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Today Paul Pepper visits with local pianist SUTU FORTE about a special concert event happening this Monday at Boone Museum and Galleries in Columbia. Part piano showcase; part tribute to Irene Haskins, both a celebration of the performing arts and what makes us laugh. Watch for details! At [3:58] HEATHER HARLAN tells us how Phoenix Health Programs plans to celebrate National Recovery Month. The theme this year is "Strengthening Families and Communities." Heather tells us what that means, and how to recognize a behavior or situation where someone might need help! September 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARETTE-TINDALL about the many native plants that can also act as "host plants" for caterpillars. One of the plants in the studio, for example, is wafer ash (ptelea trifoliata); Nadia says it's the perfect home for the giant swallowtail caterpillar. If you'd like to plant this or any of her other suggestions in your own yard, watch for details! At [4:26] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, tells us about a new program (in conjunction with Heart of Missouri United Way) that creates a 24 hour "crisis bed" for those with opioid addiction issues in need of treatment beyond just a "beating heart." July 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about a new approach to helping family members who are, in turn, helping loved ones who are suffering from substance abuse issues and may not want to seek professional counseling themselves. At [4:04] actors BARB TUTTLE and LARRY SHAW invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Laughing Stock"! The very meta storyline - behind-the-scenes struggles at a local theatre company - will keep you 'laughing' from start to finish. Curtain goes up this Thursday! June 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kids in the Kitchen' class happening April 29th at the Columbia Public Library! It'll be a Cinco De Mayo theme, so get ready to make four different Mexican-style recipes! At [3:12] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., sheds a little light on the recent opioid epidemic, and provides three myths. For some perspective, did you know 1,066 Missourians died of an opioid overdose in 2015? Do you know why? Heather says it's because there's been a "perfect storm of science and policy." April 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, discuss some of the reasons why you should quit your smoking habit. Heather says to first look at your motives: "41,000 people die of second-hand smoke-related diseases every year." (Second-hand!) She encourages potential quitters (who need an extra push) to look at how it affects their pets, their loved ones, their pocketbook and more. If that's not enough, Phoenix Health offers an eight-week program called, "Freedom From Smoking" - watch for details! February 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, to talk about their "free gifts for the community." If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please take advantage of the necessary services they provide! Watch for details. At [4:36] first-time guest HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the 3rd annual Masters Exhibit at Columbia's Sager | Braudis Gallery. Experience (and maybe own) original works of art from mid-century 'masters' such as Picasso, Bauer and Scarlett just to name a few. Hannah says that "this is such an important exhibit. These works, mostly have not been to Missouri or the midwest." Two weeks left to check it out! December 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes 11th-grader SHRISTI BASHISTA, a "youth ambassador" with Partners of the Americas. Shristi tells us about her latest trip to Colombia, why she got involved with 'Partners' and why you should consider applying! She says, "I have always considered myself a 'world citizen'...and my goal in life is to help the world...and the best way to do that is to meet people from around the world." At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, returns with the four 'Es' to look out for when "thinking about treatment for young people." It's great advice - watch! August 11, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Dancearts of Columbia Director/Co-Owner MARIE ROBERTSON about their upcoming summer workshops! This year's new approach focuses more on technique than choreography for a final show. Watch for details! At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN tells us about outpatient treatment for teenagers at Phoenix Health Programs. Hear the story of "Maria," who benefitted from such services and is now on track for a better life. June 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about Brain Awareness Week (which is this week). Heather says, "substance use issues are chronic brain health issues" and "90% of addictions begin during adolescence." There's a special event for families this Saturday and next - watch for details! March 18, 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

Paul Pepper: Storyteller Heather Harlan

Dec 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes HEATHER HARLAN! You may recognize Heather as the spokesperson for Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., but today she joins us as a storyteller. Don't miss her performance, which includes a short song at the end - watch! December 18, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Prevention Specialist at Phoenix Health Programs, about how treatment at Phoenix is different than your typical 12-step program. Remember that you don't have to hit rock bottom before seeking positive choices; so if you, or someone you know, is suffering from substance abuse, please take a moment and watch this important interview! September 28, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Prevention Specialist at Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., talk about mindfulness-based relapse prevention and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) - new interventions and treatments for those who are impacted by drug and alcohol abuse. At [4:59] The Wardrobe's MICHELLE WOODSON tells us about their shoe coupon program, taking place August 5th, 6th and 7th. Watch our interview for more information! July 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper and HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., talk about substance abuse in both women and men. This fall, PHP will open its doors to women who need residential treatment - a service that is currently only available to men. Find out what resulted in the change on today's show! May 12, 2015

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about a free mental health screening for kids and young adults, ages 9-21. Why would you have a child screened? Two words: early intervention. Heather explains - watch! March 2, 2015

Methamphetamine bag
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Methamphetamine incidents are on the rise as Boone County receives its 8th case of the year.