Fattah Kriner dances and sings as part of Shining Heart Community, a local Sufi group. Boris Varatzkhelia was an engineer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and works at the Hen House to keep busy in his retirement.
Kansas City, MO – University of Missouri at Columbia has tightened athletics director Mike Alden's control of its men's basketball program. The report to the NCAA, obtained by AP through Missouri's public records law, cites numerous changes since the school was placed on probation for recruiting violations including mandatory approval of all expenses by Alden, written records of all telephone calls to prospective players and biweekly coaches meetings on compliance issues.
Ailey Camp is over now, and the young people who participated in the intensive six week dance program are waiting out the hot days of August for school to begin. This is the final audio diary in our series with Ailey Camper Memory Brown.
Kansas City, MO – Local beauticians react to new program to prevent domestic violence in Kansas. Hear from the new trio of directors of Harmony-NCCJ: Juan Rangel, Diane Hershberger and Darryck Dean. A panel on civil rights and the media. And artist Ben Mercer discusses his photographs and drawings about the Vietnamese American community in the Kansas City area.
This week, an alternative theater group explores playwright Tennessee Williams' period of adjustment to a fickle public and a benefit called Summerbrawl for a local art magazine creates strange bedfellows with its mesh of Kansas City artists and professional wrestlers.
Kansas City, MO – After fifteen years of debate and a dozen failed light rail proposals, Kansas City made its move into urban rapid transit in July. But the Metro Area Express ( The MAX ) is a bus rapid transit line that runs from 75th and Wornall to 3rd and Grand. KCUR's Steve Bell took an impromptu ride and filed this report.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and Republican Senator John Vratil of Leawood to dicuss changes to the state's school accreditation standards. Jackson County Sports Authority chairman comes under scrutiny for potential conflict of interest charges. Another Sprint affiliate seeks to block the company's merger with Nextel.
Maria Hinojosa, Mary Sanchez on Latino news coverage
Kansas City, MO – Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa was in town last week to speak at the Midwest Latina Conference. Hinojosa recently left CNN to become a senior correspondent on PBS's NOW, with David Brancaccio. A few days ago, she joined the Kansas City Star's Mary Sanchez and KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross for a conversation about Latinas in the media.
Kansas City, MO – Today's show - Sudanese community reacts to the death of John Garang, a conversation about Latino media coverage with Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa and the Kansas City Star's Mary Sanchez, and two film-makers discuss their documentary about the Kansas City Two-Step.
Kansas City, MO – U-M System President Elson Floyd would like a fixed tuition rate for next year's incoming freshmen. Floyd will seek public input on a plan to allow a freshman a guaranteed per-credit fee for four to five years. Some student groups worry that subsequent freshmen would have to bear an unfair increase if state funding decreases.
This week, a new exhibit highlights the work of two artists from opposite sides of the cultural mainstream; actors with Down Every Street Productions take the stage at the Black Box Theatre in Overland Park using an exercise called Splash; and actress Michelle Lee brings to Starlight Theatre's Hello Dolly an impressive Broadway musical resume that may surprise some audiences.
Kansas City, MO – A podcast is an MP3 audio file that can be automatically downloaded to your computer and then transferred to an iPod or other MP3 player. KCUR is now offering podcasts of its daily local newcasts and of KCUR's local features.
To begin podcasting, you must first download the software. Here are a few links to places where you can get the podcasting software.
This week, Kansas City based artist Maria Park unveils a new installation at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art that is a colorful salute to historical landscape photography; and the improvisational collective called Text of Light performs to the silent films of the late avant garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.