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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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How does The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri plan to distribute 'Buddy Packs' - two, ready-to-eat entrees - if the recipients aren't in school? President and CEO LINDSAY LOPEZ says, "as we have with everything during this pandemic, we've just become accustomed to being creative in the way that we do things." August 28, 2020

We take a look at the winning entries from this year's Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest with TIM HALLER from the Big Muddy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Find out which one of the twelve winners also earned best in show! August 27, 2020

It looks like wood, but it's actually carpet. See if you can spot the difference based on the sample SCOTT BRADLEY brought with him from his store, Carpet One Floor and Home! Also, League of Women Voters Columbia-Boone County president MARILYN McLEOD is dressed to the nines in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote! (4:23) August 26, 2020

Did you know there was a time when blind people were not allowed to vote? National Federation of the Blind's GARY WUNDER pulls back the curtain on the process of casting a vote for the sight-impaired among us, and throws in a little history, too. August 25, 2020

Self-Management and Recovery Training, also known as SMART Recovery, is finding new life online during the pandemic. Facilitator SUZANNE OPPERMAN says new meetings are being added due to its growing popularity. So what makes SMART Recovery's approach so different? She says, "because it's [about] changing the person's perspective on how they look at choices, regardless of what it is that you're struggling with." August 24, 2020

Heart of Missouri United Way strategically invests the donations made by you into programs that provide healthy food, physical education and general health care to those less fortunate in our community. According to executive director ANDREW GRABAU, in one report, 94% of people who benefitted from these programs had "improved healthy outcomes." He says what that means is, "when we break down these barriers and provide access, people get healthier." August 21, 2020

There's hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding on the line based on the results of the 2020 Census. That's money for schools, infrastructure, healthcare, outreach and more. SARA HUMM says that's why it's so important that everyone be counted: "it really touches our lives in the simplest of ways." August 20, 2020

Mobility Worldwide's planned fundraiser at Logboat Brewery in Columbia is happening as scheduled later this month! $20 gets you in the door, and for every $300 raised, that means a new cart can be built and sent to someone in Kenya. Guest: JEFF MORAN | Also, LELANDE REHARD is asking trail users to help maintain the natural beauty of their surroundings by taking a moment to pick up a fallen limb, for example. And if you're a really big fan of that kind of work, consider getting involved with the relatively new CoMo Trail Association. (4:48) August 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on a lot of things this year, including live theatre, and Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon is no exception. That said, artistic director TODD DAVISON is holding out hope that their production of 'Greater Tuna' and 'I Love a Piano' will go on as scheduled this fall. Find out what it'll take to pull it off! August 18, 2020

Investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says without question the U.S.'s deficit is "stunning," but now is not the time to talk about paying it back. He says, "it's important to remember this money is going to help stimulate, stabilize our economy until our people can get back to work." August 17, 2020

The State Historical Society of Missouri's Columbia headquarters is back open with new safety procedures in place so that everyone can enjoy, worry-free, a new exhibit featuring cartoons that document the final years WWII. JOAN STACK highlights one in particular, 'V for Thanksgiving', which ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch back in 1945. August 14, 2020

The Missouri Symphony's annual garage sale is moving to a live online auction format this year - and with "higher-end items" - according to executive director TRENT RASH. Proceeds benefit The Missouri Symphony League, which support music education in our community. Also, dietitian JENNIFER BEAN has a solution (not 'the' solution) for those tired of cooking at home: kebabs! Get pro tips and ideas for ingredients you might otherwise overlook. (4:07) August 13, 2020

Get to know husband and wife dentists DR. PHILIP BATSON and DR. ELIZABETH ABE from Columbia Health Smiles! They take us behind the scenes of their new office safety procedures in the wake of COVID-19. Dr. Abe says for the patient, fortunately their visit should feel "pretty normal." August 12, 2020

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