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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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

On this Memorial Day, local folk musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para perform Walter Kittredge's Civil War-era song, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground" on the guitar and autoharp. May 28, 2018

Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN is fresh off a trip from western Kenya, where he and his team distributed three-wheeled, all-terrain, hand-operated carts to immobile individuals. Made right here in Columbia, Jeff says people traveled from as far aways as 500 miles to get one the carts. And speaking of moving, things are moving in the right direction at Youth Empowerment Zone. LORETTA SCHOUTEN takes us on a tour of their new, low-cost child care center in northeast Columbia! May 25, 2018

History will come alive for the second time in as many years this Monday at the historic Columbia Cemetery. Relive days gone by from actors portraying local Columbians like James L. Stephens, Richard Jesse, Mary Paxton Keeley and many, many more. Guests: CINDY MUSTARD and MARY SHAW May 24, 2018

Actors CHARLIE WILKERSON and AMY DRTINA say you can't take it with you, but that's probably because they're in Maplewood Barn Theatre's aptly titled production, "You Can't Take It With You!" Also, it just wouldn't be spring without Dancearts of Columbia's yearly recital. MARIE ROBERTSON is here with what to expect from this weekend's performance! (4:38) May 23, 2018

May is Stroke Awareness Month. MU Health Care's DR. ADNAN QURESHI says that close to one million people will suffer from a stroke-like symptom each year. Find out what the warning signs are and what you can do to minimize the effects! Also, BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability at the City of Columbia, invites everyone to a community workshop TONIGHT to discuss how climate change will affect our community. (4:26) May 22, 2018

Have you ever wondered how dandelions reproduce or how certain surgeries affect your vocal cords? If so, and you know who you are, come to the next Science on Tap CoMo this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia! Guests: MEGAN HANEY and AUSTIN LYNN | Also, KATE GRAY and the folks at the Boone County History and Cultural Center want to answer the question: what does art do? They hope that a new exhibit - and you - will help them find the answer! (4:29) May 21, 2018

MELANIE DIXON says the Ronald McDonald House Charities should be the "charity of choice" because you never know when you might need it. As you might guess, Melanie speaks from personal experience. Hear her story and find out how you can get involved! Plus, KRISTIN BOWEN and CATEY TERRY want you to #WearOrange in support of Gun Violence Awareness Day. A local celebration will be held at Douglass Park on June 1st. Watch for details! (5:00) May 18, 2018

Over 100 years ago, people weren't taught communication or leadership skills. Enter Toastmasters! Guests EVELYN PEARMAN and TOM TRABUE say it's more than just about public speaking, it's about personal development and gaining confidence in yourself. May 17, 2018

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