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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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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

If you are engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors, your weight doesn't matter. That's the essence of health psychologist LYNN ROSSY's new mantra: healthy is better than thin. Watch for details on her next 'Mindful Eating' class, coming this September to a Zoom near you! July 12, 2019

The 50th annual Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre at MU season is well underway, and the wow factor keeps coming. Opening tonight is 'Ragtime the Musical', which director JOY POWELL says is coming together thanks to the efforts of a "whole village." Also, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS is breathing a sigh of relief now that the Columbia Farmers Market can finally - after many weather-related delays - call the pavilion structure at the new Agriculture Park home. So what's next? (3:40) July 11, 2019

Since Maplewood Barn Theatre isn't open in December, KAY COOK says now is the (next) best time to do Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'! The curtain goes up and the fake snow comes down beginning tomorrow night and running for three weekends in Nifong Park. Additional guest: SAM BOISCLAIR | Also, KENNETH PIGG invites everyone to two upcoming fundraisers in support of Access to Healthy Food, a program for low-income individuals that matches up to $25 spent at the Columbia Farmers Market. (4:02) July 10, 2019

Spoiler alert: the 'Watermelon Dance', hosted every year by Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers, is not a dance involving watermelon (watermelon is the refreshment served at halftime). MOLLY WHITE says all skills levels are invited to take part! Also, CATHERINE PARKE invites everyone between the ages 5 and 15 to go 'into space' this Saturday at Orr Street Studios in Columbia. Part 1 of 2 will explore the filled space and the empty space in both music and art. (4:36) July 9, 2019

"This event cuts out any financial barriers." -- HANNAH NICHOLS on just one of the many reasons why local high school and middle school students should attend Missouri Orthopaedic Institute's annual Sports Physical Day. Additional guest: ROSAMARIA INGRAM | Also, KATHY LEE invites those willing to battle heat, hills and humidity in this year's 60th annual Heart of America Marathon. This "bucket list" marathon travels throughout Columbia and Boone County. New this year: fun team relays! (4:32) July 8, 2019

"Small works by artists we represent" is the theme of this month's exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in the North Village Arts District in Columbia. HANNAH REEVES says multiple works (priced under $500) by 70 artists will be for sale throughout July! Also, PAMELA SMITH shares a personal story about why she feels like more people should become organ donors. Her grandson, Tavian, has a rare genetic kidney disease, and no one in his family can help due to a history of kidney stones. He's been waiting for a match for two years. (3:19) July 5, 2019

On this Independence Day 2019, storyteller LARRY BROWN poses the question: "What Liberty Bell?" or "What's the Relationship Between the Liberty Bell and Wheat?" July 4, 2019

Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY's eco-friendly flooring idea this month has a ceramic-based core that's waterproof, durable and no chemicals were used in its creation. July 3, 2019

If you've never heard of In2Action, it's a transitional support group for recently released prisoners who must now re-enter society and stay out of trouble. Executive director DAN HANNEKEN is looking for growth opportunities, as well as financial donations and more volunteers. Also, CB CHASTAIN, MU Veterinary Health Center, tells us about a couple of surprising summer health hazards to be on the lookout for this year. (4:33) July 2, 2019

2018 was a record year for those on an organ donor waiting list in the United States. Almost 38,000 people (out of more than 120,000) received a "life-saving or a life-improving organ transplant," according to DR. MARK WAKEFIELD, MU Health Care. The fortunate ones will remain on the list until a match is found; the unfortunate ones will die waiting. Columbia South Rotary Club's JOE WESTON says the need is obviously there and that becoming an organ donor is just a mouse click away! July 1, 2019

"You have to go and recharge yourself, too." -- GREG CARBINS, family counselor at Phoenix Programs, on caring for those who are caring for someone in recovery. You are not alone! Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a screening of 'One Woman, One Vote', a film about women's suffrage sponsored by the League of Women Voters. (4:27) June 28, 2019

The question on the table is: is your house your greatest asset? Yours truly says yes, it is; our guest, consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, says no, it's not. What do you think and why? June 27, 2019

It's known as a 'silent killer'. So what, if any, are the warning signs? DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM says "the trouble with blood pressure is, unless we take the effort to measure it, we may not recognize that we have high blood pressure." June 26, 2019

Voluntary Action Center's annual Fan Club program has been going since May, but the need for more fans is still there. Executive director NICK FOSTER tells us why this program is so important and how you can help! Also, JEANNINE BRICKEY invites everyone to Bittersweet Garden Club's 20th annual Garden Tour this Sunday in Jefferson City. Five "best-dressed" gardens will be featured on the tour! (4:45) June 25, 2019

The basis for the annual Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run on July 4th in Columbia is rooted in early-19th century Missouri history. Pratt was jailed in western Missouri for his Latter-Day Saints affiliation, but escaped. The 'Freedom Run' thus commemorates Pratt's stand and religious freedoms in the United States. Guest: NEWELL KITCHEN | Also, JENNIFER CONE tells us about TRYPS' dragon-themed summer camps, their upcoming production of Matilda and the return of 'PJ Play Days'! (4:45) June 24, 2019

Are you planning to adopt a new dog (or cat)? DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, shares a few simple steps to follow that will make the experience a successful one for all parties involved. June 21, 2019

If you have unused and/or expired drugs in your home, getting rid of them is not as simple as throwing them in the trash. Council for Drug Free Youth's JOY SWEENEY recommends Dispose Rx, a powder substance that "deactivates" the medicine right there in its bottle. June 20, 2019

Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (on the MU campus) is home two chiropractors, one of which is today's guest, DR. JEFF MILLER, DC. He tells us all about chiropractic care, and if it really hurts or if that's just a bad rumor. June 19, 2019

Author BILL YOUNG explores the early years of baseball great Jackie Robinson in his new book, 'J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball'. Bill says Robinson had support within the league, but that he experienced a "heckuva lot of racial taunting." Also, SMART Recovery's SUZANNE OPPERMAN wants to help those with abnormal dependencies realize that what they're doing is a choice by getting family members to take part in positive reinforcement. (5:04) June 18, 2019

"There's a group of people that we were missing," says DORREEN RARDIN, retired coordinator of palliative care at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. That "group of people" is anyone with a serious illness who can't be cared for outside of a hospital setting for one reason or another. To help ease the financial burden, Dorreen and JACKIE REED are starting 'Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia', which will allow for the patient to come 'home', free of charge. June 17, 2019

Will Telemachus be reunited with his father, Odysseus? Find out as storyteller LARRY BROWN takes us way back to ancient Greek times for the setting of his Father's Day-themed story. June 14, 2019

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN reads two poems he originally wrote after the Flood of 1993. Unfortunately, thanks to the recent flooding in much of the midwest, they're relevant once again. "Good Place to Begin" at [1:41] and "Why the World Stops" at [4:00]. June 13, 2019

Friends of Historic Arrow Rock now run the J. Huston Tavern. A small electrical fire has temporarily closed the kitchen, but executive director SANDY SELBY says a temporary solution will keep the same food coming until they reopen later this summer. Also, JOY POWELL tells us what's in store for the 50th anniversary of the Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre on the MU campus. (2:53) June 12, 2019

Do you feel better when you eat better? Of course you do! JENNIFER BEAN, MS, RDN, LD, tells us about a study that looks into how food affects anxiety and depression. (Links below) Also, Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY has ideas if you're looking to install eco-friendly, durable, fade-resistant laminate flooring in your home. (4:11) June 11, 2019

TODD DAVISON and the cast of 'The Full Monty' perform 'Let It Go' [3:33] from the popular musical about out-of-work steel workers looking to make ends meet by stripping. This Wednesday's opening night performance is for the ladies only! June 10, 2019

Check out the Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market each Sunday morning now through the end of October for the best in local food, local art, local entertainment and more! Guests: DENNY BUCKLER and ROY HARTLEY | Also, BARBARA BUFFALOE has tips on how to conserve water while keeping your lawn looking great this summer! (2:42) June 7, 2019

"So often when someone gives a large chunk of money to some organization, they lose the ability to offer any other advice about where that money ends up going. With a Donor Advised Fund, the donor can continue to offer advice or recommendations or suggestions...over where the money finally goes." -- JOHN BAKER, Community Foundation of Central Missouri  June 6, 2019

Consumer expert MEL ZELENAK takes a page (or two) out of one of his favorite books, 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki, to guide our conversation about becoming financially independent. June 5, 2019

Capital City Productions' "Mamma Mia!" has proven to be so popular - before it even opens! - that four additional performances have been added to the schedule. ROB CROUSE tells us why these encore shows come at a lower ticket price. Also, BOB HOHENSTEIN invites everyone to take part in The District's 'Summer Restaurant Week' June 9-15. He says, so far, 35 restaurants are on board to "stamp your passport!" (4:45) June 4, 2019