Sean Hill, a native of Milledgeville, Georgia, is the author of the poetry collection Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. An homage to African-American life in the segregated South, the poems create a call and response across six generations of the fictional Silas Wright family.
Kansas City MO – For the first time in six years last (MON) night, Kansas and Missouri faced each other while both teams were nationally ranked. Kansas was ranked 16th in this week's Associated Press poll; Missouri was right behind at No. 17.
In Columbia, the Tigers squeezed out a 62-60 victory on alast second shot by Zaire Taylor. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.
The Blue Note record label started 70 years ago when German immigrant Alfred Lion was inspired to record some of the boogie-woogie piano music he heard at Carnegie Hall. Today, the label is recognized as one of the finest in jazz. It's classic records, especially those from the 50's and 60's, have a cult following. The American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine is celebrating Blue Note's anniversary with a series of events.
Local comic book writer Jason Aaron had a breakthrough year in 2008. It started off with him landing an exclusive contract at Marvel Comics, writing stories for superheroes like Wolverine and Ghost Rider. Then Scalped - his original series about crime, poverty and activism on a Native American reservation - was nominated for an Eisner. That's the Oscar of the comic book world. Finally, he was named 2008's best comic book writer by the industry magazine Wizard.
KCUR News is taking a look at how the recession is affecting members of our community. As part of an occasional segment called My Two Cents, we stopped in to talk to Sherry Leedy, director of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in the Crossroads Arts District as she was getting ready for a First Friday.
When parents devote 18 or more years to child-rearing, they often look forward to getting back to goals, dreams and hobbies that they had put aside. But some grandparents get thrust back into the parenting role, and have to put those things aside. Throughout the country, there are over 5.7 million children being raised by their grandparents - one of the most famous just became president.
A week ago on Friday night, a group of people burst into a community basketball game at Tony Aguirre Community Center on Kansas City's West Side - and just started shooting. Five people were injured, none of them seriously, but the hundred or so people gathered to watch the teenagers play basketball were shocked. The event was part of a league organized by the Guadalupe Center, and it draws kids from throughout the city.
Kansas City, MO – There's one slice of government spending no one seems to want. The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay is set to close next year. Government jobs would likely follow the detainees, but, communities across the country are maneuvering to keep them out. No place seems more up for a fight than the Leavenworth, Kansas. Frank Morris of member station KCUR reports.
The Food Critics share the latest in local restaurant news and to give their reviews. With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, we talk about some of the best places to share a romantic Valentine's lunch or dinner.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Steve Kraske discusses romantic comedies with video gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck.
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Kansas City , Mo. – From classics like The Apartment and The Philadelphia Story to more modern offerings like Groundhog Day, Jason and Mitch give us insight on what makes this genre so popular and enduring. Only in a romantic comedy could a hit man find love when his work and high school reunion coincide or three sisters play musical spouses and still come out all right.
Kansas City, MO – Members of Topeka's Westboro Baptist church held an anti-gay protest at Shawnee Mission East High School yesterday. More than 500 student, friends, and family members rallied to raise money for AIDS organizations.
A regulatory filing is taking issue with $1 million that Kansas City Power and Light is spending on tickets to Chiefs and Royals games and other such expenses.
An exhibition of contemporary Chinese art at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute explores the recent cultural transformations in China. Here, Artspace Director Raechell Smith describes the Project Wall, a billboard outside the gallery by artist Yang Yongliang, which provides a preview.
A large billboard outside the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute depicts a landscape with mountain peaks, a winding river, and mist. But, if you get up close, you'll see the mountains are built of skyscrapers, trees are construction cranes, and the river is a polluted street with congested traffic.
Kansas City, MO – A new group launched a campaign yesterday to fight changes to the governance structure of the Kansas City Missouri school board. A bill proposed last month in the Missouri House of Representatives would call for all board members to be elected at-large, by the entire city. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Kansas City, KS – President Barack Obama signed a bill yesterday expanding the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. The move could mean more Kansas children have health insurance, but as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the state will have to find more money for its share.
About 40,000 Kansas children are enrolled in the state's health insurance program. State lawmakers approved legislation last year to expand coverage to an additional 8,000 children, as long as Congress agrees to help fund it.
The Gateway Arch is the iconic symbol of St. Louis. It's also the structure most associated with Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. But in his relatively short career, Saarinen had a hand in hundreds of other projects, from office buildings to home furnishings.
A master of twentieth century American prose, John Updike died on January 27, 2009. This week on New Letters on the Air, we remember his life with a 1998 interview with former New Letters editor Jim McKinley. In this interview, Updike talks about his devotion to his legendary characters Henry Bech and Rabbit Angstrom, reflects on his humble origins in "the hinterlands of Pennsylvania," and examines his life as a man of faith.
Kansas City, MO – People with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse issues can easily fall through the cracks in the health care and social services systems. That's according to a new study from the Mid America Regional Council, or MARC. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council may have had the shortest committee meeting ever this week.
At last week's Finance and Audit meeting council members blasted City Manager Wayne Cauthen's two-weeks-in-a row avoidance of coming in to discuss the budget. Beth Gottstein even sent a messsage, telling a Cauthen aide: "I made a point to be on time this morning and I hope that he will make an equal effort to be on time next week."