Central Standard
11:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Balloon Launch Combines Space Exploration And A Treasure Hunt

Volunteers keep the balloon steady as Paul Verhage prepares for launch.
Credit Christina Lieffring

For Bill Brown, the “father” of high altitude ballooning, it all started when he saw a documentary of a man who parachuted from 100,000 feet above ground.

“The description he gave of being able to see for hundreds of miles in all directions and see the blackness of space and the curve of the earth … I wanted to see that for myself,” he said. “Some people strapped a bunch of balloons to a lawn chair, but that seemed a little risky, so I decided to come up with a camera and a small video camera to put up in a small weather balloon.”

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Central Standard
4:39 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space

This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering  in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch.  They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.

On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.


John Flaig, near space photographer

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Up To Date
11:44 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions

No matter where we go, our smartphones are a constant presence. Steve Kraske gets some good travel app recommendations on Friday's 'Up to Date.'
Credit David Goehring / Flickr-CC

The summer months are fast approaching, which means summer vacations are too. Whether you're taking a day trip or an international excursion, travel apps can take some of the burdens of planning, booking, even packing, off your shoulders.

In the first half of Friday's Up to Date, guest Dustin Jacobsen joins Steve Kraske with his recommendations for travel apps to help with everything from currency conversion to finding good hotel deals.


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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Navigating Without A Technical Crutch

John Huth is the author of 'The Lost Art of Finding Our Way.'

When you get in your car, do you turn on your GPS? What would you do if it didn’t work?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we take a look at the lost art of navigating, based on experience and innate directional sense, and not blindly following Siri’s instructions as you turn each corner.


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Central Standard
12:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Artificial Intelligence In The Palm Of Your Hand

Credit Biswarup Ganguly / Wikimedia Commons

This week, innovators in mobile technology descend upon Kansas City for the Mobile Midwest conference hosted by Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP.) Among them is Raj Singh, the developer of a mobile calendar application that goes beyond storing and retrieving scheduling information. This application is actually designed to help you make your appointments, arrive at meeting places and in some cases, communicate with your colleagues to let them know you're running late.

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1:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Making 'Tinkering' An Art

Karen Wilkinson is the co-author of The Art of Tinkering.

"Tinkering" might conjure up images of a garage workshop or someone just puttering around, but a new book is putting a different spin on the term.

On Friday's Up to Date, author Karen Wilkinson joins us to discuss what she calls "the art of tinkering" and some of the creative ways anyone can become a tinkerer.


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Up to Date
12:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition

High school students will put their robots up for competition this weekend.
Credit North Charleston / Flickr-CC

It seems like we depend on machines for nearly everything we do, and a whole new breed of mechanical wonders is invading Kansas City this weekend for the 2014 KC Regional First Robotics Competition. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the competition that's attracting more than a thousand high school students who have designed their own robots.


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Business & Tech
9:50 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Kansas On Bloomberg's List Of Most Innovative States

Kansas, in all its prairie glory, ranks among Bloomberg's most innovative states.
Credit Roy Montgomery / Flickr--CC

Kansas is among the most innovative states in the nation, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The state came in 18th out of 20.

States were ranked on the number of STEM professionals in the state, science and technology degree holders, percentage of utility patents and a three-year analysis of productivity change, among other things. 

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1:25 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

How You Filled In The Blank: You Know You’re A KC Techie When …

You know you’re a Kansas City techie when “@KCUR wants to know.”

That’s how Kansas City Startup Village (Twitter: @KCSV) filled in the blank on Twitter when we asked our listeners and followers on social media to complete this sentence: You know you’re a Kansas City techie when …

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KC Currents
5:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use?

Credit Jgoge / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Should entertainment venues, like theaters, sports arenas and music halls allow smartphone use?

More than 56 percent of Americans own smartphones and many use them at events like concerts and movies, or at least try to.

Rather than discourage or prevent their use, some venues in Kansas City are trying to take advantage of the new connectivity.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Wed November 13, 2013

How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators

Advances in technology mean much more footage of public events is available today than in 1963.
Credit PaulSteinJC/Flickr-CC

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Zapruder film provided investigators with key evidence of the shooting. Fifty years later, crime scene investigation has evolved into a complex science, and now, with smartphones, and other mobile devices, video footage of events is readily available to assist investigators in solving crimes.

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Central Standard
6:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

App Development In Kansas City

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Imagine you go to the doctor's office, and instead of being handed a clipboard with the usual paperwork, they hand you a tablet. You fill in all of the information digitally and send it via the tablet to their office database. Then, with that same tablet, you have a list of digital magazines to browse instead of making a trip to the magazine stand. Suddenly, the paper trail you used to leave during your doctor's visit has been made completely digital. With new app technology, this could become the norm in many business settings.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cybersecurity: What The Snowden Case Means For You

Officials worldwide are examining cybersecurity in wake of Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about surveillance by United States officials.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

The NSA’s monitoring programs are no secret anymore. But assuming you’re not someone with nefarious plans for national security, what does that mean for  online privacy?

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk cybersecurity with expert David Fidler about how governments are responding, the long-term fallout from the Snowden case, and how far the U.S. needs to go when it comes to ferreting out the terrorists among us.

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12:10 am
Thu May 2, 2013

City TV Channel To Go Digital

City of Kansas City, MO


Kansas Citians can expect the picture to get sharper on Channel 2, the city government's cable TV channel.

The station is preparing to go digital HD. The city council finance committee has endorsed a $300,000 expenditure for new equipment to replace the 20-year-old control room equipment that is the backbone of the city's cable television communication system.

KCCG Channel 2 broadcasts council legislative and committee meetings and other city government related programs. It also rebroadcasts some meetings of the Jackson County Legislature.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair

Google Fiber

What began as a lofty goal to increase access to high-speed Internet has become a reality with Google Fiber. However, questions about the methods behind implementing this service still remain.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hacking To Innovate

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Most of the time, hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology. At Hackovate, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are using their powers for good.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch?

Pediatrician Natasha Burgert

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

The New American City Part II


The year 2012 is drawing to a close.  Weren't we all supposed to be driving hover cars by now?

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Up to Date
8:04 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Facing The Future Of Cities

Kansas City, Mo., skyline
Lasse Fuss WikiCommons

Technology can be a boon or a bust to cities, depending on how it's applied.

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Central Standard
8:03 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The New American City

Kansas City at dusk
ZTW1 flickr

We're live from the Kauffman Center at the CityAge, New American City Conference as part of a double bill featuring Central Standard and Up To Date.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology

How To Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.

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Up to Date
10:19 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Although the Internet seems like a tangled network, there is an underlying structure that guides its development.

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Up to Date
4:03 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Green Technology: Helpful Or Hurtful?

The Toyota Prius may be a more efficient mode of travel, but if we travel more miles than before, are we being environmentally friendly?

Will the latest hybrid car or light bulb really make a difference when it comes to climate change?

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Central Standard
2:04 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

The Biggest Deal

What does $20.1 billion get you?  Well, if you're Japan's SoftBank Corp., it gets you 70% of the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States.

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Up To Date
10:42 am
Wed September 26, 2012

UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The announcement was made last week: a UMKC-led consortium claimed a winning spot in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge.

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KC Currents
2:11 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What?

The Google Fiber rabbit.

The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.

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Central Standard
8:19 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Computer Guys: Data Storage

On this Monday's Central Standard, learn about data centers and cloud storage. Just how secure is our data?

We'll also discuss Apple's new iPhone5, and the upcoming iPad Mini. Plus, news on new ultra-high-definition television. Join us as we discuss these and other technology news headlines with the Computer Guys, I.T. Pro Thos. O'Brien and Mac expert George Costello.

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KC Currents
2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City don’t have access to internet.

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Up To Date
4:38 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Techsperts: Carhacking, Good Enough For Govt Work & Top Gadgets

As cars become linked to the internet, opportunities for hackers to take control of your car grow.

Do you love having a "connected" car; one with GPS, Bluetooth, even a vehicle-immobilization system?  Would you love it as much if you knew hackers could access your automobile through any one of those or other electronic features?

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Up To Date
2:39 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Eyes Have It

Biometric iris scan
Truth Squad.TV

Eye scanning used to be the stuff of science fiction and spy thrillers but not anymore.

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