Sylvia Maria Gross http://kcur.org en 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 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 Kansas City Woman's Project On Beauty Standards Goes Viral http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-womans-project-beauty-standards-goes-viral <p>This week, KCUR freelancer Esther Honig had a giant shock when her project <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/#!before--after-/cvkn"><em>Before &amp; After</em></a>, a cross-cultural examination of beauty, went viral.</p><p>Honig sent an unaltered image of herself to freelance graphic artists in more than 25 countries and asked them to perform one task: make her beautiful. The result is more than 40 images that together tell a complex story of global standards of beauty. And the response has been enormous.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:21:29 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Sylvia Maria Gross 57973 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Woman's Project On Beauty Standards Goes Viral 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 Movie Critics: Time Loopers http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-time-loopers <p>The current Tom Cruise blockbuster <em>Edge of Tomorrow</em> is the latest example of time warp cinema, a story with loops in time and narrative. Other examples include <em>Sliding Doors</em>, <em>Donnie Darko</em>, and, of course, <em>Groundhog Day</em>.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Russ Simmons and the film critics return to review flicks currently showing at your local cineplex, and discuss the best time loop films.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:06:17 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 57664 at http://kcur.org 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 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 Brazilians In Kansas City Watch The World Cup With Divided Hearts http://kcur.org/post/brazilians-kansas-city-watch-world-cup-divided-hearts <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">As the FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, we have the first installment in a series checking in on some of Kansas City’s international communities and how they’re cheering their home teams from afar.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been a rocky path to the World Cup for host country Brazil: there were questions about whether the stadiums would be ready; ongoing crime concerns; and mixed emotions from Brazilians.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:55:05 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 57184 at http://kcur.org Brazilians In Kansas City Watch The World Cup With Divided Hearts The Best Places To Watch The World Cup In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/best-places-watch-world-cup-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off this week in Brazil, many soccer fans in Kansas City will be cheering for the U.S. men's team and Sporting KC players Matt </span>Besler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Graham </span>Zusi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But many other Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will cheer on teams from around the globe.</span></p><p>For optimum World Cup viewing, we've rounded up a list of local places to go for a more international soccer experience:</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:40:38 +0000 Maria Carter, Christina Lieffring, Sylvia Maria Gross & Ben Palosaari 57140 at http://kcur.org The Best Places To Watch The World Cup In Kansas City 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 Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds http://kcur.org/post/low-income-neighborhoods-kansas-city-have-more-parks-fewer-playgrounds <p>Recently, Kansas State University researchers visited every park in Kansas City, Mo., to analyze the <a href="http://activelivingresearch.org/files/ABM2013_Vaughan.pdf">distribution of parks and park amenities throughout the city</a>.</p><p>They found low-income neighborhoods, including Kansas City's east side, have fewer playgrounds than high-income neighborhoods. That’s in spite of having a higher concentration of parkland in those same neighborhoods. Researchers studied 219 parks and about 12,000 acres of parkland.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:40:23 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Gina Kaufmann 56999 at http://kcur.org Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds 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 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 Kansas City Crime Writer Shares Four Chilling Murder Locations http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-crime-writer-shares-four-chilling-murder-locations <p>Fourth-generation Kansas Citian Joel Goldman has set all of his crime novels in the Kansas City area, in places like the Country Club Plaza, the Quindaro neighborhood, and the historic Northeast neighborhood.</p><p>These places aren’t just settings. Goldman considers them characters in his novels. Strawberry Hill, the Kansas City, Kan. neighborhood where many Serbians and Croatians settled, is one of the backdrops in his book <em>Shakedown</em>.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:15:36 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Gina Kaufmann 56186 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Crime Writer Shares Four Chilling Murder Locations Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine http://kcur.org/post/glenn-north-fostering-raw-self-expression-18th-and-vine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Glenn North read a poem at the grand opening for the American Jazz Museum in 1997, something clicked. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From that moment on, the poet and the museum grew in tandem.&nbsp; In 2004, North officially joined the museum's staff, establishing a nationally recognized spoken word scene at the museum's Blue Room. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North recently left his post as education manager and poet-in-residence. He plans to finish his master's degree and focus on his poetry.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:45:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55784 at http://kcur.org Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine Does Our City Bring Strangers Together, Or Keep Them Apart? http://kcur.org/post/does-our-city-bring-strangers-together-or-keep-them-apart <p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/26/opinion/sunday/hello-stranger.html?_r=0">recent article</a> in the <em>New York Times</em> compiled a growing body of evidence suggesting that the more frequent our interactions with strangers, the happier we tend to be. The findings apply to introverts and extroverts alike. In response to the enthusiasm around that article, <em>Central Standard</em> asked whether the people of Kansas City encounter strangers often enough in their day-to-day lives. Does Kansas City's built environment facilitate or prohibit these kinds of interactions?</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:25:13 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55717 at http://kcur.org Does Our City Bring Strangers Together, Or Keep Them Apart? Kansas Pride: Loving A Big State With A Big Reputation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-pride-loving-big-state-big-reputation <p>Kansans sometimes get picked on. They've heard every joke in the book about Toto and Dorothy, and they're not amused.</p><p>On <em>Central Standard</em>, we met with two people whose love for the state is both unconventional and all-consuming. They discuss the many rewards that await those willing to explore a state so often dismissed as empty and flat, suggesting ideas for enjoyable daytrips&nbsp;(see below). &nbsp;They also offer suggestions for how Kansas can overcome some of its less flattering stereotypes.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:36:21 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55610 at http://kcur.org Kansas Pride: Loving A Big State With A Big Reputation Mother's Day: A Radical History, Plus Kansas Citians' Stories http://kcur.org/post/mothers-day-radical-history-plus-kansas-citians-stories <p>You could be forgiven if you happen to believe that Mother's Day is a holiday invented by florists, candy stores and greeting card companies. In point of fact, however, this holiday has a hard-won, grassroots history that puts today's celebrations in context.</p><p>On <em>Central Standard</em>, a historian introduced us to three women who lobbied for a mother's day of sorts: the first out of a desire for peace, the second to decrease infant mortality through education, and the third in service of her own professional yearnings.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:12:50 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Kate Baxendale 55415 at http://kcur.org Mother's Day: A Radical History, Plus Kansas Citians' Stories Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/diversity-among-teachers-kansas-city <p>Recent <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/report/2014/05/04/88962/teacher-diversity-revisited/">studies</a> from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association point to what some are calling a diversity gap in American schools. While student populations are growing more and more racially diverse, the teaching pool isn't changing at a pace that reflects that reality.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:38:08 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55363 at http://kcur.org Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City KU Breaks Ground On New Center To House Naismith’s Rules Of Basketball http://kcur.org/post/ku-breaks-ground-new-center-house-naismith-s-rules-basketball <p>Construction begins Friday on the DeBruce Center, a three-story building that will house the original rules for basketball, typed up by the game’s inventor, James Naismith, in 1892.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The </span>DeBruce<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Center will be connected to Allen </span>Fieldhouse&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">by a second-story walkway. </span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:00:08 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 55099 at http://kcur.org KU Breaks Ground On New Center To House Naismith’s Rules Of Basketball Accordion Legend Don Lipovac Remembered In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/accordion-legend-don-lipovac-remembered-kansas-city <p>Musician <a href="http://donlipovac.com/">Don Lipovac</a>, internationally recognized for his prowess on the accordion, <a href="http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=donald-anthony-lipovac&amp;pid=170839977&amp;fhid=4649">will be buried Thursday in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.</a></p><p>The 79-year-old died on April 26.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:13:37 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 55063 at http://kcur.org Accordion Legend Don Lipovac Remembered In Kansas City KC Currents And Central Standard To Merge http://kcur.org/post/kc-currents-and-central-standard-merge <p>Beginning this week, KCUR will no longer broadcast the newsmagazine <em>KC Currents </em>on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m., Sundays at 5 p.m. or Mondays at 8 p.m. But this isn’t the end for the nine-year-old weekly program and its community-focused content.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:58:34 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 50147 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Dialect, Labeling Sustainable Foods, Quindaro Quilts http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-dialect-labeling-sustainable-foods-quindaro-quilts <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/what-does-kansas-city-dialect-sound?nopop=1">What Does The Kansas City Dialect Sound Like?</a></p><p>There is a general myth that Midwesterners, or even Kansas Citians specifically, speak without an accent. But that is not the case. Linguistic distinctions in Midland speech exist, and have been changing, perhaps without us even noticing, over the past 50 years.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/do-kansas-citians-talk-funny">TALK: Understanding Regional Accents</a></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 01:13:08 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan & Susan B. Wilson 49883 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Dialect, Labeling Sustainable Foods, Quindaro Quilts Do Kansas Citians Talk Funny? http://kcur.org/post/do-kansas-citians-talk-funny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is there such a thing as a Kansas City accent or dialect? <a href="http://kcur.org/post/what-does-kansas-city-dialect-sound">Researchers at the University of Missouri are looking into it</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether you’re from here, or relocated from somewhere else, are there things you notice that only people from here seem to say? </span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:01:38 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 49851 at http://kcur.org Do Kansas Citians Talk Funny? Kansas Citians React To Proposal For School District Overhaul http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citians-react-proposal-school-district-overhaul <p>People who care about public schools in Kansas City are reacting to a <a href="http://kcur.org/post/consultants-propose-non-profit-district-kansas-city-public-schools?nopop=1">recently released plan from consulting group CEE-Trust</a> to transform the district.</p><p>While questions remain about the process by which the consultants were hired, Kansas Citians are now debating the merits of the proposal, which is unlike anything any other school district in the country has tried.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:43:00 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 49774 at http://kcur.org Kansas Citians React To Proposal For School District Overhaul Teaching Handwriting In The 21st Century http://kcur.org/post/teaching-handwriting-21st-century <p>The Kansas Board of Education <a href="http://The Kansas Board of Education recently re-affirmed the teaching of cursive in Kansas schools">recently re-affirmed</a> the teaching of cursive in Kansas schools. In this day and age, is this still an important skill or something that should fall by the wayside?</p><p>On today's Central Standard, Sylvia Maria-Gross discusses the how and the why behind teaching handwriting in schools.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Kindel Turner Nash</strong>, Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at UMKC</li></ul> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:00:16 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49911 at http://kcur.org Consultants Propose ‘Non-Profit’ District For Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/consultants-propose-non-profit-district-kansas-city-public-schools <p></p><p>The education consulting group&nbsp;CEE-Trust (Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust) <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/201401/The_Conditions_for_Success_-_Full_Draft_-_January_2014.pdf">presented a proposal Monday afternoon to restructure Kansas City Public Schools</a>. The consultants recommended a small, state-run district office which would set up and monitor a network of largely autonomous non-profit schools.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 49694 at http://kcur.org Consultants Propose ‘Non-Profit’ District For Kansas City Public Schools Consultant's Proposal For Kansas City Public Schools To Be Unveiled http://kcur.org/post/consultants-proposal-kansas-city-public-schools-be-unveiled <p>Kansas Citians will get a glimpse of what might be in store for Kansas City Public Schools Monday afternoon when a consultant’s recommendations for the unaccredited district will be presented to the Missouri State Board of Education.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:47:41 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 49636 at http://kcur.org Consultant's Proposal For Kansas City Public Schools To Be Unveiled Undocumented Youth, Concealed Carry, Alvin Sykes http://kcur.org/post/undocumented-youth-concealed-carry-alvin-sykes <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/deferred-action-immigration-program-leaves-detained-kansas-city-man-limbo">Deferred Action Immigration Program Leaves Detained Kansas City Man In Limbo</a></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:19:01 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan & Susan B. Wilson 49535 at http://kcur.org Undocumented Youth, Concealed Carry, Alvin Sykes