Alyson Raletz

Social Media Producer


1:52 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Kansas Citians Recap 2014 In Haiku

If inspiration strikes, you can still send us your 2014 haikus. Tweet them with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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We asked for haikus/ to sum up 2014/ Thanks, Kansas City.

That is our thank you poem to everyone who obliged us and answered this week’s Tell KCUR question: What are your most important memories of 2014 in haiku?

The three-line, five-seven-five-syllable formula proved most effective in conveying 2014, with muses ranging from sports, to engagements, to family and public tragedies — plus one of KCUR's transmission hiccups.

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4:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tell Us About Your Most Important 2014 Memories In Haiku

We want your haikus, describing your most important memories of 2014. Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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The past year was an eventful one in the Kansas City area, marked by big moments in sports, politics and high-profile tragedies.

We want to know what memories you think of when you ponder 2014.

But this week's Tell KCUR question isn't that simple. We want you to use a little poetry, too.

Tell KCUR:  What are your most important memories of 2014 in haiku?

To put it another way, "KC, what’s your fave/ 2014 memory/Haikus only please."

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3:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

What Podcasts Kansas Citians Are Downloading

What podcasts are you listening to? Why? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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As podcasts pick up in popularity across the country, we wanted to see what Kansas Citians were choosing for their earbuds.

This week, we asked: What podcasts are you listening to? Why?

The question came as we prepared for our event, “Serial: The Listening Party,” set for Thursday night in Westport.  

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3:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

What Podcasts Are You Listening To? Why?

What podcasts are you listening to? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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The whodunnit treatment of a real-life murder mystery in "Serial" the podcast, from the producers of "This American Life" has captivated millions of listeners.

The podcasting medium's first "breakout hit" — as dubbed by the New York Times — has us wondering about other podcasts that are on  your radar.

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4:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kansas City’s Picks For Best Cowtown Gifts

A framed photo of the holiday lights on the Country Club Plaza was one of the Kansas City gift ideas we received this week on social media.
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Kansas Citians love eating and drinking, so it should come as no surprise that food and drinks top their list of the best Kansas City gifts.

In our social media quest for a rundown of presents that would represent the Kansas City area , you shot back a grocery list of items that sound like the makings for a fun holiday party: regional beer, popcorn, coffee, chocolate, pastries, toffee, nuts and more.

And the list wouldn’t be complete without the ample mentions of Kansas City barbecue sauce.

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1:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

What's The Best Kansas City Gift?

What's the best Kansas City gift? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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When you want to send a little bit of the Kansas City area to friends and families during the holidays, what's your go-to gift?

Maybe it's a jar of barbecue sauce or a Kansas City Royals T-shirt. Perhaps it's a bag of sunflower seeds or a six-pack of locally brewed beer.

As we enter the holiday shopping season, divulge your Kansas City-inspired wish list.

Tell KCUR: What's the best Kansas City gift?

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3:20 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

How Geography Plays Out In School Choice In Kansas City

How did you choose your child's school? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Geography plays a big role in how Kansas Citians decide where to send their kids to school.

At least that’s what we heard back from parents when we asked them this week about how they made the big decision.

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Beyond Our Borders
12:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kansas Stereotypes Turn Quickly To The Suburbs In Kansas City

Suburban life has become synonymous with parts of Johnson and Wyandotte counties in recent Kansas City history.
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Do you use the word, Kansas, as shorthand for the suburbs?

Our daily talk show Central Standard explored that question Wednesday.

There’s some truth to the perception that the Kansas side of the metropolitan area is way more suburban than the “real city” in the Show-Me-State, said Bill Coldiron.

Coldiron, of Overland Park, Kan., is a member of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., where KCUR held a community forum last week as part of our Beyond Our Borders series.  

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3:13 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

How Did You Decide Where To Send Your Kids To School In Kansas City?

How did you choose your child's school in the Kansas City area? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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As we explore state line in the Kansas City area as a uniter and divider in our Beyond Our Borders series, this issue continues to crop up — schools.

Parents are very passionate about how and why they've chosen certain schools in the metropolitan area for their children. 

With charter schools, private schools, public schools and application-based specialized schools on both sides of the state line in the region, we're curious about how you reached your decision.

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11:46 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The Triumphs And Failures Of Online Dating In Kansas City

What are your online dating success and horror stories? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag
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Online dating doesn't seem any worse or fruitful than traditional dating, according to feedback we received this week from avid online daters in the Kansas City area.

Earlier this week, in anticipation of our storytelling event with NPR, "Storied: The Science of Online Dating," we asked our listeners: What are your online dating success and horror stories?

We heard a mix of recounts of dating mishaps and successful couplings.  

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Beyond Our Borders
9:22 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What Kansas City's Guilty Pleasures Cost On Both Sides Of The State Line

Asad Naseem is a clerk at a Sinclair gas station on 75th Street and State Line Road in Kansas City, Mo. He says many of his clients are Kansas residents who cross the state line to buy inexpensive cigarettes.
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If you're in the mood for booze, cigarettes or candy in the Kansas City area, consider taking the state line into account when you make your purchases.

That's because the Missouri-Kansas border definitely plays a role in what you will pay for life's guilty pleasures, KCUR found in its phone survey of prices across the metro.

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3:16 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

What Are Your Online Dating Success And Horror Stories?

What are your best and worst online dating stories? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Maybe the allegedly tall, dark  and handsome man you connected with online after hundreds of emails turned out to be a dud.

Or perhaps the woman who gave you a five-star rating on was so wonderful, you ended up marrying her.

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5:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Kansas Governor’s Race Has Kansas City’s Attention

Supporters of Gov. Sam Brownback and opponent Paul Davis gather at the state fair in Hutchinson, Kan.
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A Kansas race that is catching attention from political junkies around the country has Kansas City-area voters captivated, too.

That’s according to feedback we heard on social media in response to our Tell KCUR question of the week. We asked, “What’s the most important political race to you in election 2014? Why?

“KS Gov race for sure! Need child advocates,” Alexis Ceule (@AlexisCeule) tells us on Twitter.

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3:11 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Tell KCUR: What’s The Most Important Political Race To You In Election 2014? Why?

What’s the most important political race to you in election 2014? Why?
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During this election season, are you focusing your voting attention on Congressional seats or local City Council races?

Are any Constitutional amendments more significant to you or do you spend your energy following candidates running for state offices?

Kansas may be under the national spotlight for its governor’s contest, but we know there are a lot of other candidates and issues at stake on both sides of the state line next week on Election Day.

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3:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

If The Royals Win The World Series, Kansas City Wants Chocolate

Kansas Citians want San Francisco to send Ghirardelli chocolate if the Giants lose the World Series. This photo of melted chocolate was taken at a Ghirardelli chocolate factory and shop in San Francisco.
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The mayors of Kansas City, Mo., and San Francisco may really be betting honorable things like feeding the homeless and reading to children if their teams win the World Series.

But if the Royals triumph over the San Francisco giants, Kansas City wants something sweeter — chocolate.

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Up To Date
4:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Kansas City Millennials Talk Politics At First Generation Listen KC Event

Up To Date's Steve Kraske asked the crowd at Generation Listen KC's inaugural event this question about the massive amounts of student loan debt piling up in the United States: "Why are you putting up with it?"
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Generation Listen KC is a new networking group through KCUR aimed at engaging and connecting with millennial public radio listeners in the Kansas City area.

As part of its Forward Promote series, Generation Listen KC invited Up to Date's Steve Kraske to speak with young voters about the upcoming elections at the group's inaugural event on Wednesday night.

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Beyond Our Borders
4:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

State Line Living From Volker’s View In Kansas City, Missouri

Jim Peters, board member of the Volker Neighborhood Association
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Living near State Line Road in the Volker neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., means getting used to worn-out sneakers, lots of local cuisine and “old hippies.”

That’s according to Volker fans who attended a recent community forum that KCUR hosted to get a glimpse at state line living from real Kansas Citians — part of our Beyond Our Borders project taking a look at state line through the end of the year.

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5:36 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Should The World Series Bet Be Between San Francisco, Kansas City?

If it were up to you, what should the World Series bet be between San Francisco and Kansas City? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Five-hundred pounds of Rice-A-Roni?

A trolley car for Kansas City's new streetcar line?

C’mon, Kansas City. We want to know what you think San Francisco should pony up if the Royals beat the Giants in the World Series. And what should Kansas City dish out if the Royals lose?

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3:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

How Kansas City Opinions Have Changed On Same-Sex Marriage

Margo Lauer, right, went with her partner, Sheila Hafner, and their son, Thomas Miller, to apply for a marriage license in Johnson County on Oct. 9. The Merriam couple held a commitment ceremony 11 years ago.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

As public opinion changes and support for same-sex marriage increases across the United States, we reached out to Kansas Citians to see whether their views had taken a turn.

Our curiosity comes as the state of Kansas is making moves toward and away from making gay unions legal in the Sunflower State.  

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7:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Kansas City Royals' Big Win In 140 Characters Or Less

Our Cody Newill tweeted this photo Wednesday evening at Kellys Westport Inn in Kansas City, Mo.: "#Royals fans are going nuts!"
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By now, reality has sunk in for most of the Kansas City area.

The team with one of the most dramatic underdog stories in recent baseball history clinched a spot in the World Series Wednesday, when the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1.  

From crying fans to a photo of a flabbergasted George Brett, here’s a look at how Kansas City tweeted the historic victory.

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1:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Sprinkling Dirt And Other Kansas City Royals Fan Superstitions

Mitsi Nessa fed her daughter hot dogs and nachos on the nights of the Royals' four wins during the American League Division Series.
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Whatever superstitions Kansas City Royals fans are clinging to, they may be working.

As the Royals head into a World Series-determining matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, starting Friday night, we’ve been discovering more and more about local game-day rituals when it comes to the Royals.

When we asked, “What are the craziest things you’ve done to help the Royals win?” fans shot back a slew of answers, ranging from what they wear to what they eat and when they sleep.  

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1:01 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Tell KCUR: What’s The Craziest Thing You’ve Ever Done To Help The Royals Win?

Tweet your Royals game-day superstitions with the #TellKCUR hashtag.

Maybe you haven’t bathed since the Royals made it to the playoffs, ending a 29-year streak.

Perhaps you wore the same shirt when the Royals played last week, helping them win the American League Division Series over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  

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3:55 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Sprint Begins Round Of Layoffs

Sprint Corp., whose U.S. headquarters is in Overland Park, Kan., started a round of layoffs on Tuesday.
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Overland Park-based Sprint Corp. has begun a series of workforce reductions, according to documents the Kansas telecommunications company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing didn’t say how many employees would be affected by the layoffs, which the company began to implement on Tuesday.

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3:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Kansas City, Country Bask In Royals Victory

@Cut4's tweet about this Royals fan's game day sign was one of the most popular Royals-related posts circulating on Twitter Wednesday.
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Royals chatter dominated social media on Wednesday, the day after the baseball team in Kansas City, Mo., clinched its first postseason win in 29 years.

Kansas Citians and national media took to Twitter to document the dramatic victory over the Oakland Athletics and share their team spirit.  

Here’s a recap of some of the tweets getting the most attention, along with highlights from Kansas City-area fans.

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Beyond Our Borders
2:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

What Are You Doing On This Side Of The State Line In Kansas City?

Trell West lives on State Line Road.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

As KCUR looks at how the Kansas-Missouri border divides the Kansas City metropolitan area, we wanted to talk to locals about their daily experiences with State Line Road.

We spent some time on both sides this month, asking people: What are you doing on this side of the state line?

From shopping to jobs to restaurants, here’s what we heard back:

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11:28 am
Thu September 25, 2014

PHOTOS: See What Funky Foods Are Inside Kansas City Fridges

KCUR's social media producer, Alyson Raletz: "The funkiest thing I could find in @kcur's green room fridge. Once tomatoes go soft, I'm out."
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One-year-old Szechuan peppercorn sauerkraut. A Jar of pickled Brazilian peppers that expired in 2012. And kimchi that’s been fermenting for 25 months.

Those are some of the things lurking in area fridges that Kansas Citians claim they still would eat.

“Older, the hotter!” Kansas City food blogger Jenny Vergara tweeted this week, along with a photo of her Malagueta peppers.

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4:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Tell KCUR: What’s The Oldest Thing In Your Fridge? Would You Eat It?

What's the oldest thing in your fridge? Would you eat it? Tweet us your funky food photos with the #tellKCUR hashtag or email them to
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Before tossing that fuzzy sour cream or the moldy bell peppers from your refrigerator, ponder the bigger picture.

Food finds its way to more landfills than plastic or paper in the United States, making it the largest single source of waste in the country.  

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8:45 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How One Sprint Employee Is Bracing For Expected Layoffs

Officials at Sprint Corp., which employs roughly 7,000 people at its U.S. headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., expects job cuts in the fall.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Last week, Overland Park-based Sprint Corp. officials indicated job cuts were coming in the fall.  

The extent of the layoffs at the Kansas company, which employs roughly 7,000 people locally, hasn’t been divulged, but at least one Sprint worker is taking the news to heart.

“Personally, I am cleaning everything out of my cube,” said Peg McMahon, a Sprint employee who responded to our Tell KCUR question of the week.

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Beyond Our Borders
6:13 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

State Line Living From Rosedale's View In Kansas City, Kansas

Philip Gardos, an active member of the Rosedale Development Association, lives on State Line Road in the Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood.
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Residing on State Line Road in the Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood of Rosedale can be puzzling at times.

As a former postal worker and resident of Rosedale since 1970, Philip Gardos recalls State Line neighbors hauling their trash across the street to Missouri or Kansas to take advantage of the other side’s trash day.

He’s seen Missouri and Kansas roads just feet away from each other receive very different treatment on snow days.

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4:31 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Do You Prepare For A Layoff In Kansas City?

How do you prepare for a layoff in Kansas City? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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As one of the Kansas City area’s largest employers is bracing for another round of job cuts, the community is busy speculating on how large this wave will be.

Last week, Overland Park-based Sprint Corp.’s new CEO, Marcelo Claure, told investors that as the telecommunications company attempts to cut costs, the firm also would shed management employees, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.  

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