Arts and Culture

Columbia becomes Purple Heart City

Nov 11, 2015
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Columbia’s city hall turned regal purple in honor of those whose service went above and beyond what was expected of them.

Former army serviceman, Roger Caffrey, was one of the recipients of the award.

“The Purple Heart is a medal given to any US service person who was wounded in a combat situation. Whether they were directly shot, hurt somehow because of a combat type thing – their vehicle being blown up because it was hit by a shell or something (like that),”Caffrey said.

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When we collect oral histories, we do future generations a favor. Recordings of those who lived through a major event can help us understand how life was during an earlier, different era. On this episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, we hear from a pair of veterans who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era.


Today Paul Pepper and GEORGIA MOREHOUSE can't help but boast about how young and talented all 30 students are who are participating in the 14th annual Student Piano Showcase this Sunday. "We have them as young as 6 this year!" Tickets available at D&H Drugstore. At [4:57] ANN McGINITY invites everyone to the 25th annual Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild sale this Fri., Sat. and Sun. at the Boone Co. Historical Society. Ann brought a small sample of what you'll find when you come this weekend - watch! November 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about this Saturday's Founder's Day luncheon at Jack's Gourmet in Columbia (tickets are still available)! Liz shares details about the featured speaker and teases who will walk away with the Citizen of the Year award - watch! At [3:52] CARYL BRYAN and DAVID WEBER tells us about "A Night at the Shelter," a play written by David about life at Columbia's "Room at the Inn" homeless shelter. Hear how it came together and where you can see it! November 10, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with dramaturge and actress, JENNY PARDOE, about "Want's Unwisht Work," the latest production from MU's Department of Theatre. Directed by David Crespy, this adaptation from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" will keep you laughing until the end. At [4:00] CINDY MUSTARD and NANCY GRIGGS invite everyone to the Women's Symphony League Holiday Home Tour luncheon November 14th. Come for the entertainment and fashion show, stay for the cupcakes! November 9, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and retired economics professor, MEL ZELENAK, talk about saving money for the future. "The financial advisor is typically not working for the consumer," warns Mel, who shares his tips and tricks that "anybody can do!" November 6, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League Executive Director, about "Give a Gift of Art" - CAL's annual reminder that local art makes the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season! Opening night reception is this Saturday. At [4:27] AUDIE CLINE invites everyone to Capital City Players' production of "Mass Appeal." This comedy/drama (written in 1981) will keep you intrigued whether you're Catholic or not! November 5, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRISTOPHER GOULD, Director of Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Sylvia." Christopher says you should come see this show because "...to see a human actor being a dog...is funny." Curtain goes up tomorrow night at 7:30! At [4:49] BRUCE BURKETT, Executive Director of Hep C Alliance, has a message for Sen. McCaskill and Sen. Blunt about the Viral Hepatitis Education and Testing Act - watch! November 4, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with KBIA General Manager MIKE DUNN about the Fall Pledge Drive, which starts tomorrow. "It's our biggest source of money," says Mike, who also touches on the recent programming changes. (You're watching this now, why not make a donation and keep the party going?!) At [4:47] SUE HOEVELMAN tells us why you should participate in the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's cookie sale! The cookies are made from scratch and the money goes to a good cause - what's not to like?! November 3, 2015

Chucho Valdes: The KBIA Interview

Nov 2, 2015
Dr. Mamadou Badiane

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes pays a return visit to Columbia this Wednesday. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed Valdes last week. They discussed what the end of the embargo (or 'blockade' if you're Cuban) means for cultural exchanges and the influence of Valdes' legendary Cuban supergroup Irakere more than 40 years after the ensemble hit the stage.

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager for the City of Columbia, talk about a wide range of topics, including: recycling, household hazardous waste, CoMo Energy Challenge and more. You have questions, we have answers! November 2, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes CHRISTINE SEITZ, PAIGE WAKEFIELD and CATHERINE SANDSTEDT from MU's Show-Me Opera. Paige and Catherine perform "The Evening Prayer" from Engelbert Humperdinck's opera, 'Hansel and Gretel.' See 13 different scenes from nine different operas tonight and tomorrow night at the Missouri Theatre in Downtown Columbia! October 30, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about a George Caleb Bingham lithograph recently acquired by the State Historical Society that features Daniel Boone during the European settlement of the west. Watch our segment for the story, and then go see it for yourself! October 29, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUZAN HARKNESS, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stephens College, about Stephens' health sciences initiative. "We've always been preparing women for the jobs of the future..." At [5:20] KIT SALTER tells us about this Saturday's MU Fall Diabetic Workshop. Informational panels, food and a chance to win one of four raffle baskets! It's free and open to the public, but they ask that you call to register. Watch for details. October 28, 2015

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As you may have heard, KBIA will soon change formats. Within the week, we expect  to launch a new station where classical music can play 24-7. Soon thereafter, KBIA will change sounds. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege explores what our new format means for the sounds emanating from your radio.  

Here at KBIA, we've been talking for years about how we best meet listeners' needs. The new station at 90.5 will be a full-time classical music station. This frees up KBIA to serve up more news and information programs.

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On this week's Intersection, we're touring the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North with museum Director Alex Barker. We also visit Stephens College's Reel to Real exhibit, which is on display through December 13. Join host Sara Shahriari and reporter Guimel Sibingo as they explore these two venues. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY about linoleum; including how it's made, why it's effective and how long it will last (hint: a long time). At [4:45] GARY WONDER, National Federation of the Blind, tells us about their upcoming trivia night fundraiser. Come for the trivia, stay for the silent auction, the food and the camaraderie! (All proceeds benefit the NFB.) Gary also shows us how a new application for your smartphone will read what it's camera sees - watch! October 27, 2015

For the pious Puritans of early America, witchcraft was a crime of the highest order.

Back then, the term "witch hunt" was not just an expression: In 1692, 19 women and men were hanged and one pressed to death with stones after being found guilty of witchcraft.

In her book The Witches, author Stacy Schiff follows the buildup of fear and outrageous tales of consorting with the devil. The witch trials were set in motion by two young Salem girls in the grip of strange and disturbing symptoms.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. COURTNEY BARNES about the new Low Intervention Birth Program at MU Women's and Children's Hospital. "It's going to be really great for our community." Find out how it came about and when you can tour the rooms! At [4:13] JEFF and BARBARA MORAN explain "The Sewing Machine Project." If your sewing machine is in the corner collecting dust, donate it and you could be helping women in third-world countries. No sewing machine but want to help? Makes plans to attend a benefit concert at Talking Horse Productions this Friday - watch! October 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper enjoys local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN's performance of Judy Goodenough's "Apples in the Basket" - hopefully you will, too! October 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS OLIVER, director of MU Theatre's latest production, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, energized show that - at it's core - is about "finding self-acceptance." At [4:42] ANDREW GRABAU, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri United Way, tells us why their annual Community Campaign, titled 'Just One More,' is "a call to action for the community to rally around our agencies that we support." October 22, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SYLVIA SPRINKLE, Missouri Pay It Forward founder, about their latest efforts, including a new drop-off site in Mexico, MO. At [4:05] JULIE LONG, Central Missouri Master Gardeners, invites everyone to the River City Fall Festival this Saturday in Jefferson City. Pony rides and live entertainment; plus craft/food/informational booths - and it's all FREE! October 21, 2015

Here Say: Your Stories about Humor, Told Downtown

Oct 20, 2015
Mariah Escarcega
Emma Nicholas and Rebecca Greenway / 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.

Today Paul Pepper and JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, do NOT talk about tomorrow night's "Healthy Ways to Dine Out" informational program (it's FREE to all at the Columbia Public Library); instead, watch for Rambo's takeaway about eating more fish. At [4:30] MU Health Care's DR. MARK WAKEFIELD talks prostate cancer. Should you be screened? Maybe not. Find out why "active surveillance" is now a popular term used when individualizing patient treatment. October 20, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANNA DRAKE, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri CASA, about their upcoming "Justice is Served" fundraiser. Tickets are still available to see Vicki Russell 'taken to court (for pandering)!' At [4:55] PAT RILEY, Director of Career and Placement Services at Moberly Area Community College, tells us about MACC's upcoming career fair: why it's being held in Columbia (for the first time) and who's invited - watch! October 19, 2015

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Toro Y Moi is considered a pioneer in the Chillwave genre, which combines elements of hip-hop and indie rock. Chaz Bundick is the brains behind a sound that has shifted with every new release. Toro Y Moi is touring behind his new release and performs a show at The Blue Note in Columbia this evening.

Off the Clock - HungerU Makes a Trip to the Midwest

Oct 16, 2015
Emma Nicolas/ KBIA

  There are more than 795 million people hungry globally according to the Global Food Security Index. HungerU is trying to change that. Its large tour bus treks from campus to campus getting college students involved in the fight to stop hunger.

HungerU’s huge blue and black trailer has visited more than 65 college campuses across the U.S. since its mission first started three years ago. This year will be the group’s seventh tour, and first time visiting the Midwest.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Job Point President and CEO, Steve Smith, about this valuable community resource for those struggling to get and maintain employment. At [4:43] DARIN PRIES, Central Missouri Community Action, tells us about "Reject," a documentary about bullying that CMCA is inviting the public to see for free either Tues., Oct. 27 or Wed., Oct. 28. Watch for details! October 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAULA SCHULTE, Missouri River Regional Library, about some of the resources you 'didn't know' MRRL provided (like one-on-one computer training) to anyone with a library card! At [4:54] CINDY HALL and CHRISTI FARMER invite everyone to the 58th annual Rock Bridge Elementary Chicken Barbecue, happening this Saturday from 4-8 p.m. You won't believe how many chickens will be served - watch! October 15, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with RUTH O'NEILL about the 2nd annual "Justice is Served" fundraiser for Heart of Missouri CASA happening October 22nd. You won't want to miss this roast of the Columbia Daily Tribune's Vicki Russell, so get your tickets today! At [5:16] we meet HANNAH SPRAGUE from Maples Rep Theatre in Macon. Hannah tells us about 'Soup and Spooks,' a Halloween-themed cabaret show for the whole family happening October 31st! October 14, 2015

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