December 6, 2019
How to impress this holiday season without driving yourself nuts. Our expert Kansas City hosts include a restaurateur who feeds people like they're her personal dinner guests and a bartender who makes strangers feel like friends. Chrissy Nucum , owner, KC Pinoy Susan Avery , bartender, Cafe Europa
December 5, 2019
Segment 1: Morgan Orozco is a sixteen-year old who's playing an active part in local government. Sick of waiting for adults to do something about climate change, this high schooler is taking matters into her own hands. Morgan Orozco , Sustainability Advisory Board member, City of Lawrence; vice chair, Kansas High School Democrats Segment 2, beginning at 23:16: A tale of mice, friendship and what's really important. Charlie Mylie is out with his first children's book, Something For You . But
December 3, 2019
Segment 1: Why attracting artists is a goal for a new affordable-housing complex. Pendleton Arts Block is a new project unfolding in the historic Northeast, providing affordable housing with an eye toward attracting artists. Because of competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the effort to transform this block is happening on a national stage. This is a discussion about what affordable housing means for artists, and for the ecosystem of a city. David
December 2, 2019
Segment 1: Kansas City does have something named for Martin Luther King, Junior. A month after Martin Luther King's name was voted off of a major boulevard, a cleaning effort is underway at a long-neglected park named after the civil rights icon. The park's been dedicated to King since 1978. Donald Rankins , site administrator, Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park Michelle Tyrene Johnson , Race, Identity & Culture reporter, KCUR Segment 2: A new study from MU reveals three types of arrogance,
November 27, 2019
Segment 1: What it's like to be the first woman in charge at the Kansas City Fire Department. As Donna Maize takes over as Fire Chief, she makes Kansas City history and achieves a lifelong dream. Donna Maize , fire chief, Kansas City Fire Department Segment 2, beginning at 18:30: How a paywall is changing everything for the Shawnee Mission Post. As newspapers struggle for subscribers across the country, a news site in Johnson County has only grown since asking readers to pay. Jay Senter , editor
November 26, 2019
Segment 1: A Kansas City native's take on being a Saturday Night Live cast member in 2019. On a visit home, Heidi Gardner discusses her roots in Kansas City, her most popular characters and what it's like to respond to today's news with humor. Heidi Gardner , cast member, Saturday Night Live Segment 2, beginning at 25:30: Episode 4, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . We continue sharing weekly installments of this podcast from the Kansas News Service. In this episode, we take a hard look at the
November 25, 2019
Segment 1: What aspiring Foreign Service Officers from Kansas City are taking away from the impeachment hearings. Recent congressional hearings have put Foreign Service Officers in the spotlight. How do their jobs now look to those hoping to one day be like them? Mia Richardson , volunteer, Peace Corps in North Macedonia Jack Still , junior, William Jewell College Segment 2, beginning at 34:48: When your bike is also your traveling companion. A local biker, who documents her solo bike trips on
November 24, 2019
Yes, Kansas City is known for its chicken — whether it's fried , barbecued or one ingredient of many . What about the other birds out there, though? On the Friday before Thanksgiving, KCUR's food critics took a moment to consider not just turkey but also grouse, quail, pheasant and duck. Especially duck. "Pheasant, quail and squab should all be on this list," said Mary Bloch. "But duck seems to be more favored." "I like to refer to ducks as beef that fly," said wild game expert James Worley.
November 23, 2019
As evidenced by recent openings, closings and bankruptcies , the Kansas City restaurant scene is extremely competitive right now. "Lots of players are competing for the same dollars, employees and customers," said KCUR Food Critic Jenny Vergara. "Only the strongest operators will survive." Friday on KCUR's Central Standard , Vergara, Liz Cook and Mary Bloch shared the most important food stories in Kansas City from the past few months.
November 22, 2019
Segment 1: Thanksgiving's got us thinking about turkey (and duck and quail and pheasant). Hunters and chefs are making plans for fall birds. From the key to a good brine to the effect of flooding on duck season, we get the inside story. Plus, the food critics help us find the best places to go in Kansas City for the fowl-less-eaten. Charles D'Ablaing , owner, Brookside Poultry Company James Worley , outdoorsman, conservationist, squirrel-grilling champion, self-described tomato whisperer Jenny
November 18, 2019
Segment 1: If Kansas City wants to go green, we have to drive less. Can we do it? Transportation is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, with most of that coming from cars and trucks, but how realistic is it to expect people to break up with their cars in a city that was built for the automobile? Angie Schmitt , author, We Can't Stop Global Warming Without Reducing Driving Michael Wells , Missouri Valley Special Collections Librarian, Kansas City Public Library
November 14, 2019
Segment 1: Why former college athletes care that future college athletes might financially benefit from their name and image. Many think statements by the NCAA are a step forward since student athletes bring in millions for their respective universities, but others say it's not enough of a step. Michael Watson , former college basketball player, University of Missouri-Kansas City Carrie Fry Robinson , former college soccer player, Indiana University Patrick Hruby , journalist who covers athletes
November 12, 2019
Segment 1: Why a group of Bolivians in Kansas City demonstrated in the streets. In response to news that the president of Bolivia had stepped down, a group met outside Union Station in solidarity with friends and family involved in much riskier demonstrations back in Bolivia. Their message was not about one candidate versus another, but the democratic process itself. Bernardo Jordan , event organizer, Bolivia nos necesita Segment 2, beginning at 8:05: A big next step after a career in
November 11, 2019
Segment 1: Families live in downtown Kansas City, but it wasn't necessarily built with them in mind. The accepted wisdom in Kansas City has long been that families want houses in the suburbs and that the market for downtown is young professionals and empty nesters, but families have lived downtown for generations. Rick Usher , Assistant City Manager, Kansas City Sara McComsey , downtown resident, Kansas City Segment 2, beginning at 32:10: People don't think of black people when they think of who
November 9, 2019
The Kansas City food scene is more international than it used to be, and whatever else might be in those global dishes, the key to a lot of them is rice.
November 8, 2019
Segment 1: Missouri is home to choice wild edible fall mushrooms. A hunt for wild mushrooms at Burr Oak Woods launches a conversation about foraging Missouri mushrooms. Then, a James Beard Award-winning chef offers mushroom-cooking expertise for the home cook. Alix Daniel , Missouri Department of Conservation and the Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society Brittany Martinez , founder, Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society Gerard Craft , executive chef, Niche
November 7, 2019
Segment 1: Climate change affects people unequally. We talk about what this inequality looks like when it comes to housing, the needs of low-income residents, and more. Richard Mabion, Founder, Building A Sustainable Earth Community Tom Jacobs, Environmental Programs Director, Mid-America Regional Council Segment 2, beginning at 28:10: A KU student went viral for crocheting at a football game. She was just there to see a professor accept an award that she had nominated him for, but ESPN turned
November 6, 2019
Segment 1: Kansas City voters revert Martin Luther King Boulevard back to its previous name, Paseo. The morning after Martin Luther King's name was voted off of a major boulevard, we analyze what the controversy and its outcome mean for Kansas City communities. Plus, how this all looks through a national lens. Michelle Tyrene Johnson , Race, Identity & Culture Reporter, KCUR John Eligon , national race correspondent based in Kansas City, New York Times Segment 2, beginning at 31:10: A new
November 5, 2019
Segment 1: A genealogist tells us how she finds the stories behind our ancestry. You might think researching your ancestry is just about building your family tree. Ahead of a presentation this Friday, a researcher for PBS' "Finding Your Roots" and NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" says you can find out a lot more if you keep digging. Kathleen Brandt , International Professional Genealogist, a3Genealogy Segment 2: Episode 2, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . We continue sharing weekly installments of
November 4, 2019
Segment 1: The financial stress of college causes some students to struggle. For college students who don't come from financial means, it can be difficult to survive on a college campus. We hear about how they try to stay afloat while also staying on top of classes. Anthony Maly , Senior Program Manager, UMKC Monsignor Stuart Swetland , Monsignor, Donnelly College Maria Carter , News Director, KCUR Segment 2, beginning at 37:30: A local coffee shop wants to know how much baristas make. Oddly
November 1, 2019
Segment 1: New paintings by a Kansas City artist examine the 'brash volume' of public discourse. Rodeo clowns, talkshow hosts, preachers. To Michael Schliefke, they're symbols for what public discourse has become. Michael Schliefke , artist, Don't Blow Your Big Top at the Foundation Event Space Segment 2: A Kansas-born author creates literary buzz with 'halal fiction.' Farooq Ahmed has written a dystopian Civil War novel imagining Kansas as a holy state for Muslims. The border war between Kansas
October 31, 2019
Segment 1: Kansas City storytellers try to scare us. Scary stories take many forms. We got some of the best storytellers in town to share their favorite haunting tales. Nathan Louis Jackson , playwright Kaite Stover , librarian Jose Faus , poet Segment 2: Why are there so many ghost towns, and why are they so haunting? Ghost towns everywhere. There are 141 in the state of Kansas alone. This conversation includes travelers who love abandoned places, the history of how they got that way, and the
October 30, 2019
A journey along Quindaro Boulevard in northeast Kansas City, Kansas, takes us through history, demographic shifts, religion, and plans for economic development. Visit a black-owned bookstore in the 1960s, an integrated church and hear about one of the country's first black police chiefs. Plus, teens grapple with whether they have to leave the area to succeed. This show is a culmination of months of reporting along Quindaro Boulevard as part of KCUR's Here to Listen initiative .
October 29, 2019
Segment 1: What the latest StoryCorps project can teach us about talking politics. It's become an accepted truth that Americans are deeply divided on the issues that matter to us most. Why is that, and can taking the time to listen make a difference? That's what One Small Step , a StoryCorps collaboration, tried to find out. The local facilitators of the program share their takeaways. Ron Jones , Director of Community Engagement, KCUR Matthew Long-Middleton , Community Producer, KCUR Segment 2:
October 28, 2019
Segment 1: The woman who coined 'white fragility' unpacks the meaning of the term. Robin DiAngelo first started noticing what she now calls 'white fragility' about twenty years ago, when she worked alongside people of color as a diversity trainer. The resulting research culminated in a book that's been a New York Times Bestseller for more than a year. It's also elicited death threats. Robin DiAngelo , author, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism Segment 2: A KU
October 18, 2019
Natasha El-Scari is out with a new book, Mama Sutra: Love and Lovemaking Advice to My Son. She wrote it for anyone who needs understanding going into intimate relationships that they did not receive, with a focus on respect for oneself and others. In this conversation, El-Scari shares the experiences with intellect, womanhood, motherhood and community that led her to this project, and others to come. Natasha Ria El-Scari , author, Mama Sutra: Love and Lovemaking Advice to My Son , debuting with
October 17, 2019
Segment 1: The host of The Splendid Table stops by on a Kansas City visit. Francis Lam is the son of immigrants, the father of a toddler, and a rising star in the food world. Hear his take on how something as simple as food ties into complex, multi-layered personal stories, in his life and in our culture. Francis Lam , host, The Splendid Table Segment 2: Bob Dylan may not be forever young, but a lot of his fans are. As Kansas Citians get psyched for a Bob Dylan concert here in town, many
October 16, 2019
Segment 1: A Kansas City restaurant teams up with a New Orleans chef on a popup event. Ryan Prewitt is a James Beard Award winning chef at Peche in New Orleans, known for its focus on sustainability in seafood. When he comes to Kansas City to collaborate with Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar, he'll be spreading a message of consuming ocean species responsibly. Ryan Prewitt , Peche Sheila Lucero , Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar Segment 2: A bat expert tells all. John Harmer is a naturalist
October 15, 2019
Segment 1: A famous crossword puzzle creator makes Kansas City his home. David Steinberg has been making crossword puzzles since he was 12, and getting them published in the New York Times since he was 14. He's just moved to Kansas City. In this conversation, he talks about sleeping on Will Shortz's couch, and other career milestones. David Steinberg , Puzzle and Games Editor, Andrews McMeel Universal Segment 2: An artist shares the stories of international adoptees. Megan Rye was adopted by a
October 14, 2019
The Jackson County Detention Center has been a contentious topic in city and county politics, with a lot of the public debate focused on questions of funding and space. But conditions for inmates, most of whom are awaiting trial, continue to be concerning for those who know the facility. This show originally aired in July, 2019. Nancy Leazar , superintendent of the now-closed Municipal Correctional Institution, also known as the "city jail" Alvin Brooks , former city councilman, former police
October 11, 2019
Segment 1: A Kansas City avocado toast tutorial. Avocado toast is very popular. We get explanations, tips and recommendations from a local fan, who also happens to be a nutrition expert. Cara Harbstreet , dietician, author of this blog post on The Best Avocado Toast in Kansas City Segment 2: A search for great neighborhood coffee shops. Coffee shops are about more than just coffee. They're places for community, food, and first dates. They're places to work outside the office or home, and yes.
October 10, 2019
Segment 1: An artist makes us look more closely at the disposable still life piling up on the kitchen table. When Yoonmi Nam looks at the takeout containers, junk mail and plastic bags that accumulate around her, she sees a still life. Translating these objects into ceramics and putting them on a pedestal, she gives weight and permanence to the things that briefly populate our lives before getting tossed aside. Yoonmi Nam , aritst, For Now at Haw Contemporary (through October 30) Segment 2: Some
October 9, 2019
Segment 1: Homeless in Lawrence After the Lawrence Community Shelter cut its capacity almost 50%, where can homeless people legally sleep? Eric Tars , National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Renee Kuhl , Lawrence Community Center Segment 2, beginning at 32:14: Missouri in Movies and TV A New York entertainment writer originally from Kansas City, Missouri, discusses how Missouri is being portrayed in recent movies and shows like Ozark, Winter's Bone, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
October 9, 2019
Segment 1: How a fractured school system contributes to problems with transportation. Kansas City, Missouri, public school kids travel to school on dated buses that crisscross the city inefficiently. That cuts into school budgets, as well as time spent in class and on extra-curriculars. Big thinkers are taking on the issue and envisioning new models for getting kids to and from school. Katie Boody , Founder and CEO, Lean Lab Ashley Hand , CityFi , author of this article on inefficiencies in the
October 7, 2019
Segment 1: A mass shooting on Central Avenue leaves a community grief-stricken. Our reporter describes the weekend's shocking news from Wyandotte County, and a community leader asks Kansas Citians to understand what happened as an isolated incident that struck a growing, hard-working, tight-knit neighborhood. Elle Moxley , KCUR Edgar Galicia , Central Avenue Betterment Association Segment 2: The author of a new book sheds light on political divisions in Midwestern faith communities. In God Land,
October 4, 2019
Segment 1: A Kansas City dance performance is a transatlantic collaboration. Krystle Warren and Brad Cox have been musical collaborators for years, continuing to make music together across an ocean. As Warren prepares to head from Paris to Kansas City for an October performance, the two discuss their shared history and their craft. Brad Cox , Owen Cox Dance Group Krystle Warren , musician Segment 2: A painter explores the invisibility of "regular, hardworking, simple black men." Harold D. Smith
October 2, 2019
Segment 1: New reseach on how climate change coverage varies from country to country. A KU journalism professor is at the forefront of research into how climate change stories are framed by journalists based on where on the globe they are working. The greatest divide occurs along the lines of relative wealth and economic development. Hong Vu , assistant professor, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at KU John Upton , journalism partnerships editor, Climate Central
October 1, 2019
Segment 1: How Ukranians view the whistleblower case For many Americans, the whistleblower scandal surrounding President Trump is a matter of politics and presidency. For the other country involved, Ukraine, the perception of these events is part of a larger web of scandals. Anna Yakutenko , Journalist for Kyiv Post Segment 2: Hispanic Leadership Lowrider Bike Club While Erik Erazo was working as a security guard at an Olathe high school, he saw Hispanic kids struggling with something he
September 30, 2019
Segment 1: Kansas City is part of a global mission to collect and exhibit Holocaust survivor portraits. Luigi Toscano wants people to look in the eyes of Holocaust survivors. His large-format photographs displayed in cities worldwide have elicited strong responses, ranging from a reunion of two former schoolmates separated by war to violent attacks in Vienna, where entire communities showed up to repair and protect the art. Luigi Toscano , photographer, Lest We Forget at the World War I Museum
September 27, 2019
Ken Burns' Country Music series inspires interviews with Kansas City musicians about what country music means to them. David Cantwell , pop and country music critic, contibutor to Rolling Stone Country and the New Yorker Kelly Hunt , banjo player Maria Elena Cuevas , Maria the Mexican Scott Hobart , Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys Madisen and Ruth Ward , Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
September 25, 2019
Segment 1: Generational differences in responding to climate change are complex. Last week's climate strikes in Kansas City were organized by a young Kansas Citian who left the film industry and moved halfway across the country to take on this fight. His story represents a differing sense of urgency around climate change, but more than that, too. Michael Wolfe , Press Coordinator and Kansas Policy Advisor, Sunrise Movement Kansas City Matthew Ballew , postdoctoral associate, Yale Program on
September 23, 2019
Segment 1: A KU researcher's studies provide context for news from the Amazon. As global leaders gather for a climate change summit, a KU researcher shares new satellite-based data on the impact of deforestation in the Amazon, with particular insights into where this year's fire (which is still raging) fits in, both environmentally and politically. Gabriel de Oliveira , post-doctoral researcher, KU Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Segment 2: Is Kansas City a good place to get your
September 19, 2019
Jean Peters Baker has been the Jackson County Prosecutor since 2011, and she's often in the news, but usually talking about everything but herself. Today we learn about her personal life experience and how it's shaped her indignation in the courtroom and beyond. Plus, insights into her political aspirations and the future of the Democratic Party in Missouri.
September 18, 2019
Americans spend an average of 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime. So what we do at work isn't separate from life. It is life. At a recent event hosted by Central Standard, people gathered to tell true stories from life on the job. We're sharing a few of those stories with you here. Daniel Wolff , author, Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 David Lopez , general manager, Manny's Mexican Restaurant of Kansas City Quinton Lucas ,
September 17, 2019
Segment 1: A new documentary explores the life of abstract expressionist painter Albert Bloch. Albert Bloch lived the final decades of his life in Lawrence, Kansas. But at the height of his career, he was a member of a band of artists that helped create modernism in Europe. Tim de Paepe , filmmaker, AB David Cateforis , chair, KU Department of Art History Segment 2: Calvin Arsenia's new album is a milestone in his professional and personal growth. A Kansas City harpist and vocalist just recorded
September 16, 2019
If fast food is an American ritual, the hamburger is our "secular wafer." That's according to the author of a new book, Drive Thru Dreams . He says the story of fast food begins with the invention of the hamburger in Wichita, Kansas. Adam Chandler , author Drive-Thru Dreams
September 13, 2019
Segment 1: Fresh cocktails for a new season. As summer winds down, two mixologists join us to share their favorite autumnal cocktails. Brock Schulte , bar director at The Monarch Bar Jill Cockson , owner of Swordfish Tom's Segment 2: The best Italian food in Kansas City. Our food critics recommend their favorite Italian dishes across the city, from classics like spaghetti and meatballs, to experimental plates of carrot pesto or bone marrow. Carlton Logan , and the Kansas City Eats
September 12, 2019
Segment 1: Artists are reviving the shopping mall experience. There's a new trend in malls. Whereas the spaces artists were transforming a couple decades back tended to be abandoned warehouses in industrial parts of town, now the suburban shopping mall's providing that canvas. Dave Claflin , marketing consultant for area shopping malls Segment 2: Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski is in town with a cookbook. The food expert from Netflix's Queer Eye wrote his new cookbook while filming seasons 3 and 4
September 11, 2019
Segment 1: Derrick Rieke is an unlikely but powerful LGBTQ rights advocate in his community. When Derrick Rieke spoke out, at a Shawnee City Council meeting, he told his personal story wrestling with being gay from fourth grade well into adulthood. He was addressing a room full of people he knew, many of whom were there to oppose the ordinance he was fighting for. Derrick Rieke , vice president, Max Rieke and Brothers Inc. Segment 2: New all-inclusive playgrounds are a step toward making public
September 10, 2019
As the 2020 presidential primaries heat up, and issues like gun control and climate change continue to polarize us, we revive a timely-as-ever conversation about the obstacles that prevent us from changing our minds, even when faced with evidence that contradicts our position. David McRaney, journalist, host of the podcast You Are Not So Smart Randy Nudo, director, Institute for Neurological Discoveries
September 10, 2019
Seg. 1: A KU professor is raising the bar for the standard of evidence in psychology. A recent study reveals that a high percentage of treatments long believed to be supported by evidence don't measure up to today's standards for repeatability. What that means for the field of psychology, and why a KU professor is obsessed with learning more. Alex Williams , director, Psychology Program, KU Edwards Campus John Sakaluk , assistant professor of psychology, University of Victoria Seg. 2: A local
September 6, 2019
Segment 1: Muralists descend on Kansas City to make art. In its third year, Sprayseemo has become a big international festival for creating outdoor public art in Kansas City. Amy Harrington and Jason Harrington (AKA Riff Raff Giraffe), artists and festival organizers Segment 2: A world-renowned opera singer performs in his native Kansas City, alongside his mom. Ben Bliss grew up with opera. His mom's been a professional opera singer since he was a kid. But he came to opera on his own terms and
September 5, 2019
Segment 1: Making greeting cards more diverse. Cards are about relationships. So if none of the greeting cards on the shelf represent the person you're reaching out to, or the occasion you're celebrating, it won't feel quite right. Hallmark's trying to make more communities feel "seen" in the greeting card aisle. Monic Houpe , product director, Hallmark Christy Moreno , editorial director, Hallmark Segment 2: Why Kansas and Missouri astronomers are fighting to save dark skies. With 80% of the
September 4, 2019
Segment 1: The Gay Softball World Series comes to Kansas City. As the Gay Softball World Series gets under way here in town, the Kansas City Royals host their first ever official Pide Night at the K. Scott Switzer , Executive Director, Gay Softball World Series 2019 Rick Leavitt , founder of a gay softball team and league in Florida 25 years ago, now a Kansas Citian Segment 2: First Friday has lost its festival license. Now what? In the aftermath of a lethal shooting at First Fridays in August,
September 3, 2019
Segment 1: Books in school, according to a librarian. A retired Shawnee Mission school librarian reflects on the change she's witnessed in school libraries over the decades, particularly given the role of online searches in student research. Jan Bombeck , retired librarian, Shawnee Mission School District and Johnson County Public Library Segment 2: Books about school, according to the Bibliofiles. School is a perfect microcosm and therefore a perfect setting for a good story. But as one of our
August 30, 2019
Segment 1: A Waldo coffee shop looks back on 10 years. As One More Cup approaches its announced closing date, one of the owners joins us to talk about what neighborhood hangouts mean to their communities. Stacy Neff , One More Cup Segment 2: Kansas City prepares for its first-ever Black Restaurant Week. What's the idea behind Black Restaurant Week, and how does it fit into the big picture of race in restaurant culture, in Kansas City and beyond? Marquez Beasley , event producer, Black Restaurant
August 28, 2019
Segment 1: The way we remember Emmett Till is still rooted in race and geography. A KU professor who thought he knew the Emmett Till story was shocked by what he learned when he traveled to the Mississippi Delta for himself. That sent him on a journey to try to sort through the tangled threads of this haunting history. David Tell , author, Remembering Emmett Till Segment 2: Men and boys in ballet speak out. After Good Morning America's Lara Spencer mocked Prince George, age 6, for his enjoyment
August 27, 2019
Segment 1: Mahatma Gandhi's grandson reflects on his family legacy. As the world begins celebrating Gandhi's 150th birthday, Park University brings the iconic leader's grandson and biographer to town for celebrations and talks. The elder Gandhi sought to attain purity as a way of leading entire nations to peace; his grandson believes that we can contribute to that greater good, even while falling short of perfection in our lives. Rajmohan Gandhi , research professor, University of Illinois
August 23, 2019
As Labor Day approaches, the food critics recommend great hot dogs in Kansas City, and an expert offers advice on how to grill unexpected foods, such as pound cakes and apricots. Mike McGonigle , McGonigles Market Jenny Vergara , contributing editor, Feast Magazine Carlton Logan , and the Kansas City Eats Facebook group Liz Cook , food critic, The Pitch
August 22, 2019
Segment 1: What's up in northeast Johnson County? As part of our continuing conversations with community newspaper editors, here's some inside perspective on the news in the Shawnee Mission Post. This episode's focus: contested municipal elections in Overland Park and Shawnee, and non-discrimination ordinances in several cities countywide. Jay Senter , editor, Shawnee Mission Post Segment 2: The story of a new play inspired by the 30 Americans exhibit. A new play, Coloring Within The Lines, gets
August 21, 2019
Segment 1: Why the cost of bras that fit is an issue for teens. Talking to grownups about wearing a bra is hard for pre-teens and teens in any income bracket, but getting bras that fit is that much harder when the social barrier is compounded by a financial one. How a lack of access to bras affects girls in school, and what one local activist is doing about it. Tiffany Price , founder, Hold 'Em Up 4 Care Libby Price , her cousin and young volunteer Segment 2: The legacy of Toni Morrison, as felt
August 20, 2019
Segment 1: On taking a bandname all the way to the Supreme Court. Is it possible to be offensive to oneself? That's a question Simon Tam, frontman for a band called The Slants, brought before the U.S. justice system. He's using his story to encourage Asian American professionals in leadership positions to "lean into" their values. Simon Tam , author, Slanted: How An Asian American Troublemaker Took On The Supreme Court , keynote speaker, National Association of Asian American Professionals
August 19, 2019
Segment 1: A KU research team got a grant to bring technology training to women's prisons. The population of women in U.S. prisons has risen 834 percent over the past 40 years. More than half of the women now in prison are mothers of children under 18. After interruptions in their educations and resumes, technology training could help them begin planning for re-entry. Hyunjin Seo , associate professor, digital/emerging media, University of Kansas Segment 2: Reports of UFO sightings are being
August 16, 2019
Transit isn't about vehicles; it's about people. When Robbie Makinen lost his vision in 2013 and suddenly had to get around town without his sight, he came to understand that more clearly than ever. Here's his story. Robbie Makinen , CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
August 15, 2019
Segment 1: A new book on aging proposes a third stage in life. First comes childhood, then adulthood and finally, elderhood, which begins roughly in your 70s and can last for decades. It comes with a unique set of challenges, joys and needs, and our cultural reluctance to acknowledge that comes at a cost. Louise Aronson , geriatrician and professor of medicine, University of California San Francisco; author, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life Segment 2: How 816
August 15, 2019
Segment 1: A thirteen year old with limb difference writes a book with her mom. Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of one arm, and she's spent the thirteen years since then proving that she can do anything, "except monkey bars." She invented a prosthetic limb that shoots glitter and looks like a unicorn's horn and she's founded a nonprofit. Now she and her mom are out with a new book. Jordan Reeves and Jen Reeves , authors, Born Just Right Segment 2: A Harry Potter-themed band takes
August 13, 2019
Segment 1: New distilleries revive the past, with a twist. Why was 9th street, in the West Bottoms, once known as the "wettest block"? Why did a spirits industry thrive here in the 19th century and then fade even before Prohibition? And what's it like to ride the slide at the new East Bottoms facility for J. Rieger & Co.? Pete Dulin , author, Expedition of Thirst Karla Deel , author, forthcoming Storied and Scandalous Kansas City (due out November 1, 2019) Segment 2: The food critics find
August 13, 2019
Segment 1: Could opportunity zones change the landscape of investment in Kansas City? As part of the bipartisan 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, opportunity zones encouraging private investment in distressed areas have been identified in every state. We get an explainer on how it works, along with on-the-ground insights into how the five opportunity zones in Kansas City, Missouri might stand to benefit. Bruce Katz , director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University Emmet Pierson , president,
August 8, 2019
Segment 1: How mass shootings in the news affect people. Wall-to-wall coverage of mass shootings has become the norm. An expert joins callers to discuss the repercussions, and to consider what type of coverage news consumers really want. Katherine Reed , professor of practice, Missouri School of Journalism Segment 2: The Kansas Citian writing the next generation of role playing games. Daniel Fox used to be just a guy who played Dungeons and Dragons for fun. But when his desire to see a more
August 7, 2019
Segment 1: A hopeful billboard has a story behind it. When artist Nicole Leth lost her father to suicide, she told herself she would focus all her energy on spreading positivity. Now a billboard in Kansas City stands testament to that promise. Nicole Leth , artist Segment 2: A Kansas City musician rocks the violin in her new EP. Tina Bilberry, known to fans as K'Tina, is a KCK-native who fuses international sounds in Crossed Conversations . Here's her story. K'Tina , composer, violinist,
August 5, 2019
Segment 1: A llama show gains popularity. What is it about llamas? They're everywhere. And that includes the Douglas County Fair. Mason Kelso , interim llama superintendent, Douglas County Fair Amber Fraley , freelance writer, Lawrence Magazine Segment 2: An Austin-based chef travels the country tasting regional cuisine. Chef Madison Butler is on a journey to experience America's food destinations, and to reach them, specifically, by passenger rail. Here's her story, along with a taste of what
July 26, 2019
Segment 1: Kansas City Classics Among the new and noteworthy restaurants populating Kansas City, let’s not forget those that came first and have stuck around for a while. We talk about the classic restaurants of Kansas City, which have set the standard for diners across the metro. Jenny Vergara , contributing editor, Feast Magazine Carlton Logan , KCfoodguys Charles Ferruzza , food writer
July 25, 2019
Segment 1: Kansas City, Missouri's mayor reflects on his time in office. Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James leaves office July 31. He discusses his eight-year legacy before he hands over the job to the next mayor. Sly James , mayor, Kansas City, Missouri Segment 2, beginning at 37:13: The legacy of a Kansas City theater director, actor, and entertainer. After spending 30 years in Kansas City, a well-known theater director, actor and entertainer is moving to Indianapolis, Indiana. She looks
July 23, 2019
Segment 1: The changing culture of language-learning in professional baseball. About 25 percent of Major League Baseball players were from Spanish-speaking countries on Opening Day in March. What role do professional baseball teams play in incorporating language-learning into their players' transitions to living and playing in the United States? Deanna MacNaughton, cultural liaison and English teacher, Salem Red Sox Pedro Grifol , catching and quality control coach, Kansas City Royals Jesse
July 22, 2019
Segment 1: The nationwide trend of violence against transgender women of color. A man was recently charged with the murder of Brooklyn Lindsey, a black transgender woman who was found dead in Kansas City in June. Anti-trans violence is on the rise nationwide, and we talk about why. Sarah McBride , national press secretary, Human Rights Campaign Segment 2, beginning at 20:17: How a movement combines art and activism. Craftivism isn't new. It's a movement that has combined art and activism for
July 19, 2019
Harvey Williams is the founder of a black-owned theater in Kansas City; he sees that as an important addition to the arts ecosystem here in town. In this intimate conversation, Williams tells his own story, which begins at 12th and Vine, and explains why despite all the major iconic roles he's played on Kansas City stages, it matters enough to him carve out a space for diverse voices that he's doing it in his retirement years, when he could be "sitting on the porch, watching the mailman run up
July 18, 2019
Segment 1: How Kansas City immigrants are dealing with threats of raids. "Just in case" is the phrase Celia Calderon Ruiz uses to sum up how people in her community are dealing with the possibility of a raid in Kansas City. Our guests offer clarification on the constitutional rights of migrants, regardless of status. Angela Ferguson , immigration lawyer, Austin & Ferguson LLC Celia Calderon Ruiz , community volunteer, creator of the Cuidémonos workbook for Kansas City's migrant community
July 17, 2019
The Jackson County Detention Center has been a contentious topic in city and county politics, with a lot of the public debate focused on questions of funding and space. But conditions for inmates, most of whom are awaiting trial, continue to be concerning for those who know the facility. Nancy Leazar , superintendent of the now-closed Municipal Correctional Institution, also known as the "city jail" Alvin Brooks , former city councilman, former police commissioner, anti-violence activist and
July 16, 2019
Segment 1: A Fringe-famous performer tells his story. Brother John is a pastor and storyteller who researches characters from African-American history then creates performances that bring history to life. He's become a regular contributor to Kansas City's Fringe Festival. This year, he's focusing on Smoky Robinson. Brother John , performer and writer, U Really Got A Hold On Me , Kansas City Fringe Festival Segment 2: Kansas City singer Laura Noble on making her own music. Laura Noble got her
July 12, 2019
Our summery food odyssey begins with a trip to a fruit orchard, where blackberries and peaches are now in season, before heading back to the studio for ideas from a chef for how to use these tasty fruits in the kitchen. The food critics then join us on a search for the best restaurant patios in Kansas City. Gabe Spurgeon , orchard manager, South Baldwin Farms Michael Foust , chef and owner, The Farmhouse in the City Market, Black Sheep and Market on 39th Street Jenny Vergara , Feast Magazine
July 11, 2019
Segment 1: Bra-Gate inspires a conversation about gender in the legal profession. Three lawyers speak from personal experience, discussing pay equity, achieving partner status, re-entry to work after maternity leave, implicit bias in the courtroom, the high number of women who leave the profession after 7-10 years and more. Tracy Spradlin , partner, Spradlin Kennedy Dana Tippin Cutler , attorney, James W. Tippin & Associates, past president, Missouri Bar Megan Phillips , co-chair, Missouri
July 11, 2019
Segment 1: What changing recruitment techniques say about our changing culture. Move over, millennials. The new new workforce is going to be made up of Generation Z, born in or after 1997. The incentives and benefits packages being offered to new recruits by major companies already reflect that generation's needs and values. Tess Sirprenant , director of Career Services, UMKC Stephanie Smithmier , Morgan Hunter Segment 2: Everything you need to know about fireflies. Fireflies are finally
July 9, 2019
Segment 1: New research shows a difference between what we expect and what we experience when it comes to humor in romance. Data suggests that in heterosexual relationships, men tend not to recognize that their partner's sense of humor is a major determinant of long-term happiness. Why not? Jeffrey Hall, professor of communication studies, University of Kansas Segment 2: A nineteenth-century vegetarian settlement in Kansas inspires further investigation. The history of vegetarianism has a major
July 8, 2019
Segment 1: Should Kansas City move the Royals to a downtown baseball stadium? In March, the Kansas City Star's editorial board issued an article stating that "it's time" to start talking about a downtown baseball stadium. In this conversation, we look into how that might play out, evaluate the pros and cons, and hear from Kansas Citians about the idea. Max Rieper , chief editor, Royals Review Neil Demause , journalist and co-author of Field of Schemes Segment 2, beginning at 38:15: Nerds of
July 5, 2019
Segment 1: A Ralph Steadman exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library excites local fans. Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson satirized big moments in American culture and politics in a memorably explosive way. A Steadman retrospective gives local fans a chance to see the art up close. Erica Hunzinger , Harvest Public Media and Missouri Politics Editor, KCUR Anita O'Brien , exhibition co-curator, London Cartoon Museum Shaun Hamontree , Kansas City artist and musician Segment 2: Spider I, by
July 3, 2019
Segment 1: The Kansas City Public Library has joined a movement toward eliminating late fees. Following the announcement that the Kansas City Public Library is no longer charging late fees, we dig into the reasoning behind the decision, as well as the larger movement it's a part of. Crosby Kemper III , executive director, Kansas City Public Library Ramiro Salazar , president, Public Library Association, director, San Antonio Public Library Segment 2: A Kansas City novelist collects stories about
July 3, 2019
Segment 1: As the tourism industry grows, so do questions about the impact of travel. Are there ways to enjoy greater acess to travel while also treading more lightly on the destinations we visit? Or do we simply need to cut back? Martha Honey , founder, Center for Responsible Travel Marcia Rozell , past president, Flint Hills Tourism Coalition George Frazier , author, The Last Wild Places of Kansas Ward Franz , director, Missouri Tourism Segment 2: A local author raises awareness of black
July 1, 2019
Segment 1: A difficult image re-ignites debate over ethics in photography. In a recent photograph, a migrant from El Salvador lies face down in water alongside his small daughter. The two have drowned on their quest to enter the United States. The image is part of ongoing debate about what it means to document responsibly. Keith Greenwood , associate professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism Segment 2: What Kansas Citians would do if their student-loan debt disappeared. Fantasies of
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