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Today guest host James Mouser welcomes back a pair of legendary folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! At [3:48] they perform "Nothing Better Than a River Life" on banjo and guitar. This Cathy-penned tune was first heard in the musical, "Gumbo Bottoms." Cathy and Dave will perform a free concert along side the Columbia Civic Orchestra this Sunday in Columbia - watch for details! February 19, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with CRYSTAL KRONER about Cradle to Career Alliance, a non-profit that brings together community leaders and Boone County's six school districts. Crystal says that each year, six milestones (such as kindergarten-readiness) are set based on local educational data. When there are noticeable achievement gaps, 'action teams' are formed to try and come up with solutions. And it's not just about what happens in the classroom. "There are so many factors involved in children's educational success that happen way before they're getting into school buildings." February 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS MILLER about Healthy Bottoms Diaper Bank, an organization that collects disposable diapers, and then distributes them to families in need through partner agencies like Voluntary Action Center. Chris says that in 2017, 50,000 diapers were donated and distributed, and the goal in 2018 is twice that number. Watch for details on how to you can get involved! At [4:50] MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY tells us about the outcome of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign (it's good news!), and about the importance of the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Last year, the store generated $170,000 in profit; that money went right back into programs and services like Harbor House. None of it would be possible without volunteer assistance, and they're always looking for more help! February 15, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Normally, holidays don't double-up, so to please everyone on this Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday, Larry tells the perfect story about "sacrifice on behalf of someone else." February 14, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERRI GRAY and SALLY SILVERS about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri! For 35 years now, families from out-of-town have stayed at this home away from home while their child receives some kind of medical attention. The operation benefits greatly from volunteers and donations - watch for details on how you can get involved! At [4:25] CAROL BEAHAN, Executive Director of Primaris Foundation, explains the new Medicare card. The biggest change, in an effort to prevent identity theft, is that your social security number is no longer printed on the card. But that's not all! Find out what else will change, and when you'll be seeing yours in your mailbox. February 13, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE PARKER, Center for English Language Learning at MU, and SARA HUACO, a student from Peru who's taking part in the CELL program. Debbie explains how this program benefits both the American student and the international student: "I think it increases understanding and empathy and just gives us more knowledge - it enriches our lives." Sara, who's been in the U.S. for about 15 years, tells us about some of the not-so-obvious differences between Columbia and her hometown of Lima. Watch! February 12, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! Their annual "Say It With A Song" Valentine's Day campaign is back February 13th and 14th! Let four guys in tuxedos tell your special someone that they mean the world to you the best way they know how: by singing! Enjoy two numbers on today's show: "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" medley at [1:30] and "The Recipe For Making Love" at [4:38]. February 9, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY MYERS, Development Director of Coyote Hill, about the 21st annual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Proceeds from this popular event will send the families of Coyote Hill on vacation this summer - something that, as Kelly says is, "an experience that almost none of the children have had an opportunity to do." At [4:30] KRISTIN BOWEN and MARGARET BOOKER invite everyone to join Moms Demand Action (For Gun Sense In America) for 'Advocacy Day' at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Let your voice be heard in the very building where gun laws are decided! February 8, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK continue their discussion about financially-sound resolutions you should be making for 2018. Topics covered include: how to keep a healthy skepticism in the marketplace; investment advice from Dan Solin; buying life insurance and more! February 7, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICOLE KNAPP-WEBER about a special fundraiser for City Garden School next month at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia! "Tales From the Garden: Mythical Magic" is a gala featuring a cake competition, live music, a silent auction and more! At [4:12] actor ADAM BRIETZKE invites everyone to come see Talking Horse Productions' latest show, "Louie, Louie and la Dolce Vita." With a cast of only two, this intimate love story about a bi-racial couple under the thumb of J. Edgar Hoover in the late '60s is sure to keep you captivated until the end. February 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about the 13th annual 'Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff'! This popular event is the primary fundraiser for the services and programs that benefit over 1,200 kids in our community. At [4:45] JEN DAVIS invites everyone to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival February 11 at The Blue Note in Columbia! See a "diverse array" of short and medium films from around the country and right here locally. Proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief. February 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about opioid addiction. All it takes is a very small amount of fentanyl combined with a very small amount of heroin to create a lethal combination. Thankfully, an overdose is not a death sentence. Heather tells us about an over-the-counter drug that can reverse the effects. At [4:16] JOE GEIST, Curator, and JERRY BENNER, Photographer, invite everyone to come see two new exhibits at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery in Fayette. Jerry will have a number of photographs on display from his eight-day stay in Cuba - three of which he brought with him today! February 2, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD about the League of Women Voters' annual Legislative Night next Thursday at the Columbia Public Library. This is your chance to hear from, and ask questions of, our State Legislative Delegation. At [4:45] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, talks about the percentage of individuals living at or below the federal poverty level in our community. That number: 24.6%. Nick has some thoughts as to why is that number is so high in an area with such low unemployment figures. February 1, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with author DIANNA O'BRIEN about her book, "From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks." This rags-to-riches story of scientist and local entrepreneur, Charles Gehrke, is an inspiring tale of hard work, persistence and following your dream. At [3:38] CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ tells us about Girls on the Run, a program that aims to inspire and encourage little girls to be "who they are and not what they are," all the while training for a 5K. January 31, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JO TURNER and CARLA McFARLAND about the return of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly cookie sale! Proceeds from this and all "Cookie Connection" fundraisers go into programs that support women and children in our community. Get your orders in by February 6th! At [4:52] LAUREN WAGNER and SECUNDA KARIUKI invite everyone to come see Hickman High School Theatre's production of "The Miracle Worker." Be inspired by this true story of the teacher who helped a blind and deaf Helen Keller overcome the hardships she faced throughout her childhood. January 30, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local harpist MARIA TREVOR! She performs two pieces of music, including 'Amazing Grace'. Catch her at "Harp and Healing" every first Tuesday of the month at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia - watch for details! January 29, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about three important financial topics: the new tax reform law and the changes it makes to the MOST 529 plan; how to make the most of the new tax bill by investing in the banking sector; and should you put real money into virtual money? Alex shares his thoughts - watch! January 26, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back author/poet WALTER BARGEN! He reads two original poems: "Utterly Gone" at [1:58], and the response, "Utterly Again," at [3:25]. Walter wrote the latter a few years ago based on a phone call he received one night from someone on the east coast. Who was on the other line, and why were they questioning the last two lines of an obscure poem about cattle mutilation written in 1977? The mystery remains unsolved! January 25, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the many native plants in Missouri that actually stay alive during the otherwise dormant winter months. Poverty grass, ragwort and pussytoes are just three of the examples she brought to talk about. Remember: grow native! January 24, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and KIT SALTER talk about the "hidden joys" of the ongoing Saturday Morning Book Talks series. Kit takes us back to the beginning - five years ago! - and then tells us about the authors invited to speak at the February and March 'Talks'. If you've never been, it's a great way to start a weekend! January 23, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with WALLY PFEFFER about the 16th annual Boone County Legislative Forum on Higher Education. This is your chance to visit with legislators like Sen. Caleb Rowden and Rep. Martha Stevens, among others, about the future of Mizzou. This event is open to MMA members, non-members and students - reserve your seat today! At [4:48] JENNIFER SNAWDER, RD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares tips on how to eat healthy during these cold winter months. Get her take on eating in versus eating out; and just what makes those green veggies so good for us? Watch! January 22, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new exhibit based on David Weiser's book, "Missouri Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square." This exhibit, featuring historical and current images from 36 of Missouri's 116 courthouses, is a collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Conservation. January 19, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with author CHRISTINE J. GILBERT and illustrator DAVID HARRIS about "Super Grandma and Super Grandpa: The Unknown Superheroes." This three-book series has a lot of action and a positive message that's entertaining enough for children, parents and, of course, grandparents! Also, David tells us about his own children's book - a work in progress - that deals with how to be a best friend. January 18, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with SID POPEJOY about 'Bike to the Future,' an organization that provides used bicycles to citizens of Columbia who don't otherwise have a basic means of transportation. If you have a bike you don't ride anymore, even if it's not in 100% working condition, donate it and help someone get around town! At [3:12] EMILY EDGINGTON ANDREWS and LaMONT WALKER invite everyone to "Unity," a benefit concert for United Community Builders, January 20th in downtown Columbia! Enjoy toe-tapping, hand-clapping music by the Columbia Community Gospel Choir, the Columbia Kids Gospel Choir and the Columbia Chorale. This event is free and open to the public. January 17, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with our resident money man, MEL ZELENAK, about good financial resolutions you should make right now for 2018! Get his take on low-cost index funds and the American Heart Association's amount you'll save by staying healthy. At [4:44] SCOTT MINIEA, Insurance Counseling Services, talks about a special enrollment period for those who, for example, let their 2017 Affordable Care Act plan lapse. Other circumstances apply - watch for details! January 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEPHANIE SHONEKAN and BRIAN BOOTON, MLK Planning Committee Members, about two events celebrating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first event, a free showing of the film "Harvest of Empire," is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema; the second event, a talk by activist and author Junot Díaz, is next Monday at Jesse Auditorium. Watch for details! January 15, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LYNN ROSSY, Health Psychologist, about the 4th annual Mindful Eating Day! The theme this year is 'compassionate self-care to promote health and well-being', and you're invited to watch via two live broadcasts featuring interviews with knowledgeable practitioners. It all happens on January 25th. Watch for details! January 12, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, about getting to know your dog. Find that little something that the two of you enjoy doing, and your pooch will be set for the day! This is because every dog has a unique "something." When you find out what that is, your bond will be stronger than ever! January 11, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions! Ed tells us about this Saturday's "Sinatra Supper Club" fundraiser for THP. Enjoy a Room 38-catered dinner and a show featuring Ed singing almost 40 of Ol' Blue Eyes's biggest hits. As a sneak preview, Ed performs "New York, New York" at [2:00]. January 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, about the upcoming 'Homes For Computers' program. To qualify, you must live in Columbia; you must have a school-aged child; and you must currently be without a computer in the home. 40 families received a computer in 2016. Watch for details! January 9, 2018

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