KC Currents
11:31 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Looking Back At Some Significant Kansas City Stories Of 2013

The show for December 26, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

KCUR's Top Stories Of 2013

A plume of smoke rose above the Country Club Plaza after the explosion at JJ's Restaurant.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

KCUR’s afternoon newsman Steve Bell gives us a preview of his 2013 Year in Review, in which he goes over the most significant local stories of 2013: from the gas explosion on the Country Club Plaza to the unexpected prowess of KC’s sports teams.

National Attention Turns To Maryville

One local story that caught the nation’s attention this year was about a rape case that occurred just north of Kansas City, in Maryville, Mo.--you might have first heard about it on our airwaves back in July.  We review the details of the story, and give you an update on what’s happened to the case since the story went viral in October.

Kansas City's Creative Couples

This past year on KC Currents, we ran a series of stories inspired by the work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. They were part of an exhibit this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kahlo and Rivera had a famously tempestuous relationship, which often inspired their art. So, we decided to profile eight Kansas City couples . . . for whom the art is a part of their relationship. Today, we re-air our profile of Jon Fulton Adams and Ron McGee.

What Were The Top Ag Stories Of 2013?

Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe looks back at big stories of the year in agriculture.

The Epic Tale Of A Man, A Motorcycle And A Breast Cancer Bracelet

Earlier this year, Luis Belaustegui attempted to complete a long, brutal motorcycle race in an unprecedented way. The Dakar Rally snakes out across thousands of miles of rugged South American mountains and desert. Each year contestants die.  Only about half the motorbike riders finish the two-week ordeal, generally thanks to good luck and careful planning.   Belaustegui didn’t have much of either, but he did have one distinct advantage up his sleeve, something that profoundly altered the race and revealed the real reason he had entered it in the first place. 

Brothers Break Family Band Mold With St. Joe Punk Band 'Radkey'

This year, three young brothers from St. Joseph, Mo. released their second EP to much critical acclaim, toured Europe, and were written up everywhere from the New York Times to Spin. And then at the end of the year, the Kansas City Star named them the local band of the year. We talked to the Radke brothers back in September and found that at that point, recognition at home had been harder to come by. 

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