Kansas City, Kansas – It's something like a family reunion, mixed with an academic conference. About a hundred people gathered this week at the Woodlands Turf Club in Kansas City Kansas to share their enthusiasm for Kansas history - specifically the history of black colonies and communities created by the exodusters who came up from Texas in the late 19th century.
Kansas City, MO – In March, UMKC urban planning professor Robyne Turner helped launch Viable Third. It's a project in which she and co-founder Airick Leonard West pledged, for one year, to do all their shopping exclusively in Kansas City's Third Council District. The idea is to draw attention what's already there and what the third district is lacking. KCUR's Maria Carter recently went along with Turner on some errands, looking for a kitchen faucet, power tools, and a good meal.
Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, new releases from the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Kansas City's James Ward Band, Charles Mingus Septet with Eric Dolphy and Bruce Hornsby (with Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette).
By Lee Ingalls
Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:
Kansas City, MO – It's looking like Kansas City will have at least two more light rail elections following two new developments Thursday.
The panel performing an analysis of the light rail plan voters approved in November delivered its first report. Mark Huffer of the ATA summed it up in one short sentence, saying: "The money is not sufficient to do what was voted on in November, and alternatives are going to have to be developed."
Kansas City, MO – We thought that storytelling was a fitting way to celebrate KC Currents and KCUR's 50th anniversary, because we try to bring you stories of people from around here. And a lot of time, at some point - they're talking about finding their niche, their place in this city or country or world . . . or getting thrown out of it.
Kansas City, MO – Former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields denies allegations from her successor, Mike Sanders that her administration is responsible for a 20 million dollar shortfall. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.
Kansas City artist Hector Casanova is an illustrator, artist and creates comic books. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross stopped by his studio in the West Bottoms to learn more about how he constructs the stories he tells in comic book form.
On Saint Patrick's Day, the Irish Museum and Cultural Center held its grand opening in the lower level of Union Station. The museum joins institutions such as the Saint Patrick's Day parade and the Irish Fest in teaching the culture and history of Irish Americans in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders says the county is facing a $7.3 million budget shortfall in 2008, and but there's another concern what to do when county funds run dry sometime next month. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
Kansas City, MO – Lewis Diuguid's columns have been a mainstay in the Kansas City Star for more than twenty years. He often explores race, diversity and community issues. But feedback from readers, and it wasn't all positive, inspired him to go beyond the limitations of his weekly column and write a book.
When the Kansas City Fringe Festival started in 2005, many people were clueless about what, exactly, a festival involving fringe was. In two years, the event has grown out of its infancy phase into four days of storytelling, music, dance, film, and performance for families and mature audiences alike.
Kansas City Snapshot is a project created by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects to celebrate the organization's 150th anniversary. As discussions continue about the future of the metropolitan area - from downtown Kansas City to Metcalf Avenue - organizers say this "yearlong experiment" could provide an opportunity to take a look at where we are now...and how we live, work and play.
Reed Kroloff visited Kansas City recently to participate in a forum organized by the AIA KC called Time to Work.
The outgoing dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture and former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine, Kroloff arrived in New Orleans a year before Hurricane Katrina and played a role in citywide planning and rebuilding efforts. Here, he talks about the impact of the hurricane on his life and work.
Kansas City, MO – The Enivronmental Protection Agency has filed a civil complaint against the company whose Kansas City distribution plant exploded in February. The EPA maintains Chemcentral violated federal laws before the explosion, failing to identify hazardous substances and maintain a safe facility. George Hess is a senior specialist for EPA's Region 7 office. He says the EPA action is justified because the fire could have been prevented.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City council came one step closer to terminating the city manager Wayne Cauthen's contract, but that move does not mean Cauthen will be losing his job. Instead, Mayor Mark Funkhouser says he wants to end the contract so it can be renegotiated to better serve the council's current objectives.
Poet Stacey Tolbert and filmmaker Annie Walsh decided to interview a diverse group of women about their feelings about their chests. They spoke to KCUR's Delores Jones in 2006 about the film, which will be screened on Wednesday.
Kansas City, MO – Brian Wimes has spent the last 6 years on the 10th floor of the Jackson County Courthouse, helping first time drug offenders stay clean, as the Drug Court Commissioner. But now he's moving down two floors to an even bigger bench. He'll be the Judge who will lead Division 18 in the 16th Circuit Court. KCUR's Ty Chandler stopped by his chambers recently.
Kansas City, MO – Some Kansas City teenagers went off to college a little early this summer. They've spent the last two weeks in Lawrence at the University of Kansas. Their time on campus introduced them to a new place and a new way of thinking about their future. KCUR's Ty Chandler has this report from the KU Senior Academy.