Cody Newill http://kcur.org en TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/timeline-look-back-40-years-kansas-citys-kemper-arena <p>It's easy to forget about Kemper Arena.</p><p>Nestled down in the south end of the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., the aging arena has seen better days. Since 2007, the Sprint Center has hosted virtually all the big-name events coming through town, leaving Kemper&nbsp;nearly inactive for long periods of time.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58751 at http://kcur.org TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-projects-seek-reinvigorate-kansas-city-schools <p>A new program is taking an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the longstanding problem of education in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lean Lab at the Sprint Accelerator will announce six projects to help area schools Friday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past four weeks, fellows at the Lean Lab have been cooking up practical, simple ideas to reinvigorate education in Kansas City.</p><p>For example, one fellow is working on a grading system that will use smartphones and tablets to help track students' progress assignment by assignment.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58724 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options http://kcur.org/post/kus-edwards-campus-add-five-new-advanced-degree-options <p>Professionals seeking advanced degrees from the University of Kansas will have five new opportunities from the Overland Park-based Edwards campus starting this fall.&nbsp;</p><p>The five new degree programs are for graduate students in<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;education, business, accounting and international studies.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:27:58 +0000 Cody Newill 58593 at http://kcur.org KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding http://kcur.org/post/missouri-340-canoe-race-postponed-due-flooding <p>For hundreds of paddlers, the Missouri 340 race is a true test of endurance, but flooding along the Missouri River has put the competition on hold.</p><p>The popular canoe race runs 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles. Organizers said they felt that heightened water levels would introduce too much debris and keep racers from being able to reach shore when they needed a break.&nbsp;</p><p>Scott Mansker, race director, says postponing the race isn't ideal because people already have taken time off work to race. But the delay ultimately won't kill the competition, he says.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:41:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58532 at http://kcur.org Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/how-residents-turned-things-around-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p>Few neighborhoods in Kansas City. Mo., have faced as many problems as the&nbsp;Ivanhoe neighborhood in the city's urban core.</p><p>Crime, drug houses, frequent vacancy, and trash buildup have plagued the area for decades, but neighborhood residents have been working towards change.&nbsp;</p><p>Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council Executive Director Margaret May has worked in the neighborhood since 2001, and has seen it blossom as residents like Ida Dockery take ownership and responsibility for cleaning it up.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:45:07 +0000 Cody Newill 58347 at http://kcur.org How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents http://kcur.org/post/missouri-and-kansas-among-worst-states-new-parents <p></p><p>A new study has rated Missouri and Kansas among the worst states in the country for new parents.</p><p>The National Partnership for Women &amp; Families <a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/expecting-better-2014.pdf">gave both states a failing grade</a> in the third edition of "Expecting Better," an analysis of economic supports for state and private sector workers with new children.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:04:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58274 at http://kcur.org Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/look-back-plan-tried-unify-kansas-city-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1967, Missouri Rep. Jim Spainhower<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was tasked with creating a bill that would reorganize public school districts throughout the state.</span></span></p><p>Known as the&nbsp;Spainhower Commission, the plan would've cut the total number of school districts down to 20.</p><p>Reactions to the Spainhower Commission were almost uniformly negative at the time, as many Kansas City and St. Louis suburb residents thought it was a ploy for tax money and desegregation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Cody Newill 58217 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools Your Guide To Fourth Of July Festivities In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-fourth-july-festivities-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether you're rocking a Stars and Stripes jumpsuit or merely soaking in the patriotic atmosphere, Independence Day is a time for celebration. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But with so many displays, parades, and other festivities, it can be a little daunting to decide just how to celebrate.</span></p><p>That is why we've decided to plan out your itinerary for the entire day.&nbsp;Here are some of the best places in&nbsp;the metro area to make your Fourth of July a real humdinger:</p><p><b>Morning activities</b></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:26:57 +0000 Cody Newill 57903 at http://kcur.org Your Guide To Fourth Of July Festivities In Kansas City Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages http://kcur.org/post/douglas-county-grants-same-sex-divorces-despite-state-ban-same-sex-marriages <p></p><p>Kansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage hasn't stopped same-sex couples from getting divorced in Douglas County. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with David Brown, a family lawyer in Lawrence who has personally helped two same-sex couples divorce.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Cody Newill 58160 at http://kcur.org Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages The Best Music of 2014 — So Far http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2014-so-far-0 <p></p><p>We're almost halfway through 2014 and there's already been great music on the local, national and international stages.</p><p>From jazz to experimental ambient music, there's been something for pretty much everyone this year.&nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>, host Steve Kraske was joined by a panel of music lovers to find the best bands, albums, and tracks so far in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are our guests' picks:</p><p><strong>Local/Regional</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:32:40 +0000 Cody Newill 58055 at http://kcur.org The Best Music of 2014 — So Far Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-unleaded-drinks-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The dog days of summer are upon us and everyone is looking for good ways to keep cool. Though cocktails might do the trick, not everyone wants to get intoxicated while they sip a cold drink.</span></p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best refreshing non-alcoholic drinks in the Kansas City area are.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are their picks:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:52:50 +0000 Cody Newill 58037 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City Johnson County Ranked One Of The 'Easiest' Places To Live In U.S. http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-ranked-one-easiest-places-live-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Johnson County, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., is one of the easiest places to live in the United States, </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/upshot/where-are-the-hardest-places-to-live-in-the-us.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=RelatedCoverage&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">according to a new study by <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:34:29 +0000 Cody Newill 57972 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Ranked One Of The 'Easiest' Places To Live In U.S. KC Police Chief Darryl Forté On Response Times, His Faith And Social Media http://kcur.org/post/kc-police-chief-darryl-fort-response-times-his-faith-and-social-media <p>When Darryl <span class="st">Forté</span>&nbsp;was sworn in as Kansas City Police Department chief in 2011, it was a landmark moment.&nbsp;</p><p><span class="st">Forté&nbsp;</span>is the first African American to lead the police department in the city's history.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:46:05 +0000 Cody Newill 57841 at http://kcur.org KC Police Chief Darryl Forté On Response Times, His Faith And Social Media 'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/american-idol-bus-tour-come-kansas-city <p>Popular singing competition show American Idol is coming to Kansas City this summer. On July 21, the Idol tour bus will pull into the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Volker&nbsp;campus to hold open auditions for the show's 14th season.&nbsp;</p><p>In a press release,&nbsp;UMKC's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mel Tyler says Kansas City will be a natural fit for the show.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:18:39 +0000 Cody Newill 57765 at http://kcur.org 'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City Then And Now: A Look Back At The Battle Of Westport http://kcur.org/post/then-and-now-look-back-battle-westport <p>If you've ever noticed plaques in Kansas City's Westport district describing Civil War-era events, then you have at least a little background on the Battle of Westport, a series of battles that ended in a decisive Union victory and emancipation for slaves in Missouri.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:20:46 +0000 Cody Newill 57514 at http://kcur.org Then And Now: A Look Back At The Battle Of Westport Meet The Man Behind Kansas City's Pollen Count http://kcur.org/post/meet-man-behind-kansas-citys-pollen-count <p>Every morning, Dr. Charles Barnes treks up to the roof of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to pull a collection slide out of the hospital's spore trap, a small machine consisting of a vacuum pump and wind main.</p><p>The little plastic slide may not look like much, but it provides an accurate pollen count for the entire Kansas City metro area.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We've had this same technology and process for the last 24 years," Barnes says. "It's really pretty simple."</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:35:11 +0000 Cody Newill 57584 at http://kcur.org Meet The Man Behind Kansas City's Pollen Count Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers http://kcur.org/post/report-farmer-suicide-rate-higher-all-other-workers <p>U.S. farmers are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than other workers, a new study has found.</p><p>University of Iowa researcher Wendy Ringgenberg&nbsp;compiled a study based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration farm death statistics from 1992 to 2010. <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-workers-far-more-likely-die-suicide-why" target="_blank">In a recent interview with Iowa Public Radio</a>, Ringgenberg said suicide rates have likely been underestimated and underreported.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:07:16 +0000 Cody Newill 57469 at http://kcur.org Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-cocktails-kansas-city <p>Many people enjoy a glass of wine or a beer to loosen up, but sometimes those just don't quite do the trick. From Moscow Mules to Brandy Alexanders, a good cocktail can be a great companion to a nice meal or a casual social event.</p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best cocktails in Kansas City are.</p><p>Here are their picks for cocktails at restaurants and bars:</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:02:43 +0000 Cody Newill 57283 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City Near Space Ballooners To Gather For Kansas 'Super Launch' http://kcur.org/post/near-space-ballooners-gather-kansas-super-launch <p>When most people pick a hobby, it's usually something simple like knitting or playing a sport recreationally. With John Flaig's hobby, it's a little more complicated.</p><p>Flaig and over 70 others like him will gather in Hutchinson, Kan., this weekend to practice "near space ballooning" or "ham ballooning."</p><p>The hobbyists send helium filled weather balloons into near space, which is between 60,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level.</p><p>Flaig's balloon has several cameras inside a Styrofoam payload box, taking pictures from all angles and altitudes along the way.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:11:12 +0000 Cody Newill 57203 at http://kcur.org Near Space Ballooners To Gather For Kansas 'Super Launch' A Look Back At The 3 Times Kansas City Hosted National Political Conventions http://kcur.org/post/look-back-3-times-kansas-city-hosted-national-political-conventions <p>The Republican National Committee is <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-advances-final-4-republican-convention-bid" target="_blank">eyeing Kansas City</a> as a potential site for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and after a visit last week, the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-leaders-hoping-woo-republican-convention-scouts">delegates’ first impressions seem positive.</a></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:31:09 +0000 Cody Newill 57075 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The 3 Times Kansas City Hosted National Political Conventions Sprint CEO Dan Hesse On T-Mobile, HD Audio And Work-Life Balance http://kcur.org/post/sprint-ceo-dan-hesse-t-mobile-hd-audio-and-work-life-balance <p>When Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse took the helm of an ailing telecommunications corporation seven years ago, he had his work cut out for him.</p><p>In the past year, things have moved very quickly for the company, with a majority buyout by Japan-based&nbsp;SoftBank Corp., layoffs and recent <span style="line-height: 1.5;">rumors of a merger deal with T-Mobile.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:19:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 57085 at http://kcur.org Sprint CEO Dan Hesse On T-Mobile, HD Audio And Work-Life Balance The Best Eats In Kansas City's Historic Northeast http://kcur.org/post/best-eats-kansas-citys-historic-northeast <p>This year, KCUR is embarking on a project called "<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders</a>," an attempt to take a closer look at the cultural and geographical borders in Kansas City.</p><p>The first border we are examining is&nbsp;Troost Avenue, which acts as a racial and socioeconomic diving line in Kansas City's urban core.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:42:12 +0000 Cody Newill 56862 at http://kcur.org The Best Eats In Kansas City's Historic Northeast LISTEN: Upcoming Lawrence Poet Reads Her 'Boundaryless' Prose http://kcur.org/post/listen-upcoming-lawrence-poet-reads-her-boundaryless-prose <p><strong>The following content may be offensive to some. Discretion is advised.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the world of poetry, Patricia Lockwood is the "it girl" right now. The Lawrence, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., resident's poem "Rape Joke" went viral last summer, <a href="https://twitter.com/TriciaLockwood">pushing her Twitter following</a> to more than 40,000. </span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:09:02 +0000 Cody Newill 56803 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: Upcoming Lawrence Poet Reads Her 'Boundaryless' Prose Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-s-smutty-metaphor-queen-her-lawless-poetry <p><strong>The following content may be offensive to some. Discretion is advised.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>"Rape Joke," "Live Nude Dads Read The Sunday Paper," and "The Cum Queens of Hyatt Place" are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to poet&nbsp;<strong>Patricia Lockwood's</strong>&nbsp;absurdity.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:07:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56755 at http://kcur.org Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry The Lessons We Learn From Our Children http://kcur.org/post/lessons-we-learn-our-children <p>Parenting books often help new mothers and fathers to understand how they shape their children, but they rarely talk about how children shape their parents.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 56751 at http://kcur.org The Lessons We Learn From Our Children Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-reflect-legacy-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">never</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56726 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou The CIA From The Cold War To Today http://kcur.org/post/cia-cold-war-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since its creation in the late </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1940s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the CIA has changed from a relatively limited intelligence agency to a big player in America's military complex.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Cody Newill & Beth Lipoff 56695 at http://kcur.org The CIA From The Cold War To Today America's Chronic Pain Problem http://kcur.org/post/americas-chronic-pain-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve got a shooting pain in your back that won’t quit or nagging, achy knees, you might be one of millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain.</span></p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with Judy Foreman to discuss her new book,&nbsp;<em>A Nation in Pain</em>. We'll get to the bottom of why our society fails to fully treat nearly 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 56702 at http://kcur.org America's Chronic Pain Problem Development On The Rise In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/development-rise-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Home construction skyrocketed 88% over last year's developments this April. In the second half of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>,&nbsp;Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks with Kansas City Star development reporter&nbsp;<strong>Kevin </strong></span><strong>Collison</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the jump in growth in the metro area.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:48:21 +0000 Steve Kraske, Jenny Whitty & Cody Newill 56654 at http://kcur.org Development On The Rise In Kansas City The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions http://kcur.org/post/best-travel-apps-your-summer-excursions <p></p><p>The summer months are fast approaching, which means summer vacations are too. Whether you're taking a day trip or an international excursion, travel apps can take some of the burdens of planning, booking, even packing, off your shoulders.</p><p>In the first half of Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, guest <strong>Dustin Jacobsen&nbsp;</strong>joins Steve Kraske&nbsp;with his recommendations for travel apps to help with everything from currency conversion to finding good hotel deals.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:44:47 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 56226 at http://kcur.org The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions