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Today Paul Pepper visits with Columbia/Boone County CrimeStoppers board president TERRY ROBB about the success of this forty-year-old, non-profit organization, as well as it's place in our community and it's future with our local police department. "We are not law enforcement; we do the tip service." At [4:10] JENNIFER BOOKS invites everyone to come watch the Harlem Ambassadors take on the Callaway Hoopsters in a charity basketball game this Sunday at the Westminster Historic Gymnasium in Fulton. All the money raised stays in Callaway County - watch for details! March 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Earth Hour 2017. Plan to join the rest of the world and go dark from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 25! A small gesture can make a big impact on future generations to come. Watch for details! March 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the weather. We can all pretty much agree that it was a fairly mild winter, but why? Basically, a weakened jet stream - thanks to warming temperatures at the North Pole - has changed the dynamics between the top of the globe and everything around it. Jack says that farmers agree, adding, "they don't care about the politics, but they do care about when they plant and when they don't." March 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELIA ROBERTSON, Coordinator of Pediatric Injury Prevention at MU Children's Hospital, about poison prevention in children. For instance, Shelia tells us that easy access to your grandparents' medication is one of the most-often received phone calls to Poison Control centers. Want more home prevention tips? Come to Safe Kids Day 2017 April 29th in Columbia! (And watch the segment, of course.) At [5:47] meet University of Missouri graduate student, and one of two featured speakers at tomorrow night's monthly Science on Tap CoMo event, JACQUELINE GAMBOA VARELA. Jacqueline gives us a sneak preview of her presentation on DNA damage and magnets! March 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author and poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads two warm weather-themed poems: 'Sea Fever' by John Masefield at [1:16]; and his own, 'Point Dume Screen Test', at [3:50]. March 20, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ERIN BROWN, co-organizer of the upcoming CoMo Wellness Conference happening May 6th in Columbia! Erin tells us about author Maya Shetreat-Klein's book, "The Dirt Cure," which focuses on raising kids to eat food 'straight from the soil'. Dr. Shetreat-Klein will be one of four speakers at this conference. Register today! At [3:30] ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, invites everyone to 'Empty Bowls', a FREE soup meal this Sunday at Missouri United Methodist Church. You're encouraged to buy an 'empty bowl', proceeds of which will support CCUA's Food Pantry project. Watch for details! March 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about the recent addition of United Airlines to the Columbia Regional Airport, and what that might mean for it's aging facilities. Also, have you ever considered traveling with just a one-way ticket? It might save you thousands of dollars - watch for details! March 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDY ARNET, RD, about National Nutrition Month and healthy eating choices. If you're looking to change your diet but struggling with where to start, Judy offers easy and simple tips that don't upend everything you know! Looking for more? Come to 'Frozen Meals and More' at the Columbia Public Library March 28. At [4:44] CHRIS OLIVER is here with details on "Sinners and Saints: The Heroes and Villains of Broadway," also known as MU Theatre Department's Musical Revue. Songs from seventeen Broadway and Off-Broadway productions will be a part of this weekend's showcase at the Corner Playhouse in Columbia! Did your favorite make the cut? Watch! March 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about 'Comestible,' a "delicious" new show featuring 80-90 works of art inspired by everything edible. The official opening is this Friday - watch for details! At [3:55] MAHREE SKALA invites everyone to a 'candidate forum' tomorrow evening that will feature those running for Columbia's school board seats, hospital board of trustees and wards one and five. The League of Women Voters is sponsoring this great opportunity to meet and greet local representatives. March 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about phobias and how to treat them. Everyone is scared of something, so what gives you "instant flight reaction"? (Arachnophobia is the number one answer.) Dr. Newman tells us that treatment is best left to the professionals, saying: "what we can do in a matter of a few sessions (to get you over it), could take you a few years." February 24, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with RACHEL LITTRELL, MD, MU Health Care, about cardio-oncology. Rachel tells us that as we grow older, cancer and heart disease become more and more common. She says people will survive a heart attack only to learn of a cancer diagnosis; if that's the case, regular treatment may not apply and special considerations will have to be made. Stay healthy, everyone! At [3:56] JILL WOMACK, TRYPS Founder and Executive Artistic Director, and student NATALIE BOTKINS, invite "mommies and me" (or "fathers and daughters") to a 'Princess Tea Party' fundraiser April 23rd at the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Watch for details! February 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about a tax prep scam where the CPA was convincing his clients to write the check to him for the money they owed to the IRS. He's in prison, but they still have to pay. Hear the full story and how you can protect yourself from the same situation! February 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ARIANNA SOLDATI and DIANA KLAKOTSKAIA, featured speakers at tomorrow evening's Science on Tap CoMo event at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Arianna will be discussing volcanoes; Diana will be discussing estrogen and Alzheimer's disease. Get a sneak preview of their talk on today's show! At [4:38] fourteen-year-old opera singer CAITLIN CHISHAM and her vocal instructor, MICHAEL STRAW, invite everyone to a performance by Caitlin this Saturday at Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark. And if you enjoy Caitlin's voice, consider making a donation to her 'GoFundMe' page that's been set up to help send her to a vocal competition in Wales. Watch for details! February 21, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a story about how the Presidents of the United States have "played a role in the interpretation of the 14th Amendment" (which defines naturalization) over the years. February 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE BRADLEY, Founder, Day Dreams Foundation, about a fundraising effort called the 'Dream Big Bracket'. Joe says that the idea is to allow schools and other non-profit organizations to submit their ideas on how they could use $1,000 to start or continue an extracurricular activity. Lange Middle School won last year; where will it go in 2017?! At [4:31] JERRY RICKER is back with details on the upcoming Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit, the Adult Fine Art Exhibit and the Art Around Town Art Crawl. It's all part of the 114th year of the Jefferson City Art Club, and you're invited! February 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CLAIRE SYLER, Assistant Professor, MU Theatre Department, about 'The Acting Company', a touring theatre group - based in New York City - that will perform two plays, "X" and "Julius Caesar," this Saturday and Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:53] Moms Demand Action members ROSE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN return with more information about their non-partisan efforts to prevent senseless gun violence in Missouri (by advocating for stronger laws). Find out how you can get involved! February 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ERIN BROWN, an organizer of the first annual CoMo Wellness Conference. This event aims to inform participants about how you can "use food as medicine." Erin goes on to say that "what and how you eat is so very important to preventing...and treating diseases." Register today! At [4:13] JENNIFER BEAN, MS, RD/LD, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about a new "coordinated" program at the University of Missouri that gives dietitians-to-be a choice when it comes to obtaining the necessary training and education. Watch! February 15, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, director of Central Methodist University's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'H.M.S. Pinafore'. She's joined by actors ANNA KAY and DAN TERRY, who perform "Refrain, audacious tar" at [3:40]. See it this weekend only in Fayette! February 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DANIELLE WOODS, RN, McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers, about high schoolers with eating disorders. Danielle tells us that surveys show that about half of the kids in that age bracket do something unhealthy in order to control their weight. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins February 26th. At [4:08] actors BRIAN HARPER and JOE SCHNEIDER invite everyone to come see The Little Theater of Jefferson City's latest production, "It Runs in the Family." If you're a fan of farce, you won't want to miss this show! February 13, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WILLIAMS, co-founder, Love INC Columbia, about the need for an organization like Love INC - one that gives a hand up, not a hand out - in our community, and what it takes to keep it going. (Admittedly, Jane says that sometimes "divine intervention" has a lot to do with it!) If you'd like to volunteer (they could use some folks to answer the phone), donate money, or if you're in need of the services they provide, watch for details! February 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams - who, once again, are offering to serenade your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! Details on that, plus performances of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" at [2:39] and "My Wild Irish Rose" at [6:34]. Want to be a part of the Boonslick Chordbusters (the group from which the 'Hams' are a spin-off)? Details on that, too! Watch! February 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAMELA SMITH, a volunteer with Access 4U, about their program's mission of - according to their website - empowering disadvantaged youths and families...by offering collaborative solutions. Awareness is key, and so Access 4U is hosting a FREE 'dance to end child homelessness' February 10th in Columbia - watch for details! At [4:53] director KATE BUSSELLE and actress CHARA KNIGHT invite everyone to come see "Rasheeda Speaking," a workplace thriller/dark comedy at Talking Horse Productions beginning February 10th! Chara says, "it's going to make them (the audience) a little uncomfortable, but it will definitely open up those communication lines." February 8, 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 first-time guest, CLAUDIA SCHOONOVER, Director of Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! Claudia invites everyone to two after-hour events this month at the library: a concert by Miss Jubilee on February 18th; and the annual indoor mini-golf fundraiser February 25th. Watch for details! At [3:48] MIKE SCHOOLEY and DICK DALTON encourage everyone to come see Capital City Productions' performance of "Hands on a Hard Body," opening this Thursday at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City! Don't miss this upbeat musical retelling of a true story about a contest in Texas in which contestants must keep one hand on a truck the longest, and whoever does, wins the truck. February 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVID CRESPY, MU Theatre Department, about the 2017 Mizzou New Play Series. This year, 27 plays with stories about serial murderers, graduate insurance, mysterious women who know the future and mob bosses (among many others) will be presented in concert performance at the Corner Playhouse on the MU Campus beginning February 6th. At [3:40] RICK ROWDEN, Director of Development at Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, returns with an update on how the program locally - a non-profit that cares for women and children affected by drugs and alcohol 24/7 - has progressed since it's inception, and how it's residents have benefited from the nationally-known 'Teen Challenge' reputation and success over the years. February 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired home economics professor at the University of Missouri, trade travel talk and tell us what you should not agree to when renting a car (that will save you a few extra bucks). Plus, Mel talks about fiduciary relationships and whether or not the Trump Administration will uphold a ruling set forth by the Obama Administration; as well as how to develop passive income. February 2, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMANDA De La MATER, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, about the many aspects of this organization. Amanda tells us how it serves to support, enrich and care for those with Alzheimer's, and those affected by it - and how you can get involved. At [4:47] SUE McDANIEL and SUE HOEVELMAN are back to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's first 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser of 2017 is happening now! Support services for women and children in our community by ordering a box of delicious chocolate chip cookies that will be delivered fresh to you (or maybe that special someone!) on Valentine's Day. January 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator, Missouri River Relief, about the upcoming 'Wild & Scenic Film Fest', February 12th at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Jenn tells us that "this film festival travels to over 100 cities in the United States...but we get to hand-pick the films we want to feature and show the local community." At [4:18] actress SOPHIA ROMERO-COMPAIN and technical director PAYTON OSWALT invite everyone to Hickman High School's production of "Almost, Maine." Sophia says this entertaining show is "something people will be able to relate to." See it this weekend only! January 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform Eric Peltoniemi's "Tree of Life" on guitar. Dedicated to all the quilters out there, Cathy tells us that "the song is actually just a recitation of quilt pattern names, which is poetry in and of itself." Enjoy! January 27, 2017

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