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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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MU Health Care's BETH ORNS tells us about a monthly support group she facilitates for those suffering from postpartum depression. She says it's the "most common complication of pregnancy"..."more common than gestational diabetes." Also, BETH WEINSTING invites everyone to Serenity Valley Winery this Saturday for the 3rd annual Strawberry Festival for Central Missouri Honor Flight. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise enough money to send 25 veterans to Washington, D.C. (5:06) June 3, 2019

LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE wants to see parents encourage their children to start saving today! It's all about those early decades, he says, because people are living into their 90s and that costs money. So what are you supposed to invest in? Alex shares some ideas. May 31, 2019

The essence of being a caregiver involves three things: caring and giving and listening. That's according to LOIS LONG, a volunteer with the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Lois shares with us a poem she wrote that further expresses her beliefs called "An Invitation." May 30, 2019

Primaris Foundation's SCOTT MINIEA and XAVIER VAUGHN talk about all-things Medicare: the what, the how, the why and the when. Scott says, "our whole role is to help the consumer make informed decisions about the care choices they're gonna make." If you're retired and you're 65 years old, now is the time to sign up! May 29, 2019

Set in the 1920s, director LAUREN DOTSON promises a roaring good time for anyone who comes to see Maplewood Barn Theatre's production/interpretation of 'Romeo and Juliet', opening this Thursday and running for three weekends! Additional guest: JOE BOGUE | Also,  MU Health Care's DR. LAINE YOUNG-WALKER wants to end the stigma associated with talking about one's mental health. She says that it's "as important as physical health." May is Mental Health Awareness Month. (4:08) May 28, 2019

"I guess the idea that we're going to better be able to serve future generations of Missourians. This is an aspirational building. When you walk in you feel like you're somewhere special. It makes people think about Missouri history." -- JOAN STACK on what she's looking forward to the most when the State Historical Society's new Center for Missouri Studies building opens later this summer  May 27, 2019

Musicians THOM HOWARD and KATIE SMYTH perform Train's 'Marry Me' at [00:39] and The Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' at [5:05] on guitar and flute. May 24, 2019

From long-form improv to commedia dell'arte, it's safe to say the 2019 Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute has a little something for everyone. And the good news, according to TRENT RASH, is that each show is free and open to the public! Also, MARIE ROBERTSON invites everyone to Dancearts of Columbia's 40th annual spring recital, happening this weekend at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus! (5:11) May 23, 2019

University of Missouri assistant professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON puts an app designed to assist those with visual impairments to the test using yours truly, our floor director and some wrinkled up dollar bills. May 22, 2019

Heart of Missouri CASA executive director KELLY HILL tells us about two upcoming classes that will train a "wide variety" of volunteers who wish to advocate for a child involved in the family court system (due to abuse or neglect). Also, Columbia Cemetary is once again playing to host to a ghost or two (or three or more!) when "History Comes Alive" this Memorial Day! CINDY MUSTARD runs down the list of recognizable names who are 'taking part' in the festivities. (4:30) May 21, 2019

"In our community, we are failing to help the most marginalized to have the opportunities to get out of poverty, and we need to do more to help them." -- ANDREW GRABAU on the reason why Heart of Missouri United Way has spent more than 400 hours this year alone reviewing grant applications that deal with financial stability  May 20, 2019

Self-described 'head muggle' JENNIFER ROBERTS invites everyone to the Columbia Kiwanis Club's 7th annual Harry Potter Trivia Night - a fundraiser for Beads of Courage! Also, MICHAEL O'HALLORAN, RN, LD, tells us about the many ways we can keep our bones healthy this month - think calcium! - which is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. (4:21) May 17, 2019

Agriculture Park will officially open this Saturday, weather-permitting, after many years of fundraising and construction! Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS tells us why it's the ultimate compliment to the neighboring Activity and Recreation Center. Also, HANNA REEVES invites everyone to come and enjoy a new experience at the newly-expanded Sager | Braudis Gallery in downtown Columbia! (4:35) May 16, 2019

The League of Women Voters wants to see you at their next 'Lunch and Learn'! This month the featured speaker will be Columbia interim police chief Jeff Jones. Plus, mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 12 - that's the date of their annual fundraiser at Columbia Entertainment Company! Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, it's heartworm season. CB CHASTAIN from MU's Veterinary Health Center shares tips on what you can to do prevent infection or what to do if your pet is already showing symptoms. (4:17) May 15, 2019

How does a blind couple raise children? GARY WUNDER, who speaks from experience having raised four children with his wife (who is also blind), says simply, "you figure out how you're going to do without sight what other people do with sight." For instance, story time is still story time, except the books are also written in braille. May 14, 2019

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Get details on Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's annual free screening event happening next week in Columbia. Guest: DR. EMILY SMITH | Also, 'Salvation Army Week' is underway! Stop by the Thrift Store for special sales and/or the Harbor House for a special tour. Plus, find out when to mark your calendar for National Donut Day! Guest: JACK HOLLOWAY (4:12) May 13, 2019

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN takes us back to the early-20th century for a story and a song about women and children in the workplace. He performs "Bread and Roses" at [3:41]. May 10, 2019

Perlman-Stoy Ballet's annual spring recital is shaping up to be a memorable weekend, that's according to guest NANCY STOY. Aside from welcoming two special guests, she says this performance will also include the youngest dancers ever to take the stage! Also, Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY introduces us to eco-friendly cleaners. "You've got to have something to clean all of our eco-friendly flooring!" (5:11) May 9, 2019

The city's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan is the road map of 126 potential actions that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. BARBARA BUFFALOE says most of those actions are simply "conscious decisions." May 8, 2019

Inspired by Greek tragedy, actor/playwright/GreenHouse Theatre Project co-founder ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI has written "Being Here" as a way to shed light on mental health issues. The Industry plays host to this 'tragicomedy' starting tomorrow night! Also, retired postal worker LAURIE MATTHEWS fills us in on this year's Letter Carriers 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive, happening this Saturday (most) everywhere you can hear our voice! (5:17) May 7, 2019

Find out about guest MELANIE KNOCKE's new book, 'A Little Piece of the Moon', and her new website (which aims to provide an accessible understanding of astronomy); plus, meet the new director of Columbia Public Schools' planetarium, MEAGHANN STOELTING, and get ready to mark your calendar for several planned (laser!) shows coming soon! May 6, 2019

The final 'Harp and Healing' of the season is this coming Tuesday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. Featured harpist MARIA TREVOR sets the mood a little early by performing two numbers at [1:48] and [6:19]. Additional guest: TERRY OVERFELT May 3, 2019

"In all victories, you're going to have setbacks." -- DAIVE DUNKLEY, co-author of 'Black Resistance in the Americas', on life after Barack Obama's presidency. May 2, 2019

Stephens College is closing out season 71 with 'Pippin', opening this Friday at the Macklanburg Playhouse! Plus, find out what's in store for season 72. Guests: GAIL HUMPHRIES and CAROL SCHUBERG | Also, the Columbia Art League's 61st annual Art in the Park is now just one month away! LOUISE SARVER tells us why you won't want to miss the "largest art fair in mid-Missouri." (4:16) May 1, 2019

May is Stroke Awareness Month. MU Health Care's DR. CAMILO GOMEZ tells us about some of the risk factors and the warning signs, and what to do if you're put in the position of saving someone who's suffering from the onset of a stroke: "time is brain." Also, Columbia Community Band members LINDSEY TYLER and STEVE FAIR invite everyone to their spring concert, A May Medley of Musical Miscellany, this Sunday at Hickman High School! (4:00) April 30, 2019

Services for Independent Living hosts their annual 'Kitchens in Bloom' fundraiser again this Sunday in Columbia! Four homes are on the tour this year, and we've got a sneak peek of the one by Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design. Guests: ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY | Also, NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL introduces us to 'golden glow', an edible native plant you might find in your own backyard! Have a mystery plant? Take a pic and send it to Nadia! (4:34) April 29, 2019

Plans to help celebrate the National Churchill Museum's 50th anniversary next weekend in Fulton include a parade, tours, book signings, artwork and more! Guest: TIM RILEY | Also, Love INC's JANE WILLIAMS is recruiting community members with good money habits to help community members with not-so-good money habits. Time commitment is minimal! (2:45) April 26, 2019

In 25 short years, Mobility Worldwide has assembled and delivered almost 75,000 carts to those in need in more than 100 countries around the world. To help keep it going, JEFF MORAN invites everyone to a special fundraiser this June at Logboat Brewery in Columbia! Also, DASA executive director KELLY BEHLMANN says her organization, which stands for Disabled Athlete Sports Association, is now a part of the Columbia community. Find out what that means for active individuals living with physical, visual and hearing disabilities. (4:26) April 25, 2019

Did you know we can turn our genes on and off? That's according to CoMo Wellness Conference keynote speaker Dr. Sara Gottfried. She'll be doing a presentation on that and more May 4th in Columbia! Guest: ERIN BROWN | Also, KELLY SMITH and the Friends of Historic Boonville are "gearing up for summer" with an art show (for all ages) and family-friendly Friday night concerts, both at the Hain House! (3:10) April 24, 2019

Hickman High School Theatre opens "ANON(ymous)" this Thursday for one weekend only. Student actors REGINA HARTLEIP-PINTO and GWYN CALDWELL tell us about this refugee-themed take on Homer's The Odyessy. Also, JERRY KEISLING tells us about the impact Adult Day Connection has had on our community (and the impact the community has had on Adult Day Connection) for the past 30 years! (3:29) April 23, 2019

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