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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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"Since this is a week for many religions to celebrate the transition to spring, I thought maybe a story of self-giving, of altruism, might be appropriate." -- LARRY BROWN ahead of his sharing of the true story he calls "Drowning." April 19, 2019

Local musician and farmer NOAH EARLE is hoping to raise "as much money as possible" for Missouri River Communities Network, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and Missouri Rural Crisis Center with a fundraiser this Saturday at Logboat Brewery in Columbia! Also, Maplewood Barn Theatre explores (pun intended) the life of cave enthusiast Floyd Collins in "Floyd Collins: A Bluegrass Musical." Guests DANA BOCKE and MARK BAUMGARTNER say that Floyd's eventual entrapment became an early-20th century "media circus." (3:48) April 18, 2019

Office of Sustainability manager BARBARA BUFFALOE is doing her part to keep her carbon footprint at a minimum this month by biking everywhere, everyday. And we do mean everywhere, even into our studio! Do your part: join Barbara and others at the Columbia Public Library on Earth Day for the rollout of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. April 17, 2019

CoMo Youth Works' LORETTA SCHOUTEN and Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition volunteer NANETTE WARD have decided to form a mini-partnership to help serve those who have, sadly, spent a part of their life removed from society because of some form of trafficking. April 16, 2019

What better rabbit hole is there to go down than one inspired by author Lewis Carroll? That's the thinking behind 'A.L.I.C.E.', MU Theatre Department's (very) original adaption of Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Guest: HAYLEY RUSHING | Also, BARBARA HOPPE invites everyone to tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' at the Grindstone Hy-Vee in Columbia. The topic this month is 'De-mystifying Medicare and Medicaid'. (4:33) April 15, 2019

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN can find a compelling story anywhere, even in something as mundane as a trip to his dentist's office. April 12, 2019

Phoenix Programs board president GREG DeLINE's passion for helping those with addiction issues stems from an unfortunate, alcohol-related car accident that took the life of his stepson. Hear his story. Also, Spirit of Excellence co-founder TAYLORE JOHNSON tells us about this almost-decade old non-profit that teaches young ladies not only how to dance and cheer, but core values like teamwork and leadership. (5:17) April 11, 2019

Health psychologist LYNN ROSSY says, "you can't take 8-10 hours of your day and not be healthy and expect to make up for it after you leave." If you've got a job that requires you to remain at a desk, Lynn has some simple tips and tricks to keep your blood circulating! April 10, 2019

Which category are you in? The one that says I eat a variety of foods or the one that says I eat the same 10 things all the time? JEAN HOWARD, RN, says that if you take the time to write down what you eat, "you'd be surprised how your food comes in just a few headlines." Also, NICK FOSTER tells us about Voluntary Action Center's early days, and how - after 50 years - it is still an important resource in our community. (4:00) April 9, 2019

MU Health Care doctors SHVETHA ZAREK and ALBERT HSU walk us through the steps of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process that's given life to more than 7 million babies worldwide in its 40-year history. Also, HEATHER LAMB invites everyone to Vox Magazine's 'Farm To Table' event, known as 'Columbia Grown', later this month. For one night only, chefs from all over Missouri will serve you a four-course meal made from locally-grown ingredients! (4:21) April 8, 2019

Two topics with ANNE COOK and LYNNANNE BAUMGARDNER from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri: the quarterly cookie sale and the 20th anniversary celebration of Upscale Resale (happening later this month at their store in Columbia)! Also, SUZANNE PEARMAN says if you have an addiction to drugs, alcohol, even the internet, SMART Recovery is here to help. (4:04) April 5, 2019

You're invited to the 2nd annual Boost Fest at Logboat Brewery in Columbia! Guest ELIZABETH FREEMAN says this all-important fundraiser will help cancer patients in need of "expensive" supplemental nutrition options (like Boost). Also, MICHELE SNODDERLEY and BARB TUTTLE tell us about this year's Children's Camp at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia. The play will be 'Charlotte's Web', and all skill levels are welcome! (4:01) April 4, 2019

An artist's process can be as fascinating as the finished product. If you've always wanted to experience that journey, so-to-speak, The State Historical Society of Missouri's final case exhibit (in their longtime home in Ellis Library), delivers a peek inside the sketchbook of a handful of Missouri artists. Guest: JOAN STACK  April 3, 2019

Of the 20 plays included in this year's Mizzou New Play Series -- running Wednesday thru Sunday at McKee Gymnasium on the MU campus -- five are written by guest TAYLOR SKLENAR. Additional guest: DAVID CRESPY | Also, JUDY BOCK and SHERRY DYE remind us of all the good The Wardrobe does for those less fortunate in our community, like the shoe voucher program. (4:32) April 2, 2019 

Investing in the stock market in your later years can be tricky. For example, if you're 70 years old and you're deriving income from your portfolio, take your age from 100 and use that number as the percent to be in stocks. ALEX LaBRUNERIE from LaBrunerie Financial says it's not a perfect system, but it "tends to make one more conservative." April 1, 2019

Folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA perform Nic Jones' "The Minstrel's Request" on guitar and banjo at [2:39]. They also tell us about next weekend's 28th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville! March 29, 2019

"Truly, that's why the collaborations are so important, and why Welcome Home- we say we go beyond a shelter for that specific reason; it's not about just getting the veteran off the street, it's about truly providing them connection to resources and services and benefits that are going to help them sustain independence and keep them off the streets for good." -- MEGAN SIEVERS, Development Director, Welcome Home, a Community for Veterans | Additional guest: ROBERT CANINE  March 28, 2019

Child life specialists BRITTANY RILEY and TAILOR SCHLOTZHOUR tell us about what they do and the impact their program has on children receiving medical attention at MU Women's and Children's Hospital. Also, if redecorating is on your spring to-do list, SCOTT BRADLEY is back with more eco-friendly flooring ideas from Carpet One Floor and Home! Our topic this time: tile. (3:15) March 27, 2019

Reward or redirect? DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center shares tips on how to handle your pet's constant need for attention. March 26, 2019

Sit back, relax and experience the Missouri Symphony's popular 'Hot Summer Nights' series this June and July! Eighteen concerts over five weeks in locations throughout mid-Missouri - are you ready?! Guest: KIRK TREVOR  March 25, 2019

"By and large, I would say, as a human being and as a society, we need to make the conscious effort to get out there and spend more time exploring nature - for our health, for our body, for our mind." -- DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, MD, Cardiologist, MU Health Care. March 22, 2019

"You have to have a resurrection, Paul." -- ROB CROUSE when asked why Capital City Productions is bringing Vertigo Flying Service on board for their take on Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. Curtain goes up March 28! Also, this Saturday is the 67th annual Columbia Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser! Guests RICK McGUIRE and JENNIFER ROBERTS say each ticket sold supports programs that benefit children in Columbia. (5:07) March 21, 2019

What do you do with an old fire extinguisher? How about a ragged, old tarp? BARBARA BUFFALOE answers those questions and more on today's show! (You could also ask the Office of Sustainability's 'Waste Wizard', but that's not near as much fun.) March 20, 2019

"I think if people would go on the website, American or United, and look at those flight prices - even without the drive, even without the parking - I think the ticket prices have really come down. It's really exciting to see." -- MIKE PARKS on one of the benefits of flying out of Columbia instead of St. Louis or Kansas City. What's your favorite part of flying COU? March 19, 2019

As usual, our conversation with MEL ZELENAK covers a wide range of topics for the smart consumer, and today is no different. On the docket: the 'Silver Sneakers' program, auto-paying monthly bills, investing in low-cost index funds and more! March 18, 2019

Despite the long list of at-risk factors to consider, DR. ERIK GROSSMANN, MD, MU Health Care, says that most people who get colon cancer have none of them, which is why it's important for everyone to get screened. Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to two events at the Columbia Public Library. The first is a 'Lunch and Learn' with keynote speaker Brianna Lennon, and the other is a candidate forum with Columbia's mayoral candidates and candidates for school board. (3:40) March 15, 2019

The annual Youth Art Fiber Exhibit, sponsored by Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild, is just six days away! See your child's fiber art project hang in the gallery at the Boone County History & Culture Center alongside fellow fans of fiber for ten days, March 20-30. Guest: REBECCA BERGFIELD | Also, ERIN BROWN invites everyone to the 3rd annual CoMo Wellness Conference, happening this May. As with years past, you're sure to gain a wealth of health-related knowledge from industry leaders and practitioners! (4:00) March 14, 2019

How do you get a teenager who thinks they're invincible and they know it all to listen to you when you say drugs and alcohol are bad? JOY SWEENEY and Council for Drug Free Youth has the answer: a program called 'Teen Baseline'. March 12, 2019

One stone, one tree and five cast members make up MU Theatre Department's production of Samuel Beckett's classic 'Waiting for Godot'. See it this weekend only in Studio 4, which is inside McKee Gymnasium on the MU campus. Guest: Dr. SUSAN BURGOYNE  March 11, 2019

Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG says that the list of those affected by dementia is "growing exponentially" every year. She adds that early detection is key, and if diagnosed, to take the available medication right away to slow the disease down. Lois also talks about the ways in which caregivers can monitor patients who like to wander from home. March 8, 2019

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