Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

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  • Hosted by Paul Pepper

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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Like to solve puzzles? Drink beer? If so, Puzzled Pint could be just what you've been looking for! KIM LEON tells us all about this once-a-month activity being played throughout the world. Also, meet the actors behind Shrek, Fiona and Donkey from MU Theatre Department's production of "Shrek the Musical," opening this Thursday on the MU campus! (4:20) July 9, 2018

The July exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery is open and ready for visitors! Be one of the first to see it tonight during the popular 'First Fridays' event in the North Village Arts District. Guest: HANNAH REEVES | Also, Phoenix Health Programs is designating July as "Recovery Means Freedom" month. HEATHER HARLAN says it's human nature to think that if we have to change or give up something that we're losing freedom, but in this situation people very much gain freedom. (4:35) July 6, 2018

Tariffs. ALEX LaBRUNERIE tells us that they're generally viewed as a negative. He says tariffs can be very unpredictable when governments assign them based on politics. So what does it all really mean? Should you be worried? Does any good come out of these political "fights"? We've got some answers that will hopefully put your concerns to rest. July 5, 2018

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN tells us the story behind patriotic song staples "God Bless America" and "This Land is Your Land," the latter of which he also performs for us on guitar. July 4, 2018

Did you know University of Missouri Extension provides a business counseling service free of charge? SOO KOON LEE is here to tell us more about what the Missouri Small Business and Technology Centers can do for you! Also, The Missouri Symphony's popular Hot Summer Nights series is well underway, but there's still a lot more to go, including a dance party on Ninth Street! Guest: JANE WHITESIDES (4:46) July 3, 2018

Willkommen! Columbia Entertainment Company is kicking off its 40th year with "Cabaret" this September. KATIE HAYS tells us more about that and provides us with a brief overview of the rest of the 2018-2019 season! Also, if you're no longer using helpful household items like a walker, a cane or a shower chair, Services for Independent Living would be glad to take it and give it to someone in need. Guest: SCOUT MERRY (4:10) July 2, 2018

"Outside the warehouse, the air is haphazardly pasted with the orange and black papery wings of a migration that stretches from Canada to Mexico." -- the opening lines of WALTER BARGEN's poem, "Killer Butterfly," from the book, "Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet Once Place at a Time." June 29, 2019

JOAN STACK says if you can't take a vacation to some of the more beautiful places around Missouri this summer, a visit to the State Historical Society of Missouri - and more specifically the exhibit featuring black and white photographs by Dr. Oliver Schuchard - is a nice alternative. June 28, 2018

Stay safe this Fourth of July! Even sparklers can reach temperatures of about 2k-3k degrees. MU Health Care's DR. JONATHAN HEIDT says about half of those injuries from sparklers involve children age 5 and under. Also, director MATT SALTZBERG says MU Theatre Department's production of "Dance on Bones" is more than just a play, it's an experience. Don't miss this "theatre jazz odyssey" during its short run starting tonight! (4:27) June 27, 2018

Local author NEAL FANDEK tells us about his new book, a thriller set in Missouri, titled "Peter Pike and the Murderous Mormons." June 26, 2018 

MU grad student ZEKE ELKINS wants to teach you about fruit flies; and MICHAEL VIERLING wants to teach you about epigenetics; and both want to do it over a beer at the next Science on Tap CoMo event this Wednesday night at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Also, CASSIDY URIE, Youth Volunteer Corps Columbia, is looking for about ten youths, ages 11-18, to donate one week of their summer vacation to help improve Rock Bridge State Park and/or repackage food at the Food Bank. (5:51) June 25, 2018

Fresh off a trip to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA are here to perform "I Drew My Ship." [2:43] See them in concert next Saturday night in Alma, Missouri. (They're on right before the fireworks!) June 22, 2018

"We're one year since the President of the United States pulled out of the Paris climate accord, and our city joined over 400 other cities to say, 'nope, we're still in, we're still gonna work on climate action in our community because we know of what the difference can make." -- BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, City of Columbia. June 21, 2018

Heartworms. It's not pretty, but it is preventable. DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU's Veterinary Health Center, is here with advice on what to do should your furry friend get infected. Also, TIM THOMAS invites everyone to a night of improv at Talking Horse Productions. If you're a fan of the tv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway," you're sure to enjoy "Off the Cuff." (4:34) June 20, 2018

"The Tempest" director Nathan O'Neill has turned Shakespeare's classic comedy into a musical. According to assistant director DANA BOCKE, "the lyrics are written - they're in the script - it's just most people don't go through the trouble of actually making it music." See it for yourself starting this Thursday at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia! Additional Guest: SARAH JOST | Also, Boone County Clerk TAYLOR BURKS encourages all high school students to get involved in local politics by way of a 'Youth Election Program'. (4:06) June 19, 2018

Be My Eyes is an app for your smartphone that assists blind people who need a "micro-act of volunteerism." GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, demonstrates that and another one called Aira. June 18, 2018

"Now some folks say there is that special bond between father and daughter, and I think I can testify to that. When my wife and I heard that we were about to have our second child...it was news of both joy and some anxiety." -- the opening lines of LARRY BROWN's true Father's Day story. June 15, 2018

The Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College is getting ready to wrap up their season, but not before putting on the big Broadway blowout spectacular, "Song and Dance: An Evening of Musical Theatre," this Monday at the Macklanburg Playhouse. Enjoy a handful of songs from 'Dames At Sea', 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Beehive: The Musical'. Guest: TRENT RASH | Also, Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG tells us about care consultant option for those living with the disease and their family. (4:00) June 14, 2018

"Dog and cats live in the moment, so if you want to teach them something, you need to immediately reward them. Don't wait one beat because it'll be too late." -- MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center  June 13, 2018

Maples Rep Theatre is kicking off their 2018 season with "Mamma Mia," and we've got a sneak peek! Check out 'Donna and the Dynamos' (MARIA KONSTANTINIDIS, FAITH SANDBERG and MEGAN OPALINSKI) ) singing "Dancing Queen." Guest: TODD DAVISON June 12, 2018

Director ROB CROUSE says that this will be the Central Missouri premiere of Disney's Tony award-winning musical "Newsies." ALEX ARMSTRONG plays Jack, the leader of the on-strike newsies who are preparing to go toe-to-toe with "the rich and powerful men who own New York City." | Also, NICK FOSTER is looking for donations to help keep low-income families and individuals cool this summer through Voluntary Action Center's fan program. Find out how you can get involved! (5:38) June 11, 2018

If you've got a "stable heart," MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM encourages you to try turning your ordinary exercise routine into combination of maximum intensity for four minutes, followed by moderate intensity for four minutes. And don't forget to smile. June 8, 2018

If you've never been to Olivet Christian Church's annual chicken and mutton barbecue (dine in or drive thru!), you're really missing out on a "great experience." Find out why! Guests: JOE REEDER and RITA REEDER | Also, our consumer expert MEL ZELENAK wants to give back. If you're a young couple looking for advice when it comes to financial management, Mel is here to help - for free! Watch for details. (3:43) June 7, 201

Set on a Minnesota farm, "The Wedding Present" is a drama-comedy about one man's trek to the alter, by way of a domineering mother-of-the-bride and a surprise guest. This two-week run at Talking Horse Productions will be the premiere of writer Matt Braaten's story. Guest: ED HANSON | Also, KIM SHELMADINE and ANN ANDERSON tell us about all the good Central Missouri Community Action's Foster Grandparent Program does for our community, and why you should get involved! (3:50) June 6, 2018

Columbia Entertainment Company is kicking off their summer season with "Bye Bye Birdie!" This popular musical, running for three weekends (beginning this Thursday), is loosely based on the story of Elvis Presley getting drafted into the army. Guest: KAY COOK | Also, don't miss your chance to enjoy live music, good food and craft beer from about 27 different breweries at this Friday's 'Battle of the Brews', a fundraiser hosted by Leadership Jefferson City! Guest: NATALIE NEWVILLE (4:28) June 5, 2018

Support the League of Women Voters by attending a special showing of 'Bye Bye Birdie' at Columbia Entertainment Company this Wednesday! Plus, learn how to discuss politics without shouting at an upcoming workshop. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, PETER CALLAN tells us about his job as director of talent acquisition and development at MU Health Care, which has, once again, been named one of the top 150 health care organizations to work for in the U.S.! (4:53) June 4, 2018

Get ready, because Hot Summer Nights begins its 2018 run next Thursday! JANE WHITESIDES guides us through all 20 concerts in four short minutes. Also, YVONNE MATTHEWS invites everyone to help raise money for the Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging at Lincoln University by attending the Little Purple Dress and Black Tie Gala later this month! (5:08) June 1, 2018

What happens to the human brain when one contemplates a spiritual experience or god? Those studying neurotheology hope to find out! Guest: DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. May 31, 2018

Jefferson City-based Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association serves roughly 1,400 children throughout 13 mid-Missouri counties, and to do so takes a lot of money. To help offset the cost, they're hosting a benefit concert in July featuring a Tom Petty cover band! Guest: MEGAN CORBIN | Also, TOM HENDERSON invites those age 50+ to participate in the Osher@Mizzou summer session. Classes to choose from include: a Civil War roundtable; the American Presidents; Columbia facility tours and more! (4:25) May 30, 2018

There's only one place to be this weekend, and that's Stephens Lake Park. Why? Because it's the diamond anniversary of Art in the Park! If you've never been, check out today's show. The Columbia Art League's LOUISE SARVER takes us on a virtual tour! May 29, 2018

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