Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
1:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

10 songs you should know before going to Roots n Blues n BBQ

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So you’re going to the “Roots n Blues n BBQ” festival this weekend. You love blues music and all the subgenres influenced by that gritty, American sound.

Or maybe you don’t know much about it besides loving to karaoke The Black Crowes version of “Hard To Handle.” Or perhaps you just want to catch a glimpse of Kate Hudson’s baby daddy. 

Whatever your motivation, there are some solid up-and-coming acts, as well as some staples (see what I did there?) to catch while they’re in town, or…gulp…still alive.

To prepare for the festival, I sat down with Hitt Records co-owner Kyle Cook to talk about what tunes can help newbies and connoisseurs of blues music prepare for the festival. (Full ethical disclosure: I play pickup hoops with him on Sundays.) We put a list together of some songs that may excite those already with tickets or convince those on the fence that you may want to catch these acts while they are in our backyard. Regardless, these are some of the tunes you should know before heading into the gates.

Also, check out this Spotify playlist to get you in the mood with more songs we couldn’t include here.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri & Maples Rep Theatre

Today Paul Pepper welcomes SCOTT GORDON, Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, who shares some "didyaknows". Do YOU know? Also, TODD DAVISON, Maples Rep Theatre, talks about a concert celebrating their 10th Season and their upcoming fall schedule!

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Missouri Cures & Original Oddities Productions

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON, Missouri Cures, talk about all the special events coming up, including the spinal cord injury awareness event in St. Louis next Thursday. Also, Original Oddities Productions presents "The List" - meet director MELISSA ALPERS-SPRINGER and playwright/actor JASON CAVALLONE. 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Sickle Cell Awareness & Art of Food

Today Paul Pepper is joined by ELIZABETH GUNIER, MU Health Care, who talks about Sickle Cell awareness, a genetic blood disorder that's inherited. Also, DANIEL PLISKA, Executive Chef at the University Club, invites you to the "Art of Food", a festival featuring all things food this Friday! 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Columbia Art League & Salvation Army

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, to talk about the annual Betty Brown Afternoon Tea fundraiser at University Club. Watch for details! Also, MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMEL, Salvation Army, talks about the 32nd Annual Toy Run at the Grindstone Walmart in Columbia. 

Arts and Culture
3:26 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle

CrossFitters exercise at a gym in Travis, N.Y. A blog posted to CrossFit's Facebook page has opened up a discussion about diversity in the CrossFit community.
Anthony DePrimo Staten Island Advance /Landov

Last week, the headquarters for CrossFit, the popular — and polarizing — workout genre, shared an item on its Facebook page from a blog called Stuff Black People Don't Like.

And according to an entry from February on the Stuff Black People Don't Like blog, CrossFit is anti-black:

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Arts and Culture
9:20 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Simply listening, to veterans, is the mission of StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative

Sylvie Lubow is the senior coordinator for StoryCorps' Military Veterans Initiative.
Credit StoryCorps

Have you ever had a “driveway moment” listening to one of the many stories from the oral history project StoryCorps? The project has recorded about 45,000 interviews with everyday people across America. StoryCorps’ “Military Voices Initiatives” gathers stories from veterans, their families and others impacted by war, since 9/11.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Folk Singers Cathy and Dave

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our favorite local folk singing duo CATHY and DAVE. They perform "Wild Rose of the Mountain" on the banjo and guitar. 

Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kickstarter campaign to fund free access to Chopin's output

Aaron Dunn, founder and president of Musopen.org
Credit Aaron Dunn

Classical music fans are increasingly using the web to share music. On any given evening you could curl up with your laptop or iPad and feast on performances of Beethoven’s Ninth, Durufle’s Requiem and lots more. Services such as the Naxos Music LIbrary make recordings available for a membership fee.

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CoMo Explained
2:38 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Why can't Missouri pronounce its towns right?

Versailles. But which one is it?!?! Scientifically, there's no way to know for sure.
Credit Moyan Brenn / Flickr

  This week CoMo Explained explores some of the more "alternative" pronunciations in Missouri place names.


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Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Moberly commemorates 9/11, honors community first responders

Moberly residents and public safety workers commemorated 9/11 in the community's annual Patriots' Day Dinner, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
Credit Maureen Lewis-Stump / KBIA

The Moberly community came together for a dinner honoring victims of the September 11th, 2011 terrorist attacks, as well as the community's first responders.

About 100 community leaders and residents attended Wednesday night's annual Patriots’ Day dinner,  hosted each year by the Randolph County Federated Republican Women’s organization.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu September 12, 2013

League of Women Voters & Boys and Girls Club of Columbia

Today Paul Pepper and MARCIA WALKER run down all the upcoming events with the League of Women Voters - starting next Tuesday with Constitution Day! Also, JOE MILLER and AMY HAY talk about the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia fundraiser, "Hoops for a Cause"! Tickets are still on sale! 

Intersection
8:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

4 reasons Columbia is a writer’s haven

Credit Amelia-Jane / Flickr

  Even though Columbia is a relatively small city, it is full of published writers. On Intersection this week, local authors Keija Parssinen, Marlene Lee and Alex George told us why they think Columbia is such a writer’s haven.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

  Today Paul Pepper chats with DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, about proper upkeep for your air conditioning, filters and vents - it could save you money! 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Val Germann, Central Missouri Astronomical Association

Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, take a look at more stunning photos from outer space. Think you know what a blue moon is? Val may make you rethink your definition! 

Intersection
5:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Author Keija Parssinen describes origins of 'The Ruins of Us'

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon September 9, 2013

UFO Enthusiast Bill Wickersham

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back former University of Missouri professor and UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM. Topics include the recent government acknowledgment of Area 51.

Arts and Culture
3:28 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Columbia One Read author explores geographical and cultural boundaries

Credit Shane Epping

What happens when you put together a blue-eyed blonde Texas woman with a handsome Saudi man living in a traditional Saudi culture, and throw in a young secular Arab blogger and a young Muslim man rediscovering his fundamentalist roots? And, specifically, what happens when they’re all in the same family? If that sounds familiar, it's because that family is the Baylani family, whose relationships with each other, their country and their cultures are explored in the novel, The Ruins of Us.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Hank Waters, Columbia Daily Tribune

Today Paul Pepper chats with "Publisher Emeritus" HANK WATERS, Columbia Daily Tribune, about life, liberty and the pursuit of journalism. 

Arts and Culture
8:21 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Jefferson City convention center discussions continue

Credit KBIA

Officials in Jefferson City  are laying out the details of the ongoing proposal for a new conference center in Jefferson City.  The city's conference center plan is estimated to cost around $9 million.

At its council meeting last night, city councilmember Ralph Bray said the outcome of the project largely depends on the affordability and projected revenue of the facility. “I suppose it’ll come down to whether or not we can afford what we want and whether or not the developer can make money on the development and those are two huge questions,” Bray said.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Paul Pepper: Saturday Morning Book Talk

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back KIT and CATHY SALTER! Saturday Morning Book Talk is an ongoing series at the Boone County Historical Museum. Find out who will be the next author this Saturday!

Arts and Culture
3:59 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

La Plata commemorates memorial for fallen soldier

Pvt. 1st Class Adam Thomas graduated from La Plata High School, pictured, in 2000.
Credit La Plata High School

A native of a small northeast Missouri town who died in Afghanistan will be forever remembered in his hometown.

The town of La Plata unveiled a warrior's cross memorial at a city park during the weekend to honor Pvt. 1st Class Adam Thomas.

Thomas joined the Army after graduating from La Plata High in 2000. He was on his second tour of duty with the 10th Mountain Division when he was killed during an ambush a decade ago.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Second Chance & Capital City Players

  Today Paul Pepper talks to VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, about the 10th Annual "Paws in the Park", happening September 14. Also, Capital City Players is putting on "The MOMologues", a play about the joys and frustrations of motherhood. KATHLEEN LAVERY and SARAH CULP explain.

Arts and Culture
8:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Renovations started on one of Columbia's oldest buildings

Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Renovations have finally begun on the Niedermeyer building, one of the oldest buildings in Columbia that was being considered for demolition at the end of last year. 

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Arts and Culture
8:01 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Amendment to proposed city budget funds CAT-TV

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Columbia Access Television, or CAT-TV, is set to receive funding under the city's proposed fiscal budget.

The Columbia public access television channel was not originally included in the 2014 fiscal budget proposed by the Columbia City Council. But now, because of a$200,000 surplus from last year’s budget, the city council has amended the budget to provide that money to CAT-TV. Council members made the change during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

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Arts and Culture
11:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Can classical music work outdoors?

Maestro Kirk Trevor conducts the Missouri Symphony in an outdoor performance at Stephens Lake Park.
Credit Missouri Symphony Society

Classical music seems like a genre that was made to be performed indoors. Symphonic music was born in the chambers of European royalty and in Catholic churches. The music was created by patrons who wanted to support the arts and also demonstrate their largesse. Take the classical music out of the concert hall and what do you have?

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Vera Massey, University of Missouri Extension

Today Paul Pepper chats with VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, about the brain! "Health habits make for a healthy brain!"

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Singer Larry Brown

Happy Labor Day! Today, LARRY BROWN sings "Dreams", a song about one man's efforts  to tear down a barn, and the man who built it. 

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Diana Moxon, Columbia Art League

  Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON talk all things Columbia Art League. There's a brand new show at the Art League titled "Interpretations" - stop by, check it out and buy! Featured Artist is Jan L. Coffman.

Global Journalist
6:18 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Foreign journalists risk attack, charges of bias in Egypt

Journalists film an Egyptian military attack helicopter as it flies by the Presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt.
Credit Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

Since the military takeover in Egypt last month, journalists have been attacked from all sides of the conflict. When security forces shot Tamer Abdel-Raouf at a military checkpoint a week ago, the Egyptian daily newspaper reporter became the fifth journalist to die on the job. On that same day, authorities raided a Turkish news agency and arrested its bureau chief.

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