Brian Ellison http://kcur.org en Panel Forum: Candidates For Johnson County, Kansas Commission Chair http://kcur.org/post/panel-forum-candidates-johnson-county-kansas-commission-chair <p></p><p></p><p>Next week voters will cast their votes for Chair of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners— the highest elected office in the county. They’ll narrow the field from three candidates down to the two who will be on the November ballot. All three joined Friday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a> for a candidate forum, their last before Tuesday’s election.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:17:37 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 59832 at http://kcur.org Panel Forum: Candidates For Johnson County, Kansas Commission Chair A Political Round-up Of Kansas And Missouri Issues And Races http://kcur.org/post/political-round-kansas-and-missouri-issues-and-races <p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:44:32 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 59772 at http://kcur.org A Political Round-up Of Kansas And Missouri Issues And Races Obama Discusses Economy During Speech At Uptown http://kcur.org/post/obama-discusses-economy-during-speech-uptown <p></p><p>The recession hit more than five years ago, but its effects are still rippling through this country-- and that's what President Obama is here to address. In Wednesday morning's speech, he will be talking to a crowd at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., about the economic challenges facing middle-class families and why he has taken executive action on issues such as minimum wage.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> will provide coverage of the event, with a live feed of the speech and post-speech analysis from local experts.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:13:04 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 59710 at http://kcur.org Obama Discusses Economy During Speech At Uptown Republican Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State Square Off http://kcur.org/post/republican-candidates-kansas-secretary-state-square <p>Primary elections in Kansas and Missouri are one week from today. On the Kansas side, a lot of the action will wait until November but one primary race in particular has gained a lot of attention, more than you might expect. Incumbent<strong> <a href="http://www.kansansforkobach.com/#!about-kris/ctvq" target="_blank">Kris Kobach</a></strong> is well known for his work on election and immigration laws. His opponent, <a href="http://www.scottmorganforsos.org/about-scott.html" target="_blank"><strong>Scott Morgan</strong></a>, says that's a big part of the problem.<br /> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:50:01 +0000 Brian Ellison & Danie Alexander 59663 at http://kcur.org Republican Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State Square Off Examining Tax Proposals In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/examining-tax-proposals-missouri <p></p><p>Election season has kicked off, and we’re gearing up to a flurry of primaries throughout the area. Today, we’re taking a look at the ballots in Kansas City, Mo., and the state of Missouri.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss the streetcar proposal that’s found its way into the voting booth. Voters will decide whether they want to expand the taxing district east and south, and as a result, expand the proposed streetcar lines.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 59371 at http://kcur.org Examining Tax Proposals In Missouri Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records http://kcur.org/post/ad-watch-roberts-and-wolf-attack-each-others-voting-records <p><em>Throughout this election season, KCUR will bring you AdWatch, a series evaluating the words and images filling the airwaves aimed at Missouri and Kansas voters. </em></p><p>The hotly contested Republican race for U.S. Senator from Kansas, where incumbent Pat Roberts and challenger Milton Wolf have turned their sights squarely on one another, has brought a slew of ads to the Kansas airwaves.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Brian Ellison 59386 at http://kcur.org Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers http://kcur.org/post/true-life-kansas-city-zookeepers <p></p><p>So, you like animals? You enjoy watching them, taking care of them, and talking about them? Would you make a good zookeeper? Guest Host<a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison"> Brian Ellison</a> takes a look at the true life of Kansas City Zoo zookeepers on Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>. Find out what it's really like to chase a fugitive chimpanzee and keep the penguins healthy and happy in their habitat. Speaking of penguins, you can watch the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo live <a href="http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/671">right here</a>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:55:08 +0000 Brian Ellison, Hannah Copeland & Scott Ross 58549 at http://kcur.org The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions http://kcur.org/post/supreme-courts-agency-fees-ruling-impact-kansas-city-unions <p></p><p>Last week we saw the closing of another Supreme Court session with landmark rulings about religious freedom, cell phone privacy, and recess appointments. But there was another decision: a 5-4 ruling that may have an impact on unions and how they operate, including right in the Kansas City area. On Tuesday's <em>Up To Date,&nbsp; </em>guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:54:35 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58550 at http://kcur.org Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas http://kcur.org/post/baby-boomers-hold-highest-rate-suicide-especially-kansas <p></p><p></p><p>There are 76 million Americans who were born between the mid-40s and the mid-60s. The Baby Boomers have much of the wealth, much of the power, much of the responsibility in our nation today. But, they also now have the highest suicide rate among all age groups. Guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with <em>Kansas City Star</em> reporter Rick Montgomery about this alarming statistic and how the rate in Kansas has skyrocketed in the last few years.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:07:28 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58493 at http://kcur.org Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas History And Future of Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple http://kcur.org/post/history-and-future-kansas-city-scottish-rite-temple <p></p><p>When you think of the Masons, images of secret societies and rituals may come to mind—but what about their architecture?</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:39:36 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58348 at http://kcur.org History And Future of Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers http://kcur.org/post/untold-journey-civil-rights-photographers <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58294 at http://kcur.org The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers Kansas City Streetcar Plan Calls For Termination At UMKC http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-streetcar-plan-calls-termination-umkc <p>News broke this week of a major development in the ongoing conversation about Kansas City’s plans for extending the planned streetcar line. The committee finalizing the plan announced it <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/25/4914645/kc-streetcar-stunner-brookside.html">will not recommend extending the tracks south of the UMKC campus</a>.</p><p>Now the expansion will go south only to UMKC and east along Linwood and Independence Avenues.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 53409 at http://kcur.org The Role Of Churches And Social Clubs In African-American Communities http://kcur.org/post/role-churches-and-social-clubs-african-american-communities <p>In an age before the internet—and in an environment that in some ways promoted isolation and disconnection—African-Americans in Kansas City in the early 20th century still found ways to find connection and community.</p><p>Churches and social clubs have been called the “glue” that held the black community together, alongside families and schools, and a new exhibit at the Black Archives of Mid-America chronicles some of that important history.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li>Michael Sweeney, collection librarian for the Black Archives of Mid-America</li></ul><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:03:25 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 53302 at http://kcur.org The Role Of Churches And Social Clubs In African-American Communities The Common Objects Among Different Religions http://kcur.org/post/common-objects-among-different-religions <p>It’s no secret that people of different religions often clash over their differences. But when you look closer, the similarities jump out, especially when it comes to significant objects.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our Religion Roundtable takes a look at why objects such as stones, crosses, bread, drums and incense have places of prominence in spiritual observance and how their function differs in each religion.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:43:17 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 53223 at http://kcur.org The Common Objects Among Different Religions Kansas City Regional Day Trips For Families, Foodies And Lovers http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-regional-day-trips-families-foodies-and-lovers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The relentlessly cold winter just might be over, and the sun is starting to shine — at least on occasion.</span></p><p>So, enjoy the spring weather and all our region has to offer with day trips that are big on fun, but won't break the bank or cost you precious vacation time.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christie Garton 52942 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Regional Day Trips For Families, Foodies And Lovers What's The One Change That Could Improve American Education? http://kcur.org/post/whats-one-change-could-improve-american-education <p>It's no surprise that the American education system is lagging behind many other countries. The latest <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/">PISA exam</a> shows that the United States falls <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf">36th in the world</a>&nbsp;in math; below a diverse rang of counties including Poland, Japan and Viet Nam.</p><p>What's interesting is not that the United States is in the middle of the pack, but rather that so many other countries have improved in the last three decades while the United States has stagnated.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:38:06 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52449 at http://kcur.org What's The One Change That Could Improve American Education? The Rise Of Craft Brewing In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/rise-craft-brewing-kansas-city <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">One might assume that with such well known craft beers available from brewers like Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo., </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">and Free State Brewing Company in Lawrence</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">, Kan. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christie Garton 52237 at http://kcur.org The Rise Of Craft Brewing In Kansas City Tax Exemptions For Kansas Non-Profit Sports Clubs: The Debate http://kcur.org/post/tax-exemptions-kansas-non-profit-sports-clubs-debate <p>For-profit athletic clubs are claiming that tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations like the YMCA are unfair. In order to "level the playing field," two bills in Kansas have been proposed: <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/sb72/">one</a> would exempt both for-profit and nonprofit sports clubs from paying taxes on property and a portion of sales; the <a href="http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2498/">other</a> would simply remove tax exemption for nonprofit organizations like the YMCA.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52133 at http://kcur.org What Options Do Kansas City Youth Have For Entertainment? http://kcur.org/post/what-options-do-kansas-city-youth-have-entertainment <p>For the 21+ crowd, Kansas City is full of entertainment choices. For youth however, the city lacks age-appropriate venues.</p><p>Recurring disturbances involving youth on the Plaza and other entertainment districts have caused the city to tighten the citywide curfew ordinance for youth. But the Kansas City area lacks all-ages venues and entertainment options for the city's youth.</p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em>, we discuss what activities are available to youth in Kansas City, and some initiatives and ideas that would expand those options.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52124 at http://kcur.org Opiate Addiction In Kansas City: Heroin Use On The Rise http://kcur.org/post/opiate-addiction-kansas-city-heroin-use-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tragic death of actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has shed light on heroin and opiate use in America. Right here in Kansas City, opiate-based drugs are more popular than ever and the results have been devastating. Central Standard takes a look at why Kansas and Missouri residents are using these lethal substances and what impact heroin addiction has had on one local family.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:00:10 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51111 at http://kcur.org The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern http://kcur.org/post/missouri-river-crisis-falling-water-levels-causes-concern <p></p><p>The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51064 at http://kcur.org The Farm Bill's Final Steps http://kcur.org/post/farm-bills-final-steps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Feb. 4, Congress passed the farm bill, a piece of legislature that will cut food stamps by $800 million a year, consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs and provide crop insurance to farmers. Harvest Public Media's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy </span>Bernfeld<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;share details on the changes to one of the largest spending measures congress passes.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:00:01 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51063 at http://kcur.org Tackling Sexual Assault On College Campuses http://kcur.org/post/tackling-sexual-assault-college-campuses <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been three years since the suicide of Sasha Menu&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Courey</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a student at the University of Missouri. But revelations and questions have come to light in the last few weeks — allegations that Sasha had been raped by at least one fellow student, perhaps three members of the football team.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:55:49 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50767 at http://kcur.org The Changing Face Of College Dorms http://kcur.org/post/changing-face-college-dorms <p>Colleges and universities serve several purposes: they are places to get credentials necessary for a career; they are &nbsp;places to learn; they are homes. At a crucial time in their lives young adults live together, make memories, get in trouble and grow up.</p><p>On Wednesday's Central Standard, host Brian Ellison delves into campus housing &nbsp;and how it's progressed over the last few decades, as s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">tudents arrive with higher expectations and schools are trying to meet them. </span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:04:30 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50521 at http://kcur.org William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices http://kcur.org/post/william-s-burroughs-man-many-vices <p></p><p>Who was William S. Burroughs? Some remember him as a controversial Beat writer; others remember his illicit drug habits and the murder of his second wife.</p><p>On Tuesday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we talk about the life of the infamous man from St. Louis, Mo. who traveled around the world and later settled in Lawrence, Kan.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:11:59 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50394 at http://kcur.org William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices Philosophy Of The Mind And A Look Back At KC Currents http://kcur.org/post/philosophy-mind-and-look-back-kc-currents <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Standard explores the possibility of &nbsp;emotions and thoughts being more than just a brain function. Is there more to being human than just our physical realm?</span></p><p>Also, we bid farewell to <em>KC Currents</em> and take a look at what's ahead for <em>Central Standard</em>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Susanna Rinard</strong>​, professor of philosophy at UMKC</li><li><strong>Augustin Rayo</strong>, professor of philosophy at MIT</li></ul> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:28:12 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50344 at http://kcur.org The Missouri Death Penalty Controversy And Voter ID In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/missouri-death-penalty-controversy-and-voter-id-kansas <p></p><p>Will Missouri inmates on death row face death by firing squad someday? After <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/16/ohio-killer-executed-with-new-lethal-drug-combo/4512651/">a recent debacle in a Ohio execution</a> and shortages of lethal injection drugs, legislators are considering alternative methods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Host Brian Ellison talks to death penalty opponents. Later, Kansas Secretary of State Kris&nbsp;Kobach&nbsp;will discuss voter identification laws.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:37:44 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50335 at http://kcur.org The Science Behind Exercise And Goal-Setting http://kcur.org/post/science-behind-exercise-and-goal-setting <div><p>Halfway through January, and it's a time for a serious question. Are you going to bear down and get started on&nbsp;that new year’s commitment to regular exercise and healthy eating? Or are you going to let this year's goal lapse and be forgotten?</p><p>On Tuesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison talks with an exercise scientist and a behavior modification expert helps us understand how we can change those habits and why we usually don’t. You can learn why for so many of us, the resolutions are already over.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:52:35 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49519 at http://kcur.org Remembering An Up-and-Down Chiefs Season http://kcur.org/post/remembering-and-down-chiefs-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City Chiefs season came to a stumbling, stuttering end on Saturday, January </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Everyone knew it would not be an easy game, but watching a 28-point lead turn into a one-point loss – the second-biggest playoff choke by any team in NFL history. &nbsp;It was also the Chiefs'&nbsp;</span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> playoff loss in a row that some might say was a fitting end to a season that started as hopefully as any season could and then went into something of a tailspin.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:52:10 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49527 at http://kcur.org Wampum And The Connection To Modern Money http://kcur.org/post/wampum-and-connection-modern-money <p>It would be impossible to go one news day without hearing about the state of the economy, or the movement of financial markets or the rising cost of a gallon of gas. Money in America shapes our votes and the quality of our lives. But have you wondered, just where did it come from? How did the dollar get its start?</p><p>On Wednesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison&nbsp;looks at the origins of American money, specifically on the influence of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wampum">wampum</a> and other early money on our financial system to this day.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:34:28 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49529 at http://kcur.org