Central Standard http://kcur.org en Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-bartenders-create-cocktails-inspired-local-bands <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming http://kcur.org/post/boys-grow-teaches-kids-business-skills-through-farming <p>At a farm in Kansas City,&nbsp;Kan., a group of young men from are developing their entrepreneurship skills through farming. Boys Grow, a non-profit agency, works with these kids to develop business skills as they sell their agricultural commodities.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked to two of these boys about their experience with Boys Grows and their hopes for the future.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58626 at http://kcur.org Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers http://kcur.org/post/creativity-over-time-how-age-affects-artistic-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we invited a variety of artists to discuss how their practice has evolved as they have moved from one stage of life to another. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:49:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58542 at http://kcur.org Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships http://kcur.org/post/strengths-and-weaknesses-sibling-relationships <p>The bonds and battles between siblings are unique and long-lasting. For some people, their brother or sister is the most treasured person in their life; others can't spend an hour in the same room together.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a></em>, we discuss the psychology of these lifelong relationships.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:23:44 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58510 at http://kcur.org The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/how-residents-turned-things-around-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p>Few neighborhoods in Kansas City. Mo., have faced as many problems as the&nbsp;Ivanhoe neighborhood in the city's urban core.</p><p>Crime, drug houses, frequent vacancy, and trash buildup have plagued the area for decades, but neighborhood residents have been working towards change.&nbsp;</p><p>Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council Executive Director Margaret May has worked in the neighborhood since 2001, and has seen it blossom as residents like Ida Dockery take ownership and responsibility for cleaning it up.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:45:07 +0000 Cody Newill 58347 at http://kcur.org How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood Reflecting On The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 http://kcur.org/post/reflecting-civil-rights-act-1964 <p>July 2nd is the 50th anniversary&nbsp;of The Civil Rights Act of 1964. This historic piece of legislation outlawed race based discrimination, enfranchised voter registration rights, and desegregated businesses, public spaces, and schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Rev. Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson and Anita Dixon share their unique first hand experiences with the Civil Rights Movement in and around Kansas City, then and now.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:57:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross, Matt Hodapp & Christina Lieffring 58297 at http://kcur.org Reflecting On The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools http://kcur.org/post/historic-dividing-lines-public-education-still-affect-kansas-and-missouri-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This spring marked the 60th anniversary of <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html">Brown v. Board of Education</a>, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:49:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58223 at http://kcur.org Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/look-back-plan-tried-unify-kansas-city-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1967, Missouri Rep. Jim Spainhower<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was tasked with creating a bill that would reorganize public school districts throughout the state.</span></span></p><p>Known as the&nbsp;Spainhower Commission, the plan would've cut the total number of school districts down to 20.</p><p>Reactions to the Spainhower Commission were almost uniformly negative at the time, as many Kansas City and St. Louis suburb residents thought it was a ploy for tax money and desegregation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Cody Newill 58217 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-esther-honig-investigates-photoshop-gains-international-attention <p>A young Kansas City journalist named <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/">Esther Honig</a>, who contributes to KCUR, had an idea for a project.</p><p>She sent a simple, straightforward portrait of herself to Photoshoppers&nbsp;around the globe with a request to make her beautiful. She wanted to see what that would mean to people in different parts of the world, investigating how culturally specific definitions of beauty might play into the results.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:52:10 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58159 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit http://kcur.org/post/experts-say-dark-humor-has-always-been-part-kid-lit <p>Local children's author and illustrator Daniel Miyares&nbsp;visited the <em>Central Standard </em>studio to discuss his recent picture book, <em>Pardon Me!</em></p><p>The book, aimed at 4-7 year-olds, tells the story of a bird on a perch who is visited by several of his supposed swamp friends until the frustrated critter is so crowded he can't take it any more. In the end, the bird is (spoiler alert!) finally left alone, only to be eaten by a crocodile who finishes his meal with a burp. "Pardon me," says the crocodile. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:05:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58147 at http://kcur.org Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-unleaded-drinks-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The dog days of summer are upon us and everyone is looking for good ways to keep cool. Though cocktails might do the trick, not everyone wants to get intoxicated while they sip a cold drink.</span></p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best refreshing non-alcoholic drinks in the Kansas City area are.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are their picks:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:52:50 +0000 Cody Newill 58037 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City Let's Talk About Death, Baby http://kcur.org/post/lets-talk-about-death-baby <p>It's one of life's great inevitables, and we don't mean taxes.</p><p>Death Cafes, where people get together to hang out and talk about death and dying, have started popping up in cities worldwide. Locally, we have two Death Cafes: one in St. Joseph, Mo. and another in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Christina Lieffring 57996 at http://kcur.org Let's Talk About Death, Baby The Awkward Business of Surveilling The Nelson Shuttlecocks http://kcur.org/post/awkward-business-surveilling-nelson-shuttlecocks <p>Kansas City residents have been known to, as Michael Cross likes to say, “cuddle,” on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.</p><p>What many of these lovers may not realize, is that there are always guards monitoring the museum and the lawn, both on foot and via video cameras.</p><p>Michael Cross, manager of security facilities and visitor services for the Nelson-Atkins, has been keeping an eye on the grounds for seven years.</p><p>“As long as nobody’s interfering with the artwork we try to leave people alone,” Cross says.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:45:58 +0000 Matt Hodapp & Sylvia Maria Gross 57915 at http://kcur.org The Awkward Business of Surveilling The Nelson Shuttlecocks The Shuttlecocks 20 Years Later: From Controversy To Icon http://kcur.org/post/shuttlecocks-20-years-later-controversy-icon <p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:34:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57902 at http://kcur.org The Shuttlecocks 20 Years Later: From Controversy To Icon Police Chief Discusses Community Involvement In Solving Crime http://kcur.org/post/police-chief-discusses-community-involvement-solving-crime <p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57890 at http://kcur.org Police Chief Discusses Community Involvement In Solving Crime KC Police Chief Darryl Forté On Response Times, His Faith And Social Media http://kcur.org/post/kc-police-chief-darryl-fort-response-times-his-faith-and-social-media <p>When Darryl <span class="st">Forté</span>&nbsp;was sworn in as Kansas City Police Department chief in 2011, it was a landmark moment.&nbsp;</p><p><span class="st">Forté&nbsp;</span>is the first African American to lead the police department in the city's history.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:46:05 +0000 Cody Newill 57841 at http://kcur.org KC Police Chief Darryl Forté On Response Times, His Faith And Social Media Is Every Maker Also A Crafter? http://kcur.org/post/every-maker-also-crafter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you make your product with a 3-D printer, is it still a craft? On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we sit down with local participants of Kansas City's <a href="http://www.makerfairekc.com/">Maker Faire</a> (coming up June 28 and 29) and a Professor of Art to tinker with our concept of what it means to "craft."</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:08:39 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Christina Lieffring 57770 at http://kcur.org Is Every Maker Also A Crafter? Movie Critics: Time Loopers http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-time-loopers <p>The current Tom Cruise blockbuster <em>Edge of Tomorrow</em> is the latest example of time warp cinema, a story with loops in time and narrative. Other examples include <em>Sliding Doors</em>, <em>Donnie Darko</em>, and, of course, <em>Groundhog Day</em>.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Russ Simmons and the film critics return to review flicks currently showing at your local cineplex, and discuss the best time loop films.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:06:17 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 57664 at http://kcur.org Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule http://kcur.org/post/glore-psychiatric-museum-missouri-mental-health-time-capsule <p>On Thursday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we looked back at the history of intervention in mental health crises, going all the way back to the 19th century.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://stjosephmuseum.org/museums/glore/">Glore Psychiatric Museum</a> (formerly known as State Lunatic Asylum #2) captures both the treatments of the past and the controversies they sparked. Treatments in mental health hospitals once ranged from a "bath of surprise," which disrupted thought-patterns by dropping the patient into a shockingly cold bath, to lobotomies and fever cabinets.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:26:47 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57611 at http://kcur.org Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule What It Takes To End A Drought http://kcur.org/post/what-it-takes-end-drought <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite recent storms, parts of Missouri and all of Kansas are still experiencing some level of drought. What creates these extreme conditions, and how much rain does it take to bring us back to normal? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we talk with Brian </span>Fuchs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who explains the mechanics of a drought.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:34:46 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57543 at http://kcur.org What It Takes To End A Drought Counting Kansas City's Pollen http://kcur.org/post/counting-kansas-citys-pollen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kcur.org/CentralStandard"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we speak with the person who can explain why you've been sneezing more than usual. Charles Barnes tells us everything we ever wanted to know about pollen, especially how much of it is floating through our air.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 57526 at http://kcur.org Counting Kansas City's Pollen Deciding What To Wear To Work http://kcur.org/post/deciding-what-wear-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The unwritten rules of how to dress for different occasions can create ambiguous&nbsp;boundaries that are often difficult to navigate. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does "business casual" actually mean? Would flip-flops&nbsp;ever be fashionable at a wedding? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we investigate how to decipher different dress codes, and discuss how we communicate with our clothing.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:14:45 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57468 at http://kcur.org Deciding What To Wear To Work To Buy Or To Rent? http://kcur.org/post/buy-or-rent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With the foliage at its finest, "For Sale" signs are popping up in front of houses all over town. Home ownership is a staple of the American Dream but in reality renting may make more sense.</p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, the Cash Money Crew explores the age old question of whether to rent or buy.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:50:30 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57401 at http://kcur.org To Buy Or To Rent? Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-cocktails-kansas-city <p>Many people enjoy a glass of wine or a beer to loosen up, but sometimes those just don't quite do the trick. From Moscow Mules to Brandy Alexanders, a good cocktail can be a great companion to a nice meal or a casual social event.</p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best cocktails in Kansas City are.</p><p>Here are their picks for cocktails at restaurants and bars:</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:02:43 +0000 Cody Newill 57283 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space http://kcur.org/post/photographer-captures-landscapes-near-space <p></p><p>This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering &nbsp;in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. &nbsp;They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Flaig, <a href="http://www.nearspaceballooning.com/">near space photographer</a></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57232 at http://kcur.org Near Space Ballooners To Gather For Kansas 'Super Launch' http://kcur.org/post/near-space-ballooners-gather-kansas-super-launch <p>When most people pick a hobby, it's usually something simple like knitting or playing a sport recreationally. With John Flaig's hobby, it's a little more complicated.</p><p>Flaig and over 70 others like him will gather in Hutchinson, Kan., this weekend to practice "near space ballooning" or "ham ballooning."</p><p>The hobbyists send helium filled weather balloons into near space, which is between 60,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level.</p><p>Flaig's balloon has several cameras inside a Styrofoam payload box, taking pictures from all angles and altitudes along the way.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:11:12 +0000 Cody Newill 57203 at http://kcur.org Near Space Ballooners To Gather For Kansas 'Super Launch' Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-front-porches-are-gathering-places-and-now-music-venues-too <p>The front porch is an American institution. It's an ideal place to wind down with a cool drink on a summer night. But this familiar scene is all-too-easy to take for granted.</p><p>On the occasion of Kansas City's inaugural PorchFest, a music festival bringing 70 bands to residential porches, <em>Central Standard</em> takes a look at the history of the American front porch. We also visit with the festival organizer to hear about the bands bringing West Plaza porches to life this weekend.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:26:30 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57278 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too Best Recreational Biking Trails And Routes In The Greater Kansas City Area http://kcur.org/post/best-recreational-biking-trails-and-routes-greater-kansas-city-area <p>Some bicyclists are all-purpose riders, using a mere two wheels to get to work, school, the grocery store and everywhere in between. But lots of people ride just for fun and relaxation.&nbsp;<em>Central Standard</em>&nbsp;invited expert panelists and listeners alike to share their favorite recreational biking trails in Kansas City and the surrounding suburbs. Below is a list of a few places where the weekend warrior can enjoy a leisurely ride.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:14:21 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 57142 at http://kcur.org Best Recreational Biking Trails And Routes In The Greater Kansas City Area A Check-In On The State Of Kansas City Metro Bike Infrastructure http://kcur.org/post/check-state-kansas-city-metro-bike-infrastructure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you pull onto a street in a car, you have certain expectations. The road will be smoothly paved, with clearly marked lanes, and the network of streets will not end without warning, leaving you stranded before you’ve reached your destination. But, if you’re riding a bike in the Kansas City metro, finding a safe, continuous route can be challenging.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:03:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57182 at http://kcur.org A Check-In On The State Of Kansas City Metro Bike Infrastructure Kansas City's Stay-At-Home Dads Do More Than Stay At Home http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-stay-home-dads-do-more-stay-home <p>In anticipation of Father's Day, <em>Central Standard</em> visited with a stay-at-home dad to hear about the unique trials and triumphs of full-time fathers. We also heard about a group of stay-at-home dads who get out and about in the city together, forming a tight-knit community for raising kids and having adventures, including a <a href="http://www.kclibrary.org/?q=blog/kc-unbound/kc-dads-are-home-library">monthly storytime </a>at the library.</p><p>This conversation examines whether assumptions about who does what still matter, especially to couples who take this road less traveled.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:30:21 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57084 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Stay-At-Home Dads Do More Than Stay At Home