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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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The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri's popular 'Float Your Boat' fundraising event returns to Bass Pro Lake April 27. CHRISTA HOLTZCLAW tells us why the whole family should take part. "It's a blast!" Also, The Little Theatre of Jefferson City opens 'Mamma Mia' next Thursday for one weekend only. Meet director GABRIELLE WITTENBERGER and actor JERICO WHITAKER. (3:59) February 7, 2019

It's no secret that the 2018 stock market closed out in the red. As of late, things are headed in the right direction, but what does that mean for your investments? LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE says to think long term. "Even though there is reason to be concerned and anxious about contemporary times, long-term portfolios (10+ years) often do well for people." February 6, 2019

The 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns this Sunday to The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Missouri River Relief's KEVIN TOSIE tells us about a couple of the featured films, including Sriram Murali's 'Lost in Light', a film about light pollution. Also, February is American Heart Month. Hy-Vee dietitian MICHAEL O'HALLORAN, RD, LD, says that by adding a little more fiber to our diet (specifically oats), we can help our body lower our LDL cholesterol. (3:29) February 5, 2019

Never mind tomorrow, machine-learning artificial intelligence is happening now! University of Missouri professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON tells us just how much it's "creeping into our lives." February 4, 2019

Thinking of carpeting your walls? Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY has some ideas that are aesthetically-pleasing, non-flammable and, best of all, eco-friendly! Also, TERI WALDEN introduces us to KYLE BOFFA, a one-time student and now program assistant at EnCircle Technologies, which is now a part of Woodhaven. (4:17) February 1, 2019

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. JOHN HOWE, author of 'The Foolish Corner,' says planning is key to a proper retirement because people are "living twenty, thirty years after retirement and that's a fairly long period of time to have to support ourselves." January 31, 2019

"If I could write a prescription for any one person, all ages, doesn't matter what problems you have, physical activity and exercise really is preventative and in some circumstances curative." -- DR. MARY DOHRMANN, MU Health Care | Also, Hickman High School Theatre opens "Dearly Beloved" tomorrow night for one weekend only. Cast members ZOE BELLMAN and MORGAN MILLER take us to Fayro, Texas for an 'over-the-top' wedding full of eccentric characters! (4:08) January 30, 2019

Capital City Productions takes us back to the '50s and into the world of Sun Records - home to (names you might recognize like) Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins -  with their latest show, "Million Dollar Quartet". Guests: NATALIE EICKHOFF and PAULA BEACH | Also, the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri has been helping residents of Boone County for almost 25 years. Efforts such as theirs takes money, and one way they raise funds is through the always-popular - and going on now! - quarterly cookie sale. Guests: CARLA McFARLAND and MARY STIXRUD (4:29) January 29, 2019

Love INC of Columbia wants to help you "gain the confidence and connections" to get a job (or get a better job) through a new eight-week program they're hosting called 'Jobs For Life'. Guest: JANE WILLIAMS   January 28, 2019

MU Health Care's DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM says intermittent fasting could be the answer to ridding ourselves of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and neurodegenerative diseases. January 25, 2019

Eat food inspired by art tomorrow night at Columbia Art League! Now in its sixth year, 'Let Them Eat Art' is your chance to pair paint with pâté (perhaps). Guest: LOUISE SARVER | Also, JEFF MORAN invites everyone to a "quarters auction" fundraiser for Mobility Worldwide - now in its 25th year - next month in Columbia! (4:06) January 24, 2019

You might recognize DAWN TRAUTMAN as one of Maples Rep Theatre's 'Church Basement Ladies'. She's also the co-creator of 'A Dairy Tale', an on-going web series that focuses on everyday people in rural, dairy-industry-driven America. January 23, 2019

CoMo Youth Works wants to see those with substance abuse issues get "community-based help" instead of a prison sentence. Guest LORETTA SCHOUTEN says that's because Missouri has one of the highest recidivist rates in the country. Their plan? A one-stop shop. January 22, 2019

"It's as relevant now as it was then." -- JOAN STACK on Tom Engelhardt's 1968 political cartoon, 'But His Truth Goes Marching On', which originally ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch five days after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. See it for yourself this week at the State Historical Society of Missouri. (They're closed today.) January 21, 2019

"This weekend, our country is emphasizing values like justice and equality and freedom as we anticipate celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. And I want to share this little, short Missouri history story because I think some of those values surface as we hear this story." -- LARRY BROWN on why he's sharing the story, "Mule Shoes, Boodlers, Holy Joe and the Missouri Idea"  January 18, 2019

January is National Walk Your Dog Month. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, can't stress enough how important this (relatively simple) activity is to the bond between a pet and their owner. Plus, it's good exercise! January 17, 2019

It's been a minute since TIM RICH stopped by to talk about Welcome Home: A Community for Veterans. He says their new location provides three times the space they had before; unfortunately, they still have to turn people away because there isn't enough room. Also, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. NANETTE WARD tells us about the newly-released poster from Missouri's Department of Public Safety featuring the national human trafficking hotline number. (4:06) January 16, 2019

"So, we've been doing this type of activity for many years, but what we've known is, once we've made that initial investment, the first buyer will sell, and then that home is no longer affordable or it potentially turns into a rental unit. So, what the Community Land Trust is, it's a new initiative to protect all of the city's investments in affordable housing going forward." -- Randy Cole, Housing Supervisor, Columbia Community Land Trust  January 15, 2019

Not everyone has a "social safety net," and for some, one economic setback could sink their ship, so-to-speak. Heart of Missouri United Way can be that safety net, but not without help from the community at large. ANDREW GRABAU tells us how easy it is to get involved. Also, WALLY PFEFFER and ALLY CUNNINGHAM, co-chairs of the 17th annual Boone County Legislative Forum on Higher Education, tell us about this year's event happening next week at Grand Cru in Columbia! (4:15) January 14, 2019

Why take part in The District's 'Restaurant Week'? NICKIE DAVIS says because "we offer just the most unique, locally-owned businesses...there are just things you're never going to find anywhere outside of The District." Additional guest: Gunter Hans owner LYDIA MELTON | Also, HEATHER LAMB takes us behind-the-scenes of Vox Magazine. Now in its 20th year, this student-run, city-centered publication recently underwent aesthetic changes that (hopefully) reflect a modern era of lifestyle journalism. (3:06) January 11, 2019

2018 was a busy year for the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability! BARBARA BUFFALOE takes a look back at the good, the bad and the "world's stupidest problem." Plus, get details on the first Fix-It Fair of the new year! January 10, 2019

Thanks to you, Voluntary Action Center's 2018 Holiday Program was a resounding success. Executive director NICK FOSTER shares some takeaway statistics and tells us a story about its impact on one particular individual. Also, native plant expert NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL is back with tips on how, with just a little planning, you can turn nature into art! (4:30) January 9, 2019

River City Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications from those interested in becoming a homeowner. Executive director SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS tells us about the process. Also, JACK WAX and WALTER PERKINS encourages those 50 and older (who are looking to continue their education) to attend Osher at Mizzou's four-week winter session. Starts January 22nd! (3:25) January 8, 2019

HEATHER HARLAN, prevention specialist at Phoenix Programs, shares three pointers that we can all use to change our behavior - whether we have a substance use issue or not! Also, LESLIE CLAY invites anyone interested in becoming an english tutor with Literacy Action Corps to attend a three-week training session next month in Columbia. (4:09) January 7, 2019

"Caregivers can give out." -- LOIS LONG, volunteer with the local Alzheimer's Association, about the individuals who look after those suffering from dementia. So what can be done while they take some 'me time'? JERRY KIESLING says to bring the patient to MU Adult Day Connection. January 4, 2019

TRYPS has been educating and enriching the lives of young people via the arts in our community for 20 years now! 2019 looks to further the mission with even more classes, auditions and 'PJ Play Days' for your outgoing youngster. Guest: JENNIFER BLACK  January 3, 2019

"It rewires their brain so they think they need that drug...and the younger you start, the more likely you are to become addicted to alcohol, to marijuana, to nicotine, to all of those things. And the manufacturers know this." -- JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, on the effects of experimentation at a young age. January 2, 2019

You may think you know chocolate, but not like this. LYNN ROSSY, director of Tasting Mindfulness, joins us with two chocolate bars and tips on how we should be eating them (and everything, really). She's doing a workshop, 'The Joy of Mindful Eating', later this month at alleyCat Yoga in Columbia - watch for details! January 1, 2019

A New Year's Eve show without HANK WATERS is a New Year's Eve show not worth doing. Thankfully, he's here, and he's taking a glass-half-full approach to as many local and national news stories from 2018 that we can fit into 8 minutes. December 31, 2018

MU Health Care's LAURIE SAX, RD says the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is when we "have the most unintended weight gain." She shows us how snacking alone can add up to more than 3,000 calories. Also, SCOTT BRADLEY tells us about a specific type of carpet tile made from eco-friendly material. He says it's "very dense and it handles traffic really well, and it's super-easy to clean." (3:44) December 28, 2018

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