KC Currents
4:48 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Johnson County Mosque, Class Of 2013, Janelle Monae

The show for May 19, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

Overland Park Mosque Plans Big Expansion

Kansas is home to thousands of Muslims, but just a handful of mosques. To keep up with the demands of the slowly but steadily growing Muslim population, one of Kansas’s largest mosques is planning a big expansion in Overland Park. This is coming at a time when fears over the spread of fundamentalist Islam have created a sometimes-uncomfortable environment for Midwestern Muslims. But, a new Kansas mosque hopes to quell those fears by educating the public.

Sandra Perez, senior at De La Salle Education Center, gave the commencement speech at her graduation ceremony.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Class of 2013: A Graduation Speech From De La Salle Education Center

Graduation season is in full swing. Throughout the metro, high school seniors are donning polyester robes and tossing mortarboards.  And hundreds of valedictorians and senior speakers are delivering commencement addresses.  Hear the story of one 16-year-old who prepared to give the speech at DeLaSalle, an alternative charter school in Midtown.

Rural Latino Workers Say They Face Discrimination, Isolation

Across the country, in rural America one in two new arrivals is Latino, according to a recent study. Latinos have called both the rural and urban Southwest home for generations. But much of the rest of the nation is now adjusting to the latest wave of immigrants from Mexico and Latin America. Across rural America, one in two new neighbors is Latino, according to a recent study.

Dairy Farmers, Workers Help Each Other Survive

John Rosenow is a fifth generation dairy farmer, but times have changed since his Norwegian ancestors began farming in Cochrane, Wisconsin. And Rosenow has changed with the times. Much of his workforce is now from Mexico, and Rosenow travels regularly to their village in southern Mexico to meet their families. Check out Rosenow’s farm in this new bi-national dairy industry.

Finding Success After Foster Care; One KS Man’s Story

A child doesn't end up in foster care without having experienced abuse or neglect. That alone can lead to lifelong problems. And many kids go from the foster care system into adulthood without the family support necessary to help them make their way in the world. Hear from Daniel Martin, who spent four years in foster care, and now works through the Department for Children and Families to help connect foster kids with the resources they need to make the transition to adulthood.

How Meth Labs In Kansas City Are Changing

Many in the local law enforcement community think that people really don’t understand the perils of manufacturing meth. Currently, miniature meth labs are pushing traditional big cooking operations by the wayside, making it difficult to catch meth manufacturers. Listen here for an interview with Tim Witcig, head of Metro Meth Task Force.

A Final Opening At The Dolphin

After two decades, one of the pioneers of the Crossroads Arts District is closing his gallery. John O’Brien relocated the Dolphin to the West Bottoms five years ago. But now he says it’s time for something new. The last exhibition at the Dolphin called “Thanks for the Warning,” opened May 17 and runs through June 22.

Local Artist’s Drawings Help Solve Crimes

You’ve probably seen crime shows like CSI and America’s Most Wanted, where artists work with victims to get a drawing that helps identify a criminal. This job is performed by a forensic illustrator.  If you’ve seen one of these drawings on the news in Kansas City, then you’ve seen the work of artist and author Lee Hammond, who lives in Overland Park. Hear how Hammond uses memories to shape the face of a suspect or victim.

KCK Native Janelle Monae Releases 'Q.U.E.E.N.' Music Video

Performer and KCK native, Janelle Monae, is known for her gender-bending clothing and futuristic soul-meets-funk music. Monae just released her latest music video, "Q.U.E.E.N.", featuring neo-soul singer, Erykah Badu. Through her funky and fierce persona, Monae makes statements about unity, freedom and self-empowerment.

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