Esther Honig http://kcur.org en What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle http://kcur.org/post/what-kansas-citys-vine-street-castle <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve ever driven around the historic </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&amp; Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Mo., you might have noticed what looks like a castle. It appears as though it housed Missouri royalty, but in fact this four-story structure, chiseled out of yellow limestone, was originally designed as the city jail.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:09:53 +0000 Esther Honig 59370 at http://kcur.org What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle What People Are 3-D Printing At The Johnson County Public Library http://kcur.org/post/what-people-are-3-d-printing-johnson-county-public-library <p>Libraries have long been a place where new technologies can be seen and interacted with for the first time. In the 1980s, it was the personal computer. In the 1990s, the World Wide Web. Now, 3-D printers are becoming increasingly available in libraries across the country, and they are part of the transformation of the role of the institution.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:17:30 +0000 Esther Honig 56723 at http://kcur.org What People Are 3-D Printing At The Johnson County Public Library Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Ski Jumping And Nordic Combined http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-ski-jumping-and-nordic-combined <p>Ski jumping was developed in Norway and has been around since the early 19th century. In this event, skiers go down a take-off ramp, jump, and attempt to impress judges, who give points for style.</p><p>The Nordic combined, also developed in Norway, is a combination of cross country skiing and ski jumping.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:57:44 +0000 Esther Honig 51085 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Ski Jumping And Nordic Combined Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Freestyle Skiing http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-freestyle-skiing <p>Olympic Freestyle skiing is a form of skiing that encompasses many different disciplines, including:&nbsp;aerials,&nbsp;moguls and ski cross.</p><p>For aerials, competitors ski straight down a mountain toward jumps that hurls them into the air. In the moguls competition, skiers race down a mountain, navigating around large bumps and perform small aerial jumps throughout the course.</p><p>Ski Cross is similar but the ski course involves natural terrain as well as artificial features like jumps, rollers or banks.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:16:10 +0000 Esther Honig 51088 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Freestyle Skiing Tommy Campbell: The Greatest Kansas City Boxer You've Never Heard Of http://kcur.org/post/tommy-campbell-greatest-kansas-city-boxer-youve-never-heard <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the late </span>1940s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and early 50’s, Kansas City, Kan., native Tommy Campbell became the world’s number-two-ranked lightweight fighter. He won almost as many fights as Muhammad Ali, but his boxing career was cut short when he stood up against mob-controlled promoters and boxing matchmakers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Phil Dixon, tells Campbell's story in his upcoming book <em>Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob</em>.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:12:11 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Esther Honig 48611 at http://kcur.org Tommy Campbell: The Greatest Kansas City Boxer You've Never Heard Of Hallmark, Boxer Tommy Campbell, Panhandler’s Life-Changing Year http://kcur.org/post/hallmark-boxer-tommy-campbell-panhandler-s-life-changing-year <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/video-hallmark-cookie-exchange-feeds-artistic-community">Hallmark Cookie Exchang Feeds Artistic Community</a></p><p>Since the mid-1960's, Hallmark employees, past and present, and their spouses, have gathered each year - not for an exchange of greeting cards, but of cookies.&nbsp;KCUR’s&nbsp;Julie&nbsp;Denesha&nbsp;stopped by this year’s cookie exchange to bring us this audio postcard.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/greeting-card-sales-decline-what-future-hallmark">As Greeting Card Sales Decline, What Is The Future Of Hallmark?</a></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:55:38 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith & Esther Honig 48613 at http://kcur.org Hallmark, Boxer Tommy Campbell, Panhandler’s Life-Changing Year Tech KC: History, Startups, Digital Divide http://kcur.org/post/tech-kc-history-startups-digital-divide <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-far-has-kansas-city-come-tech-town">How Far Has Kansas City Come As A Tech Town?</a></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:42:39 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Esther Honig, Laura Ziegler & Alyson Raletz 48266 at http://kcur.org Tech KC: History, Startups, Digital Divide The Benefits And Disadvantages To Launching A Startup In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/benefits-and-disadvantages-launching-startup-kansas-city <p>The Kansas City metro area has become home to numerous tech startups over the last few years, in part because of &nbsp;Google Fiber, but also because low rental prices and large <a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-far-has-kansas-city-come-tech-town">cutting-edge tech companies</a> that call the city home.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:45:15 +0000 Esther Honig 48223 at http://kcur.org The Benefits And Disadvantages To Launching A Startup In Kansas City School Bus Innovations, Chocolate Me!, Sporting KC http://kcur.org/post/school-bus-innovations-chocolate-me-sporting-kc <p></p><h1 itemprop="name" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 28px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: left; line-height: 30px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://kcur.org/post/keeping-kids-safe-and-engaged-school-buses">Keeping Kids Safe And Engaged On School Buses</a></h1><p>We discuss what it takes to be a school bus driver, how safe buses really are, and some innovative new programs to keep kids engaged while they're on the bus, and make the most of what’s usually down time.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:33:51 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Esther Honig & Alex Smith 47861 at http://kcur.org School Bus Innovations, Chocolate Me!, Sporting KC Kansas City Illustrator Shares His New Collaboration, 'Chocolate Me!' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-illustrator-shares-his-new-collaboration-chocolate-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City author and illustrator, Shane Evans, will be at two events this weekend showcasing his new children's book and film,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Chocolate Me!.</em></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:18:36 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Esther Honig 47857 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Illustrator Shares His New Collaboration, 'Chocolate Me!' KanCare, Heritage Turkeys, Janelle Monae http://kcur.org/post/kancare-heritage-turkeys-janelle-monae <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kancare-means-big-medicaid-cuts-prairie-village-man">KanCare Means Big Medicaid Cuts For Prairie Village Man</a></p><p>Finn Buller was born with a rare degenerative disease that has required a lot of complicated medical care including 24/7 in-home care. Now, as Kansas privatizes the state's Medicaid, Buller has found the services he depends on may be getting cut back.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kancare-working">Is KanCare Working?</a><a href="http://http://kcur.org/post/kancare-working"> </a></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:06:08 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Alex Smith & Esther Honig 47207 at http://kcur.org KanCare, Heritage Turkeys, Janelle Monae Meet The Saddest Man In Kansas On Thanksgiving http://kcur.org/post/meet-saddest-man-kansas-thanksgiving <p></p><p></p><p>For Kansas farmer Frank Reese, Thanksgiving is a sad holiday. He raises heritage turkeys, a breed very different than those you can buy at in a modern-day supermarket. Few farmers in this country are still raising that kind, and many breeds of the bird are endangered.</p><p>To finance his preservation efforts, Reese has to work two jobs, and sell hundreds of birds a year to slaughter.</p><p><strong>On the farm</strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:21:40 +0000 Esther Honig 47188 at http://kcur.org Meet The Saddest Man In Kansas On Thanksgiving Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use? http://kcur.org/post/should-entertainment-venues-encourage-cell-phone-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should entertainment venues, like theaters, sports arenas and music halls allow smartphone use?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">M</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ore than 56 percent of Americans&nbsp;own smartphones and many use them at events like concerts and movies, or at least try to.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rather than discourage or prevent their use, some venues in Kansas City are trying to take advantage of the new connectivity.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Esther Honig 46791 at http://kcur.org Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use? Slaughterhouse Shadows, Missouri Lobbying, Post Office Veterans' Display http://kcur.org/post/slaughterhouse-shadows-missouri-lobbying-post-office-veterans-display <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/node/46021">Chasing The American Dream In Rural Kansas And Missouri</a></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:11:58 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Alex Smith, Esther Honig & Susan B. Wilson 46469 at http://kcur.org Slaughterhouse Shadows, Missouri Lobbying, Post Office Veterans' Display West Bottoms Future, Zombie Queen, Haunted Creepys http://kcur.org/post/west-bottoms-future-zombie-queen-haunted-creepys <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-haunted-houses-helped-develop-west-bottoms"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How Haunted Houses Helped Develop The West Bottoms</span></a></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:01:16 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Alex Smith, Matthew Long-Middleton, Esther Honig & Susan B. Wilson 46128 at http://kcur.org West Bottoms Future, Zombie Queen, Haunted Creepys How Haunted Houses Helped Develop The West Bottoms http://kcur.org/post/how-haunted-houses-helped-develop-west-bottoms <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year the haunted houses in the West Bottoms open for the season during the months of September and October. Thousands of people flock to these enormous haunted attractions, which are some of the oldest and most successful haunted houses in the country.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:00:31 +0000 Esther Honig 46109 at http://kcur.org How Haunted Houses Helped Develop The West Bottoms What Should The West Bottoms Look Like? http://kcur.org/post/what-should-west-bottoms-look <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The West Bottoms is an industrial area directly west of downtown Kansas City, located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. &nbsp;It is one of the oldest areas of the city, and the original home of two of the region's key industries: beef and railroads.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:25:56 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Esther Honig 46058 at http://kcur.org What Should The West Bottoms Look Like? Youth Mental Health, Chiefs Windfall, Meet The Penguins http://kcur.org/post/youth-mental-health-chiefs-windfall-meet-penguins <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bistate Conversation About Youth Mental Health</span></strong></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:31:58 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Susan B. Wilson, Esther Honig & Alex Smith 45806 at http://kcur.org Youth Mental Health, Chiefs Windfall, Meet The Penguins Meet The New Penguins At The Kansas City Zoo http://kcur.org/post/meet-new-penguins-kansas-city-zoo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 penguins are settling in to their new home at the Kansas City Zoo, as the </span>Helzberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Penguin Plaza opens to the public October 25.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City Zoo director Randy </span>Wisthoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says one of his first ideas when he arrived here ten years ago was opening a penguin exhibit. From his experience at the Omaha Zoo, he knew they were crowd pleasers.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:21:13 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Esther Honig 45754 at http://kcur.org Meet The New Penguins At The Kansas City Zoo 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 KCPS Accreditation, Medical Apps, Lupe Gonzalez http://kcur.org/post/kcps-accreditation-medical-apps-lupe-gonzalez <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-one-kansas-city-public-school-improving-scores-and-making-change">How&nbsp;One Kansas City Public School Is Improving Scores And Making Change </a></p><p>Visit James Elementary School, in Kansas City&#39;s historic Northeast neighborhood, which has seen substantial improvement in student test scores. So much so that the school recently landed on Missouri&rsquo;s list of most-improved low-income schools.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:22:36 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith & Esther Honig 45043 at http://kcur.org KCPS Accreditation, Medical Apps, Lupe Gonzalez From Musician To Community Advocate, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra http://kcur.org/post/musician-community-advocate-lupe-gonzalez-orchestra <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An exhibit opens this weekend at the <a href="http://kansascitymuseum.org/index.html">Kansas City Museum</a> about Lupe Gonzalez, a local musician who became an icon in the Latino community. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name may not be recognizable, and that&rsquo;s likely because Gonzalez never received national recognition.</span></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:09:13 +0000 Esther Honig 45023 at http://kcur.org From Musician To Community Advocate, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra Farm Bill Expires, SNAP Benefits, Pageant in Drag, KC Ballet Debut http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-expires-snap-benefits-pageant-drag-kc-ballet-debut <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-expired-week-what-does-mean-you">The Farm Bill Expired This Week, What Does That Mean For You?</a></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:48:48 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Alex Smith, Suzanne Hogan, Susan B. Wilson & Esther Honig 44642 at http://kcur.org Farm Bill Expires, SNAP Benefits, Pageant in Drag, KC Ballet Debut Miss Gay Kansas City Event Is Pageantry, Drag Style http://kcur.org/post/miss-gay-kansas-city-event-pageantry-drag-style <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miss Gay Kansas City is one of the oldest female impersonation pageants in the country, and this year&rsquo;s competition was the 32nd anniversary of the event.</span></p><p>The pageant was held on a Saturday night last month at Hamburger Mary&#39;s restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. Performer Sparkle Iman&nbsp;was&nbsp;Miss Gay Kansas City 2008, and served as head judge for the pageant.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:23:21 +0000 Esther Honig 44572 at http://kcur.org Miss Gay Kansas City Event Is Pageantry, Drag Style 'Seven' Questions for Artist Luis Camnitzer http://kcur.org/post/seven-questions-artist-luis-camnitzer <p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:21:56 +0000 Esther Honig 42257 at http://kcur.org 'Seven' Questions for Artist Luis Camnitzer