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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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Even in a rough year - like it was this year - the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture produces 16,000 pounds of food. Next year looks to be even bigger because, as ADAM SAUNDERS tells us, CCUA is moving to the brand new 'Agriculture Park' in west-central Columbia! Also, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri's CHRISTA HOLTZCLAW tells us that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children in our community are 'food insecure', and it's likely someone you know. Volunteering is one way to help "fill the gap." (5:01) December 20, 2018

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is well underway with a goal of $421,000. Major JACK HOLLOWAY and Lieutenant CARMON CAMP give us an update on its progress. Also, SCOTT JONES wants you to take MoDOT's 'Buckle Up, Phone Down' challenge and pledge to become a safe driver! (4:33) December 19, 2018

"These kids...they have things coming at them 1,000 miles an hour and they, to their credit, some of them recognize that they're stressed out and they need help and they're asking for it." -- RON ROWE, Youth Community Coalition, on the reason behind "Mindfulness Monday," a program currently being piloted in Ashland schools. December 18, 2018

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's 'Operation: School Bell' program has provided new, warm outwear to almost 25,000 children since 1997. "When you shop with us, you're doing good." -- JO TURNER. Additional guest: PAULA ZERRER | Also, author JAMES OERMANN (a.k.a. Jim Boer) gives us a sneak preview of his latest book, a science fiction novel that takes place 500 years in the future. (5:18) December 17, 2018

NANCY STOY introduces us the Perlman-Stoy School of Ballet, a Columbia institution for more than 80 years. Mark your calendar for their annual spring concert next May! Also, CB CHASTAIN, MU Veterinary Health Center, has some advice for keeping your pet safe this holiday season. He starts by saying that there are so many "hazards" he had to make a list! (4:10) December 14, 2018

"We have what we call 'alternative techniques', so we figure out those things that you would do with vision, and then we say, okay, not having vision, how do we do them?" -- GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, on living independently | December 13, 2018

The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of about 30 players from Jefferson City, Columbia and Kansas City. They, along with members of Dancers' Alley, are coming together for three performances of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" this weekend at the Miller Performing Arts Center! Guest: PATRICK CLARK | Also, Columbia's Healthy Bottoms Diaper Bank is looking for both diaper and monetary donations. MEGHAN KOUBA tells us how it works! (4:42) December 12, 2018

'Tis the season to eat what we want - or is it? Dietitian GINGER MEYER says that one way to keep from over-eating during the holidays is to "hit the pause button" at meal time. Also, Missouri Symphony conductor KIRK TREVOR invites everyone to celebrate the season at the 8th annual 'Symphony of Toys' this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. Your child might just be chosen to conduct the orchestra! (4:44) December 11, 2018

DR. JOHN LAURIELLO tells us about the services provided at the Missouri Psychiatric Center, a division of MU Health Care. If you or someone you know is feeling depressed this holiday season, John says the first thing you need to do is tell someone. Also, it's not too late to adopt a family participating in Voluntary Action Center's annual Holiday Program. DIAMOND SCOTT says "this is one of the largest years that we've had, and we still have families in need." (5:12) December 10, 2018

It takes a village to put on "Handel's Messiah," and nobody knows that better than the members of the Memorial Baptist Church Adult Choir! They are performing this "intense amount of music" for you for free this Sunday in Columbia. Guests: KEVIN SCANTLAN and RANDY SCHILB | Also, JOHN BAKER tells us about Community Foundation of Central Missouri's 'Donor Advised Funds' program. He says CFCM can help you start your own foundation fund in four simple steps. (3:13) December 7, 2018

The final show of Talking Horse Productions' 2018 season is here! Actress MONICA PALMER tells us that 'Clever Little Lies' is actually "a lot more about more truth and the power of truth and...what truth can do to relationships." This touching comedy opens tomorrow in the North Village Arts District. Also, MIKE POWELL tells us about the mission of Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri. (4:40) December 6, 2018

SCOTT MINIEA's advice for those who haven't yet taken advantage of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period: "things change,'s always a good idea to check in and look at the options." Insurance Counseling Services is still offering free help every Saturday (through December 15th). Also, LOUISE SARVER encourages everyone to 'Give a Gift of Art' this holiday season. This aptly-titled show (inside Columbia Art League) is up now and is full of "eclectic" works for every style and every budget. (4:16) December 5, 2018

CoMo Youth Works (formerly Youth Empowerment Zone) and Powerhouse Community Development Corp. is now offering a life skills program for young fathers and young men who grew up without a father. CHARLES STEPHENSON tells us that in the U.S. "over 50% of children grow up without their father living in the same household compared to 15% worldwide. It's an epidemic." Additional guest: LORETTA SCHOUTEN (2:05) December 4, 2018

2019 is almost here! Financial expert and retired University of Missouri professor MEL ZELENAK tells us how we can kick-off the new year with a little extra green in our pockets. December 3, 2018

Back in September, Love INC raised $83,000 by sending 63 willing participants "over the edge" of Columbia's Tiger Hotel, including yours truly! JANE WILLIAMS and MIKE DeSANTIS, both from Love INC, share stories from that day, tell us how that money will be spent and if they're planning to do it again next year. November 30, 2018 BONUS SEGMENT: Local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA perform the original version of "Jingle Bells" on guitar and banjo. They're having a special Christmas concert this Sunday in Arrow Rock! (6:07)

Voluntary Action Center's NICK FOSTER gives us an update on their annual adopt-a-family holiday program. If interested, it's not too late to sign up; in fact, Nick says they've been "busier than before, of late" with requests from families in need. Also, NANCY GRIGGS tells us about this year's Holiday Home Tour, an annual fundraiser for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory. Four homes, three days, one weekend only - don't miss it! (5:31) November 29, 2018

The Boonslick Chordbusters' annual Christmas concert is this Saturday at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia! They'll be joined by Take Four, a ladies quartet, as well as the Lee Expressive Arts choir and, of course, the Boone County Hams. Today, the Hams perform "Joseph's Lullaby," (1:00) and "Joy to the World" (7:30). November 28, 2018

BARBARA BUFFALOE talks about the City of Columbia Office of Sustainability's 'Climate Action Community Forum', happening tomorrow at City Hall. Let your voice be heard as the city drafts its own climate action and adaptation plan! November 27, 2018

DR. BEN HANSEN, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, says the best way to continue living a healthy and productive life with arthritis is to "keep moving." Also, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to stop by Sager | Braudis Gallery beginning December 7th to see the annual Masters Exhibit. The theme this year is "mid-century abstraction." (5:09) November 26, 2018

World-renowned magician/illusionist MARIO MANZINI tells us that his new autobiography, "Escape from the Mob: The Mario Manzini Story," is on track to become a major motion picture in the very near future! Also, MELISSA BOHON-WEBEL's talent showcase "Home for the Holidays," a life-long dream in the making, opens next Thursday at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus. (4:12) November 23, 2018

"Caitlin stormed into the house. She was so upset. She just came in, threw her backpack down, went right to her mother in the living room and said 'I'm not celebrating Thanksgiving'." -- the opening lines of LARRY BROWN's story called "The Feast" November 22, 2018

MARIA TREVOR performs three pieces of music on the harp: "In the Bleak Midwinter" (1:55); "I Wonder As I Wander" (4:44); and "What Child Is This?" (7:25). 'Harp and Healing', her monthly program at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, returns next week with a Christmas theme. Additional guest: TERRY OVERFELT   November 21, 2018

Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY introduces us to Ditra-Heat, a relatively-new way to keep your tile temperature warm on cold winter days! Also, TODD DAVISON re-introduces us to the always-hilarious 'Church Basement Ladies'. They're back on the Maples Rep stage in "Away in the Basement" this weekend and next! (4:32) November 20, 2018

Research shows that during the holidays, people tend to under-report their bad habits - like eating - and over-report their good habits - like exercise - to both friends and family alike. This is what's known as your "social desirabilty bias." To help put things in perspective, author JOHN HOWE, 'The Foolish Corner', joins us with a few ideas on how to curb these common sense tendencies that we've all been guilty of at one time or another in our life. November 19, 2018

Before reading "How to Spell Muskogee," an original poem from his new book, "My Other Mother's Red Mercedes," author/poet WALTER BARGEN tells us about two appearances in Ashland and Columbia next month that you won't want to miss! November 16, 2018

Dietitian LeANN ROBLEY, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us why we should be consuming both plant protein and animal protein in our daily diet. She says one benefit of plant protein is that it doesn't contain cholesterol. Also, ALEX GEORGE talks about all things 'Unbound'! Columbia's popular (and ever-growing!) book festival will return next April with keynote speaker author George Saunders. (4:32) November 15, 2018

MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, shares tips on how to prepare your pet should someone in your household be coming home from the hospital to recover from an illness or an injury. November 14, 2018

Adam Long, Patty Muenks, Nadine King, Jerry Brown..."the list goes on and on of wonderful artists" at the 9th annual Fall Into Art, happening this weekend at the Parkade Center in Columbia! Guest: MELYNDA LOTVEN | Also, Voluntary Action Center's holiday program will serve roughly 1,000 families and disabled adults and seniors in our community this year. Executive director NICK FOSTER is asking for your help in making their season bright. (4:47) November 13, 2018

DASI SCHLUP talks about the highs and lows of being a social worker at MU Health Care's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Also, MARK PALMER and TERI WALDEN tell us why EnCircle Technologies and Woodhaven decided to join forces to better serve the needs of those already taking part in programs at both organizations. "It was a natural fit from the beginning." (5:01) November 12, 2018

Each year, the League of Women Voters honors an outstanding citizen or organization with the "Liz Schmidt Community Service Award." This year's recipient is...   Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, MELANIE KNOCKE is making her final appearance as director of the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium. Find out why she's choosing to step down and what's next for both her and the planetarium; plus, get details on tomorrow's STEM Expo at Rock Bridge High School! (4:48) November 9, 2018