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Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

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Longtime TV host Paul Pepper brings you his deep connections with the people in the arts and civic life who make this area a great place to live. Hear "Radio Friends with Paul Pepper" weekday mornings at 8:50 on KBIA ... and, watch and listen to the show in a download or a stream any time here.

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Before reading "How to Spell Muskogee," an original poem from his new book, "My Other Mother's Red Mercedes," author/poet WALTER BARGEN tells us about two appearances in Ashland and Columbia next month that you won't want to miss! November 16, 2018

Dietitian LeANN ROBLEY, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us why we should be consuming both plant protein and animal protein in our daily diet. She says one benefit of plant protein is that it doesn't contain cholesterol. Also, ALEX GEORGE talks about all things 'Unbound'! Columbia's popular (and ever-growing!) book festival will return next April with keynote speaker author George Saunders. (4:32) November 15, 2018

MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, shares tips on how to prepare your pet should someone in your household be coming home from the hospital to recover from an illness or an injury. November 14, 2018

Adam Long, Patty Muenks, Nadine King, Jerry Brown..."the list goes on and on of wonderful artists" at the 9th annual Fall Into Art, happening this weekend at the Parkade Center in Columbia! Guest: MELYNDA LOTVEN | Also, Voluntary Action Center's holiday program will serve roughly 1,000 families and disabled adults and seniors in our community this year. Executive director NICK FOSTER is asking for your help in making their season bright. (4:47) November 13, 2018

DASI SCHLUP talks about the highs and lows of being a social worker at MU Health Care's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Also, MARK PALMER and TERI WALDEN tell us why EnCircle Technologies and Woodhaven decided to join forces to better serve the needs of those already taking part in programs at both organizations. "It was a natural fit from the beginning." (5:01) November 12, 2018

Each year, the League of Women Voters honors an outstanding citizen or organization with the "Liz Schmidt Community Service Award." This year's recipient is...   Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, MELANIE KNOCKE is making her final appearance as director of the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium. Find out why she's choosing to step down and what's next for both her and the planetarium; plus, get details on tomorrow's STEM Expo at Rock Bridge High School! (4:48) November 9, 2018

Oklahoma sculptor Charles Banks Wilson created a life-size sculpture of his friend, famed Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton, that became a permanent fixture at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990. The State Historical Society of Missouri has the model for that sculpture on display now in their gallery, and the public is invited to come check it out. Guest: JOAN STACK November 8, 2018

How best to describe Talking Horse Productions' annual Starting Gate New Play Festival? How about: three playwrights, two original plays (each), one theme ('truth and lies') for one weekend only. Guest: NATHAN O'NEIL | Also, tomorrow is a big day at KBIA because it's the start of the fall fund drive! Program Manager KYLE FELLING says this is a critical effort because one-third of the station's funding comes from drives like this thanks to listeners like you. (4:43) November 7, 2018

Sherlock Holmes has never sounded so good, and we think you'll agree after you see MU student composer HANS BRIDGER HERUTH's operatic spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. MARQUES JERRELL RUFF gives us a taste of what to expect when he performs "Sherlock's Aria" at (4:24). CHRISTINE SEITZ directs. November 6, 2018

It's our first show of the holiday season! To kick things off, ANN McGINITY invites the whole family to come to the Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild annual 'holiday extravaganza' this weekend at the Boone County History and Culture Center. Also, 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 during the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period, going on now. (4:39) November 5, 2018

Why are cigarettes so addictive? HEATHER HARLAN says it's because the nicotine goes in and out of your system so quickly that people begin craving it again which, in turn, creates the feeling of withdrawal which, in turn, leads to another cigarette. She adds that "quitting tobacco is a major lifestyle change," and that Phoenix Programs is here to help...slowly. November 2, 2018

We're taking a trip back to simpler times when the Sears catalog was what Amazon is today. Will the online giant succumb to the same fate as Sears has one day? ALEX LABRUNERIE, Labrunerie Financial, shares his thoughts. November 1, 2018

We're celebrating Halloween the only way we know how: with a story from LARRY BROWN! This particular story is more Twilight Zone than Tales from the Crypt, but either way, the adventure takes us to Nandi Hills, India, and the ending will leave you thinking...was it all a dream? October 31, 2018

KIT SALTER is 80 years old and has had diabetes now for 47 years. He credits his longevity to advances in medical technology, staying active and the healthy meals prepared for him by his lovely wife CATHY. Education also plays a role, and so the Salter's are here to tell us about 'Diabetes Day', happening this Saturday at Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia. October 30, 2018

Guest LAINIE VANSANT says MU Theatre Department's production of 'Fever/Dream' is an adaptation of 'Life as a Dream', only set in the corporate world. (The "king" in the original is the "president" in this version.) A comedy, "Fever/Dream" opens this Wednesday and runs for just one weekend in the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. Additional guest: ASHER ALT | Also, MU Health Care cardiologist DR. HEMANT GODARA tells us about the warning signs and symptoms of AFib, or atrial fibrillation. He says he sees people who have been in AFib for years that have "no clue." (4:19) October 29, 2018

Folk Musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA perform "Pap and Jenny" on banjo and guitar! October 26, 2018

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center is celebrating 30 years of teaching equine therapy to children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities with a "huge barnyard bash" this Sunday! Guest: KAREN GRINDLER | Also, JILL WOMACK tells us about next month's 'PJ Play Days' for kids in grades K through 7 who don't go to school because of teacher workdays. She says it's wonderful day of "community and imagination and team building and creativity." (5:08) October 25, 2018

Looking for a waterproof, long-lasting, adhesive-free, VOC emissions-free, made-in-America laminate flooring for your home? Well, you're in luck, because SCOTT BRADLEY from Carpet One Floor and Home has you covered...literally! Also, SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS is looking for volunteers to help make River City Habitat for Humanity's new initiative, Beloved Communities, a reality in Jefferson City. (4:15) October 24, 2018

"We have a program that's geared for people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes...so that they decrease their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes," SABRINA WEAVER, RN, Defense Against Diabetes founder. Also, ANDREW GRABAU, Heart of Missouri United Way, says it's not cheap to live in Boone County. As such, he invites everyone to an upcoming summit focusing on the "economic mobility in our community." (3:57) October 23, 2018

Children' Grove touches the lives of many in our community, and has now for almost five years. Hear about several of their outreach programs, like those focusing on crisis intervention and mental health, from volunteers LESLEY THALHUBER and SARAH TRAUB. Also, TODD DAVISON invites everyone to come see Maples Repertory Theatre's next production, "On Golden Pond," beginning this Wednesday at the Royal Theatre in downtown Macon! Running for two weekends, this classic story is the second-to-last production of their 15th season. (4:19) October 22, 2018

Guest LOIS LONG tells us about a support group in Fulton that provides respite for caregivers of persons with dementia (Alzheimer's). She says, "the neat thing about a support group is that people come together and we listen to each other. It's not about having all the answers." October 19, 2018

"Everything is a poison." Don't believe me? Guest OLEN R. BROWN says even oxygen is classified as a drug by the FDA. The real story is in his book, "The Art and Science of Poisons," but this is a fascinating conversation about the poisons we live with everyday. October 18, 2018

Never heard of the Youth Community Coalition? Guest RON ROWE says this network of youth-serving organizations' main purpose is to "help make the community the best place it can be for kids to make positive decisions and avoid risky ones." Their current program is called "You Card We Care." Find out more about the difference it hopes to make in the lives of our children! October 17, 2018

Come hear the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra perform the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Gabrieli in a concert titled "The Early Baroque: Echoes from Seventeenth-Century Cathedrals" this Friday in Jefferson City. Guest PATRICK CLARK says "the music is fantastic!" Also, LOUISE SARVER tells us about the annual 'Give a Gift of Art' exhibit, which returns next month to the Columbia Art League. She says pieces and works featured make excellent Christmas gifts! (5:04) October 16, 2018

Trevor and Lindsey are thinking about a cruise, so they contact a travel agent. They find a great deal on a cruise from Athens, Greece to Miami, Florida. Two tickets for the flight to get to Athens and then home from Miami (to St. Louis) cost $5,862. Not wanting to pay that much (to find that flight, they looked at both matrix.itasoftware.com and the cruise's website), Trevor and Lindsey are faced with two options: cancel the trip or look again. At guest MEL ZELENAK's suggestion, they look again, this time searching for one-way tickets instead. The savings? Not to be believed! October 15, 2018

Save money and learn how to repair something all by yourself? That's the goal of tomorrow's Sustainable Living Fair, hosted by the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability and Peaceworks. Speakers, tours and a mini 'Fix-It Fair' round out a day full of tips and tricks that you can use to help make Earth a "greener, healthier planet." Guest: BARBARA BUFFALOE October 12, 2018

Guest MARILYN McLEOD says it best: "we have a lot going on!" If you're wanting to educate yourself about everything that'll be on this November's ballot (seven issues!), then make plans to attend one of three events later this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters! Also, TRACEY EICHHORN encourages everyone (artists, art lovers, community members) to come visit Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance's Ashland-based gallery, and maybe even become a member - no experience necessary! (4:53) October 11, 2018

Thankfully, "Sweeney Todd" actors DANE JOHNSON and AUBREY HICKS are nothing like their turning-people-into-meatpies characters, but they'll have you thinking they are when the "fun" begins this Friday at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia! Also, AMY HAWKINS, RN, tells us about tomorrow evening's 'Artful Bra' silent auction and reception fundraiser for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. (4:10) October 10, 2018

Let your children's imagination run wild with a little help from local comedy troupe The Stable Boys this Saturday at Orr Street Studios in Columbia! It's all part of 'Second Saturday for Kids', and the theme this month is "Unscripted Improvisational Arts." Guests: CATHERINE PARKE and KATHLEEN JOHNSON | Also, KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, invites parents with young children to a Halloween-themed 'Families in the Kitchen' next Saturday at the Columbia Public Library. Space is limited! (4:42) October 9, 2018

Everyone is 'willkommen' in Shikles Auditorium, home to Capital City Productions' 'Cabaret' beginning this Thursday in Jefferson City! Meet the actress playing 'Sally Bowles', MARGARET GRAHAM, as well as director ROB CROUSE. Also, CHASE HARPER, MU Health Care, tells us about this Friday's Mature Living Festival at the Parkade Center in Columbia. Flu shots, health screenings and assisted living resources are just a few of the offerings for adults and senior citizens alike! (5:00) October 8, 2018

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