Charlie Upchurch http://kcur.org en Endangered Beetles Hit the Dirt http://kcur.org/post/endangered-beetles-hit-dirt <p>For the first time ever, an endangered species has been released back into Missouri prairies. The American Burying Beetle may be back on its way to thriving, though in this beetle&#39;s world, thriving means living underground and feasting on meatballs.&nbsp;<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> </span></p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:26:59 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 20105 at http://kcur.org Endangered Beetles Hit the Dirt Fossil Facebook: Digitization of Fossils Going Public http://kcur.org/post/fossil-facebook-digitization-fossils-going-public <p>If some people are worried about pictures from freshman year surfacing on the internet, imagine this: a 290 million year old organism gets put on a publicly accessible database, from its specific location all the way to a picture from its deathbed.</p><p>Coming soon to your newsfeed:&nbsp; Fossil Facebook.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:23:58 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 20023 at http://kcur.org Fossil Facebook: Digitization of Fossils Going Public Early Man And Mammoths: Linda Hall Exhibit Shows Human History http://kcur.org/post/early-man-and-mammoths-linda-hall-exhibit-shows-human-history <p>In the early 19th century, it was commonly believed that humans were a relatively new species, existing for only about 6,000 years. However, the discovery of human remains alongside stone tools and extinct animals began to change some minds in the scientific community in the 1840s, leading to the now-commonly accepted belief in human antiquity.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:45:49 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 19463 at http://kcur.org Early Man And Mammoths: Linda Hall Exhibit Shows Human History Marble Madness http://kcur.org/post/marble-madness <p>Kansas City is a&nbsp;mecca&nbsp;for barbeque enthusiasts, jazz masters, and &hellip; marble collectors? You might not know it, but when it comes to marble collecting, KC is the place to be. On Tuesday&rsquo;s<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard">&nbsp;<em>Central Standard</em>&nbsp;</a>we&rsquo;re talking marbles.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:43:51 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Jabulani Leffall & Andrea Silenzi 19565 at http://kcur.org Marble Madness A Professional Futurist Tells All http://kcur.org/post/professional-futurist-tells-all <p>Borders Books. Blockbuster Home Movies. These companies share the same mistake; they missed a moment when they were challenged to adapt to a new business landscape. In their places stepped the Amazon Kindle, and Netflix respectively.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:27:44 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 19366 at http://kcur.org A Professional Futurist Tells All Ed Asner http://kcur.org/post/ed-asner <p>Whether you know him as Lou Grant from the Mary Tyler Moore show, the cantankerous old man in the animated blockbuster UP, or for his outspoken and raucous political views, Emmy-winning actor <strong>Ed Asner</strong> is a character among characters both on screen and off.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:57:07 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 19362 at http://kcur.org Ed Asner Nature in the City: Summer Birds, Hiking http://kcur.org/post/nature-city-summer-birds-hiking <p>In Kansas City, we humans have adapted to our hot summer days with central air, <a href="http://www.tivolikc.com/" target="_blank">trips to the movies </a>and <a href="http://thejoneskc.com/" target="_blank">Jones Pool</a>... but how do wild animals do it?</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:58:18 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18939 at http://kcur.org Nature in the City: Summer Birds, Hiking Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered http://kcur.org/post/celestial-happenings-your-venus-transit-questions-answered <p>If you missed the Venus transit Tuesday afternoon, we have bad news: you&rsquo;re not going to have another chance to see it.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:42:55 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18841 at http://kcur.org Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered Venus Watch Spot: Warkoczewski Observatory http://kcur.org/post/venus-watch-spot-warkoczewski-observatory <p>From double and triple stars to navigation tactics all the way to the Andromeda galaxy, the <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/physics/warko/">Warkoczewski Observatory</a>&#39;s Friday night stargazing provides education and entertainment atop <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=royall+hall+kansas+city&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x87c0ef9a0dee6759:0x5ba8fd407beb0dc6,Royall+Hall,+Kansas+City,+MO+64110&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=QfrIT4LWCqPg2gWGs_XZCw&amp;oi=local_group&amp;ved=0CHMQtgM">Royall Hall</a>. They&#39;re currently gearing up for the <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/physics/warko/">Venus Transit</a> tomorrow afternoon starting at 4 p.m. (more infomation below).</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:10:34 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 18668 at http://kcur.org Venus Watch Spot: Warkoczewski Observatory Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity http://kcur.org/post/bobbing-continents-believed-cause-changes-biodiversity <p>According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:25:29 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 18515 at http://kcur.org Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity Get Your Rag On This Summer http://kcur.org/post/get-your-rag-summer <p>On this Thursday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, ragtime music and one of its earliest composers, Scott Joplin. A man of mystery, Joplin moved from place to place but left his heart in Sedalia, Missouri. This is where he wrote his famous <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMAtL7n_-rc">Maple Leaf Rag</a>, which was the first piece of sheet music to sell over one million copies.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:25:22 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18539 at http://kcur.org Get Your Rag On This Summer Movie Critics: Summer Blockbusters http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-summer-blockbusters <p>For this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"> <em><strong>Central Standard Friday </strong></em></a>join host <strong>Russ Simmons</strong> and the <strong>Movie Critics</strong> for a look at what&#39;s new in a theater near you, including <em>Dark Shadows</em>, <em>The Dictator</em> and <em>Men in Black 3. </em></p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:06:36 +0000 Charlie Upchurch & Andrea Silenzi 18264 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Summer Blockbusters What Will The Farmer Of The Future Look Like? http://kcur.org/post/what-will-farmer-future-look <p>For this Thursday&#39;s <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>, </em>we&#39;ve teamed up with Iowa Public Radio&#39;s <a href="http://news.iowapublicradio.org/programs/talk-iowa"><em>Talk of Iowa</em></a> and <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org">Harvest Public Media</a> to produce a talk show on the challenges facing young farmers today.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 12:38:39 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 18229 at http://kcur.org What Will The Farmer Of The Future Look Like? Everyone's A Critic: Yelp Reviews http://kcur.org/post/everyones-critic-yelp-reviews-0 <p>There&#39;s that old saying <em>everyone&rsquo;s a critic</em>, and at no point in human history does this ring more true. In our wired world, we love to discover new places to <em>whine</em> and dine.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:24:32 +0000 Jabulani Leffall, Andrea Silenzi & Charlie Upchurch 18176 at http://kcur.org Everyone's A Critic: Yelp Reviews Reuiniting Joplin With Their Lost Photos http://kcur.org/post/reuiniting-joplin-their-lost-photos <p>When the Joplin tornado struck one year ago, so much was destroyed or scattered that can never be replaced. And it became up to a few creative heroes to restore some of that order. Abi Almandinger is one of those forces.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:24:07 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18108 at http://kcur.org Reuiniting Joplin With Their Lost Photos MLK's Spiritual & Intellectual Father http://kcur.org/post/mlks-spiritual-intellectual-father <p>We may see Martin Luther King, Jr., as the father of the civil rights movement, but history teaches us that the &#39;family&#39; around movements has its roots in previous generations.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 19:02:37 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Jabulani Leffall & Andrea Silenzi 17706 at http://kcur.org MLK's Spiritual & Intellectual Father How Animals Help Heal http://kcur.org/post/how-animals-help-heal <p>In 2007, <strong>Dale Smith</strong> was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the head and neck. Throughout his treatment, his pet dog Keegan, normally an energetic border collie, lay patiently by his side, waiting for Dale to get better.</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 18:16:52 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 17631 at http://kcur.org How Animals Help Heal Computer Guys: The Internet Of Things http://kcur.org/post/computer-guys-internet-things <p>As of 2008, the number of inanimate objects connected to the Internet exceeded the world population. Experts predict that by the year 2020, there will be more than 50 billion things, from animals to toasters, connected to the web.</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 14:42:23 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 17610 at http://kcur.org Computer Guys: The Internet Of Things Real Hobbits: Discovery of New Hominid Shows Diversity of Evolution http://kcur.org/post/real-hobbits-discovery-new-hominid-shows-diversity-evolution <p><strong>Matt Tocheri </strong>knows hobbits pretty well: he&rsquo;s been studying their wristbones for years.</p><p>Well, not quite hobbits, per se, but <em>homo floresiensis, </em>a hominid fossil discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia, which at first glance appeared to be a small version of a modern human. However, researchers argue that these &lsquo;hobbits&rsquo; are in fact <em>h. floresiensis</em>, and make up a new branch of the human evolutionary tree.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 20:18:51 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 17514 at http://kcur.org Real Hobbits: Discovery of New Hominid Shows Diversity of Evolution KC History: Friends Of The Sheffield Cemetery Prepare For Ed Asner Fundraiser http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-friends-sheffield-cemetery-prepare-ed-asner-fundraiser <p>The Sheffield Cemetery is the second largest Jewish cemetery in the Kansas City area and certainly one of the oldest, but until recently, it didn&#39;t look like such an area of prestige. Thu, 10 May 2012 17:14:58 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 17440 at http://kcur.org KC History: Friends Of The Sheffield Cemetery Prepare For Ed Asner Fundraiser KC History: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Celebrates 100th Anniversary http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-mark-twain-boyhood-home-museum-celebrates-100th-anniversary <p>What comes to mind when you think of famous Missourians? Brad Pitt, or Thomas Hart Benton, or Sheryl Crow? Well, of course, but even more long-enduring is the beloved author and satirist Mark Twain.</p><p>On <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard-friday">Central Standard Friday</a></em>, our host Monroe Dodd interviews Cindy Lovell, executive director of the <strong><a href="http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/index.php/community-projects/100-years-of-memories"> Mark Twain Boyhood Home &amp; Museum</a></strong>. The museum celebrates its 100th anniversary on May 15th.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 18:29:59 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 17379 at http://kcur.org KC History: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Celebrates 100th Anniversary Civil Rights Exhibit Displays The Power Of Popular Media http://kcur.org/post/civil-rights-exhibit-displays-power-popular-media <p>In 1955, Emmitt Till was a young boy visiting family in the South, and was brutally murdered. After his death, his mother made the decision to send the explicit photos of his autopsy to the media, saying, &ldquo;Let the world see what I&rsquo;ve seen.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 15:15:42 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 17363 at http://kcur.org Civil Rights Exhibit Displays The Power Of Popular Media Regina Brett Follow-Up: Ten Commandments for Radio http://kcur.org/post/regina-brett-follow-ten-commandments-radio <p>On Wednesday&#39;s<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em> Central Standard</em></a>, we were joined by fellow radio host Regina Brett, of <a href="http://www.wksu.org/regina/"><em>The Regina Brett Show</em></a> at <strong>WKSU</strong> in Ohio. While Regina was there to talk about her book, <em>Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible</em>, she and Jabulani of course had to talk shop. Regina mentioned her 10 Commandments of Radio and of course she was kind enough to pass it along.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 18:38:42 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 17056 at http://kcur.org Regina Brett Follow-Up: Ten Commandments for Radio Fountain City: A Search for Water http://kcur.org/post/fountain-city-search-water <p>On Thursday's Central Standard, we dive into our first of three programs exploring how we seek out water in this part of the country. First up: fountains.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 20:12:20 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon, Andrea Silenzi, Charlie Upchurch & Jabulani Leffall 16926 at http://kcur.org Fountain City: A Search for Water Regina Brett: Don't Audit Life & Other Lessons http://kcur.org/post/regina-brett-dont-audit-life-other-lessons <p>It can be difficult in day-to-day life to make sure you aren&#39;t just addressing problems, but looking for possibilities to make life better.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 18:44:17 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 16913 at http://kcur.org Regina Brett: Don't Audit Life & Other Lessons Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship http://kcur.org/post/presidential-policies-and-black-entrepreneurship <p>An American president once said that black power is the power that people should have over their own destinies, the power that comes from participation in the political and economic process of society. That president? Richard Nixon.</p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:06:57 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 16838 at http://kcur.org Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship Requiem For A Heavyweight http://kcur.org/post/requiem-heavyweight <p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><strong>Walt </strong><strong>Bodine</strong>&#39;s final show has inspired a lot of emotions and fond farewells, including this haiku from longtime listener <strong>Greg Hack</strong>.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:17:32 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 16701 at http://kcur.org Requiem For A Heavyweight Financial Advice vs. Infotainment http://kcur.org/post/financial-advice-vs-infotainment <p>Staying more frugal than foolish is increasingly complicated. Sources for financial advice no longer come from a few trusted sources, and in the realm of the 24-hour news cycle, there are more and more venues for amateur advice. On this Monday&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, our <strong>CA$H MONEY CLIQUE</strong>&nbsp;discusses where to turn.</p><p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:07:58 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Jabulani Leffall & Tomeka Weatherspoon 16636 at http://kcur.org Financial Advice vs. Infotainment Walt Bodine Special: The Documentary http://kcur.org/post/walt-bodine-special-documentary <p>Join us Thursday morning at 10, as Charles Ferruzza presents an audio documentary about Walt Bodine.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:51:00 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 1441 at http://kcur.org Walt Bodine Special: The Documentary Thank You, Walt: A Message from Claire McCaskill http://kcur.org/post/thank-you-walt-message-claire-mccaskill <p>Walt&#39;s friends are a diverse group: from<a href="http://kcur.org/post/walt-bodine-special-walt-and-lion"> a lion</a> to famous authors, Walt grilled them all and won their hearts in the process.</p><p>One of these folks is Senator <strong>Claire McCaskill</strong>, who recorded a special thank you message for Walt to congratulate him on his retirement and the years of service he provided to Kansas City:</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 16629 at http://kcur.org Thank You, Walt: A Message from Claire McCaskill