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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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If you haven't seen 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' or 'Moonstruck' in a while, the Ragtag Film Society has got you covered. Actually, it's your own car doing the covering because...it's a drive-in! STACIE POTTINGER tells us when and where we can watch these classic movies on their big 40' screen. Stacie also touches on this year's True False Film Fest. Also, dietitian LeANN ROBLEY shares some easy at-home exercise and nutrition ideas. "The big thing is starting out small." (4:50) January 13, 2021

Shovels ready?! The District is about to break ground on the long-awaited 'Gateway Plaza' at the corner of Broadway and Providence, and you're invited! Executive director NICKIE DAVIS tells us what this beautiful new green space will look like. Also, SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS fills us in on what's to come in 2021 for River City Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers and donations are always welcome! (4:38) January 12, 2021

Capital City Productions opens "The Yearling" four weeks from today! Executive board member ROB CROUSE tells us why you'll want to mark your calendars so you don't miss this classic musical about a boy and his pet fawn. Also, VIRGINIA RAMSEYER WINTER invites adults 50 and over who need to scratch their proverbial lifelong learning itch to sign up for Osher@Mizzou's winter session. Each class takes place via Zoom. (4:42) January 11, 2021

It's January, winter is upon us, and if you're a pet owner, you know life isn't as easy-going as it is during the warmer months. DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, has some good tips that'll keep Fluffy and Fido safe and healthy until the spring season arrives later this year! January 8, 2020

Artificial intelligence expert SCOTT CHRISTIANSON introduces us to what's known as "adversarial networks." Basically, AI is now in the art and music business, the proof being a 'painting' done by two AI's working together to "solve the same problem." It's a fascinating process that Scott explains. (Their partnership - a first - netted more than $400K at Christy's!) January 7, 2021

Stop Human Trafficking Coalition of Central Missouri board member ED WILLIAMS shares a personal story about a relative who was trafficked in Mexico, Missouri, unbeknownst to him while he was working for the Audrain County Sheriff's Department. "I spent 15 years in law enforcement and never heard of or even taken a report of trafficking." January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Missouri Sex Trafficking Awareness Month. January 6, 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri executive director ANN MERRIFIELD invites anyone interested in becoming a 'big' (that would be the adult) to a 'little' (that would the child) to apply today. "Our mission is that we want to help all of our youth achieve their full potential." January 5, 2021

Truman Veterans' Hospital staff cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM has written a new book! 'Seeking Hunger: How Food Shapes Our Thinking, Health and Destiny' stems from Dr. Chockalingam's belief that "our body, our mind, our psyche, our society has...been shaped and motivated by hunger" since the dawn of mankind. January 4, 2021

The affects of COVID-19 on those with dementia (and their caregivers) who have been living in isolation since early 2020 are wide-ranging. Advocate/volunteer LOIS LONG offers this piece of advice for the next time you pay that person a (socially-distant) visit: go in with good attitude. It's what's called "melodic therapy," and Lois has seen it work first-hand. You'll make their day! January 1, 2021

Since 2013, Columbia Daily Tribune publisher emeritus Hank Waters has always been our final guest of the year. Hank died over the summer, leaving behind a legacy that won't soon be forgotten. Taking his place on this New Year's Eve is 'Notes from Boomerang Creek' columnist - and longtime friend of the show - CATHY SALTER. December 31, 2020

"The story of our economy in 2020 is one of great disruption, of great loss for so many people... To get the whole economy healed again in 2021, we need that vaccine, and the scientists have really come through for us." -- ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial  December 30, 2020

The shame; the guilt. For those in recovery, the holiday season - and all that comes with it - can be overwhelming, and sometimes even triggering. SUZANNE OPPERMAN, SMART Recovery, tells us how we as hosts, as family members, as friends, can make sure that those with an addiction problem feel comfortable in what is to most a normal, festive setting. December 29, 2020

Today is day three of Kwanzaa, the African-American celebration that begins on December 26 and ends on January 1. The theme this year is, 'Kwanzaa and the Well-Being of the World: Living and Uplifting the Seven Principles'. Guest: YVONNE MATTHEWS, Lincoln University  December 28, 2020

Merry Christmas, everyone! Our guest today is storyteller LARRY BROWN. He shares with us an original story titled, 'Wanda Hand and Opossum'. December 25, 2020

We dipped into the archives to bring you this holiday clip show featuring music from Cathy Barton and Dave Para [4:35], Simpatico [2:19] and Talking Horse Productions [7:33]! December 24, 2020

All-day snacking can be "detrimental' to the health of your teeth. Why? Because it takes about a half-hour for your mouth to return to a neutral pH level (a good thing). If you're always eating, it can't get back to that "healthier state." Guests: DRS. PHILIP BATSON and ELIZABETH ABE, Columbia Healthy Smiles  December 23, 2020

While never easy, it's especially difficult to lose a loved one during the holiday season, a time of year inherently filled with an expectation of happiness. End-of-life doula MICKEY HAVENER is here with tips on how to cope, starting with taking care of yourself. December 22, 2020

If it's good enough for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it's good enough for your home - that's what I always say! What are we talking about? Eco-friendly cork flooring from Carpet One Floor and Home, of course. Guest: SCOTT BRADLEY | Also, MU professor and author SAMUEL OTTEN tells us about his new children's book, 'Missing Letters: An Alphabet Book'. (4:33) December 21, 2020

Here's an idea: show someone you care this holiday season by making a donation in their name to a worthwhile organization. A gesture like that can impact many and involves no new stuff around the house (or worse yet, in the landfill)! Guest: BARBARA BUFFALOE, City of Columbia Office of Sustainability  December 18, 2020

"United Way is really proud of being to complete the circle from when someone makes a gift to making sure that we can connect it to a need, and result in a stronger and better community." -- ANDREW GRABAU, Heart of Missouri United Way executive director  December 17, 2020

It's the middle of December and The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is well underway. MAJOR CURTISS HARTLEY gives us an update on how collections are progressing, and if you haven't made your donation yet (and you're able to), this is your gentle reminder to do so! Also, DAYNA GLANZ takes us back to the beginning, telling us why she decided to open OsteoStrong Columbia. (4:18) December 16, 2020

As if we needed another reason to love author JOE DILLARD, on today's show he tells us about the financial commitment he's made, based on the sale of his books, to Relay For Life. Joe shares a brand new story, "The Case of the Missing Garbage Can", at [5:30]. December 15, 2020

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is hosting their annual 'One for One Holiday Food Drive' this Wednesday in both Columbia and Jefferson City! Development officer KALEI HOLDER tells us why - this year especially - everyone who can should consider making a monetary or canned-food donation. December 14, 2020

Help The Spay Neuter Project executive director JANEENE JOHNSTON reach her goal of (at least) 140 neuter surgeries during the month of December! It's all part of their annual - and quite popular - promotion, the 'Nutcracker Special'. Also, APRIL ROTHWEILER, Stop Human Trafficking Coalition of Central Missouri, wants everyone to purchase slave-free products this holiday season. Find out what to look for while you're out shopping. (3:52) December 11, 2020

"You have to catch it very early on. So, every patient who has Type 1 diabetes of over five years duration and, at the time of diagnosis, of Type 2 diabetes...they should have annual urine test, as well as a blood test to test their kidney function." DR. SMRITA DORAIRAJAN, Truman Veterans' Hospital, on the duration and severity of diabetes as it relates to your kidneys  December 10, 2020

Sure, they may be unsightly during the winter months, but that's no reason to clean up the native plants around your house. Native plant specialist NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL says leaving them alone will benefit the birds and insects that are still making their home in your backyard. We take a closer look at dittany, aster and goldenrod. December 9, 2020

Even a worldwide pandemic can't stop the Missouri Symphony League's annual Holiday Home Tour fundraiser, but it can change it a bit! JULIE MIDDLETON tells us about this year's now-online showcase event. Also, JILL WOMACK invites you to join the '21 Club' - it's easy and it'll help support TRYPS' move from the Stephens College campus to a brand new home. (3:46) December 8, 2020

History buffs take note: JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, is hosting a Zoom presentation tomorrow, December 8, in which she will tell the story of World War II by way of 42 editorial cartoons from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "This is how Missourians learned about WWII." December 7, 2020

Just because the election is over doesn't mean the League of Women Voters is slowing down. MARILYN McLEOD joins us with details on this month's 'Lunch and Learn'; plus, she reveals who will be taking home this year's Outstanding Citizen Award! Also, CHERYL BREWER looks back on 75 years of the Columbia Mothersingers! (4:28) December 4, 2020

Be mindful of what you're eating and when you're eating and you'll be just fine this holiday season. KRISTEN EIFFERT, PhD, RD, LD, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says average weight gain is only 1-2 lbs, so if you thought it was more, hooray, have another piece of pie! (Just kidding.) Also, C.B. CHASTAIN, professor emeritus at MU Veterinary Health Center, is back with a few helpful hints to keep Fluffy and Fido safe this holiday season! (4:31) December 3, 2020

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