Central Standard http://kcur.org en Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/armadillos-rise-missouri-creeping-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.</span></p><p>Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59295 at http://kcur.org Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City Prairie School Style Architecture In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/prairie-school-style-architecture-kansas-city <p>Kansas City architect Clarence Shepard was deeply influenced by <a href="http://www.prairieschoolarchitecture.com/">Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School Style</a> when he designed more than 600 homes and churches in the region a century ago.</p><p>Shepard was a native of New York, grew up in Clay Center, Kan., and came to work in Kansas City at the beginning of the 20th&nbsp;century for the Kendall Co. and the J.C. Nichols Co., among others.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:39 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 59359 at http://kcur.org Prairie School Style Architecture In Kansas City The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs http://kcur.org/post/modern-role-state-and-county-fairs <p>Counties and states all over America host seasonal fairs. Originally, they were organized to share the latest technology in agriculture and genes among livestock. But in an age of instant information are state and county fairs still relevant? On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we investigate the modern function of fairs, and talk with some professional livestock judges about their criteria for appraising animals and producing the food of tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:45:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59291 at http://kcur.org The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-planning-new-baby-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Expecting a new baby can force many parents to make complicated financial decisions. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:42:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59234 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-where-find-best-slice-pizza-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a beautiful summer night, stopping by a neighborhood pizzeria for a quick slice (or five) can really hit the spot.</span></p><p>With a handful of exciting new pizza places opening up, Charles Ferruzza and the food critics put out a call for the best pizza in the Kansas City area.&nbsp;</p><p><em>KCUR's food critics recommend:</em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:47:09 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 59127 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City What It Means To Be A Midwesterner In The Words Of Kansas Citians http://kcur.org/post/what-it-means-be-midwesterner-words-kansas-citians <p></p><p>Midwesterners are hard-working, friendly and polite.</p><p>Those were the recurring adjectives that came up when we asked Kansas Citians for their take on the heartland.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-does-it-mean-be-midwesterner-5-words-or-less">When we took to social media and asked, “What does it mean to be a Midwesterner in five words or less?”</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;you also shot back these common themes:</p><p>• Underappreciated</p><p>• Family-oriented and pragmatic</p><p>• We feel we know what’s really important (priorities)</p><p>• Compassionate</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:31:38 +0000 Alyson Raletz & Laura Ziegler 59092 at http://kcur.org What It Means To Be A Midwesterner In The Words Of Kansas Citians Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-writers-reflection-his-youth-inspires-new-ideas-about-being-midwestern <p>Former <em>Kansas City Star</em> columnist Bill Tammeus, who still blogs for the paper, recently released a memoir titled <a href="http://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/03/3-12-14.html"><em>Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans</em></a>.</p><p>It's about his boyhood in the Illinois town of Woodstock, in the middle of the 20th century. Through critical reflection on his early experiences and observations, Tammeus arrives at a handful of truisms about life in the Midwest, offered without sentimentality or rose-colored glasses, but with measured fondness.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:26:51 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59079 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' Without Intervention, Old Barns Stand Defiantly Or Fall Unceremoniously http://kcur.org/post/without-intervention-old-barns-stand-defiantly-or-fall-unceremoniously <p>The barn is an icon of the American work ethic and rural nostalgia. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we explored the trend of rehabbing and restoring old barns that would otherwise fall into irreversible decay.</p><p>We also spoke with people throughout the nation and in our own area about the challenges of preserving these structures.</p><p>Do old barns -- the red ones with big huge doors -- still matter, even as larger steel structures replace them in function?</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:08:06 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan & Matt Hodapp 59015 at http://kcur.org Without Intervention, Old Barns Stand Defiantly Or Fall Unceremoniously PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens http://kcur.org/post/photos-barns-missouri-and-kansas-through-your-lens <p>A drive through the Midwest countryside wouldn't be complete without a dozen or so barn sightings.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As our daily talk show, Central Standard, prepares for its examination of challenges that go into barn restoration, we rounded up a collection of regional barn photos — thanks to you.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58968 at http://kcur.org PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens 'Citizen Koch' Directors On Documentary Filmmaking http://kcur.org/post/citizen-koch-directors-documentary-filmmaking <p></p><p><em>Citizen Koch</em> is a new documentary that investigates the political influence of Kansas-born billionaires David and Charles Koch. The film has a strong point of view, which has drawn mixed reviews. &nbsp;On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked with the directors about how <em>Citizen Koch</em>&nbsp;was made and their approach to documentary filmmaking.<iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/66463890" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:40:41 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58946 at http://kcur.org 'Citizen Koch' Directors On Documentary Filmmaking The Transparency Of Police Records In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/transparency-police-records-kansas <p>In May of 2013, investigative reporter Karen Dillon&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/12/2799523_getting-police-reports-criminal.html">wrote a story in the <em>Kansas City Star </em></a>that shed light on Kansas' restrictive police records access laws. <a href="http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/karen_dillon_kansas_city_journalist_police_records.php?page=all">According to <em>Columbia Journalism Review</em></a>, her work was instrumental in changing those laws. This year,&nbsp;Gov. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:51:01 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58941 at http://kcur.org The Transparency Of Police Records In Kansas Fiddler Explores Little-Known French Dialect Spoken In Missouri Town http://kcur.org/post/fiddler-explores-little-known-french-dialect-spoken-missouri-town <p>In honor of Bastille Day, <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> explored efforts to preserve Missouri French: a dialect that once flourished in southwestern Missouri, now remembered by only a handful of people in the town of Old Mines. Some say the language is dying, but the dialect has been pronounced dead then rediscovered many times.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:39:11 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58880 at http://kcur.org Fiddler Explores Little-Known French Dialect Spoken In Missouri Town KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written http://kcur.org/post/ku-linguist-transforms-how-kazakh-language-written <p>Languages change. Sometimes slowly and organically, sometimes quickly... and on purpose.</p><p>Kazakh President <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/02/166336701/kazakhstan-celebrates-first-and-only-president">Nursaltan Nazarbayev</a> wants the people of Kazakhstan to use Latin script (rather than Cyrillic) to write in their native language.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58870 at http://kcur.org KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/timeline-look-back-40-years-kansas-citys-kemper-arena <p>It's easy to forget about Kemper Arena.</p><p>Nestled down in the south end of the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., the aging arena has seen better days. Since 2007, the Sprint Center has hosted virtually all the big-name events coming through town, leaving Kemper&nbsp;nearly inactive for long periods of time.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58751 at http://kcur.org TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena The History of Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/history-kemper-arena <p>About four and a half decades ago, in a stunningly brief period of years, Kansas City built major public structures for air travelers, conventioneers and sports fans. All survive today, but one of them, sitting in the West Bottoms, is underutilized compared to the others.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:46:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 58905 at http://kcur.org The History of Kemper Arena Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-bartenders-create-cocktails-inspired-local-bands <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming http://kcur.org/post/boys-grow-teaches-kids-business-skills-through-farming <p>At a farm in Kansas City,&nbsp;Kan., a group of young men from are developing their entrepreneurship skills through farming. Boys Grow, a non-profit agency, works with these kids to develop business skills as they sell their agricultural commodities.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked to two of these boys about their experience with Boys Grows and their hopes for the future.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58626 at http://kcur.org Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers http://kcur.org/post/creativity-over-time-how-age-affects-artistic-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we invited a variety of artists to discuss how their practice has evolved as they have moved from one stage of life to another. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:49:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58542 at http://kcur.org Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships http://kcur.org/post/strengths-and-weaknesses-sibling-relationships <p>The bonds and battles between siblings are unique and long-lasting. For some people, their brother or sister is the most treasured person in their life; others can't spend an hour in the same room together.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a></em>, we discuss the psychology of these lifelong relationships.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:23:44 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58510 at http://kcur.org The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships Transforming Ivanhoe http://kcur.org/post/transforming-ivanhoe <p>Ivanhoe is a neighborhood on Kansas City’s east side with a rich history. Though recent decades have brought on hard times, the community, led by spokeswoman Margaret May, has rallied to restore its former glory. Some residents are frustrated by vacant houses on their blocks, while others love the new farmer’s market and point–with a sigh of relief—to reduced crime rates.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:50:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58887 at http://kcur.org How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/how-residents-turned-things-around-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p>Few neighborhoods in Kansas City. Mo., have faced as many problems as the&nbsp;Ivanhoe neighborhood in the city's urban core.</p><p>Crime, drug houses, frequent vacancy, and trash buildup have plagued the area for decades, but neighborhood residents have been working towards change.&nbsp;</p><p>Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council Executive Director Margaret May has worked in the neighborhood since 2001, and has seen it blossom as residents like Ida Dockery take ownership and responsibility for cleaning it up.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:45:07 +0000 Cody Newill 58347 at http://kcur.org How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood Reflecting On The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 http://kcur.org/post/reflecting-civil-rights-act-1964 <p>July 2nd is the 50th anniversary&nbsp;of The Civil Rights Act of 1964. This historic piece of legislation outlawed race based discrimination, enfranchised voter registration rights, and desegregated businesses, public spaces, and schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Rev. Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson and Anita Dixon share their unique first hand experiences with the Civil Rights Movement in and around Kansas City, then and now.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:57:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross, Matt Hodapp & Christina Lieffring 58297 at http://kcur.org Reflecting On The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools http://kcur.org/post/historic-dividing-lines-public-education-still-affect-kansas-and-missouri-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This spring marked the 60th anniversary of <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html">Brown v. Board of Education</a>, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:49:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58223 at http://kcur.org Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/look-back-plan-tried-unify-kansas-city-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1967, Missouri Rep. Jim Spainhower<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was tasked with creating a bill that would reorganize public school districts throughout the state.</span></span></p><p>Known as the&nbsp;Spainhower Commission, the plan would've cut the total number of school districts down to 20.</p><p>Reactions to the Spainhower Commission were almost uniformly negative at the time, as many Kansas City and St. Louis suburb residents thought it was a ploy for tax money and desegregation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Cody Newill 58217 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-esther-honig-investigates-photoshop-gains-international-attention <p>A young Kansas City journalist named <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/">Esther Honig</a>, who contributes to KCUR, had an idea for a project.</p><p>She sent a simple, straightforward portrait of herself to Photoshoppers&nbsp;around the globe with a request to make her beautiful. She wanted to see what that would mean to people in different parts of the world, investigating how culturally specific definitions of beauty might play into the results.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:52:10 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58159 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit http://kcur.org/post/experts-say-dark-humor-has-always-been-part-kid-lit <p>Local children's author and illustrator Daniel Miyares&nbsp;visited the <em>Central Standard </em>studio to discuss his recent picture book, <em>Pardon Me!</em></p><p>The book, aimed at 4-7 year-olds, tells the story of a bird on a perch who is visited by several of his supposed swamp friends until the frustrated critter is so crowded he can't take it any more. In the end, the bird is (spoiler alert!) finally left alone, only to be eaten by a crocodile who finishes his meal with a burp. "Pardon me," says the crocodile. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:05:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58147 at http://kcur.org Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-unleaded-drinks-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The dog days of summer are upon us and everyone is looking for good ways to keep cool. Though cocktails might do the trick, not everyone wants to get intoxicated while they sip a cold drink.</span></p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best refreshing non-alcoholic drinks in the Kansas City area are.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are their picks:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:52:50 +0000 Cody Newill 58037 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City Let's Talk About Death, Baby http://kcur.org/post/lets-talk-about-death-baby <p>It's one of life's great inevitables, and we don't mean taxes.</p><p>Death Cafes, where people get together to hang out and talk about death and dying, have started popping up in cities worldwide. Locally, we have two Death Cafes: one in St. Joseph, Mo. and another in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Christina Lieffring 57996 at http://kcur.org Let's Talk About Death, Baby The Awkward Business of Surveilling The Nelson Shuttlecocks http://kcur.org/post/awkward-business-surveilling-nelson-shuttlecocks <p>Kansas City residents have been known to, as Michael Cross likes to say, “cuddle,” on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.</p><p>What many of these lovers may not realize, is that there are always guards monitoring the museum and the lawn, both on foot and via video cameras.</p><p>Michael Cross, manager of security facilities and visitor services for the Nelson-Atkins, has been keeping an eye on the grounds for seven years.</p><p>“As long as nobody’s interfering with the artwork we try to leave people alone,” Cross says.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:45:58 +0000 Matt Hodapp & Sylvia Maria Gross 57915 at http://kcur.org The Awkward Business of Surveilling The Nelson Shuttlecocks The Shuttlecocks 20 Years Later: From Controversy To Icon http://kcur.org/post/shuttlecocks-20-years-later-controversy-icon <p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:34:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57902 at http://kcur.org The Shuttlecocks 20 Years Later: From Controversy To Icon