Claire McInerny http://kcur.org en The Fascinating Fates Of 4 Famous Corpses http://kcur.org/post/fascinating-fates-4-famous-corpses <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional route of being cremated or buried. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:20:26 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan, Claire McInerny & Ross Stinemetz 41623 at http://kcur.org The Fascinating Fates Of 4 Famous Corpses Kansas City Creative Couples: Fulton Adams & Megee http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-creative-couples-fulton-adams-megee <p>The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called <em>Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.</em></p><p>Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for <a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/tempestuous-relationship-between-frida-kahlo-and-diego-rivera">their tempestuous marriage</a>, which sometimes influenced their art.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 17:10:00 +0000 Claire McInerny & Julie Denesha 41120 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Creative Couples: Fulton Adams & Megee What Happens To All Of Kansas City's Garbage? http://kcur.org/post/what-happens-all-kansas-citys-garbage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How is it that all 2 million people in and around Kansas City don’t wake up surrounded by garbage every morning?</span></p><p>Think about it, every day 2 million people eat three meals a day; disposing&nbsp;packages, tissues, paper cups and much more throughout the day.</p><p>Where does it all go and how does it get managed?</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:41:32 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 40255 at http://kcur.org What Happens To All Of Kansas City's Garbage? The Exciting World Of Molecular Mixology http://kcur.org/post/exciting-world-molecular-mixology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Molecular </span>mixology<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a scientific approach to preparing cocktails that uses alcohol in unique ways.</span></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:38:25 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 39542 at http://kcur.org The Exciting World Of Molecular Mixology What The Farm Bill Means For Daily Life On The Farm http://kcur.org/post/what-farm-bill-means-daily-life-farm <p>The farm bill being discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives contains legislation having to do with all aspects of how Americans put food on their dinner tables. &nbsp;About 80 percent of the bill deals with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (<a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-food-stamp-debate">SNAP</a>), what we often call “food stamps.” Other portions of the legislation, though, address policy governing the farms that create this food.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:43:38 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 38751 at http://kcur.org What The Farm Bill Means For Daily Life On The Farm Cash Money Crew: Sandwich Generation http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-sandwich-generation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sandwich Generation--it’s made up of people who are generally between the ages of 45 and 65. On one side of the sandwich is that college grad who came back home to live. On the other side are one’s aging parents. &nbsp;The strains are not just in time and energy, but are most acutely financial. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alex&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Petrovic</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.petrovicfs.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Petrovic</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.petrovicfs.com/">&nbsp;Financial Services</a>; Sandi Weaver, of <a href="http://www.financial-security-adv.com/">Financial Security </a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.financial-security-adv.com/">Advisors</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Corey Rasmussen of the <a href="http://rasmussenlawkc.com/Page/corey_rasmussen">Rasmussen Law Firm</a>&nbsp;discuss the financial and legal issues that surround the care of an aging parent.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:51:44 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 38338 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: Sandwich Generation Are You Ready For Tick Season? http://kcur.org/post/are-you-ready-tick-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer is the season for camping, walks and bike rides in wooded areas, but this also means it's the season of ticks. From April to September is tick season, and this is when the insects are most prevalent looking for a blood host.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Not only are ticks a pain to try and remove if they get on your skin, but getting bit by one can cause serious illnesses like Lyme disease. Recently, another tick-related disease was discovered by Scott Folk, a doctor at Heartland Adult Infectious Diseases.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:22:48 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37985 at http://kcur.org Are You Ready For Tick Season? 5 Things You May Not Know About Caffeine http://kcur.org/post/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-caffeine <p>Every morning, as coffee pots begin brewing, kettles begin to boil and soda cans are cracked open, people all over the world are trying to get their caffeine fix. Caffeine is the world's most popular psychoactive drug, or simply put, the most popular product that changes how your mind works.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:14:20 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37984 at http://kcur.org 5 Things You May Not Know About Caffeine The Challenges Of Saving For College http://kcur.org/post/challenges-saving-college <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the school year draws to a close and a new crop of students heads off to college this fall, the age-old challenge of paying for it is on the minds of many.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But this year another group is taking up that challenge: Congress, and the President. </span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:09:03 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37920 at http://kcur.org The Challenges Of Saving For College Kansas City Museum Celebrates History Of Innovation And Invention in KC http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-museum-celebrates-history-innovation-and-invention-kc <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Country Club Plaza is a staple in Kansas City, but did you know it was the first shopping mall in the country?</span></p><p>Barbers would still be cutting your whole head with scissors if Samuel Coffman hadn't invented electric hair clippers, and washing your dishes would be a much bigger hassle if Marion Trozzolo didn't think to combine Teflon with pans.</p><p>The history of innovation and invention conceived in Kansas City is crucial to the city's identity, and starting June 1 the Kansas City Museum will celebrate this history.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 20:05:44 +0000 Laura Spencer, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37636 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Museum Celebrates History Of Innovation And Invention in KC 'Spamalot' Opens At Starlight This Weekend http://kcur.org/post/spamalot-opens-starlight-weekend <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do you hear the sound of coconuts? Or is that the hooves of a horse? It's actually the cast of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://tickets.kcstarlight.com/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=13&amp;promo=129&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=adword&amp;utm_campaign=SpamalotGrants&amp;gclid=CKKKpMunvrcCFSho7Aod2SkAuw" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Spamalot&nbsp;</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">coming into town to perform the musical version of&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">Monty Python and the Holy Grail&nbsp;</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at Starlight Theater. Starlight decided to add the musical to its summer schedule after frequent requests from members and theater goers at Starlight.</span></p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:58:09 +0000 Laura Spencer, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37631 at http://kcur.org 'Spamalot' Opens At Starlight This Weekend Housing Authority of Kansas City Improves Quality http://kcur.org/post/housing-authority-kansas-city-improves-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the 1980’s, some of the public housing units in Kansas City were infested with rats, mice and cockroaches. Plumbing and electrical problems put the health and safety of residents at risk. Complaints to the housing authority were ignored and it seemed to be an organization more about serving political needs of a select few than a place organized to provide people clean, safe, affordable housing.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under such circumstances crime became problematic.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:39:07 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37576 at http://kcur.org Housing Authority of Kansas City Improves Quality Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues http://kcur.org/post/army-corps-engineers-face-river-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers faced </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/panel-corps-not-to-blame-_n_1161228.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">infrastructure issues, farmland destruction and reservoir management challenges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as it dealt with the aftermath of the flooding. Runoff and drought forecasts for the summer show </span><a href="http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/runoff_narrative.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">decreasing drought levels</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> across the Midwest plains and </span><a href="http://drought.gov/media/eventfiles/National%20Drought%20Outlook%20May%202013%20FINAL%205%2015%202013.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">increased soil moisture levels</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (See </span><a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/mo-river-flooding.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for more predictions from the Missouri </span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District produced </span><a href="http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Portals/29/docs/emergencymanagement/watermanagement/12_AnnualReport.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a good summary of the problems they faced</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the flooding and drought of 2011-2012. The Corps also had to </span><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/army-corps-of-engineers-defends-handling-of-missouri-river/article_82094e53-cde0-5cdd-916a-26a04a8d2e72.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">defend the maintenance and management of the river’s infrastructure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the 2011 floods.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37658 at http://kcur.org Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues After The Recession, What The Housing Market In KC Looks Like http://kcur.org/post/after-recession-what-housing-market-kc-looks <p></p><p></p><p>The latest report from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors suggests that the average sales price of an existing <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/01/27/4029191/kc-area-housing-market-continues.html">home is up 15 percent from a year ago, and the average sales price of a new home is up about 16 percent from December 2011</a>.&nbsp; On the other hand <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2011/12/28/study-of-foreclosure-rates-ranks-kc-in.html">4% of homes currently on the market are in foreclosure</a>. &nbsp;As the housing market begins to recover from the Recession, those buying and selling houses are facing different issues.&nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kansascityhomes.com/agents/template1/AgentPage.aspx?Agent=HUTCHMA%20%20%20&amp;ofnm=">Mary Hutchison</a>, </strong>a Kansas City<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;relator and&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike Cash, </strong>S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">enior Loan Officer at </span><a href="http://mya1mortgage.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">a1&nbsp;Mortgage</a>&nbsp;talk about this shift on this Central Standard.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:47:39 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37260 at http://kcur.org After The Recession, What The Housing Market In KC Looks Like The Neuroscience of Obesity http://kcur.org/post/neuroscience-obesity <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s swimsuit season and many are looking to shed a few pounds gained over the winter. But losing weight is a challenge and current research shows the odds are stacked against us when it comes to overcoming the mental obstacles of weight loss. With one third of children in the United States and two thirds of adults who are obese or overweight, it seems there is a huge challenge when trying to stay healthy.&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Amanda Bruce, </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Childhood Obesity and imaging specialist at UMKC and&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jennifer D. Lundgren,&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clinical Ph.D. Associate Professor and at UMKC both work on the issue of how psychology plays into childhood and adult obesity.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:30:01 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37256 at http://kcur.org The Neuroscience of Obesity The Challenge of Diversity Training http://kcur.org/post/challenge-diversity-training <p></p><p>E pluribus unum—out of many is one—that’s was a founding principle for America.</p><p>Indeed, American language and culture shows the imprint of many different cultural influences.&nbsp; But as the United States becomes more diverse, sometimes unity and understanding between different groups can become strained.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:17:37 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 36730 at http://kcur.org The Challenge of Diversity Training Food Critics: Korean Food http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-korean-food-0 <p>Korean Restaurants:</p><p>Recent Restaurants:</p><p>Korea has been top of mind lately as the threat of conflict has been rising, but on this Central Standard Friday the food critics take a look at another explosive element of this country's culture: its cuisine. From famous dishes like kimchi and Bibimbap, we look at what makes up Korean food, and where you can find it in Kansas City.</p><p>Our critics this week are <strong>Charles Feruzza</strong>, <strong>Grace Suh</strong>, <strong>Emily Farris</strong>, <strong>Chris Becicka</strong> and <strong>Gloria Gale.</strong></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:40:22 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35335 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Korean Food Married Poets Share Inspirations For Their Work http://kcur.org/post/married-poets-share-inspirations-their-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local couple and professional poets </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Stanley and Janet Banks</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> met while living in Kansas City and trying to get their writing careers off the ground. Now that the two have been married for years, they reflect on how their marriage to each other inspired their work. A common theme between both of their work is the impact that family members have on their lives.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 15:29:23 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 36070 at http://kcur.org Married Poets Share Inspirations For Their Work How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance http://kcur.org/post/how-obamacare-might-change-your-private-health-insurance <p>After the passing of the Affordable Care Act, confusion about the future of health insurance in our country has become the norm. But as the legislation comes into play in the next year, everyone from private health insurance companies to employers providing health care to their employees need to be well versed on the upcoming changes.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:47:48 +0000 Elana Gordon, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35678 at http://kcur.org How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance What is Gamelan Music? http://kcur.org/post/what-gamelan-music <p>Gamelan music is the orchestral music of Indonesia which is primarily from the islands of Bali and Java. Over a decade ago, Kansas City became home to a hand crafted Gamelan from Indonesia that was fine tuned and given a blessing from a Balinese Hindu high priests. On this Central Standard the director of Kansas City's Gamelan group Gamelan Genta Kasturi, <strong>Patrick Alonzo Conway</strong> – he plays in the group and even composes pieces for the group, and is an eclectic composer and member of the People’s Liberation Big Band.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35701 at http://kcur.org What is Gamelan Music? 'Kansas City Swing' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-swing <p>Kansas City's role in the integration of baseball is a popular subject these days. The recent release of&nbsp;<em>42,&nbsp;</em>the movie about Jackie Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball premiered in Kansas City, home of the <a href="http://www.nlbm.com/">Negro Leagues Baseball Museum</a>, this month. <a href="http://www.umkctheatre.org/current_season.html">UMKC Theatre</a> is also tackling the subject with the debut of its play&nbsp;<em>Kansas City Swing.</em></p><p></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=zyS-mw8J3Ys</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:54:34 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35539 at http://kcur.org 'Kansas City Swing' Low Rider Culture on Display http://kcur.org/post/low-rider-culture-display <p></p><p>Low rider cars aren’t the type of vehicles that drive by unnoticed. The low chrome rims, killer paint jobs, normally accompanied with a bumpin' sound system to go with it, sub woofers and hydraulics all grab attention of those it passes. These cars are o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ften stigmatized as being related to gangsters, but on this Central Standard we learn about research that disputes that common misconception.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35304 at http://kcur.org Low Rider Culture on Display Local Distilleries http://kcur.org/post/local-distilleries <p>Socializing and drinking go hand in hand, and across the United States the hobby of making your own beer and wine has grown in the last few decades. But when it comes to liquor, the law makes it much more difficult to home brew whiskey, vodka or rum as a hobby, and as a result there are very few local distilleries across the nation.&nbsp; We're joined by three special distilleries: <strong>Patrick Garcia</strong> the master distiller at <a href="http://www.dhdistillery.com/">Dark Horse Distillery</a> in Lenexa, Kansas; <strong>Ralph Hayes</strong> the marketing director for <a href="http://pinckneybend.com/">Pinckney Bend</a> distillery out of New Haven, Missouri; and <strong>Seth Fox</strong> president of <a href="http://highplainsinc.com/">High Plains</a> in Atchison, Kansas<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:00:01 +0000 Maria Carter, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35305 at http://kcur.org Local Distilleries Disability Issues in KC http://kcur.org/post/disability-issues-kc <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s estimated that in the United States, people with disabilities constitute the third-largest, and perhaps the most diverse, minority group. A person may be born with a disability or it may occur during a lifetime. The disability can be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or a combination of all of these.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;On this&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Standard</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we’ll talk about disability issues across the life span and some local efforts to empower those who face the challenge of a disability.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:27:45 +0000 Laura Spencer, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 34911 at http://kcur.org Disability Issues in KC Emporia State Debate Teams Sweeps National Tournaments http://kcur.org/post/emporia-state-debate-teams-sweeps-national-tournaments <p>When &nbsp;most of us think of a debate, presidential debates between two individuals come to mind. But the sport of argument and articulation is as radically different from this scenario as you can imagine. The world of college debate includes lightening fast speech arguments developed on the fly. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he best team that encompasses these can be found at Emporia State University.&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Ryan Wash&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Elijah Smith,&nbsp;</strong>two members of the ESU debate team recently won both the National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association championship tournament.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:11:47 +0000 Maria Carter, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 34931 at http://kcur.org Emporia State Debate Teams Sweeps National Tournaments Nature In The City: KC In Spring http://kcur.org/post/nature-city-kc-spring <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a drawn out winter where we in Kansas City found ourselves hibernating through the snow and ice of March, spring has finally sprung. The trees are blooming and the landscape is finally peppered with color as plants and wildlife emerge from dormancy. On this Central Standard, we explore the nature around us as we transition into Spring.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:39:34 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 34778 at http://kcur.org Nature In The City: KC In Spring Wichita State Shocks Kansas http://kcur.org/post/wichita-state-shocks-kansas <p>The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is notorious for its unpredictability year after year, and as March Madness winds down, one Kansas university gets to claim the biggest upset of the tournament; Wichita State University making it to the Final Four for the first time since 1965 to play first seated Louisville.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:09:31 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 34587 at http://kcur.org Wichita State Shocks Kansas Choosing Childcare http://kcur.org/post/choosing-childcare <p>From birth, the care and upbringing of a child is a stressful and demanding process. Tough questions that all parents face include who can I leave my child with when I go to work? Am I doing enough to help my child get on track with learning? And for some families, how can I get my child a good meal today? On this Central Standard we are exploring the challenges of childcare and early education for all parents, including the cost of childcare, how the government affects a child's early education and we highlight some local programs that help families in need.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:30:39 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 34560 at http://kcur.org Choosing Childcare Misogyny in Hip-Hop Culture http://kcur.org/post/misogyny-hip-hop-culture <p>It seems that nowadays, anytime you hear a hip-hop song the lyrics are full of negative and insulting messages. Whether these comments are racist, misogynistic, or just downright disrespectful it's easy to associate the entire hip-hop culture with these words of hate. On this Central Standard, we look specifically at misogyny in hip-hop music.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:44:56 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 34078 at http://kcur.org Misogyny in Hip-Hop Culture Irish History in Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/irish-history-kansas-city <p>As St. Patrick's Day approaches next week, the 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' t-shirts are getting pulled out of the closets and shamrocks will plaster the city. Kansas City has a special relationship with Irish culture that goes hand in hand with the city's narrative.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:28:55 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 33513 at http://kcur.org Irish History in Kansas City