Matthew Long-Middleton http://kcur.org en 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 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 Is Every Maker Also A Crafter? http://kcur.org/post/every-maker-also-crafter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you make your product with a 3-D printer, is it still a craft? On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we sit down with local participants of Kansas City's <a href="http://www.makerfairekc.com/">Maker Faire</a> (coming up June 28 and 29) and a Professor of Art to tinker with our concept of what it means to "craft."</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:08:39 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Christina Lieffring 57770 at http://kcur.org Is Every Maker Also A Crafter? Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule http://kcur.org/post/glore-psychiatric-museum-missouri-mental-health-time-capsule <p>On Thursday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we looked back at the history of intervention in mental health crises, going all the way back to the 19th century.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://stjosephmuseum.org/museums/glore/">Glore Psychiatric Museum</a> (formerly known as State Lunatic Asylum #2) captures both the treatments of the past and the controversies they sparked. Treatments in mental health hospitals once ranged from a "bath of surprise," which disrupted thought-patterns by dropping the patient into a shockingly cold bath, to lobotomies and fever cabinets.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:26:47 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57611 at http://kcur.org Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule What It Takes To End A Drought http://kcur.org/post/what-it-takes-end-drought <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite recent storms, parts of Missouri and all of Kansas are still experiencing some level of drought. What creates these extreme conditions, and how much rain does it take to bring us back to normal? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we talk with Brian </span>Fuchs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who explains the mechanics of a drought.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:34:46 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57543 at http://kcur.org What It Takes To End A Drought Counting Kansas City's Pollen http://kcur.org/post/counting-kansas-citys-pollen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kcur.org/CentralStandard"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we speak with the person who can explain why you've been sneezing more than usual. Charles Barnes tells us everything we ever wanted to know about pollen, especially how much of it is floating through our air.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 57526 at http://kcur.org Counting Kansas City's Pollen Deciding What To Wear To Work http://kcur.org/post/deciding-what-wear-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The unwritten rules of how to dress for different occasions can create ambiguous&nbsp;boundaries that are often difficult to navigate. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does "business casual" actually mean? Would flip-flops&nbsp;ever be fashionable at a wedding? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we investigate how to decipher different dress codes, and discuss how we communicate with our clothing.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:14:45 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57468 at http://kcur.org Deciding What To Wear To Work To Buy Or To Rent? http://kcur.org/post/buy-or-rent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With the foliage at its finest, "For Sale" signs are popping up in front of houses all over town. Home ownership is a staple of the American Dream but in reality renting may make more sense.</p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, the Cash Money Crew explores the age old question of whether to rent or buy.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:50:30 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57401 at http://kcur.org To Buy Or To Rent? Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space http://kcur.org/post/photographer-captures-landscapes-near-space <p></p><p>This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering &nbsp;in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. &nbsp;They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Flaig, <a href="http://www.nearspaceballooning.com/">near space photographer</a></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57232 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-front-porches-are-gathering-places-and-now-music-venues-too <p>The front porch is an American institution. It's an ideal place to wind down with a cool drink on a summer night. But this familiar scene is all-too-easy to take for granted.</p><p>On the occasion of Kansas City's inaugural PorchFest, a music festival bringing 70 bands to residential porches, <em>Central Standard</em> takes a look at the history of the American front porch. We also visit with the festival organizer to hear about the bands bringing West Plaza porches to life this weekend.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:26:30 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57278 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too A Check-In On The State Of Kansas City Metro Bike Infrastructure http://kcur.org/post/check-state-kansas-city-metro-bike-infrastructure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you pull onto a street in a car, you have certain expectations. The road will be smoothly paved, with clearly marked lanes, and the network of streets will not end without warning, leaving you stranded before you’ve reached your destination. But, if you’re riding a bike in the Kansas City metro, finding a safe, continuous route can be challenging.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:03:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57182 at http://kcur.org A Check-In On The State Of Kansas City Metro Bike Infrastructure Kansas City's Stay-At-Home Dads Do More Than Stay At Home http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-stay-home-dads-do-more-stay-home <p>In anticipation of Father's Day, <em>Central Standard</em> visited with a stay-at-home dad to hear about the unique trials and triumphs of full-time fathers. We also heard about a group of stay-at-home dads who get out and about in the city together, forming a tight-knit community for raising kids and having adventures, including a <a href="http://www.kclibrary.org/?q=blog/kc-unbound/kc-dads-are-home-library">monthly storytime </a>at the library.</p><p>This conversation examines whether assumptions about who does what still matter, especially to couples who take this road less traveled.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:30:21 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57084 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Stay-At-Home Dads Do More Than Stay At Home Disparity In Kansas City Playground Distribution http://kcur.org/post/disparity-kansas-city-playground-distribution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The memories of our childhood playgrounds remain with many of us as adults. A recent <a href="http://activelivingresearch.org/files/ABM2013_Vaughan.pdf">study </a>of Kansas City's parkland revealed that low-income areas have fewer playgrounds in their parks than high-income areas. </span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:32:08 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 57022 at http://kcur.org Disparity In Kansas City Playground Distribution The History of Recent Political Conventions http://kcur.org/post/history-recent-political-conventions <p>Kansas City is getting the once-over this week from members of the Republican National Committee, who are in town to see whether we have what it takes to host the party’s 2016 national convention.</p><p>The last convention here came in 1976, and it was a hummer: A candidate named Ronald Reagan was taking on the incumbent president, Gerald Ford, and the battle went down to convention week.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:59:22 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 56966 at http://kcur.org The History of Recent Political Conventions Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food http://kcur.org/post/historic-northeast-neighborhoods-people-art-food <p>As part of KCUR's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders</a> series, <em>Central Standard</em> met with a handful of residents of Kansas City's historic Northeast to hear about the people and projects shaping the future of that part of town. In particular, artist Hector Casanova told us about his project working with students to transform a boarded-up old school building in the neighborhood by treating its surfaces as a giant canvas.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 56887 at http://kcur.org Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-s-smutty-metaphor-queen-her-lawless-poetry <p><strong>The following content may be offensive to some. Discretion is advised.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>"Rape Joke," "Live Nude Dads Read The Sunday Paper," and "The Cum Queens of Hyatt Place" are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to poet&nbsp;<strong>Patricia Lockwood's</strong>&nbsp;absurdity.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:07:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56755 at http://kcur.org Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-reflect-legacy-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">never</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56726 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones http://kcur.org/post/kick-it-habit-giving-old-behaviors-and-developing-new-ones <p>Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."&nbsp;</p><p>But making excellence a habit is easier said than done. For most people, the word habit evokes thoughts of junk food or television, not excellence.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:15:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 56679 at http://kcur.org Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones Food Critics: Best Cheese Spots In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-cheese-spots-kansas-city <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s difficult to imagine a life without cheese. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We eat our cheese grilled, deep-fried, cubed, shredded, baked in pastry and whipped into a tiramisu.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, the food critics explored the cheeses of the Kansas City region, from </span>Asiago<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span>Velveeta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and everything in between.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:42:35 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 56606 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Cheese Spots In Kansas City Highway 71: Connecting The Metro, Dividing Neighborhoods http://kcur.org/post/highway-71-connecting-metro-dividing-neighborhoods <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Highways connect people and places with a speed we've come to take for granted. But highways also have a history of dividing and sometimes nearly obliterating the very communities they intersect.</span></p><p>Perhaps the most controversial example of this phenomenon in Kansas City is U.S. Highway 71.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:20:19 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 56527 at http://kcur.org Highway 71: Connecting The Metro, Dividing Neighborhoods What's Going On Below: An Update On The Sewer System Overhaul http://kcur.org/post/whats-going-below-update-sewer-system-overhaul <p>Who's digging in the street outside your window? Hopefully, it's Kansas City Water Services.</p><p>The city recently embarked on a major, multi-billion-dollar <a href="http://kcur.org/post/25-years-25-billion-kc-launches-big-sewer-project">overhaul of the combined sewer and wastewater system</a>, which was first laid out in the nineteenth century.</p><p>Four years into the overhaul, officials from the Water Services Department visited the <em>Central Standard</em> studios to remind us why we're doing this in the first place, and to let us know how it's going so far.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:33:08 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 56452 at http://kcur.org What's Going On Below: An Update On The Sewer System Overhaul