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9:35 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Censorship, Rights and Art in <i>The Pillowman</i>

The Unicorn Theatre opens its 33rd season this weekend with The Pillowman.

Kansas City, MO – The Unicorn Theatre opens its 33rd season this weekend with The Pillowman. As KCUR?s Steve Walker reports, it?s a play that?s faithful to the theatre?s reputation of staging works audiences won?t soon be seeing at other local theatres.

The Pillowman, September 1 - 24, with previews August 30 and 31.

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Music
8:59 am
Tue August 29, 2006

An Interview with the Kansas City Symphony's Damon Gupton

Kansas City Symphony assistant conductor Damon Gupton
Photo: Stephen Kunken

original air date: August, 2006

This weekend, the Kansas City Symphony's new assistant conductor Damon Gupton makes his debut. A native of Detroit, Gupton has a background in both music and theatre.

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KCUR News
4:13 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Evacuees Find Medical Care and New Home

Nancy Cooper sits in her apartment in Shawnee. Cooper came to Kansas City last year after Hurricane Katrina so her son could receive treatment for injuries he received in a car crash.

Kansas City, MO – Last year 24 patients and family members left Children's Hospital in New Orleans and boarded a plane bound for Kansas City. Many families returned to New Orleans or joined other family members after receiving the needed medical care at Children's Mercy Hospital, but some families are now calling the Kansas City area home. KCUR's Maria Carter has more about that night and why one family chose to stay in Kansas City.

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Health
10:00 am
Mon August 28, 2006

Medicaid Cuts: One Year Later

Cheri Clark, of Kansas City, was one of more than 100,000 Missourians who lost Medicaid coverage last year when Governor Matt Blunt passed cuts to the program.
Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – Last year the state cut or reduced coverage for almost 100,000 Missourians from the Medicaid program, leaving many people without dental, eye care, medical equipment or employee disability health coverage. The changes are causing health care providers and patients in Kansas City to find ways to adapt to the changes. Supporters say they've reinstated some of the cuts and that the changes have helped balance the state budget. Now everyone is looking ahead to the future of Medicaid. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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8:29 am
Mon August 28, 2006

Kansas City Irish Fest

Festival Director Pat O'Neill talks about Kansas City's Irish community and the upcoming festival. He's accompanied by music from Ireland's The Fuchsia Band, who will perform at next week's festival.

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1:40 am
Mon August 28, 2006

StoryCorps in Garden City: Lydia Gonzalez

Garden City, KS – We've been announcing on KCUR that StoryCorps' mobile recording booth will be arriving this week in Kansas City. It's an airstream trailer equipped as a studio, where people are invited to interview someone they love. Interviews are archived with the Library of Congress, and excerpts will air on KCUR and nationally, on NPR. Opening day is Thursday in the City Market, our own Walt Bodine will be one of the first to be interviewed.

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12:44 am
Mon August 28, 2006

KC CURRENTS 8-27-06

Kansas City, MO – This week, hear from Dzung thi Nguyen and Gloria LaCroix Burns (pictured), two local women whose relatives joined them here after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Lawsuits challenge Missouri's new voter identification law. And, some unusual local responses to the violence in Lebanon and Israel. Plus, a tribute to Charlie Parker for his upcoming birthday, and a preview of next weekend's Kansas City Irish Fest.

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People
11:59 pm
Sun August 27, 2006

Local Responses to Hezbollah-Israel Conflict

Kansas City, MO – The United Nations is struggling to put a peacekeeping force in place to uphold the fragile cease-fire in Southern Lebanon, as it enters its third week. In the Kansas City area, Jewish and Muslim groups are monitoring events as hope increases that hostilities will begin to die down. We wanted to see what others were thinking about the situation, people who don't necessarily have a vested interest in the situation in that part of the world. KCUR's Laura Ziegler talked to three people, and has this report.

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KCUR News
11:50 pm
Sun August 27, 2006

Lawsuits Challenge Missouri's New Voter ID Statute

Maria Frencher helps 19-year-old Hense Todd register to vote in the November election, something Missouri's new photo ID requirements may make Frencher ineligible to do.

Kansas City, MO – A new law takes effect in Missouri this week that will require citizens to show a state-issued, photo identification before they can vote. A federal judge in Georgia threw out a similar law earlier this summer, while a judge in Indiana upheld one. The Missouri statute has drawn a challenge in state court, and will likely be tested in the federal system, as well. As KCUR's Frank Morris reports, it's already affected a surprisingly wide range of people.

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KCUR News
11:49 pm
Sun August 27, 2006

KC Families Remember Hurricane Katrina

Gloria LaCroix Burns welcomed 14 members of her family into her North Kansas City home after the floods.
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KCUR News
1:50 am
Sat August 26, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Drought plagues Kansas and Missouri.
Court strikes down Missouri adult-themed billboard law.
Kansas school suit group opens its books.
Lauer booted at Sprint Nextel.
Drexel man says he killed seven.
Patriots outnumber pickets at soldier's funeral.

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Jazz/Blues
3:42 pm
Fri August 25, 2006

Charlie Parker Tribute

Charlie Parker
UMKC Marr Sound Archives/Miller Nichols Library

Charlie "Bird" Parker was born on August 29, 1920. Considered a founding figure of bebop, the jazz saxophonist and composer was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City, MO – Note: Excerpts for this piece were drawn from a tribute recorded in March at City Hall, Kansas City.

A number of Charlie Parker Tributes are planned this weekend including:

Saturday, August 26, 2006:
A jazz jam in honor of Charlie Parker runs from 6 to 8 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

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Health
12:50 am
Wed August 23, 2006

Bioethicist and Nun Celebrates 80th Birthday, Years of Teaching

Sister Rosemary Flanigan

Kansas City, MO – Sister Rosemary Flanigan, a bio-ethicist with the Center for Practical Bioethics, turns 80 today. In her more than 40 years of teaching philosophy and ethics at Catholic universities in Kansas City, working with St. Joseph Hospital and being on staff at the bioethics center Flanigan says she has led a blessed life. Flanigan shared insights into her long spanning career as a nun, philosopher and teacher with KCUR's Kelley Weiss.

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Books
12:25 pm
Mon August 21, 2006

La Muerte

Local writer Gloria Martinez Adams says she responded to her father's death by writing a series of short stories, including La Muerte or A Death in the Family.

Kansas City, MO – For many Latinos, family plays a vital role in your life. And when a family member dies, it can be a time to create shared understandings of family - past, present and future...sometimes, through storytelling.

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People
12:30 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Growing Up Beef: KU Students Discuss Meat-Packing Towns

Kansas City, MO – This week, the two candidates for governor of Kansas both came out in support of a state policy making English the official language. State Senator Jim Barnett, the Republican candidate, told the Lawrence Journal World that he thought many Kansans feel that English is slowly being minimized. A spokesperson for Governor Kathleen Sebelius said she respects the heritage of all Kansans, but believes it would be easier to communicate in school and business, if English were the official language.

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People
12:20 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Excerpts from Black Archives Hearings

12:09 am
Mon August 21, 2006

KC CURRENTS 8-20-06

Kansas City, MO – University of Kansas students talk about growing up in the communities that surround meat-processing plants. Kansas City Star editor Charles Coulter discusses his new book Take Up the Black Man's Burden. And, a new mural (pictured) shows the history of Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City Kansas. Plus, community opinions on the future of the Black Archives of Mid America.

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KCUR News
12:27 am
Sat August 19, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Cities react to pit bull attacks.

Legoland rejection puts soccer buffs on notice.

Nixon promotes rebirth of Black Archives.

Chastain returns with another light rail plan.

Kline enters school funding sunshine suit.

Nuss fuss ends with warning.

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KCUR Arts
1:59 pm
Fri August 18, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Artist Elissa Armstrong

Artist Elissa Armstrong at the Kemper Museum, standing next to deerdust, 2006.
Photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

An exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art pushes the boundaries of ceramic art. Here, artist Elissa Armstrong talks about all i want (pictured at left), which she calls the antithesis of deerdust.

Kansas City, MO – Elissa Armstrong: Objects of Innocence and Experience at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

July 7 - October 1, 2006

ELISSA ARMSTRONG

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KCUR News
8:36 am
Fri August 18, 2006

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Black Archives

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Attorney General's office dissolved the Black Archives of Mid-America in January after it failed to file paperwork as a non-profit. Attorney General Jay Nixon held a public forum to get input on the future of the Black Archives. KCUR's Maria Carter was there and has this report.

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KCUR Arts
2:36 pm
Thu August 17, 2006

New Mural Chronicles Minnesota Avenue

Sumner High School Senior J'Hlesa Richardson works on the mural Avenue Chronicles
Laura Spencer/KCUR

Drive down Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and you'll see a number of brightly colored murals depicting the culture and history of the city.

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KCUR Arts
11:31 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Citywide Festival of Playwrights

If you're a theatre fan who finds two acts and an intermission awfully long, you're the perfect audience for a theatre event opening this weekend in Lawrence: the Citywide Festival of Playwrights.

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KCUR News
5:28 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Light Rail Petition Heads to City Council

Kansas City, MO – Community activist Clay Chastain turned in a petition in hopes of getting a light rail measure on the November ballot, but as KCUR's Maria Carter reports Chastain will face a tight timeline to make that happen.

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KCUR News
4:26 am
Tue August 15, 2006

More Biodiesel in City Vehicles

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri will soon start using more biodiesel in city vehicles. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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The city has been using B20, a mix of regular diesel with 20 percent biodiesel, in its trucks and heavy machinery. Now, the city is expanding a pilot program using a half-and-half mixture of biodiesel to all fleet vehicles. Gerry Calk manages the city's fleet. He says with the high price of oil, the city will save money from the switch.

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KCUR Arts
10:55 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Polynesian Dances at Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Kona Winds will be performing Saturday, August 12, at 8pm in Swope Park as part of the 27th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival.

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12:55 am
Mon August 14, 2006

KC CURRENTS 8-13-06

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KCUR News
12:39 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Public Hearings on Black Archives of Mid America

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KCUR News
12:06 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Overland Park Budget Gets Public Hearing

Kansas City, MO – Overland Park residents will get a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed budget for 2007. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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The $251 million budget represents an 11 percent increase over Overland Park's current budget. The extra money will go to add nine police positions, a property inspector, and some 30 positions for a community center, slated to open next fall. Budget Director Gena McDonald says those new positions are a response to citizen surveys.

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KCUR News
12:14 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Terror threat snarls airports
Bartle fends off Johnson Senate challenge
Sanders trounces Wheeler for County Exec
Kansas City charter revised but term limits stay
Kansas moderates: "Iintelligent design, opt-in must go."
Justice Nuss apologizes for lapse in judgment.
Red light cams are in, the Theater League is out.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Future of Broadway Productions at the Music Hall

Kansas City,MO – A $13.4 million renovation of the Music Hall launched last month. And when the work is finished next year, officials say it's likely the venue will be marketed and booked by a national firm in partnership with the nonprofit Starlight Theatre Association. The issue is expected to come before the Kansas City Council today (August 9)for a vote, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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