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Marilyn McLeod

Protect yourself and those around you: get a flu shot! That's the takeaway from our conversation with MU Health Care's DR. CHRISTELLE ILBOUDO. Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to three upcoming events sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the first of which is TODAY at noon at the Columbia Public Library. Next week: Charlie Chaplin dressed as woman. (4:12) November 12, 2019

What do you really know about the 2020 census? If the answer is 'not much', you're in luck! MARILYN McLEOD says the next League of Women Voters-sponsored 'Lunch and Learn' program will (hopefully) fill you in on what you don't know! Also, NICK FOSTER says families have until noon on October 11th to sign up for Voluntary Action Center's annual Holiday Program. (After the 11th, the search is on for sponsors for those families.) Nick shares a couple of moving thank-you notes from families who benefitted from last year's program. (4:38) October 8, 2019

Later this month, the League of Women Voters is hosting two events at the Columbia Public Library. MARILYN McLEOD tells us about both, one of which is a panel discussion about women judges and will feature Ann Covington, the first woman to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court. Also, In2Action executive director DAN HANNEKEN is back to talk about how his prisoner reform program should matter to everyone and is in need of volunteers. (4:10) September 11, 2019

"The difference is, those homes that we're building in town...typically cost $150K/$175K to build, but wages haven't kept up with the rising cost of housing in our community or nationwide, so we sell those houses around $100K to a family that might make $35K gross annual income." -- RANDY COLE on how the Columbia Community Land Trust reinvests in property for the benefit of others. Also, MARILYN McLEOD encourages everyone to clear their calendars because the League of Women Voters is celebrating 100 years of the 19th amendment with "lots of events over the next year." (3:23) August 7, 2019

"You have to go and recharge yourself, too." -- GREG CARBINS, family counselor at Phoenix Programs, on caring for those who are caring for someone in recovery. You are not alone! Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a screening of 'One Woman, One Vote', a film about women's suffrage sponsored by the League of Women Voters. (4:27) June 28, 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

Despite the long list of at-risk factors to consider, DR. ERIK GROSSMANN, MD, MU Health Care, says that most people who get colon cancer have none of them, which is why it's important for everyone to get screened. Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to two events at the Columbia Public Library. The first is a 'Lunch and Learn' with keynote speaker Brianna Lennon, and the other is a candidate forum with Columbia's mayoral candidates and candidates for school board. (3:40) March 15, 2019

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

Guest MARILYN McLEOD says it best: "we have a lot going on!" If you're wanting to educate yourself about everything that'll be on this November's ballot (seven issues!), then make plans to attend one of three events later this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters! Also, TRACEY EICHHORN encourages everyone (artists, art lovers, community members) to come visit Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance's Ashland-based gallery, and maybe even become a member - no experience necessary! (4:53) October 11, 2018

A green ogre with a Scottish accent (ADAM SHIELDS), a talking donkey (ALEX ARMSTRONG) and a co-director (LAURA VEDENHAUPT) walk into a studio... The result? A quick plug for Capital City Productions' "Shrek the Musical," opening this Thursday in Jefferson City! | Also, MARILYN McLOED talks about today's primary election, and the League of Women Voters' plans for November's general election. (4:39) August 7, 2018

The theme for this month's Second Saturday for Kids (at Orr Street Studios in Columbia) is the five Chinese elements. CATHERINE PARKE tells about all the fun things in store for your kiddo(s). Also, the August primary election is right around the corner. If you haven't registered to vote, tomorrow's the deadline! MARILYN McLEOD has information on that and a planned candidate forum at the Columbia Public Library (sponsored by the League of Women Voters). (4:49) July 10, 2018

Support the League of Women Voters by attending a special showing of 'Bye Bye Birdie' at Columbia Entertainment Company this Wednesday! Plus, learn how to discuss politics without shouting at an upcoming workshop. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD | Also, PETER CALLAN tells us about his job as director of talent acquisition and development at MU Health Care, which has, once again, been named one of the top 150 health care organizations to work for in the U.S.! (4:53) June 4, 2018

The topic for tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' (at the Hy-Vee on Conley in Columbia) is "A Thing Called Race." Hear from Rev. C.W. Dawson, who has just written a book on the topic. Guest: MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters. Plus, ERIC LYON and COURTNEY WATERS invite everyone to take part in Missouri River Regional Library's summer reading program. The theme this year is 'Libraries Rock!' Watch for details. (4:58) May 14, 2018

There's no excuse for boredom this summer thanks to the variety of camps offered by Stephens College. Filmmaking, fashion, gaming and more are just a few of the options available to girls and boys of all ages. BARBIE BANKS is here to tell us all about it! Plus, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to join the League of Women Voters tomorrow afternoon at the Hy-Vee on Conley for another 'Lunch and Learn'! The topic this month: evaluating information in the age of fake news and alternative facts. [4:32] April 17, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER SNAWDER, RD, about National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is "Going Further with Food." How do we do that? Jennifer says it's as easy as making sure you eat a balanced breakfast, and/or that you're packing a light snack while out running errands. Also, find out more about an event (later this month) titled "Which Milk Is Right For Me?" At [4:22] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a special candidate forum March 13th at the Columbia Public Library. This event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is your chance to hear from those running for public office ahead of the general elections on April 3rd. March 6, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD about the League of Women Voters' annual Legislative Night next Thursday at the Columbia Public Library. This is your chance to hear from, and ask questions of, our State Legislative Delegation. At [4:45] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, talks about the percentage of individuals living at or below the federal poverty level in our community. That number: 24.6%. Nick has some thoughts as to why is that number is so high in an area with such low unemployment figures. February 1, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with actors DAVE BOND and EVAN BACKUES, Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, respectively, from The Little Theatre's production of "Treasure Island"! Even if you're not overly-familiar with Robert Louis Stevenson's 135-year-old tale of pirates and parrots, you'll enjoy this live show! At [3:50] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to the next 'Lunch and Learn', January 16th at the Hy-Vee on Conley Road in Columbia. The topic this month is about how to improve non-motorized transportation. January 3, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about National Voter Registration Day. Marilyn tells us that while most people are registered, if you're not, September 26th is a good day "to just get it done." If you are looking to 'get it done', the League will be registering people that day at the Columbia Public Library! At [4:14] GAIL HUMPHRIES MARDIROSIAN tells us about Stephens College School of Performing Arts' 70th season, now underway with "Intimate Apparel." Still to come: Blithe Spirit, Anything Goes, Into the Woods and a whole lot more! Watch for details. September 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and CB CHASTAIN, MU's Veterinary Health Center, talk about the dangers of ticks on our pets. CB says, "there are 16 known diseases that ticks carry, and Missouri has six of those." Our conversation includes tips on how to minimize the effects! At [4:34] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to celebrate Constitution Day by watching MU professor David Webber's original play, "Practicing Democracy"! Only four performances will be given, and after each there will be a discussion. August 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director, Talking Horse Productions, about "Stage Kiss," a hilarious new show about former-lovers-turned-romantic-co-stars opening this Friday in the North Village Arts District! At [3:53] MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to a special fundraiser showing of Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters, Columbia/Boone County Chapter. Watch for details! June 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUTU FORTE about her efforts to make the "little spaces count, too." Sutu is passionate about protecting wild nature areas in Columbia, no matter the size, and so she's hosting a special event this Saturday that will educate our community about such places. Watch for details! At [4:24] MARILYN McCLEOD invites everyone to another 'Lunch and Learn' at the Hy-Vee in east Columbia! Dr. Ann Deaton will be the featured speaker, and her topic will be Columbia's Children's Grove. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. May 4, 2017

It's Election Day! Today Paul Pepper visits with the League of Women Voters' MARILYN McLEOD about what's on the ballot; also, the League is hosting a 'civics education' forum next Tuesday at the Columbia Public Library. It's free and open to the public. Watch for details! At [4:46] THOM KIRK invites everyone to Capital City Productions' "A Time to Kill" - on stage now at Shikles Auditorium in Jefferson City. Thom says, "this is a very, very serious play with a very serious message" that will leave you "thinking about your own prejudices, perhaps." April 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEFF MORAN about the new name for the P.E.T. Mobility Project, now known as Mobility Worldwide. Why the change and what effect will it have on their mission to deliver personal transportation devices to leg-disabled people in developing nations? Not all that much, actually (but let Jeff tell you that). At [4:20] MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, reminds us that it isn't too late to register to vote before November's election! Also, mark your calendar for two candidate forums this month; this first one happens tomorrow evening - watch for details! October 10, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about two programs coming up this month. The first - in honor of Constitution Day - is called, "Will They Count Your Vote?"; the second is the monthly 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. You'll see two short films about voting, including "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." Watch for details! At [3:43] GLOVER BROWN and TODD SPALDING are here with more about the Lafayette Street and the Historic Foot District Memorial Project. Todd serves at the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in Jefferson City, and has a plan to redevelop the area as a park next spring - find out more! September 12, 2016