in across Missouri triggers breeding activities for many frogs.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll learn about the Boreal Chorus Frog. 

Listen in prairies, and along the grassy edges of marshes and farm ponds, for these small gray or tan frogs – three-quarters to one-and-a-half inches long – with three wide stripes down the back.  They begin breeding in late February, with their raspy, vibrating call peaking in mid-April – a sound similar to running a fingernail over the teeth of a pocket comb. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JON POSES, Executive/Artistic Director of the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series, about JAM - or, Jazz Appreciation Month! The number of events this month almost out-number the days, and we cover it all in about five minutes - watch! At [5:05] SHELIA FIELDS, Volunteer Coordinator at Saving Sight, talks about a program that recycles eyeglasses for those in need both 'locally and globally!' Got an old pair? Pass 'em on! April 7, 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 chats with actress KIT MEYER about "August Osage County," Capital City Players' latest production. Kit takes us inside her role as the matriarch of a dysfunctional family in this  comedy/drama that opens Friday in Jefferson City! At [5:14] SHARI BULLARD and JERRY RICKER talk about the 112th season of the Jefferson City Art Club. There's lots to see and do - including an art crawl featuring six galleries - and we sum it up nicely in three short minutes - watch! April 6, 2016

Thomas Jefferson scholar Peter Onuf visited with KBIA's Darren Hellwege in advance of his visit to Columbia. Onuf is a regular contributor to BackStory as one of The History Guys.

Also on this week's program Darren talked with Columbian Nanette Ward about an April 22 event Freedom From Fashion that is a benefit for Ward's group, the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.

This program was originally broadcast on March 29, 2016.

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Today Paul Pepper visits with MONICA PALMER, Director of Columbia Entertainment Company's "The Dixie Swim Club." Monica tells us what it's like directing a play that takes place over the course of 33 years from a script by a former "The Golden Girls" writer. Curtain goes up this Thursday - don't miss it! At [5:00] TERRI WARHOVER, Founder of Puppies with Purpose, takes us through their process of turning puppies into full-fledged service dogs - of which there is a 'drastic' shortage of in the U.S. It's a commitment shared by a lot of different people with a common goal - watch! April 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with KATE HARRY about the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's spring cookie sale! This is an important fundraiser; proceeds benefit many educational programs, so consider ordering a dozen (or more) fresh, made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies today! At [4:10] JODY COOK invites everyone to participate in this Saturday's 'Cleanup Columbia'! It's best to sign up ahead of time, but day-of works, too. Watch for details! April 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of Mid-MO Better Business Bureau, about easy-to-fall-for consumer scams. What do you do if you get a cold call from the IRS? What about women from outside the U.S. who initiate romantic relationships? Believe it or not, Sean says it happens all the time. At [4:18] PAT RIELY invites job seekers of all kinds to the Moberly Area Community College Career Fair April 13th! Plus, meet MACC student MEGAN RYAN, winner of the 2016 "Breaking Traditions" award, a contest for non-traditional students (women) in non-traditional programs (engineering technology)! Find out about her winning project. April 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH! Michael performs "The Phantom of the Opera" at [1:18] and "Rhapsody in Blue" at [5:35] - without sheet music! March 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about an exhibit featuring over 40 works of women in the U.S. in the 1930s. Joan is giving a guided tour tomorrow in celebration of the culmination of Women's History Month - and you're invited. Get a sneak peek of what you'll see on the tour on today's show! March 30, 2016

The northeastern Missouri town of Kirksville has a population of just over 17,000 people. It’s also home to Truman State University, a liberal arts school with about 6,000 students – a few of whom have worked hard to create their own sense of adventure in a town where there isn’t much to do.

“It’s a town where you have to roll up the sidewalks at night, you know? It’s that small,” says Jacob Hurst, a grad student at Truman State. “All we have is, like, a Wal-Mart. That’s what some kids do for a good time on a Saturday night: Just go walk around Wal-Mart.”

Inside the gallery, it’s a scene familiar to anyone who attends art openings: People are enjoying the oil paintings and large-scale photographs bathed in natural light, snacking on cheese and crackers while lively conversation bounces off the brick walls and polished wood floors.

Outside, though, is the wide-open silence of the Kansas Flint Hills.

This particular art gallery is surrounded by ranch lands in rural Wabaunsee County, where there are many more cattle than people. The gallery's in a place called Volland, which is basically the intersection of a two-lane highway and a dirt road. 

Just 20 miles south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border lies a structure that can’t be missed. The tower draws crowds from around the world and has given a little city a big name.

Bartlesville’s Price Tower is an anomaly. In an oil and gas town filled with short red-, orange- and brown-brick buildings, its 19 stories stand tall with green patina copper and cantilevered floors.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about CAL's annual summer art camp for kids. Enrollment is now open for the one-week sessions - don't miss what's in store for this year. At [4:13] VICTORIA SAMTER and HANNA TURNBALL, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about new dietary guidelines for sugar. Did you know "added sugar" is now its own category? What does that mean? Watch! March 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about ways to 'move more and sit less." With the weather warming up, now is the time! Studies show that Americans sit an average of nine hours per day - "that's more time than we spend sleeping!" Watch for some easy tips that anyone can do! March 28, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about the Missouri College Advising Corps. Never heard of it? John says, "in their first six of operation, the average college-going rate amongst high school seniors went from 45% to 55%. This program is having a big impact." March 25, 2016

Being a father in this hectic modern world and coping with the problems of teenage youth is a bewildering task for even the most intelligent of fathers, so you can imagine the trouble a man of Chester A. Riley's mentality goes through...

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Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, about the upcoming Hero Awards, which recognize deserving volunteers in our community. Plus, Nick details how VAC can be a 'clearing house' for information: "one of the main barriers for a lot of people receiving help is just not knowing where that help is available." At [5:09] HAL JOHNSON and ALEX CURRIER invite everyone to Boy Scout Troop 707's 50th anniversary celebration! Details on that, plus 17 year-old Alex's experiences with the Scouts after six years on today's show! March 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about this year's 'Float Your Boat' fundraiser at Bass Pro Shops in Columbia. Deadline to register is coming up - watch for details! At [3:56] TERRY FOLTZ, Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer for Heart of Missouri CASA, invites everyone to 'The Voices of Callaway,' a singing competition and fundraiser in Fayette. According to CASA's website, this event is an opportunity to raise money and awareness about who CASAs are and the need for more advocates." Online voting begins soon - watch! March 23, 2016

Trevor Harris / KBIA

On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege visited with City of Columbia Volunteer Coordinator Leigh Contwitz about the upcoming Clean-Up Columbia event and other volunteer opportunities. Trevor Harris also filed a story from the James Apartments about a local group working to salvage architectural elements from the 1903 structure before its planned demolition.

Riley Beggin / 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. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.


Jessica Abel

Every storytelling medium has its own set of rules and challenges for how to tell a successful story. Radio is different than print, which is different than Internet, and so forth. It can be hard to cross between them, both for those who tell stories as their job and for those who just use stories to communicate with the people around them. 


Cartoonist Jessica Abel built her career on telling stories through drawing and writing, but more recently she's figured out first-hand how to move between mediums. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform a medley of three French-Canadian tunes on the hammer dulcimer and guitar. Plus, get details on this year's Big Muddy Folk Festival, happening April 1-2 at Thespian Hall in Boonville! March 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CAROL WARD, Prof. of Anatomy at the University of Missouri, and NADEGE UWASE, Dir. of MU African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub. They invite everyone to a symposium titled "Our African Origins" tomorrow at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus! Keynote speaker, Dr. Meave Leakey, appears on stage tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Watch for details! March 21, 2016

Rayland Baxter isn’t a household name in music… at least not yet. But those who have heard of the Nashville-native know him to be a world-class singer-songwriter. Baxter stopped in Columbia just two weeks ago to perform at Rose Music Hall during a Midwest tour of his second studio album titled “Imaginary man”.