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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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Columnist/environmentalist KEN MIDKIFF says that research shows that in the span of just 20 years (1998-2018), the number of polluted streams/lakes/rivers in Missouri went from 115 to 471. Why the sharp increase? Ken says there are two reasons - one of which speaks to the improved efforts by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to analyze such data. October 7, 2019

The annual Life and Literature Performance Series returns with a five-show run beginning October 16 on the MU campus. The theme this year is climate change. Department chair HEATHER CARVER says she hopes people leave the theater inspired to actually play a role in minimizing its impact on our world. Also, DR. MICHELLE MARSHALL invites everyone to attend the 8th annual Blessing of the Animals this Sunday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. Animals of all kind are welcome to attend! (4:13) October 4, 2019

There's been a lot of chatter recently about the federal government lowering interest rates to zero. As appealing as that might sound - borrowing money for free - ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says actually what would probably happen, among other things, is an increase in fees so that your bank still makes a profit. October 3, 2019

"Our whole purpose is to enhance educational opportunities." -- CINDY MUSTARD on why a donation to the Columbia Public Schools Foundation is always a wise investment. Their annual fall fundraiser, 'Under the CPSF', is just two weeks away! Also, actors MARGARET GRAHAM and JOSH LEHTO invite everyone to come see Capital City Productions' presentation of 'The Addams Family', opening next week and running throughout October. (3:32) October 2, 2019

How does the government insure that nursing homes are upholding a law passed by Congress in 1987 that guarantees quality care for residents in long-term facilities? With two unannounced visits every year, according to ANN BICKEL, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care. Unfortunately, that may not be happening due to budget cuts. October 1, 2019

MU Health Care is the presenting sponsor at this Friday's Mature Living Festival. Nurse practitioner DAVID FREEZE hopes to use the festival to spread the word about osteoporosis. But it's not all about your health. ROSE VOMUND hopes people will also come for the fun, the education and the entertainment! Also, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. MU Health Care child life specialist CHRISTINA McHENRY tells us how her team makes life as pleasant as possible for children afflicted with cancer. (4:08) September 30, 2019

Everyone's invited to come to the Urban Farm next Saturday for the 10th annual Harvest Hootenanny. With food prepared by culinary arts students, plus a beer garden, live music and games, it's sure to be fun for the whole family! Proceeds benefit Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. Guest: ADAM SAUNDERS | Also, SMART Recovery's SUZANNE OPPERMAN tells us why positive reinforcement is the best any loved can do for someone with an addiction. Find out why she says the only real cure comes from within the individual with the problem. (3:39) September 27, 2019

Looking to book a flight in the near future? Travel expert MEL ZELENAK tells us why he recommends ITA's Matrix Software over any other airfare search engine. Check out our virtual tour of the site! September 26, 2019

Council for Drug Free Youth is known for going into schools and spreading the word about the dangers of drugs and alcohol; they are less-known for going over the edge of the Jefferson State Office Building in Jefferson City - but that's not stopping them from doing so on October 26th! JOY SWEENEY is here to tell us all about this exciting fundraiser. September 25, 2019

Columbia's Rock Quarry Park is playing host to the first-ever 'Strutt Your Mutt' fundraiser for Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition this Saturday. TERRI EIFFERT says money raised will go toward survivors with emotional support animals. Costumes encouraged! And speaking of fundraisers, JOANNE COWAN invites everyone to a whole hog roast this Sunday benefitting Pinnacles Youth Park! Money raised will go towards a new trailer that houses the park employees who lock up at night. (3:48) September 24, 2019

So what makes this, the sixth installment in the 'Church Basement Ladies' series, different from the others? Maples Rep Theatre artistic director TODD DAVISON says because "this is the first time we get to be introduced to the men of the church." Watch the cast perform "Roger's Sales Pitch" at [2:46]. September 23, 2019

MU Theatre Department presents two, one-act plays next week: Adrienne Kennedy's 'Funny House of a Negro' and 'A Movie Star has to Star in Black and White'. Director DAVID CRESPY and dramaturg MARICA BERRY tell us that each play raises a lot of questions, and so there will be a talkback at the end of every show. Also, GLENN PICKETT is looking to recruit paid and non-paid officials for track and field events at the University of Missouri. Training provided! (4:18) September 20, 2019

In order to break a child's bad eating habits, particularly if they're a picky eater, KRISTEN EIFFERT, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, advises consistency and being a positive role model at the dinner table. She says, "what happens tomorrow is not as important as what happens through their lifetime." Also, KATE BASI invites everyone to join her and her family at 'Fairy Tales and Far Away Places', a free-will concert benefitting the Down Syndrome Guild of Central Missouri this Sunday in Columbia! (4:36) September 19, 2019

In order to achieve a goal of 4,000 usable units, more than 4,000 people are going to have to partake in Mizzou's annual Homecoming Blood Drive this year. JACQUELINE JANORSCHKE and CAROLINE DADE say no appointment is necessary during this year's all-important four-day drive! Also, AMY WILDER invites everyone to a special, one-night-only magic show by onetime 'America's Got Talent' contestant Mike Super! Plus, don't miss the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre premiere of 'Swingtime Canteen'. This second-to-last production of the season runs for ten days beginning tomorrow night! (4:23) September 18, 2019

A marmoleum composition tile is naturally anti-microbial. Why does that matter? SCOTT BRADLEY, from Carpet One Floor and Home in Columbia, says because the desired results require no pesticides or insecticides, unlike their non-eco-friendly competition. Also, My New Voice founder BLANCA KELTY tells us about the importance of learning a second language, and how she can help those wanting to take on a new "language experience." (4:31) September 17, 2019

Still in development, JACKIE REED says Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia will be a place, a home-like setting, that a person can come to in their last month of life, free of charge. She says, "people want the best quality of life at the end of life." September 16, 2019

There's still time to get your kayak or canoe ready for the 10th annual Race to the Dome, benefitting Missouri River Relief. KEVIN TOSIE tells us how works and about next month's river clean-up event in Jefferson City! September 13, 2019

Normally, DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, shares tips on how to best raise our pooch. Today, she talks about raising our feline friends, who she says, "can be trained and can be socialized." (But they're not small dogs, so don't reach them as such!) September 12, 2019

Later this month, the League of Women Voters is hosting two events at the Columbia Public Library. MARILYN McLEOD tells us about both, one of which is a panel discussion about women judges and will feature Ann Covington, the first woman to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court. Also, In2Action executive director DAN HANNEKEN is back to talk about how his prisoner reform program should matter to everyone and is in need of volunteers. (4:10) September 11, 2019

With a goal of $20,000, this year's Columbia CROP Hunger Walk needs all the financial support it can find! As CLEO KOTTWITZ says, "just walking is fun, but walking isn't going to help hungry people." Also, LOIS LONG invites everyone to MU Adult Day Connection's annual fall mum fundraiser tomorrow through Friday! Supporting MUADC doesn't just benefit its participants, it provides a "positive learning environment for Physical/Respiratory/Occupational Therapy and Health Sciences students." (4:13) September 10, 2019

This past Labor Day played host to the 60th annual Heart of America Marathon. In case you missed it, check out our recap - including photos from the event - with Columbia Track Club's KATHY LEE! Also, NICK FOSTER invites everyone to a party at Columbia's Burr Oak Brewery next month in honor of Voluntary Action Center's 50th anniversary! (3:15) September 9, 2019

Historic City of Jefferson executive director ANNE GREEN and board member LOIS HOGAN take us on a virtual walk through Jefferson City's historic Forest Hill Avenue neighborhood, highlighting the six houses taking part in this year's annual Homes Tour! Plus, find out how the city is cleaning up after May's devastating tornado. September 6, 2019

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. DR. KATIE MURRAY, MU Health Care urologist, wants to make sure men between the ages of 55-70 are screened, because "when we do find prostate cancer, it's very treatable." Also, ELIZABETH STEPHENS, director of community outreach for the Columbia Missourian, is looking to you to uncover the unsung heroes in our community and nominate them for the 3rd annual Progress Awards! (3:35) September 5, 2019

If you have a dog that likes to swim in a pond, you'll want to hear what CB CHASTAIN, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, has to say about the potential dangers of that blue-green algae growing on (or in!) stagnate water. Also, ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI tells us about Greenhouse Theatre Project's take on Henrik Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler'. In a first for this "site-specific" theatre company, an actual theatre is being used- of course, not in a way that you're probably used to! (3:59) September 4, 2019

"Boone County, in the state of Missouri, ranks LAST when it comes to escaping generational poverty." -- ANDREW GRABAU on why the Heart of Missouri United Way's annual Day of Caring campaign kick-off is a crucial first step to ensuring that those in need receive the services they need. Lange Middle School principal BERNARD SOLOMON speaks to how the efforts of the United Way affects the children attending Columbia Public Schools. September 3, 2019

How did LARRY BROWN find himself on a solar/battery-powered aircraft in need of an emergency landing, and why did he volunteer himself to jump off the plane in order to lighten the load? It's an exciting tale as tall as a redwood on a hot summer day - which (unofficially) ends today. Enjoy! September 2, 2019

For nine years now, Broadway Christian Church associate minister TERRY OVERFELT says harpist MARIA TREVOR has been providing "beautiful harp music for persons who's hearts are aching, or longing or in need of healing." Maria performs for us "Amazing Grace" at [1:18] and "Thousand Years" at [7:00]. August 30, 2019

Fresh out of surgery (no, really), MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM stops by to tell us about all the ways we can and should pay more attention to our heart. Far too often, he says we take our heart for granted, which can "get us into trouble." August 29, 2019

Meet author DELIA REMINGTON! Her book, 'In the Blood', reimagines Queen Marie Antoinette as a vampire in present day St. Louis. The book is part one of three in her award-winning 'Blood Royal Saga' series! Also, Literacy Action Corps' LESLIE CLAY is looking for volunteers to tutor adults who either don't read well or don't speak english. If interested, there's a five-week training session beginning next week in Columbia! (4:20) August 28, 2019

Labor Day is just around the corner, and to help mark the unofficial end of summer (for the 60th time!), it's the Heart of America Marathon! Columbia Track Club member KATHY LEE tells us what's new this year and gives us details on the planned trek around south Columbia. Registration closes soon! Also, Kansas City-based author CHRISTINE J. GILBERT and editor/mom ANNEROSE WOODS tell us about the six books they've collaborated on over the years, including children's favorite, 'Super Grandma and Super Grandpa: The Unknown Superheroes', and their latest adult novel, 'Deep Seeded Secrets: Corruption, Lies and Murder'. (3:33) August 27, 2019