Matthew Long-Middleton http://kcur.org en Behind The Numbers: The Significance Of College Rankings http://kcur.org/post/behind-numbers-significance-college-rankings <p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:04:27 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 59737 at http://kcur.org Fishing In Kansas City, On Both Sides Of The State Line http://kcur.org/post/fishing-kansas-city-both-sides-state-line <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crappies, blue gills, blue bass and catfish. If that menu sounds tasty to you, then you are in luck, because that's what you stand to catch if you go fishing in and around Kansas City.</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:29:29 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Suzanne Hogan 59714 at http://kcur.org Fishing In Kansas City, On Both Sides Of The State Line Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics http://kcur.org/post/author-puts-unconventional-spin-economics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who has the power in capitalism? The critics of capitalism say the rich have the upper hand. But author </span><a href="http://johnhopebryant.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">John Hope Bryant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> thinks the story is more complex than that. He thinks that capitalism works best when it benefits not the few, but the many.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:32 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Christina Lieffring 59655 at http://kcur.org Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene http://kcur.org/post/kyle-hatley-looks-back-eight-years-kansas-citys-theater-scene <p>Kyle Hatley arrived in Kansas City to serve as Assistant Artistic Director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in April 2008. He drove into town in the midst of a tornado, and he hasn't stopped moving since.</p><p>After eight years of tireless immersion in both the Kansas City Repertory Theatre&nbsp;and the grassroots theater scene,&nbsp;Hatley has decided it's time to return to Chicago. There, he will join his fiance, actress Emily Peterson.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:06:55 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59598 at http://kcur.org Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-graffiti-writers-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've ever seen the large murals or spray paint&nbsp;writing on the sides of buildings along Southwest Boulevard, you've probably seen some of Kansas City based graffiti writer Gear's work.</span></p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Gina Kaufmann&nbsp;sat down with Gear&nbsp;in studio to discuss the nuances of graffiti and street art.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:23:52 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Cody Newill & Matt Hodapp 59592 at http://kcur.org A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work Movie Critics: Films Of July 2014 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-films-july-2014 <p>With the first days passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the heat index, summer is in full swing. And with summer, comes a plethora of fun, escapist flicks. But July has also brought films with depth, humor and insight. On Friday's <em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>,&nbsp;</em>the movie critics give their take on what's moving movies forward and what can be left to burn up in the sun.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:51:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 59515 at http://kcur.org In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain http://kcur.org/post/angola-prison-ku-researcher-found-music-stories-and-pain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethnomusicologist Daniel Atkinson describes Louisiana State Penitentiary (commonly called "Angola") as a “living, breathing plantation.” The land where the prison stands today was converted from plantation to penitentiary after slavery was abolished.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:32:29 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 59459 at http://kcur.org In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-duo-victor-penny-make-music-road <p></p><p>With a&nbsp;ukelele&nbsp;and jazz guitar in tow, the traveling Kansas City-based musical duo known as <a href="http://www.victorandpenny.com/">Victor &amp; Penny</a> stopped by <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> on Wednesday to talk with Gina Kaufmann —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">and to perform a few of their signature "antique pop" songs live for our listeners.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:09:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59369 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road 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 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 '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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><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 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 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 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 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 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 Police Chief Discusses Community Involvement In Solving Crime http://kcur.org/post/police-chief-discusses-community-involvement-solving-crime <p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57890 at http://kcur.org Police Chief Discusses Community Involvement In Solving Crime