Larry Brown

LARRY BROWN tells us the story of Sadako Sasaki, who you might remember survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. After being diagnosed with leukemia (due to fallout from the bombing's radiation), she went on to create almost a thousand paper cranes based on the Japanese legend that upon doing so you would be granted one wish. Her one wish was to live. August 6, 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

"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

"In lots of cultures, 'mother' is often a designation for the earth. Many cultures, many religions have a goddess, or a characterization of nature's processes, that is often feminine, and this is one of them." -- storyteller LARRY BROWN. May 11, 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 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

Merry Christmas, everyone! Thank you for spending a little of your time with us. We hope you enjoy "Thump," an original, Christmas-themed story by LARRY BROWN! December 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN. Larry shares a story about "making connections," and one Thanksgiving in particular when he and his wife hosted an elderly couple who each had unique places of employment at one time in their lives. (Nickerson Farms, anyone? How about the Manhattan Project?) November 23, 2017

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper is joined by local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells us the story of "Momo," aka the Missouri Monster. October 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN! Larry performs William Spencer's "Harvest Time," [2:26] a hymn he says appealed to people affected by hard economic times at the turn of the century, but has since waned in popularity. Find out why he thinks interest faded over the years. September 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN talk about summertime sports - but not the ones you might be thinking about. Larry has written a song about his favorite summertime sport, titled "Would You Rather Pitch Horseshoes." You'll probably recognize the melody! August 11, 2017

Happy Independence Day! To help celebrate, Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells a Fourth of July-themed true story about an "odd couple" who died on the same day, this day, many years ago. Any guesses? Watch! July 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells the story of how his young son once saved him from hypothermia in a cave, and how - at that moment - the role of father and son had flip-flopped thanks, in part, to imparted wisdom passed down from father to son. June 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back singer LARRY BROWN. In honor of Mother's Day, Larry celebrates the life of Julian of Norwich, an author and anchoress, whose "Revelations of Devine Love" is believed to be the first English language publication to be written by a woman. At [4:47] Larry sings "The Bells of Norwich," with lyrics inspired by and taken from Julian's book. May 12, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a very moving historical narrative titled, "Sophie and the White Rose." A little context: Sophie Scholl was a German student who participated in the White Rose, a (non-violent) resistance group during WWII. She was found guilty of treason and executed by guillotine. Since her death, her anti-Nazi efforts have been praised by historians and citizens alike. April 14, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry shares a story about how the Presidents of the United States have "played a role in the interpretation of the 14th Amendment" (which defines naturalization) over the years. February 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director of Access Arts, about the Empty Bowls Project, which is an international effort to fight hunger on a local level. This year, the bowls will be created by Access Arts and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will provide the food - find out how you can get involved! At [4:01] MICHAEL PORTER and LARRY BROWN talk about the upcoming Osher@Mizzou winter session. Among the many classes available to enroll in is Larry's "Terrorism and Contemporary Cultures of Violence." He tells us a little bit about that, as well as how to register - watch! January 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry doesn't disappoint, telling an original Christmas story about 'charitable and good things' titled, "Welcome to the Starburst Motel." Enjoy! December 22, 2016

Happy Halloween! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells a Halloween-themed story called, "The Water Woman." Don't listen alone! October 31, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who tells us about "a shadow that falls on September 17th." What is "the shadow?" Larry tells us that on Constitution Day, the shadow from the Washington Monument will fall on the steps of the Capitol Building, and that's not the only landmark it's known to touch throughout the year. Coincidence? Hmmm... September 16, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry performs "Waltzing with Bears" on guitar - his most requested song of all time! August 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a summertime adventure story about a fisherman, a mountain lion, a turtle and a Schwinn bicycle. Listen to the end, and then judge for yourself as to whether or not this story is true! July 15, 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 singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN, who performs Joe Henry's "The Flower That Shattered the Stone" on guitar at [1:20]. Larry then tells us why Henry wrote it. (Hint: it involves singer Olivia Newton John.) April 20, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a story about how the shamrock became synonymous with St. Patrick, and other facts. March 17, 2016

It's Presidents' Day! Today Paul Pepper sits back while LARRY BROWN shares a presidential story about Missouri's own Harry Truman and his early role in the civil rights movement - enjoy! February 15, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident holiday storyteller LARRY BROWN to share a Christmas-themed story about a unique ornament from Occupied Japan. Enjoy! December 24, 2015

Today Paul Pepper enjoys a performance from local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a personal 'Thanksgiving' story titled, "Thanks, Coach." Watch! November 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper enjoys local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN's performance of Judy Goodenough's "Apples in the Basket" - hopefully you will, too! October 23, 2015

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