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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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The year was 1968. It was an election year. The stock market was at a peak. And then the Hong Kong Flu began, eventually claiming over 100,000 lives. Investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, takes us back to that time and uses its recovery process to predict the (eventual) recovery process of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. October 19, 2020

When it comes to mobility, GARY WUNDER prefers a cane; his wife, DEBBIE, prefers a seeing eye dog. (To each their own, I guess.) Find out why! October 16, 2020

We're talking watersheds with BARBARA BUFFALOE from the City of Columbia's Office of Sustainability. "Every water that drops onto a road or a sidewalk, it's flowing to a creek; and that's not treated. It goes into those storm drains and immediately goes into a creek or stream. Stormwater is separate from our sewer system." Sign up to clean up today! October 15, 2020

Taking part in the wrong type of exercise, such as endurance sports, can lead to a loss in bone density. Today's guest, OsteoStrong Columbia owner DAYNA GLANZ, tells us why and what you can do about it. Also, it's that time of year again: open enrollment! If you're a Missourian who benefits from Medicare, you'll want to hear what Missouri CLAIM executive director SCOTT MINIEA has to say about the 2020 season. (5:14) October 14, 2020

Native plant specialist NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL is enjoying the fall harvest! Persimmons; flowers such as aster, dittany, rosinweed and blue lobelia - if you're lucky enough like Nadia to have these in your yard, just let them grow! October 13, 2020

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election is now just three weeks away! Stay informed by attending tomorrow's virtual 'Lunch and Learn' featuring Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon and hosted by the League of Women Voters. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, NICK FOSTER says Voluntary Action Center is in need of more sponsors to "adopt" a family this holiday season. Find out what that means and how you can sign up! (4:43) October 12, 2020

He's baaack! Tiger Radio Network's CHRIS GERVINO pays us another visit to talk all-things Mizzou sports and local media. October 9, 2020

TRYPS executive artistic director JILL WOMACK invites area youngsters to explore their creative side by joining the next round of Zoom classes. Also, Rainbow House's director of development, RICHIE VANSKIKE, tells us how they continue to raise funds without the ability to host normal fundraising events (due to the pandemic). "People become very creative, very innovative and really kind-hearted." (4:36) October 8, 2020

Registered dietitian GINGER MEYER shares tips on how to keep the weight off after you lose it. She says, "maintaining regular physical activity is key." Also, ROB CROUSE tells us about Capital City Productions' next show, 'Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical'. He describes it as "a chilling, thrilling, romantic musical!" (4:37) October 7, 2020

Meet Columbia's new Salvation Army majors CURTISS and SANDY HARTLEY! They discuss the added challenges they face in light of taking on a new appointment in a new town during the COVID-19 pandemic. October 6, 2020

"2020 has been an awful year for everyone, but it's been particularly awful for our residents and our families and our long-term care facilities and their staff because back in March, visitation just stopped (because of the COVID-19), and at first, no one realized how long...this would go on." -- ANN BICKEL, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care October 5, 2020

"We grew! Our services have expanded, and we are an essential service for our community, and so we need your help to partner (i.e. monetary donations) with us through the end of this year and then also into 2021." -- KARI HOPKINS on the need to support the more than 50 foster families at Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home October 2, 2020

Looking to invest in our community? Consider donating to Heart of Missouri United Way. Executive director ANDREW GRABAU says, "when you give to United Way, you're giving to a structured strategy that allows us to have the biggest reach, the biggest impact, and therefore your dollars go further." October 1, 2020

Opening a small business during a pandemic is one thing, operating it during a pandemic is another! We explore both experiences with Love Coffee's CHUCK CREWS and The Basement Reef's ANTHONY WILLROTH. (4:00) September 30, 2020

Life in a nursing home during a pandemic goes likes this, according to advocate LOIS LONG: "if a person goes out to a doctor's appointment, they have to be in isolation for the two weeks when they come back. And when you think of a person with dementia...their world is already very closed in." September 29, 2020

There's a new acquisition at the Center for Missouri Studies: a bust of Norm Stewart, legendary head coach for Mizzou men's basketball, who donated it as a nod to the woman who created it - a legend herself - Sabra Tull Meyer. Says art curator JOAN STACK, "now we've got Sabra and Norm in our gallery!" September 28, 2020

"If you have a sibling with heart disease, your risk of having a heart attack goes up 40%; a mother, 60-70%; a father, 75%; both parents, 300-600%...what I'm trying to say is genes can play a significant role." -- DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, staff cardiologist at Truman Veterans' Hospital September 25, 2020

Services for Independent Living is offering classes for the 18-35 crowd who may still be trying to "navigate their way through the world." JESSICA MACY says classes about job exploration, how to build friendships and self-esteem start in October! Also, Carpet One Floor & Home's new 'Sample Box Program' is for those who maybe can't venture out due to the pandemic. General manager SCOTT BRADLEY explains how it works! (4:58) September 24, 2020

If you haven't yet smiled today, you will after you watch this interview with author JOE DILLARD. His latest book - a continuation of his first - is titled, 'A Full Cup of Joe: Refilled with New Stories!'

An excerpt: "One of my favorite things to do is to stretch out on the bed. That encompasses lying flat on my back, hands folded over my chest, eyes shut and going to my happy place. I have been accused of: 1) taking a nap; 2) avoiding work; 3) being unsociable; 4) practicing my casket pose - really it's whatever the situation calls for!" September 23, 2020

Going to the dentist can be an intimidating experience for young children (and some adults!). PHILIP BATSON, DDS, and ELIZABETH ABE, DDS, Columbia Healthy Smiles, share tips on how parents can best prep their little one before taking them to that first appointment. September 22, 2020

Despite the loss of grant funding, executive director VALORIE LIVINGSTON says the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia is determined to assist parents with children who are "100% virtual learning." The 'Virtual Day Learning Center' is a first-come, first-serve program for K-5th graders enrolled in Columbia Public Schools. September 21, 2020

As you can probably imagine, the phones at Voluntary Action Center have been ringing non-stop ever since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a stop back in March, with housing concerns at the top of the list. That's according to executive director NICK FOSTER, who remains cautiously optimistic that the upcoming holiday program remains a high priority to those who plan on sponsoring a family. September 18, 2020

Like most events this year, the annual Kidney Walk for the National Kidney Foundation is moving to an online format. Regional executive director KATHLEEN DAVIS invites those interested to follow #KidneyWalkLaceUp and to join the festivities via Facebook Live on Sunday, September 27. Yours truly will be serving as the virtual MC with Cathy Cox singing the National Anthem. September 17, 2020

Just because your recycling isn't being picked up from the curb these days doesn't mean those items now have to go to the landfill. City of Columbia sustainability manager BARBARA BUFFALOE talks about the future of the program, the drop-off sites in Columbia and how they take the pressure off the need for those blue bags each week. September 16, 2020

Catholic Charities is the refugee resettlement agency for mid-Missouri. They also offer immigration services at a low rate. Volunteer coordinator GRACE WILDENHAUS tells us how they serve refugees coming to our country to "flee persecution." Also, OsteoStrong Columbia owner DAYNA GLANZ talks about what she calls the "silent disease": osteoporosis in men over 50; she adds, "most don't realize they have it until they fracture." (3:41) September 15, 2020

If you're a baby boomer, you're also part of what's known as the 'sandwich generation'. This comes about because there's a chance, at this stage in your life, you're taking care of both your elderly parents and your fresh-out-of-college children - and the costs to do so can be "really stressful on the budget," according to today's guest, investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial. September 14, 2020

Did you know that the story you just read online or in a newspaper might've been written by artificial intelligence? Today's guest SCOTT CHRISTIANSON says, "The Wall Street Journal does this with a lot of their reporting in financial areas, where they're talking about a company...all that's date-driven, it's easily put together by an AI, and they can generate hundreds or thousands of articles in a matter of minutes." September 11, 2020

'The Foolish Corner' author and MU professor of finance, JOHN HOWE, tells us why he's chosen 'hubris' to be the word of the day (hint: within the definition of the word 'hubris' is the word 'overconfidence'). September 10, 2020

So what does a dietitian do? It's a question you don't often hear asked. SARAH EBER, MPH, RD, LD, CDE, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says, "traditionally, you hear about dietitians in the hospital giving out meal plans, but the truth is, we do a lot of things." Also, Boone County Clerk BRIANNA LENNON talks about the "very strict" vetting process mail-in ballots are subject to at the Boone County Clerk's office. Brianna also touches on absentee ballots. (4:27) September 9, 2020

Columbia native, and now author, DON LEE, shares with us the ups and downs of a life spent in the funeral business, a topic that also happens to be the subject of his new book, 'Table For One'. Also, TOM BENDER talks about some of the classes being offered during the online-only edition of Osher@Mizzou's fall session. Registration is now open! (5:35) September 8, 2020