Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. Some diverse voices in Kansas City share their experiences about the holiday and frightening stories from their cultures.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri adoptions far too slow, audit says. Kansas City school board votes against renewing superintendent's contract. Topeka hires retired K.B.I. administrator to review troubled narcotics unit.
Kansas City, MO – Medicaid eligibility requirements were tightened this year by the Governor and Republican lawmakers, eliminating health-care services for 90,000 people. Opponents of the cut accuse Gov. Blunt on reneging his campaign pledge to preserve Medicaid eligibility requirments.
Teeth and Tentacles is the title of a painting by Eric Sall (a 1999 Kansas City Art Institute graduate) now part of the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Sall talked about the work in 2005, when the work was first displayed in a one-person exhibit at the Dolphin called "Eric Sall: The State I Am In."
Kansas City, MO – Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison to challenge Kline for Attorney General's office. Kansas opens trade office in China's capital. Jackson County could face $16 million shortfall next year.
Kansas City, MO – Hundreds of Kansas Citians returned from the trip to Washington, D.C. for the Millions More Movement, which took place earlier this month. For many this is a return trip commemorating the Million Man March held 10 years ago.
Riccardo Lucas and Ron McMillan speak about the local mobilization to enact goals of the movement.
Kansas City, MO – Riccardo Lucas and Ron McMillan return from Millions More Movement March last weekend in Washington, DC. Listen in on the process Mexican immigrants go through to work legally in the U.S. Kansas City teenagers talk about Ramadan and the transition from Islamic School to public school. And hear an audio tour of Kansas City's jazz district as it might have been in the 1930s.
Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, the Unicorn Theatre premieres a play about a disintegrating marriage whose title sounds like a documentary on the History Channel. Also, a new contemporary dance company presents its Folly Theatre debut. KCUR's Laura Spencer and Steve Walker report.
A new sculpture by artist Michael Rees, a native of Kansas City now based in New Jersey, went on display October 20th just west of the Folly Theatre. It's the second sculpture commissioned by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art with funds from DST System Incorporated as part of a project to place five works of contemporary sculpture in downtown Kansas City.
Here, Robert Stewart reads "My Father's Haunt," recorded at the October 21st poetry reading at The Writers Place celebrating the publication of Chance of a Ghost, an anthology of ghost poems.
Kansas City, MO – Here, Robert Stewart reads "My Father's Haunt," recorded at the October 21st poetry reading at The Writers Place celebrating the publication of Chance of a Ghost, an anthology of ghost poems.
(recorded by New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam)
Here, Gloria Vando reads David Ray's The Ghosts of Pennsylvania Street. This was recorded at the October 21st poetry reading at The Writers Place celebrating the publication of Chance of a Ghost, an anthology of ghost poems.
Here, co-editors Phil Miller and Gloria Vando read their poems included in Chance of a Ghost, the new anthology of ghost poems. A reading - with almost 30 poets - will take place on Friday at 7 at The Writers Place.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City Kansas school districts are being considered for a national program which could bring an influx of enthusiastic young teachers into the schools. Teach for America places top college graduates from around the country in low-income schools for two-year teaching commitments. The young people don't necessarily have a background in education, and some see teaching as a public service before they move on to other careers.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Board of Education was poised to decide the future of Superintendent Bernard Taylor last week, but decided it wanted more time after an unexpectedly large turnout which included both supporters and opponents of Taylor. Former Jackson County legislator Bishop James Tindall discusses Taylor's contract and the future of the district.
Kansas City, MO – Where would we all be today if the south had won the Civil War? When the thought occurred to Kansas film-maker Kevin Willmott, he turned to history books and plotted out what would happen up to the present day if slavery still existed. Willmott's film 'CSA: Confederate States of America' pretends to be a British documentary about the history about the Confederate States of America from the Civil War to the present. Director Kevin Willmott teaches film at the University of Kansas.
Kansas City, MO – Bishop James Tindall talks about the status of the Kansas City Missouri public schools. Teach for America Vice President Diane Robinson talks about the possibility of setting up a new site here in Kansas City. Kansas film director Kevin Willmott talks about CSA: the Confederate States of America as it opens in movie theaters in Virginia and Tennessee. Plus news from Latino USA, and more . . .
Kansas City, MO – Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Congressman Dennis Moore on Thursday to celebrate one of the biggest land deals in Kansas history. They gathered at the old Sunflower Army Ammunition site south of Desoto between Lawrence and Olathe, to officially break ground on a 15 square mile housing, commercial, educational and recreational development. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Monroe, LA – More than a half million people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita remain in hotels, motels, and shelters. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin crisscrossed the state this week visiting evacuees still staying in Red Cross shelters. One of his stops was at the Community Residential Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The mayor took questions from evacuees and encouraged people to come home to New Orleans. K-C-U-R'S Maria Carter was there and has this report.
This week, a one-actor show chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of President Harry Truman; Friends of Chamber Music continues its 30th anniversary season; and a tap-dancing duo takes to the stage at the Blue Room.
Kansas City, MO – Recent data from the Kauffman Foundation shows that minority-owned businesses have grown substantially since the 1980s. However, they are disproportionately in no-growth and low-growth sectors. Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm addresses the disparity. And Kansas City Urban League President Gwendolyn Grant speaks about the newly formed program which provides resources, coaching and opportunities to minority entrepreneurs.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's murder rate for 2005 climbed into the upper 90s last week - surpassing last year's total of 91. Last week the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to research the causes. City Councilman Alvin Brooks talks about the Violent Crimes Commission and the soaring homicide rate.
Kansas City, MO – The YMCA adjacent from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will be renovated in honor of Kansas City's most famous Negro Leagues baseball player Buck O'Neill, who is taking part in renovations. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places - it's where talks took place in 1914 leading to the creation of the first black baseball league in the United States.
Kansas City, MO – Bobby Seale was the chairman and co-founder, along with Huey Newton, of the Black Panther Party, an organization formed in 1966 to guard against police brutality in black neighborhoods and provide social services. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at Tent State University, a group formed by UMKC students to protest against some of the University's practices.
Kansas City, MO – Aaron Medina fell off a two-story icy scaffolding while building a new hotel at Lake of the Ozarks. Because he was not an official employee, the construction company denied him compensation. Last week, the Carpenter's District Council and El Centro, a family services organization, organized a meeting in Kansas City, Kansas to deal with what they're calling the misclassification of workers.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri's demand for pharmacists ranks 6th in the nation. Missouri studies economic impact of highway projects. Investigators continue searching for bodies in the rubble of a devastating Lawrence apartment fire. Testimony continues tomorrow in the trial of a Newton, Kansas, couple accused of abusing mentally ill patients.
New Orleans, LA – With power and water back on in parts of New Orleans, people there are scratching their way back toward normalcy. KCUR's Maria Carter visited the French Quarter recently and found people struggling to come to grips with their new economic realities.
For pictures, and more stories, check Maria Carter's blog.