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Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform "Oh My Little Darling" (with a little "Lady On the Green" thrown in at the end) on banjo and guitar. See them in person on July 2nd in Alma, Missouri. June 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone (YEZ), about a ribbon cutting for YEZ's 'Inspiring Academy' tomorrow in Columbia! This new program aims to work with children from a very young age all the way through college, ideally. Find out more! At [3:36] MU Theatre Department Dramaturge, CARRIE WINSHIP, invites everyone to see "Crimes of the Heart," opening tomorrow night on the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU Campus! Carrie also tells us about the "Arts as a Portal to Science" summer camp happening next month. June 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, celebrate National Ice Cream Month early by making homemade ice cream! Your kids can too, thanks to a class next month at the Columbia Public Library. Get details on that, plus an easy-to-make recipe you can do at home! At [3:38] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR invites everyone to help break ground on Woodhaven's planned age-in-place apartments this Sunday at Rock Bridge Christian Church. Make plans to attend this special dedication! June 22, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with local pianist/musician-extraordinaire, SUTU FORTE, about her efforts to bring awareness to the local wildlife. Her planned concert this Saturday will be "an opportunity for you to experience your 'wild' side." Watch for details! At [5:03] Columbia Art League Executive Director, DIANA MOXON, takes a moment to thank everyone for the "smoothest" Art in the Park ever, and to invite everyone to this Saturday's opening reception for their latest show (that has no theme)! June 21, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN BLEVINS, President/Marketing Manager of the Boone County Farmer's Market, about what's in store for this season - the second at Columbia Mall. If you're looking for locally produced fruits and veggies, this is the place to be! At [4:15] LINDA BLEDSOE and EILEEN GAWRILUK invite everyone to the 17th annual Bittersweet Garden Tour, happening this Sunday, June 26 in Jefferson City! Watch for details on the six gardens selected for their 'drop-dead gorgeous factor'. June 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CONNIE WEABLE about tomorrow's 59th annual Olivet Christian Church BBQ. Come for the fixin's, stay for the fellowship - it's sure to delight (and feed) the whole family! At [3:20] JESSICA LONG, Missouri Association for Community Action, and MEGAN CORBIN, Central Missouri Community Action, talk about poverty in Missouri. Did you know that, state-wide, 908,000 people are living in poverty; and of those, 287,000 are children? MACA and CMCA are just part of the solution. Watch for details on how you can get involved! June 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Sean Spence, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about 'skimming', an oft-used scam that steals your credit card information at the gas pump. Sean shares prevention tips on that and more - watch! June 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, talk about what Mel calls the best value vacation possible: cruising. Follow his tips to avoid the usual headaches and to save yourself some money! June 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, continue their discussion of 'Picturing Politics,' an exhibit on display now inside Ellis Library. Joan brought two famous prints by George Caleb Bingham, "Verdict of the People" and "County Election." Check it out! June 14, 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 ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with SARA REINDEL about the 2016 Relay For Life event happening this Saturday on the track at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia. Find out how you can take part in "one of the most important events in Boone County." At [3:20] BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, returns with simple tips and tricks you can do to reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time helping "CoMo" win $5M. It's a win-win - watch! June 9, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with CHRIS CAMPBELL, Executive Director of the Boone County Historical Society, about a special upcoming Father's Day concert featuring renowned ragtime pianist, BOB MILNE, playing on "Blind" Boone's piano. Watch for details! At [3:38] meet actors RYAN and KIMBERLY KENNEY, soon to be known to audiences as Prof. Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, respectively, from Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "The Music Man!" Opening tomorrow night, there are three weekends to catch this classic, Americana musical that's sure to delight the whole family. June 8, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, provide only-heard-here insights into this year's Hot Summer Nights extravaganza. There's no excuse now for missing any one of the upcoming, fun-for-the-whole-family performances happening all over Columbia this month and next! At [4:26] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, stops by with the latest medical headlines. Find out about a recent breakthrough in stem cell research at Washington University in St. Louis! June 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about a benefit performance of "The Music Man," happening this Wednesday at Columbia Entertainment Company. Come for the "super-super refreshments," stay for what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing performance! At [4:11] director JOSH KIRBY and actress BRIDGET HUSSEY (in character as Mrs. Chauvenet) invite everyone to see Fayette Area Community Theatre's production of "Harvey." Do you see him? You just might this weekend at Central Methodist University! June 6, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and JANE WILLIAMS reflect on eight years of Love INC! Did you know that since 2008, over 6,000 Columbia families have been served? That wouldn't have happened without the more than 1,100 volunteers who "walked along side" those in crisis. If you'd like to get involved, Jane will happily accept your time and/or money. Watch for details! June 3, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Associate Professor ERIC SANDVOL, MU Department of Geological Sciences, about the science behind man-made earthquakes. On fracking, Eric says "You're getting about ten times more salt water than oil and gas...the cheapest thing to do (with all that waste water) is to pump it back into the ground...causing earthquakes." Find out more in this truly eye-opening discussion! June 2, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with PETE MILLIER, Director of Mizzou Botanic Garden, about two events celebrating National Pollinator Week. The first event is a dinner with renowned ethnobotanist, Gary Nabhan, from the University of Arizona; and the second event is an all-day symposium. Watch for details! At [3:40] actress TORI STEPANEK and actor DAVID BAKER invite everyone to come and see Capital City Players's latest production, "Rock of Ages." If you're fan of classic songs from the 1980s, you're going to love this show! June 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, talk about what you can expect to see and do at this year's Art in the Park, happening June 4 & 5 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. This two-day, family-friendly festival is "one of the biggest events of the year," so don't miss it! (If you're interested in volunteering your time, we've got details on that, too.) Watch! May 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back resident storyteller, LARRY BROWN, who shares an original Memorial Day-themed story titled, "Jack and the Mysterious Forrest" at [1:24]. May 30, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. How do you know you when you're witnessing trafficking? What are the signs? What part does social media play? And what can you do about it? Answers to those questions and more in this important interview - watch! May 27, 2016

Today Paul Pepper chats with JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about eating fresh produce, and the best way to cook it - think you know? The answer may surprise you! At [4:47] GreenHouse Theatre Project's ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI invites everyone to come see an original production called "To the Sea." Elizabeth says, "it's all about life and death, but it's a comedy, too." Catch it starting June 1st inside Imago Art Gallery in downtown Columbia! May 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's topic is "marmoleum." Could it be the perfect solution for your home's needs? Watch! At [4:05] DANA NAYLOR and actress CATHERINE BARNARD invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "amazing" production of "Godspell." It opens tomorrow night! May 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the always delightful MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia! Marie invites everyone to their spring recital May 27/28 at Jesse Auditorium on the MU Campus - this is one performance you won't want to miss! At [5:43] JESSICA BIBBO is seeking dog or cat pet owners that are 50+ for a University of Missouri Human Development and Family Science research study about caregiving and caregivers. If you're interested in participating, watch for details! May 24, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. Mo. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about a proposed initiative to gradually raise the cigarette tax in Missouri (which is the lowest in the country) and in turn give 100% of that money to smoking cessation, childhood health and early-childhood education. According to John, "this is a huge opportunity for our state," and he has the facts to prove it. Watch! May 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about the efforts being made at JCCDFY to impress upon (especially) the youth that they have the power to live a drug-free life. It's easier said than done, and that's because the young brain is not fully developed. According to Joy, "all drugs rewire your brain so that your brain doesn't communicate the way it would if you let it get healthy and reach adulthood." May 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIANNE JONES about Dreams to Reality, a non-profit organization that provides appropriate clothing to women who are seeking employment. If you're in need of such services, or would like to otherwise get involved, watch for details! At [4:29] CB CHASTAIN returns with tips to keep those pesky ticks away from yourself and your pets! (Hint: put away the sulfur.) May 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform David Mallett's "I Knew This Place" on banjo and guitar. This song is dedicated to Dave's mother, Mildred, who died recently at the age of 95. May 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, discuss the importance of being happy. Vera says you should periodically "check-in" with your emotions, because "once you're aware...you're able to shift." More great tips in about 8 short minutes - watch! May 17, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about her upcoming trip aboard SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 that's outfitted with a 100" telescope near the tail. It's all part of NASA's outreach program to instill that, among other things, "you don't have to be an astronaut to be a part of NASA." May 16, 2016

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