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KCUR News
3:17 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Keeping Holidays Traditional

Kansas City, MO – Back in the 1950s when Missouri Rep. Mike Cunningham was growing up, he says holidays weren't just another day of the week. They were special days - a time for family and friends. But things have changed, he says, and he wants to do something about it.

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KCUR Arts
9:54 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Local Artists React to Sprint Center Commission

Kansas City's One Percent for Art Program sets aside one percent of construction costs to city buildings for public art. With the boom in downtown development, an estimated 3 million dollars will be spent on art. Last week, an advisory panel recommended New York based artist Chris Doyle to create work outside the Sprint Center arena. And local artists say they're not happy about major commissions getting outsourced.

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1:47 pm
Mon February 20, 2006

Troost Avenue Blues

Singer/Actor Danny Cox

Singing the blues about living on the violent and forgotten side of Troost Avenue.

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11:09 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Abstinence Encouraged with Hip Hop

Urban Youth Leadership's new play "Blood Money" promotes abstinence with hip hop.

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Food & Drink
3:21 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Cooking with the Papikians: Baku Eggplant

Kansas City, MO – Igor and Karina Papikian are both of Armenian and Russian descent. When they were forced to leave their home in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in 1990 they weren't accepted in either Armenia or Russia. So, they decided to come to the United States. They ended up in Kansas City a place they'd only read about in a Theodore Dreiser novel. Linda Sher spent an evening with the Papikians and their daughter Ana, to learn about their journey, their life and their cooking.

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Performance
1:41 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Raymore Woman Faces Deportation

11:16 pm
Sun February 19, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-19-06

Kansas City, MO – An appeals court decides Raymore resident Myrna Dick should be deported to Mexico. Christian youth group Urban Youth Leadership uses hip hop to promote abstinence to teenage boys. Also, learn to cook an Armenian eggplant dish from Igor and Karina Papikian and get down with the authors of the Troost Avenue Blues, Roger Coleman and Danny Cox.

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KCUR Arts
1:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2006

Arts Roundup, February 17

Kurt Lightner

This week, psychedelic landscapes at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, a play for teens called Blood Money, and a tribute to soul music, as part of Urban Culture Project's third Fridays downtown.

Kansas City, MO – Kurt Lightner: Five Acres continues through April 2 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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KCUR News
9:19 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Music Exchange Shuts its Doors

Headlines
9:08 am
Fri February 17, 2006

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11:16 pm
Thu February 16, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – Selection committee narrows field of candidates for Sprint Center Art to one. Union Station pitches National Archives in $13 million plan to house Central Plains archives. Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran seeks to push back Medicare prescription drug coverage deadline.

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KCUR Arts
10:36 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Music Exchange Shuts its Doors

This week was the last one for a Kansas City counter cultural institution. The Music Exchange in Westport closed Wednesday after 26 years of business.

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People
12:08 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Interview with Gay Activist Keith Boykin

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People
12:07 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Black Family Technology Awareness Week

Kansas City, MO – Computer literacy is quickly becoming a necessity of modern life. But for children growing up without a computer in the home, it's hard to gain the ease and skill with technology that's necessary to compete. In what's called the digital divide - Black and Latino children around the country are less likely to have computers and access to the internet than white children.

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12:00 am
Mon February 13, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-12-06

Kansas City, MO – Doctor Warren Johnson of Swope Health Services talks about the Healthy Steps for Young Children program. Former White House advisor Keith Boykin talks about being black and gay in the US today. Lewis Walker discusses the coming Black Family Technology Awareness Week. New research reveals the contributions of Negro League baseball players to the sport. Plus, a remembrance of KC jazz-man Milt Abel.

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Sports
11:28 pm
Sun February 12, 2006

Negro Leagues probed for Hall of Famers

Kansas City Monarch Buck O'neil
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Jazz/Blues
8:37 am
Sun February 12, 2006

Remembering Milt Abel

Bettye Miller (on piano) and Milt Abel (on bass)
Photo: Marr Sound Archives

Jazz bassist and vocalist Milt Abel - part of Kansas City's jazz scene for five decades - died on February 3, 2006 after a long illness. Abel grew up in Philadelphia, where he learned to play the stand-up bass, baritone horn, and trombone as a teenager.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR?s Laura Spencer talked to some of the musicans he played with over the years in Kansas City and others who say his musicial talent will not be forgotten.

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KCUR Arts
2:31 pm
Thu February 9, 2006

Arts Roundup, February 10

Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 1998. Video projection and laser discs. Dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow. Photo Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Photos by James Isberner.

This week, a new original musical called Pulling it Off from Thin Air Theatrics, a new original theatre company at Just Off Broadway, and a film by Iranian born filmmaker Shirin Nestat expresses freedom in the midst of repression at the Nelson-Atkins.

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People
11:20 am
Thu February 9, 2006

Up to Date: Sprint Center Artist Finalists Down to Two

Sprint Center, expected to open in 2007

On the February 8th edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talked to Porter Arneill, the public art administrator for the Municipal Art Commission.

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KCUR News
2:32 am
Thu February 9, 2006

Healthy Step national director visits Kansas City

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KCUR Arts
1:19 pm
Tue February 7, 2006

A Feminist Perspective on Pin-Ups

Thin-Up Girl Aimee
Nicole Caulfield, 2003

According to art historian Maria Elena Buszek, an assistant professor of art history at the Kansas City Art Institute, a new generation of feminists is remaking the pin-up.

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People
12:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2006

Lawmakers Look to Spare Funerals from Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps points to the first newspaper ad run by the Westboro Baptist Church.
Frank Morris KCUR

Kansas City, MO – As final preparations are made for funeral services for Coretta Scott-King in Atlanta, police there are bracing for some unwelcome guests from Topeka.

Fred Phelps, and his Westboro Baptist Church has long exploited such public events for their virulent, anti-gay demonstrations. Law makers in more than a dozen state capitols are taking steps to neutralize the protests, but the controversial preacher argues that would take away his First Amendment rights. KCUR'S Frank Morris reports.

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11:03 pm
Mon February 6, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-5-06

Kansas City, MO – In memory of Coretta Scott King, former KC First Lady Dianne Cleaver talks about the challenges of being the wife of a preacher and politician. KC-MO police representatives explain how they handle suspects who are abusing substances or have mental health problems. Bus fares go up. Historian Aram Goudsouzian on Wilt Chamberlain's legacy at KU. Plus, painter Anthony Ramos, and a Kansas City Kansas student heads to LA for the Grammys.

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3:16 pm
Mon February 6, 2006

KCK Teen Performs at Grammys

Kansas City Kansas teenager Alexander Bailey will perform at the Grammy Awards pre- and post-parties with 28 other top high school musicians from around the country in the Gibson/ Baldwin Grammy Jazz Band.

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People
3:56 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Bus Fares Up, Riders talk

Kansas City, MO – On Wednesday, the basic bus fare in Kansas City went up a quarter, to a dollar twenty-five. Express route fares increased to 2 dollars and 50 cents and reduced fares went up from 50 to 60 cents. Michael Leahy hit the streets that day to see how people were reacting to having to dig in their pockets for the extra change.

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Cops & Crime
3:29 am
Mon February 6, 2006

KCPD Crisis Intervention Team

Kansas City, MO – At least 156 people have died while in police custody in the United States following the use of a Taser, according to The Kansas City Star. Tasers or stun guns are used by law enforcement to tranquilize a suspect by shocking the nervous system. Last Saturday, Kansas City Missouri police used a stun gun to subdue a man who later died in a police holding cell. Witnesses say that 32-year-old Karl Marshall of Overland Park, Kansas was high on PCP and cocaine when police tried arresting him.

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People
3:25 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Dianne Cleaver Interview

Kansas City, MO – Coretta Scott King, who died last Monday, was known as the strong, solid woman who stood behind Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., in life and after his assassination. Reverend Jesse Jackson described her as the glue that kept Dr. King's home and movement intact. To find out about being the wife of a preacher and activist, we turned to Dianne Cleaver, known by most people as the wife of 5th district Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. He was the first African American mayor of Kansas City and a long time civil rights activist.

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Sports
3:21 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Wilt Chamberlain's Legacy at KU

Kansas City, MO – Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain's final game at the University of Kansas was in 1958 against in-state rival, Kansas State University. The Jayhawks trounced K-State, which at the time was the top-ranked team in the nation, 61 to 44. Chamberlain led his team to victory in that game, but he had already announced that he was planning to turn professional before graduation. It was an unprecedented decision at that time.

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Headlines
11:26 pm
Sun February 5, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – New poll shows Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ahead of Republican rivals. Missouri cuts down on meth lab seizures in 2005. Kansas high school student faces felony charges for threatening teacher.

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Jazz/Blues
8:13 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Artist Anthony Ramos Interview

Anthony Ramos

Painter Anthony Ramos has shows at the American Jazz Museum and the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center. He was in Kansas City recently for a series of talks around the city and spoke to KC Currents host Delores Jones.

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