KC Currents
4:07 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Best of KCC: IHOP in Grandview, Penn Valley Skateboarders, Fado Novato

The show for April 21, 2013 was a special membership drive show featuring some of our favorite stories from the past year. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

Saving Grandview: International House of Prayer

For most of the past couple of decades, residents of Grandview have been praying for a miracle. The population was aging, retail space sat empty, and the town desperately needed new employers. But the explosion of a controversial evangelical group has been changing Grandview’s outlook dramatically.

Heartland Virus Discovered Outside Of St. Joseph

A team of researchers identified a new virus that's believed to be transmitted by ticks. It's the first discovery of a new human virus native to North America in nearly two decades.

Stephanie Mott Shares Her Journey And Speaks Out On Transgender Issues

People who are transgender, identifying with a gender different from their biological one, face a difficult road to self-acceptance. They endure bullying and higher rates of discrimination in housing and the job market.  That's why Stephanie Mott, Executive Director of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project is so involved in educating the public about transgender issues.

Skateboarders Test Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park

Nick Soper said he was moving to Kansas City from Liberty to be closer to Penn Valley's Skate Park.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

When Kansas City Parks and Recreation first built the Penn Valley Skate Park, a lot of skaters thought the $380,000 allocated to the project, left the park unfinished and lacking serious flow. But last May, the city finished the upgrades making it the first "world-class" skate park in the region. Now, some say it's become a kind of skateboarding mecca for the Midwest.  

Public Enemy 'Bomb Squad' Producer Studies Music At UMKC

Only four hip-hop groups have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, Public Enemy became number five. And with them, a Kansas City-based composer shared their spotlight.

Kansas Renga: Maryfrances Wagner

A renga is a collaborative form of Japanese poetry, usually about nature. Here, each poet had just 48 hours to write 10 lines about the Kansas landscape.  And then the next poet wrote 10 more in response to the previous poem. The poets in To the Stars Through Difficulties range from laureates like Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, to unpublished writers just starting out. We're airing the work of different poets throughout the month of April.

Fado Novato, Songs Of Heartache And Struggle
It started as an argument at a bar about what’s the saddest music in the world. And what started as a fun argument between friends expanded into a collaboration of Kansas City local talent—to learn about a musical genre that has recently made the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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