Ross Stinemetz http://kcur.org en Movie Critics: What Makes A 'Cult' Film? http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-what-makes-cult-film <p>From <em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em> to&nbsp;<em>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</em> to&nbsp;<em>Eraserhead</em>​, cult films seem to last forever.</p><p>But, what exactly is a cult film and what keeps them going? Which ones deserve to live in our memories and up on the big screen?</p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons is joined by fellow movie critics, Thom Poe and Loey Lockerby&nbsp;to discuss what it takes to become a cult film and chat about the local venues that screen them.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:18:16 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50576 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: What Makes A 'Cult' Film? 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 Food Critics: The Best Happy Hour In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-happy-hour-kansas-city <p>In Kansas City's days of old, enterprising bar owners would offer free food to workers heading home and craving a beer or whiskey. This food was usually very salty, encouraging the patrons to drink even more.</p><p>The term “happy hour” didn’t exist at this time, but a mix of food and drink has always been an intoxicating lure that nearly every restaurant offers.</p><p>On Friday’s <em>Central Standard</em>, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale discuss the best happy hours in and around Kansas City.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:51:53 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50242 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Best Happy Hour In Kansas City How To Successfully Negotiate A Salary http://kcur.org/post/how-successfully-negotiate-salary <p>As a job hunter, we all want that great salary that pays us what we’re worth. But sometimes that means doing things most of us are uncomfortable with, like negotiating with your boss.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.nber.org/papers/w18511">study</a> from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that women make up only 2.5&nbsp;percent of the nation’s highest salaries, in part because they often avoid negotiating for better pay.</p><p>Additionally, company budgets can limit what employers actually offer, and negotiating too aggressively can actually backfire.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:23:37 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50512 at http://kcur.org 4 Things To Know About North Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/4-things-know-about-north-kansas-city <p>There’s a community of more than 4,000 people that sits barely two miles away from Kansas City’s Downtown. It has its own mayor and city agencies and a major hospital, and it’s more than a century old. We're talking about North Kansas City, all 4.4 square miles of it.</p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, Monroe Dodd chats with two longtime residents of the city about the history of this town-within-a-town.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:32:55 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49923 at http://kcur.org 4 Things To Know About North Kansas City 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 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 Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg? http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-chicken-or-egg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You’ve heard the question a million times: What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is complicated when you pose it to Kansas City diners who might choose fried chicken over an omelet or eggs benedict over chicken noodle soup.</span></p><p>On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics, Gloria Gale, Chris Becicka, and Emily Farris consider the possibilities that both the chicken and the egg bring to restaurant menus, from fried livers to egg soufflé – and everything in between.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:40:45 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49585 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg? 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 Examining The State Of The Death Penalty In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/examining-state-death-penalty-missouri <p>Before November 2013, the state of Missouri had executed two inmates over the past six years. Then, near the end of the year, two inmates were executed within three weeks of each other, and both executions used a controversial new drug protocol.</p><p>Critics question the way the state is carrying out executions, including the way the state obtains its lethal drugs. With courts still considering critical legal issues as another execution date nears, will the Department of Corrections keep pressing ahead?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:33:40 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49532 at http://kcur.org You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Article Is About You http://kcur.org/post/youre-so-vain-you-probably-think-article-about-you <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of us make New Year's resolutions. When the clock marks the start of a new year, it's also a new opportunity for self-improvement. However, many of these resolutions will fall into the trap of being more about the "self" part rather than the "improvement" part.</span></p><p>On Monday's Central Standard, host Bill Anderson and psychologist Bruce Liese observe aspects of vanity and help tweak your New Year's resolutions so they are less about physical appearance and more about giving back to family, friends and community.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:19:09 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49343 at http://kcur.org You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Article Is About You Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-best-and-worst-movies-2013 <p>This was another record-breaking year at the box office for the film industry and on Friday's Central Standard, the movie critics gather 'round to share what they felt were the best (and worst) movies of 2013.</p><p><strong>The Top Five Films of the Year: &nbsp;</strong></p><p>John Tibbetts:</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:26:12 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49201 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013 Encore Broadcast: The Value Of The Humanities http://kcur.org/post/encore-broadcast-value-humanities <p></p><p><strong>*This show originally aired Tuesday, July 2, 2013*</strong></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:00:14 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49244 at http://kcur.org Encore Broadcast: The Value Of The Humanities Food Critics: The 15 Best Dishes In Kansas City In 2013 http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-15-best-dishes-kansas-city-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As 2013 comes to a close, we raise a glass to Kansas City's dearly departed, and appreciate the best that came to be.</span></p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<em>Central Standard</em>, Charles Ferruzza is joined &nbsp;by fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Chris Becicka&nbsp;to discuss their favorite meals and restaurants of 2013. They also chat about Kansas City's dearly departed restaurants that left us throughout the year.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Food Critics' Favorite Dishes of 2013</strong></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:11:44 +0000 Ross Stinemetz 48946 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The 15 Best Dishes In Kansas City In 2013 Festive Cocktail Recipes To Get You In The Holiday Spirit http://kcur.org/post/festive-cocktail-recipes-get-you-holiday-spirit <p>For many, booze is part of the quintessential holiday experience. But standard wine, beer and spirits can get old. So, this holiday season treat your taste buds to some innovative holiday treats, courtesy of Berto Santoro of Extra Virgin and Scott Tipton of Manifesto.</p><p><strong>Winter in Buenos Aires</strong></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:52:17 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 48538 at http://kcur.org Festive Cocktail Recipes To Get You In The Holiday Spirit Cash Money Crew: Budgeting For 2014 http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-budgeting-2014 <p>Whether or not you make a resolution for 2014, you've got to plan out your financial and estate matters for the upcoming year.</p><p>On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson talks with the Cash Money Crew about how to set a realistic financial goal, one suited to you income and your needs. They also dive into the exciting and important world of year-end tax planning.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:47:50 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 48546 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Steak In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-steak-kansas-city <p>Since the cattle rustling days of yore, steak has always been an important part of the culinary traditions of Kansas City. We even have a baseball team named <a href="http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-buys-t-bones-baseball-stadium"><em>The T-Bones</em></a>. Whether it’s top sirloin, filet mignon, or a big bone-in ribeye, premium cuts matter a lot to this city. With so many varieties and types and restaurants to choose from, where should you go when you want both the sizzle and the steak?</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:42:47 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 48301 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Steak In Kansas City Superintendent Of Kansas City Public Schools Discusses Court Decision http://kcur.org/post/superintendent-kansas-city-public-schools-discusses-court-decision <p>On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court <a href="http://kcur.org/post/court-upholds-law-allowing-transfers-out-kansas-city-school-district">upheld the law</a> that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer at district expense to accredited schools in neighboring districts.</p><p>Kansas City Public School district Superintendent Stephen Green and the neighbors of the KCPS district are afraid that the impact will be detrimental.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:37:34 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 48165 at http://kcur.org Superintendent Of Kansas City Public Schools Discusses Court Decision Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-what-you-should-see-right-now <p>The Thanksgiving movie releases have provided us with a cornucopia of cinematic offerings to choose from. Do we have a lot to be thankful for or have we been served up a batch of celluloid turkeys?</p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons and fellow movie critics, Marie Asner and Tom Poe, check out the current crop from Hollywood and abroad and let you know what's worth your time and money.</p><p>They'll also take a look at what’s right for the family audience and what fare is for adults only.</p><p><strong>Movie Reviews (Out of 5 Stars)</strong></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:43:19 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47919 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now Finding Peace And Managing Your Time http://kcur.org/post/finding-peace-and-managing-your-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Time management is a constant struggle in many of our lives, so how do we take time to find that inner calm within us?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Host Bill Anderson talks with Bruce&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Liese</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about learning to live in the moment even while tackling a demanding schedule.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47821 at http://kcur.org The Shadowy World Of The Sisters In Crime http://kcur.org/post/shadowy-world-sisters-crime <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mystery and crime genre used to be largely a male-dominated world, but now thanks to groups like Sisters in Crime, women have found their inner sinister voice.</span></p><p>Host Susan Wilson discusses the world of female mystery writers and their growing support network.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Linda Rodriguez</strong>, President of the Border Crimes Chapter of the Sisters in Crime</li></ul> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:35:28 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47814 at http://kcur.org The Complicated Treatment Of Sex Offenders http://kcur.org/post/complicated-treatment-sex-offenders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jail time is frequently the end result for&nbsp;rapists and child molesters. However, groups like the Larned&nbsp;State Hospital feel that sex offenders are often victims of abuse &nbsp;and need outside help. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Treatment programs have been designed to reduce the risk of re-offending, but does treatment work well enough to keep communities safe? What if a sex offender cannot be rehabilitated? Should we keep them “in treatment” forever even after their jail term has expired?</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:02:37 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47811 at http://kcur.org Legends And Myths Of Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/legends-and-myths-kansas-city <p>Did "Boss" <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pendergast">Tom Pendergast</a>&nbsp;bury his political enemies underneath Brush Creek concrete? Are there bullet holes still in Union Station from the Union Station Massacre?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is there any fact behind these fictions?</span></p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, host Monroe Dodd discusses some oft-told tales of Kansas City and determines whether any of them actually hold any water.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:16:10 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47260 at http://kcur.org Explaining Kansas City's LGBT Equality Scores http://kcur.org/post/explaining-kansas-citys-lgbt-equality-scores <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Human Rights Campaign recently released it’s second <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-scores-best-and-worst-lgbt-equality-index">Municipal Equality&nbsp;</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-scores-best-and-worst-lgbt-equality-index">Index</a>. It rates 291 cities across the United States in terms of laws, policies, and services that positively impact the LGBT community. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:32:51 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47271 at http://kcur.org New Documentary Claims Missionaries Are Exporting Anti-Homosexual Values To Africa http://kcur.org/post/new-documentary-claims-missionaries-are-exporting-anti-homosexual-values-africa <p>A new film, now playing in Kansas City, makes a startling case – that American evangelicals, in the name of doing mission work, have triggered something in Africa that’s very different from prayer and worship and medical help for the needy. Instead, the film suggests, they’ve influenced governments and societies to discriminate against gay and lesbian people … or worse.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:30:19 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47267 at http://kcur.org New Documentary Claims Missionaries Are Exporting Anti-Homosexual Values To Africa Wyandotte County Buys T-Bones Baseball Stadium http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-buys-t-bones-baseball-stadium <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., have announced&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">plans to purchase&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and renovate Community America Ballpark – the home of the T-Bones – for $8&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">million. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:10:54 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47272 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Post-Thanksgiving Detox http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-post-thanksgiving-detox <p>The great thing about the Thanksgiving feast is that the table is groaning with wonderful comfort foods and lots and lots of leftovers.</p><p>The less appealing thing about Thanksgiving is that 48 hours after the holiday, you’re sick of cold turkey sandwiches and re-heated mashed potatoes and you’re ready for something else to eat.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:00:02 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 46894 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Post-Thanksgiving Detox Movie Critics: Depictions Of Slavery In Film http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-depictions-slavery-film <p>The controversial new film <em>12 Years a Slave</em> has been touted as the front runner for this year's Best Picture Oscar. It depicts the memoir of a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery.</p><p>While some are heralding it as an honest portrait of slavery, others complain that it's an exaggerated work of fiction.</p><p>What movies have dealt with depictions of slavery best and which ones have failed? And how has our narrative of slavery changed through cinematic history?</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:05:02 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 46524 at http://kcur.org Movie Critics: Depictions Of Slavery In Film Children Of Immigrant Meatpackers Find Opportunities In Rural Areas http://kcur.org/post/children-immigrant-meatpackers-find-opportunities-rural-areas <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7ab422f9-33a4-ba33-0e66-f1dd8cec60c3"><span style="font-size: 24px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For many generations, meatpacking plants in Kansas City were a place where immigrants found a foothold in U.S. society. They worked difficult and dangerous jobs in those slaughterhouses, often with the hopes of securing a better future for their children. </span></span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:05:34 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 46461 at http://kcur.org Children Of Immigrant Meatpackers Find Opportunities In Rural Areas