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Today Paul Pepper visits with BETTY WILSON, JESUS GOMEZ and MIKE DULAK about the Mid-Missouri Community Orchestra. Even if all you have is just a passing interest in playing an instrument, this organization is for you! As Mike tells us: "it's about the journey." At [4:30] KATHLEEN DAKE invites everyone to come see several hundred pieces of work by local school children starting this Saturday at the 35th annual Ruth Hogan Children's Art Exhibit at Capital Arts Gallery in Jefferson City! March 21, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDA SCHUST, Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios, about this weekend's Africa Fest 2018 - two days of celebrating both African culture and Columbia's diversity through song, dance, interactive presentations and more! At [4:55] LIZ BURKS invites all pet owners to get their dog or cat spayed or neutered at The Spay Neuter Project (No Kill Columbia), an animal advocacy organization that provides low cost operations to help prevent unwanted litters! March 20, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA TALBERT and PATRICK CLARK about an upcoming production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." This is the second collaboration between Jefferson City's MOstly Opera and the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Rebecca says if you've never been exposed to opera, "this one's for you!" At [5:08] MONICA McMURRY, Dean of the School of Design at Stephens College, stops by to talk about the 74th annual fashion show, a summer fashion camp for middle school students, and the exhibit: Victor Costa: Designing Dreams in Fashion. Get ready to mark your calendar! March 19, 2018

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! On this St. Patrick's Day eve, Larry shares the story, "The Other Saint." Cloaks, kings and blueberry jam are just three of the many stops along the way in this hagiography of Ireland's Saint Brigid of Kildare. Watch! March 16, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE and CORY CROSBY about the 'Columbia Gift 4 Gun Exchange' event that took place last December. As a result of Sean's and Cory's efforts, forty-one guns were collected and handed over to the Columbia Police Department. Those who donated a weapon received a $100 gift card. Get the full story, including why the guns ended up in the back of Sean's car ("it was just nuts"), and find out if there's any chance this event will happen again! March 15, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHASE ROTHER and JEANETTE BAILEY about Mizzou Swing Society's annual 'Tiger Town Kick Around' event happening this weekend in Columbia. Free, professional swing dance lessons for all skill levels (no partner required) - watch for details! At [3:38] Columbia Art League's new executive director, KERRY MULLIN, invites everyone to this Friday's opening night reception for CAL's latest exhibit, 'Stranger Than Fiction'! If you can't make it, you have until the end of April to see this surreal collection of works by local artists. March 14, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, talk about how to handle the difficult situation of losing your sight. Gary says it's not easy: "some people deny it; some people go off and hide; some become resentful; some focus on all that's been lost." If you find yourself in this position, NFBMO is here to help! At [4:47] NATALIE NEWVILLE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to the 21st annual MRRL and ABLE Book Sale fundraiser! This popular event kicks off tomorrow at the St. Martins Knights of Columbus Hall in Jefferson City. "Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of books!" March 13, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with "The Drowning Girls" director SARAH SENFF ahead of this Wednesday's opening night performance (the first inside McKee Gymnasium on the MU campus)! A cast of three presents this true story of serial killer George Joseph Smith's wife-murdering spree in early 20th century England. At [4:33] BETHANIE IRONS invites all Columbia-area youths with a "passion for the arts" to apply for a place in the CARE Art Gallery's eight-week summer program! Only 15 spots available, so don't wait! March 12, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORETTA SCHOUTEN about the immediate need for volunteers to be read to by the students of Youth Empowerment Zone. 30 minutes, one day a week is all it takes to help build the vocabulary of a child attending elementary school. If you're interested in donating your time, watch for details! At [4:18] Mow-It-Alls co-owner BRADEN TYRER tells us about how his (now four-year-old) lawn company began, the services he provides, what sets Mow-It-Alls apart from the rest and his plans for the future! March 9, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Clinic, about the five most common pet behavioral issues she treats at the clinic, and how she does it. If you're a pet owner, you won't want to miss this show! March 8, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with LYNN ROSSY, Executive Director of Tasting Mindfulness, about when is the right time to eat. It may sound simple, but Lynn says to eat're hungry! She says do not eat when you're bored or in need of entertainment. Watch for even more great advice! At [3:25] MIKE DUNN, General Manager of KBIA, is asking for your contribution during the station's upcoming spring pledge drive! Starting tomorrow, each and every one of your donated dollars goes towards keeping the services, the programs and the community outreach you've come to know and expect from KBIA running for another year. March 7, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER SNAWDER, RD, about National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is "Going Further with Food." How do we do that? Jennifer says it's as easy as making sure you eat a balanced breakfast, and/or that you're packing a light snack while out running errands. Also, find out more about an event (later this month) titled "Which Milk Is Right For Me?" At [4:22] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a special candidate forum March 13th at the Columbia Public Library. This event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is your chance to hear from those running for public office ahead of the general elections on April 3rd. March 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with actors RAYA ABERBACH and MORGAN MILLER about Hickman High School Theatre's production of the classic, "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." This popular musical-comedy runs this weekend only - don't miss it! At [4:05] NICK FOSTER tells us how Voluntary Action Center plans to commemorate their 50th anniversary this year, and what a half-century worth of services have meant to low-income individuals living in Columbia! March 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE about "myopic loss aversion." What does that mean? Simply put: if you invest in the stock market, you dislike the loss more than you like the gain. Why does this happen? John says it's evolutionary (losses can have detrimental consequences). His advice: don't look at what the market is doing every day. March 2, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth, about the latest craze amongst those who participate in underage drinking: powdered alcohol. Joy tells us that this type of intoxication has actually been around for a little while, but lawmakers are just now starting to take notice. Also, how do you properly dispose of opioid painkillers? Right now, your options are minimal, but that soon might change. March 1, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about some of the highlights from the 2017 season ("Million Dollar Quartet," "Boeing Boeing," "Quilters," etc.), as well as what's ahead in 2018! If you're a fan of show-stoppers like "Mamma Mia," or if you prefer something more thoughtful and introspective like "On Golden Pond," this year has got you covered! February 28, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about the return of the Fix-It Fair! If you missed this event last fall, here's another opportunity to save those small appliances and/or household items from ending up in the city's landfill. The catch? Their experts are training YOU on how to do the actual repair. February 27, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, Cardiovascular Disease Specialist at MU Health Care, talk about how to cope with 'perceived stress'. He says, "Every day, we all have so many we deal with it is often determined by our own mindset and our perception of reality." Dr. Chockalingam's advice? Let your subconscious do all the worrying for you. February 26, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser welcomes back YVONNE MATTHEWS and MABLE GRIMES! In honor of Black History Month, they perform two readings: "The Elders" at [2:08] and "I Am Somebody" at [5:25]. February 23, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society, about a Black History Month-themed exhibit currently on display in Ellis Library. "War, Peace and Black Progress" will immerse visitors in a variety of visual elements, including books and editorial cartoons, that depict African-Americans throughout history. See it now through the end of March! February 22, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with TRENT RASH about "Make A Joyful Noise Again," an upcoming benefit recital featuring the Stephens College Concert Choir. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the Firestone Baars Chapel's 60 year-old organ. At [3:50] JEFF CHIN reminds us all that it's tax season; but wait - there's more!  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering to do your taxes for free at the Columbia Public Library. It's on a first come, first serve basis. Find out if you qualify! February 21, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with MARY BETH MING about the continued effort by the Columbia King's Daughters & Sons to provide dental aide to low-income children attending Columbia Public Schools. In order to raise the necessary funds, they're putting on a benefit concert next Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Watch for details! At [5:48] director CLAIRE SYLER and actor HARVEY WILLIAMS invite everyone to come see the world premiere of "The Green Duck Lounge" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. The story, by Kansas City-based playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, explores the real-life murder of civil rights activist Leon Jordan, and similarities between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. February 20, 2018

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