Central Standard http://kcur.org en Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene http://kcur.org/post/kyle-hatley-looks-back-eight-years-kansas-citys-theater-scene <p>Kyle Hatley arrived in Kansas City to serve as Assistant Artistic Director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in April 2008. He drove into town in the midst of a tornado, and he hasn't stopped moving since.</p><p>After eight years of tireless immersion in both the Kansas City Repertory Theatre&nbsp;and the grassroots theater scene,&nbsp;Hatley has decided it's time to return to Chicago. There, he will join his fiance, actress Emily Peterson.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:06:55 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59598 at http://kcur.org Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-graffiti-writers-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've ever seen the large murals or spray paint&nbsp;writing on the sides of buildings along Southwest Boulevard, you've probably seen some of Kansas City based graffiti writer Gear's work.</span></p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Gina Kaufmann&nbsp;sat down with Gear&nbsp;in studio to discuss the nuances of graffiti and street art.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:23:52 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Cody Newill & Matt Hodapp 59592 at http://kcur.org A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work Movie Critics: Films Of July 2014 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-films-july-2014 <p>With the first days passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the heat index, summer is in full swing. And with summer, comes a plethora of fun, escapist flicks. But July has also brought films with depth, humor and insight. On Friday's <em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>,&nbsp;</em>the movie critics give their take on what's moving movies forward and what can be left to burn up in the sun.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:51:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 59515 at http://kcur.org In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain http://kcur.org/post/angola-prison-ku-researcher-found-music-stories-and-pain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethnomusicologist Daniel Atkinson describes Louisiana State Penitentiary (commonly called "Angola") as a “living, breathing plantation.” The land where the prison stands today was converted from plantation to penitentiary after slavery was abolished.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:32:29 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 59459 at http://kcur.org In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle http://kcur.org/post/what-kansas-citys-vine-street-castle <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve ever driven around the historic </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&amp; Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Mo., you might have noticed what looks like a castle. It appears as though it housed Missouri royalty, but in fact this four-story structure, chiseled out of yellow limestone, was originally designed as the city jail.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:09:53 +0000 Esther Honig 59370 at http://kcur.org What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/armadillos-rise-missouri-creeping-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.</span></p><p>Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.</p><p>“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says&nbsp;James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59295 at http://kcur.org Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City Prairie School Style Architecture In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/prairie-school-style-architecture-kansas-city <p>Kansas City architect Clarence Shepard was deeply influenced by <a href="http://www.prairieschoolarchitecture.com/">Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School Style</a> when he designed more than 600 homes and churches in the region a century ago.</p><p>Shepard was a native of New York, grew up in Clay Center, Kan., and came to work in Kansas City at the beginning of the 20th&nbsp;century for the Kendall Co. and the J.C. Nichols Co., among others.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:39 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 59359 at http://kcur.org Prairie School Style Architecture In Kansas City The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs http://kcur.org/post/modern-role-state-and-county-fairs <p>Counties and states all over America host seasonal fairs. Originally, they were organized to share the latest technology in agriculture and genes among livestock. But in an age of instant information are state and county fairs still relevant? On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we investigate the modern function of fairs, and talk with some professional livestock judges about their criteria for appraising animals and producing the food of tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:45:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59291 at http://kcur.org The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs Wyandotte County Fair Connects Kids With Agricultural Roots http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-fair-connects-kids-agricultural-roots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People usually associate state and county fairs with Ferris wheels and food on a stick. But in areas that have seen their demographics shift from rural to urban populations, these fairs are now serving a new role of connecting city folk to their country roots.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Christina Lieffring 59360 at http://kcur.org Wyandotte County Fair Connects Kids With Agricultural Roots Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-planning-new-baby-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Expecting a new baby can force many parents to make complicated financial decisions. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:42:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59234 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-where-find-best-slice-pizza-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a beautiful summer night, stopping by a neighborhood pizzeria for a quick slice (or five) can really hit the spot.</span></p><p>With a handful of exciting new pizza places opening up, Charles Ferruzza and the food critics put out a call for the best pizza in the Kansas City area.&nbsp;</p><p><em>KCUR's food critics recommend:</em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:47:09 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 59127 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City What It Means To Be A Midwesterner In The Words Of Kansas Citians http://kcur.org/post/what-it-means-be-midwesterner-words-kansas-citians <p></p><p>Midwesterners are hard-working, friendly and polite.</p><p>Those were the recurring adjectives that came up when we asked Kansas Citians for their take on the heartland.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-does-it-mean-be-midwesterner-5-words-or-less">When we took to social media and asked, “What does it mean to be a Midwesterner in five words or less?”</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;you also shot back these common themes:</p><p>• Underappreciated</p><p>• Family-oriented and pragmatic</p><p>• We feel we know what’s really important (priorities)</p><p>• Compassionate</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:31:38 +0000 Alyson Raletz & Laura Ziegler 59092 at http://kcur.org What It Means To Be A Midwesterner In The Words Of Kansas Citians Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-writers-reflection-his-youth-inspires-new-ideas-about-being-midwestern <p>Former <em>Kansas City Star</em> columnist Bill Tammeus, who still blogs for the paper, recently released a memoir titled <a href="http://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/03/3-12-14.html"><em>Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans</em></a>.</p><p>It's about his boyhood in the Illinois town of Woodstock, in the middle of the 20th century. Through critical reflection on his early experiences and observations, Tammeus arrives at a handful of truisms about life in the Midwest, offered without sentimentality or rose-colored glasses, but with measured fondness.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:26:51 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59079 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' Without Intervention, Old Barns Stand Defiantly Or Fall Unceremoniously http://kcur.org/post/without-intervention-old-barns-stand-defiantly-or-fall-unceremoniously <p>The barn is an icon of the American work ethic and rural nostalgia. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we explored the trend of rehabbing and restoring old barns that would otherwise fall into irreversible decay.</p><p>We also spoke with people throughout the nation and in our own area about the challenges of preserving these structures.</p><p>Do old barns -- the red ones with big huge doors -- still matter, even as larger steel structures replace them in function?</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:08:06 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan & Matt Hodapp 59015 at http://kcur.org Without Intervention, Old Barns Stand Defiantly Or Fall Unceremoniously PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens http://kcur.org/post/photos-barns-missouri-and-kansas-through-your-lens <p>A drive through the Midwest countryside wouldn't be complete without a dozen or so barn sightings.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As our daily talk show, Central Standard, prepares for its examination of challenges that go into barn restoration, we rounded up a collection of regional barn photos — thanks to you.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58968 at http://kcur.org PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens 'Citizen Koch' Directors On Documentary Filmmaking http://kcur.org/post/citizen-koch-directors-documentary-filmmaking <p></p><p><em>Citizen Koch</em> is a new documentary that investigates the political influence of Kansas-born billionaires David and Charles Koch. The film has a strong point of view, which has drawn mixed reviews. &nbsp;On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked with the directors about how <em>Citizen Koch</em>&nbsp;was made and their approach to documentary filmmaking.<iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/66463890" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:40:41 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58946 at http://kcur.org 'Citizen Koch' Directors On Documentary Filmmaking The Transparency Of Police Records In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/transparency-police-records-kansas <p>In May of 2013, investigative reporter Karen Dillon&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/12/2799523_getting-police-reports-criminal.html">wrote a story in the <em>Kansas City Star </em></a>that shed light on Kansas' restrictive police records access laws. <a href="http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/karen_dillon_kansas_city_journalist_police_records.php?page=all">According to <em>Columbia Journalism Review</em></a>, her work was instrumental in changing those laws. This year,&nbsp;Gov. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:51:01 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58941 at http://kcur.org The Transparency Of Police Records In Kansas Fiddler Explores Little-Known French Dialect Spoken In Missouri Town http://kcur.org/post/fiddler-explores-little-known-french-dialect-spoken-missouri-town <p>In honor of Bastille Day, <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> explored efforts to preserve Missouri French: a dialect that once flourished in southwestern Missouri, now remembered by only a handful of people in the town of Old Mines. Some say the language is dying, but the dialect has been pronounced dead then rediscovered many times.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:39:11 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58880 at http://kcur.org Fiddler Explores Little-Known French Dialect Spoken In Missouri Town KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written http://kcur.org/post/ku-linguist-transforms-how-kazakh-language-written <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Languages change. Sometimes slowly and organically, sometimes quickly... and on purpose.</p><p>Kazakh President <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/02/166336701/kazakhstan-celebrates-first-and-only-president">Nursaltan Nazarbayev</a> wants the people of Kazakhstan to use Latin script (rather than Cyrillic) to write in their native language.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58870 at http://kcur.org KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/timeline-look-back-40-years-kansas-citys-kemper-arena <p>It's easy to forget about Kemper Arena.</p><p>Nestled down in the south end of the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., the aging arena has seen better days. Since 2007, the Sprint Center has hosted virtually all the big-name events coming through town, leaving Kemper&nbsp;nearly inactive for long periods of time.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58751 at http://kcur.org TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena The History of Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/history-kemper-arena <p>About four and a half decades ago, in a stunningly brief period of years, Kansas City built major public structures for air travelers, conventioneers and sports fans. All survive today, but one of them, sitting in the West Bottoms, is underutilized compared to the others.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:46:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 58905 at http://kcur.org The History of Kemper Arena 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 Transforming Ivanhoe http://kcur.org/post/transforming-ivanhoe <p>Ivanhoe is a neighborhood on Kansas City’s east side with a rich history. Though recent decades have brought on hard times, the community, led by spokeswoman Margaret May, has rallied to restore its former glory. Some residents are frustrated by vacant houses on their blocks, while others love the new farmer’s market and point–with a sigh of relief—to reduced crime rates.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:50:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58887 at http://kcur.org 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