Arts and Culture

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Salvation Army's MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL about the status of the annual Tree of Lights campaign, which hopes to raise $415,000 by Jan. 31st. They haven't reached that goal yet, but there's still time! Money from this fundraiser stays local and primarily funds Harbor House, which provides shelter for the homeless. January 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, talk about two "exciting" exhibits that will be on display at Jesse Hall and Ellis Library throughout February celebrating Black History Month! On February 15, reporter Rudi Keller will speak at the State Historical Society about his experiences researching Columbia's Sharp End neighborhood for an article he wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune last year. Watch for details! January 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KATE HARRY talk about all the services provided by the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, and how money from the quarterly cookie sale benefits programs like Operation: School Bell, which provides clothing to school-aged children. Get your orders in for the next cookie sale by February 2nd! At [4:35] Columbia Housing Authority CEO PHIL STEINHAUS brings us up to date on the Patriot Place Apartments project, which will provide "permanent housing rent subsidy for homeless veterans." One of the goals is to fully furnish each apartment, and that's where you can help! Watch for details. January 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri, about their mission as advocates for clean energy policies and renewable energy sources like wind and solar. On certain financing for solar panels for your home, Mark says: "the energy savings will be cheaper than the monthly payment." January 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with former Missouri State Representative JOHN WRIGHT about tax credits. According to John, "the taxpayers of State of Missouri are being the victims of great robbery that's taking place in broad daylight and the accomplice in the getaway car is the Missouri State Legislature." January 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kid's Cooking Class' January 30 at the Columbia Public Library. The theme for this class is 'Fun Fiesta,' and it's for children as young as 3 - watch for details! At [3:53] MIKE GOLD tells us what goes on at the MU Center for Agroforestry. "We are designing integrated systems to produce alternative crops and protect the environment at the same time." They're hosting a free symposium that's open to the public next week. January 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a couple of events during this (already!) busy election year: the first is TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. The topic will be Missouri's Clean Power Plan; the second is Thursday, January 21, and the topic will be money and politics. Watch for details! At [5:16] MARK OHRENBERG and CYNTHIA FLOYD, Youth Advocates at Services for Independent Living, tell us about the programs offered at SIL for people with and without disabilities. January 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper is joined by director Robin Steinhaus and actors Stella Pruitt and Mikey Mossine from Hickman High School's production of "Crazy For You," a familiar musical featuring standards like "Embraceable You," I Got Rhythm" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Stella performs "Someone To Watch Over Me" at [2:28]. January 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper is joined by CHRIS CAMPBELL, who invites everyone to one (or all!) of the many events this month at the Boone County Historical Society. From art exhibits to the return of the Blind Boone Concert Series - BCHS has a busy month ahead! At [4:04] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Inside Voices," the latest exhibit at the Columbia Art League. Based on the Pixar movie, "Inside Out," artists were asked to play on the idea of human emotion. Stop by and see the results for yourself! Also, sign up for classes that are starting soon. January 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition Volunteer Board Member, about the very real problem of human trafficking in Missouri. Nanette shares a story of a couple from Park Hill who lured a young woman into trafficking based on the promise of a modeling job. "These are not people from dark corners, they're people among us." Awareness is key - please watch! January 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BAKER, Executive Director of Community Foundation of Central Missouri, about their mission, what's called 'successor advisors' and the 2015 CoMo Gives campaign. "We believe in facilitating philanthropy." January 13, 2016

Farm Your Yard - Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Jan 12, 2016
Carrie Hargrove / CCUA

Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a great gardening year, I can feel it in my bones. Over the holiday season, I, like most folks, spent lots of time with family. It was a great time to get together, joke, eat things we shouldn’t and watch plenty of Netflix. And, being the resident plant nerd of both mine and my husband’s family, I got asked a few questions about basic botany.

Today Paul Pepper visits with actress TORI STEPANEK about Capital City Players' latest production, "My Way." This musical tribute to Frank Sinatra - featuring about 60 songs! - opens January 14th in Jefferson City. At [4:05] PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to "Immigrant Stories," a FREE event happening next week at the library featuring the authors of the book, 'Ethnic St. Louis,' talking about the impact of immigration in Missouri. January 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 'Sinatra Supper Club,' now in it's fourth year! Come for the atmosphere and food from Bleu Restaurant, stay for over 40 songs made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes. At [4:23] Osher at Mizzou's JO TURNER tells us what's in store for the winter session that begins January 19th. With classes on understanding Islam, writing poetry, tai chi and more, "it's really a way to keep learning no matter what your age!" January 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper asks ERIC SANDVOL, Assoc. Prof. of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, one very important question: could we - in Central Missouri - have a major earthquake, like they have in California or Southeast Missouri? The answer (and the reason) may surprise you - watch! January 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back KIT and CATHY SALTER to talk about 'the life of a writer.' Cathy takes us back to the beginning of her now 23-year career, first as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune all the way up to publishing her latest book, "Notes from Boomerang Creek," which was released last October. Are you budding writer? This interview might just be the push you need! January 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about how - among other topics (such as recycling, the CoMo Energy Challenge, Christmas Tree curbside pickup and more) - Columbia uses methane from the landfill to power a turbine that generates electricity. Crazy stuff - watch! January 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and Prevention Specialist, HEATHER HARLAN, talk about Phoenix Health Programs in-patient treatment of women with substance abuse issues and who need to be monitored 24/7. Heather says that "right now in Boone County, the only option for a woman who needs detoxification is a hospital setting. It's much more expensive." Watch! January 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with TAMARA OBERBECK, Vision Screening Program Manager at Saving Sight, about FREE glaucoma screenings happening every Friday this month. Tamara says anyone over the age of 60 is at risk for glaucoma - watch for details! At [4:23] DAN SCHNEIDERJOHN, Environmental Public Health Specialist at Columbia/Boone Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services, tells us how we can reduce food-born illnesses at home. What's the number one factor? The answer may surprise you! January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016! Our first show of the new year features a conversation with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN about Columbia's Room at the Inn, an 'emergency winter homeless shelter' for those with no place to go. Because of the holiday today, the shelter will be open for 24 hours. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, watch! January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper and Hank Waters, Columbia Daily Tribune Publisher Emeritus and editorial writer, take a look back at Central Missouri's most polarizing moments from 2015! What do you remember? Visiting with Hank on the last day of the year has become an annual tradition - watch! December 31, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about their latest exhibit, "Picturing Politics." Featured works are by Missouri artists George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, including the "triumphant return" of Bingham's "Watching the Cargo." See it here! December 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM. His topic today? The federal government's disclosure of information about UFOs. What does John Podesta really know, and what does it mean to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Bill shares his thoughts - watch! December 29, 2015

Farm Your Yard: Insects That Farm

Dec 28, 2015
Flickr / Michael Jagendorf

This installment of Farm Your Yard originally aired November 3, 2015.

Halloween 2015 is becoming a distant memory. I am not ready, however, to let go of telling spooky scary stories, so I’ve got one for you today. To most people, the spookiest thing about organic gardening are those weird, bloodless, six legged, multi-eyed creatures who go creeping around your cherry tomatoes all season long. I am talking about bugs.


Today Paul Pepper and consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK (who is also a retired economics professor at the University of Missouri), talk about consumer fees. The biggest takeaway: always consider the total cost! It's good information that's easy to follow - watch! December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas, everyone! Today we enjoy a performance from local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform a special arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" on guitar and banjo - watch! December 25, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident holiday storyteller LARRY BROWN to share a Christmas-themed story about a unique ornament from Occupied Japan. Enjoy! December 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC co-founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about the mission behind, and ways to get involved with, this 'proven outreach model that helps churches help people in need.' Jane says "we take time to listen to each person's story...what helps people the most is another person listening." At [4:33] LAURA FLACKS-NARROL is trying to 'rescue' Missouri's own Ivan tomato from extinction. Find out why and what you can do to help! December 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with BECCA PAMPERL, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Becca's brother, Richard, took his own life when he was 35 years old. Since then, she has committed herself to helping prevent others from doing the same. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please watch this interview, and consider making a donation to the Out of the Darkness Walk foundation. Watch for details. December 22, 2015

Scott Peterson

In the second part of this two-part episode of Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Tony Lotvin, David Dearnley, Jeff Wheeler and Debra Hardin about "Love Matters." The new CD is a compilation from Debra and a group of Columbia-area musicians.

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