Sydney Llewellyn http://kcur.org en LED Street Lights Brighten Up Kansas City Metro http://kcur.org/post/led-street-lights-brighten-kansas-city-metro <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Communities around the Kansas City metro are taking part in </span><a href="http://www.marc.org/Environment/Energy/Conservation-and-Efficiency/Smart-Lights-for-Smart-Cities.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">programs to install LED street lights. </a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Participating cities saw significant energy savings after switching to the high-efficiency lights, and felt they got more light for less cost. The initiative was funded by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant program.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:54:02 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 48157 at http://kcur.org LED Street Lights Brighten Up Kansas City Metro A Look At What's Next As KC Chamber Checks Off Animal Health From Big 5 List http://kcur.org/post/look-whats-next-kc-chamber-checks-animal-health-big-5-list <p>It’s been a little over two years since the<a href="http://www.kcchamber.com/"> Kansas City Chamber of Commerce</a> announced its<a href="http://www.big5kc.com/"> Big 5 goals</a> – their plans for, as they said, “making Kansas City one of the greatest communities in America.”</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:55:03 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 48094 at http://kcur.org WWI Museum Prepares For Centennial Commemoration http://kcur.org/post/wwi-museum-prepares-centennial-commemoration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was known as the Great War—or even The War to End All Wars, even though, of course, it didn’t. It did, however cost 9 million lives, devastated Europe and drew in all the world’s great powers of the day. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next summer marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I. But how do you remember something that no one alive has first-person experience with?</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:53:29 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 48093 at http://kcur.org WWI Museum Prepares For Centennial Commemoration Carla Wilson Named New UMKC Athletic Director http://kcur.org/post/carla-wilson-named-new-umkc-athletic-director <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carla Wilson was named </span>UMKC's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division&nbsp;1 school that is not historically black. </span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:04:38 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47828 at http://kcur.org Concussions And Head Trauma In Contact Sports http://kcur.org/post/concussions-and-head-trauma-contact-sports <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several cases have been popping up in the news in which former NFL players are suing either the league, or their team organization, for injuries or disorders they have developed after retiring. They claim that the professional organizations that used to employ them are responsible for the health problems they are now experience.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:53:39 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47820 at http://kcur.org Concussions And Head Trauma In Contact Sports Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule http://kcur.org/post/parents-kids-and-busy-schedule <p>There was a time when being a kid did not involve needing a planner. Those days are long gone for many families in the new world of lessons, sports, classes, tutoring, clubs, church groups and academics. Many children have busier schedules than their parents, which means the parents’ schedules fill up, too.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:10:22 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47126 at http://kcur.org Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz http://kcur.org/post/interview-former-us-ambassador-portugal-allan-katz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, </span>UMKC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Katz was a friend of Barack Obama (before he became President Obama) which he says contributed to being chosen as the ambassador. President Obama nominated Katz in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:24:18 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47127 at http://kcur.org An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-how-prepare-long-term-care <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even if we try to deny it, we can't escape getting older. Almost three-fourths of people who reach the age of 65 are going to need some kind of long-term care. So why is it that so few of us plan for those needs?</span></p><p>On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew talk about how to prepare finances for old age and the possibility of needing long-term care.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, they explore the poor health of the long-term care insurance industry.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47016 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting http://kcur.org/post/practice-gender-conscious-parenting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with </span>Barbies<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Or that he prefers a purple backpack to a blue one. Perhaps your little girl tells you she doesn’t want a doll for Christmas, but would prefer a monster truck. Would you be uncomfortable?</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:54:43 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46763 at http://kcur.org The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting The Problem Of Adult Bullying http://kcur.org/post/problem-adult-bullying <p></p><p>In light of the recent NFL bullying scandal where Richie Incognito's inappropriate locker room&nbsp;behavior landed him in the national spotlight, we explore the reality of adult bullying.</p><p>We talk about how prevalent adult bullying is, as well as how important it is for managers and supervisors to enforce anti-bullying policies in their workplaces.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:11:40 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46725 at http://kcur.org What Can We Learn From Small Isolated Societies? http://kcur.org/post/what-can-we-learn-small-isolated-societies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's Central Standard, Author Jared Diamond talks about his newest bestseller,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His book focuses on 40 small, isolated societies where just a few generations ago there was little to no contact with the outside world, and their medical care lacked the technological advances available in the Western world.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:03:35 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46724 at http://kcur.org What Can We Learn From Small Isolated Societies? Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza http://kcur.org/post/hotel-sorella-opens-west-plaza <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Manager, Robert </span>Leyva<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, talks about the opening of luxury hotel, </span><a href="http://www.hotelsorella-countryclubplaza.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Hotel Sorella</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, job creation, and the development of the West Edge area.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:10:28 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46666 at http://kcur.org Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro http://kcur.org/post/bully-breed-bans-kansas-city-metro <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans"—restrictions on specific breeds thought to be dangerous, like pit bulls and </span>rottweilers<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Kansas City does not have any bans, but the city does require all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:29:36 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46628 at http://kcur.org Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support? http://kcur.org/post/should-sperm-donors-be-required-pay-child-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few years ago, a lesbian couple in Kansas posted an ad to Craigslist asking a man to donate sperm so they could have a child. William </span>Marotta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm. </span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:53:49 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton, Ross Stinemetz & Sydney Llewellyn 46342 at http://kcur.org Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support? Groups Organize Counter-Protest In Response To Neo-Nazi Rally http://kcur.org/post/groups-organize-counter-protest-response-neo-nazi-rally <p>The National Socialist Movement has scheduled a rally November 9 in Kansas City at the Jackson County Courthouse. The group calls itself a white civil rights organization, whereas watchdog organizations uniformly call it a hate group that is racist, anti-Semitic and dangerous.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:24:22 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46428 at http://kcur.org Groups Organize Counter-Protest In Response To Neo-Nazi Rally 3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance http://kcur.org/post/3-tips-better-work-life-balance <p>We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?</p><p><strong>What is balance?</strong></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:34:33 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46311 at http://kcur.org 3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance 3 Things You Should Know About Marketing To Millennials http://kcur.org/post/3-things-you-should-know-about-marketing-millennials <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">are increasing their economic presence and power. Companies are investing in research to understand this group, which makes up 25 percent of the U.S. population. There might be a lot we still don't know about this significant segment of society, but according to our experts, here's what we do know:</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:00:50 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 45930 at http://kcur.org 3 Things You Should Know About Marketing To Millennials Using Music As Therapy http://kcur.org/post/using-music-therapy <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lzheimer’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:32:04 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46044 at http://kcur.org Using Music As Therapy Boulevard Brewery Founder John McDonald Discusses Exit Strategy http://kcur.org/post/boulevard-brewery-founder-john-mcdonald-discusses-exit-strategy <p>Boulevard Brewery grew from humble beginnings to be ranked 12th in the nation for craft beer companies. The&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City favorite announced October 17 that it had been sold to a 142-year old Belgian company called </span>Duvel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Moortgat<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brewery.</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:03:43 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 45926 at http://kcur.org Boulevard Brewery Founder John McDonald Discusses Exit Strategy Creating Unique Halloween Costumes http://kcur.org/post/creating-unique-halloween-costumes <p>Halloween isn’t just about the candy anymore. In some circles, it has become a creativity contest for adults and young people alike. With Halloween just around the corner, have you picked out your costume? Will you go for scary or sexy? Political or ironic? Classic or current?&nbsp;</p><p>Host Elizabeth Alex&nbsp;talks with a local costume designer and a thrift store fashionista about how to construct your own home-made costume without going over-budget. And how to dress to impress this Halloween.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton, Ross Stinemetz & Sydney Llewellyn 45974 at http://kcur.org Creating Unique Halloween Costumes What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today? http://kcur.org/post/what-it-means-be-hiv-positive-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S. In spite of widespread education and prevention efforts, there has been little change in the number of new HIV infections. The good news: new treatments have allowed people with HIV to live a normal lifespan with reduced risk of transmitting the disease to others. But social stigma and the psychological and economic impact of HIV/AIDS still take a toll on those diagnosed with the disease.</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:31:08 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 45331 at http://kcur.org What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today? 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 What Is Sex Addiction? http://kcur.org/post/what-sex-addiction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. </span>Sexting<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>twerking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are a part of our lexicon. Whether we&rsquo;re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:51:49 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44943 at http://kcur.org What Is Sex Addiction? Measuring The Impact Of Food Stamp Cuts http://kcur.org/post/measuring-impact-food-stamp-cuts <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/waiver-expired-some-kansans-will-have-work-food-stamps" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas&rsquo; new rules for food stamp recipients </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">require them to work or participate in a job training program if they are able-bodied and have no dependents. They&rsquo;re actually federal requirements that were in effect from 1997 until 2009, but were waived across the country when the recent recession hit. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:35:37 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44689 at http://kcur.org Sister Cities: Kansas City's Distant Relatives http://kcur.org/post/sister-cities-kansas-citys-distant-relatives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most cities and towns have a sister city--another place across the globe that they&rsquo;ve established a relationship with. The concept of Sister Cities, or twin towns originated after World War II to create cultural and commercial ties between communities internationally. <a href="http://www.kcsistercities.org/">Kansas City has 13 sister cities</a>. </span>Morelia<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mexico just recently renewed its agreement with KC, making it Kansas City&rsquo;s third Mexican sister. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:30:52 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44557 at http://kcur.org Sister Cities: Kansas City's Distant Relatives Dust Bowl Images Bring Life To Those Affected http://kcur.org/post/dust-bowl-images-and-art-bring-life-those-affected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the 1930&#39;s, farmers&#39; extensive</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deep plowing of top soil in the great plains region displaced the natural grasses that normally kept the soil in place. That</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, in combination with a mix of drought and high winds led to dust storms creating a decade-long period known as the dust bowl that affected thousands of people. What was once a paradise for those moving west to farm the land became a desert-like environment and was later deserted by many settlers.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:28:13 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44519 at http://kcur.org Dust Bowl Images Bring Life To Those Affected How Will The Government Shutdown Impact Kansas City? http://kcur.org/post/how-will-government-shutdown-impact-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government of the United States has shutdown. &nbsp;But, how long will the country go without money budgeted to run its government?</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:04:05 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn & Sydney 44487 at http://kcur.org How Will The Government Shutdown Impact Kansas City? Local Fashion Show Keeps KC Fashion Scene Vibrant http://kcur.org/post/local-fashion-show-keeps-kc-fashion-scene-vibrant <p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:02:15 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44198 at http://kcur.org Local Fashion Show Keeps KC Fashion Scene Vibrant Buying A Home In Today's Market http://kcur.org/post/buying-home-todays-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the most important investment—and the largest asset—that most people will ever make and own. It’s volatile in price, difficult to manage, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> subject to sudden and total loss. For many, it’s also their hope of a secure future.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:46:11 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44179 at http://kcur.org Buying A Home In Today's Market App Development In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/app-development-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine you go to the doctor's office, and instead of being handed a clipboard with the usual paperwork, they hand you a tablet. You fill in all of the information digitally and send it via the tablet to their office database. Then, with that same tablet, you have a list of digital magazines to browse instead of making a trip to the magazine stand. Suddenly, the paper trail you used to leave during your doctor's visit has been made completely digital. With new app technology, this could become the norm in many business settings.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:14:25 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44146 at http://kcur.org App Development In Kansas City