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'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

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

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

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

'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE cautions those who lived through the financial crisis of 2008/2009 but may have forgotten that during that time period the stock market dropped 50%, and those who are new to investing and think that a 19% return is normal, to not get too "complacent." January 13, 2020

Author REBECCA MURRAY's book, 'The Little Plastic Angel', is the story of Annie, a plastic angel who dreams of one day sitting atop a family's Christmas tree. Will she make it there before December 25th? Also, TRENT RASH and KIRK TREVOR invite everyone to the 9th annual Symphony of Toys, a family-friendly holiday-themed concert this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. Proceeds benefit U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. (3:45) December 10, 2019

DR. MAGGIE CARDONELL, MU Health Care, tells us about the grand opening of an eye clinic with an emphasis on pediatric ophthalmology. Also, author ELISHA WELLS STROUPE never expected to be a 'desperate farmwife', but since she is, she might as well write a book about it! (3:30) December 9, 2019

Author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads two poems from his new book, 'Until Next Time': the first from a section called 'Coastal' [3:36] and the second from a section called 'Coastal Wash' [6:02]. October 29, 2019

Author/blogger/health psychologist LYNN ROSSY says that the holidays don't have to be a food frenzy. For Halloween, that means instead of handing out candy, you hand out any one of her 20 - yes, 20 - "fun" alternatives. She lists them all! (Let your neighbor give the kids sugar.) October 21, 2019

"When we think about success, people who are successful know that they have worked hard, almost invariably...and it's easy to think that that's the sole determinant of their success; but I think there's a lot of luck...that goes into it." -- JOHN HOWE, finance professor and author of 'The Foolish Corner'  October 10, 2019

"Framing" is presenting the same information two different ways. When dealing with money, that can greatly affect a person's perception of the situation. Author JOHN HOWE, 'The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions', illustrates this idea further by using gambling and any news you might get from your financial advisor. July 29, 2019

"Poisons work two ways: how much you get and the nature of the poison itself. Scorpion poison is designed to kill little things, not humans." -- author OLEN R. BROWN putting to rest any fears you might have of getting stung by a scorpion in Missouri. (It'll still hurt.) July 18, 2019

Author BILL YOUNG explores the early years of baseball great Jackie Robinson in his new book, 'J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball'. Bill says Robinson had support within the league, but that he experienced a "heckuva lot of racial taunting." Also, SMART Recovery's SUZANNE OPPERMAN wants to help those with abnormal dependencies realize that what they're doing is a choice by getting family members to take part in positive reinforcement. (5:04) June 18, 2019

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN reads two poems he originally wrote after the Flood of 1993. Unfortunately, thanks to the recent flooding in much of the midwest, they're relevant once again. "Good Place to Begin" at [1:41] and "Why the World Stops" at [4:00]. June 13, 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

"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

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

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. JOHN HOWE, author of 'The Foolish Corner,' says planning is key to a proper retirement because people are "living twenty, thirty years after retirement and that's a fairly long period of time to have to support ourselves." January 31, 2019

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

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

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

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN planned on reading two of his poems about the migratory bird population in North America, but his own personal story of migration -- that is, a recent trip abroad with his family on a flight full of rowdy elementary school-aged children -- was too good not to tell. August 17, 2018

"The Foolish Corner" author JOHN HOWE uses the FIFA World Cup, and more specifically, the goalie position, to explain what he calls a "biased towards action" when investing in the stock market. July 25, 2018

"Outside the warehouse, the air is haphazardly pasted with the orange and black papery wings of a migration that stretches from Canada to Mexico." -- the opening lines of WALTER BARGEN's poem, "Killer Butterfly," from the book, "Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet Once Place at a Time." June 29, 2019

Local author NEAL FANDEK tells us about his new book, a thriller set in Missouri, titled "Peter Pike and the Murderous Mormons." June 26, 2018 

Local author/singer ED VARNUM talks about his new book, "In Pursuit of Something Better," and at [5:00] performs his song, "God Is Love." April 20, 2018

'Too Quick for the Living' author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads "Jack Mackerel Joins the Roman Legion." (It's about a cat.) April 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE about "myopic loss aversion." What does that mean? Simply put: if you invest in the stock market, you dislike the loss more than you like the gain. Why does this happen? John says it's evolutionary (losses can have detrimental consequences). His advice: don't look at what the market is doing every day. March 2, 2018

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