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The annual Life and Literature Performance Series returns with a five-show run beginning October 16 on the MU campus. The theme this year is climate change. Department chair HEATHER CARVER says she hopes people leave the theater inspired to actually play a role in minimizing its impact on our world. Also, DR. MICHELLE MARSHALL invites everyone to attend the 8th annual Blessing of the Animals this Sunday at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. Animals of all kind are welcome to attend! (4:13) October 4, 2019

MU Theatre Department presents two, one-act plays next week: Adrienne Kennedy's 'Funny House of a Negro' and 'A Movie Star has to Star in Black and White'. Director DAVID CRESPY and dramaturg MARICA BERRY tell us that each play raises a lot of questions, and so there will be a talkback at the end of every show. Also, GLENN PICKETT is looking to recruit paid and non-paid officials for track and field events at the University of Missouri. Training provided! (4:18) September 20, 2019

The 50th annual Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre at MU season is well underway, and the wow factor keeps coming. Opening tonight is 'Ragtime the Musical', which director JOY POWELL says is coming together thanks to the efforts of a "whole village." Also, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's ADAM SAUNDERS is breathing a sigh of relief now that the Columbia Farmers Market can finally - after many weather-related delays - call the pavilion structure at the new Agriculture Park home. So what's next? (3:40) July 11, 2019

What better rabbit hole is there to go down than one inspired by author Lewis Carroll? That's the thinking behind 'A.L.I.C.E.', MU Theatre Department's (very) original adaption of Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Guest: HAYLEY RUSHING | Also, BARBARA HOPPE invites everyone to tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' at the Grindstone Hy-Vee in Columbia. The topic this month is 'De-mystifying Medicare and Medicaid'. (4:33) April 15, 2019

Of the 20 plays included in this year's Mizzou New Play Series -- running Wednesday thru Sunday at McKee Gymnasium on the MU campus -- five are written by guest TAYLOR SKLENAR. Additional guest: DAVID CRESPY | Also, JUDY BOCK and SHERRY DYE remind us of all the good The Wardrobe does for those less fortunate in our community, like the shoe voucher program. (4:32) April 2, 2019 

One stone, one tree and five cast members make up MU Theatre Department's production of Samuel Beckett's classic 'Waiting for Godot'. See it this weekend only in Studio 4, which is inside McKee Gymnasium on the MU campus. Guest: Dr. SUSAN BURGOYNE  March 11, 2019

'The Every 28 Hours Plays' gets its name and its theme from the (contested) statistic that every 28 hours, a black person is killed by the police or vigilante. Director CLAIRE SYLER says it's a somber theme with an important message, and it's running this weekend only at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. Also, JEFF CHINN stops by to remind us that tax season is here! If you need help, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is providing its services free of charge now through April 15 - no reservations needed! (4:53) February 19, 2019

Guest LAINIE VANSANT says MU Theatre Department's production of 'Fever/Dream' is an adaptation of 'Life as a Dream', only set in the corporate world. (The "king" in the original is the "president" in this version.) A comedy, "Fever/Dream" opens this Wednesday and runs for just one weekend in the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. Additional guest: ASHER ALT | Also, MU Health Care cardiologist DR. HEMANT GODARA tells us about the warning signs and symptoms of AFib, or atrial fibrillation. He says he sees people who have been in AFib for years that have "no clue." (4:19) October 29, 2018

"'Songs for a New World' is about people that are about to face a new adventure in their life. They're in a moment of decision, and they have to figure out which way to go." -- JOY POWELL, MU Theatre Department. So which way do they go? Joy adds, "lots of different ways!" Also, Pastor RICK MATSON invites everyone to explore the "beautiful grounds" of the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church during a free afternoon picnic this Sunday! (4:45) October 3, 2018

Like to solve puzzles? Drink beer? If so, Puzzled Pint could be just what you've been looking for! KIM LEON tells us all about this once-a-month activity being played throughout the world. Also, meet the actors behind Shrek, Fiona and Donkey from MU Theatre Department's production of "Shrek the Musical," opening this Thursday on the MU campus! (4:20) July 9, 2018

Stay safe this Fourth of July! Even sparklers can reach temperatures of about 2k-3k degrees. MU Health Care's DR. JONATHAN HEIDT says about half of those injuries from sparklers involve children age 5 and under. Also, director MATT SALTZBERG says MU Theatre Department's production of "Dance on Bones" is more than just a play, it's an experience. Don't miss this "theatre jazz odyssey" during its short run starting tonight! (4:27) June 27, 2018

DR. DAVID CRESPY tells us about "The Rimers of Eldritch," opening tomorrow night at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. David says that each performance will, in some way, celebrate the life of its writer, Lanford Wilson! Plus, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the final days of the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia. The works of art featured were brought over from Cuba by Hannah and her team! (4:29) April 24, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with "The Drowning Girls" director SARAH SENFF ahead of this Wednesday's opening night performance (the first inside McKee Gymnasium on the MU campus)! A cast of three presents this true story of serial killer George Joseph Smith's wife-murdering spree in early 20th century England. At [4:33] BETHANIE IRONS invites all Columbia-area youths with a "passion for the arts" to apply for a place in the CARE Art Gallery's eight-week summer program! Only 15 spots available, so don't wait! March 12, 2018

Today guest host James Mouser visits with MARY BETH MING about the continued effort by the Columbia King's Daughters & Sons to provide dental aide to low-income children attending Columbia Public Schools. In order to raise the necessary funds, they're putting on a benefit concert next Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Watch for details! At [5:48] director CLAIRE SYLER and actor HARVEY WILLIAMS invite everyone to come see the world premiere of "The Green Duck Lounge" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. The story, by Kansas City-based playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, explores the real-life murder of civil rights activist Leon Jordan, and similarities between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. February 20, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHERYL BLACK, director of MU Theatre Department's production of "Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3." This Pulitzer Award-winning musical by Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of a slave named Hero during the American Civil War. Curtain goes up Wednesday! At [3:15] DR. JUSSUF KAIFI, MU Health Care, talks about the positive effects that a lung cancer screening can have at the early stages of the disease. "Now we see patients at an early stage that we can cure mostly with surgery." November 6, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOSH KIRBY about the Fayette Area Community Theatre's annual Wine & Spirits Walk. This is an important fundraiser for FACT, which is in need of a theatre to call home. Watch for details! At [3:15] LAINIE VANSANT and MURPHY WARD invite everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown." This family-friendly favorite is running this Wednesday through Sunday only at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus! September 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Director of MU Theatre Department's 15th annual Life and Literature Performance Series, September 13-15 at the Corner Playhouse in Columbia. This is your chance to see how the students develop and refine their award-winning plays. At [4:45] CLEO KOTTWITZ and MARILYN BETTENHAUSEN invite everyone to take part in the "most interfaith event that happens in Columbia," the CROP Hunger Walk, September 17 at Stephens Lake Park. Formerly known as Christian Rural Overseas Program, Cleo tells us that it now stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and that's because these days it's about more than just Christians. September 11, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY POWELL, director of "Seussical," part of MU Summer Repertory Theatre's 2017 season! Joy is joined by four cast members who perform, "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" at [3:42], followed by a solo, a cappella performance of "Alone in the Universe" at [6:20]. "Seussical" opens this Thursday and runs for two weeks. July 10, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. LISA BRENNAMAN, MU Health, about pelvic disorders in women. Dr. Brennaman tells concerned patients, "this is not the same era that their grandmothers or mothers may have lived in; that we now have many treatments for women where we might not have before." At [3:56] actor RONNIE RICE and director CAT GLEASON invite everyone to come see "The Laramie Project" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. 'Laramie' is based on the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard murder in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. His murder was deemed a hate crime. April 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDY ARNET, RD, about National Nutrition Month and healthy eating choices. If you're looking to change your diet but struggling with where to start, Judy offers easy and simple tips that don't upend everything you know! Looking for more? Come to 'Frozen Meals and More' at the Columbia Public Library March 28. At [4:44] CHRIS OLIVER is here with details on "Sinners and Saints: The Heroes and Villains of Broadway," also known as MU Theatre Department's Musical Revue. Songs from seventeen Broadway and Off-Broadway productions will be a part of this weekend's showcase at the Corner Playhouse in Columbia! Did your favorite make the cut? Watch! March 14, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CLAIRE SYLER, Assistant Professor, MU Theatre Department, about 'The Acting Company', a touring theatre group - based in New York City - that will perform two plays, "X" and "Julius Caesar," this Saturday and Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:53] Moms Demand Action members ROSE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN return with more information about their non-partisan efforts to prevent senseless gun violence in Missouri (by advocating for stronger laws). Find out how you can get involved! February 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAVID CRESPY, MU Theatre Department, about the 2017 Mizzou New Play Series. This year, 27 plays with stories about serial murderers, graduate insurance, mysterious women who know the future and mob bosses (among many others) will be presented in concert performance at the Corner Playhouse on the MU Campus beginning February 6th. At [3:40] RICK ROWDEN, Director of Development at Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, returns with an update on how the program locally - a non-profit that cares for women and children affected by drugs and alcohol 24/7 - has progressed since it's inception, and how it's residents have benefited from the nationally-known 'Teen Challenge' reputation and success over the years. February 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper and DR. KEVIN BROWN, Assistant Professor of Theatre, MU, talk about his department's latest production called, "Antigone." Kevin says this popular Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles, is about "a young woman who takes a political stand against a law she doesn't believe in." See it beginning this Wednesday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:22] DIANA MOXON returns with details on the final show of the year, the annual "Give a Gift of Art." As with every year prior, the goal this time around is to remind folks that local art makes a great gift! November 7, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS OLIVER about MU Theatre Department's production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Now this is not the musical everyone knows; this is a new adaptation, with music. Chris says, "it's a family-friendly show. It's a nice way of doing theatre...it's fun and adventuresome." At [4:05] MELISSA STONE, Research Assistant at Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic, talks about the many outpatient services provided by IBHC, including comprehensive assessments. Best of all, it's free of charge; watch for details! July 14, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about the upcoming August primary. Not up to speed on the candidates or the issues? Don't worry, the League has you covered with two upcoming forums! Watch for details. At [4:30] DAVE WHITE invites everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of "Greater Tuna," running in rep at the Corner Playhouse until July 22nd. This hilarious, two-man, 20+ characters show is an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss! July 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone (YEZ), about a ribbon cutting for YEZ's 'Inspiring Academy' tomorrow in Columbia! This new program aims to work with children from a very young age all the way through college, ideally. Find out more! At [3:36] MU Theatre Department Dramaturge, CARRIE WINSHIP, invites everyone to see "Crimes of the Heart," opening tomorrow night on the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU Campus! Carrie also tells us about the "Arts as a Portal to Science" summer camp happening next month. June 23, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." According to Heather, director of the show, Cheryl Black, has put a doo wop twist on this popular romantic comedy! At [4:30] ANGELA HOLLOWAY and ROSE VOMUND take us inside one of five remodel jobs featured on this year's "Kitchens in Bloom" homes tour! This important fundraiser for Services for Independent Living hopes to raise $25,000. April 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, about a couple of upcoming concerts featuring the youths of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory - and the best part is, it's free! At [3:47] DR. HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, invites everyone to see "Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale and Other Plays" this weekend at the Corner Playhouse.  This is the third in a trilogy of plays based on Heather's experiences since being diagnosed with breast cancer. March 1, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. SUZANNE BURGOYNE, director of MU Theatre's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." Dr. Burgoyne takes us inside the making of this comedy, which - at it's most basic of descriptions - is 'theatre about theatre.' Don't miss it starting tonight in the Rhynsburger Theatre. At [4:28] JUDY ARNET, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, encourages everyone to 'savor the flavor of eating right,' which also happens to be the theme of National Nutrition Month! February 24, 2016

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