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Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

Weekdays at 8:50
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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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If you haven't been to the new Center for Missouri Studies - the headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri - well, don't come right now. (It's temporarily closed thanks to COVID-19.) Instead, JOAN STACK invites you to watch a virtual tour she's produced that can be found online for free! Plus, Joan talks about a recent article in Missouri Life magazine that features artwork found in her collection. July 17, 2020

Local columnist KEN MIDKIFF recently wrote an op-ed in the Columbia Missourian about a very timely topic: the removal of statues across the country. On today's show, we talk about Ken's article: what he learned while writing it and what he hopes will be people's takeaway after reading it. July 16, 2020

Modesty aside, those sharing recipes to The Common Ingredient, a community-based website featuring those who know their way around the kitchen, does read like a 'who's-who' of Columbia (full disclosure: yours truly is one of them). Co-founder CATHY SALTER is back to solicit more participants, and to remind us that if you enjoy one of the featured recipes, maybe donate to one of three designated local non-profits. It's easy! July 15, 2020

You don't need a pond or a lake to enjoy native wetland plants in your own backyard! Lincoln University's native plant specialist, NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, tells us how it can be done and what plants will work best - some of which are edible! July 14, 2020

The August primary is less than a month away! MARILYN McLEOD answers any last-minute questions you may have; she also invites everyone to stay informed by (virtually!) attending any number of events this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Also, MICHELE TOWNS and LUCY BROMER introduce us to the care options provided by Safe Families for Children, part of Columbia's Bethany Christian Services chapter. (4:23) July 13, 2020

Here's a situation that's all-too familiar for pet owners these days: you've been home for three or four months, and you've spent every waking moment with your dog, and your dog - or your cat - is by your side continuously, and then all at once you're gonna be gone for 8 do you prepare the animal to adjust to that? Guest: DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center July 10, 2020

If you've always wanted to see "Will Shakespeare" treated like a rock star, but you never thought it was possible, Capital City Productions has got you covered! ROB CROUSE tells us about 'Something Rotten', a musical farce set in 16th century England that opens tonight! Also, dietitian KRISTEN EIFFERT says we need to "think outside the box" when it comes to family meal time. Schedules don't always permit a dinnertime gathering, so she suggests getting together at breakfast or even snack time! (3:56) July 9, 2020

Services for Independent Living is turning its attention to the youth of our community this summer! ROSE VOMUND says each Zoom-based class will cover a different aspect of career exploration for those age 14-21. Register today! Also, The Spay Neuter Project executive director JANEENE JOHNSTON clears up any misconceptions about feral cats: "most people don't care about them." (4:43) July 8, 2020

From the history of pain to the use of water picks, the dental-related talking points covered here are wide-ranging in this first studio interview with DR. PHILIP BATSON, DDS, Columbia Healthy Smiles. July 7, 2020

It's been a rough 2020 for a lot people, and author JOE DILLARD is no exception - except that he gets to claim a round or two of bladder surgery on top of everything else that's going on in the world. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Joe says he kept his medical team in stitches the whole time...something about seeing yours truly's face and not that proverbial light at the end tunnel. July 6, 2020

Happy Independence Day Eve, everyone! From the cookout to the fireworks, we all have fond memories of the 4th of July, but we all can't put them so eloquently into words like storyteller LARRY BROWN has done for us today. How many of his memories are also your memories? July 3, 2020

How do you practice good social distance etiquette when so much of what you do involves touching? National Federation of the Blind of Missouri's GARY WUNDER answers that question and others as he describes life as a blind person during a pandemic. July 2, 2020

Thanks in part to a two-person script, Talking Horse Productions is hoping to "resume normal operations" with Jane Cafarella's 'e-Baby' in August. But before that, artistic director ADAM BRIETZKE invites everyone to a FREE show later this month at Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater in Columbia! Also, if you're a caregiver in need of diapers for your child, First Chance for Children executive director KASEY SCHAUMBURG says all you need to do is show up to their Fay St. location in Columbia on the third Wednesday of every month! (4:23) July 1, 2020

End-of-life doula MICKEY HAVENER is "on a crusade to encourage people to spend time with their loved one after they've passed" after the recent death of her brother provided her (and her sister) a unique type of closure. June 30, 2020

Columbia's Boys and Girls Club has reopened! Executive director VALORIE LIVINGSTON tells us how things are operating "much different than normal." Also, Carpet One Floor and Home general manager SCOTT BRADLEY says his installation work force has taken a hit thanks to COVID-19. Jobs are still getting done, but he's asking for your patience! June 29, 2020

In addition to produce and plants, CHUCK BAY says you'll also find jewelry, hand-carved wood, paintings and more at Columbia's Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market when it opens for the season later this month! April 2, 2020

Spring is finally here and Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture has big plans for the new season, like gardening workshops, a tree giveaway, activities for kids and more! ADAM SAUNDERS and TAMARA MADDOX tell us about that and CCUA's new 'Produce Prescription Partnership' program. Also, the 4th annual Columbia Memorial Stair Climb will take place on April 25 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. TIFFANY and TOMMY GORAN tell us the money raised from this family-friendly event goes to support Safety Net of Missouri and Firefighter Cancer Support Network. (4:42) April 1, 2020

"Braille is a magical thing. It's a reading and writing system that does everything for me that print does for you. Audio is great. I love audio. But the fact is, if I want to learn how to spell...I need something under my fingers..." -- Braille-in-schools proponent GARY WUNDER from the National Federation of the Blind, Missouri March 31, 2020

Founded in Chicago in 2001, Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) provides a safe space a for young voices to "unpack what's going on in their world" by way of expressive arts. In 2018, Louder Than a Bomb Mid-Missouri became the 20th chapter in this ever-growing youth enterprise! Guests: JOSH RUNNELS and T'KEYAH THOMAS | Also, OsteoStrong's DAYNA GLANZ explains why an isometric computerized robotic machine may be the answer to how to build your skeletal strength. (4:50) March 30, 2020

Entrepreneurship is one of three topics we cover today with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, president of LaBrunerie Financial. Specifically, Alex highlights Elon Musk's efforts to bring Tesla to the forefront of the automobile industry in terms of net worth - surpassing powerhouses like Ford and General Motors - in a relatively short amount of time. Find out why, despite being valued at over 100 billion dollars, Alex says you may not want to jump on the Tesla bandwagon. March 27, 2020

Author/poet WALTER BARGEN shares two of his poems: 'Brotherhood' at [3:07] and 'The Great Moon Hoax' at [5:40]. March 26, 2020

Heart of Missouri United Way is partnering with FamilyWize to help the uninsured afford the necessary prescriptions they need every day or those who just need assistance in purchasing a specific prescription. ANDREW GRABAU says this program "can provide significant savings." Plus, find out about an upcoming fundraiser at the Jersey Mike's locations in Columbia! March 25, 2020

If you want an alternative to real hardwood in your home because you're worried about the wear and tear, Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY has some ideas that'll fool most people into thinking you have the real thing! (4:55) March 24, 2020

These days, recycling may seem like a no-brainer, yet KEN MIDKIFF tells us that statistics show only 17% of Columbians recycle - despite the supposed ease of operation (the blue bag). Find out why and how that number compares to the national average. March 23, 2020

Take it easy! Women age 50-80 are nine times more likely (than a man) to experience what they think is a heart attack but is actually stress cardiomyopathy. MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM explains. March 20, 2020

In 2019, JOE DILLARD had two colonoscopies, three surgeries, eight rounds of chemo and an extracted tooth. Oh, and he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Through it all, Joe maintained a positive attitude and even published a book! 'The Blue Mound Chronicles' is a memoir from his time in Blue Mound, Missouri - an unincorporated crossroads on the western side of the state. March 19, 2020

"As doulas, what we try to do is find out the goals of the person who's dying. We're really there for that person. We try to build enough trust that they will tell us what it is they want to happen in whatever time they have left." -- MICKEY HAVENER, End-of-Life Doula March 18, 2020

Storyteller LARRY BROWN shares a traditional Irish tale on this St. Patrick's Day: 'Jamie Freel and the Young Lady'. March 17, 2020

"We love that they learn about theatre but, you know, what they're really learning is to be a team and to be leaders and to problem-solve, so all the life skills that they're picking up that's wrapped up in that wonderful little play experience - that's what's going to stay with them forever." -- JILL WOMACK, TRYPS founder | Also, Heart of Missouri CASA is in need of more volunteers! KELLY HILL tells us that there are more than 500 children in Boone and Callaway counties in foster care, and that less than half of those are represented by an advocate. (4:46) March 16, 2020

The bad news is yes, your pet can get the coronavirus; the good news (if you want to call it that) is that you can't get it from them and they can't get it from you. Guest: CB CHASTAIN, MU Veterinary Health Center | Also, Showcase CoMo is all about putting local businesses in the spotlight, and all under one roof! WHITNEY SCHIEBER and HEATHER BROWN tell us about the variety of participants expected at this year's event. (4:37) March 13, 2020