Suzanne Hogan http://kcur.org en Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/armadillos-rise-missouri-creeping-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.</span></p><p>Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.</p><p>“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says&nbsp;James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59295 at http://kcur.org Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City 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 My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-farm-life-anything-quiet <p>Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.</p><p>While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.</p><p>“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59002 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet LISTEN: World Cup Songs From Around The Globe In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/listen-world-cup-songs-around-globe-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the 32 national soccer teams that made it to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup this&nbsp;year, Germany and Argentina</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will face off at 2 p.m. Sunday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 58640 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: World Cup Songs From Around The Globe In Kansas City Going To Kansas City: Retiring As A Chief http://kcur.org/post/going-kansas-city-retiring-chief <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wide receiver Eddie </span>Kennison<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos before ending up as free agent for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:10:01 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 57842 at http://kcur.org Going To Kansas City: Retiring As A Chief World Cup Is A Mix Of Sport And Mourning For Kansas City's South Korean Community http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-mix-sport-and-mourning-kansas-citys-south-korean-community <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the World Cup attention Thursday will be on the U.S. game against Germany. But there will be some Kansas City-area residents who will have their attention on South Korea’s game against Belgium.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Little Korea in Kansas</span></strong></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:38:26 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 57935 at http://kcur.org World Cup Is A Mix Of Sport And Mourning For Kansas City's South Korean Community Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-soccer-fans-celebrate-us-victory-over-ghana <p>Swarms of soccer fans packed the Power and Light District Monday to watch the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in the U.S. team's first World Cup match.</p><p>The KC Live Stage was filled to the brim of fans wearing red white and blue, chanting U.S.A., and S.K.C. to cheer for the two Sporting KC players on the team, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.</p><p>Kansas City native, Matt Besler played in the first half but had to leave the game due to a hamstring injury. Graham Zusi was brought in at the 77th minute, and assisted in scoring the second goal that brought the team to victory.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:49:57 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 57437 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana KU Science Fiction Conference Explores Reality And Imagination http://kcur.org/post/ku-science-fiction-conference-explores-reality-and-imagination <p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:08:01 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 57290 at http://kcur.org KU Science Fiction Conference Explores Reality And Imagination Exploring Lincoln Prep's Historic Past http://kcur.org/post/exploring-lincoln-preps-historic-past <p></p><p>Back when segregation was king, Lincoln High in Kansas City, Mo., — now Lincoln College Preparatory Academy — was a focal point in the black community. With a legacy stretching back to the end of the Civil War, the school has grown and changed a lot over the years.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the role the school has played in boosting Kansas City’s black community.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan & Beth Lipoff 57152 at http://kcur.org Exploring Lincoln Prep's Historic Past Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise http://kcur.org/post/highway-71-and-road-compromise <p></p><p>Mamie Hughes, 85, stands in the middle of a bridge that’s named after her, and she marvels at the power of the road below. The power of Highway 71.</p><p>“Sometimes I just like to stand here and look and watch the traffic,” she says as cars and semis zoom underneath. “Seeing how much goes, and it’s just kind of fun.”</p><p>The Mamie Hughes Bridge crosses Highway 71, or Bruce R. Watkins Drive as it’s also known, at Meyer Boulevard.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 56713 at http://kcur.org Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise 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 How One Kansas City Neighborhood Opened Doors, And The Leaders Who Called It Home http://kcur.org/post/how-one-kansas-city-neighborhood-opened-doors-and-leaders-who-called-it-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheraton Estates was the first place in Kansas City, Mo., where African-Americans sought out to build new homes south of </span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Street. The suburban-style subdivision was built in 1957. It was marketed to, and, historically, home to many influential African-American leaders in the city.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:01:09 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 55964 at http://kcur.org How One Kansas City Neighborhood Opened Doors, And The Leaders Who Called It Home Then And Now: Pictures Show Changes In KC's Blue Hills Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/then-and-now-pictures-show-changes-kcs-blue-hills-neighborhood <p>It's been three years since the Google Street View camera made its way through the streets of the Blue Hills neighborhood between Prospect Avenue and Paseo Boulevard, and 47th&nbsp;and&nbsp;63rd Streets.</p><p>In that time, as the community has tried to shake the stigma of being filled with blighted homes, the community has seen a lot of visible changes. (<a href="http://kcur.org/post/after-recession-blue-hills-neighborhood-works-change-its-reputation?nopop=1">See how Blue Hills has been trying to change its reputation</a>.)</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:43:06 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 55670 at http://kcur.org Then And Now: Pictures Show Changes In KC's Blue Hills Neighborhood After Recession, Blue Hills Neighborhood Works To Change Its Reputation http://kcur.org/post/after-recession-blue-hills-neighborhood-works-change-its-reputation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City has a reputation for being one of the most affordable cities in the country to buy a home, and as the metro emerges from the recession, some of the most affordable neighborhoods are trying to draw in buyers.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 55681 at http://kcur.org After Recession, Blue Hills Neighborhood Works To Change Its Reputation Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape http://kcur.org/post/shopping-mall-closures-and-what-they-mean-our-cityscape <p>Shopping malls across the city and across the nation are closing their doors or re-imagining their futures. With the recent closure of Metro North and a meeting called to gather community input on redevelopment possibilities for Metcalf South, <em>Central Standard</em> convened local experts to look back on the significance of the shopping mall, in our city and in our lives.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:23:48 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christie Garton, Kate Baxendale & Suzanne Hogan 54633 at http://kcur.org Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape Snowy Winter Not Causing Flood Concerns On Missouri River http://kcur.org/post/snowy-winter-not-causing-flood-concerns-missouri-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A long winter of brutally cold temperatures and seemingly endless snowfall led to a deep snowpack in the mountains at the headwaters of the Missouri River.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But that doesn’t necessarily mean a higher risk of flooding this spring.&nbsp;</span></p><p>2011 brought major flooding to many areas along the Missouri River. This year, the snow pack is comparable to those levels. But Kevin Low of the National Weather Service says even though the snow is starting to melt, there are a few differences this year.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:33:24 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 54275 at http://kcur.org Snowy Winter Not Causing Flood Concerns On Missouri River Precariousness For Pollinators: Monarch Butterflies & Honeybees In Decline http://kcur.org/post/precariousness-pollinators-monarch-butterflies-honeybees-decline <p>Insect ecologist Chip Taylor is a friend to both the monarch butterfly and the honeybee. He's been tracking monarchs and restoring their habitats since 1992. And he's worked with bees in French Guiana, Venezuela and Mexico.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:35:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Suzanne Hogan 54337 at http://kcur.org Precariousness For Pollinators: Monarch Butterflies & Honeybees In Decline Genetic Mapping Gives Endangered Missouri River Pallid A Boost http://kcur.org/post/genetic-mapping-gives-endangered-missouri-river-pallid-boost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri River has turned into a harsh home for the pallid sturgeon — commonly known as the "Missouri River dinosaur." </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The white flat-nosed fish has been on the planet for more than 70 million years, and it’s been on the federal endangered species list since 1990. But genetic research and stocking efforts are helping these ancient bottom feeder species.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:27:08 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 53893 at http://kcur.org Genetic Mapping Gives Endangered Missouri River Pallid A Boost Olympic Hopeful Pursues Her Blobsled Dream In Lenexa, Kansas http://kcur.org/post/olympic-hopeful-pursues-her-blobsled-dream-lenexa-kansas <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#333333">Kansas may be an unlikely place to find a bobsledder in training, but 23-year-old Anna Norsant says this is where she belongs.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 51233 at http://kcur.org Olympic Hopeful Pursues Her Blobsled Dream In Lenexa, Kansas Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Bobsled, Luge And Skeleton http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-bobsled-luge-and-skeleton <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">Bobsled, Skeleton, and Luge are winter Olympic sports that involve zipping down an ice covered track on a type of sleigh as fast as you can. (We’re talking like 90 mph.) </span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:51:30 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 51051 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Bobsled, Luge And Skeleton Pinball Is Bumping Back In Kansas And Missouri http://kcur.org/post/pinball-bumping-back-kansas-and-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember pinball, the coin operated game that flips a silver ball to score points?</span></p><p>During the 1990s in Kansas City, you could easily find pinball machines in arcades, bars and restaurants. But now, pinball machines are harder to find, and they are often out of order.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, the game of pinball is making a comeback with the help of some local competitors.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 50829 at http://kcur.org Pinball Is Bumping Back In Kansas And Missouri 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 What Does The Kansas City Dialect Sound Like? http://kcur.org/post/what-does-kansas-city-dialect-sound <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a general myth that Midwesterners, or even Kansas</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citians</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:03:20 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 49801 at http://kcur.org What Does The Kansas City Dialect Sound Like? Do You Have An Accent? Take The Minimal Pairs Test http://kcur.org/post/do-you-have-accent-take-minimal-pairs-test <p>This is a minimal pairs test used by Christopher Strelluf, a graduate student at the University of Missouri, who is studying how people in Kansas City talk.</p><p>This is a list of words that have one phonological difference. Some of the pairs are controls, as in they're pronounced the same.</p><p>Read the list aloud to see where you make distinctly different pronunciations, and where you might be merged. You might be surprised to find that some of words that you think you say very differently don't come out so distinctly after all.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:34:37 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 49818 at http://kcur.org 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 KC Food Hubs, Missouri Executions, Mariachi Pioneer Dies http://kcur.org/post/kc-food-hubs-missouri-executions-mariachi-pioneer-dies <p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/food-hubs-try-grow-local-farms">Food Hubs Try To Grow Local Farms</a></p><p>Restaurants across the country have jumped on the local food bandwagon. They’re trying to source more of their produce from nearby farms, but it's not easy. As a potential solution, “food hubs” are popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores and others to buy local food.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/look-food-hub-trend-kansas-city">A Look At The Food Hub Trend In Kansas City</a></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:06:31 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan & Susan B. Wilson 49193 at http://kcur.org KC Food Hubs, Missouri Executions, Mariachi Pioneer Dies Looking Back At Some Significant Kansas City Stories Of 2013 http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-some-significant-kansas-city-stories-2013 <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kcurs-top-stories-2013">KCUR's&nbsp;Top Stories Of 2013</a></p><p>KCUR’s afternoon newsman Steve Bell gives us a preview of his 2013 Year in Review, in which he goes over the most significant local stories of 2013<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: <a href="http://kcur.org/term/plaza-fire">from the gas explosion on the Country Club Plaza</a> to the <a href="http://kcur.org/term/sporting-kansas-city">unexpected prowess of KC’s sports teams</a>.</span></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/term/maryville">National Attention Turns To Maryville</a></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:31:30 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Alex Smith & Suzanne Hogan 48888 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At Some Significant Kansas City Stories Of 2013 Raising Bilingual Kids, Maryville Rape Case, Mike Stover http://kcur.org/post/raising-bilingual-kids-maryville-rape-case-mike-stover <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/difficult-task-raising-kids-be-bilingual">The Difficult Task Of Raising Kids To Be Bilingual</a></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:01:48 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan, Esther Honig, Alex Smith & Susan B. Wilson 45393 at http://kcur.org Raising Bilingual Kids, Maryville Rape Case, Mike Stover The Many Talents Of Kansas City Musician Mike Stover http://kcur.org/post/many-talents-kansas-city-musician-mike-stover <p>There is something that strings all these different local bands together… Mr. Marco’s V7, The Grisly Hand, Ernest James Zydeco, Dead Voices. Or rather, someone.</p><p>Musician Mike Stover plays in all of these bands and more. Normally when you hear a story about a band you hear from the lead singer or songwriter, the person at the front of the stage. Mike Stover is normally in the back or off to the side, sometimes sitting down, he doesn’t sing, just sticks to the strings.</p><p>On the night of The Crossroads Music Festival last month, musician Mike Stover was one especially busy guy.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:55:09 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 45314 at http://kcur.org The Many Talents Of Kansas City Musician Mike Stover Nature In The City: Autumn Is Here http://kcur.org/post/nature-city-autumn-here <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It&#39;s starting to actually feel&nbsp;like fall. Daylight is slipping away sooner, mornings are brisk and nights are chilly. As the temperature starts to cool, leaves start to slowly change to those beautiful warm colors of yellow, orange and red and will soon fall to the ground. Critters scamper about preparing for who knows what kind of winter.&nbsp;From bird migrations, strange insects, frog populations and more, autumn is certainly making her place in Kansas City.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:33:39 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 45184 at http://kcur.org Nature In The City: Autumn Is Here