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12:35 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Teen Essayist returns from White House

Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sarah Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.

Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sarah praising her single father had caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.

Both sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to talk about their experiences.

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KCUR Arts
11:51 am
Mon November 14, 2005

An Interview with Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown is part of a group of young musical theatre composers described as successors to Stephen Sondheim. In 1999, Brown won a Tony for his score to Parade - about the anti-Semitic lynching of Leo Frank in 1915 Georgia. More recently, he was the composer and lyricist of The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World.

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11:25 am
Mon November 14, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-13-05

Kansas City, MO – The Call's Tracy Allen on race relations in Raytown. Buck O'Neil's 94th birthday. Vietnam veteran Louie Culver and his daughter, Sara Tucker. Joe Louis Mattox on the history of Steptoe, a Civil War-era slave community in Westport. And a preview of Molotov, the Mexican rap-metal band performing in Kansas City on Tuesday.

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KCUR News
5:12 pm
Thu November 10, 2005

Baseball Legend Buck O'Neil Turns 94

KCUR Arts
9:30 am
Thu November 10, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 11

This week, an experimental theatre troupe takes on the work of writer and poet Raymond Carver, and two artists collaborate for an exhibit inspired by a poem.

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People
4:01 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

Kansas City, MO – El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The holiday reflects the Mexicans tradition of reacting to death with mourning along with happiness and joy.

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Financial Planning
1:08 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Are African Americans Saving for the Long-Term?

Kansas City, MO – As a result of low investment in the African-American community, many cannot reach their retirement and college savings goals. The primary reason cited in recent studies for not investing enough is lack of knowledge.

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KCUR Arts
12:59 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

The Mexican tradition of the El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrates the spirit of the deceased believed to visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

Kansas City, MO – El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The holiday reflects the tradition of reacting to death with mourning along with happiness and joy.

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KCUR News
12:46 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

"Brown/Black Coalition" Focuses on Points of Unity

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's black and Latino communities have often fought separate battles for civil rights and political representation. But at last year's Latino Civil Rights Summit, the leaders of a few local organizations decided it was time for some real collaboration. The Brown/Black Coalition, as they're calling it, held a kick-off reception on the top floor of the new Plaza library building, overlooking the Plaza.

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Dia de los Muertos
11:48 am
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

11:21 am
Mon November 7, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-6-05

Kansas City, MO – Latino and African American organizations in Kansas City kick off the new Brown/Black Coalition. From Latino USA, a report on conflicts between union workers, Latino immigrants, and military contractors in the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina. Investment advisor Denise Murray previews an upcoming workshop for middle-income families. And UMKC's Theater Department presents The Darker Face of the Earth, by poet Rita Dove. Hear from Dove, and the director of the play.


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Books
9:20 am
Mon November 7, 2005

New Letters on the Air: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove

Poet Rita Dove discusses her life and work during a conversation with Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air.

Kansas City, MO – Akron native Rita Dove finds literary inspiration everywhere for her writing. After penning her first play, she talks about the novelty of playwrighting with Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air.

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Headlines
7:10 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's plane lands safely after problems with landing gear. A Missouri soldier is killed in Iraq. Judge strikes down Kansas City fire inspection fees. Missouri child abuse registry declared unconstitutional. Westar's third quarter profits jump 40 percent. CEO of Compass Minerals retires.

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KCUR Arts
11:41 am
Thu November 3, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 4

I?igo Manglano-Ovalle, Vanishing Sky, 2005, 4200 x 1050 resolution. Continuous real-time digital output; single channel, 3-screen projection and 5.1 surround sound. Courtesy of the artist and Max Protetch Gallery, New York.

This week, the UMKC Theater Department reinterprets the Greek myth of Oedipus as it might have been told in the antebellum South, and a new installation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the mysteries of the universe through a cosmic panorama.

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KCUR Arts
8:19 am
Thu November 3, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 4

I?igo Manglano-Ovalle, Vanishing Sky, 2005, 4200 x 1050 resolution. Continuous real-time digital output; single channel, 3-screen projection and 5.1 surround sound. Courtesy of the artist and Max Protetch Gallery, New York.

This week, the UMKC Theater Department reinterprets the Greek myth of Oedipus as it might have been told in the antebellum South, and a new installation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the mysteries of the universe through a cosmic panorama.

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KCUR News
5:07 am
Tue November 1, 2005

KU Opens "Explore Evolution" Exhibit

Lawrence, KS – As Kansas debates the teaching of evolution in public schools, the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas unveils its newest exhibit focusing on the theory of evolution. The museum's "Explore Evolution" exhibit, which includes fossilized whale bones and the adaptation of Galapagos finches, will look at how one of science's most controversial theories is used in current research. KCUR's Ben Embry reports.

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8:32 pm
Mon October 31, 2005

KC CURRENTS 10-30-05

Kansas City, MO – KC-MO School Board President David Smith on the decision not to renew Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract. A high school junior with an insider's perspective at Lincoln Prep. Financial advisor David Jackson on the role of insurance in building wealth. Scary stories from a range of cultures, all told by Kansas Citians.

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KCUR News
6:54 pm
Mon October 31, 2005

Missouri group wants JAIL for Judges

KCUR News
2:31 pm
Mon October 31, 2005

Q&A with KC School Board President after Superintendent Loses Job

Kansas City, MO – After a year of uncertainty, on Wednesday, the Kansas City Missouri school board voted eight to one against renewing Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract when it ends in June. But will it also end the period of relative stability for Kansas City schools? David Smith, President of the Kansas City Missouri school board, speaks with host Delores Jones about student drop-out rates, overall academic achievement and administrative turnover.

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KCUR News
12:59 pm
Mon October 31, 2005

Halloween Spooktacular Stories by Kansas Citians

Kansas City, MO – Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. A commentary by an Afghan-American provides a new glimpse of the holiday. A Native-American tale from the Muskogee Creek people of Oklahoma. An underworld story from Taiwanese and Buddhist culture. And a crying spirit from the Latino culture speaks to us.

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Headlines
11:14 am
Mon October 31, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – Poor health linked ot racism in St. Louis, study says. Clay County unveils war memorial. Northwest Missouri authorities discover woman's body in field. University of Kansas picks up $100 million in endowment funds.

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KCUR Arts
9:29 am
Fri October 28, 2005

A New Anthology of Ghost Poems

October 28, 2005 - Nearly 200 contemporary poets - many from the Kansas City area - contributed to a new poetry anthology called Chance of a Ghost. Co-editors and poets Gloria Vando and Phil Miller say the ghosts in the anthology make mischief, bring solace, issue warnings, and go on joy rides. Miller has been collecting ghost poems since the 1980s. Here, he reads his poem included in the anthology called Ghost in Late Autumn.

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KCUR News
6:57 pm
Thu October 27, 2005

Lucas Frantz's Funeral

Anti-gay protesters picket near memorial service for Army Corporal Lucas Franz

Tonganoxie, KS – His young wife, parents, siblings, other family members and friends buried Army Corporal Lucas Frantz Thursday afternoon in Tonganoxie, Kansas. A sniper in Iraq killed Franz last week on his 22nd birthday. Corporal Franz's memorial service touched off a dispute between followers of Reverend Fred Phelps and a large group of motorcycle riding veterans. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

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KCUR Arts
3:35 pm
Thu October 27, 2005

Arts Roundup, October 28

This week, a new
exhibit
inspired by scary stories and urban legends. Also, Musical Theater Heritage presents Man of La Mancha at the Belger Arts Center.

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Headlines
12:49 pm
Thu October 27, 2005

Taylor Contract Not Renewed

Kansas City, MO – After a two-week delay of a vote, the Kansas City, Missouri school board voted 8-1 Wednesday night not to renew the contract of superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr. Board president David Smith praised Taylor's accomplishments in getting provisional accreditation for the district, but said new leadership is needed for the future. Smith specifically cited declining enrollments at a time of community development and growth. The board asked Taylor to continue to serve until his current contract expires in June.

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Books
11:37 am
Thu October 27, 2005

Halloween Spooktacular Stories by Kansas Citians

Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. Some diverse voices in Kansas City share their experiences about the holiday and frightening stories from their cultures.

Halloween Spooktacular Stories by Kansas Citians

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Headlines
11:26 am
Wed October 26, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – Missouri adoptions far too slow, audit says. Kansas City school board votes against renewing superintendent's contract. Topeka hires retired K.B.I. administrator to review troubled narcotics unit.

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KCUR News
6:52 pm
Tue October 25, 2005

Medicaid Cuts Protested as 'Broken Promise'

Kansas City, MO – Medicaid eligibility requirements were tightened this year by the Governor and Republican lawmakers, eliminating health-care services for 90,000 people. Opponents of the cut accuse Gov. Blunt on reneging his campaign pledge to preserve Medicaid eligibility requirments.

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KCUR Arts
2:43 pm
Tue October 25, 2005

WEB EXTRA: Eric Sall on Teeth and Tentacles

Teeth and Tentacles, 2005 Oil on canvas 96 x 78 inches

Teeth and Tentacles is the title of a painting by Eric Sall (a 1999 Kansas City Art Institute graduate) now part of the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Sall talked about the work in 2005, when the work was first displayed in a one-person exhibit at the Dolphin called "Eric Sall: The State I Am In."

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Headlines
11:12 am
Tue October 25, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison to challenge Kline for Attorney General's office. Kansas opens trade office in China's capital. Jackson County could face $16 million shortfall next year.

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