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Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about underage drinking during the holidays. If you're planning to host a party, or have some friends over, Joy says to be sensitive to families and individuals who may have to drive home or to another function. She says, "you don't have to be plastered to have a good time." December 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director of EnCircle Technologies, about the mission behind the program and who they aim to serve and why. If you'd like to make a monetary donation to this organization, you can throughout the month of December by way of the CoMoGives campaign - watch for details! At [3:49] JANE WHITESIDES invites everyone to the Missouri Symphony Society's annual "Symphony of Toys" concert happening this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. This "Columbia tradition" features a lot of music, and even an appearance by Santa! Children who bring an unwrapped toy get in for free. December 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MERIDETH LEHMAN, Child Life Program Coordinator at MU's Children's Hospital, about "Beads of Courage" and "Caleb's Pitch," two programs that let children with a chronic illness be children without a chronic illness, if only for a little while. At [4:51] PATRICK CLARK invites everyone to the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra's production of "The Nutcracker," starring Dancers' Alley! You've only got two chances to see this classic Christmas story come to life on stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City! December 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about mindful eating during the holidays. Kristen says that the average American gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. How can you avoid gaining all that weight? For starters, be aware of what you're eating and when you're eating it. At [5:27] MAKENZIE MABRY and JON CODY invite everyone to the next Science on Tap CoMo this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Graduate students Emily Sinnott and Eddie Ramirez with share their research on the Bobwhite quail and "introgression," respectively. December 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, about four things to remember during the month of December, including: where to shop for 'fair trade' products, and why you should download the 'traffickcam' app for your smartphone. At [4:50] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, invites everyone to come learn about the Affordable Care Act at the Columbia Public Library. This free service is designed to keep you in-the-know when it comes to all-things health insurance. December 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with our consumer and travel expert, MEL ZELENAK. Mel touches on a number of topics, including: fee-only financial planners, where to find the best return on your investments (according to Jack Bogle), the "world's largest cruise agency" and a look ahead to 2018! December 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back The Boone County Hams! They perform two holiday classics, "Jingle Bells" [1:24] and "Blue Christmas" [4:29], ahead of this Saturday's "Kickin' It Back For Christmas" holiday concert that also features the CPS 5th Grade Honors Choir and the Heart of Missouri Women's Chorus! December 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about "recovery-friendly hosting," which is offering alternatives to alcohol when hosting a party or friends this holiday season. Heather tells us that there are several reasons to do this, including the fact that almost 10% of the population lives with an alcohol-use disorder. December 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about the need for more people to sponsor a family this Christmas. Even if you can't do the shopping yourself, a monetary donation or a gift card will still go a long way in making someone's holiday season extra-special! At [4:34] DICK DALTON invites everyone to come see Capital City Productions' take on 'A Christmas Carol'. According to Dick, musical director Brandon Sankpill has chosen music that isn't necessarily Christmas music to further this modern-day retelling of the classic story. December 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KAY GLASS about the 2017 Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar, happening tomorrow in Columbia. Arrive early for the famous church mice or you'll miss out! Proceeds benefit several organizations in our community -- watch for details! At [3:44] MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY reminds us about all the good the Salvation Army does throughout the year, and how most of the money they raise is done so during the holiday season! Find out where the money goes and about the many different ways in which you can donate. December 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Cinderella (Helen Miller) and her evil stepsisters ahead of this weekend's performance of "Cinderella" on the TRYPS stage inside the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! They perform "Stepsister's Lament" at [2:38]. November 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the world premiere of "An Antique Carol," an opera written by Hugo Vianello, founder of the Missouri Symphony Society. Ed tells us that Hugo wrote this adaptation of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' almost 30 years ago, but that it has never been properly staged -- until now, and we've got a sneak peek at [5:22]! November 29, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about "Boeing-Boeing," the final show of the 2017 season! This farce about a bachelor in Paris who's engaged to three stewardesses will leave you in hysterics after they all end up in the same place at the same time. At [5:03] NANCY GRIGGS reminds everyone to get their tickets for the Women's Symphony League's 2017 Holiday Home Tour, happening this weekend in Columbia! Take a walk through four decorated homes in the Grasslands, all while supporting the Missouri Symphony Society. November 28, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KATIE HAYS about Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind." Watch eight actors take on 30 plays in 60 minutes starting this Thursday for two weekends! At [3:44] DR. MICHAEL GARDNER, MU Health Care, talks about all-things diabetes. Did you know that you can have diabetes and not know it? Learn about the signs, the symptoms and the treatments -- including the latest technology that uses pumps. November 27, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE PARKER, Center for English Language Learning at MU, and MOHAMMED ALDAWSARI, a student in the Intensive English Program (IEP) from Saudi Arabia. Mohammed tells us his story, and how CELL has helped him improve his english-speaking skills. If you'd like to volunteer and work with students like Mohammed, simply email Debbie - watch for details! November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN. Larry shares a story about "making connections," and one Thanksgiving in particular when he and his wife hosted an elderly couple who each had unique places of employment at one time in their lives. (Nickerson Farms, anyone? How about the Manhattan Project?) November 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of Labrunerie Financial, about several end-of-the-year, money-saving ideas that will hopefully make the most of your 2017 investments. And if you're trying to shop for that hard-to-shop-for child or grandchild, Alex suggests putting money in the the MOST plan, Missouri's 529 college savings plan -- it grows tax free! November 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about how you can "make sure that every kid in the Boys and Girls club can have a merry Christmas" this year. Even a small donation will make a big difference! At [3:46] TRENT RASH invites everyone to kick off the holiday season by attending "March Family Christmas," this year's Victorian Christmas performance inside the historic Senior Hall parlors on the Stephens College campus. Come for the singing, stay for the peppermint hot chocolate! November 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HANNAH REEVES, Director of Sager | Braudis Gallery, about the 4th annual 'Masters Exhibit', opening December 1st. Witness 40-50 historically significant, well-known works of art, this year all by women! At [4:28] SUE GIGER, Owner/Artist of Midnight Museum, tells us about how and why she makes henna crowns for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. It's a service she calls "Battle Armor," and it's all done free of charge! November 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELYNDA LOTVEN about the 8th annual Fall Into Art arts and crafts show happening this weekend at the Parkade Events Center in Columbia. Get your holiday shopping out of the way early buy purchasing one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, art and, of course, gourds! At [4:32] NEIL CARR invites everyone to participate in the Rotary Club of Columbia's 4th annual car raffle, benefitting 10 local charities! The odds of winning a BMW 328i or a Mercedes Benz GLA 250 or a Harley Davidson StreetGlide Special are just 1 in 3,000. Watch for details! November 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANCY GRIGGS about the 16th annual  Piano Student Showcase. See for yourself 30 local piano students - the youngest of which is 6 years-old - on stage at the Missouri Theatre this Sunday afternoon! At [4:17] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to the Columbia Farmers' Market this Saturday for the official groundbreaking on the new Agriculture Park! Adam says, "we'll be tripling our production size" after the move from Fay Street. November 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with "old time fiddler" HOWARD MARSHALL! Howard's written two books, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish" and "Fiddler's Dream." Find out what it means to be an "old time fiddler" and what the future is of this niche talent! November 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Welcome Home's TIM RICH about the many services available to homeless veterans in our community, because they need more than just a place to sleep. "We believe we can't leave them on the battlefield, we shouldn't leave them on the streets." At [4:40] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, tells us how we can safely secure a health insurance policy for ourselves and/or our loved ones through the Affordable Care Act. It can be a confusing process, but ICS is here to help! November 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NATALIE DUNCAN and MICHAEL VIERLING about this month's edition of Science on Tap! This popular series provides a platform for graduate students at Mizzou to share their knowledge with the general public over a beer. Wolves and newborn calves will be the topic this Wednesday! At [4:53] TRAMONTE MILLER and JESSICA KANNE invite everyone to come see Hickman High School's production of "Shrek: The Musical." Running for just three performances, don't miss your chance to see this delightful story about friendship that's based on the hit movie! November 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author/poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads "Jack's Fork River Bunker Hill Retreat," a poem he wrote inspired by his time spent at the Missouri State Teacher's Association's creative writing workshop last summer. Walter has a new book and two appearances coming up; watch for details! November 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about the 2017 STEM Expo this Saturday at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities that are free for all ages! At [4:46] SUE HOEVELMAN and KAREN WILMS are here to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser is back! Get your order in by next Tuesday for the best chocolate-chip cookies you'll ever taste! Proceeds benefit a good cause. Watch for details. November 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, and PATRICIA HAYLES, Community Relations Specialist, about the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards nomination process. Applications are still being accepted! Also, Barbara invites those who need a small appliance repaired, and those who know how to fix a small appliance, to the first (possibly annual) "Fix-It Fair"! Watch for details! November 8, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about this year's "Starting Gate New Play Festival." You're invited to watch six, 10-minute original plays with one common theme. This year's theme is 'Earth and Sky'. At [4:17] ANN McGINITY invites everyone to the 28th annual Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild's popular 'Holiday Exhibition and Sale' this Friday through Sunday! Check out a few of the examples Ann brought of some one-of-a-kind crafts available for purchase! November 7, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHERYL BLACK, director of MU Theatre Department's production of "Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3." This Pulitzer Award-winning musical by Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of a slave named Hero during the American Civil War. Curtain goes up Wednesday! At [3:15] DR. JUSSUF KAIFI, MU Health Care, talks about the positive effects that a lung cancer screening can have at the early stages of the disease. "Now we see patients at an early stage that we can cure mostly with surgery." November 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about tomorrow's Warm Up Columbia event at the Armory in downtown Columbia. If your family qualifies for free coats, hats, scarves, blankets and more, now is your chance to collect. Watch for details! At [3:33] JOAN STACK and GREIG THOMPSON invite everyone to come visit the State Historical Society's latest exhibit dedicated to local artist and veteran, Robert Bussabarger. Bussabarger's work is a reflection of his time spent in the military during WWII. November 3, 2017

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