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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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As an end-of-life doula, MICKEY HAVENER strongly supports the idea of an advance directive. If you're not familiar with the concept, it's like a will, only this comes into play while you're still alive; in a sense, an advance directive will speak for you when you cannot. August 11, 2020

Capital City Productions opens 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' with a cast of 25 this Thursday in Jefferson City! Director LAURA VEDENHAUPT says if for no other reason, come to hear the music by Elton John. Also, DAYNA GLANZ talks about the reopening of OsteoStrong Columbia and the new procedures in place to make visitors feel safe and comfortable. (3:29) August 10, 2020

"T.C. provided the car. It was one of those low-slung, sporty-looking vehicles; it was a little cramped for five teenage boys, but the kind of car it was made it fun."

No, today isn't a holiday, but that didn't stop us from inviting local storyteller LARRY BROWN to stop by to tell us an original summertime-themed story he calls 'One August Day'. August 7, 2020

It goes without saying that to be a caregiver for someone with dementia is a privilege, but that doesn't make the job any easier. Sometimes a caregiver needs a caregiver, or at least a support group, and that's what longtime advocate/volunteer LOIS LONG is here to talk about. August 6, 2020

It's a bit of a process, but Voluntary Action Center is available to help those who are struggling to pay their rent. That program, the rent assistance program, is just one of many VAC has to help cushion the stumble many are taking because of the coronavirus pandemic. Guest: NICK FOSTER August 5, 2020

Less money = less services. It's a hard reality facing many non-profits during this ongoing pandemic, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia is no exception. In their case, less money = serving less kids, and at a time when they "need us more now than ever," according to executive director VALORIE LIVINGSTON. August 4, 2020

Nobody goes it alone. The key to a successful first step in starting a small business is knowing where to find resources, resources, resources. Trulaske College of Business assistant teaching professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON is hoping next week's virtual conference will put entrepreneurs in touch with each other and with local organizations who can help along the way. August 3, 2020

Director of academic affairs KATHRYN FISHMAN-WEAVER tells us about Mizzou Academy's approach to online learning, which is a mixture of both traditional and innovative ideas that serve 8,000 students in 40+ countries and 44 states. July 31, 2020

Truman Veterans' Hospital staff cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM makes his case for intermittent fasting as a way to combat our nation's ever-growing obesity problem by suggesting (those healthy enough try) a meditative process he calls 'hunger-based gratitude experience', or HUGE. July 30, 2020

Former KOMU sports director and Tiger Radio Network analyst CHRIS GERVINO joins us for an everything conversation that will most-certainly put a smile on your face. July 29, 2020

Maplewood Barn Theatre is "playing it safe" with their production of 'Once Upon a Mattress'. One way in which they're doing so, according to director/choreographer MARVIN BYAS IV, is with special blocking that keeps the actors apart while they perform. Marvin tells us the feel of the show is much more recital than typical musical. Also, SCOTT BRADLEY, Carpet One Floor & Home general manager, has an environmentally-friendly product idea for that flooring project you're working on: marmoleum! (4:41) July 28, 2020

Capital City Productions is bringing 'Cats' to its Jefferson City-based stage for a limited run beginning this Thursday! Actress JANA BOTT tells us what songs will be included in this cabaret-style production that's been adapted from the full stage musical. Also, Missouri Nurses Association advocate SUZANNE OPPERMAN has a message for the more than 124,000 nurses in Missouri: get out and vote! (4:24) July 27, 2020

The City of Columbia's dedication to preserving and restoring 'roadside pollinators' - native plants that grow alongside the road that attract monarch butterflies that are often mowed over - is a "long-term investment for ourselves, for our future generations and for the environment." Guest: BARBARA BUFFALOE, City of Columbia sustainability manager July 24, 2020

LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE breaks down the June job numbers, which he calls "progress in the right direction." Alex also follows up on a conversation we had earlier this year about Tesla's stock performance, which is now worth more than legacy companies like Coca-Cola. July 23, 2020

"I would assure everyone that if you have a need, even for the first time, there are so many dedicated people out there who want to help, and they will do that in a way that is respectful and will make you feel at ease, so please take advantage of those resources." -- LINDSAY LOPEZ, executive director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic July 22, 2020

There's a popular saying: "the show must go on," and that applies even during a pandemic! MU Theatre Department's JOY POWELL tells us how they've adapted their summer season in these unfamiliar times. 'So Near, So Far' opens tomorrow night! July 21, 2020

"All told, United Way provides over 2 million dollars annually in strengthening the non-profit sector, because we know that if they are strong, then the services that they provide are strong, which means that donations to support United Way are going to help more individuals." -- ANDREW GRABAU, Heart of Missouri United Way executive director July 20, 2020

If you haven't been to the new Center for Missouri Studies - the headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri - well, don't come right now. (It's temporarily closed thanks to COVID-19.) Instead, JOAN STACK invites you to watch a virtual tour she's produced that can be found online for free! Plus, Joan talks about a recent article in Missouri Life magazine that features artwork found in her collection. July 17, 2020

Local columnist KEN MIDKIFF recently wrote an op-ed in the Columbia Missourian about a very timely topic: the removal of statues across the country. On today's show, we talk about Ken's article: what he learned while writing it and what he hopes will be people's takeaway after reading it. July 16, 2020

Modesty aside, those sharing recipes to The Common Ingredient, a community-based website featuring those who know their way around the kitchen, does read like a 'who's-who' of Columbia (full disclosure: yours truly is one of them). Co-founder CATHY SALTER is back to solicit more participants, and to remind us that if you enjoy one of the featured recipes, maybe donate to one of three designated local non-profits. It's easy! July 15, 2020

You don't need a pond or a lake to enjoy native wetland plants in your own backyard! Lincoln University's native plant specialist, NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, tells us how it can be done and what plants will work best - some of which are edible! July 14, 2020

The August primary is less than a month away! MARILYN McLEOD answers any last-minute questions you may have; she also invites everyone to stay informed by (virtually!) attending any number of events this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Also, MICHELE TOWNS and LUCY BROMER introduce us to the care options provided by Safe Families for Children, part of Columbia's Bethany Christian Services chapter. (4:23) July 13, 2020

Here's a situation that's all-too familiar for pet owners these days: you've been home for three or four months, and you've spent every waking moment with your dog, and your dog - or your cat - is by your side continuously, and then all at once you're gonna be gone for 8 do you prepare the animal to adjust to that? Guest: DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center July 10, 2020

If you've always wanted to see "Will Shakespeare" treated like a rock star, but you never thought it was possible, Capital City Productions has got you covered! ROB CROUSE tells us about 'Something Rotten', a musical farce set in 16th century England that opens tonight! Also, dietitian KRISTEN EIFFERT says we need to "think outside the box" when it comes to family meal time. Schedules don't always permit a dinnertime gathering, so she suggests getting together at breakfast or even snack time! (3:56) July 9, 2020

Services for Independent Living is turning its attention to the youth of our community this summer! ROSE VOMUND says each Zoom-based class will cover a different aspect of career exploration for those age 14-21. Register today! Also, The Spay Neuter Project executive director JANEENE JOHNSTON clears up any misconceptions about feral cats: "most people don't care about them." (4:43) July 8, 2020

From the history of pain to the use of water picks, the dental-related talking points covered here are wide-ranging in this first studio interview with DR. PHILIP BATSON, DDS, Columbia Healthy Smiles. July 7, 2020

It's been a rough 2020 for a lot people, and author JOE DILLARD is no exception - except that he gets to claim a round or two of bladder surgery on top of everything else that's going on in the world. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Joe says he kept his medical team in stitches the whole time...something about seeing yours truly's face and not that proverbial light at the end tunnel. July 6, 2020

Happy Independence Day Eve, everyone! From the cookout to the fireworks, we all have fond memories of the 4th of July, but we all can't put them so eloquently into words like storyteller LARRY BROWN has done for us today. How many of his memories are also your memories? July 3, 2020

How do you practice good social distance etiquette when so much of what you do involves touching? National Federation of the Blind of Missouri's GARY WUNDER answers that question and others as he describes life as a blind person during a pandemic. July 2, 2020

Thanks in part to a two-person script, Talking Horse Productions is hoping to "resume normal operations" with Jane Cafarella's 'e-Baby' in August. But before that, artistic director ADAM BRIETZKE invites everyone to a FREE show later this month at Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater in Columbia! Also, if you're a caregiver in need of diapers for your child, First Chance for Children executive director KASEY SCHAUMBURG says all you need to do is show up to their Fay St. location in Columbia on the third Wednesday of every month! (4:23) July 1, 2020