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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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Chuck, Hugh, Bob and Greg - a.k.a. The Boone County Hams - perform three songs a cappella: "Feelin' Fine" [1:23]; "Lullaby in Ragtime" [3:25]; and "Down Our Way" [7:08]. August 23, 2019

"There are lots of ways that these new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are being put to good use in medicine - specifically in radiology and in pathology - because they're very good at recognizing patterns," SCOTT CHRISTIANSON on why our conversation today is about advances in AI in the field of medicine. August 22, 2019

We're playing travel Q&A with MEL ZELENAK! Try this one: a couple wants to go on a 7-day cruise in November, but the cost of the cruise is over $3,000. Their friends are paying $1,000 less for the same cruise (and cabin type), but that's because they're part of a group that received a group discount. What, if anything, can the couple do to get that same price since they can't join the same group that their friends are in? August 21, 2019

Registration is now open for Osher@Mizzou's eight-week fall semester! JACK WAX and JENNIFER ERICKSON highlight a few of the courses offered to the over-50 crowd who want to continue their education without having to take those pesky exams. Also, Heart of Missouri CASA executive director KELLY HILL and advocate LINCOLN SHEETS tells us why volunteering for the needs of abused and neglected children is a rewarding experience for both parties involved. (4:16) August 20, 2019

If you or someone you know is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, MU Health Care invites you to a patient and caregiver conference this Saturday in Columbia. Guest: DR. JUNAID SIDDIQUI | Also, (Columbia) Missouri National Education Association president KATHY STEINHOFF tells us how the student loan crisis is affecting teachers entering the workforce. She says, "our young teachers, they're putting off having families and buying houses - all the things that stimulate our economy...because they're trying to pay back these loans." August 19, 2019

LARRY BROWN tells us the true story of a well-known incident involving Alexander Campbell, Wales McCormick, Samuel Clemens - a.k.a. Mark Twain -  a sermon, the Lord's name in vain and a print shop in Hannibal, Missouri. August 16, 2019

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre opens 'Fully Committed' this Saturday! AMY WILDER says this show is unique in that one man is playing 40 different characters. Later this month, 'Crimes of the Heart' opens; Amy says this "funny tragedy" will "pull your heart strings." Also, TAKAKO TAGAMI invites all children and their parents to register now for this Saturday's 'Families in the Kitchen' event at the Columbia Public Library. Participants will make fruit smoothies! (3:58) August 15, 2019

Help raise money for the American Cancer Society at a tournament fundraiser next month at The Axe House in Columbia. REBEKAH HARTSOCK and DENNIS BLUST are looking for sixteen teams of four to sign up to try and win cash prizes and more! Also, Boone County Clerk BRIANNA LENNON shows us a new electronic voting machine that should be in place in time for the presidential preference primary in March 2020! (3:45) August 14, 2019

In order to keep stormwater in mid-Missouri as environmentally-friendly as possible, GINNY and KATE TRAUTH tell us about their plan to send water collected (on surfaces like a parking lot) below ground and into earth's natural filtration system, thus avoiding pollutants and pesticides. Also, BETH SNYDER encourages everyone to make the short drive to Fulton to experience - among other places - The Art House, located on Court Street in the historic Brick District! (4:33) August 13, 2019

Free audition workshop for 'Frozen Jr.', the fall production at TRYPS, will take place next Saturday at Hickman Hall in Columbia. JILL WOMACK tells us why the workshop is helpful for those wanting to audition but are maybe nervous about the process. Also, JANE WAGNER introduces us to two of the three recipients of an annual scholarship (awarded by the Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association), ANN FITZMAURICE and HEATHER SNOW! (4:48) August 12, 2019

Author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads his tornado-inspired poem, 'A Different Prayer' at [4:04]. (The first four minutes of the show is spent sharing stories about encounters with copperheads and rattlesnakes!) August 9, 2019

We're on location - about 35 miles north of Columbia - for this segment with native plant expert NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL! Come take a walk with us as we discover what can bloom when nature reclaims the land. August 8, 2019

"The difference is, those homes that we're building in town...typically cost $150K/$175K to build, but wages haven't kept up with the rising cost of housing in our community or nationwide, so we sell those houses around $100K to a family that might make $35K gross annual income." -- RANDY COLE on how the Columbia Community Land Trust reinvests in property for the benefit of others. Also, MARILYN McLEOD encourages everyone to clear their calendars because the League of Women Voters is celebrating 100 years of the 19th amendment with "lots of events over the next year." (3:23) August 7, 2019

Stage Right Theatre Company co-founders ELIZABETH CURRAN and JON STAPLES think they've found a niche market for those wanting to participate in local theater: youth and young adult actors...who are paid. See their first-ever show, 'Madam's Been Murdered, Tea Will Be Late', this weekend at Higher Ground Church in Columbia! Also, Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY tells us about another hypo-allergenic laminate floor option - this one you can clean with a steam mop! (4:15) August 6, 2019

At long last, the State Historical Society of Missouri's new Center for Missouri Studies building will open its doors to the public this Saturday. JOAN STACK tells us why this is one grand opening you won't want to miss! August 5, 2019

"For eight minutes, we were able to experience some of the situations that persons with dementia experience." -- LOIS LONG, Alzheimer's Association volunteer/advocate, on a recent event in which participants wore dark glasses and a headset playing many different sounds. Lois also tells us about an upcoming caregiver conference in Columbia sponsored by MU Health Care. August 2, 2019

500 years ago, William Shakespeare was writing soap operas - one of which was 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Columbia Entertainment Company's CARA BROKES tells us that directing this centuries-old script is fun because of the freedom to interpret the words in whatever way imaginable. In this case: steampunk. Additional guest: KATIE HAYS | Also, ELISE BUCHHEIT invites everyone to the Office of Cultural Affairs' 2019 Celebration of the Arts fundraiser later this month! Money raised will help to sustain our city's vibrant arts culture. (4:04) August 1, 2019

How do blind people cast a private ballot on election day? GARY WUNDER from the National Federation of the Blind, Missouri tells us it's come a long way since the days of a judge and a witness or two hovering over your shoulder while you make your selection. July 31, 2019

First Chance for Children is hosting a 'Bingo for Babies' fundraiser at the Elks Lodge in Columbia next month. KASEY SCHAUMBURG says funds raised will allow First Chance to continue to be an organization that parents with young children (pre-K) can rely on for whatever they may need as they begin their "parenting journey." Also, JIM STEELE and GLENN LUDTKE tell us why everyone should make plans to attend the 11th annual Fayette Festival of the Arts this Saturday in, well...Fayette! (3:38) July 30, 2019

"Framing" is presenting the same information two different ways. When dealing with money, that can greatly affect a person's perception of the situation. Author JOHN HOWE, 'The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions', illustrates this idea further by using gambling and any news you might get from your financial advisor. July 29, 2019

Instead of throwing out broken bikes, lamps, small kitchen appliances, toys, clothing, etc., why not get them fixed and keep them out of the landfill? That's the goal of the City of Columbia's semi-regular Fix-It Fair - the next one being tomorrow afternoon at Lowe's in Columbia. Guest: LELANDE REHARD  July 26, 2019

Our conversation with environmentalist KEN MIDKIFF touches on climate change solutions like alternative energy (wind turbines, for example). July 25, 2019

Midwest Special Needs Trust executive director KATHY BIRKES introduces us to this 30 year-old non-profit that aims to ease the burden of financial planning on those with disabilities. Also, FARHAN SIDDIQ, MD, MU Health Care, tells us about brain aneurysms - the signs, the symptoms and the treatments. (3:32) July 24, 2019

The annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale is back this weekend (Thursday thru Sunday) in downtown Columbia! The District's NICKIE DAVIS tells us what to expect at this popular, family-friendly event this year. Also, AMY WILDER invites everyone to this Thursday's 'Laughs at the Lyceum' comedy show (featuring comedians Kate Anderson and Jane Condon), as well as to the rest of the summer season, which includes fan favorite '9 to 5: The Musical'. (3:20) July 23, 2019

Meadow Ridge Senior Living is hosting their annual Ice Cream Social this Saturday in Moberly, and you're invited! Did I mention it's free? Guests: MELANIE WHITE and ONEVA McCLENDON | Also, JILL WOMACK invites everyone to come see TRYPS' full-length production of 'Matilda' this weekend in the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus in Columbia! (4:27) July 22, 2019

Registered dietitian TAKAKO TAGAMI, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about an upcoming class for kids in which they'll make homemade ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Month! Also, Resident Arts founder MADELINE LeMIEUX is helping Children's Grove spread kindness in the form of painted butterfly wings! (4:51) July 19, 2019

"Poisons work two ways: how much you get and the nature of the poison itself. Scorpion poison is designed to kill little things, not humans." -- author OLEN R. BROWN putting to rest any fears you might have of getting stung by a scorpion in Missouri. (It'll still hurt.) July 18, 2019

If you've never heard of pickleball, SUE KERRIGAN tells us that it's a combination of tennis, table tennis, racketball and badminton (among others). If that sounds like fun to you, the Jefferson City Pickleball Club is the place to be! Also, Voluntary Action Center's annual Boone County Back to School Health Fair is coming up next Saturday in Columbia. NICK FOSTER says they expect to serve at least 800 students. (3:46) July 17, 2019

Rainbow House is a place of respite for children in our community who have been abused and neglected. Quality care comes at a cost, however, and so APRIL BARNETT encourages anyone interested to sign up for the 29th annual Rainbow House Golf Classic fundraiser happening August 5th in Columbia! Also, Mexico mayor AYANNA SHIVERS wants to see even more members of her community at her monthly "Munch with the Mayor" informal chat sessions. (4:22) July 16, 2019

Maples Repertory Theatre artistic director TODD DAVISON says 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story' is a "really, really lovely story about the music." Opening night is this Friday in Macon! July 15, 2019