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Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

Weekdays at 8:50
  • 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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AI enthusiast SCOTT CHRISTIANSON introduces us to another "internet of things" device, this one provides six-lead EKG information via a smartphone. You can now check your heart's BPM right at home! Watch his live demo. November 20, 2020

Onetime poet laureate WALTER BARGEN has a new book out titled, 'Pole Dancing in the Night Club of God'. He reads us two poems from it: 'God's Juice' at [2:44] and 'Stylish' at [6:05]. November 19, 2020

Missouri Prairie Foundation executive director CAROL DAVIT, making her first appearance on our show, takes us on a virtual tour of some native plants found in our area. Learn more about the Grow Native! database. November 18, 2020

As you prepare to wrap those holiday gifts, keep in mind that the shiny paper we all use by default contains material that isn't recyclable. Instead, heed these tips for alternative methods as prepared by the City of Columbia Office of Sustainability's BARBARA BUFFALOE! November 17, 2020

Both weekends of Capital City Productions' performance of 'Elf: The Musical' sold out in no time according to today's guest, ROB CROUSE. As a result, they've added a third weekend! Don't wait to get your tickets. Also, OsteoStrong Columbia owner DAYNA GLANZ tells us how better bone health can help those with Type 2 diabetes. (4:19) November 16, 2020

If you're in need of a silver lining about 2020, look no further than cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM's take on the effects of COVID-19 on heart health. He says emergency calls for heart attack victims have actually gone down; he believes that's because people's daily stress levels have gone down due to the ongoing hold placed on life as we know it. November 13, 2020

The Ragtag Film Society is returning from its fall break with a planned drive-in and the showing of two films that STACIE POTTINGER, director of development and communication, says will be contenders for an Oscar in 2021! Also, Jefferson Middle School principal GREG CAINE fills us in on what's new at Columbia Public Schools' STEAM Academy! (4:29) November 12, 2020

Attention bird watchers! The State Historical Society of Missouri has a brand new exhibit dedicated to lifelong bird enthusiast (and artist) David Plank. JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections, shares with us the detailed process this Salem, Missouri resident uses to capture the wildlife in his paintings. November 11, 2020

Registered dietitian JAMIE DAUGHERTY, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says building 'kitchen confidence' starts with choosing a recipe. The mistakes you make can only expand your skills (...in the long run). Also, SCOTT MINIEA, Missouri CLAIM executive director, tells us how we can pay less for Medicare during the 2020 open enrollment season! (4:34) November 10, 2020

Anticipatory grief: "When we (the caregiver) begin to grieve, not just when someone passes, but in the time that it takes - sometimes years - as they lose their independence, they lose the ability to function and do what they've always done." -- LOIS LONG, volunteer/advocate for persons with dementia November 9, 2020

"I wanted to tell a story about my life because I felt that there were things in these poems that would resonate with other people." -- LUCINDA WATSON, poet/author of 'The Favorite', on how she decided which poems made it into the book November 6, 2020

The trick to providing a sense of calm to an anxious dog? Take a deep breath. That's according to DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center. She says the dog (or cat) doesn't even have to see you do it. November 5, 2020

Don't miss the "cabaret of cabarets" as Capital City Productions celebrates the music of Stephen Sondheim for one weekend only later this month at their theatre in Jefferson City! Guest: SARAH SICHT | Also, NEIL CARR invites everyone to reserve your bird ahead of The Rotary Club of Columbia's 2nd annual Thanksgiving Turkey Fry! (3:45) November 4, 2020

Today's the big day! If you haven't already, be sure and get to your polling station before it closes this evening. In the meantime, enjoy some political history/trivia with MARILYN McLEOD from the League of Women Voters. November 3, 2020

If you're a fan of the show 'Chopped' on Food Network, you won't want to miss the local version, 'CoMo Chopped', next week on Facebook and YouTube. The purpose, according to ANDREW GRABAU, Heart of Missouri United Way, is to put a spotlight on local chefs in local restaurants preparing a unique dish that you, the audience, vote on with your pocketbook (a.k.a. a donation to United Way). November 2, 2020

"Issac stood quietly and looked from the third story window down and saw the family unloading a rental truck and a car, moving into the old house. His old house. It was about sunset, and the shadows were kind of playing with the nearly-bare branches of the trees of mid-autumn and he thought: another family, here we go again." -- the opening lines of 'I.M. Ghostly' as told by storyteller LARRY BROWN October 30, 2020

Paul Pepper: Ken Midkiff, "Deregulation"

Oct 29, 2020

Always opinionated and always insightful, columnist/environmentalist KEN MIDKIFF is back to talk about his surprising discovery after searching the word "deregulation" on the Google machine. October 29, 2020

First-time guest ANITA CAMPBELL tells us about PhysZOU, a pro bono clinic at the University of Missouri for those with little-to-no insurance who need physical therapy services. Under this arrangement, the general public is served and physical therapy students get hands-on training. October 28, 2020

"It's such an important time to be paying attention to refugee resettlement. It's always important, but right now we're experiencing the worst refugee crisis in history." -- GRACE WILDENHAUS, volunteer coordinator at Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri October 27, 2020

With Halloween coming up this Saturday, we thought now was a good time to talk about cavities in children. Maybe these tips from DRS. PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, Columbia Healthy Smiles, will save a tooth or two! October 26, 2020

The reality is, if it were not for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, 100,000+ people in our area would not be able to put a nutritious meal on the table every night. And besides something to eat, by providing that meal to families and individuals, president and CEO LINDSAY LOPEZ says, "it frees up monetary resources for other needs." October 23, 2020

Well, it's come to this: the Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon will not be putting on a show in the year 2020. Blame you-know-what. A "discouraged" TODD DAVISON instead uses this time to look ahead to 2021. October 22, 2020

Boone County Clerk BRIANNA LENNON is here with important information about the upcoming election, including details on what today marks the end of in terms of voting opportunities! Also, SCOTT BRADLEY shows off the "greenest of the green, most environmentally-friendly flooring" available now at Carpet One Floor and Home! It's also the most ancient. (3:51) October 21, 2020

End-of-life doula MICKEY HAVENER describes a "death cafe" as "an opportunity to talk about death without any agenda, no perimeters; ask questions, tell your stories; just get used to talking about death." Easy, right? Watch for details about the next one! October 20, 2020

The year was 1968. It was an election year. The stock market was at a peak. And then the Hong Kong Flu began, eventually claiming over 100,000 lives. Investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, takes us back to that time and uses its recovery process to predict the (eventual) recovery process of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. October 19, 2020

When it comes to mobility, GARY WUNDER prefers a cane; his wife, DEBBIE, prefers a seeing eye dog. (To each their own, I guess.) Find out why! October 16, 2020

We're talking watersheds with BARBARA BUFFALOE from the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability. "Every water that drops onto a road or a sidewalk, it's flowing to a creek; and that's not treated. It goes into those storm drains and immediately goes into a creek or stream. Stormwater is separate from our sewer system." Sign up to clean up today! October 15, 2020

Taking part in the wrong type of exercise, such as endurance sports, can lead to a loss in bone density. Today's guest, OsteoStrong Columbia owner DAYNA GLANZ, tells us why and what you can do about it. Also, it's that time of year again: open enrollment! If you're a Missourian who benefits from Medicare, you'll want to hear what Missouri CLAIM executive director SCOTT MINIEA has to say about the 2020 season. (5:14) October 14, 2020

Native plant specialist NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL is enjoying the fall harvest! Persimmons; flowers such as aster, dittany, rosinweed and blue lobelia - if you're lucky enough like Nadia to have these in your yard, just let them grow! October 13, 2020

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election is now just three weeks away! Stay informed by attending tomorrow's virtual 'Lunch and Learn' featuring Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon and hosted by the League of Women Voters. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, NICK FOSTER says Voluntary Action Center is in need of more sponsors to "adopt" a family this holiday season. Find out what that means and how you can sign up! (4:43) October 12, 2020

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