Kansas City, MO – Recent KU graduate Travis Watkins distinguished himself as a poet, scholar and defensive tackle on the football team during the past four years. Last summer, he won a fellowship to study the experiences of black Vietnam veterans through oral histories and literary analysis. As he was packing up his apartment to leave Lawrence, he shared some of his observations on African Americans in the military with KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross.
Some of the city's musicians are connecting with the younger ones coming up. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz recently sponsored a Tribute to Kansas City Jazz at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. (First aired on KC Currents, May 22, 2005)
Kansas City, MO – The impact of the death of community leader Rebecca Jaramillo will be felt in many Kansas City lives. Becky Jaramillo was born and raised in Parsons Kansas. She moved to Kansas City, became a writer and editor for the bilingual newspaper Dos Mundos, and a board member for the Guadalupe Centers. Jaramillo was a consistent advocate for the area's Latino community, and helped found the Fiesta Hispana. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke with her husband of 44 years, Joe Jaramillo.
This week, a musical review at Quality Hill Playhouse salutes the depth and breadth of songwriter Carole King; and Irish poet Eamon Grennan visits Kansas City to talk about 19th century poet Emily Dickinson as part of a national poetry project called Branching Out.
Irish poet Eamon Grennan visits the Westport branch of the Kansas City Public Library this weekend as part of the Branching Out poetry project. Here, Eamon Grennan reads two poems, from Still Life with Waterfall, and from his latest collection The Quick of It.
Longtime arts advocate Myra Morgan has been credited with laying the groundwork for today's thriving arts scene in Kansas City. Morgan passed away in May at the age of 67 after a long battle with lung cancer.
As part of a national poetry project called Branching Out, Irish poet Eamon Grennan visits Kansas City this Saturday to talk about the work of Emily Dickinson. Here, Grennan reads and discusses Dickinson's poem At Half past Three, a single Bird.
Kansas City, MO – The Olathe school district boasts high test scores and a low student to teacher ration and is a place where many teachers want to work. The district is having trouble finding teachers with a certain skill set and it's looking to fill the void in what some might consider an unlikely place-Spain. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser is known for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam talked with Kooser last month in Lincoln, Nebraska, just after he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book Delights and Shadows.
Troost Avenue has been a symbol of segregation in Kansas City for a long time. But some people who live and work there are trying to recreate its image this weekend with a street festival. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross met Father David Altschul* on the corner of 31st and Troost.
Medicaid will pay for a heart transplant for Jennifer Shuman, but Shuman will soon have to pay nearly half her family income for Medicaid. She's not sure how she and her husband will afford the increase.
Kansas City, MO – A Missouri budget that cuts more than 90-thousand people off of Medicaid is on Governor Matt Blunt's budget. The debate over Medicaid cuts this year has opened a moral schism, between service providers, patients and activists who deplore the cuts as cruel, and the governor who defends them as being morally correct.
This week, two theatrical productions (at the Lied Center in Lawrence and the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City) take a look at issues of race and culture, justice and healing.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Missouri – It?s the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, two theatrical productions take a look at issues of race and culture, justice and healing. KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports.
The SSION, a bizarre, arty, Kansas City punk rock band changes its style and line up and gets ready to release another album. And a new play takes an unapologetically twisted look at 175 years of Kansas City History.
Kansas City, MO – The SSION, a bizarre, arty, Kansas City punk rock band chantes it's style and line up and gets ready to relese another album. And a new play takes an unapologetically twisted look at 175 years of Kansas City History.
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Senate is set to debate its plan for overhauling the state's formula for funding public schools. A Kansas state attorney asks the state Supreme Court to ignore a filing by school districts to reject the legislature's school finance plan and force legislators to approve more than $800 million a year in additional funding. Records show the 2004 property taxes on a car wash owned by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver have not been paid.
Kansas City – The IRS figures about 100 million tax payers will be eligible for refunds this year. Almost one in eight will likely speed up the process, with a Refund Anticipation Loan. A class action law suit against the nation's largest tax preparer, H&R Block alleges, tricked customers into buying these high priced loans. But some consumer advocates say Block has become a model for openness in marketing refund anticipation loans. KCUR's Frank Morris of reports.